Just two pictures taken from Wikipedia. The first one is from this source. It shows a wind farm in South Africa. The second one is a coal mine, taken from this source. So which of these projects has the stronger impact on the landscape? Which looks more pleasing to the eye?
is a good thing. That’s because if they stay, everyone else will be forced to deal with Great America delegates trying to disrupt and delay the proceedings. As long as the Agreement doesn’t have a mechanism to kick out Member States (I am not aware of any such mechanism), it is in the best interest … [Read more…]
This Youtube video shows an experimental 100 meter strip of glowing bicycle lane in Poland. The material used is charged over the day and glows for about ten hours at night. Since there is no electricity involved, this may be an interesting way of increasing road safety at night while saving energy. And it does … [Read more…]
If you study the history of electric cars and wonder why they lost out to gasoline, one of the factors is that a hundred years ago they were slower than CO2 emitting noisy gasoline cars. Those days are gone. Now even the most expensive gasoline cars only get to view the rear side of a … [Read more…]
I will be speaking at the Japanese Society for German Constitutional Cases on November 7. For that purpose I have prepared a Japanese translation of the case I am going to discuss. This post is for the purpose of putting that out for downloading. ドイツ連邦憲法裁判所第1法廷2014年12月17日判決（相続税に関する違憲判決）の全訳、以下のリンクで公開する： erbschaftssteuer
Some hackers were able to insert a spam link into the header of this blog. Two of my readers kindly informed me by mail of that fact. I have installed a new version of the latest WordPress software from scratch. I hope this solves this problem. If not, it may at least help to find … [Read more…]
It now reads “Energy, Bitcoin, Climate Change Fiction”. That reflects the content of the site better than the previous version “Energy from the Mongolian Gobi desert”. I have not lost interest in that topic, but it is fair to say that this is not the only focus of this blog.
This is an artist sketch somebody did for me in 1996:
Here is a picture my parents took in 1958:
I have been in a park with the family on Sunday. There were artists offering to sketch people for 500 yen. I asked one to sketch me, and this is the result: I don’t actually look that good, but the artist was allowing customers to set the fee between 20 and 500 yen, so he … [Read more…]