Thursday, May 20, 2010

If I were a carpenter, and you were spring in Fairbanks

Summer arrived today as it hit 70F in Fairbanks. The wind was warm and I sneezed my damn head off, pollen counts are off the charts this spring and it's killing me. Hopefully it will subside soon and the eyes will stop itching. Here are some shots from the past 2 weeks.

First kill of the season. Big, slow, and surprisingly satisfying to destroy. Bloodsuckers.

Second kill of the season; growlers of 'Foxanator' from Silver Gulch Brewing. A very tasty, near amber beer. The nice thing about growlers is they force you to drink a gallon at a time.

Satellite internet by Hughesnet. I became a certified installer last week, bought a system and set it up as a test. Of course the neighbor had to come check it out. This will go into the Brooks Range 200 miles north of Fairbanks so I can surf in the middle of nowhere. Technology doesn't sleep. If you want a system installed, send me a message. I charge on a sliding scale- the cooler and more remote- the cheaper. Hughesnet is also having a deal this month, complete system with 2 yr. contract: $199 after rebates. Such a deal.

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I'm working for a buddy right now who is finishing up his dream house. This is about as modern as Fairbanks gets with great, sunny views of Murphy Dome road. This will soon get a big deck between the first and second floor. Sweet.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Clean Coal Propaganda in Fairbanks

It's just about summer here in the Interior and daytime temps are pushing the 60F mark which feels nice. It means I've been outside cutting trees and finishing stuff on the cabin that ice and snow and below zero temps don't allow. While I work I often wear ear protection with a built in radio. This is not always good. You see the radio in my truck died about 5 years ago so I hardly ever listen to the radio and when I'm at home I rock Pandora or my iTunes. So I've been listening to Fairbanks radio and all their damn commercials. One of the ones that caught my attention is a Clean Coal commercial. I haven't paid enough attention to know who is putting it out (probably the the non-verbal retards at GVEA) but it starts off saying, "Remember when you could use energy in your house and not worry about the cost? Well times are changing and we need an affordable alternative."


Energy has NEVER been cheap in Alaska. It has been cheaper, but never cheap. If you heat with electricity in the Interior you spend great wheelbarrows of cash. It has always been that way.

So why does Clean Coal make this crap up? Because there is no solution in Clean Coal and there is no such thing as Clean Coal. I would like to build a row of coal firing slingshots and place it in an alley and if people think Clean Coal is the answer they would have to walk down that alley while I fired coal chunks at them.

Good day.