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Some Good News From The Stimulus Package

Anyone who follows long-term technology progress will tell you that one of the biggest obstacles is power generation and storage.  It affects everything from medical devices, to cars, to embedded hardware to space exploration.  Generating electricity is often very inefficient, transmitting power over long distances is often very lossy (and that includes light and heat, as well as electricity).  For vehicles, the problem is exponential, as the heavier your power store, the more power it takes to move it.

I was pleased to discover this post on Slashdot saying part of the stimulus money is going to this issue.

“Provisions in the Congressional stimulus bill could help jump-start a new, multibillion-dollar industry in the US for manufacturing advanced batteries for hybrids and electric vehicles and for storing energy from the electrical grid to enable the widespread use of renewable energy. The nearly $790 billion economic stimulus legislation contains tens of billions of dollars in loans, grants, and tax incentives for advanced battery research and manufacturing, as well as incentives for plug-in hybrids and improvements to the electrical grid, which could help create a market for these batteries. Significant advances in battery materials, including the development of new lithium-ion batteries, have been made in the US in the past few years; but advanced battery manufacturing is almost entirely overseas, particularly in Asia.”

While I’m excited about this from a technology point of view, I fear it won’t do what the stimulus money’s primary job is; getting money and products happening now.


Your Boss Is Not Listenting To You

I heard of this article on the Howard Stern show today.  It’s from the New York Post, and it’s called YOUR BOSS IS NOT LISTENING.  Let me be the 824th to say DUH.

I find two things interesting about this article interesting:

  1. The author lists quite a few reasons for why that should be the case
  2. According to the URL, this is regional news. As if New York has the market for myopic managers all locked up.
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Black Friday Looked Better Than Expected

I ordinarily wouldn’t post about this sort of thing unless I had something to add, and I do.  We had some relatives over this weekend, and we needed to go to the mall to get something.  We really feared the worst. Not only was traffic almost normal for a Saturday, but parking wasn’t too bad, and the mall itself wasn’t very crowded. Read on…


The Voice Of The People: More Scary than Halloween

In a recent post, I pointed to an article on some of the social network website tracking the election.  I have since learned of another, much scarier one.  More scary than any Halloween costume.

SayHear is a website that lets users call into a phone number and leave a short message on why they plan to vote for Obama or McCain, or not vote at all. You can play back these , messages from their website. Each message is tagged with the caller’s preferred candidate, and the city/state they’re from. Read on…

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Tweet the Vote. No, Digg The Vote. No, YouTube the Vote. Oh, . . . Just Vote.

TechCrunch, a blog I don’t think I’ve mentioned yet, has an exellent post listing a bunch of ways to follow next week’s US presidential elections.  It seems there are quite a few websites throwing their hat into this ring.

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Quote Of The Day

“I must study politics and war that
my sons may have liberty to study
mathematics and philosophy. ”

John Adams

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