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Roe V Wade.
January 22, 2009, 5:17 pm
Filed under: Gays, Liberal Hippy Bullshit

This is me blogging for choice.

Yay choice.

For more info: hit up the person who actually told me to blog for choice.

Happy Now Wicki?

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Nukes.
July 20, 2008, 5:04 pm
Filed under: Obsessions | Tags: , , , ,

So, I bet you think that this random college kid has no idea about nuclear power, refining fuel, and long term waste storage. Well, guess what, I might as well have been raised in a spent fuel pool up in CY (Connecticut Yankee Power Plant), because I know FAR too much about Nuclear Power, and I betcha I understand it better than the Idiot In Chief.

And as such I’d like to inform the public of a few things.

Nuclear Energy: Waste, Power, “Dangers,” Storage, and Research.

First things first: Nuclear Energy IS green energy. Coal and Oil plants release more radioactive particles into the environment than a Nuclear Power facility.

No, I’m not making shit up, it’s true. Coal and Oil burning releases smog, and even with their scrubbers and whatever (that plants only put on to meet with government regulations, if they didn’t have to, they wouldn’t do it). Nuclear plants don’t release ANYTHING. It’s all a closed system. Anything (like water) that flows out of a facility is only used for cooling water in other pipes after it powers turbines.

There’s two schematic drawings that can help explain that here.

Now, how about Nuclear Waste? That green glowing goo stuff? Doesn’t exist. Radioactive waste, both high and low level, is: SOLID. It actually looks like little chunks of re-bar. Yeah. So no green Simpson’s goo. Sorry.

Also, Nuclear Waste is the only power plant waste product that can be reprocessed and USED AGAIN. Yep. You can Reprocess spent fuel rods (aka low level waste…the only kind of waste the US produces right now) multiple times, and get 14-4% waste on all ore.That means we WON’T RUN OUT OF IT LIKE WE WILL OIL. And we can minimize our waste output. (The only difference is that this is reffered to as high level waste, meaning it has a longer decay chain.)

I THINK THAT MAKES IT RENEWABLE ENERGY FOLKS!!!!! Dur.

The decay chains of low level and high level waste however, are both BILLIONS OF YEARS. We put them in casks sealed with concrete, then sealed with lead, then sealed with concrete, and we do one of a few things: Put them in Yucca Mountain (which isn’t built yet…Bucking Fush) or we monitor them in spent fuel pool on site at the reactor (ala Connecticut Yankee Power Plant), we launch them into the sun (yeah, no), or we put them in cold storage (no, it’s not a fridge, it’s just underground), or use it for research, or many many other things.

One thing? Reprocessing waste has been illegal since the Carter administration. Why? Carter was afraid of the science. No. Really.

Also, there has never been a Nuclear Waste incident. Evar.

Oh, and all of those “Nuclear Power Plant Disasters?” Chernobyl? Well they DIDN’T HAVE A CONTAINMENT BUILDING. Or TRAINING for their employees. They didn’t know what the fuck they were DOING!!!!! Like a monkey playing with a frog in a blender…oy. Also, not in the US.

Three Mile Island? Oh Yeah we forgot to tell you that NO ONE WAS INJURED, not even a papercut, NO WASTE WAS RELEASED, and yeah it was a Worst Case Scenario, that ended up with bungled management, yet still was an accident that resulted in NO CASUALTIES. HOW IS THAT A BAD THING?!?!?!

But of course everyone freaked out because they didn’t understand the technology behind reactors and made it a huge deal. Despite the fact that it should have been heralded as a triumph. Fuckingfuckerfuckswithstupidfacescantfuckingtellagoodthingwhentheyhaveone.

Last, but not least, this is all about fission. What about Fusion? The GRAND DADDY of all power? If we figured it out, we’d be literally harnessing the power of the sun. But no, Nukes are Scary!!! Yeah, and learning more about things makes them LESS SCARY.

Finally, I’d just like to say that the stuff that goes into reactors isn’t the stuff that goes into bombs and warheads. Plutonium is not Uranium. Sorry Kids.

And lastly, yes you can run plants with Plutonium, and with the amount of warheads that the US has, we could power the country for 10 years at our current energy consumption. Make Energy Not Bombs.



‘Just Jack’ and PUKE.
April 2, 2008, 3:35 pm
Filed under: Housekeeping | Tags: , , , , ,

Jack. The Cat. Pukes.

This is a cruel and unusual world. Why? Because yesterday, when I spent the day with my mother, the stupid new cat decided it would be a good time to get sick. Very sick. Every time he woke up I had to get up, run to pick him up and put him on the hard wood floor so he could puke anywhere but the carpet.

Deb would have preffered that I stick his head in the trash can, but I’d rather wipe it off the floor. Either way, he puked like 6 times after I got home to start cleaning up after him. He only once made it to the litter box. Puke-Face.

