Friday, June 18, 2010

What is Google TV?

DOE Loans to Make Nevada the "Saudi Arabia of Geothermal Energy" | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World

DOE Loans to Make Nevada the "Saudi Arabia of Geothermal Energy" | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World: "Oregon will also see investment from the DOE, with the government department announcing an offer of a $102.2 million conditional commitment for a loan guarantee to US Geothermal, Inc. to construct a 22 MW power plant. The project, if approved, could be the first commercial geothermal power plant in the state, with the electricity generated being sold to Idaho Power.

Whereas most geothermal power plants generally draw on underground reservoirs of hot water or steam to drive a turbine, which spins a generator to produce power, the Oregon project will use an improved technology to extract energy from geothermal hot water more efficiently and will use the heat extracted to increase the output of the power plant."

Thursday, June 17, 2010


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Let me tell you about ROKU ....

You may have heard you can watch movies and many of the current and past episodes of your favorite and past TV shows by streaming them from your computer to your much larger TV screen with no commercials? It's true! I do it every night with a ROKU converter box. Also available is the ability to stream major league sports.

2 other neighbors do it also. Bobby and Carmen Dean and DEE Shimek as well. Bobby uses a Play Station 2 box to convert signals from computer to TV signals and Dee uses a ROKU box like me.

The three of us subscribe to Netflix which in turn allows us to stream thousands of shows from them, through the internet free with our regular Netflix subscription.

EZ to hook up but you need:
  1. A ROKU conversion box and cable $80 from
  2. Probably an ethernet cable (connects Roku to your computer)
  3. The cheapest subscription t0 Netflix $8 a month.
  4. A computer modem ($30)
Assemble that stuff and you should be up and running in about 10 minutes. Ask Dee or Bobby and even me if you want to know more.

Click on the above title and it will take you to ROKU's website where you can watch a video and read more.

Is it time yet?

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

2010 So Far Has Been Hottest Year on Record: NOAA : TreeHugger

2010 So Far Has Been Hottest Year on Record: NOAA : TreeHugger: "Temperature highlights for May 2010 include:

May's combined global land and ocean surface temperature was 0.69�C above the 20th century average of 14.8�C, with land temps being 1.04�C above the average.

Ocean temperatures were the second warmest on record, coming in behind the 1998 record, with global ocean temps being 0.55�C above the average for the past century of 16.3�C."

South Lincoln County News

South Lincoln County News: "Sometimes the ocean provides an unanticipated spectacle, as it did for Peterson 35 miles offshore from Newport as the Miller Freeman headed in. They cruised through a stretch of ocean teeming with life, as killer whales, humpback whales, sea lions, fur seals, and porpoises put on a dazzling display.

“The humpbacks were breaching and skyhopping, everybody was feeding and the porpoises were rising up and walking on their tails,” said Peterson. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

It’s research wrapped around the mysteries and wonders of the ocean, with the NOAA fleet and other research vessels providing the stage."

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Google Reader

Google Reader: "Hindsight bias is a close relative of the availability heuristic. You tend to believe anecdotes and individual sensational news stories are more representative of the big picture than they are. If you see lots of shark attacks in the news, you think, “Gosh, sharks are out of control.” What you should think is, “Gosh, the news loves to cover shark attacks.”

The availability heuristic shows you make decisions and think thoughts based on the information you have at hand while ignoring all the other information that might be out there.

You do the same thing with Hindsight Bias by thinking thoughts and making decisions based on what you know now, not what you used to know.

“…people’s need to be right is stronger than their ability to be objective.”

N. Crawford, The American Psychological Association"

Monday, June 14, 2010

Beach aster attracts butterflies, blooms all summer |

Beach aster attracts butterflies, blooms all summer | "Butterfly-attracting, lavender, daisylike flowers bloom from June to the first hard freeze. Easy to grow, all it asks is sunshine and regular water, says Lory Duralia at Bosky Dell Natives. Nice with lupines, it growss about 12 inches tall and 18 inches wide."

Man sues Ore. hospital over wire left in chest | | NWCN - News

Man sues Ore. hospital over wire left in chest | | NWCN - News: "by Associated Press
Posted on June 14, 2010 at 9:32 AM
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- A man who says a 10-inch wire was left in his chest after heart surgery is suing Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, a surgeon and a physician's assistant.
The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports that 76-year-old Ben Sebastiani, of Waldport, is seeking $20,000 in economic damages and $250,000 for pain and suffering, plus legal fees.
The Benton County Circuit Court lawsuit alleges Sebastiani didn't know about the wire from the 2007 triple bypass operation until he sought treatment a year later for another medical problem. He says the doctor then pulled the insulated copper wire from his chest.
Spokeswoman Jennifer Nitson says the Corvallis hospital has no comment on the lawsuit."
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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Modular housing part of B.C. affordable-housing initiative

Modular housing part of B.C. affordable-housing initiative: "Modular housing units will be shipped out from local manufacturers to 11 rural communities across B.C. by the end of this month as part of an affordable-housing initiative for seniors, says Minister of Housing and Social Development Rich Coleman.

The units, 358 in all, will be rented out to seniors and people with disabilities in Creston, Pemberton, Port McNeill, Prince Rupert, Qualicum Beach, Keremeos, Lake Country, Lumby, Naramata, New Hazelton and Terrace."

HeraldNet: Seniors eligible for $40 worth of free, fresh food

HeraldNet: Seniors eligible for $40 worth of free, fresh food: "The peak of crops from local farmers is just around the corner.

And a program that will help about 1,500 low-income seniors in Snohomish County partake in some of that bounty is now open for business.

Qualifying seniors can receive one-time checks for $40 to spend at area farmers markets. The checks are available on a first-come, first-served basis."

Business: Home | "Ships ahoy" | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon

Business: Home | "Ships ahoy" | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon: "But Dinolt also knows that these are just the more obvious effects of the federal agency’s move to Oregon. Having NOAA’s homeport here also means work for contractors that repair vessels, income for the suppliers that provide those contractors with equipment, and potential improvements to air service to and from Newport. It also could mean an influx of all kinds of new businesses to build on the growing collaboration between the government and the ocean researchers already here at the Hatfield Marine Science Center and the Oregon Coast Aquarium."