Friday, June 20, 2008

On His Way

Saying for the day: Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant. ~Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires

We are threatened by Global Warming on the one hand and dependence on foreign oil on the other. Our economy is a shambles. Gas is up to $4.00 a gallon. Congress is too busy playing politics.
Never fear Mighty Mouse is on his way.
The help I’m sharing with you today is not ready yet. It is “ on the way”. In five years the first full scale plant should be in operation.
Have you ever looked at the damage done by a tornado and thought if there was only some way we could harness that power. Just think of what energy that could give us and renewable at that, Well Louis Michaud a Canadian engineer has dreamed such a dream and is now about five years away from making it a reality.
Michaud has figured out how to create a controlled tornado, a vortex of air, that will drive electric generators and create enough electricity to power 200,000 homes.
To start the tornado Michaud would use the waste heat from power plants that now is being vented into the air through cooling plants. That means we get all this new power and use no new fossil fuels. In addition we no longer vent that waste heat into the atmosphere. It is a win win situation.
If you would like more information go here .
Never fear Mighty Mouse is on his way.

#### News from Pigeon Falls-The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal. Two more people tried the Liar’s Club storytelling local contest. They got average scores of 5 and 5.6. Some people just can’t tell stories.
Liar’s Club President Buddy East wants to remind people on the internet that the other Liar’s Club contest, the one that is written not oral is open until July 20th. Information is available here.
Tommy UK had some kind of meeting with Mayor Trumble yesterday. It got fairly heated. People could hear them hollering at each other. Mrs. Trumble said something like “ It’s time”.
Tommy UK responded with a “ Not yet! Please! Not yet!.”
Then they went back to talking quietly.
Tammy asked Tommy UK what that was all about and he said that it just concerned something she had promised when he turned the Mayor’s position over to her. He thinks it’s too soon for that information to be made known.
Tammy had forgotten that there was a time when Tommy Uk was the Mayor of Pigeon Falls, it seems like so long ago.
Most of the Tommy Club is now convinced the big White Rabbit is a hoax. Only Tommy UK continues to insist it’s real. The white rabbit itself hasn’t been seen since the RCMP man was here.

Today's Link-bANK sTREeT irReLEvanTs-- - A weird story.
A pretty good day. I visited every one of my links and left comments on most of them. I read about one third of the first of my summer reading books " The Once and Future King". Now I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Janvangogh said...

Tommy UK and Mayor Trumble are in cahoots in a tourist generating scheme? LOL!

5:58 AM  
Blogger ProclaimingSoftly(PSanafter-thought) said...

The quote about adversity often is true when people lose a job. I'd also say it applies to moving to a very small town. Not that living here is adversity, but that living in a small town helps bring out talents that remain "ungrown" if the person had remained in a city.

6:00 AM  
Blogger Lone Grey Squirrel said...

A controlled tornado. Either a brilliant mind or a mad man. Here's hoping it is a brilliant mind.

7:35 AM  
Anonymous noble pig said...

Wouldn't it be wonderful to create energy that way? Let's hope it works.

7:41 AM  
Blogger Dragonstar said...

Sounds too good to be true! I hope it works, but it sounds a bit like the idea of a perpetual motion machine. But I do hope it works.

7:46 AM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

It will be nice if it works, just think of all the Hot Air out of Ottawa, it could run that gizmo for years. The fellow being a Canadian he'd have to try it on home turf first.

8:01 AM  
Anonymous quilly said...

I GOT it! The Mayor and Tommy have figured out that Pigeon Falls really only exists inside the head of a retired pastor who watched too many cliff-hangers as a child. Mrs. Tremble thinks the people should know and Tommy thinks they should be left to their delusions.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

Hmmmm... if the tornado is going to run off the waste heat from power plants - saving us from using AS MUCH energy from the power plants, then over the course of time, wouldn't the tornado decrease the amount of waste heat to the point that it couldn't run itself??? Or am I thinking too much? LOL!

Tommy UK has a SECRET??? Oh dear! Oh DEAR! The White Rabbit's not coming back! As a matter of fact... he's probably gone across the tracks to Turkey Beak Meadows and he's probably winking at Ol' Polly Hinklesnip RIGHT NOW!!! I'm tellin' ya... you can't hurt a rabbit's feelings and get away with it!

10:21 AM  
Anonymous On a limb with Claudia said...

Gosh that's super cool. Thanks for sharing it! I haven't heard anything about it!

1:17 PM  
Blogger juliana said...

aren't there already enough tornados without adding artificial ones? fat chance this might ever work... but nice try :)

3:05 PM  
Blogger mrsnesbitt said...

Thanks so much for your comments on my blog! It meant so much to me...comig froma man!

Denise Nesbitt

3:28 PM  
Blogger Devil Mood said...

I hope they learn how to control those tornadoes, wouldn't like to find one during my stroll in the park. But seriously, alternate forms of energy are strongly needed, all of them!

3:41 PM  
Blogger Carletta said...

Hi Dr. John,
Maybe an artificial tornado could be an answer. I think we have to wait and see if it can be done effectively!
In answer to Melli's question - there will always be waste heat of some amount being produced. The "tornado" would need to be efficient to run on whatever that amount is. As I understand the concept it can't stand alone. I think it will just create more electricity to go along with what the power plant is already producing - I think.

3:46 PM  
Blogger MedStudentWife said...

Brilliant mind and a mad man both, LGS.. he's Canadian.

Great link, today, Dr. John.... I know Bank St and Elgin St rather well.... just a spit from where I live and have worked in the past :)

I think there are Dopplegangers from Bank Street in Lowertown as well

4:44 PM  
Blogger Worldman said...

Reading your story, I remember that many years ago i was thinking (and I am certain not to be only one) how one could also capture the lightenings, store and use that power. But I guess it would be difficult. In Switzerland they try to put up eolian wind mills for power. But then, the ecologist who grumble about the use of gazoline, grumble about the eolians spoiling the landscape.

6:05 PM  
Blogger Gattina said...

This tornado energy sounds a little like "I had a dream" lol ! Can't believe it.

8:54 PM  

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