As you might have noticed I am a firm believer in the power of social media, maybe even verging on evangelical. It’s existence has been brief in the universal timeframe, so there have been no instructions handed down from ‘on high’ on how to best interact and play with this shiny new toy.
Governments have banned Facebook and Twitter, and some sovereign powers and groups even want to censor the ‘Net”.
We certainly didn’t receive instruction from our parents on the ‘Do’s and Dont’s’ of Facebook and that we should not be Facebooking while driving or after a relationship breakup.. you might find that engaging the brain before opening that status update box and emotionally typing could be the worst thing you have done in a long time.
We are still just working out that texting while drunk is not a healthy activity and sending messages of ‘heartfelt honesty’ to your boss while inebriated during moments of ‘Beer Goggle’ clarity at 2am on a Saturday night is very likely to find you with a very clean desk on Monday morning.
There is no formal curriculum in high school on the moral issues of Facebook updates or what you should post on Twitter.
I have heard that the commandments on how often you should tweet are hidden in some secret vault in Siberia that only will be revealed when the time is right. In fact I and many others, I am sure, have been told that we tweet to much. By the way, I have not yet told anyone that they don’t tweet enough.
So what are some of the types of updates and situations where we should be refraining rather than participating.
1. Incidental Happenings
This has to be one of the 7 wonders of world that we as a species are prone to shout out and pronounce on Twitter or Facebook … ‘just clipped my nails’ or ‘found a grey hair where it shouldn’t be’.
We don’t walk into the office and shout out ‘I can’t believe it… I left a tissue in the washing last night’ unless you are looking for a demotion or some extended unexpected leave, maybe evolution is reversing and we are about to become extinct if we keep up this random behaviour. Charles Darwin would most probably roll over in his grave at Westminster Abbey if he heard about this latest update to the ‘Origin of the Species’
2. Inspirational Wisdom… Leer más “5 Types Of Facebook Updates To Avoid | Written by Jeff Bullas”
For gas hydrates to be economically viable in the U.S., Johnson estimates that they would need a wholesale price of at least $9 per thousand standard cubic feet. That’s not likely anytime soon. The world currently uses about 117 trillion cubic feet of natural gas annually; U.S. consumption is a little over a quarter of that total.
Unless the current shale natural gas market completely collapses, in the short run, extracting gas hydrate is unlikely to be economically feasible in North America. But it offers advantages that make it worth developing.
“Relative to coal, methane gas produces only half the CO2 and no mercury, particulates, or ash,” said Johnson. “You might even be able to take CO2 produced from an [industrial] plant and sequester that CO2 for thousands of years, [with potential] tax credits for doing so.”
Couple its clean-burning potential with the fact that it’s so ubiquitous, and it’s arguably enough to give gas hydrate energy a hard second look. Some estimates put the global amount of gas hydrates at as much as 43,000 trillion cubic feet in sandstone reservoirs alone. Even if only half of that is recoverable, Johnson says that they could still represent a significant global energy reserve for well over a century.
Methane hydrates present a potential lifeline to resource-poor nations like Japan, which already imports more than 90 percent of its fossil fuels.
By Bruce Dorminey
Oil companies and governments around the world are examining how to uncage huge amounts of methane gas locked up in undersea ice. Set a lighter to an icy block ofmethane hydrate, a naturally frozen combo of methane gas and water, and flames spew forth at random. However unlikely this fluke of nature may appear — burning ice — it could hold the keys to a vast wealth of untapped, clean-burning methane gas thought to exist deep beneath the outer margins of most continental shelves.
Its contribution may be peripheral to the immediate needs of Western Europe and North America, currently drowning in cheap natural gas, but it present a potential lifeline to resource-poor nations like Japan, which already imports more than 90 percent of its fossil fuels. Although successfully created in the laboratory as early as the 1800s, gas hydrates were only discovered in nature in western Siberian permafrost in the late 1960s. And their structural vagaries, capable of trapping this frozen methane in molecular, lattice cages, are only now being fully appreciated under natural conditions. It is known, however, that these methane hydrates typically form only at low temperatures and under high pressure in rock sediments, usually hundreds of feet or more below the ocean surface. Leer más “Burning Ice: The Next Energy Boom?”