Al Gore Uses More Than Twice as Much Energy as an Average Home!

Up until now I have pretty much kept politics out of my blogging topics, choosing to focus more on Tech and Personal issues, but hey, why not? I have never seen such blatant hypocrisy as this. Al Gore, who won an Oscar for his documentary on global warming actually uses twice as much energy in his own personal home than most Americans do in a year. Apparently he offsets his extreme energy use by purchasing credits in a “Green” company that minimizes pollution. I hope he gets his Oscar taken away or shoved up his @ss. Check out the following article:

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Al Gore’s posh home in the Nashville suburbs might be “carbon neutral,” but it still uses a lot of power.
So much that last August Tipper and Al Gore used twice as much electricity in their two-building property as an average U.S. household uses in an entire year, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, a think tank, reported Tuesday.
Public power and gas bills turned up by the group show that the man behind the Oscar-winning global warming wakeup documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth,” uses much more overall carbon-based fuel than the average American, spending thousands of dollars a month on electricity and gas.
“As the spokesman of choice for the global warming movement, Al Gore has to be willing to walk the walk, not just talk the talk, when it comes to home energy use,” Tennessee Center for Policy Research President Drew Johnson said in a statement. The center says on its Web site that it “promotes personal freedom and limited government.”
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How Men and Women Change the Oil

I saw this when reading the Just a Car Guy blog, and had to link to it!

1) Pull up to Jiffy Lube.
2) Go next door for Starbucks.
3) 30 minutes later leave with a properly maintained vehicle, and Starbucks fix appeased.
Money spent:
Oil Change $20.00
Coffee $4.00
Total $24.00

I know this is true, girlfriends have always done things this way, smart, practical, and clean. Just like the one terrific girlfriend I’ve had, miss you Bev!

1) Wait until the weekend and buy a case of oil and oil filter, (PH-8A) Nice!
2) Buy a 12pk of beer for the garage minifridge.
3) Open a beer and drink it.
4) Spend 10 minutes looking for floor jack and jack stands. Jack car up.
5) Find drain pan.
6) Place drain pan under engine.
7) Look for 9/16 box end wrench.
8) Unscrew drain plug, dropping drain plug in pan of hot oil; splash hot oil on face and arms in process. Cuss.
9) Crawl out from under car to wipe hot oil off face and arms. Throw cat litter on spilled oil.
10) Have another beer while watching oil drain.
11) Spend 5 minutes looking for cool toothed oil filter wrench. (Forgot I loaned it out)
12) Give up; crawl under car and hammer a screwdriver through oil filter and twist off.
13) Crawl out from under car with dripping oil filter splashing oil everywhere from holes. Scatter more cat litter under car, drink a beer.
14) Buddy shows up; finish beers with him. Decide to finish oil change tomorrow so you can go see his new garage door opener work.
15) Sunday: Drag pan full of old oil out from underneath car. Oil slops out of the pan all over the garage floor. Empty remains into 20lb cat litter jug.
16) Throw cat litter on oil, rub it in with a shorty 2×4.
17) Beer. No, drank it all yesterday.
18) Install new oil filter properly applying a thin coat of oil to gasket surface.
19) Dump first quart of fresh oil into engine.
20) Remember drain plug from step 15.
21) Hurry to find drain plug in drain pan.
22) Remember the used oil is in 20lb cat litter pouring jug with drain plug.
23) Discover that first quart of fresh oil is now pooled on the floor. Throw more cat litter on oil spill.
24) Crawl under car getting oily cat litter on everything clean. Slip with wrench tightening drain plug and bang knuckles on frame.
25) Bang head on K-member in reaction to step 31, begin cussing fit.
26) Throw stupid wrench. Wrench carooms off wall, disappears out garage door.
27) Cuss for additional 10 minutes because wrench is now lost.
28) Clean up hands and forehead and bandages as required to stop blood flow.
29) Dump in eight fresh quarts of oil. (loving every drop that is going to stay in that deep pan that requires annual JB weld treatment ’cause it hangs so low.)
30) Lower car from jack stands.
31) Accidentally crush remaining 3 quarts of new motor oil.
32) Move car back to apply more cat litter to fresh oil spill.
33) Document my madness here on the website for posterity.
Money spent:
Parts $35.00
Beer $16.00
New 9/16 ths wrench $6.99
Total — $58.00

If you are into cars, check out his blog here!

Project House – Pathway to Success or Good Reality TV Idea?

