Do You Like Cool Stuff On the Internet?

Space Colony Art from the 70s: Public Domain

I’m too short on time to write a properly contemplative post today, but here’s some very cool stuff that you should check out on the internet.

Something for Everyone

1.  Public Domain Review: This is a site that explores art, science, images, etc. that are part of the public domain.  In addition to being a wonderful place to get legal blog images from, it is a terrific place to spend an afternoon reading.

2.  Awesome Your Life: My friend Carolyn, who I know better from the internet than I did when we were in graduate school together (during my star-crossed semester), is building a gift-economy based business model to demonstrate a revised, hopefully less damaged (culturally) way to think about money.  Regardless, she is a brilliant woman and an excellent writer, so go learn something.  She’ll give you her book for free if you sign up for her mailing list.  Probably also if you don’t.

3.  World of Goo: This is a great, cheap game.  Fella bought it and gave it to me.  I am not really big on video games, but this one stole at least 2 afternoons of my life before the computer it was on crashed and I didn’t install it on my new one.

4.  Gasland by Josh Fox: I just watched this move for the first time the other day, and I will tell you for truth that I am absolutely planning to high-tail it out of PA ASAP.  Fella and I will have to get some ducks in rows, so we’ll be around for another year or two, but really, it’d be irresponsible to stay.  If you live in much of the west and mid-west US, and NY, PA, NH, VT, watch this movie and get active in your local community before it’s too late.  It’s too late for us here in Williamsport and in a lot of states/communities West.

5.  Don’t Feed the Trolls! Kristen Lamb writes about all kinds of book and book-publishing and authorship topics on her blog that has the unlikely URL of warriorwriters.wordpress.com.  I found this post to be particularly helpful, and have found myself linking it a lot lately because I use it as a guideline to identify comment trollers.  I am overly willing to guess that I’m wrong and being hyper-sensitive about comment trollers.  Over at Blue Lit, yesterday saw some exciting traffic to my review of My Memories of a Future Life by Roz Morris.  Fella reminded me not to feed the trolls, which I did, sadly.  Still, go read the review, and me feeding the trolls, b/c that’s the best part.

6.   Don’t Click This Link If You’re At Work!  I am impressed by these.  They are pretty and cordless and battery-free.  Ignore the crappy writing in the marketing copy, and just hang out with Whoop-de-doo, a line of aesthetically attractive sex toy products.

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Author: April Line Writing

Writing about whatever the f*ck I want.

2 thoughts on “Do You Like Cool Stuff On the Internet?”

  1. I am posting this on behalf of Peter Damian Bellis who thought we should all be set straight on our widespread belief of and love for Gasland. If this does not spur discourse, I think that I will make a new post about all of this tomorrow.

    Read on!

    Hi April,

    Just wanted to share with you a few thoughts on gasland. The filmmakers present a decingly one-sided view; here are a few facts you need to have in your back pocket if you want to properly evaluate the film.

    First, the filmmakers present this shocking image of people being able to light the water that comes out of their faucets and they present this image as proof that fracking is dangerous to the environment because it causes gas to leach into our water supply.

    First fact; in Pennsylvania, the geology is folded (mountains), which means that you have many pockets of natural gas, both shallow gas and deep gas. You can find shallow gas pockets close to the water table. Deep gas pockets are well below the water table. You find deep gas pockets (the Marcellsu Shale) below 6,000 feet.

    Shallow gas pockets are responsible for gas leaching into the water supply. But it is not clear who causes what. There was a lot of shallow gas drilling in Pennsylvania 80 years ago and it is certain that this caused some leachign of natural gas into the water supply. But two things:

    1) in mountainous areas where there are mountain streams and shallow gas pockets, people have been able to light the gas bubbles in the streams for over 100 hundred years, well before any drilling began.

    2) people who drill their own wells for water 9which is many of the people in the movie) can and do coem close enough to shallow gas desposits that the gas bubbles up into their water supply.

    There are no instances of the gas from deep pocket deposits migrating into the water supply. Geologists conducting half a dozen studies have determined that 1) even if there were cracks in the deposit (which by the way occur naturally because of shifting tectonic plates) the gas simply does not migrate upwards through various rock formations for 5,500 plus feet to enter the water supply; and 2) the gas drillers encase their wells with lined concrete which means the gas is pumped directly into the pipeline – the companies test the well lines to make sure there are no cracks in order to maximize profit – to date there has been no migration of gas from these wells.

    This does not mean that such migration could not occur, but the current estimats that this would happen is on the order of 0.00000001 percent.

    Gasland films only areas where shallow gas drilling has occured and yet they present their information as if it includes all drilling, deep gas drilling as well as shallow gas drilling.

    Makes for snesational film, but it is misleading and therefore irresponsible.

    There are risks associated with gas drilling; there were a number of smaller companies that sought to maximize profits by takign short cuts, which led to safety issues. The state of PA cracked down hard on these companies. At the moment, the small comapnies are no longer involved; the big companies bought them out and are now the major players. Here is an explnation fo the difference in terms of maximizing profit. small companies might only have the resources to develop 5 wells and they can only drill to about the quarter of the depth that the larger companies can drill; thus they are always seeking shortcuts. When a well comes in for a small comapny, they get a return of about 100 to 1 on their investment. But they may get nothing b’c they could go 0/5. Large companies however have more resources so they can drill down 6.000 tp 9,000 as necessary adn they can drill more wells. When a well comes in for a large company, they get a return of 1000 to 1.

    The other factor to consider is this: because Pennsylvania as a state was very consdiered about how to regulate the gas adn oil industry with the exporation of the Marcellsu shale, they put a lot of energy into examining the ipact and the benefits from all possible angles. As a result, Pennsylva is now the world standard for the most comprehensive set of regualtions and policies concerning the gas and oil industry in the world. the industry would tell you there is too much regulation in PA. But the real winner is the citizens of PA.

    Just a few thoughts.

    PDB

    Also, I am not sure that those folks who think PA is not adequately regulated are aware of precisely how much legislation the state has passed to regulate the industry. Go to:
    http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/office_of_oil_and_gas_management/20291

    Here is a summary fact sheet that also contains links:
    http://cce.cornell.edu/EnergyClimateChange/NaturalGasDev/Documents/PDFs/marcellus_regulations_fact_sheet%5B1%5D.pdf

    The amount of regulation in PA far eclipses that in Texas, Colorado, Alaska, or any other state, adnin fact it eclipses the regulations found in any other country. To say the amount is inadequate, which may be true, is a qualtiatve judgment, but that does not negate the fact that PA is the most regulated region in the world when it comes to oil and gas.
    It is extremely important that people have all of the facts before they make judgments and choices; otherwise we run the risk of making very poor choices, of course this is the history of the world, but exacerbated in a sound-byte world wehre stock phrases andimages push our emotions and thereby eliminate the value of reasoned inquiry and intelligent discourse

    also a word about the quantity of water used. according to the state, the gas industry is 7th on the list in terms of water usage by industry. the golf courses in the state use far more water than the gas industry, and the chemicals they use to maintain their fairways and greens, all of which are toxic, run off directly into the sewer systems and creeks and immediately impact the water supply. But fewpeople voice concern about this.

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