Thursday, December 31, 2009

Nuclear seismic monitors - Part 2

OMG! Somebody just clicked big, so I will continue. This story is very painful to me, and now they say that bad memories are best repressed!

This happened in the mid 90's. I was obsessed by the fact that these in-plant accelerometers never worked. My thought was that if you could feel the earthquake in the plant, or surrounding neighbourhood, you better get some readings, or you would lose credibility. (Ha, ha, to that now!)

The economic benefit of these instruments would be in restart after an earthquake. There had been a nuclear plant in our sister seismic zone down near Cleveland, Ohio. It got hit by a nearby M5.0, and some instruments registered 18%g. The new plant was in hot standby at the time, getting ready for start-up. It was shut down for 6 months, until they got their act together, on what really happened. At that time, the USNRC had some balls.

Now, some utility people got the lesson that you shouldn't have any seismic instruments working, because then you can bullshit, and the plant would never have needed to shut down. That's why they all jam screwdrivers in their instruments! :) I was idealistic, and got they idea that somehow the public would be interested if a plant shut down during an earthquake, and it would be difficult to start up again without hard scientific data. I really wanted to be able to start up rapidly, since if an earthquake happened in January, we would be up shit creek. Japan had a reactor shut down 'forever' because none of their instruments worked. I now realize that the cnsc whimps would allow startup even if the place had blown-up transformers, and leaks all over the place.

Be that as it may, I was idealistic at the time. I designed a 'non-triggered' system, similar to our seismic monitors in the region. It would be networked, and should an earthquake be declared by the GSC, we could go back into the buffers and retrieve the data. This was a simple system and would work. We designed it for Bruce B.

Then the bottom fell out. Some looney director took an interest and declared that P*ering would be the first plant. My heart fell.... these guys didn't know how to butter bread! He stated (at some drinkfest) that his people were the best, and knew how to do all of this, without me.

But at this time the whole place fell apart. Bruce was split off, and I was chummy with the nuke-president. Suddenly, he was kicked out when Pick had their tube blowout, and the knives were after me. I had to hide! To top it off, the main president committed suicide by letting in some diabolical Americans, and they were in charge! I had them after me when I was trying to defend intellectual freedom. I was destroyed, and only the union protected me in my hermit cave.

Throughout all of this, P stumbled along with the seismic system. They mixed two incompatible concepts (triggering and buffering), and did all sorts of bizarre things. I couldn't go after them anymore.

-too painful! Will come back another time, maybe...

Once again, nuclear seismic monitors don't work. Part 1


However, workers at the Palo Verde nuclear plant in Arizona, about 50 miles (80 km) west of Phoenix, felt the 5.8-magnitude quake on Wednesday, the plant's owner told the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The earthquake did not register on the plant's seismic monitoring equipment.

One of my most heart-breaking episodes at the old company was to do with in-plant seismic monitoring. All the US plants have them, but they never work! There have been many earthquakes where they should have worked, but they didn't. I have some faith now that Diablo Canyon works.

We never had to install them in Canada, but non-working systems were the 'fashionable' thing for the rest of the world. Suddenly the cnsc (then aecb) felt naked when schmoozing with other regulators. "Quel horreur, yew don't have ze seismic monitors? We laugh at your small penis!"

So, they issued an order that all Candu plants must have in-plant seismic monitoring. Bruce nuclear promptly ignored them, so they hit at sappy OPG even harder! They knew who was more gutless than them!

When I heard of this, I thought 'OMG, these things never work, and we don't have any place for the wiring. We have to think of something new!" That's when my drift into depression started.

-to be continued if anybody's interested.

Top 50 Employers - no institutions


I remember one year at the old company when there was this big push to make the 'Top 50'. We all groaned! We had this big survey to fill out, and we were brutally honest. The people who were happiest weren't smart enough to figure out the survey!

I don't think we made the Bottom 50! As usual, there was a big kerfluffle about how miserable the survey results were. New initiatives were launched, we had several big meetings where they gave us free coffee.

The next year we filled out the survey again. This time they didn't give us the results, but said we were 'improved' from last year. Then, no more surveys, and no more free coffee!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Bruce Nuclear Waste - The Big Lie

One day, perhaps not in my lifetime, they will actually move on the underground Bruce nuclear waste repository. Right now, they are totally paralyzed by the Fish, terrified of what he'll say next.... :)

I'm having fun looking up the concept of tunneling in karst. Here is a perfect picture of the Bruce site.

