Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
2. If there were no medical insurance available, would medical care cost as much as it does? Would fat people lose weight if they couldn't afford their cholesterol meds and angioplasty?
3. Without financing, would cars and houses cost as much as they do? If we knew the exact amount that it increased the cost of these two essential American possessions, would we tolerate government regulations and building codes?
4. Fire departments cost a lot of money. Wouldn't it be easier to build homes that don't burn? Mark Twain asked this question over a century ago.
5. Which is cheaper for the U.S. government to subsidize, oil wars or wind generators and solar panels?
Friday, August 7, 2009
There are some questions I haven't found answers to yet. Solar PV panels put out direct current, so you need an inverter to change direct to alternating current. To match your power company's 60 Hz current, your inverter has to be a synchronous inverter. Does your system's voltage have to match the power company's exactly? Any solar or wind system is constantly changing, so does the inverter also constrain the voltage? If so, does the constraint "chop off" any usable power above what the inverter needs to make exactly 240 volts? And are there any compatibility problems with the wind generator and solar panels, like say the sun is shining brightly but the wind is calm, or the wind is howling at midnight?
Saturday, August 1, 2009
from Timber, or, Discoveries made upon Men and Matters, by Ben Jonson (1573?-1637)
About this, what else can we say? Read this archived issue of The Underground Grammarian, by the late Richard Mitchell, who was a professor of English. In addition to his irregularly-published Underground Grammarian, Mitchell also wrote 4 books, all gems.