Saturday, April 1, 2017

Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich - The New Yorker

Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich - The New Yorker: "DOOMSDAY PREP FOR THE SUPER-RICH Some of the wealthiest people in America—in Silicon Valley, New York, and beyond—are getting ready for the crackup of civilization."

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Monday, March 27, 2017

BRIGGS: It’s Time To Flip The Conversation | The Hayride

BRIGGS: It’s Time To Flip The Conversation | The Hayride: "While the United States is experiencing a significant increase in drilling activity, Louisiana is seeing historically low rig counts. The United States saw a drastic increase in employment from 4.5 percent in December to 5.1 in January, but communities like the Houma-Thibodaux area saw 1,800 jobs cut in the same 31-day period. Unemployment in this area has increased from 6.1 percent in December to 6.7 percent in January, according to the article."

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Time crystals make their appearance, no blue police box reported | Ars Technica

Time crystals make their appearance, no blue police box reported | Ars Technica: "A time crystal is almost analogous to the crystals that you may be more familiar with, like salt and sugar. Salt consists of two atoms (sodium and chlorine) that are arranged in a fixed order in space. In any given direction, there is a characteristic length over which the crystal repeats itself. If I were located somewhere in the middle of a crystal and moved in any direction by the characteristic length (or a multiple of it), I would not actually be able to tell that I had moved. That is translational symmetry in space. This is more important than it sounds. The properties of matter are often dominated by the spatial order of the crystal. When you break that order, cool things happen (melting is an example of breaking spatial order). Rather than order in space, a time crystal has to have order in time. And we all know things that have order in time: the hands on a clock or a playground swing. These all repeat themselves in time. Do they count? No. And the reason is a bit technical."

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PassivDom is a Zombie-proof “autonomous 3D-printed mobile house” | TechCrunch

PassivDom is a Zombie-proof “autonomous 3D-printed mobile house” | TechCrunch: "There are three models, from ultra-simple to fully autonomous. The Autonomous house is 36 square meters and costs €59,900 to pre-order. There is already a model in Ukraine and they have a few thousand folks already on the waitlist for the houses. Luckily the team doesn’t take itself too seriously. They also offer a special “Zombie apocalypse” package that includes armored glazing, an alarm system, extra toilet paper storage and a bible."

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NFL’s Drew Brees backs Waitr to make takeout easy in anytown USA | TechCrunch

Local News!



NFL’s Drew Brees backs Waitr to make takeout easy in anytown USA | TechCrunch: "Food delivery startups abound in the U.S., but few of them deliver to customers in “second cities” and smaller towns. From early pioneers like Grubhub to newer services like DoorDash, food delivery businesses have tended to focus on urban areas with a high concentration of restaurants and people who frequently order takeout. Now, New Orleans Saints Quarterback, philanthropist and angel investor Drew Brees is backing a startup called Waitr to make takeout more convenient outside of the biggest cities. Waitr, which is based in Lake Charles and Lafayette, Louisiana, has been delivering food from restaurants to customers’ homes since 2014 in places like Lafayette, New Orleans, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Sacramento, California and Beaumont, Texas."

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Generate Electricity from Bacteria in Mud | Make:

Generate Electricity from Bacteria in Mud | Make:: "With some mud, salt, and water, you can create a closed circuit that generates a current. This is called a microbial fuel cell, a device that uses bacteria to create electrical power by oxidizing simple compounds like glucose or organic matter in wastewater. Given the finite supply of fossil fuels, this biofuel cell is a promising approach for generating power in a renewable, carbon-neutral way. "

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

How Halliburton Is Handling Cyber Security - Bloomberg

Video at link.


How Halliburton Is Handling Cyber Security - Bloomberg: "Chief information officers from major oil and gas companies speak at the Bloomberg Future of Cyber Security: Spotlight on Oil and Gas event in Houston about how cyber risk is driving industry decision-making and how companies are responding to the need to defend their systems. (Source: Bloomberg)"

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Coach Orgeron Sets Out Decoys To Lure In 5-Star Recruits | THE PUSH POLE

Coach Orgeron Sets Out Decoys To Lure In 5-Star Recruits | THE PUSH POLE: "I’m a marsh rat. I do things a little different. Check out this fantastic spread here. No great football player could walk past these decoys without hitting the snot out of them. I got a perfect line of sight from over there in that blind (points at van). I’m gonna get first dibs on any big hitter who passes through here.  I expect by the end of the day, I’ll have bagged my limit."