The Bruce site is below the collapse cliff. The windmills are on the top. You just have to look at the old air photos to see this. Since the lake is just at this level, all the caves are filled up. The karst topography is caused by deep dissolution of soft rocks, such as salt and gypsum. The weakness allowing the water ingress, is caused by the Grenville Front, one of the many megathrusts of southern Ontario.

Now, you must remember kiddies, that all I'm telling you is not acknowledged by anybody, since there is no money in discovering bad geology. All the money is in confirming good geology for the rich guys. They tried really hard, and actually found a layer in the rock that wasn't beaten up as badly as the other layers. They confined all their studies to this layer, and the boreholes were lucky enough to go through some solid chunks. Yeah!

But getting to this amazing layer is going to be tough, far worse than the Niagara Tunnel. They will have to inject large amounts of grout, and here is what someone says about that:

Grouting is a procedure in which grout is injected into different kinds of spaces. This procedure has had broad applications in modern civil engineering, especially in karst terrains, for nearly 200 years. Ingredients for the preparation of mortars and grouting suspensions include cement, clay and fillers, bentonite, asphalt, additives for stability and water. During their construction, thousands of tons of materials are injected into the karst underground. Some ingredients and chemicals used in the preparation of mortars and grouting suspensions may be toxic, neurotoxic or carcinogenic, and may be irritants or corrosives. Their use is dangerous to both humans and the environment.

Ooooh! Sounds nasty! Do they mention this in their environmental impact statement? No. That's the Big Lie!

Legal Statement - The above was presented for the public interest. It is protected by the recent Supreme Court ruling.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Shotcrete Fill - Tugging the Dragon's Tail

In our last report on the Niagara Tunnel, we noted that the overbreak will be filled in by layers of shotcrete, in preparation for the main liner. I was worried about this, since it reduces stability, or the safety factor. Since we don't know anything about the tunnel, this may or may not be a problem.

I am working blind here, since all the information about the main rock burst has been kept secret. I curse a pox on the houses of OPG and the Ministry of Labour for this! This doesn't do the country any favours.

Be that as it is, I feel no shame in making wild guesses, since I am the best I have! :) If I had seen the damage, I would have noted how the 4 ft rock bolts pulled out, and whether there was horizontal or vertical force. My suspicion would be that the side of the tunnel bucked first, before the roof fall. You would tell that by seeing the side bolts thrown out, instead of merely sheared.

If the failure was due to roof pressure, then we are increasing the chance of another rock fall (another forgotten borehole? ha, ha!), as per the diagram.

The shotcrete adds extra weight to pull the roof, without the added stability of an arching action. Note that the overbreak has always had a slight offset, as if the tunnel were intersecting the principle horizontal stress at an angle. I found this to be bizarre, since we always measured nearly uniform stresses in the Paleozoic, and only strong NE polarity in the granitic basement. Perhaps the stress is much great than I imagined? I sure wish there had been pictures for the failure, since this would tell us more about the stress than anything.

So, why are we tugging the dragon's tail? Because this work will be done directly under the rock mass on a light platform. You are pulling at a giant unstable rock mass! Like digging at the toe of an unstable slope. Is it enough to pull it all down? Unfortunately, we shall see.... If it were me, I'd be layering on styrofoam.

On the positive side, once they get the liner in, they should be able to fill it up with water before they see the cracks. Then, they only notice water flow reduction in about 20 years. Of course, we'll never hear about it!

New Jersey Sinking - Boo Hoo


Interesting article on sea level change, and the sinking of the east coast. My goodness, we started warming the earth significantly the very first day of the steam engine! Whatever are we to do?

There is also a longer cycle of sinking due to the passive margin cooling. That would be seen in much older sediments. Reminds me of the long-term sinking around Hamilton due to the fault motions.

Monday, December 28, 2009

New books for Christmas

I have a Sony PRS-700 bookreader. This is currently the top of the crop, with a backlight and touch screen, which makes things a bit glary, but you learn to live with it. Costco just got in a cheap ebook, which seems to have a nice screen.

