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Not since Harvey …

… has the street in front of CatBeard Manor had so much water.

Granted at the height of the heaviest rain during Harvey the entire street was curb-to- curb water and moving up into my front yard. Today it is only curb-to-curb to the west of me.

When Topical Storm Imelda was coming ashore earlier this week, I thought “good we’ll finally get some rain”. I even put down fertilizer and garden lime on my yard to be watered-in by the rain. Then … nothing … light intermittent drizzle Monday and Tuesday followed by a few short showers yesterday. Be careful what you wish for.

I’m off work this week on a “staycation”. I was making a Starbucks run about 11 AM when it began. By the time I got back to my driveway the deluge had begun. Heavy downpour for over an hour before a temporary respite, and we are at the trailing edge of what is now Tropical Depression Imelda. Houston proper and points east are getting the brunt of it.

We have always been an “island in the stream” during flooding events. In the thirty years we have been here even the worst flooding events has left us high and dry.

All of the usual places that flood in Houston are flooding now. Watching LIVE YouTube coverage of Houston weather and flooding. It’s pretty bad.

I’m glad I took the week off.

cb

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Hydrogen Reactor – Brunton – Review

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Totally Sci-Fi. The Brunton Hydrogen Reactor is my latest gadget, and it is really cool.

The Hydrogen Reactor is a reactor that converts hydrogen and air into electricity and vapor. It’s all a bit hocus pocus, and since I’m not a scientist, I really can’t explain it in bigger detail.

In the package you get a reactor and 2 hydrogen cores. Each hydrogen core contains 4.500 mah which is equivalent to 3 iPhone charges. I’ve researched this fact very carefully, because some sites claim it to be 9.000 mah. My phone and Brunton tells them wrong. The core is made of solid metal that binds the molecules. It’s NOT nuclear, so there is nothing to be afraid of.

You screw the core in, hear a funny little *puff*, wait for the blue light, and then you connect your device. It’s quit easy and straight forward. You can boost the output if you…

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Brunton Hydrogen Reactor

This high-science device combines hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity on-the-move and under any condition. Simply lock the Hydrocore fuel into the Hydrogen Reactor™ to power USB devices like smartphones, tablet computers, UV water purifiers, rechargeable lights, portable game consoles, GPS transceivers and more.

Remember when fuel cells cost millions of dollars, could only be afforded by NASA, and were powered by liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen that was known to explode? Of course not, you weren’t born yet. Well maybe you were since the Space Shuttle used them.

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Ammonia … Ammonia …

The internet is amazing. Mrs and I were talking on the phone with Pegasuspilot about the best way to clean earrings. Pp mentioned ammonia, and then recalled an old cartoon we saw as kids. Pp and I have been friends since before(?) elementary school. I saw him for the first time in 27 years when Mrs and I drove back home last month to see her mother. Pp and I got on as if time had never passed. Today he forwarded the following:

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Toyota buys Tesla

NOT

In fact Toyota sees no future at all in battery electric vehicles like Tesla or the Nissan Leaf. Toyota sees the future through hydrogen tinted glasses.

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Click on the image above or the URL for the full story with many cool videos.

http://www.toyota.com/fuelcell/

 

This explains why Toyota abandoned its relationship with Tesla and will eventually stop making the RAV4 EV. Toyota is betting on hydrogen … at least in California … where it plans to build a hydrogen infrastructure sufficient to fuel a limited fleet of Fuel Cell Vehicles. This fleet of FCVs will satisfy California requirements for zero emissions vehicles and allow Toyota to continue auto sales in California.

Tesla EVs or Toyota FCVs, which will prove to be the most successful solution? Only time will tell.