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The Economic Recovery Program

Last night I spent at least half the night involved in some sort of re-structuring of the world economy. It really didn't make a lot of sense, and so I didn't really bother trying to remember any of the details. All I remember now was the last part, where everything had been accomplished. I went next door to see my neighbors from my childhood, and their house had been turned into this big giant mall. I greeted them as they walked by, but apparently they didn't have time to talk, so I went and looked at all the shops while I was waiting. My mother wandered by, and I asked her if her house had been turned into a mall too. She said that everybody's house had been turned into a mall or shopping center as part of the economic recovery program. The great part, she said, was that she got to pick what shops went in her mall, so she picked shops that sold stuff she would normally buy anyway, so now she got a big discount whenever she bought anything. And as an added bonus, she was really saving gas since she didn't have to leave her house.
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How to reduce global warming

1. Grow lots of trees (in the tropics where the albedo change won't actually increase warming)
2. Harvest the trees and turn them into paper.
3. Spread the paper out across the desert.

This will have two effects:
1. Paper is white, therefore the albedo of the area covered with it will be increased. Hence more light will be reflected back into space instead of being absorbed to heat up the earth.
2. After the paper decomposes it will return to the soil, essentially sequestering it across a wide area. This will reduce the amount of CO2 in the air.
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An Experiment

Well I've spent a fun day analyzing numbers, and here are my predictions for the price of oil, with an estimated likelihood of 55%:

First, I predict that the price won't drop much further from the current price of around $104/barrel, and will be in the range of $100-$125/barrel until roughly until mid October give or take a week. Then I predict a brief rise to $135/barrel, followed by drop to around $90/barrel by mid-November where it will stay until the start of December.

Hopefully I'm interpreting the results of this formula correctly... :-)

Update: Ok I see the problem with my calculation... the correlation function is not constant, and is dominated by the recent collapse in the price of oil. Although before the drop there was an intriguing third order inflection point still visible...
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Silly MS Paint

Different applications fail differently under extreme circumstances.

I created a panorama image that is about 45000x4800 pixels in size. Preview claims it is corrupt and won't open it. GIMP crashes trying to open it. Oddly enough MS Paint opened it, no problem. I did a selection and then tried to make it bigger (because for some reason MS Paint won't scroll to let you select more then what is visible at the time, but it didn't work. So I tried to give up and close MS Paint.

MS Paint won't close. It says:
There is not enough memory or resources to complete operation.
Close some programs, and then try again.

Oh ha ha, MS Paint. Ha! Ha!
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simplifying my diet

I've had good results with the following mix:

1 cup raw peanuts
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup raisins
1 cup rolled oats or barley
1 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup shredded coconut (*)
1 cup pitted prunes (*)
1/2 cup dried pineapple (*)
1/2 cup carob powder (*)
1/8 cup flax seeds (*)

The items marked (*) are optional, and I have experimented with altering the ratios of the remaining items by up to +1/2 cup of any one item. The resulting mix is stirred until everything is as homogenous as possible. This is not easy, since the seeds and oats seem to want to fall to the bottom while the larger items rise to the top. Next, the mixture is fed through my Green Star juicer (with only the gears and the blank installed). The result is a delicious brown nutritious candy/cookie with a curious shape that immediately goes into the freezer. Although the blending process produces enough heat to make the entire mix come out warm, I still feel better freezing it due to the fact that the oils and what not will not keep terribly long unless frozen.

The items actually included depend on what items in the bulk section are on sale. I just recently experimented with adding dried pineapple as there was a great deal on them a couple weeks ago. I call my concoction "peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal raisin no-bake sun cookies" and it is becoming a major part of my diet now. (Cookies and milk for dinner, yum!)

Today I tried a different experiment. I soaked a cup of cracked wheat in water, then drained off the excess, and then ran it through my juicer with the blank installed. Out came what looked a lot like lumpy dough. I spread the dough out on a plate and put it in the microwave for a minute, then let it cool and put it in the freezer. It tasted a little strange right after it was cooked, but after it came out of the freezer it actually tasted alright.
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Force Majeure #13

Haven't posted these in a while. For some reason my hosting service disabled or deleted all my previous entries - apparently if I don't log in for a year they do that. Anyway, looking through my previous comics I noticed I wrote 12 of them but only posted 8, and I'm not sure which four I didn't post. If you can remember which ones I did post of the below, please leave a comment so I know which ones I need to post:
"Minor Planets"
"Life is Short"
"Lazy Cartoonists"
"Salvation Army"
"Sleep on It"

Anyway, here is this week's installment:

Update: Hmm, that's odd. Anybody else not see the comic from the main page but did see if from the entry page?