Latest Dreck...

BugE Electric Motorcycle

Well I think I’ve found my electric vehicle. It’s called BugE Electric Motorcycle, a light-weight reversed trike electric motorcycle designed by Blue Sky Design, LLC. It was originally designed to take 4 12V 55AH lead acid batteries for a total of 48V. The same footprint should hold 15 LiFePO4 cells, 3.2V 100AH for the same 48V and twice the amp-hour capacity. This pack would be considerably lighter and last for many years of regular use. Assuming the same 55W/mile average of the original design and an 80% depth of discharge, this would give the BugE Electric Motorcycle a safe range of about 70 miles. Also assuming an 80% DoD, charge time would be around 2.6 hours using an Elcon PFC 1500 battery charger at 120VAC (half that at 240VAC). I

Read More »

A Vision Of The Future

Just a A Vision Of The Future… I believe the future belongs to those who develop Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors and Electric Vehicles. Yes, you can quote me on that. As I write this, there is a movement out there to bring to light a technology developed many years ago. Known as LFTR (pronounced “lifter”), the Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor is a form of Molten Salt Reactor that uses the radioactive element Thorium as its primary fuel. As I’ve discussed in a previous article it’s a much safer, cleaner and cheaper form of nuclear power that really should have been the direction the world headed in when developing nuclear power as the way to generate electricity. I won’t go into all of the details because there is a

Read More »

Announcing First Nationwide EAS Test

Posted by: Damon Penn, Assistant Administrator, National Continuity Programs As we often say here at FEMA, it’s critical that all members of the team, whether its federal, state, local and tribal governments, or the public, have an emergency communications plan. Knowing how you would get in touch with the residents in your communities, or your loved ones, is a key part of how we all can prepare for disasters, both natural and man-made. One of the most important communications tools that helps federal, state, local, territorial and tribal authorities issue emergency information and warnings to the public is the Emergency Alert System. This system is frequently used and tested at the local level, but to date it has never been tested on the national level. Chances are you have

Read More »

Pot-In-Pot Evaporative Refrigerator

The Pot-In-Pot Evaporative Refrigerator or “Zeer Pot” is an astoundingly simple but effective device. The refrigerator consists of two ceramic pots of different sizes, sand, water and a towel or cloth. It cools the inner chamber and its contents using evaporative cooling, much like a swamp cooler. Constructing the pot-in-pot refrigerator is an easy process. Obtain two ceramic flower pots, one large and one the next size down, so they nest one inside the other with a gap between them. If there are holes in the pots, cover them with duct tape or fill the holes in with putty so that no sand or water escapes out the bottom of the large pot, or enters the smaller pot. Pour a layer of sand in the larger pot. Set

Read More »

Cooking By Accident

This is Cooking By Accident. So I decided to cook a roast in the crock pot. During my trip to the store this week I picked up a pot roast, some onion soup mix, a can of cream of mushroom soup and some egg noodles. It sounded like a good combination in my head. I sliced up the roast into smaller chunks and threw them in the crock pot. Added one of the two packets of onion soup mix and filled the crock pot with water til it covered the meat. Cranked it up to high and let it cook for about 5 hours or so. When the meat was tender, I tossed in a bag of egg noodles and added some water to cover the noodles. When

Read More »

Welcome To The All New Mindless Dreck!

Announcing the new and improved Mindless Dreck! After realizing the title of this blog should be more prominent, I’ve decided to go ahead and secure the domain and move the site. DrRighteous.net is now mindlessdreck.com! I’ll be keeping the old domain, but it now redirects to this one. This is one of many recent improvements I’ve made to this site. Having recently discovered a lot of the (relatively) new WordPress features and excellent plugins. You could say this place has had a complete makeover. If you’d like me to do some of this work for you, or set up a complete site, feel free to contact me.

Read More »

BugE Electric Motorcycle

Well I think I’ve found my electric vehicle. It’s called BugE Electric Motorcycle, a light-weight reversed trike electric motorcycle designed by Blue Sky Design, LLC. It was originally designed to take 4 12V 55AH lead acid batteries for a total of 48V. The same footprint should hold 15 LiFePO4 cells, 3.2V 100AH for the same 48V and twice the amp-hour capacity. This pack would be considerably lighter and last for many years of regular use. Assuming the same 55W/mile average of the original design and an 80% depth of discharge, this would give the BugE Electric Motorcycle a safe range of about 70 miles. Also assuming an 80% DoD, charge time would be around 2.6 hours using an Elcon PFC 1500 battery charger at 120VAC (half that at 240VAC). I

Read More »

A Vision Of The Future

Just a A Vision Of The Future… I believe the future belongs to those who develop Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors and Electric Vehicles. Yes, you can quote me on that. As I write this, there is a movement out there to bring to light a technology developed many years ago. Known as LFTR (pronounced “lifter”), the Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor is a form of Molten Salt Reactor that uses the radioactive element Thorium as its primary fuel. As I’ve discussed in a previous article it’s a much safer, cleaner and cheaper form of nuclear power that really should have been the direction the world headed in when developing nuclear power as the way to generate electricity. I won’t go into all of the details because there is a

Read More »

Announcing First Nationwide EAS Test

Posted by: Damon Penn, Assistant Administrator, National Continuity Programs As we often say here at FEMA, it’s critical that all members of the team, whether its federal, state, local and tribal governments, or the public, have an emergency communications plan. Knowing how you would get in touch with the residents in your communities, or your loved ones, is a key part of how we all can prepare for disasters, both natural and man-made. One of the most important communications tools that helps federal, state, local, territorial and tribal authorities issue emergency information and warnings to the public is the Emergency Alert System. This system is frequently used and tested at the local level, but to date it has never been tested on the national level. Chances are you have

Read More »

Pot-In-Pot Evaporative Refrigerator

The Pot-In-Pot Evaporative Refrigerator or “Zeer Pot” is an astoundingly simple but effective device. The refrigerator consists of two ceramic pots of different sizes, sand, water and a towel or cloth. It cools the inner chamber and its contents using evaporative cooling, much like a swamp cooler. Constructing the pot-in-pot refrigerator is an easy process. Obtain two ceramic flower pots, one large and one the next size down, so they nest one inside the other with a gap between them. If there are holes in the pots, cover them with duct tape or fill the holes in with putty so that no sand or water escapes out the bottom of the large pot, or enters the smaller pot. Pour a layer of sand in the larger pot. Set

Read More »

Cooking By Accident

This is Cooking By Accident. So I decided to cook a roast in the crock pot. During my trip to the store this week I picked up a pot roast, some onion soup mix, a can of cream of mushroom soup and some egg noodles. It sounded like a good combination in my head. I sliced up the roast into smaller chunks and threw them in the crock pot. Added one of the two packets of onion soup mix and filled the crock pot with water til it covered the meat. Cranked it up to high and let it cook for about 5 hours or so. When the meat was tender, I tossed in a bag of egg noodles and added some water to cover the noodles. When

Read More »

Welcome To The All New Mindless Dreck!

Announcing the new and improved Mindless Dreck! After realizing the title of this blog should be more prominent, I’ve decided to go ahead and secure the domain and move the site. DrRighteous.net is now mindlessdreck.com! I’ll be keeping the old domain, but it now redirects to this one. This is one of many recent improvements I’ve made to this site. Having recently discovered a lot of the (relatively) new WordPress features and excellent plugins. You could say this place has had a complete makeover. If you’d like me to do some of this work for you, or set up a complete site, feel free to contact me.

Read More »