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June 2013

David Stockman Critique w/Later Note

I made it past page 100 last evening in David Stockman's The Great Deformation, after thoroughly enjoying two quotes Stockman made from D.D. Eisenhower around page 80 and stopping to read some pulp science fiction as a break from Stockman's harangues on U.S. presidential fiscal policies. On my way to a Wiki bio of Stockman I chanced across a critique of the critiquer at Slate online.
I had been wondering as I had been reading Stockman's book, whether Stockman were indeed an economist of good repute, but I have yet to find him majoring in economics, other than his private sector fiasco eventually causing the federal government to fine him $7.2 million. Whoops. How can Stockman be so sure of himself in his book? Doesn't the Slate photo of Stockman let Stockman's body language at least slightly resemble Bernie Madoff's body language, pre-incarceration?
Too bad because it has almost been "fun" to listen to a seemingly non-partisan critique of U.S. fiscal "policy." I put "policy" in quotes because according to Stockman's reportage, hardly any direction that policy takes is free of detours, distractions, detractors, or roadblocks as policy meets the roads on its way to enactments, implementations, amendments, and the erosions of time and the real world. For this insight I thank David Stockman for focusing my and others' critical attentions on how U.S. fiscal "policies" ultimately affect U.S. national security and all our lives
Later Note (July 2): I read up through page 140 so far, and am composing more comments about this book. The book is making more sense to me now. Even though Stockman is biased by his "antiquated" and extreme fiscal conservatism, at least he does not hide his bias -- understatement. I wish he were not so mean, however, with his comments about other people, such as Krugman, for example. Those comments are my excuse for my comment about a physical likeness of body language.
More later....

Agitator Generator Experiment One

I got 1/2 inch tubes that I can see through, but had to wait hours for the sun to warm them up so they would lose their years old curves from being wound up on the store shelves. The sky was overcast most of the day, too.
Finally, once I got cylindrical magnets in one of the tubes, I found that my idea does not work the way I had imagined that it might. Only the top magnet would bounce, and that after I experimented with waving like poles near it. The weight and the magnetic flux relationships among a column of magnets holds them too firmly together, even when like poles are always relatively facing each other.
The 1/2 inch tube was a little bigger than the magnets, so the magnets rested on an angle. Perhaps I could get a different result if I narrow the tube....
Anyway, I must rethink the arrangements if I will build an agitator electricity generator, based on repelling magnets bouncing off each others' like poles....


I know that numerology is complete, unmitigated balderdash. However, I just finished drawing up what seems to me to be a very promising windpowered electricity generator schematic, complete with five detail drawings, captions, titles, and then a list of nine questions I will have to answer after building (or while building) it.
Then I decided to check out the numerology for today's date.
Numerologically, we have the date June(6) 27(9), 2013 => 6 + 9 + 6 = or 12 + 9 = 21, which all adds up to 3. Three is supposed to be the most creative number. OK. I was feeling creatively productive today before I checked out the numerology. So, what's it to ya?
Rebel Moon by Bruce Bethke and Vox Day was very good until the authors seemed to have decided to not only wrap it up fast, but also put a surprise ending onto everything. Before the final chapters was fine. The final chapters were fine. But the two together were jarring. Until the end chapters I kept wondering what the book was doing in the bargain bin of Dollar General? Now I know, although I also saw one of Dan Brown's books there. Go figger.