These readers support epub, which is an open standard. The nasty-bugger Kindle does not support open standards, and you are forced to buy books from them. What I have discovered is that I can now check out books from the Toronto Library. I don't have to steal them anymore!

You need to have your old crappy xp machine around, since all this drm crap is Windows. You run Adobe digital editions to transfer the borrowed books to the sony. You have a lending period of 21 days, and you can return early, but you get a limit of 10 books!

The more people do this, the more electronic versions of books they buy!

Niagara Tunnel Starts Lining

Yeah, my Christmas anxieties are over! I was finally reduced to drinking NOTHING! in order to let my pills work. It is appropriate that I'm getting nothing on my ad clicks! Now I can be my old nasty self...

When I wrote Niagara Disaster, I was always worried about the lining. How were they going to do it? As we recall, with Niagara rock, we don't want to put in a stiff lining, until the rock has completely relaxed. So now I have found out, since they have started the Over-break Shotcrete Carrier.

This beautiful machine trundles along with a template, and allows them to paste over the over-break with layers of shotcrete. You can see the arc at the top which tells them how far to go. Shotcrete can only be placed in layers, so the 10 foot overbreak might take a long time to fill in. Looks like no room for rockbolts, so they are merely adhering to the existing layers, adding a bit more pressure to fall.

Look at the bottom (invert). This is the final thickness of their baby-smooth concrete lining. All water tunnels need to be smooth, and fairly straight, which keeps the flow laminar. The final lining matches this thickness, and will also be smooth.

And here's the beast for the final lining!

A classic slip form. That is why the shotcrete lining has to be nearly smooth, and this will put in the thick concrete lining. They will most likely be installing a rebar cage, but I don't know.

And now for something completely different.

This is a random shot somewhere in the tunnel, maybe the repaired section. My eye went immediately to the lower left where we see a spall. OOOOhhh! Is it a stress spall?

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Rubik's 360

Boy-genius older son solved it in 30 minutes, using a dynamic 'rhythm method', just by 'feeling' it. We had hoped for more of a challenge.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Deep Fluids Give Rumbly Tumbly


I was wondering if they'd ever get something out of the Parkfield science extravaganza. This latest tidbit comes from the 600 m deep seismometer array. Seems that there is a deep rumble that is sensitive to earth tides, and this has to be associated with pockets of fluid. The reasoning, of course, is that pockets of fluid can be extremely sensitive to slight changes in the local combined stress.

This pocket of fluid, trapped in rock can gather volumetric strain, and produce a significant effect at the narrow mouth. A classic effect is a Whistling Cave, where slight changes in air pressure cause strong winds at the entrance.

The rumbling at 15 km depth probably doesn't mean much to the real world of earthquakes.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Who's Worse -- Blackberry or Google?


I'm doing this to pump up my visits, and my ad clicks (nothing!). :)

Still, this is the 'final battle' in the mobile internet wars. I'm not including MS, which is out of it right now. We're talking massive email systems here! When the googy-phone and unlimited data plans become available, Blackberry better have their act together to hold the corporate market, but they have the advantage of clinging to MS, who dominates corporations.

The Corpo-Gov Blog

BC Gov Blog

This is an interesting Christmas gift for me. The rise of the corpo-gov blog in Canada. As we know, our lives in Canada are dominated by cartels and self-similar institute-cracies. Normally, you'll never see any brains from these, they just like to fill the wrong tanks at nuclear plants.

But, perhaps some people are realizing this? Did some hero kill themselves to bring out a blog in BC? It's bland, but the editor seems to have brains. I wish them luck!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Libel Chill Thaws a Bit


Journalists across Canada, as well as bloggers, can now use the defence of "responsible communication on matters of public interest" as a defence against libel.

Yeah! We can thank Conrad for this. Any implication that he might be a crook was squashed by vicious lawyers. This might give the timid media a bit of courage....

Monday, December 21, 2009

Geological Witchcraft Thrown Out of Court


The Basel criminal court said it acquitted Markus Haering because he had not deliberately damaged properties or acted carelessly on the heat mining project, which aimed to be the first to generate power commercially by boiling water on rocks three miles underground.

Yeah, he won't be burned at the stake! It looked dicey for a while, but they never did catch him throwing the newt eyes down the hole, so he's free for Christmas!

Christmas Wishes

Time of the year for happy wishes, and these are the things I'd do with infinite power and money.

