Month: June 2007

Anti-war Demonstrations

They’re happening. But the mainstream media won’t cover it so others step in to fill the void.

The Iraq Veterans Against War recently had a nice demonstration in Manhattan in which they showed people what they had to do in Iraq, while also voicing their opposition to the war.

Lets face it, Iraq is a debacle, a quagmire, or whatever you’d prefer to call it.

Keepin’ Cool

It’s been unusually warm for late May and early June in casa de Truthspew.

We had an air conditioner. It was a Frigidaire 8,800 btu unit. It could basically make a room arctic.

It even got struck by lightning but I was able to repair it. The electrical connections were all just blackened lumps but I carefully rewired it and it gave us another few years of service. But after a more than a decade of service, it finally lost its magic smoke and didn’t work anymore. Chances are I could have repaired it but my time wasn’t worth it when a new unit can be had for less than $100.

So we ended up with a Haier 5,200 btu air conditioner for $79.99. We already have a Haier tabletop dishwasher that works very well and we’ll probably end up buying this one to cover the office and middle room.

But the problem was power. The back of the building faces up against a brick wall with about a foot and a half clearance. So I was able to hang the unit in that window. But it’s little six foot power cord wouldn’t reach the outlets on the other side of the room. What to do, what to do.

The owners manual warns you not to use an extension cord. But those warning don’t apply to me as I know how to read power requirements and calculate the necessary parameters for an extension.

Some background info on the unit, it consume 4.8A at 115V. That’s a total of 552W (W=I*V where I is the current, V is the voltage. A better explanation of Ohm’s Law can be found here.)

Another neat trick is figuring out what it’ll cost to run this baby. I plan on running mine approximately twelve hours a day. During that twelve hours it’s duty cycle or time the compressor is running will be approximately one third of that twelve hours, or four hours. The remaining eight hours will require enough energy to run the fan which we’ll assume is 100W.

So 552W*4 hours = 2,208 Wh (Watt hours) , divide that by a thousand to get 2.208kWh (Kilo Watt hours). Then take the 100W*8 hours = 800Wh or .8kWh. So in a day this unit uses about 3kWh.

3kWh * 30 days = 90kWh. At an effective fourteen cents per kWh it means it’ll cost me $12.60 a month to run this unit.

Not too bad. You can do this with anything in your household so long as you know the power requirements. A microwave oven for example might require 10A to get up near 1200W of power, but it’s only used for minutes at a time so you have to average out over a time period to see the actual cost.

It’s a good way to cross check your electric bill.

Pssst, want a Joost Invite?

I finally got access to Joost, the online television service. Works very nicely with the wide aspect screen on my laptop. If you want an invite let me know in the comments.

Channel content is getting interesting. They’ve got MTV, Logo, several international channels, music channels, and some things your cable provider never told you about. Enjoy Sud Americano beisbol? It’s there. Have fun and give the finger to your cable company.

Eastern European Fundamentalists

This story Crucible Of Hate on the Guardian’s site is disturbing on many levels.

One of them is this:

Maslakovs’ views on homosexuality, he says, are Christian beliefs. He has particular affinity with the New Generation Church, an evangelical organisation with a swelling international congregation of mostly Russian speakers. The group now has 108 churches in 15 countries, including Argentina, Israel and America. It is headed by Aleksey Ledyaev, a publicity-savvy pastor with close ties to the Christian right in America. In February, Pastor Ledyaev attended a breakfast at the White House hosted by President Bush. “He’s a very good man, a very powerful man. He has many connections with parliament and worldwide connections to the USA and Russia. He agrees with me,” says Maslakovs.

Yes, that is correct. The American Christian Right is funding and sponsoring these hate groups in eastern Europe. And we’ve found out how duplicitous they are. Ted Haggard was one of those btw.

Then there’s this charming little piece:
In Moscow last Sunday, gay activists were punched, kicked and pelted with eggs by a mob – some holding crucifixes – as they tried to hand a petition signed by 40 MEPs to the mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, in protest at his ban on a Pride parade.

Wave a fucking crucifix in front of me and you’re going to be very likely to have it forcibly shoved up your ass. Keep your fucking religion to yourself.

The Mother of All Purity Tests

Uncle Polt turned me on to this one. I’m a little concerned that one of my groups is “old geezer”. But I’ve still got my rebel heart.

The Everything Test

There are many different types of tests on the internet today. Personality tests, purity tests, stereotype tests, political tests. But now, there is one test to rule them all.

Traditionally, online tests would ask certain questions about your musical tastes or clothing for a stereotype, your experiences for a purity test, or deep questions for a personality test.We’re turning that upside down – all the questions affect all the results, and we’ve got some innovative results too! Enjoy :-)

Personality
You are more emotional than logical, more concerned about self than concerned about others, more atheist than religious, more dependent than loner, more lazy than workaholic, more rebel than traditional, more engineering mind than artistic mind, more cynical than idealist, more leader than follower, and more extroverted than introverted.

As for specific personality traits, you are adventurious (100%), intellectual (89%), romantic (86%), innovative (71%).

Stereotypes
Young Professional 70%
Old Geezer 67%
College Student 64%
 
Life Experience
Sex 69%
Substances 38%
Travel 24%

Politics
Your political views would best be described as Socialist, whom you agree with around 100% of the time.
  Socioeconomic
Your attitude toward life best associates you with Upper Class. You make more than 93% of those who have taken this test, and 33% more than the U.S. average.

If your life was a movie, it would be rated R.
By the way, your hottness rank is 69%, hotter than 80% of other test takers.

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What’s more interesting is that I’m rated upper class. Say what? I’m solidly middle but we’ll not get into that one.