Electricity Generator Ideas

Never fear. I have not forgotten why I set up this site, which was to record experiments and ideas for generating electricity using the power of the wind. Currently I am working on the actual generator part of the problem, starting from scratch, which is to say, the geometries of conducting wires versus moving magnetic lines of flux.
A subsidiary task is regulating power output, given the vagarities of wind speed that exist in the real world. It needs to make electricity at the lowest possible speed of wind, yet be able to either handle or shunt excess power during storms, so that it can be both productive over the average day, and won't either burn out or start a fire when left unattended during a windy storm.
Lately I have been thinking about steam power control, for some reason. Perhaps I am remembering the little "bobber" on top of yer average steamer pot that rocks back and forth or lifts or turns around. But I have translated this to centripital force, lately, as a lifter. You see, lately I have been working on the idea of bobbing a stack of ring magnets that repel each other all the way up the stack. Wire wound around the stack would receive flux, and if centripital force were able to raise the stack, then high speeds might be able to lessen the amount of electricity produced.
Perhaps I was thinking of some invention by Leonardo Da Vinci that I saw on some TV program about his inventions....
It was just a thought....
I do need to set up an actual experiment to record any electricity I might produce, and also to play with geometries to see which ones produce the most electricity with given amounts of wire and magnetic flux. Check back next week to see if I have made any progress. I'll hold you to that, lol.
Later note (3 a.m.):
Since I do not have any ring magnets, I am now trying to devise substitutes -- cylindrical magnets stacked like-poles-to-like-poles inside a clear plastic tube, perhaps? -- with stacked coils around that? What to use for the agitator? A tiny windmill with rotating magnets?
Hmmm. Centripital force could perhaps lift the stack away from the agitator, or rather, lower it, depending on how the weights are attached to the stack. Oh wait. The picture I have in my head does not work. Scratch that. The force of the weights is normally down. If the weights are flying around quickly, then the weight of them is less in the downward direction. I will, of course, have to keep thinking about this....

"World War Z"

In an earlier entry I stated that I do not much care for zombies in science fiction flix, but with Brad Pitt, what's not to like? This movie has all the bells and whistles of yer standard epidemic tale, as in the medical aspects of trying to find a cure and such, plus the thrill of the chases.
To tell you the truth, though, humans come off a bit like ants in the big picture, and I am not happy to be happy to see a bunch of infected humans wiped out. But maybe that is part of the message, if there is one, from this movie. I know. Other seeming taglines are stated, but I am always looking for the subliminal and incidental messages that perhaps even the picture-makers do not particularly grasp about their own creations, perhaps because they are too close to them.
It does bend the mold, however, on the "finding a cure" motif, and it brings yer average grunt into the picture -- not to mention the CIA, the U.N., and the World Health Organization. We have our hero protagonist, protecting his family, so "family values" are in this film, too.
To my knowledge it also has no nudity or foul language, so it is safe enough from those concerns for kids who are already enamored of vampires, zombies, or werewolves....

Taking a Break

Slogging my way through The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America by David Stockman, I finally decided that I need a break from reality. There's a limit to my willingness to face reality, therefore. I had made it all the way up to page 80 in this rather thick book when Stockman finished telling about huge defense budgets of the Reagan years -- a fact I either didn't understand or which looks out of context these days -- when I decided to check out a bunch of books at Dollar General.
Currently I am reading Rebel Moon from Dollar General. You might be surprised what books you'd find in that little turnstile/lazy susan type of book display these days. I paid a dollar and a quarter plus tax. Not bad, and the book is yer basic sci fi, but a bit more contemporary than I had expected. I like it.

Peachy Spring

Among gardening and Spring Cleaning tasks, interspersed of course are cooking, doing dishes, laundry, web surfing, and now, looking for a new cat. I plan to get a true kitten this time. I am working toward building it a large cage for the summer so I can be sure it is litter trained before bringing it inside.
Spring cleaning so far has involved much rug washing, but also, treating all porches with their furniture and all the plastic pots I was using to design an electric generator housing -- treating all of the above with Neem Oil to rid ourselves of a spider mite infestation.
Fleas, too, were hiding inside the crevaces of our white plastic front porch table, which is now swimming in a Neem Oil impregnated bath, pictured above, along with tiny rugs and a bit of scaffolding.

Carbon Progress

I am heartened by the browning of pure lime inside our furnace exhaust extension. The browning is actually beige on the surface of this clump of lime, with the white on the end being exposed when I detached one pipe from the other. The lime clumped because water vapor comes with the furnace exhaust.
I am going to use a garden hose to break up the lump in the photos, plus add more lime and continue to flush it down toward the final egress. It has a long way to go so I could put a lot of lime in the pipe that way. The white garbage can with the black lid is filled with pure lime, btw.
By the way, steam rose forcefully out of the pipe when I disconected it in the sun. I wonder if I could get some passive solar energy in any meaningful way from this? A feeder tube out the top  of the pipe to turn a small electric generator? Hmmm....