Nuclear Waste

Shut down the attempt to bury waste in the Geological Armpit of the World (Bruce). Sell AECL to China for a buck, and start cleaning up Chalk River (probably worse than Hanford!) Set up the Geofish Nuclear Research Institute at Port Hope. Put in a nuclear reactor for the high-speed electric trains connecting it to Montreal and Toronto (only stops!). Throw in billions to find a way to get cheap neutrons for Canada, by solving the Maple New Physics Issue. Use the neutrons to burn old nuclear waste, which we would temporarily store in a giant underground nuclear warehouse, and make nuclear isotopes. Bulldoze any vegetative Hopians who object.

Seismic Risk

Set up the Geofish Seismic Research Institute. Retire all those tired Emergency Measures people. Instrument all the eastern seismic zones to show they are all Sisters in Seismicity. Whap all those nuclear people on the jewels to get them ready for an earthquake. Be more aware of soft soils.


Set up the Geofish Geological Institute. Do a full 3-D representation of the crust in the east down to the Moho. Figure out what it means.

Merry Christmas!

Linux Unfriendly Website

So, here's my sad 'Christmas Shoes Worthy' story. I could do my banking with Debian Linux and Firefox until last week. Then it could no longer connect at their on-line banking site. So, I emailed my concern, and all I got back was 'Nobody else has complained.' I did some further research and found this happens when they get an ms-droid who follows the company line. My xp computer connects.

I did more research, and I used

It could not connect. I wrote and said I would be much happier if they said they tested it with anything other than MS, but again I got the same answer. All their quality control depends on complaints! I've been told this type of story a zillion times, and I'm usually right! It takes a long time for others to complain.

So, for my Christmas gift, I want somebody who knows these protocols to tell the president what they screwed up. It is also, probably, bad security, to follow ms shortcuts.

On the other hand, it could be bugs in my latest unstable upgrade, but that's no fun. :)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Earthquake Taiwan


I love earthquakes in Taiwan! They have such great monitoring, and they actually release the data, unlike the Japanese! Can't wait to see what PGV is needed to blow out windows of a hotel....

Friday, December 18, 2009

China will buy candu!


MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 18 /CNW/ - An expert panel appointed by the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) has concluded that CANDU(R) technology is the ideal nuclear reactor design to further China's nuclear power program using thorium as an alternative nuclear fuel source. The panel also noted the ability of CANDU pressurized heavy water reactors (PHWR) to reuse uranium recycled from light water reactor fuel and unanimously recommended that China consider building two new CANDU units to take advantage of CANDU's unique capabilities in utilizing alternative fuels.

Yeah, our problems are solved! China will buy candu for a buck, and all those old guys will get nice trips to see the Great Wall! Then, we can buy a candu from China! Hope we can sell OPG to them, as well.....

Candu 'Crown Jewel' argument starts


"We're concerned that this is effectively Canada's new Avro Arrow," he said.

"The real asset is what might be called its human capital," said one source, who spoke on condition of not being identified.

Geologists and Beer


“I started getting on to wine and other stuff for a while, but I became an outcast among my geology friends,” said geologist Laura Webb of the University of Vermont. ”So I had to retrain myself to drink brew.”

Earthquakes and Tunnels


Here's a nice article, but everything's down, and I won't discuss it.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Going Once, Going Twice.....


OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada put its Candu nuclear division up for sale on Thursday, saying the operation needed outside investors to boost its chances for growth at a time of expanding nuclear power generation and also help cut the cost to taxpayers.

Hey, maybe this is actually the real thing! The carcass is to be rendered and sold for parts! I suppose somebody will give more than a buck, if there is a big package slipped under the table.

Most likely GE buys it, just for the existing upgrade business, like botching up Pt. Lepreau. Who knows?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Global Warming - Phony Facts Fly


Plimer went off at a tangent, starting to list the numbers and kinds of submarine volcanoes. This, I soon found, was a characteristic tactic: when faced with a tricky situation, he starts throwing out random facts.

Doddering old scientists cannot face attack-lawyers (equivalent) on television. Why do both sides want to produce dramatic sound bites? By definition, a soundbite cannot survive a lawyer-type attack. Volcanoes have produced a lot more carbon - in the past - than we do now, and I think this got all mucked up. I did something on the carbon cycle.