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VIDEO: Did You Catch The Creepy Bill Nye On Tucker Carlson Monday Night? | The Hayride

VIDEO: Did You Catch The Creepy Bill Nye On Tucker Carlson Monday Night? | The Hayride: "Objectively, Bill Nye The Science Guy, who is not actually a scientist but rather a mechanical engineer, should have had his career come to an end on Monday owing to what you’ll see below. Nye, who is busy popularizing the leftist myth that there is settled science surrounding the idea of anthropogenic global warming, said over the weekend that it’s “cognitive dissonance” which explains the fairly widespread lack of buy-in to that myth. That wasn’t good enough for Carlson, who had Nye on his show and examined his reasoning by asking a fairly simple question for which Nye should have had an answer but did not – namely, what amount of the global warming Nye sees is man-made? Carlson wouldn’t leave that question alone despite Nye’s inability to give a straight answer to it, and before it was over Nye was babbling about English winemaking and declaring that global temperatures ought to reflect what they were in 1750 had man not screwed up the climate. This is, of course, rubbish – 1750 fell right in the middle of the Little Ice Age, a period of global cooling which happened from the 16th to 19th centuries. Prior to that time, there was a great deal of winemaking in Britain; in fact, for most of the history of that land domestic winemaking has been the norm, and if the climate allows for the growing of wine-worthy grapes there today it’s merely reflective of a return to normal."

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Coming Soon In Lafourche: The “Let That Son Of A B*tch Go Back To Mexico” Library | The Hayride

Ahhh...Lafourche Parish!


Coming Soon In Lafourche: The “Let That Son Of A B*tch Go Back To Mexico” Library | The Hayride: "“He wasn’t really against the library,” Lorraine said in a phone interview. “He might have been against the tax, but in his heart, he was for the library. If it wasn’t for Lindel Toups, they wouldn’t have a library in Gheens. The reason I went to the library is because he stood up to get a library back there. There’s a lot of things that Lindel said that maybe didn’t make sense, but the man always had his heart in everything he did.”"

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NEWS  |  Oil, Gas Leaders: Automation about Efficiency, Not Job Elimination  |  Rigzone

NEWS  |  Oil, Gas Leaders: Automation about Efficiency, Not Job Elimination  |  Rigzone: "Part of what’s great about the oil and gas industry is that it lends itself to advanced technologies and constant evolution. That’s why there’s more than one way to drill a well, to interpret seismic data, and so forth. And coming out of the two-plus-year industry downturn, many oil and gas companies are strategically finding ways to increase automation and integrating more use of digital technology. Subsequently, that changes the workforce … which doesn’t have to be a bad thing."

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Friday, February 10, 2017

NEWS  |  Artificial Intelligence Tool Shines Light on Oil Storage Market  |  Rigzone

To borrow a phrase from one of my old college friends, "WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?"

This sounds like commercialization of spy satellite technology to track the movement of ...whatever...oil storage, traffic, people, etc.

Just a reminder, someone is always watching!



NEWS  |  Artificial Intelligence Tool Shines Light on Oil Storage Market  |  Rigzone: "Using a form of AI called convolutional neural networks (CNN), Palo Alto, Calif.-based Orbital Insight can detect oil storage tankers previously unknown to existing data sources. The company gathers imagery from a number of satellite partners, then utilizes cloud computing to analyze images and identify not only oil storage tankers, but traffic activity in retail store parking lots, global water reserves and agriculture. It is also used to map poverty on a regional basis."

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

NEWS  |  BLOG: Energy Search Firm Founder Creates Website to Assist Job-Seekers  |  Rigzone

NEWS  |  BLOG: Energy Search Firm Founder Creates Website to Assist Job-Seekers  |  Rigzone: "In 1999, Darroh presented a plan to his church to develop a career assistance ministry program. And it took off. He ran the program for six years and helped 1,100 job-seekers get back to work. When the Recession hit in 2009, Darroh was invited back to restart the program. Fast forward a few years later when hard times hit the oil patch. That’s how JobSearchPower was created. “JobSearchPower represents everything I’ve been able to apply to help job-seekers during their job search,” he said."

