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Chris Uhlik
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Lives in Danville, CA
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    Electrical Engineering, 1979 - 1990
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  • Google
    Engineer, present
  • Church Engineering, Micro V, Adept Technologies, International Power Technology, Toyota Motor Corporation, ArrayComm, Redwave Networks, Google
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Excellent, accessible presentation on Global Warming.
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"If the slope is nil, the planet's chill.". I Love that one! Gotta keep it in a box though, because if it gets out, it will work. 
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I'm going to take a dick-pic and save it in my drafts folder right now just to make sure the NSA has a copy.

Everybody should watch this and pass it around before June 1, 2015. With a little luck, the Patriot Act can be revised rather than extended again.
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My daughter is graduating from circus school soon.  She's looking awesome!  Keeping my fingers crossed for that call from Cirque du soleil or Seven Fingers or ...
Specialties: Handstands, Hand to Hand, Banquine, Duo Straps, Flying Trapeze
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Interesting global air circulation model.  Cool video.
Air pollution in Asia may be changing weather patterns in the United States.
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We've gone live with a website for the nuclear power-plant I've been helping with.
It's called ThorCon because about 1/4 of its energy comes from thorium in the fuel.
The design emphasizes simplicity and minimization of "new technology" so it can be built as soon as a rational regulator lets us.
However, the design is also modular and allows for replacement of major components (like the reactor core) while the power-plant is running.  Also, the reactor cores are replaced every 8 years (after 4 years of operation), so technology upgrades (AKA future-proofing) are straightforward.  When depleted lithium salts become available and as fuel chemical processing techniques are demonstrated and engineered, the fraction of energy coming from thorium can be pushed up towards 3/4.

I see this as the one real way to  solve the global issues of poverty, pollution, energy security, and climate. 

Check it out at thorconpower.com
Safe. ThorCon is a simple molten salt reactor. Unlike all current reactors, the fuel is in liquid form. If the reactor overheats for whatever reason, ThorCon will automatically shut itself down, drain the fuel from the primary loop, and passively handle the decay heat.
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Cool. I share Rod's skepticism about underground construction, though. What are the perceived advantages? It seems to me that it makes it harder to persuade regulators that you will not, for example, contaminate groundwater. And if there's a mess then it's harder to clean up than above ground.
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This summarizes my dissatisfaction with my employer (Google's) green energy claims.

This is contemptible for two reasons. First, it is a public lie; if an executive communicated its financial accounting the way Apple communicates its energy accounting, he would be thrown in jail.

Second, Apple and other technology leaders have a public responsibility to give us sound technological guidance—and by perpetrating the myth that solar and wind can replace fossil fuels, they are harming the energy future of billions.

There is not one modern economy in the world that is powered by solar and wind, because they are inferior, unreliable sources of energy. You may have heard that Germany has proven that solar and wind are viable sources of energy. In fact, it’s proven that they aren’t. In a given week in Germany, the world leader in solar and number three in wind, their solar panels and windmills may generate less than 5% of needed electricity. Thus, Germany can’t and doesn’t rely on solar and wind.


When Apple (or Google) uses its power and influence to promote, as broad-scale solutions, energy sources that are expensive and unscalable, it cheapens the debate about the future of energy. Whether or not it publicly acknowledges it, Apple [and Google have] a moral and public responsibility to speak the truth about their energy use.
Imagine this scenario: Apple CEO Tim Cook wants to take an ocean liner across the Atlantic. He has a problem. Ocean line…
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Fission reactors do have the opposite problem---to say that the energy is dispatchable whenever you want is a bit much, they produce a lot of power at night when it has low value. Replacing coal with nuclear would certainly make sense, but how you go beyond that to replace all of the variable demand that we meet today with nuclear power is not entirely clear. But the biggest problem is that fission power today in the developed world is not actually cheap. Maybe it would be cheap if people had different risk preferences and radiation tolerances and regulators had different attitudes. But that seems less likely to change than the Koch Brothers embracing carbon limits. Any effort in that direction is great, but presupposing success does not seem realistic.
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You sir are a fabulous genius.  The world is even more interesting because you are in it.  Thanks!
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Harry Baker + Vi Hart
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Wohooo!  Thorcon is on wikipedia.
Thorcon is a proposed power generating nuclear reactor system. It includes not only the design, but also licensing, testing, manufacturing, installation and operation of a molten salt fuelled converter reactor. It is being developed as a modular replaceable power reactor by Thorcon Power, ...
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David,  The radioactive material is confined to the primary loop, which is inside the can, which is inside the silo, which is inside the silo hall.  The can is sealed and should we develop a leak in the primary loop the whole can would be shipped back to the recycling center.  The silo and silo hall are designed to be easy to clean (we will practice cleanup operations using real salt but with nonradioactive cesium, strontium, and iodine to see how good a job we can do at cleanup).  Cleanup outside the building is not envisioned since we don't have a force to push anything outside the building.
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That looks fun!
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Bill Gates may be going to heaven after all ;-)

This is a huge positive step for science and for humanity.
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Stunning.  I'd love to see more of your work!
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+Chris Uhlik Hi Chris, Thank you so much for your comment :) My next film should come in the next couple of weeks finaly. It will be very different in the filming and the project :) 
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Best price you'll see for aviation oil. Friendly staff.
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They have a GREAT COOK! Super family food, great breakfasts and dinners, and the bakery is awesome. We stop there every trip between California and Oregon. I really is a wonderful down-home restaurant. Staff is friendly and accommodating too.
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This used to be Concord Motorsports. The new owners seem to be doing a MUCH better job. More inventory, more helpful and knowledgeable staff. I recommend you try this improved dealer.
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Excellent service, knowledgeable staff, and well stocked with quality equipment and animals. The prices are fair. I keep going back.
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Very clean, nice sheets, friendly service. Great place to stop for the night.
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I have a 1996 Dodge Caravan which had a deteriorating transmission. One day, the torque converter locked up and I couldn't shift into drive without stalling it. I called several places, then a friend recommended Frontier. I called and spoke with Tony, the manager. He was very helpful going over all the symptoms carefully on the phone. He helped me pull the wires to the electronic torque converter lockup clutch, which made the car drivable enough to get it to the shop. There, he took me on a test drive and explained what could be wrong. He quoted me a pretty reasonable price for a full rebuild, saying once he is inside the transmission, any part that looks worn should be replaced and it doesn't raise the cost much compared to the labor to pull, tear-down, and reassemble the unit. After they tore it down, Tony called me and explained in detail how a snap ring had popped off the output shaft damaging the shaft and allowing the gears to move damaging all the gears and some other parts. He basically replaced everything in the transmission and cleaned out the cooler and installed an inline filter to protect against future damage --- coming in exactly at his quoted price. All this at half the cost that I know others in my family have paid for similar transmission work. The service was also relatively quick. I brought the car in on a Tuesday afternoon at 4:00pm and it was done at 2:30pm the following Thursday. That includes getting all the parts and replacing the starter for me as well. Overall, I think Tony shows great professionalism, is very helpful, and does great work at a fair price. I'm very happy. Chris
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This is a historic hotel in a super comfortable setting. We rented 3 rooms and had a family reunion there. The staff are extraordinary --- super helpful, gracious, and accommodating. They have a great outdoor picnic table made from huge logs. This is a great place to hang out all evening shooting the breeze over a few bottles of wine. The rooms are small, but clean, comfortable, and inexpensive. What a great combination! Staying at the River Rock Inn was a major highlight of our trip. We look forward to staying there again.
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