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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

VW Bug Powered By Your

VW Bug Powered By Your PoopThere’s something about defecation that seems to both fascinate and revulse humans at the same time. In other words, there’s just something funny about poop and I can’t explain it. I will however, direct your attention to a poop-powered VW Bug built by some enterprising Brits.
GENeco has streamlined a process that allows this VW Bug to run on methane. This has been done before, but many methane vehicles had decreased performance because the fecal fuel wasn’t “clean” enough. GENeco seems to have solved this problem, and the Bio Bug as it is being called, is being hailed as a breakthough in poop-power.
The Bio Bug can run on either regular fuel, or on methane—although in the latter mode it requires a bit of regular fuel to initiate the start-up process (like many bio-diesel cars). The solid waste matter from 70 homes can provide enough fuel for the Bio Bug to drive 10,000 miles a year. So while you might not be able to power your car on just your own poop (unless you have a very large family), it can take you quite some distance on your neighborhood’s bowel movements.
However, GENeco is in the business of processing solid waste, resulting in 18 million cubic meters of bio-gas every year. That is enough gas to drive the Bio Bug over 95,000,000 miles a year. GENeco plans to convert its fleet of vehicles over to bio-gas after testing the Bio Bug extensively. This is nothing to laugh at; just savvy engineering and cost saving measures from a company thinking ahead.
SOURCE: GO Media - Written by Christopher DeMorro

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Monday, August 16, 2010

My Coach Jillian

8 Things You Need To Know About Jillian Michaels

by Kate Meyers
published: 08/04/2010

For eight seasons, Jillian Michaels, all 5 feet 2, 120 pounds of her—including chiseled arms, ripped abs, and raspy voice—has been instigating her unique brand of harassment as trainer extraordinaire on NBC’s The Biggest Loser .

This summer, the 36-year-old crisscrossed the country on
Losing It With Jillian, a reality show in which she brought frayed families emotional peace, wellness, and weight loss—8 95 pounds all told in six weeks. Here, Michaels, who has struggled with her own family issues—she’s still estranged from her father—explains why the person she’s trying hardest to fix is herself.

1. I was a fat kid with a unibrow

In eighth grade, I weighed 175 pounds and my nose was the size of a softball. Once, I was sitting at lunch and got surrounded by a bunch of kids who let me have it about how ugly I was-—my unibrow, the size of my nose, the fat rolling over my jeans. It was pure hell. My mom had to pull me out and put me in another school.

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2. Martial arts saved me

My mom signed me up for a martial-arts class in ninth grade. That’s when I started to believe in myself. It taught me that if I didn’t respect myself, no one else would respect me. It helped me to redefine myself. I still identify with people who are struggling to an extreme degree. I want to fix the situation. Helping others brings peace to the helpless feeling inside of me.

Jillian Michaels at age 13Jillian Michaels, age 13. She weighed 165 pounds at the time.
3. I’ve been in therapy since I was 5 years old
I was a very anxious kid. I had night terrors. I couldn’t breathe. My mom is a therapist, and she wanted to make sure that I had someone to talk to. I had a very strained relationship with my father, especially when my parents got divorced. I still try to go to therapy at least twice a week. It has given me the confidence to pursue the things I love, and it’s important that I don’t end up playing out my own pain and insecurities with the people I’m trying to help.

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4. My mother taught me a great life lesson

I don’t know where I would be without my mother’s patience and constant love. She taught me that I have value beyond measure. At every point in my life, no matter what the circumstance, that lesson has helped me to help other people reach their dreams. For many of the people I work with, no one ever taught them that. That gift of self-esteem, that nugget, was the seed that she planted.

5. I still don’t talk to my dad

I have no communication with my father. The relationship is hurtful to me in its current incarnation. But I have to take a step back and create space.

6. I wish I was calmer

I’m a constant whirling dervish; everything around me is intense and chaotic. I have these conversations with myself where I say, “Everything’s going to be fine.” And then I tell myself, “ No, it’s not. It’s a disaster.” I’m brutal with myself. I’m obsessive. When I describe myself, it’s tragic.

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7. I want at least two children

I’m hoping I’ll have the motherhood thing figured out within five years. I was an only child for a long time, and it was lonely, so I would like to have at least two kids. As long as children have love, that’s all that matters, but in an ideal scenario I’d want them to have a father.

8. I have a tattoo of my grandmother

I have a huge tattoo on my ankle. It’s a guardian angel with a picture of my grandmother, Renee. My grandmother passed away when I was 10. I was very, very close to her. She was always there for me. She would have loved to have seen what my life is like now. My mom is like, “Honey, you’re going to get run-down. You’re going to burn out.” She’s proud, but she worries. My grandmother would have said, “This is part of the ride, enjoy it!”

