An Update, and Random Thoughts

An Update, and Random Thoughts

  Tactical Medicine Update I wanted to pass along a couple of updates to my post on the Tactical Medicine class I took. The official military training curriculum for combat medics and the like is on Deployed Medicine.  You don’t need to be in the military to use...
The Economics of Solar Panels

The Economics of Solar Panels

I’ve heard it said that “Solar panels don’t pay for themselves.” Let’s investigate this claim: This is an expensive U.S.-made solar panel. It costs $435, is rated at 430W, and has a 25 year warranty: **Made In The USA** Mission 430W 72C PV Module Vermont is a really...
But You Said There Would Be No Math! (Version 3.14159…)

But You Said There Would Be No Math! (Version 3.14159…)

The calculation of the number pi has been pursued for thousands of years, using both geometric and infinite series techniques. For example, the Leibniz series for pi is 4 times the infinite series (1 – 1/3 + 1/5 – 1/7 + 1/9 …). Since the advent of modern computers, pi...
Big Ass Fans

Big Ass Fans

As I write this, I am not bed ridden, but I am not feeling particularly well.  I am just sitting and watching the ceiling fan spin because I am incapable of taking a nap. This is my review of New Belgium VooDoo Ranger Juice Force IPA: I never did like installing...
The Three Thousand Dollar Shirt

The Three Thousand Dollar Shirt

The following image is from Topographia Hiberniae (The Topography of Ireland), Giraldus Cambrensis (Gerald of Wales), 1188.  It shows an Irishman dressed in a basic linen shirt (the leine) and a pair of woolen pants (the trius).   This would be representative of...