At the Pacific Power Association meeting in Palau this past week, officials expressed a desire to explore renewable energy sources for their island nations. Wind, solar, geothermal, even wave power are the subjects of discussion at this meeting. Good luck. I am afraid it is mostly talk and big ideas at this point. Anything tangible is still years down the road.
Working through a large pile of magazines right now:
- Outside – still a good outdoor sports & camping magazine
- Utne Reader – a great roundup of alternative magazines
- Scientific American – she blinded me, with science!
- New Yorker – ain’t I artsy?
- MacWorld – it’s just getting staler all the time
- National Geographic – all the purty pictures
- Rolling Stone – boy this just sucks now, I remember when it actually meant something
- Trimtab – newsletter from the Buckminster Fuller Institute
- Archaeology – getting the dirt on prehistory
- Game Informer – my new reading material for the bathroom
- Beloit College Magazine – the old alma mater
Reading The Diamond Age, by Neal Stephenson – nothing like a little cyberpunk sci-fi.
I was afraid of this. The location of the big tire fire Saturday night was BKA-Ko’ku Recycling, the place I mentioned last month. They recently introduced tire recycling to Guam. The company just purchased a $100,000 tire baler to make dense compacted cubes from old tires. The cubes are suitable for a number of construction purposes. It is a great idea and a practical solution to a pressing problem on Guam. Too bad; now they are a smoking cinder in the ground.
I will be interested to hear what the fire department’s inquiry discovers. I imagine it was the usual destructive combo; too much beer after work, a lit cigarette, some oily rags, ka-BOOM. Another good idea goes up in smoke.
A huge fire erupted last night (Saturday) in Barrigada when a tire dump ignited next to the PriceSmart warehouse shopping club. It’s expected to burn for several days.
Lovely. Remind me not to go anywhere near that area for a week. It’s gonna stick up there for a long time. Not to mention all the people in Barrigada Heights that are breathing the fumes, that can’t be good for anybody’s health.