Friday, August 13, 2010

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Still have heat wave here

To see if your state is included in an excessive heat warning or advisory, click here. For information on keeping you, your children, your neighbors and your pets safe and healthy during the extreme heat, click here.
Excessive heat warning in effect for several southeastern states
Excessive heat warning in effect for several southeastern states
Heat is the number one weather-related killer, so say experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Something to remember, now that the NOAA has issued heat warnings for Ala., Miss., and parts of Georgia and other neighboring states.
According to WAFF in Huntsville, an excessive heat warning remains in effect through 8pm Wednesday, as temperatures are expected to exceed 100 degrees Tuesday and Wednesday.
This kind of oppressive heat can lead to heat illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke and even death, with 162 heat-related deaths reported on average, per year, over a 10-year period. (By contrast, hurricanes claim an average of 117 lives; lightning, 48.)
Excessive heat warnings are used for conditions posing a threat to life or property. (An advisory is for less serious conditions that cause significant discomfort or inconvenience and, if caution is not taken, could lead to a threat to life and/or property.)
Here are ways to ensure your children’s safety during these warnings:
  • Make sure your child’s safety seat and safety belt buckles aren’t too hot before securing your child in a safety restraint system, especially when your car has been parked in the heat.
  • Never leave your child unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows down.
  • Teach children not to play in, on or around cars.
  • Always lock car doors and trunks–even at home–and keep keys out of children’s reach.
  • Always make sure all children have left the car when you reach your destination. Don’t leave sleeping infants in the car ever!
Remember, a car’s internal temperature can hit 123 degress in just one hour when it is just 80 degrees outside.
Here is what the NOAA suggests adults do to stay stafe during heat warnings and advisories:
  • Slow down: Reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities until the coolest time of day.
  • Dress for summer: Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
  • Put less fuel on your inner fires: Foods, like meat and other proteins that increase metabolic heat production also increase water loss.
  • Drink plenty of water or other non-alcohol or decaffeinated fluids: Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • During excess heat, spend more time in air-conditioned places: Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat.
  • Don’t get too much sun: Sunburn reduces your body’s ability to dissipate heat.
  • Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a physician.
Remember to also check on senior friends, family and neighbors. They are also vulnerable to the heat, as are our four-legged friends.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Sun Spots, Solar Flares ,Heat Waves, Electrical Surges!

Sun Spots, Solar Flares ,Heat Waves, Electrical Surges!
How would I know this type of heat wave, electric surge and loss of my cool air would end up making me so sick! My gut even hurts! Darn!

My guy friend warning me another is due to hit us! NASA saying this is the worse they have ever seen ? Oh great!

On August 1, 2010, almost the entire Earth-facing side of the sun erupted in a tumult of activity. This image from the Solar Dynamics Observatory of the news-making solar event on August 1 shows the C3-class solar flare.

Great Ball of Fire

On August 1, 2010, almost the entire Earth-facing side of the sun erupted in a tumult of activity. This image from the Solar Dynamics Observatory of...

FAREWELL SOLAR MINIMUM: Solar activity is picking up and that gives some astronomers reason to wake up in the morning. "Ah the dawn of a new day... and what a day it was!" says Wouter Verhesen of the Netherlands, who took this picture of the morning sun on August 6th:

Pete Lawrence,
Selsey, West Sussex, UK
Aug. 12, 2009
#1, #2 Gotcha! The distinctive colour change as the meteor comes through the atmosphere can clearly be seen here as well as a pair of terminal bursts as the Perseid meteoroid finally meets its end.
PERSEID METEOR UPDATE: "The Perseids are booming here in Alabama," reports astronomer Bill Cooke of the Marshall Space Flight Center. "Although the peak of the shower is almost a week away, we saw five Perseid fireballs last night (Aug. 5-6)

Even with fried surge protectors some of my electric items were lost ! So I am not the only one who got sick:) I will try I really will try to hang in there.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Fire Works happened at my Home yesterday!

Fire Works happened at my Home yesterday!

Fire ,sparks, smoke, all types of noise as an electric surge went like a wave and took out everything!

Yes, it shut down air and fan in 110 degree heat !!!!!

I Packed up a few clothes along with important papers and grab bird
cage! Off we went to safety until an a fire/ electric safety check was

At eleven last night got new Surge Protectors to replace ones that
burned up and in them so doing, saving a lot of big money items! Hurray for
cheap Surge Protectors! Saved a few things.

But! Big screen TV , Washing Machine, Micro Wave Oven, sound card on computer got a short and took out speakers. So all those things are out of business,  one frig sounds funny now after Surge. I am just getting around to try using different items to see if they turn on.