2.08.2011

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts


  • Channel 4 and Channel 8 both did preliminary investigations into the seating debacle at the Super Bowl, and the reports are conflicting and all over the place. They'll finally figure it out, but it might take a week or more to do so.
  • Was it really that important to try to set a Super Bowl attendance record? A record that none of us could name a month ago. 
  • The Internet is acting weird this morning. About half of the sites I'm trying to go to won't load. Others pop right up. I haven't seen anything like that in years.
  • The Mavs almost lost to the Cleveland Caviliars last night. Instead, the Cavs set an NBA record by losing 25 in a row. (And 35 or of their last 36.)
  • If you ever saw "The Smartest Guys In The Room" (the documentary about the Enron scandal), you'll remember a scene where some kind of energy traders were making money by the minute during rolling blackouts in California.  I don't understand how or why, but I heard a news report about how wholesale prices were skyrocketing during the Texas intentional blackouts last week. I wonder if we were manipulated?
  • I wonder how the credit card companies haven't buckled under the defaulted debt over the last two years.
  • If the ice and snow come down as predicted, I don't know how schools are not closed both Wednesday and Thursday. 
  • But last week did you notice that ice will melt in 20 degrees in direct sunlight but stay frozen in 40 degrees with shade? 
  • Dogs and cats do one thing all day when not sleeping or eating: They haul arse to explore any sound that they hear in the house. 
  • The No-Body-Murder-Trial in Denton resumed on Monday with the State calling 10 witnesses. Once again, they've got nothing. So far, this is the silliest case I've ever seen. 
  • But one of the comments below the story, in all seriousness, suggested waterboarding the Defendant in order to find out what happened to the alleged victim. When all of our civil rights are gone, we will can blame ignorance like that for allowing it to happen.
  • I think I failed to mention that the two prosecutors in that Denton case recently authored an article about themselves for the Texas Prosecutor publication regarding another high profile murder case they were in charge of. 
  • Is it OK to yell, "Brush your teeth!" because I secretly want to avoid dental bills in the future?
  • I think Dallas will certainly get another Super Bowl, and the debacle of last week makes me even more convinced. The NFL is at the point of saying, "Things were so ridiculously bad because of things you couldn't control that we're going to give you a do over."
  • From the now completed construction between Decatur and Bridgeport, to the current construction between Decatur and Denton, 380 has been torn up for what seems a decade. Maybe more.
  • Ranger Michael Young said last night that he has been "misled and manipulated" and "pushed into a corner" as he demanded a trade. Hey, for $16 million a year over the next three years (what is due him), you can hurt my feelings all you want.

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is the difficulty in loading caused by Century Link? I've got the same problem.

Anonymous said...

I Like Yellow.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

I saw the Owner of the company hired to install the temporary bleachers inteviewed on FOX4 this am. He blames it all on the weather. And then promptly added that he was telling people three weeks ago that they might be in trouble. That, is a textbook CYA move. I would love to know what the contract spells out.

X2 on the internets. Frustrating.

I think in the no-body murder trial it would take a miracle to get a conviction. No matter how bad the state wants to prove the guy is guilty, they can't.

Yell at those kiddos all you want. Good luck on it working much.

Add Michael Young to the list of players-you-thought-highly-of-but-now-not-quite-as-much.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

8:30am Yes. We have CenturyLink too. Talking with folks at work, they are also having issues with this provider.

Amy Lou said...

I read on wffa.com that the companies went from charging $45 per megawatt hour to the maximum $3000 per megawatt hour and that if you are not locked into a contract, you are, well, let's say it isn't going to be pretty when you open your next bill.

Anonymous said...

I guess it is century link. I had a hard time with it this morning and I'm in slidell

Anonymous said...

Dude, if you think dogs run to explore every little sound, you are sadly mistaken. a bomb can go off in my front yard and if the dog is busy licking his ass, it will not be explored.

Anonymous said...

If the victim in the Denton case was my family I would waterboard the defendant. Or hire a Pee Wee Gaskins. If he survived waterboarding without providing the information I was looking for then I would skip the trial and let him go home. That is less expensive, cuts out the middle men (lawyers, judges, court reporters, jailers, prosecuters, etc.), and is easier on the defendant.