Dead Cats Don't Bounce

Our cat was run over by something on the street last night. Stupid cat. It was always getting underfoot, tearing stuff up in the house, and practically bouncing off the walls because we had to keep it inside until its stiches came out from its hysterectomy.
$180 down the drain, all because we took pity on a poor starving cat. So now we go back to being less generous to stray cats -- as in letting them starve. Damn!
I had to bury the cat today.
Later Notes:
A picture from our camera was still waiting to be developed. It reminds me of her final day. She had been hyperactive and accidentally I found that the hops-in-the-sock trick that I used to relax on a plane flight, and to help me sleep at night, also works on at least one cat.
If you try this, DO NOT LET THE CAT OUT FOR AT LEAST ONE HOUR AFTER she wakes up from being put to sleep by breathing the hops dust that comes from such an arrangement. Your cat could get run over because her brain would not be functioning fully.


Trying to find money to invest in windpower projects, I have a large portion of one of my IRA's invested in OWW -- Orbitz online travel agency. Its price is miniscule compared to Priceline, but I like the advertisements I saw for Orbitz recently. If Orbitz would only commit to the same sweeping advertising campaigns as Priceline, its stock price could soar, too, although probably not as high as Priceline, which is around $800 per share now.
Other online travel agencies have stock prices around $60 per share. Orbitz is only around $8. It has had a good run so far, traveling up from $2.55 in the last year. And of course some of its shareholders are cashing out for profit taking. That is to be expected and is healthy for the shareholders' economy, anyway.
But if Orbitz would get cracking on advertising again, I think its service offerings are outstanding. So you see now why I am pinning some of my hopes on this stock. I know it is bad luck to talk about stocks in this blog because inevitably some joker comes by to crush my little nest egg with short selling. But with over one million shares bought and sold today, perhaps I have a chance this time to overwhelm the nasty little naysayers.

Shower Progress Update

Last week I finally got around to cutting up the Canadian rubber sheeting that will line the shower bottom behind the walls and cement floor, with a little help from alpha L-Carnitine and Huperzine A plus other more general vitamins. The L-Carnitine is supposed to help with 3 D tasks, btw.
Also this weekend I re-started taping in the corners prior to rubberizing the exposed shower parts. One book shows the tape along each corner where the rubber joints will occur. I have taped all corners, regardless of whether or not they will have rubber joints because in some places the infrastructure is wanting a bit of help from its friends, so to say.
Once I get the rubber stapled in place, then I can do the final two or three layers of floor cement....The tape is red in this case. The central puzzle mats have no bearing on the shower -- they just help my knees while working in there. The green is the color of the Mokapei waterproof sealant in the surface of the cement floor.
The upright seam on the left actually will not, strictly speaking, be needed since I cut the rubber pieces to cover the left and back walls continuously. Also, I cut the floor and right wall pieces of rubber as one, unjointed piece. The areas around the door through which I am aiming the camera in this photo, those are much more complicated, especially due to the step -- a part of which is caught in the photo at the lower right. There you can also catch reflections of the clear, sticky plastic I will be using to join the backs of the walls to the grey rubber backing.
I still have two more seams to (red) tape, behind the lower left corner in the picture. Then I will add sticky plastic to the backs of the walls, hanging down to grab the rubber during the next step.

Dear Diary Again: Kali and the Holy Grail

Getting a new cat that has stiches, now, after being spade, means I am washing carpets and our kitchen floor more than usual these days. This certainly feels like a race to finish Spring Cleaning. She gets her stiches out on June 21, which is btw, usually the first day of Summer, so we have a conjunction of events this year.
Kali means cat in Egyptian. Googling more on Kali as a name I found Saint Sarah e Kali of Mediterranian France, and suddenly I was back in the Holy Grail of recent note. Sarah seems to have been a gypsy who worshipped the Indian Goddess Kali and supposedly served Mary Magdelen, a Martha, and another Mary who landed on France's shore in 42 A.D. In southern France she had a vision that she should help the Marys' boat ashore, and to my thinking, she then became their trusted servant, daughter and friend to them. She might have been fleeing something onshore, or puberty had given Sarah her vision -- again in my estimation -- for there seem to be three distinct versions of the story and this is a possible melding of all the versions. So, she could have been a servant, a gypsy, and an adopted daughter to the women simultaneously.
Actually it occurs to me that Sarah could have as easily been in the boat to start with as coming out from the shore to meet them. This is something I fear we will never know for sure, but it behooves us to be respectful of local legends -- Golden Rule, and all.
Oh yes. Thanks to all my sources on the web, including the Wikipedia. I wish I had money to donate to them....Gee. This reminds me of David Stockman's worry about lack of value in the U.S. compared to debt. Productivity is something that is difficult to measure, especially in the world of ideas. How much value does Wikipedia and all the search engines of the world add to the U.S. and to the world at large? These are more things we might never know....

