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Monday, May 19, 2008

Walking the TightRope

So a funny thing happened to me yesterday, and I just had to share it with several thousand of my closest friends.

You guys.

I had just finished breakfast at a local restaurant with some friends and as we were walking to the car, a man walked up to our group, obviously in some sort of distress. He stammered a bit, then finally managed to croak out, "I'm choking".

So we are standing there, watching this guy expire right there in the parking lot, and it hits me just how fragile our lives really are. It made me think of so called "intelligent design" theory. Like, "Ok people, here is something you must do everyday, or you will die... oh yeah, and every once in a while... it'll kill you.

Kinda reminded me of that old joke:

If Mama Cass had shared half her sandwich with Karen Carpenter, they would both be alive today."

Anyhow, all that took about 1 second in real-time, then I hopped behind this guy and Heimliched him. (That didn't sound right)

Never done it before, or even been trained in it's use. But it was just like they say... pop! Then a great whoosh of air as this guy took a desperate breath.

We just stared each other for the longest time... he said thanks & I said no problem, or something else lame like that, and we left.

After some thought about this brief demonstration in mortality and the human condition, it occurred to me that what we do here on this website, is kinda like a larger version of the same thing that happened to this guy yesterday. We just need allot more arms to wrap around the collective human torso, and expel the blockage which is strangling our species.

Never caught his name.

Hope he makes good use of this new life he has... same wish I have for us all.

What we do in our lives, echoes through time,
with hilarious & unexpected consequences. Who can say what my arrogant meddling will result in down the line, as I causally exercise my god-like power over life & death?

Interesting day... went sailing the rest of the day, which was less dramatic, but just as excellent.

Funny ole' world huh?

(I guess the take-away" message here is, if you're choking, you wanna be standin' next to me.)

:)

Monday, May 12, 2008

Mainstream?

What does mainstream mean anyway?

From wikipedia:

Mass media is a term used to denote a section of the media specifically envisioned and designed to reach a very large audience such as the population of a nation state. It was coined in the 1920s with the advent of nationwide radio networks, mass-circulation newspapers and magazines, although mass media was present centuries before the term became common. The term public media has a similar meaning: it is the sum of the public mass distributors of news and entertainment across mediums such as newspapers, television, radio, broadcasting, which require union membership in large markets such as Newspaper Guild and AFTRA, & text publishers. The concept of mass media is complicated in some internet media as now individuals have a means of potential exposure on a scale comparable to what was previously restricted to select group of mass media producers. These internet media can include television, personal web pages, podcasts and blogs.

The communications audience has been viewed by some commentators as forming a mass society with special characteristics, notably atomization or lack of social connections, which render it especially susceptible to the influence of modern mass-media techniques such as advertising and propaganda. The term "MSM" or "mainstream media" has been widely used in the blogosphere in discussion of the mass media and media bias.


From Money Week:

Matt Drudge has just taken Peak Oil mainstream.

Up until today, you could randomly ask 10 people on the street what “Peak Oil” is and you’d get a blank stare from at least nine of them. I’d wager that as of yesterday, Drudge himself would have been among that vast majority.

Up until today, the idea that there’s only a finite amount of oil in the world that can be recovered, and that once you reach the halfway point there begins an irreversible decline, simply hasn’t been in most people’s awareness.

Of course, geologists and oil industry insiders have been familiar with it. Whiskey & Gunpowder readers are certainly familiar with it. And so is a subset of Lexus liberals who like Peak Oil because it dovetails nicely with their Malthusian and anti-capitalist worldview.

But all of a sudden, awareness of Peak Oil is spreading exponentially. It started today, and will only grow from here.



wikipedia

Scientific American

Wall Street Journal

CBC

Telegraph

National Geographic

World Oil

US Army

Forbes

Shell Oil

Washington Monthly

New York times

CNN

MoneyWeek

Popular Mechanics

MSNBC

USA Today

Financial Sense

Christian Science Monitor

Huffington Post

Exxon

So... has Peak oil gone mainstream?

Ummm... yeah... it has.

'Nuff said.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Positive feedback for oil prices

Often overlooked in the grand scheme of things, is the dependency of oil producers on their own products.

We tend to look at the downstream effect of higher oil prices on the various markets which are dependent on the products refined from oil. If this logic is correct, that as oil's price soars higher the price of these products which depend on oil also rise, then the same logic must hold true for oil production itself.

This feedback loop means that as oil becomes more expensive it becomes even more expensive to locate, extract & produce that oil. Which in turn, causes even higher oil prices, which again raises the cost of oil production.

You get the idea...

This compounding effect becomes more & more pronounced the higher the relative price of oil climbs, creating a cascading effect which will eventually lead to price "super-spikes" where large jumps in price may happen very quickly compared to traditional inflation.

Because markets can't adjust quickly to these super-spikes, the potential for collapse of markets becomes a realistic fear as oil continues it's meteoric climb skyward.

Your dog wants blissful ignorance.