Anonymous said...

Just talked to Century Link. They said there was an outage in Wise County. They anticipated having it fixed by 1:00 p.m.

Anonymous said...

8:45
so, do you think the defendant is just going to thank you for making it "easier" on him and say "Told you I didn't do it!" and simply go home?
I hope you are saying all that with tongue in cheek, because your proposal would put the American justice system back to a time before there was an American justice system
Why not think of the environment, save the water, and just throw stones at the guy til you're satisfied with his answers?

Anonymous said...

I yell "Brush your teeth!" at least 3 times to both of my children before they get it done morning and night. Everyday. Add a headgear to that and you haven't heard screaming!

Anonymous said...

Many people in Wise County rely on electricity for heating. Energy bills will go through the roof this month. It has to do with the average temperature and a thing in the heating/ac industry called heating days. It also has a lot to do with the power industry being pushed into supporting the stupid idea of wind energy. When you are forced to use power from wind, then you will have to build two generators of electricity - one wind and one carbon fuel. That is because when we need it the most the wind is not blowing. Two power plants are more expensive than one. After a cold front moves through it is followed be almost total stillness in the air and very cold nights. No wind. Check the National Weather Service for wind speeds in the Roscoe, Texas area where the largest wind farms are located. For those who do not know it, the wind turbines are designed for maximum output at around 25 mph. If the wind speed is half that then the power output is the cube root (1/8) of the quoted turbine capacity. No one talks about this characteristic of the turbines.

Anonymous said...

The construction between Decatur and Denton officially began 4 years ago this summer.

Anonymous said...

BG, I don't know why you're so against the idea of not being able to prosecute without a body. It doesn't happen often, but it does happen.

http://www.truecrimereport.com/2008/09/gruesome_the_murder_of_richard.php

If you can't prosecute a murder without a body, then that's just incentive for criminals to (a) do a better job of hiding/destroying them and (b) never admit what they did or help law enforcement find the bodies of their victims. And while those might not be problematic for a defense attorney, I'd bet you'd sing a different tune if it was one of your loved ones who was dismembered or worse because a criminal knew they could get away with it.

Anonymous said...

Hey let's just burn the guy at the stake. If he survives, it's a sign from God that he was innocent. If not, he got what he deserved.

Come on, of course you can convict without a body...if the EVIDENCE is there to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he/she is guilty.

Anonymous said...

then I guess the boy in Aruba is totally innocent? No body....no crime, right BG?

Anonymous said...

9:24
nice rant against the wind industry. Which electric company do you work for?

back in the olden days I'm sure folks who used kerosene, whale blubber, whatever to heat their homes were skeptical of having some magical wire supply them with "electricity" from a generator. And the cost! Oh my! Why do we need something called new technology when the current system works so well?
What we do know is that it costs lots of money to make and deliver electricity (and the folks who do it want to get rich in the process, adding to the cost). And if they can figure out how to do it cheaper, the difference isn't going to be passed on to the consumer.
At some point carbon-based fuel will be impractical, either financially, ecologically, or quantitatively. Wind power isn't cheap from the start-up perspective, but once the system is in place, it's renewable. It certainly won't be able to supply all of our needs, but it's a viable option
Why don't you stop acting like one of the dinosaurs you are so vigorously defending?

Anonymous said...

this stuff with electric is not new. 40 years ago lone star used to do this every time it got cold,they havent changed a bit,at the sametime the Gov said no more gas power plants. texas power used to be proud of the facf they kept 25% rolling reserve just for such emegency. goverment stopped that made company sell extra plants. result private plants being able to spike price. things were cheaper,better run before PUC and ERCOT nuff said thank goverment of Tex for whole mess of de reg

Anonymous said...

Can you still purchase kerosene ?

Anonymous said...

11:37, you don't get it. Wind is not an alternative. It does not blow when it is needed. When you wake up Wednesday morning with the temperature in the single digits and the demand on electricity at a peak take a look at the wind speed at Roscoe, Texas. Here is a good wind map.
http://www.ambientweather.com/cuunstwimap.html

The solution is conservation. My electric bill will be around $150 for Febuary whereas my neighbor's on either side of me will be at least $400. The difference is applied technology.