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FBI axes FOIA requests by email, so dust off your fax machine | TechCrunch

FBI axes FOIA requests by email, so dust off your fax machine | TechCrunch: "Starting next month, the FBI will no longer accept Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests by email. In lieu of its popular email service, the FBI suggests sending a fax or snail mail, a procedural change that has more to do with obstructing the law than a dearth of resources."

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

DW MPD Retrofits: On the rise...

This is turning into a trend...surprised it hasn't been explored in detail before. My thoughts are that it was depending on waiting to ensure the risers could handle the extra pressure and service providers / manufacturers getting their equipment right for the application.

This is  the next step in overcoming challenges of difficult formations in deepwater and advancing drilling automation.

https://www.spe.org/en/jpt/jpt-article-detail/?art=2610&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTkdRMk5HVXpaREl5WVdWbCIsInQiOiJpb2NxR2wrb09QVndiTUhka0MxUTFBZGtWcFFBamFZQnNSR3pVS21wbGhIXC91Q3NKQUJqUWM5NHB4M1VCR3JTdVB6ZzlJRmo5QUtaRytGb2VoRG9lVm0wdERLN0d3TEpVTWpTVytnbzVxbFJnREVMWTVZd2M4YjRXNE55RVZOQkIifQ%3D%3D

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Weatherford and Nabors form alliance for integrated drilling solutions

Weatherford and Nabors form alliance for integrated drilling solutions: "MOU states that Weatherford will bring well construction expertise, managed pressure drilling (MPD) solutions, directional drilling capabilities and drilling hardware, as well as associated software applications and engineering personnel. Nabors will bring its fleet of MPD-ready SmartRigs and land-optimized measurement while drilling (MWD) systems, together with its performance drilling software applications, automated rig equipment and proprietary control systems."

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Monday, January 30, 2017

NEWS  |  Digital Tech in Oil, Gas Could Reduce CAPEX by 20%  |  Rigzone

NEWS  |  Digital Tech in Oil, Gas Could Reduce CAPEX by 20%  |  Rigzone: "The effective use of digital technologies in the oil and gas sector could reduce capital expenditures (CAPEX) and operational cost by 20 percent and 5 percent, respectively,"

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Jeff Landry Just Dropped A Nuke On Mitch Landrieu Over Crime In New Orleans | The Hayride

Jeff Landry Just Dropped A Nuke On Mitch Landrieu Over Crime In New Orleans | The Hayride: "And this will be interesting from a political perspective. Because as we’ve discussed several times here at the Hayride, there is a well-recognized political feud going between Landrieu and Gov. John Bel Edwards – a feud which most recently manifested itself when Landrieu backed Caroline Fayard in the Senate race last year while Edwards endorsed Foster Campbell, and the two spent the primary at each other’s throats."

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Coming End Of Elio Motors Proves That Louisiana Needs To Take A New Approach To Economic Development | The Hayride

The Coming End Of Elio Motors Proves That Louisiana Needs To Take A New Approach To Economic Development | The Hayride: "Louisiana needs to build up its small businesses instead of chasing big companies and startups. The way to do that is by making the state more business-friendly through its tax code and regulations. The state should also roll back unnecessary occupational licensing and other artificial barriers to entry for wannabe entrepreneurs. Instead of hoping that half-baked ventures like Ello Motors work out, we have to build our own future."

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John Carpenter Is Fighting With Internet Nazis Over His Cult Classic They Live

And then there's this...


John Carpenter Is Fighting With Internet Nazis Over His Cult Classic They Live: "On Wednesday, Hollywood legend John Carpenter hit back at neo-Nazis and white supremacists online who had been idolizing his 1988 cult classic, They Live, as an allegory for fighting against Jewish supremacy."

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Person Of Interest Was Anti-Prestige TV And Too Smart For Primetime

Person Of Interest Was Anti-Prestige TV And Too Smart For Primetime: "First, let me tell you what Person of Interest is. Person of Interest is the inverse of Game of Thrones. For every shock death from the HBO’s version of George R.R. Martin’s book series, it had Kevin Chapman getting maced by a model and beaten up with a handbag. For every Game of Thrones setpiece that sent 49 bloggers into an ejaculatory frenzy over the ambiguous motives and bloodlines of royals, Person of Interest had a scene where Jim Caviezel kicks seven shades of shit out of the cardboard archetype of a bad person. It’s weird watching Jesus throttle people, but you know what, we’re all going to Hell anyway."

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