October 22nd, 2011

Drinking Crow

Drink More Whisky. Save The Earth.

According to this article from The Guardian, it seems that by-products from distilling process could be used to power cars and even aviation. Using samples from the Glenkinchie Distillery in East Lothian, researchers at Edinburgh Napier University have developed a method of producing biofuel from two main by-products of the whisky distilling process – "pot ale", the liquid from the copper stills, and "draff", the spent grains.

Copious quantities of both waste products are produced by the £4bn whisky industry each year, and the scientists say there is real potential for the biofuel, to be available at local garage forecourts alongside traditional fuels. It can be used in conventional cars without adapting their engines. The team also said it could be used to fuel planes and as the basis for chemicals such as acetone, an important solvent.

Read on. There's no extra crops grown like for ethanol, and this biofuel has 30% more power output. Drink up!
There Is No Banana

Hmm...Yeah, Maybe Not

You know....the more I think about it, the more that yesterday's announcement of the new WoW expansion is eating at me. It just...I dunno, it's just silly and not right, for me. In the end, i think it's far enough 'out there' that it's making me face the things about WoW that I already wasn't crazy about, and the combination is enough to make me think hard about it.

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Just thinking out loud.

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After discussing it further, J and I decided that we simply were ready to move on. As of today, we are no longer citizens of Warcraft. Feels pretty good to cut it loose, actually. Onward!