Anyway I wouldn't touch all this with a 10 foot carbon-fiber pole!

OPG - Once More into the Breach


They're going to try to sell OPG again! Now, the unions will start their advertising - Giving Away Our Crown Jewels. Should be interesting.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Quasi-Quantum Computer Does Images


I just thought this article was cute, and proves that Mr. Google deserves to take over the world (Muhaha!).

It's not a purist definition of quantum computing, but does a good job with images.

Nuclear - Alberta giveth and taketh away


Environmental groups, however, hailed the lack of public subsidies as "the final nail in the nuclear energy coffin" in Alberta, while concerned residents insisted the government didn't heed their concerns.

Cagey old Alberta - opening the door, and yanking away the Halloween treat! Well, we can forget about them now....

Messy rooms get the earthquake cleanup


"We believe we pretty much know how to keep a building standing," said Ian Buckle, director of the center's Large Scale Structures Laboratory. "Now, it's the contents of a building that's the next challenge. It opens up a whole new arena for us."

This is a 6-axis shake table, which will be cute to run, since nobody installs 6-axis accelerometers! Still, this is funny. Many times I have said to people: "Don't put heavy things over your bed!" I once saw a bedroom near Ottawa, on the bouncy Leda clay. It had the most deadly, heavy, pointy trophies, on a shelf, right over the kid's bed. I told them, and they thought I was weird....

Monday, December 14, 2009

A seismometer in every garage


I almost wanted to skip this, just like the neighbouring 'tweet' article, but, what the hey! I was just surprised at the cost - $4000, which they described as 'cheap'.

People have been working on cheap accelerometers for houses, for years. There's that one project that uses laptop accelerometers. Are any of these things better than tweets? I think not.

For a seismometer to be of any use, it has to be calibrated. Throwing it into a garage usual means terrible foundation conditions. Can they record minor seismicity long enough to see how the site responds? Maybe, with the big-bucks thing, but at that price I still think it's better to install something nicer.

Deep Plume Under Yellowstone


Isn't this the cutest thing? Now, the same media that reported the Tilapia Fallacy, will now go shrill on how Yellowstone will soon blow up.

This brings up the Hotspot Controversy, of which I have written. Mainly, how deep do these suckers go? But this hotspot is almost sheared off. A fresh plume would be rising vertically. This hotspot, sir, is dead. It has met its Maker, it is no longer among the living!

CRTC Shattered - Wireless Cartel Broken


I was bitching the other day on how you can't get any bandwidth in Canada, and how this would destroy us. Well, the buzz among the brilliant young people (my son :) is that Glob-alive will be offering an unlimited data plan for a reasonable price. This immediately destroys the voice cartel, since you can now use Google talk on a Google phone! These young people are busy organizing the world, and the cartel was severely crimping them.

Right now, all our bandwidth has been crimped to support long-distance charges, which is where they get all their money. For the past 10 years, there has never been a need to charge for long distance, since, once internally digitized, there is no extra cost. Now, everything will be digitized at the input.

I have no love for the cartel, may they rot in hell. Now, on to the other cartels!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Mammoths Had No Impact


It's "very unlikely" that a meteor or asteroid colliding with the Earth caused an abrupt climate change leading to the extinction of the woolly mammoth and other large mammals 13,000 years ago, says the University of Hawaii at Manoa leader of a team that investigated the theory.

They were wiped out by a lack of carbon dioxide!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Grouchy Grandpa - 50,000 hits a day!


Because Stephen McIntyre is an enemy of climate change believers, a man who, essentially, double-checks the math behind research accepted as green gospel.

In my good moods, I'd love to be like this! But then I curl up into a ball! He just checks the math, but nobody does the physics!

For me to get that type of traffic, we need the Toronto Earthquake! :)

2nd Geothermal Down the Toilet


The project’s apparent collapse comes a day after Swiss government officials permanently shut down a similar project in Basel, because of the damaging earthquakes it produced in 2006 and 2007.

At least they aren't going to pillory the project geologist! Good grief, what do geologists know about rock mechanics?