SF Series on Syfy and "Now You See Me"

I try to resist habitual viewing of new series because I have a life, but the Syfy Channel has some kickass fare on board these days. Warehouse 13 is still rockin', but I miss Eureka!, more-or-less until now that I have seen two episodes of Primevil: New World on Saturday evening at 10 p.m. in our area.
Of course, Defiance has all the bells and whistles you could ever hope to find in science fiction, including some rapturous nudity now and then. And Continuum lights my fire for its contemporary politics, including terrorist characters, but also its hackerdom and AI features -- a complete package, too.
I am sorry I don't hanker after vampire, werewolf, or zombie veins of fantasy, nor badass drug dealers, which leaves out much from AMC these days -- nor killings, either, even though I am shamefully hooked on Mad Men.
BTW I went back to see Now You See Me with a friend yesterday and caught a few clues I'd missed the first time around. I did a preliminary review in a previous entry, but now I have adequately noted the evidence that the last prison was fake, so Freeman's character does not actually rot there.... Notice after they so loudly lock the cell door, it bounces a little bit, showing that it is not, in fact, locked.

"Now You See Me" VS "This Is The End"

An enjoyable movie, Now You See Me turned out not to realize my fears about "yer average bank robber." In an earlier entry here, I was telling how the choice between going to see This Is The End and Now You See Me felt like a chance to vote my feelings about David Stockman's rant against another meaning for "bank robber" besides what is usually called to mind -- reminiscent of "robber baron" this time. You know. Where the bank robber is the bank instead of an individual or gang of lowlifes.
Revenge is treated in both movies, though I don't want to spoil either for you by going into greater detail here.
A tidbit from Now You See Me: the bridge of secrets in France is real, but is called the Lovers' Bridge, rather than The Secrets Bridge. Take the link to the site where I found this answer.
Oh yes. And Morgan Freeman plays the part of David Stockman in my little gestalt about this movie.
Too much?

Where Do You Get Your Religion?

Who'd'a thunk it? From a sequel to Pineapple Express? From a definitely R rated comedy?
Well. Yes, in fact, with a little help from the Bible, I might add.
If you are not squeamish about nudity, check out This Is The End. We got some of your "seven deadly sins" right here, y'all.
I had been slogging my way slowly through David Stockman's The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America. Since I had rejected the idea of watching a bunch of magicians rob banks (knowingly going to such a theme turns me off, whereas the Oceans movie that surprises you, was not my fault that I watched it), choosing instead to watch what I thought would be a partied spoof of Sci Fi Armagedan movies, I was feeling rather smug, but I have learned a lesson from This Is The End.
Now, mind you, the Doors song had been playing in my head for a few days, ever since I saw the advertisement where the fat comedian from Moneyball (Jonah Hill) says he had a lot of fun regarding This Is The End.
The only objection I have to this movie is that fat girls don't seem to make it very far. It must be a guy flick. Spoiler alert. The cocaine pusher dies. Yes! Lest you think I mean anybody harm, remember that movies contain symbolism, not real people -- other than play actors -- oh, you should know what I mean....
So anyway, back to Stockman and the September 2008 financial meltdown, bank robbers, Treasury robbers, and the end of the world as we know it AKA The Great Depression. I was thinking of my choice of going to see This Is The End rather than Now You See Me as a vote for "Yes. There really was a financial crisis that could have potentially brought on a new Great Depression" versus "Oh, let's go enjoy watching a bunch of smart guys rob everybody blind." What I got was a lesson in altruism, which is all to the good in my book. Tee Hee. :-)
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