Wind power is a stupid technology. It does not blow when it is hot nor on most very cold winter nights. That is exactly the times when high effecienct heating and a/c systems (SEER 23.4, COP 4.5) are saving the most. They are delivering the most bang for the bucks.

Anonymous said...

yes, it is o.k. to yell "Brush your teeth!" I say it at least three times a day. Sometimes to break the monotony I'll ask "Did you brush your teeth?"

Anonymous said...

Enough with the electric BS. Some one talk about the bikini pic, or somethine else.

Anonymous said...

Hey! My kid says that Alvoid got a new baseball coach yesterday. Anyone know anything about him? Wonder if this one will let a kid throw 130+ pitches on his first outing?

Anonymous said...

I read that article from the DRC. Very interesting trial.

I'm surprised more people don't get away with murder. How hard can it be to make a body disappear? The real cops aren't CSI. But I guess people get nervous and give themselves away.

Anonymous said...

Bikini girl is fine as frog's hair

Anonymous said...

12:28
maybe you don't get what I was saying. Did you miss the part where I said "It certainly won't be able to supply all of our needs..."? It's not a replacement, it's a supplement for the time being. Eventually, somebody is going to attach the proverbial key to the kite tail and figure out a new way to provide power
You're taking a very narrow view of wind power. If more homes and businesses had small wind turbines with battery storage, there would be less need for electric generation, but it would be available when needed
And unless you're talking about nuclear or hydro, electric power has to be made by using some other fuel like coal or gas. That could be used for something else if it weren't making electricity

Do you have a quota for selling high efficiency systems?

Anonymous said...

i expect a $800.00 bill and on the 4th day my heater went out killing my 30 year old plants in the greenhouse...

Jack Daniels said...

I'm curious---what do you send to a dead plant's funeral?

And as for today's pic, "Stay bouncy my friend!"

Anonymous said...

The contractor blames a weather-related event two days before the game for the seats not being finished. Hello? What about the other 28 days you had to finish the stadium? If your plan involved waiting until a day or two before the game to finish, that's a horrible plan. Just think if the Cowboys had played a home playoff game or two to slow them down even more.

Anonymous said...

2:42, I do not sell a/c equipment. I have an interest in all sources of power that we use and my goal would be for the people to be able to fulfill their needs with as little expenditure as possible. I want my neighbors to benefit financially from technology. With that in mind I am positive that we, as a country, will burn much, much less carbon if we concentrate on the citizen's homes and their consumption. To this end it would cost much less dollars to get rid of low efficient equipment. This would put dollars in the pockets of families rather than fattening the bank accounts of people like T. Boone Pickens. The billions of kwh saved could result in shutting down of some power plants.

The most promising technology that I see is fuel cells that convert hydrogen into electricity. In Japan these are already being installed in homes. With a small cabinet sized fuel cell one can disconnect the power lines to their home. The hydrogen can come from electrolysis of water or from any one of the hydrocarbon fuels, preferably natural gas or propane (or composted cow manure from feed lots). It is very clean burn and produces waste heat that can be used for heating water, etc.

Not so Wise in the County said...

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Raymond said...

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Anonymous said...

"Burn. Baby. Burn."


Double Fake Backdoor Enron Trader Intruder

Anonymous said...

The bikini chick matches the color of my Corvette - she'd make a great hood ornament.

Anonymous said...

The generators they use are not made in the U S. All that I have seen have China or Japan on them.If our politicans could figure out a way to bring the towers and blades over here for just twice the price they would be made in China or Japan also.They probably don't their valuable resourses like carbon fiber and steel used here.

Anonymous said...

Century Links didn't start today or last week.Mine hasn't been worth a damm for three months even after sending me an "upgrade" that was said to make it ten times faster.bull-hi-.never changed a thing.It won't change until one con change providers and keep your e-mail address.

Anonymous said...

1:50 - Don't know much about him, only that the boys seem to like him.

Anonymous said...

Wise County has the answer to cheap, renewable energy. We just need someone to come up with the tecnology to generate electrcty from grassfires and redneck bullshit.

Anonymous said...

shes no Tammy Dombeck

but good enough