I took this from a recent conversation with my good friend Jason. Its actually a really great idea, something that would take some commitment to actually go through with it, but I could see it paying huge dividends in the end:

orbital 264: man we should really get some kind of project house going

BetterOffAloneSB: ?

orbital 264: where we have all business guys

orbital 264: and we setup systems

BetterOffAloneSB: ?

orbital 264: where we all work together to get rich

BetterOffAloneSB: who

orbital 264: using the power of a group thats dedicated man, i think it would make it alot easier to get wealthy

orbital 264: leverage

orbital 264: well obviously wed have to pick people and sell them on the idea

orbital 264: but if you live with party people you learn how to party

orbital 264: you live with people who all play guitar

orbital 264: you learn guitar

orbital 264: i dont know

orbital 264: you live with people who want to be rich

orbital 264: you get rich

BetterOffAloneSB: true

orbital 264: What if we set up the house like a business

orbital 264: then we could tax deduct our rent

orbital 264: and we could do something where each member has to donate to the business savings

orbital 264: which can be used for projects

orbital 264: its like forced saving

orbital 264: then we have a business account to buy stuff related tot eh project all tax deductable

orbital 264: have a room dedicated to it

orbital 264: where we have goals posted and shit

orbital 264: stuff we have to accomlpish

orbital 264: ideas for next business goals

BetterOffAloneSB: wow

BetterOffAloneSB: who would be in on this

orbital 264: it would have to be careful selection

orbital 264: basically this is what these pickup guys do to get good, but their unorganized, have no business skills and cant run the house, but it still does wonders for them

orbital 264: imagine if it was organized, refined, and about money, business, health

orbital 264: improving the lives of the members of the house

orbital 264: your business is improving your and your roomates lives

BetterOffAloneSB: hmmm

orbital 264: have mastermind meetings

orbital 264: if a housemate misses a certain amount he can be voted on to be asked to leave

orbital 264: shit like that

orbital 264: like set rules

orbital 264: and just MAKE IT HAPPEN

orbital 264: force ourselves to be successful

BetterOffAloneSB: jesus

orbital 264: the guys i know that did this for pickup

orbital 264: it ended up helping their lives

orbital 264: theyve got a personal cook, a maid, all this shit now

orbital 264: they dont even realize how good they have it

orbital 264: because their in their little buble

orbital 264: theyre all in a business together

orbital 264: but all have seperate businesses all making money

orbital 264: i think the idea could work, it just needs to be well managed

orbital 264: there needs to be negative reinforcement for actions that dont contribute to the purpose of the house

BetterOffAloneSB: i dont know though, try working all day, you dont really have energy or a whole different project

orbital 264: Ive worked all day

orbital 264: i guess it depends on what you want

orbital 264: were only gonna get less energy as we get older

orbital 264: if we wanna get rich we gotta do it

BetterOffAloneSB: yeah

BetterOffAloneSB: true

orbital 264: I just know that its all about action

orbital 264: eventually you gotta take action for your big dreams and goals

orbital 264: or nothign will ever happen

orbital 264: the more you wait the older you get and the less likely youll do anything

orbital 264: My life feels like a puzzle right now, I have all of these connections, all of this opportunity, and I know I can get rich, I just cant figure out what pieces to use together.

BetterOffAloneSB: yeah

BetterOffAloneSB: i understand

I have been giving this some serious thought, as I’m planning on moving in June anyway, and something like this could really give me the motivation to do all the great things I have always wanted to. Has anyone ever been involved in something like this? I would like to know about your experiences.

Digg is starting to suck! Where is Social Bookmarking headed?

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I’m sure other people are starting to realize that the quality and content of our favorite SB sites is steadily decreasing. As an original Digg user back when it was V1, its starting to annoy me the crap that is posted, and dugg. I have started looking into other SB sites for some fresh content. Any regular digg user will relate, that there are two main things on there guaranteed to get you to front page.

  1. Anything APPLE. Anything at all. You can just put iXXXXX in the title and you are guaranteed to make it on diggnation. Im exaggerating, but how many ridiculous iPhone stories have there been lately, as well as daily updates on the iPhone/Cisco lawsuite. WHO CARES.
  2. Linux. Mostly Ubuntu. But Linux. Read the comments of any of these Linux stories and youll see a thread of Linux vs Mac vs Windows fanboys ripping each other to shreds about whose OS is better. To each their own, I use both Windows (XP/Vista) and Ubuntu 6.1, and could really give a shit what you use.

A quick check on right now at 12:12 am pulled in the following results:


As you can see, 2/10 of the top 10 tech stories are related to Apple.  And one of the stories on the front page is about them, without even having to scroll down!  Im actually puzzled that there isnt a Linux story on there without having to touch your mouse.

Just look at the social bookmarking site graphic above…with everything you can expect from the standard, established sites, it may benefit you to check out some of the lesser known ones.  I really enjoy Reddit for some interesting less-technical stuff, and of course Slashdot always stays true to its tech roots.

Oh and check out the Dark Roasted Blend blog, I go there every day and it never ceases to amaze me!

Lets Face It, We’ve All Been Frustrated During A Test!

Everyone who has been through school has experienced it, I know I did. I just never had the guts to write something like these guys did: