So… for those of you wondering what Shar and Rollie Jacobsen are doing since moving from Northfield, well, Rollie went sliding off the roof on Election Day, and got a bit banged up, he was probably up there testing the political winds after his vote… but wait, there’s something else, there’s a reason to test those winds!  Here’s the newest addition to the Jacobsen family:

The turbine was assembled and then the crane arrived from Fargo and up it goes.  Rollie reports it’s running, generating electricity — that it was well worth the wait!  And Rollie, you didn’t need to test the political winds, you can trust your gut on that one!!!

What chu think about Chu?

December 11th, 2008

Steven Chu, the new Secretary of Energy:

Energy Choice — Nobelist with Science Passion

The New Team — Steven Chu

Obama Selects Steven Chu as Energy Secretary

I’ve got mixed thoughts and am getting up to speed on Chu’s positions on energy issues — will have to chew on it a bit.  His statement that nuclear has to be part of the picture is disturbing to say the least, but on the other hand he’s no fan of coal.  He’s serious about global warming.  He’s a lot better than Hazel O’Leary in Clinton’s administration, anyone is, but…  So anyway, I’m reading the blather on the lists and looking around…  He seems an interesting an thoughtful guy, but… but… but… NUCLEAR?

And then there’s transmission, from the WSJ article below:

How about renewable energy? Dr. Chu already had a taste of Washington power-brokering, in a briefing with current Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman and Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson. He pitched them on the idea of an interstate electricity transmission system to be paid for by ratepayers. That would solve one of the biggest hurdles to wide-spread adoption of clean energy like wind and solar power.

From the WSJ’s Environmental Capital:
Steven Chu: Coal is my worst nightmare

Here’s an hour long interview to get an idea what he’s about:

Conversations with History: Steven Chu


Energy@Berkeley: Solutions to Global Warming


Dr. Steven Chu at the National Energy Summit

Biden’s shep

December 11th, 2008

Oh, my, I’m no fan of Biden, but look who he picked up:

It’s in the news everywhere:

Biden picks Chester County pooch

Biden’s new pooch, SO CUTE!

New puppy for Bidens

Thanks to Matt Leonard for this, it is too crass for words, you MUST look at:

The Clean Coal Carolers

You get to choose from a few “coal” songs that are so awful that Krie started yowling and yipping and wouldn’t stop.

First Dog?

December 9th, 2008

It had to happen, there’s a “First Puppy” on doggyspace…

… and on the front page of the New Yorker

… and here’s a few First Dogs, that beauty in the back is probably undercover Secret Service:

So who’s the First Dog going to be?  The doggyspace lobby is working hard on this one…