Natural gas is the answer, maybe.

May 11, 2012

Natural gas is the  answer, maybe.

Jet fuel and diesel fuel are usually derived from crude oil. With crude oil at all time highs the result is much higher prices at the pump. The biggest users of diesel fuel are truckers. Those semis we all see roaring down the roads and rely on for everyday products, groceries and consumer goods burn diesel.

A technology exists for converting natural gas to diesel and jet fuel. The “gas-to-liquids” plants have been built most recently in the Middle Eastern country of Qatar. These plants cost billions to build and require reliable access to relatively cheap supplies of natural gas feedstock over the long-term. Some of the major energy companies are now seriously considering building such plants in North America.

North America, especially Canada and the United States, have abundant and under-utilized reserves of natural gas with more coming on stream rapidly.

This technology might be able to assure us of a reliable supply of diesel and jet fuel but the prices may still be relatively high, at least over the short-term until the cost of constructing the plants is  paid out.

The big kicker for most consumers – this technology will not convert natural gas to gasoline. Consumers would still benefit but primarily by lowering the trucking industry’s costs.

We’ll just have to watch and see if someone takes the plunge and gets into this business.

Further reading:
“Turning natural gas into diesel fuel” by Steve Hargreaves @CNN Money May 9, 2012 (

2010 in review

January 7, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 31 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 250 posts. There were 42 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was November 23rd with 92 views. The most popular post that day was “The Kennedy Detail” – Inaccuracy perpetuated.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for ram river falls, boeing 747, quebec bridge collapse, ram river falls alberta, and the kennedy detail.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


“The Kennedy Detail” – Inaccuracy perpetuated November 2010


Ram River Falls – Spirit of Alberta June 2010


Quebec Bridge Collapse – August 29, 1907 September 2007


About the Author August 2007


Writing Projects April 2008

Best Friends Forever

October 15, 2010

Last evening my 9 year old son experienced one of life’s crisises for the first time – having friends move away.

We’ve lived in the same street for eleven years now. This place is all my son knows.  The family moving has also lived here for the same time period. My son grew up playing with the two brothers, 10 and 8 years of age. They became best friends forever.

A while back the father got a transfer to another province far away. They sold their house and last evening they left for their new home. My son has been fighting his emotions for the last several weeks, finally he had to release them.

He intensified his play with the boys over the last week, and then the final goodbyes had to be said. They are gone from his life. He intends to try to keep in touch with Facebook and snailmail, but it won’t be the same. There won’t be the drop-in visits, time spent playing army and computer games together. Life dealt them a life-changing blow.

Friends are precious. The lesson learned through this event will be part of these young minds for a long time. New friendships will be made over the years to come, but it’s hard to imagine them being as good as the one these best friends forever have.

It touched me to watch my son stand on the porch waving goodbye as they drove away to their new life. Son I know you don’t understand right now, but in the years to come you will make many more “best friends forever”.

Remember 9/11

September 11, 2008

Seven years ago over 3,000 people were killed by terrorists. For what? Jihad or whatever their crazed minds can think up.

Mothers and fathers, wives and husbands, and children were ruthlessly killed that day. Innocent people just trying to get along when death took them.

Death to al-Qaida

Death to the Taliban

Death to terrorists

I hope these monsters have someone they care for killed someday. May they all burn in hell.

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