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Cold Brewed Coffee in the House

Finally trying out the cold-brewed coffee thing. I added 1/2 cup course ground coffee to 3.5 cups water in a 1qt container and let it sit in the fridge for 20 hours. Ran it all through a few strain cycles using a single-serving paper filter in a funnel and good to go. Most folks cut it with water to taste as its concentrated. To me its tasty both ways. I now have a great supply for high-octane vietnamese iced coffee. Zoooom!

Here are a few quick guides from YouTube with more on how to make cold-brewed coffee if you're interested in trying it out.

Obama at the Clean Energy Summit

POTUS at the Clean Energy Summit

I had an opportunity to attend the 8th Clean Energy Summit here in Vegas. President Obama ended the day with a keynote address highlighting the administration's new Clean Power Plan. Lots of talk about solar, not enough about distributed solar. There was some finger-wagging with regards to the turmoil in Nevada surrounding net metering and new proposed energy fees. As clean as solar is, the evolution of the economics of energy delivery will definitely not be.

Gold Butte Damage Report   

Thanks to Friends of Gold Butte for documenting this. Conditions need to get better in Gold Butte so BLM can get back in there, manage the area and stop further damage. From the report introduction:

Volunteers have documented an increasing level of damage to the land. The report details multiple instances of vehicle trespass into archaeological and historic sites, sensitive desert areas, along washes and riverbanks, and delicate restoration sites. There is also documentation of an unauthorized water delivery system being constructed across several miles of desert. This is not the only damage the area has seen recently. Back in April, 2014 the graves of Arthur Coleman and Billy Garret, two colorful historic figures, were desecrated near the Gold Butte town site.


“We are deeply dismayed at the extent of destruction that has occurred in this sacred landscape,” said Darren Daboda, Chairman of the Moapa Band of Paiutes. “Originally included in the historic Moapa River Indian Reservation, Gold Butte is part of our cultural heritage. It is important that we act now to prevent further damage.”

UNIVAC Computer Commercial From the 1950s

The thing you're holding in your hand today used to take up an entire room requiring special environmental controls and staff to operate. And oh those specs!

Lightning Over Henderson

Henderson got slammered the other night.