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:: Tuesday, July 08, 2008 ::

A Ponderance

As prices continue to rise on petroleum and all its derivatives, the ones that literally fuel our economy, one has to wonder what resulting visual changes to our lives we will see. Two examples come to mind.

A few years ago, I read about experiments conducted on ocean-going container ships, using large kites as sales to increase fuel efficiency. Apparently, they did obtain decent results. They may not have been compelling enough to implement with the fuel prices then, but now that they are twice as high, will we see increasing numbers of freighters and tankers flying kites?

2) For decades, blimps and dirigibles have existed as aerial platforms with unrivaled endurance and fuel efficiency. With helicopters and airplanes becoming increasingly expensive to fly, will we see a resurgence in the use of lighter-than-air aircraft in appropriate applications?
:: Ray 12:39 PM [+] ::
:: Sunday, July 06, 2008 ::

Yesterday, Graeme attended his first baseball game, watching the Sox destroy the Oakland A's at Comiskey (which I will never refer to by its corporate rebranding, "U.S. Cellular Field.") Pix are up.
:: Ray 4:38 PM [+] ::

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