Saturday, December 29, 2012
I've been monitoring our energy usage since our geo-thermal HVAC was installed. I got the bill for the second full month this week. We used 1124 KWH for the month of December 2012. Between 2002 and 2011 our average energy usage for the month of December was 3626 KWH. The highest month was December 2004 when we used 4680 KWH and the lowest month was in 2010 when we used 2900 KWH. Translated into dollars, we saved about $284.00 on our electric bill this month. Here's the formula I am using for my calculations: (3626-1124=2502) X 0.113452 per KWH this month = 283.86
Posted by Bruce Prescott at 8:17 AM
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
News reports indicate that Dick's Sporting Goods has suspended sales of assault rifles like the one used in the massacre of school children at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. Why didn't somebody at Dick's consider the ramifications these weapons could have on corporate reputation and profit before this incident? Many years ago, while I was a seminary student, I worked as a Security Manager for JCPenney's. At that time they sold sporting goods, including firearms. At one time, Penney's sold a pistol grip shotgun with an 18 inch barrel. The manufacturer called it a "Snake Charmer." It didn't look like a snake charmer to me. I had worked for a Police Department for five years. To me, it looked like a sawed-off shotgun. I wrote a letter to the District Manager and asked him why Penney's sold an easily concealable shotgun that appeared perfectly designed to be attractive to the criminal element of society. I suggested that a sensational crime using such a weapon could seriously damage the company's reputation. Within a week, the weapons were pulled from the stores and the District Manager called to thank me for calling his attention to this item.
Posted by Bruce Prescott at 7:48 AM
Monday, December 17, 2012
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
Judge John E. Jones' lecture on "The U.S. Constitution's Intelligent Design." The lecture concluded an interdisciplinary dream course at the University of Oklahoma. It was delivered on December 6, 2012. Judge Jones was the presiding jurist in the Kitzmiller vs. the Dover Pennsylvania School District case that ruled on whether "Intelligent Design" could be taught in public schools.
Posted by Bruce Prescott at 5:23 PM
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Saturday, December 01, 2012
U.S. and World News Report has published a story about Brown University students cracking the shorthand code that Roger Williams, founder of the First Baptist Church in America and founder of Rhode Island Colony, used to make notes for himself. Here's what they discovered:
Williams' system consisted of 28 symbols that stand for a combination of English letters or sounds. How they're arranged is key to their meaning; arrange them one way and you get one word, arrange them another, you get something different. One major complication, according to Mason-Brown: Williams often improvised. From there, Mason-Brown was able to translate scattered fragments, and the students determined there were three separate sections of notes. Two are Williams' writings on other books, a 17th century historical geography and a medical text. The third — and most intriguing — is 20 pages of Williams' original thoughts on one of the major theological issues of the day: infant baptism.
Posted by Bruce Prescott at 7:41 AM