Wednesday, August 25, 2010
An electric car made of hemp is being developed by a group of Canadian companies in collaboration with an Alberta Crown corporation.
The Kestrel will be prototyped and tested later in August by Calgary-based Motive Industries Inc., a vehicle development firm focused on advanced materials and technologies, the company announced.
The compact car, which will hold a driver and up to three passengers, will have a top speed of 90 kilometres per hour and a range of 40 to 160 kilometres before needing to be recharged, depending on the type of battery, the company said in an email to CBC News Monday.
Sounds very innovative and cutting-edge, but the jokes are flooding through my brain so fast they can't stop long enough for me to grab one...
Yeah, I voted in yesterday's primary. But it was with a total lack of enthusiasm. This has been a rare election cycle for me, one where I found absolutely zero candidates who motivated me to volunteer on their campaigns.
St. Sleazy McCain easily defeated J. D. "the eggplant" Hayworth in a classic case of 'the lesser of two evils' still being evil. But the democratic nominee, Rodney Glassman, is no prize, and has a snowball's chance in Phoenix of defeating McCain.
My congresswoman, Ann Kirkpatrick, is a milquetoast blue dog, who's first term has been sedate at best. But her opponent, Paul Gosar, is a total right-wing whacko. So I'll probably end up doing some volunteer work for Ann for the general election. Just not with much enthusiasm.
And I'll support Terry Goddard over Jan Brewer for Governor, although I'm not a fan of Goddard. Another 'lesser of two evils' choice.
It's tough to be a political junkie when the drug of choice has gotten so weak that there is no 'high' to be had.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Another fine San Juan river trip in the books. A wonderful time, although the weather did try to put up a challenge at first. We got hit with possibly the heaviest monsoon hail storm I've ever seen with a mile left to row to our first camp. After persevering through it, we had wonderful weather the rest of the trip. The boats performed marvelously, the people were delightful (the ladies in the mud fight above were a blast), and the food was delicious.