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Drought and water usage realities

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

I’m not one to speak out against conservation, but, people have no idea how water usage really works. 90% of the time the media just talks about urban and residential usage which only represents 10% of allocations from the DWR (doesn’t include groundwater). In the rare instances where NPR or real news organizations start talking about agriculture, the real agriculture usage is about 80% of the water use. I’m pretty sure that includes numbers outside the DWR water plan (again more groundwater).

California DWR planning has access to about 80MAF (million acre feet). A single acre foot is roughly 325,000 gallons of water.

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So, assuming this doesn’t include ground water withdrawals which are outside the DWR that makes up for the other massive chunk.

Ok, so lets get some perspective here. No human being in CA will be deprived of water and if they are, its purely because of money/politics/bureaucracy.

Of the 80MAF total allocation under the purview of the DWR, 39MAF go towards mandated environmental use (instream flows, required delta outflows and scenic rivers) alone is more than 4X as much as ALL URBAN NEEDS COMBINED including industrial/residential/etc… even a 10% reduction to mandated flows would increase urban water availability by 50%.

Agriculture is the next 33MAF, again a small change to the usage here is a massive number. If California farmers were deallocated even the slightest amount, it would solve any perceived urban issues.

So of that urban use of 8MAF, about half goes to landscaping.

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If every adult in the united states did the ice bucket challenge it would use 736 AF (note, not MILLION, just acre feet) or around 0.00092% of the total water just in CA (not all of the US). In reality it’s probably about 1000x less than that, maybe a quarter million people? It’s really really really insignificant. Probably, a lot less than the 50AF lost from the pipe that burst near UCLA a few weeks ago.

I think my frustration comes from the fact that the debate is always framed around the common people being asked to conserve without being given the real facts. It’s much easier to get people in a panic that we might RUN OUT OF WATER rather than give them the truth.

Turning off the power in CA during the power crisis was a total farce, did we build lots of massive new power plants and distribution since the crisis? Or, did we just stop the corruption? I’ll give you a hint… we shutdown the San Onofre nuclear facility which provided over 2200MW of power and the lights are still on.

Conservation is important, recycling and reusing is important. Lying to the public is wrong and people freaking out about spilling water is just silly. Yes, people live in countries where water resources are a life threatening issue. But the reality is, you can’t fix that problem by conserving here, geography, politics, money and infrastructure don’t change because you saved a few gallons.

Until we reclaim our government, until we get big money out of politics, we can’t even begin to make changes that might help other nations.

Step 1. Reclaim your democracy
Step 2. Pass laws that make a REAL difference for our people
Step 3. Pass laws that make a REAL difference for the world.

None of that happens without step 1.
One option, because I hate when people complain wihtout solutions…
MayDay SuperPac


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Is Passpoint HotSpot 2.0?

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Sky Dayton

Sky Dayton seems to believe it is, and I don’t see any reason to doubt him, as long as the adoption is there.

In the technical sense, Hotspot 2.0 is the specification and Passpoint is the trademarked branding the Wi-Fi Alliance is using for certified devices. So I’m using 2.0 moniker loosely…

Clearly demand is outstripping availability of available bandwidth on wireless networks, the ability to ‘roam’ on to WiFi hotspots with seamless voice/data sounds like a great way to solve the problem for both carriers and users. Standards appear to now have been in place for a couple years, adoption is now the key to it’s success.

An interesting read…

http://www.skydayton.com/skydayton/2014/5/21/catching-the-next-wi-fi-wave


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2014 I haven’t posted in almost 2 years! Yikes, damn day jobs… Recently the door knob in the office building has had a thing against me. So, I took a picture. I was hoping for a little more definition, but I’m going to have to do some experimenting to figure out how to get the best shot. For now, this didn’t come out too bad. I tried various exposures but generally between 1/4 to 1.3 seconds at ISO 1600-3200 and F2.8-F8. I did find someone else who did the same thing, over the course of 3 days he refined his technique and used pyro to enhance the effect. I’d like to stick to purely electricity. He was doing longer exposures. But, i’m not sure that’s the effect I want. I think I’d like even shorter exposures, but without a continuous source of sparks, the timing would be difficult. I more secure rig might help as well, but i’m not sure.


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