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March 10, 2012

Overnight Open Thread

Ah, the Green Navy. It just does not make sense to me how we're going about this or even why the Navy is involved. DoD And Navy Persist With Bio-fuels, Like It Or Not.

Whatever the ultimate source of the recent pushback to the Navy Department’s alternative energy plans, it apparently is not working. The service announced Friday that it undertook its latest test with biofuels at sea, this time aboard the frigate USS Ford. The Ford sailed down to San Diego from its homeport in Everett, Wash. on a 50–50 blend of biofuel and marine diesel, and the ship’s main engines drank it down just fine.
The announcement did not say how much the Navy paid for the biofuel the Ford burned, but at, let’s say, $16 per gallon times half the 25,000 gallons, that’s about $200,000 for just the biofuel in this test. Compare that to roughly $75,000 for a load of standard marine diesel, and you can see where the cost argument comes from.

Mabus and other alternative fuel boosters acknowledge upfront the service is paying a lot more than it would for traditional petroleum, but that’s the point: The Navy has to help fuel-makers cover their research and it has to create a market and economies of scale that could one day make biofuel competitive. Even if biofuel does not cost the same as oil, Mabus has said, it could still be a better deal for the Navy because it would be immune from the price shocks that can hit the standard energy market.

It's all just BS. Pay a whole lot more for something that is much harder to get access to due to limited resupply points and its rarity in the global market. Not to mention it's many times more expensive in an era of DoD budget cuts. The Navy shouldn't be "helping the fuel-makers cover their research, create the bio-fuel market" etc. They should be focusing on readiness, training and maintenance. This news does not help the green cause either. Amyris Gives Up Making Biofuels.
This is a common theme for advanced biofuels companies. Range Fuels, one of the first of the current crop of companies, recently went out of business. Others are giving up on making biofuels too, also hoping to break into markets for higher value chemicals.

Movie Title Translations

This is a pretty funny list. I guess sometimes a basic movie title like Die Hard does not translate well overseas so they rename it to something like Jungla de Cristal which is Crystal Jungle in Spanish. More here at Funny Foreign Film Titles. I'm sure we could come up with some more than this.

Batman and Robin. "Come to My Cave and Wear this Rubber Codpiece, Cute Boy" (Hong Kong)

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Also known as "The Spy Who Spermed Me" in Norway. Apparently "sperming" is just slang for the same thing, but it sounds so much more technical when retranslated into English that it's unappealing. But hey, whatever makes those Norwegian's randy baby, yeah!

Barb Wire. "Delicate Orbs of Womanhood Bigger Than Your Head Can Hurt You" (Hong Kong).

Leadership Lessons From James T. Kirk

You had to know this was coming after seeing 5 Leadership Mistakes Of The Galactic Empire. Take a look at the list of 5 Leadership Lessons From Captain Kirk. Do note that SCOAMF seems to be ignoring lesson #2. And #3 (unlike Kirk, SCOAMF leads from behind). And #4. Mr. Don't Call My Bluff can't play poker let alone chess.

2. Have Advisors With Different Worldviews

Organizations that allow for differences of opinion are better at developing innovation, better at solving problems, and better at avoiding groupthink. We all need a McCoy and a Spock in our lives and organizations.

Kitteh Video

Agh. The cuteness. It hurts.

Broisery & Mantyhose

No, no, no. Any of you morons even THINK of wearing this stuff will result in a permanent revocation of your man card. Brosiery And Mantyhose Take Off As Men Seek Warmth, Comfort,...And Fashion Statement Of Patterned Tights.

Creepy Spider Story

This might freak a few of you out. Massive Spiderwebs Engulf Australian Town As Arachnids Escape Floods. Those bastards. Went after the dog too. Nuke it from orbit?

When You Can't Remember A Song

You ever get those moments when you are trying to remember a song or figure out one you heard on the radio? Well, it seems it just got a bit easier with today's technology to figure it out. Identify The Song Stuck In Your Head.

Where Some Cartoon Character Names Originated

How many of you knew that Scooby-Doo came to be thanks to Frank Sinatra? How Scooby-Doo And 9 Other Cartoon Character's Got Their Names.

Have you ever listened to Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers in the Night” and childishly giggled to yourself, “Ruh-roh, he just sang, ‘Scooby-Dooby-Doo’”? If so, you might find it reassuring to know that Ol’ Blue Eyes is indeed the inspiration behind our favorite crime-solving Great Dane’s name.

Fred Silverman, a CBS executive in charge of children’s programing, was intrigued by Sinatra’s scatting and subsequently named the pup “Scooby-Doo” in 1969. Mystery solved.

SCOAMF Supporter Video Highlights

You just have to know these folks are SCOAMF's base.

Jake Lloyd

Ah poor Jake Lloyd. Blaming Lucas For His Crappy Acting. Ironic that Jake in real life is as whiny as Anakin was in Phantom Menace.

Kitteh Facts

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