Wind and Solar: A Real-World Observation

So this is one of those obvious things I see in the world,  but I’ve been having a hard time explaining it to people.

The Observation: Wind and Solar Power Suck, and will never amount to anything in our infrastructure.

The push back I always get is “Well it isn’t great now, but we’ll make some advancements, right?”

No, never, then I try to make an analogy that they fail to grasp and it goes down hill from there.

But I had an epiphany while doing the laundry. Yes, the laundry, and not just any laundry, my wife’s delicates.

See, Mrs. Weer’d has laundry that is made from spun angel hair, or the down from baby frogs and other such materials that just can’t be cleaned in normal ways. They aren’t “Dry Clean Only”, but we have a special hamper where she puts that stuff in.

How do I clean these magical things? Well step one is to dial back the washing machine to “Delicate” so it beat them to death like the rags I wear, and that setting will only dispense cold water so no delicate fabrics will shrink, and no colors will run.

Step two: Line dry only. This part SUCKS in the winter, I have racks I set up and it generally takes all day for the bastards to dry. But in the warm months it’s not bad, I have a clothes line that I hang them out in, and generally they’re dry in a few hours.

See today I was noting that it wasn’t terribly hot or sunny, but it’s retentively dry out, and there was a nice stiff breeze blowing….. EUREKA! WIND AND SOLAR!

My issue with wind and solar is not the technology, it’s the medium. Wind and solar just aren’t violent things, it’s energy for sure, but nothing compared to say the force of water dropping several hundred feet, or a raging fire generating steam.

Think about it, when I wash my clothes, I can just pitch them in the dryer and set that sucker on “Max” and I have dry clothes in 20 mins. think about it, a clothes dryer is simply a small gas fire on a rotating drum. There’s air flow and agitation too, but honestly that feature is mostly there so it doesn’t catch the clothes on fire. It’s so violent that it drys clothes in a fraction of the time, and might damage more delicate clothes. Oh and my gas-fired dryer costs pennies to run. Cheap, easy, and efficient power.

Now I’m not AGAINST wind and solar, I hang out my laundry in the summer because it costs nothing to dry vs Pennies, and what do I care if my clothes aren’t dry in 20 mins. So if there is a cheap solar or wind system that I can put up to make even a little bit of power on my house for free, I’m cool with that.

Except wind and solar isn’t cheap, in fact it’s really fucking expensive, and it simply can’t keep up with the types of power we use RIGHT NOW, and until we live in a planet where stepping out on a windy or sunny day is as dangerous as jumping off Hoover dam, or standing on a pile of burning garbage, it never will compete.

There is energy there, but frankly it just isn’t very much.

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 064: Erin is Captain Now

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In This Episode:

Weer’d is on vacation in Ireland, so Erin takes over the ship (“Look at me. LOOK AT ME. I’m the Captain now.”) and enlists ACP contributor Egghead to be her Cabin Boy for the show.

  • Erin and Egghead discuss two very surprising Tweets that address mass shootings in unexpected ways;
  • David tells us what gear we need to avoid doing the Hot Brass Dance;
  • Egghead reviews the CountyComm GP-5 General Purpose Radio for both Ham operators and preppers;
  • and Trunk Monkey Steve tells us how he keeps his Ninja Wagon up and running in Tales from the Trunk.

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Show Notes

Main Topic

Gun Lovers and Other Strangers

General Purpose Egghead

 

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 063: Circuses and Monkeys

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In This Episode:

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss the return of Cam & Company and some of the recent developments at the NRA, specifically the consolidation of power by Wayne La Pierre;
  • Egghead reviews the Niteforce P12 flashlight;
  • Oddball explains the pros and cons of different knife handle materials;
  • and Weer’d brings us an interview with Jake Skillett of VonBernd K-9 Training.

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Show Notes

Main Topic

General Purpose Egghead

Oddball’s Corner Pocket

Jake Skillett

 

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 062: A Case of the Sillies

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In This Episode:

  • Erin and Weer’d giggle a lot;
  • David brings us some tales of humor and woe from his job as a firearms trainer;
  • The Egghead reviews the Thyrm Switchback flashlight accessory;
  • In part two of his interview with Logan Metesh of High Caliber History, Weer’d and Logan discuss the Pederson Device;
  • and Steve brings us a little snapshot on what a Monday afternoon looks like for a private investigator.

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Show Notes

Egghead

High Caliber History

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 061: Geeks Gotta Geek Out

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In This Episode:

  • Weer’d and Erin have a geek-out session over nerd stuff, then reveal that the new editor of Bearing Arms is a friend of the show;
  • Oddball picked up a new knife (surprise!) and gives us a review of the tungsten carbide Sandrin TCK;
  • David discusses traveling with a firearm and explains the intricacies the Firearms Owner’s Protection Act;
  • and Weer’d Interviews Logan Metesh of High Caliber History to discuss the career of a famous gun designer you’ve never heard of: John Pederson.

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Show Notes

Main Topic

Oddball’s Corner Pocket

Gun Lovers and Other Strangers

Logan Metesh Interview

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 060: Show Your Work and Use Footnotes

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In This Episode:

  • Erin and Weer’d talk about the demise of Eric Swalwell’s presidential hopes;
  • Weer’d interviews Dr. John Edeen of Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership (DRGO);
  • David lists some of the 2A pitfalls of living in Tennessee;
  • and Egghead gives us Theremin Build Part 2: Oscillators.

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Show Notes

Main Topic

Dr. John Edeen

Gun Lovers and Other Strangers

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 59: LibertyCon AAR

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This is another Roundtable episode because Erin got in late from LibertyCon and David, Oddball and Xander all attended as well, so it became an impromptu after-action report of the convention.

We mainly discussed LibertyCon and its events, but there is discussion of a few current 2A topics, and Erin got VERY tired at the end.

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Handgun Radio Live

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 058: Roundtable Nerd Singularity

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Due to the popularity of the Round Table format of Episode 53,  We’ve decided to make it a regular feature of the show.

In This Episode:

  • We got extra Geeky talking about Kline Bottles
  • The Horrors of Whisker Fatigue
  • Erin’s Travels to Minnesota for their Pride Parade
  • The Suspension of Chris Cox and ending of NRA TV
  • Oregon’s Governor sending the State Police to Collect GOP Lawmakers
  • And the Hi-Point Yeet Cannon and the hilarity that surrounds

 

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