Obviously the next geothermal project should be right on the Hamilton fault! Lots of potential energy there.... Seriously, if water is the driving element of all 'internal' earthquakes, then we'll probably get earthquakes with most of these 'hot, dry rock' geothermal attempts.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Alberta and Nuclear Power


Albertans will finally find out next month whether their energy-rich province will kick-start Canada's so-called nuclear renaissance.

Ha! They are waiting to give approval to a wild dream. There is no way that bankrupt Alberta can go ahead with a nuclear station in the middle of nowhere, even if it does make the oil sands less dirty. People may have to realize that our constant problem with nuclear has been to find the talent. For the 40-50's we robbed Europe. For the 70's we robbed India, and in the 80's we sucked out China (they've all gone back!). Now, even if we can get drunken Russians (or Romanians), they are not going to Alberta!

Even now, it is absolutely hideous to work at OPG's Factory Engineering buildings. Only the truly dying will go there. And Chalk River, the Seismic Death Trap? They're all just the living dead. :)

Now, if we want a nuclear business, we should gather our pennies, and put a billion or two in a giant research facility, right by the Toyota factory (or Port Hope). Put in some high-speed trains to Toronto and Montreal, so people don't feel desolate. Let a thousand intellects bloom!

Blame Canada


But they might be surprised to learn that nuclear medicine in the United States is dependent on one 52-year-old, leak-prone nuclear reactor that is currently offline, should have been shut down for safety reasons a decade ago, and moreover, undermines international nuclear nonproliferation goals.

Why doesn't anybody add that it's a Seismic Death Trap? Anyway, this weird article goes on to state that nasty Canada sweet-talked the US into doing nothing about isotopes. But really, the US couldn't build anything major like a reactor, unless the pork could span all states. And that is difficult to do!

Broken Tunnels


This is a most amazing story. They have broken, not one, but two TBM's, in the same manner, and in the same place!

Because of high groundwater pressure and soft soils in the deep tunnel route, officials decided to use a new kind of machine rarely used in the United States. The machine pumps a liquid slurry in front of its cutting blades and then sends a mix of slurry and dirt through pipes to the surface.

Now they are trying to tack on some welds. The darn things are just going to break again, since they don't know what broke them in the first place. Judging by the conditions, and the depth (320 feet!), they have gone way beyond the Niagara Tunnel in adventurism. I wish them luck.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Geologist charged with stirring up earthquakes


The project designer and geologist, Markus Haering, has been charged with property damage and will have to stand trial in a Basel court next week. He could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.

I suppose they will put him into the stocks and throw rotten fruit at him. Alas, I have nothing funny to say about this, since my blog is dying.

New OPG office building beside incinerator


CLARINGTON -- A proposed 240,000-square-foot Ontario Power Generation office building has cleared the next Municipal hurdle, but until new nuclear reactors here get the go-ahead, the office's construction is on hold.

Carrying on the tradition of putting these things in cheerful surroundings.

Darlington Session


The objective of the half-day session is to provide information on reactor technologies in order to allow the Panel to acquire an understanding of the reactors' principal design features, layouts, key operational parameters, overall normal operation, key safety systems, and the key similarities and differences of the technologies.

Non-funny tone:

Three designs to be presented. We are glad they cut that down, instead of 5 or 10. Still, they will have to gloss over things to jam that much into a single session.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Another Slowpoke Gone


This should also happen to the McMaster Slowpoke. All the time now, I'm driving right by it, when I'm doing my daughter's laundry trip. It looks very sad, and I hope they don't juice it up for isotopes.

Christmas for volcano-people


Somebody is happy. Money from the stimulus fund is going to stimulate volcanoes......

Overwhelming Mandate


“Whether people are pro-nuclear or anti-nuclear, they don’t fault the process,” said Krizanc, adding the organization will need an overwhelming mandate from a community before it would be considered as a site.

I think they've added 'overwhelming' as something new. Probably like wanting the Olympics.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Rock Burst Silly Season


"Solidarity already warned in November this year that mining safety will have to be increased particularly in the silly season -- the last two months of the year in which there are traditionally more mining accidents."

'Tis the season for more rock bursts, la la lalalalalal......

I never knew that! The study of rock bursts in these mines formed the basis for my thoughts on all sorts of things. But this concept of more deaths being a 'silly season' is a bit weird.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Isotope Venting


How long must Canadians wait for Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government to settle on a remedy for the shortage of medical isotopes?

