Heading Out

Seeking the winds that help to sail on Shakespeare's tide.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Congratulations, you're a Drac, a seductive fae.
What kind of female faerie are you?
Take the female faerie quiz by Paradox.

Oh! It worked, Egad ! (I got there from here).

Well those that think that we can always mine coal when the price of oil gets too high might be amused by someone telling me that the local spot price for coal in Kentucky was $100 a ton (should be around $30) last week. What Energy problem ? The permission came today to spend the money on the contract that allows me to buy a big new toy. Except that after going through the bidding, and then the ordering and then the building thereof it will not get here until sometime in February - which I had to re-explain to the grad student who still thinks it should show up next week.

Tomorrow must be spent on writing a final report, except that I have to post the presentations to Europe, and hopefully get in contact with the folk in Michigan since, after reading what they say they want in the Statement of Work it differs from what they said over the phone. Oh and teach, tomorrow is the mandatory safety bit where we show gory pictures.

An exhilarating yet exhausting part of the job is watching for opportunities and being ready if they appear (the tide). But sometimes they are hard to recognize. The Prince Regent made a comment last week, and I shot him an e-mail and some data. Hatless and the Duchess saw him later (not knowing I had) and were pleasantly suprised at the outcome. Maybe I did, maybe I didn't but you gotta keep at it. Same with research, I think the project we were running outside is now over, but the final report will be couched in optimism - if the test run goes better tomorrow - maybe, just maybe . . . . .


At 9:45 AM, Blogger anbruch said...

So are these rapidly increasing energy prices going to have any discernible effect on the economy before the election? or do the energy companies have enough reserves to temper the rise, taking a short-term loss for the sake of having a crony in the White House, until after the election?

No matter what happens in the short term, I can't imagine things are going to be pretty after the election.


At 9:30 PM, Blogger Heading out said...

Actually the price for metallurgical coal is higher, and this is needed for steel manufacture. (You may not have heard but there is a shortage of steel - one of our dorms did not get finished in time for this semester because of it).

But this is an Administration that is supposed to be well connected to the Energy Industry (though sadly more to the Enron "rip-off" side than those who really know what is going on) so do you want to bet that they will admit to having allowed a problem to develop . . . (not, sadly, that the Democrats have any better ideas but they don't have the responsibility). The short answer of opening up Alaska is a myth that covers all the rest of the sins.

At 5:16 PM, Blogger anbruch said...

< sarcasm>See, it is the Democrats fault! If they'd just let Dubya open up Alaska to more drilling we wouldn't be in this fix.< /sarcasm>

No, I'm sure the Dems don't really have a solution either. But somehow I trust that they won't sell us up the river for the sake of some modest contributions from Energy, Inc. CEOs.



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