The Moment You’ve All Been Waiting For

Oil at $100 a barrel.

Happy 2008!

31 Comments on “The Moment You’ve All Been Waiting For”

  1. I’m just shocked George **Cough** Oil Man **Cough** Bush hasn’t done anything about it.

  2. “I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.”

  3. coo1b1ue – Vermont – I'm a software engineer within the aerospace industry as well as a father of four (mostly) grown children, one of which served in Iraq (OIF2) as a combat medic.
    Frank

    Shawn Powers:

    Sunlight: Still free
    Wind: Still free
    Cow Farts: Still free

    Free in what sense?

  4. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me
    Chang in snow pants. Just snow pants.

    Yikes!

    Cost me $60 to fill the truck last night. WHere the frig is my fusion powered landspeeder?

  5. Doug Triplett – Huntington WV – Doug Triplett Speaker, Teacher, Preacher, Entrepreneur Doug is a long-time entrepreneur and multiple business owner. He is the founder of Elkhound Media and the founder and host of the Blog Camp Conference. He grew up in his family’s sign business and learned to answer the phone as a business owner not as “Hello, Triplett family”. Doug got his first computer in 4th grade, a Texas Instruments TI-99/4a. This was an amazing event. Doug taught himself how to program in BASIC and a love was born. Time passed and so did the many of other computers Apple IIe and others. Doug began using the Internet in 1990 when then net consisted of Unix and Vax machines. Sending an email meant telling the server it was going to the net because few people used internet email. Doug started his first company, WarpGate BBS in the late 90s and was the first dial-up internet provider of its kind in Huntington. Later came stints in teaching, direct sales and finally working in the family business. Doug has degrees in Social Studies and English Education, Masters degrees in Christian Discipleship and Christian Education. He is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Christian Education at Dallas Theological Seminary. Doug blogs at DougTriplett.com and is the owner of Elkhòund Media and I Teach Games. An avid comic book collector, game player, writer, and traveler. Doug lives in Huntington WV.
    Doug Triplett

    Well, you could always get that home mini-reactor you’ve always wanted!!

    http://dvice.com/archives/2007/12/power_your_home.php

  6. Some people act surprised that oil prices increase as demand increases. As if this is some new and depressing law of economics.

  7. coo1b1ue – Vermont – I'm a software engineer within the aerospace industry as well as a father of four (mostly) grown children, one of which served in Iraq (OIF2) as a combat medic.
    Frank

    Gee, and it wasn’t really that many years ago when $26/b was considered outrageous!

    That was BC

    (Before China)

  8. Yep. We just paid $800 to have our oil tank filled. Then we promptly turned the temp in here down to “wear long underwear and 2 sweaters” level. I’m frickin freezing.

  9. Makes me glad I moved from freezing cold, snowy, expensive in the Winters New England, to sunny, warm and temperate Southern Calfornia. Only thing that goes up is our electrical bill for the heat.

    My Massachusetts loving mother, however, *enjoys* the chilliness of 58F nights, and 68F days. She kept turning our thermostat down while she was here last week. Cold habits die hard.

  10. Not gonna happen Don. It’s that whole supply and demand thing. The supply of ignorance is huge but for some reson there is no demand for it. I’m in San Diego so I am clueless on the whole fuel oil furnace thing. How long would that $800 tankful of oil last? See there’s more ignorance. And I am trrying to get rid of it for no charge.

  11. I don’t feel so bad now paying the equivalent of $2 a gallon for petrol over here in the UK, but then the exchange rate has been working in our favour for months.

  12. World, meet Sun. I mean come on. We’ve got a giant fusion reactor constantly on that we can tap into. For all practical purposes, it is unlimited energy! How about we fund some intensive R&D to increase solar power efficiency, instead of being so reactive to foreign oil production? I mean, the first few companies to make solar power really cost effective stand to make just obscene amounts of money.

  13. As for me, I’d be happy if we were allowed to drive Vespa scooters at speeds greater than 25mph. That’d be 60 mpg I could be using on my daily commute. Anyone know why there are laws against scooter speed, when motorcycles can go however fast they want? Is it all a clever ploy to keep the public roads free of scooters?

