Energy and Civilization

June 18, 2017

The rise of plentiful and cheap energy is a prime driver in our civilization’s advancement. The more advanced the Civilization the more energy will be needed per Nocoli Kardashev. Seems reasonable to me. Similar to Parkinson’s Law: Work Expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.

Kardashev, the Russian Astronomer, rated civilizations on their energy consumption.

Type I have the capacity to use and store all the energy reaching the planet from their Star. We are not Type I yet. Not even close. Some estimates state the Sun delivers 5 magnitudes more energy to the Earth than we can generate and consume. So open your doors and windows and turn the thermostat down this Summer.

Incidentally, there are two more levels and more have been added since the original scale was published. Google Kardashev if your interested.

Finally, if you don’t believe our Civilization is becoming more advanced consider this: I wrote and published this between innings at a Saturday afternoon Ranger game.

However, I did not publish this until Sunday because I forgot the WordPress password. Maybe someday we will enhance our brains to not forget anything. Wait a minute! That’s a terrible idea; I’ve a lot I want to forget.

Sgt Pepper’s 50th Anniversary

June 1, 2017

Sgt Pepper’s 50th Anniversary

Sgt. Pepper: it was 50 years ago today Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beattles was released. It is one of the greatest and most influential albums of all time. I’ve listened to the last track A Day in the Life more than any other song by an order of magnitude. Sgt. Pepper is an album to be listened to not just heard. That is, sit down and pay attention, don’t just play it as background music.

I was a student in Chicago that Summer which became know a The Summer of Love. We were deluged with new groups such as Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Greateful Dead, and The Jimi Hendrix Experience just to name a few. Timothy Leary told us to tune in, turn on, and drop out. The Beattle’s Sgt. Pepper conveyed the spirit of those days perfectly.

A remix of the album has just been released (Called the Anniversary Edition) with several different options including vinyl – who still has a turntable — ME. Giles Martin, son of George Martin who produced the original, produced the remix. I’ve been lucky enough to hear segments and the sound is noticeably enhanced and better. If there ever was an album worth purchasing this is the one. I’m queuing up to purchase my copy.

Woke up,
Got out of bed,
Dragged a comb across my head,