TWW is The Warped Woodturner who is a local artist living in a suburb of Springbrook, WI (pop 87). His mission is to use a wood lathe to make interesting but mostly useless objects from locally-sequestered carbon for tourists to bring back to the city to give to people they had to buy something for but don't like that well. His target market is the senior citizens since their vision is not as good as it used to be so cannot see the defects as well.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Next, ask permission if you don't own the land and bring lots of water. If you make a difference on land you do not own the owners may be upset.
After you have made a difference you can feel good about yourself for changing the world.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Gaia theory is the brainchild of James Lovelock. In the book Symbiotic Planet one of his collaborators in the creation of the theory, Lynn Margulis, tells the story of how the name originated. Lovelock lived in the English countryside and sometimes took walks with William Golding who was author of Lord of the Flies. Until getting some advice from Golding, Lovelock was talking about 'a cybernetic system with homeostatic tendencies as detected by chemical anomalies in the Earth's atmosphere'. (CSWHTDCAEA for short in this blog entry). He asked Golding for help in coming up with a shorter name. Golding suggested the name Gaia and it changed a scientific theory into an earth religion where today global warming is a sign of sin, people can buy indulgences in the form of carbon credits and Prophet Al Gore exhorts humans to turn from the wantonness of their ways and promises to lead them into the promised land of electric cars. What a difference a name makes. It is much easier to worship a Gaia than a CSWHTDCAEA.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
TWW helps the process too by taking all of the separated piles and dumping them all together into his We Recycle box so the waste haulers can haul it all away. TWW thinks his recycling bins should show his support of diversity.
TWW has a friend who is a retired elementary teacher. He told TWW about how he had his students take all of their recycleable materials and put them into separate recycling containers in his classroom as part of learning good citizenship. At the end of the school day the janitor came around and emptied all of the recycling containers into the trash.
Monday, July 07, 2008
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Friday, July 04, 2008
Don’t make things worse by trying to make them better
Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2008 11:24 AM CDT
Around the year 985 the Vikings sailed to Greenland and set up a colony that initially thrived but then died off as the climate there changed from rising temperatures to falling temperatures. These people left historical records but had no thermometers with them so there is nothing for scientists to feed into their computers for drawing trend lines.
John Magnuson (mentioned in the June 25 story on the lake conference) has been able to compile records based on calendar data so the scientists can draw their trend lines with computers. These trend lines make it appear the temperatures around the planet are on the rise. What is missing from the data Magnuson has collected is why the temperatures are going up. Some people think it is a natural cycle and use Greenland as an example, and other people program computer simulations and claim that means CO2 is the cause. The result is a controversy.
Here’s a global warming test for you: What is the most important greenhouse gas? (Hint: you get it when you burn a fossil fuel). Correct answer: dihydrogen monoxide. The loose conspiracy between Big Science with its quest for government grants and Nobel prizes and Big Media in search of ratings and Pulitzer prizes, has created an obsession with carbon dioxide in spite of the fact dihydrogen monoxide impacts the greenhouse effect more than CO2.
If you believe the environmentalists, there are scientists out there called deniers who have been bought off by Exxon. But the real people we should be watching are the scientists who are on the take in the form of government grants. There is competition for research grant money. Getting your environmental scare into the media helps get more grant money. The alliance between the media and these scientists has almost created a positive feedback loop (getting more of something causes getting even more of it) like the global warming people talk about.This controversy involves what science can really tell us, religious beliefs, mass communications and the politics and economics of how other people want to spend your money.
A good way to learn more about all aspects of the controversy is “Climate Confusion” by Roy Spencer. He is a UW-Madison Ph.D. in meteorology who is a denier with a sense of humor. Dr. Spencer, the denier, surprisingly thinks the climate is currently warming. Spencer also claims when people say the science is all settled, it’s a sign it's not.
Finally, I should also add Big Oil has not paid me anything to write this and call water dihydrogen monoxide. My concern is people will make things worse in the name of making things better. One example is planting trees to sequester carbon. Pine trees planted in the northern hemisphere absorb light in the winter instead of reflecting light like snow does. That means they can help heat the planet and that is what planting them hopes to prevent in the first place.
(signed using TWW's real pen name)
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
The bowl above is 7" by 2 1/2" and made of maple. The wood came from a tree blown down in 2005. Rather than let the carbon escape into the atmosphere, TWW cut up the tree and is making bowls to capture the carbon. The new organic polyurethane technique seals in the carbon better than mineral oil (which is made from petroleum).
The bowl below is made of birch and measures 6" x 2".
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