Monthly Archives: July 2012


It takes a lot of fresh water both to grow corn and to convert it into ethanol 4

Given the exceptionally dry weather this year, it's definitely time to rethink the mandates on ethanol production until we get some high-volume cellulosic ethanol production online.  Not only does cellulosic ethanol not rely on edible crops for a feedstock, most of the leading processes only use a fraction of the water required for the current dry-mill corn processes. 

As Drought Spreads, Should the U.S. Put Ethanol on Hold?
In an op-ed in today’s New York Times, agriculture and public policy experts argue that the U.S. should suspend its mandate to create corn ethanol because the summer’s drought is putting so m…

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Casino Royale was probably the best James Bond film since the glory days of Sean… 6

Casino Royale was probably the best James Bond film since the glory days of Sean Connery and Daniel Craig may well best be the best super-spy of them all. Unfortunately the follow-up Quantum of Solace was a muddled mess that got screwed up by having too many cooks in the writer's room during the screenwriters strike. 

This fall Bond is back and based on this trailer (never a guarantee of anything good) this could be a winner. 
#skyfall  #007 #jamesbond  

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+Honda has a lot of interesting projects going on in its R&D labs that don't…

+Honda has a lot of interesting projects going on in its R&D labs that don't appear to have anything directly related to cars or motorcycles. Among those is the stride assist device which was first shown in prototype form in 2009. I had the opportunity try out that early prototype during a 2009 trip to Japan. http://www.autoblog.com/2009/10/22/tokyo-2009-autoblog-samples-quirky-honda-u3-x-and-other-assist/

The latest addition which is going into a new test program with seniors that have mobility issues is trimmer and lighter than the one I tried almost three years ago. 

While some might argue that these sorts of projects and the HondaJet are distractions from the core business, I still find it fascinating. 

Honda Worldwide | July 29, 2012 “Stride Management Assist Device to be Featured in Program to Assess Elder Independence Solutions”
Honda Worldwide | July 29, 2012 Stride Management Assist Device to be Featured in Program to Assess Elder Independence Solutions – Honda announced that the National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontolo…

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A robot named RUTH helps +Ford Motor Company engineers quantify the characteristics…

A robot named RUTH helps +Ford Motor Company engineers quantify the characteristics that customers perceive as high-quality and it played an important part in the development of the #2013FordFusion  

RUTH Helps Ford Engineers Translate Customer Desires Into Quality « 2013 Ford Fusion Story
Quality has long been one of those “I’ll know it when I see it” or feel it features of a new car. Customers can sense vehicle quality, or the lack of it, but describing exactly what they like can be d…

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On a beautiful summer afternoon today, +Julie Abuelsamid and I went out to Pickerel…

On a beautiful summer afternoon today, +Julie Abuelsamid and I went out to Pickerel Lake to do some floating on the water. I took the flip cam and the new waterproof case I recently procured.  As we floated on the calm water I heard the unique call of the sandhill cranes and immediately switched on the cam and got this all too brief clip.

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