  14. We live in MN. It gets COLD here. We are replacing our furnace & AC w/ a geothermal heatpump in the Spring. It is much more reliable than solar for our climate. :-)

  15. I made my girlfriend watch “Strange Days” last night. There’s a oh-we-live-in-dystopia line about how gas was three bucks a gallon. She laughed, and I told her that back in the mid-90s, that was an awful lot.

  16. They did in Indiana back when I was getting my driver’s license (and thus had to study all the rules). Of course, that was 15 years ago and I haven’t actually checked it again since… *mumble* was hoping someone else would do my research for me *mumble* *cough*

    :D

  17. I noticed in I Am Legend, the character is filling up his SUV in the daytime, and the prices at the gas station were left at $6.9x or so. Apocalyptic NYC is awesome.

  18. My sister’s mother in law just had her chimney re-inspected and put in a wood stove for heat (they’re in SE Missouri). Last year, they used 3 tanks of natural gas to heat through the winter, but this year the first tank cost more than the last three combined. OTOH, sis and hubs have 400 acres of heavily wooded farmland to pull wood from.

  19. MWT, could you be thinking of a moped instead of a scooter? I seem to recall that you didn’t need a licence to drive one. Not positive on that. It’s been even longer since I studied for a DMV test.

  20. coo1b1ue – Vermont – I'm a software engineer within the aerospace industry as well as a father of four (mostly) grown children, one of which served in Iraq (OIF2) as a combat medic.
    Frank

    Becky @11

    Yep. We just paid $800 to have our oil tank filled. Then we promptly turned the temp in here down to “wear long underwear and 2 sweaters” level. I’m frickin freezing.

    But is this the goal: To put an end to Global Warming?

    Todd Stull @17

    How about we fund some intensive R&D to increase solar power efficiency, instead of being so reactive to foreign oil production?

    What? You don’t think people are working on that?

    The going rate for solar power in the 1980s was around 95 cents per kilowatt-hour. That price has decreased significantly, falling to between 20 and 25 cents per kilowatt-hour as of 2007.

    The problem, of course, is that coal costs you 4 cents per kilowatt-hour and natural gas costs around 8 cents.

    A nuke plant can generate electricity for about 3 cents per kilowatt-hour and a hydro-electric plant comes in at about 1 penny per kilowatt-hour.

    Of course Hydro-electric plants are probably harder to build these days than a nuclear power plant.

    So this is what these alternative sources are competing against.

    To round things out, they’ve managed to get energy from wind turbines down to about 4.5 cents per kilowatt hour but these things need room, and the area has to be conducive to their use. But beyond that, you have to get environmentalists to stop putting up road blocks. When you have problems getting wind turbines built in Vermont, California, and Ted Kennedy’s back yard, you know you have a hard row to hoe.

    Interestingly, while Vermont has a hard time getting wind farms built, Texas can claim the largest operational wind farm in the world.

    Go figure.

  21. The engineer in me gets annoyed when people call wind and solar and geothermal energy “free”. Aside from the fact that it costs a lot to develop and build the infrastructure to harvest that energy, it still isn’t “free” in the sense that using it has no side effects.

    The U.S. uses an obscenely huge amount of energy, most people don’t really appreciate how incredibly massively huge our energy consumption is. If you could draw that much power out of the wind you can bet it would have an impact on global weather paterns. And solar? Using current photovoltaic technology you would have to cover all of Nevada with soloar panels to provide power to parts of California. Clearly that would have an environmental impact.

    The point is, there’s no such thing as a free lunch.

    Truly, if someone could come up with new technology to make this stuff more efficient it’d be a boon to the world, but it’s just not that easy of a problem to solve. Dumping more money into it won’t necessarily fix it.

  22. MinstrelOfFunk: I agree. I also take issue with the idea that cow farts are somehow “free.” You not only have to buy, breed and maintain the cows, you must also feed them a not-so free lunch.

  23. #24 – Yes, the outbreak happens in 2009, and the storyline takes place in 2012 (with flashback to the outbreak). In the movie, anyway – I don’t know when the novel is set, and this is obviously rather unlike the novel. Too bad they keep messing up the cool ending of the novel. *sigh*

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