Hello? I just included this little tidbit to show the thinking processes of the bankrupt newspapers. :)

Harper is just as hopeless in this issue as all the other politicians have been. There aren't any brains left in all these institutions, since they completed their march to hard-core politicized self-similarity.

And could Keen have saved us all? Pulease! She was an uber-hack who drove out all the remaining brains in the regulator. I don't know why they have made her into a god.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Build it here, dammit!


A Korean consortium was picked to build Jordan's first small-scale nuclear research reactor, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said Friday.

"This is the most brilliant achievement so far in the 50-year history of the Korean nuclear industry. The deal will give us a chance to step up as a big-three producer of research reactors along with Argentina and Russia,"

We have obviously dropped out of the research reactor biz, what with all our failures, and bureaucratic entanglements. If we can't get India to build one for us, why not these guys? We should build it on solid, seismic-happy ground, like Port Hope! Then, our union people will be perfectly good to run the thing to the ground, and keep shoveling in fuel. The isotope business doctors will be happy, and all is good for Christmas! :)

Openhazards Web Site

Openhazards Web site

Neat, it geolocates you and automatically gives a hazard of where you live. All these things should be taken with a grain of salt, since your exact foundation conditions skew things by an order of magnitude. But it's interesting.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Tungsten Carbide Wedding Rings

Tungsten Wedding Rings

So, these guys ask me politely what it would take to put a link on my blog so they can plump up their Google ranking. Perfectly honest, and not like that link spam. I'm thinking, like a bottle of wine's worth of ad clicks or whatever, or I'm thinking - the nerve of these buggers, I am incorruptible!

But then, the concept of tungsten carbide wedding rings just rocked my whimsy! This stuff is for armor-piercing bullets! It will last forever! What if Tiger and super-model got this? They could build in a glass cutter, so she wouldn't have to smash the car window with a 9-iron!

So, I do this for free! Happy weddings to everyone!

New TunnelTalk Articles


They have an email alert system, which I get when they have new articles. These articles look good, although I have a great desire to pooh-pooh the concepts of some of them, but I won't.

Fault mechanics and earthquake prediction


Don't you just love those stock photos they always use on an earthquake story?

Seismologists believe that the buildup of stress deep in the earth causes earthquakes. Monitoring such stress has proven impossible to date.

Yeah! The above statement is the new 'global warming' of seismologists. Nobody can contradict this religion, or face exile and poverty. This, of course, means there are no earthquakes here in the east, because there hasn't been any localized build-up of stress in millions of years (or more).

The model does use simple physics, which is a great step up from just wiggle-line interpreting. It says you have to build up the stress, then BAM, then nothing until it starts all over again. Good for them! I'm not arguing. I'm hiding.....

Bell line speed woes

Misc. Stories

I visit this old guy once a week, as part of my heroic volunteerism (Hi G!). He's 77, and can walk my legs off! I also got him into seeing my blog, and clicking on the ads (You better!). Cindy the Wonderdog comes and visits the whole household, including their murderous parrot.

So, one day we're walking on the river, and it starts to rain. In the wild areas, Cindy is a good dog off the leash (Don't tell that to the Dog Police!). So we duck under the Eglinton bridge, and it just starts to pour! There are these two nice chairs looking over the new graffiti, which is very nice, so the two old guys sit down and chat. I totally forget about the brown mutt! When the rain stops after a few minutes, I look around and she's gone. My heart sinks, and I'm ready for a tragedy, since she did something like this 5 years ago. So I go up to the road and whistle, and there she shows up! Seems a very nice couple had corralled her. They said she was playing in traffic! Whew!

Another day, we were walking again in the river valley, when we smelled something awful. G kept looking at his shoes, and I kept looking for overflowing sewers. It came and went. I began to suspect the dog, but she never came closer than 30 feet for some reason. I finally got her, and bent down for a sniff. GACK! CHOKE! WANNA BARF. OH GOD, I TOUCHED HER!

She had rolled in something long dead! Stay away from us, I told her, and we headed for the old ice rink. There was always snow that she could roll in. She went nuts in the snow, and that was enough to keep down the gag reflex. Finally, I had to put the stinker in the car, and give her a bath.