If he’s still puking tonight he’s going to the vet. He wasn’t puking this morning. So, we’ll see.

Someone, PLEASE make the cat stop vomiting. Really, he’s gonna strip the paint off the walls. Or I’m gonna step in it. And that’s just yucky.

So, someone get JACK OFF the carpet. Heheh Jack-Off. (Yeah, we like his name. We’re ten year olds.)



How NOT to cook.
March 26, 2008, 3:20 am
Filed under: Food, How To Cook (In College) | Tags: , , ,

Just remember: When you tell someone with a headache that you’ll cook for them, they won’t forget.

DAMN YOU HINCHUI!

Also, the new cat? Totally cute. Yes. We got ANOTHER ONE.



Damn.
March 26, 2008, 3:17 am
Filed under: Gays, Obsessions | Tags: , , ,

I have been discovered.

Shit.



Popcorn Balls!
March 19, 2008, 4:29 pm
Filed under: Food, How To Cook (In College) | Tags: , , , ,

What can I say, I had a craving. SOMEONE was talking about them last night. Well, so was Deborah. (Who, by the way, is all annoyed by the fact that she’s number Four on my list of things I like.)

Well Popcorn Balls. I’m making them soon. Why? Because I love them. And because they look like easter eggs if you make them weird shapes, so I’m doing that instead of going home.

Well the basic recipe is pretty easy, good for college students, kids, and my mother.

I tend to use a BIG bunch of pop corn. Somewhere between 4-6 quarts. Depending on how much of the sticky binding goo I make. (I tend to eyeball stuff, it’s faster..and so I eat sooner.) The lazy way to do this? Make 2-3 bags of microwave popcorn. Screw those fancy popcorn makers. That’s why I can nuke stuff. Stick it in a warm oven to keep it hot. Or just have someone make it just as you start making the syrup.

The sticky syrupy junk:
BUTTER
Sugar: 2 cups
Water: enough to dissolve the sugar (1 to 2 cups, but less water than sugar)
Salt: healthy pinch
Corn syrup: 1/2 a cup (the reason I haven’t made these yet…Need to stock pantry)
Vinegar: 1/2 cap (or a teaspoon)
Vanilla: 1 cap full (teaspoon…optional, but yummy)
Other small optionals: a little cayenne, some maple syrup, peanut butter, Kahlua, banana extract, peppermint extract, marshmallows, that kind of stuff. Just tweak as you see fit.

Basically, make a syrup:
FIRST: melt some butter in the pan.
Dissolve the sugar, corn syrup, salt, vinegar, and whatever else in the water, and make you-self a simple syrup. Stir it. A LOT. This stuff gets hot, so be careful, take your time, use medium heat, and let it get good and sticky. Let it start to bubble. It’s technically “Hard” stage on a candy thermometer, or 250F…That translates to kinda bubbly and sticky. It’s not an exact science. It’s really hard to screw these up.

Once you have syrupy yummyness, toss in the popcorn, stir to coat, butter you hands, and start shaping. You’ll figure out if you like them more loose, or more dense, leave them on a lightly buttered cookie sheet (or cutting board, if you’re me…). For fun, dust on some colored sugar at the end…they start to look like play pen balls.

*Yes this entry was written a while ago, sorry. Just got around to finishing it. OKAY!?!?! I’ll make them soon.



Salt: a love/hate relationship.
March 19, 2008, 4:00 pm
Filed under: Food, How To Cook (In College) | Tags: , , , , , , ,

So, it’s well known by many that I have salt issues. Not like, it’s falling out of my ears or anything, or that I don’t like it. I like salt, I REALLY REALLY DO. I just forget to add salt.

Case in point: Egg drop soup. I always buy low sodium broth if I’m buying stock (I’m LAZY! Yeah, I know, I hate me too.) About two weeks ago I made egg drop soup and somehow neglected the salt. It tasted like crap. And I was left to wonder why. In my saltless stupor.

Deborah then swooped in and salted the soup, making it taste not bland. I was forced to admit defeat. Damn.

This leads me to wonder. Why do I neglect the salt so much? I’m a big fan of kosher salt. I like it better than granulated. (Damn you Alton Brown!) But I haven’t been using kosher salt for about two years. I just forget to buy it. Again, with me sucking at life.

This leads me to my next idea. I’ve been planning a pantry stocking set of entries, and with my salt prompting I think it’s time. So Item one on the “Well Stocked Pantry” list is: Kosher Salt (unless you need the iodine. Then you’re beat.)

One final thought: Iodized salt: They iodize salt to prevent thyroid problems. Like goiters! Fun. So if you’re going to make the switch, eat some sushi once in a while. (It has iodine too.) Yeah.