And I promise, this has nothing to do with anything in the current news, except perhaps all the NSA BS that's still going on.
Pacino's documentary might not speak to many.
When I was a kid my Mom was involved in community theatre—so I had opportunity to see the development of of a play.
Pacino's Richard was just that: a documentary following the development of a play.
Teenage skunk wanders onto the patio.
Me: "Hi there!"
Me: "I think you want to go the other way"
Skunk: _rustles back off into the dark_
It's not typical, but it's not the first conversation we've had with the family that lives nearby.
How much better would Monty Python and the Holy Grail be if they had made bunnies a running gag?
edit: they were very cool about the whole thing. They had a bunch of free scooters (like the one I'm sitting in) as well as a whole bunch of 4-seat carts to take people between holes and stuff. Some of the bigger holes even had spots where we didn't have to drag ourselves into the grandstands. Good times.
I'm not going to ruin the surprise, so you'll just have to stay tuned at to find the results in the next day or three.
On a related note, all y'all should check out their contests. There's usually something for everyone, good prizes, (The winner here gets an Apple TV, and they're not all "HAHA we own ur photos" like a lot of contests.
I was decompressing from the Senior Open this evening, and at the same time in a discussion partly about solar power.
So, I called to talk to the nice people there about getting a system set up at my place. I haven't read all the teeny details, but it seems to, at the worst, be just under parity vs my current grid costs. Not to go into details, but it doesn't seem like a horrible idea.
But that's not the interesting part. The interesting part is this:
Assuming I'm going to go solar, one of the requirements for me is energy storage for night-time use. I mean, it seems slightly silly to sell excess power to the grid during the day, and then buy some of it back that night, right?
So, one of the reasons I called Solar City was because Elon Musk, and they have that fancy Powerwall battery that Tesla introduced at the end of April (less than three months ago, anyway). Here's a $5K power pack that can run my home for a couple of days of bad weather. Sweet.
But there's a problem. They'll come out and do the site engineering here in a few weeks to see if it makes sense for both of us (it's a leased system agreement), but they couldn't do in install until next March.
Why? Because I want the battery. They don't have any. None. Every one is already sold out for the next nine months. In two months they've sold all the batteries.
And even more interesting, is that if the guy is right, v2.0 (due in March) will be about $1K less, and have twice the storage capacity.
But yeah, PowerWall sold out in two months.
Edit: two things - one, reservations for 2015 filled up in the first week. That's around 80,000 batteries. Two, much if this is reservations, so real numbers can vary depending on how many reservations turn into actual sales. But, they can't overbook like the airline industry. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-05-08/tesla-s-battery-grabbed-800-million-in-its-first-week
I suspect the in the next two or three years, we're going to see some enormous changes in battery tech. Hopefully the lab advances in solar tech will keep up (part of why I'm sitting on the fence still)
thanks :) I chose that one out of the collection for that purpose :)
I wish I could have drawn the rose petals out more without ruining the mood, but ah, well.
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