So, here's the title story. I've had 7 Mbits download from rotten Bell forever, but now I finally noticed that various servers were choking at that speed. Before, they could never get their overall throughput to match that. I don't have any choice here, since bankrupt Rogers has never upgraded our squirrel-infested lines, even though they say they did.

Naturally, I wanted to bump up the speed, since I have graduated to Youtube TV on the PS3, which is a great addictive time-waster. I would save the money by cutting off my Bell satellite, which had become horribly expensive ("Our new minimum plan, at a big hike, now comes with more channels!"). I phoned for the 16 Mb plan. -"Oh yes sir, you qualify, no problem!" After several days, nothing happened to my speed! I phoned technical support, and 7 Mb is the max my DSL line can handle! Mad I was! I got back to service, and asked for my old plan back. "Oh no sir, we don't offer that sweet plan anymore, it's 6 Mb for the same price, and we have to charge to bump up your download max".

Bugger! So today I checked, and the bleeps have choked the line to exactly 6 Mbits! And they are sending me a new modem because they were blaming that for the speed limit. Geez, the life of a monopoly. No wonder Canada is going downhill.

World's Best Geophysics Job


"We live in Hawaii and enjoy it, but we forget how special and unique it is," she said. "It is one of the most outstanding volcanic features on Earth, and scientists want to understand it."

This is much better than studying earthquakes in California! At least you can live away from the active volcano. Ah, what a job, beautiful Hawaii, a nice computer room with Sunacle computers. What could be better?

Tsunami Four Storeys HIgh


The wall of water towered 14m (46ft) and included as many as three major waves, researchers have found.


Old reactor vessel ready for Botox


Everything now hangs on the success of the test welds, which are being applied near the corrosion spots on the huge, cylindrical vessel that contains the NRU's nuclear reactions and 65,000 litres of heavy water to cool and moderate the reactor. Nitric acid is blamed for the corrosion.

In a nutshell:

-35 year old aluminum vessel has been subjected to nitric acid - Can you say fizz?
-it's totally worm-holed and probably has a micro-structure of moldy bread
-in the world's worse seismic zone (due to Leda clay), and would do something dramatic in an earthquake
-they can't detect the 99% (almost through) wormholes

Now they are pasting over the known leaks with aluminum spray. The vessel is so hot it should just be hauled away and dumped in the back forty, like they've done with all their other rad-waste. Chalk River should be shut down. ... But that's just me talking.

Build Another Reactor on the Seismic Pit


The panel's report, released yesterday, urges Canada to keep pumping out its own isotopes, with a multipurpose reactor that could cost as much as $1.2-billion.

At last the silly news comes pouring in! I was dying. First of all, we have to get India to build it for us. Second, they would build it on the seismic death trap from hell - Chalk River. There would have to be a heck of a lot of 'global warming' corruption to get the seismic approvals for that swamp.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Cheaper to dump nuclear waste in the backyard


Nevada lawmakers said the analysis reinforces their contention that taxpayers are better off finding an alternative to the Yucca Mountain repository. Sens. Harry Reid and John Ensign requested the report, along with Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.

Yeah, the bean counters are magnificent!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Ancient Earth a Warm Bath


He found through the isotopes preserved within the rocks that temperatures in the early ocean, at least in some spots on Earth, was about 40 degrees Celsius, which can be described as warm bath water. Previous to these findings researchers believed conditions were much hotter, around 70 degrees Celsius, 3.4 billion years ago.

This is too subtle for me! Hot is hot.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

OAU Water Polo Stills

Holy Cow! I'm finally through the tons of video I shot on the weekend. This is the end of the Ontario varsity water polo season. Our girls (McMaster) won a tough bronze, which is great, considering they had almost all rookies this year.

Now I have to figure out how to down-scale this hd tv to dvd!

Ambitious Inmates and the Asylum


The Chalk River Employees Ad hoc Taskforce plans to launch a publicity blitz this week to try to rally support behind the beleaguered Chalk River NRU reactor, which employs close to 3,000 people and pumps hundreds of millions of dollars annually into the local economy.

I can't comment on this, since it sends water up my nose.

CNSC Raises Eyebrows


That tritium (Nuclear Waste!!) report was ridiculous, but we all know what happened to the CNSC over the years. As I have said, there is a consequence of having people think the CNSC is just a toadie clown car. It causes panics over stupid things, and interferes with a rational plan regarding nuclear energy.