Category Archives: Renewables / Alternate Energy

Blast From The Past

Humpday, 11 Wintring 2016

Here’s a little something I first posted in Falltring (roughly Septemberish) 2005:


Update From The Front

Tuesday, 26 Falltring 2005

We aren’t sure if there are many of you out there who have even heard of the Veggie Van, much less keep up with its’ adventures in traveling around the country and promoting biodiesel as an alternative to petroleum based fuel.

However, we have to tell you that Josh Tickell has been busy in the last few weeks helping out with NOLA disaster recovery*. Here’s the latest update on his activities, as well as a request for some assistance. If you live in the Altanta area, we would like to ask that you pay particular attention to this message:

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your continued donations and support for our relief work in Louisiana. If you are reading this email, then our ship has passed the Gulf oil derricks and dipped back into cell phone coverage, and we are likely close to, or inside of the mouth of the Mississippi River. It has been an amazing voyage and I will soon have updates available on my blog at

Until then, we need help organizing the next portion of the Veggie Van’s trip across the Southeast.

We are in need of the following:

1) A car and driver to follow the Veggie Van from Lake Charles, Louisiana to Atlanta, Georgia. We will depart from Lake Charles on Wed. Sept. 21 and arrive in Atlanta on Saturday Sept 24. (This may slide forward a day depending on conditions). Car and driver will travel with
a cameraperson to get shots from the road. We will be staying with families affected by the Katrina disaster. This is semi-voluntary work. We will pay for your food, fuel and take care of your accommodations as well as give you $25/day.

2) A qualified diesel or truck mechanic in Atlanta, Georgia that can take receipt of the Veggie Van upon arrival. Known problems so far include a coolant hose that must be replaced and a leaking brake system. Other problems may arise with the old van before she lands in

3) A friend who can offer two or three people a place to stay in Atlanta for one night.

4) A safe place to keep the Veggie Van in Atlanta for about a month. The van is 21 feet long, 8.5 feet wide and 8 foot 8 inches tall.

Please let us know if you can help us on this incredible voyage by emailing the item you can help with and your contact details to:

And don’t forget to read my blog and listen to my audio updates on

Thank you!

Josh Tickell

We wish Josh all the best in his efforts, and ask once more: if you’re in metro Altanta, and you can give him and his group some assistance, please consider doing so. You’ll be glad you did!

* – amazing how progressives seem to be helping out without even being asked, or being concerned about their profit margins on the recovery work. Funny how that works…


I am happy to report that Josh is still around and interested in helping anyone who would like to try and tyransition from fossil fuels to more sustainable alternatives. I have sent a message and might even update the studio audience if I get any information to update you with.

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It’s 2014 Already. Where Are The Flying Cars?

Tuesday, 29 Reckning 2014

Many have heard about the famous IBM flying car commercial, but I am unsure how many are aware that it was a 2000 commercial for a rival to Microsoft Office that IBM was pimping to try and convince the business community that it would be wiser to use this computer software stuff instead of that computer software stuff to handle their computer software needs. I’m not sure how to tell you how that all went down except to inform you that I know of people who, to this day, are still using both in their day to day business activities. And that IBM and Microsoft are still both quite profitable corporate entities today.

Somebody should stop to think of the incredible complications that would be coming up if people could get their very own vehicle to fly from their homes to the local store whenever they needed another deck of smokes and a six pack for the night, and there was more than enough charge left in the batteries from the day’s activities to get the job done. And they had better do it very quickly – the Moller SkyCar is $80 million closer to being a reality and the Terrafugia looks so awesome I can’t believe I haven’t seen one around the high end part of town. They are talking about 8-12 years until their TF-X vehicle is available for production but hopefully they will have a lot of the kinks in the autopilot systems worked out by then as well.

My basic point is to let you know, if you weren’t already aware, that there are already the beginnings of a brave new world out there. I hope to find that the wonderful toys I featured on these pages in days gone by are still available for those interested in acquiring them as I resurrect more and more old content.

But I would really like to show you, dear reader, something else that has been pointed to by the Shakesville Science Department:




This sounds like a very interesting concept. The potholes are quite nasty around these parts these days and the thought of these panels all over the place (along with the improved roadwork and sanitation / runoff water reclamation potential that comes with their installation) sounds like it has a lot of potential for improving road conditions, improving the national infrastructure, and improving the quality of life in the areas where it gets installed. If they can do this for less than concrete or asphalt then let me know when I can install it in my driveway and my sidewalks. I would definitely consider replacing as much of my pitiful excuse for a lawn as possible at the same time. You can check out their IndieGoGo campaign, and anyone who knows Jay Leno should really tell him about this and ask him if he would be interested in installing a prototype in his zones. I would absolutely love it if they caught on and started getting installed all over the place. I was going to send an email to Ed Begley Jr., an amazingly together and awesomely inspiring individual to many, not least Your Humble Narrator* – but I recently learned that he has been attempted to be punked by that Teabagging Republicant Piece of Kimchi James O’Keefe and is probably not in the mood to hear from some blogger, even if he is one of his biggest fans. But, Ed – seriously, you should look into this – especially if there are some serious potholes in any of your pathways…

It is my sincere hope that I am able to see at least some of these technological advances in place and functioning in the real world. Quite a long way to come from someone who used to dream of living in a corridor…

* – many eons ago in internets time, I contacted Ed about a bit that he did that I dug up, and he informed me about him and Michael Nesmith riffing one day. You can hear the clip I have of most of the results of that riffing here.