Tuesday, August 01, 2017

I guess eventually we will all need battery backup.

Californians Asked To Reduce Energy Use During August Solar Eclipse.

Seriously - this is the long con. When I first starting reading these stories I thought they were just exaggerating and I sort of rolled my eyes. How could we have enough solar power on the grid that this would make a difference at all? But they claim they generate enough power for 600,000 homes.

I wrote an article a while back talking about how unstable the grid was becoming because of solar. In this case we live in the era of redundant power I guess. Because when the sun goes out, all of that power needs to come from somewhere.

Probably things will be fine... but this is just the most ridiculous path. Convince governments to buy the least effective type of power. Then when a one time event happens everyone feels they need to have a generator "just in case". Walla - Tesla wins again.


  1. Capital of Texas RefugeeTuesday, August 01, 2017 5:09:00 PM

    I'm driving to Tennessee to see the eclipse.

    The total eclipse will be around 2 minutes and 10 seconds where I'll be.

    The partial eclipse will last for at least a couple of hours.

    Fortunately since Tennessee is a state where they understand that God Himself drives a 4x4 or a pickup truck, and that solar power is for people with too much money and not enough sense in Nashville, I'm not worried about the power going out that day.

    I'm pretty sure my biggest problem will be where to buy barbecue that day, especially since they may have false beliefs that pig barbecue is satisfactory to Texans who insist on brisket. :-)

  2. Man, you Texans really like to rub things in. I don't know how long you've been reading me but my whole trip driving to see family a couple of years ago in Ohio was based on BBQ. Which is why I wound up eating bull balls in Idaho or Wyoming. The Northern route sucked for BBQ. The best place was Memphis. NOT TEXAS! But I do miss me some Texas BBQ. We adopted a BBQ dish from Kentucky. Tater tots topped with slaw then BBQ all in one dish.

    I lived in Texas for a couple of years. I know it's a crime there not to own a smoker. I'd move back there if the mosquitos didn't eat me alive. Whats the deal with alligator down there now? I wish I would have tried it when I lived there, but are they protected or something? I was hoping to try it on the drive but we only hit the tip of Texas and frankly, it's not the best part. It didn't scratch my itch at all.


  3. Ask anyone from Austin who's been there long enough, and they'll send you to this place ...

    Kreuz's Market, Lockhart, Texas

    If you're flying through DFW, wander over to concourse A for an airport version of the Salt Lick. The original is in Driftwood, southwest of Austin.

    The North does not do BBQ. It does cheese wheels larger than the tires on my car, weird alien-themed hamburgers, motorcycle festivals with two-wheeled priests, and barrels of pretzels too big to be picked up by reasonably fit persons. If you're in Chicago, they also do deep dish pizza. People there kept me away from the BBQ, and I figure that was because I'd rip on it.

    I had to dismantle my smoker because the fire marshal thought it was an explosive device. The nerve of some people. :-)

  4. I try not to do the flying thing now. It's easier to drive because all the hotels take Lacy. Flying with her is way more stressful. Although I usually don't have to go through the scanner. And you can't believe what it's like to take a bunny out of a carrier in the TSA line. Really hectic.

    I didn't see any of that stuff up there. But then I might have been pissy because Arkansas doesn't even have one Starbucks. We tried to make it into Chicago but the traffic was mind bending. And we didn't know if we could park where we could see the truck. e.i. bunny.

    Is that fire marshal some kind of communist? I mean, they all are made of oil barrels out there. Right? Honestly, I thought that's how you guys figured out we were yankees. No smoker.

    We might do the family thing again around the end of the year. I will have to take the southern routes because - BBQ. And you really only try bull balls once.

  5. You need to get to South Texas. Nothing like mesquite smoked BBQ.

  6. Capital of Texas RefugeeFriday, August 04, 2017 10:11:00 AM

    Many of these barbecue places ship because there's enough demand for it.

    The Salt Lick does as well.

    Minimum quantities are usually fairly hefty, but they don't figure you're going to order barbecue that way without ordering a lot of it.

    BTW, here, have a bunny:

    Banksy's street bunny :-)

  7. Thanks for the bunny. I needed that today.