America’s Nuclear Moonscape

A very cool interactive map showing nuclear tests in the Nevada desert.  This site is only about 100km from Las Vegas.

Nevada Test Site

America’s Nuclear Moonscape.

From website ESRI Website:
Established in 1950, the Nevada Test Site (NTS) was the main United States location for the testing of nuclear devices for both military and peaceful uses. Between 1945 and the voluntary suspension of testing in 1992, the U.S. conducted 1,051 nuclear tests worldwide – 925 of these were at the NTS. The legacy of that testing is evident in the image to the right of the NTS’s Yucca Flats area. Locations for 603 of the tests are plotted in 5-year increments.

Engineering algae to make the ‘wonder material’ nanocellulose for biofuels and more

Engineering algae to make the ‘wonder material’ nanocellulose for biofuels and more.


This is pretty interesting, if this goes onto a larger production, we could see the engineering world produce lighter and stronger vehicles, geofabric stiffer than kevlar, and possibly pavement that can withstand our frigid winters,  which I will so graciously reminded this weekend.  We’re supposed to get upwards of 20 cm in the Edmonton area.

All of that technology from algae and water…   Now if I could just get cell reception in my house from by letting what’s in my fridge fester a little more, I’d be onto something.



The Tyee – Alberta’s Strange Sinking Sensation

Great article that hit a lot of points that have bugged me as a saskie living in alberta these last 9 years.

The Tyee – Alberta’s Strange Sinking Sensation.

Bitterman, Ty, maybe you should let Mr. Brad Wall know about it. The original article was by Andrew Nikiforuk from

The Best Part of this is the Bonus Guide…


How do you know when you live in petro state? Here are some key signs:

  • When your government pays 30 per cent of its road, education, and hospital bills with finite and volatile hydrocarbon revenue.
  • When your province posts five budget deficits in a row during a so-called “bitumen boom.”
  • When the billionaire owner of a hockey club (the Oilers) donates $430,000 to extend the 40-year rule of a one party state that ran out of ideas 30 years ago.
  • When Alberta Health says it can’t comment on the public health impacts of hydraulic fracturing because Alberta Energy is responsible for “sustainable energy development.”
  • When the government approves 100 bitumen projects over a ten-year period without a cumulative impact assessment.
  • When government officials ban the use of the word “tar sands” the same way the U.S. military forbade the use of the word “insurgency” in Iraq.
  • When your government fires the Chief Elections Officer, Lorne Gibson, in 2009 for doing his job and reporting on widespread electoral fraud.
  • When your former premier, Ed Stelmach, advises the Ukrainian government on how to sell shale gas development to a skeptical public concerned about groundwater contamination.
  • When most university research chairs acquire boutique petroleum brands such as the Enbridge Research Chair in Psychosocial Oncology; the Cenovus Chair in Canadian Plains Mitigation and Reclamation, the TransCanada Chair in Regulatory Law and the Talisman Chair for Sustainability and the Environment.
  • When prominent scientists such as David Schindler are vilified and slandered for reporting on documented water contamination from tar sands development in top science journals.
  • When your government estimates that cleaning up toxic waste in the tar sands will cost more than $20 billion but asks industry to set aside only $1 billion.
  • When politicians describe bitumen, a badly degraded tar enmeshed in sand, as “the jewel of hydrocarbons.”
  • When the province’s oil and gas regulator argues in Queen’s Court that it owes “no duty of care” to Albertan landowners or the province’s groundwater.
  • When a bunch of Calgary lawyers decide that the best market for their self-branded “ethical oil” are Chinese national oil firms directed by the world’s leading moral philosophers, the Communist Party of China.

The 2012 Best Rural Smart Hub Internet Plans In Alberta


Hi everyone,

The 2011 post seemed to get a lot of traffic and I’ve been slacking a bit to update it with 2012 pricing.  Here it is!

ROGERS $47.00 INCLUDED $57.00 $72.00 $92.00 $10.00
BELL $45.00 INCLUDED $55.00 $70.00 $90.00 $15.36
TELUS $45.00 INCLUDED $55.00 $70.00 NOT AVAILABLE $20.48

These are the current hubs available as of July 30th, 2012.

Bell Mobility Turbo Hub
Rogers Wireless Rocket Hub
Telus Mobility Smart Hub

I might add that the performance of your internet hubs relies greatly on where your nearest cellular tower is.  Steven Nikkel has made a very handy site that shows you where the closest towers are in your area and which company operates them.  

Check it out at it works for all of Canada. Even to snoop around, it’s really interesting to see how many towers there are across the country!

I’m currently running Bell’s Netgear MVBR1210C and it seems to be working out alright, the tower is a fair distance away but I still get decent download speeds. Now if I could just find a way to get an unlimited plan I’d be set.

Thanks again for reading! Take it easy and hope you find decent access to the internet wherever you may be!


Here is the background from my previous post in 2011.

Hey Internet users,

I go online, I’m rural in Alberta and it is not cheap or fast in my current situation so I’d thought I would share some research.  I surf the internet and currently live at Antler Lake, Alberta and we have (as I know currently) wireless, satellite, or dial-up.   I currently use an Internet Stick from Bell and decided to look at options other than Satellite or the Internet Stick. My internet stick isn’t exactly cheap considering Netflix and Youtube cost me $255 last month. Or fast because trying to upload my own pictures to this blog has been frustrating. The reliability of my “internet stick” has been questionable, last month I’ve been online and it seems that I have to unplug/reset my card within the first 5 minutes. I decided to check out what the best available mobile internet plan for people in rural areas in Alberta is. Here’s what I’ve found.  I hope this helps anyone in Canada/World, regardless of where live.

Smart Hub plans are currently offered by Bell, Telus, and Rogers as of April 12, 2011.  Data caps for Smart Hubs are a bit better than Internet Sticks, don’t ask me why.  These companies offer the following for Smart Hub Plans:

Note:  From what I’ve seen on the web, all of companies noted above use $/mb for over usage, which means 1024 MB per GB, and I will convert them for you to GB…  I think it seems only fair to offer that in the internet age of Vimeo, Youtube, Netflix, etc..  We’re all thinking in GigaBytes…

The rate plans I’ve found are for Alberta. Rates across the country for comparison/discussion would be appreciated!

Okay, now the nickels and dimes of the whole thing.

One Gigabyte = 1024 Megabytes… So 1 cent / MB = $10.24 per GB.

  • Bell Mobility – NETGEAR MBR1210 Turbo Hub = $65 /month for 10GB – Anything over costs $15.36 CAD / GB.
  • Telus –  Smart Hub Plan = $70/month for 10 GB – Anything over costs $20 CAD / GB.
  • Rogers – Rocket Hub = $85/month for 10 GB – Anything over costs $10 CAD /GB.

Hopefully this helps you in finding an internet plan that works for you in the rural areas of Alberta, Saskatchewan, or any province in Canada, or the world!

If you find rate plans that are better than I have found, let me know!

Take Care,


Vice TV and Johnny Knoxville Go to Detroit

Interesting Documentary on Detroit and the revitalization happening currently.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Conferences all atwitter, but are we speeding public ridicule?

Conferences all atwitter, but are we speeding public ridicule?.

Just came across this blog, and I like it.

I’m still on the fence about Twitter… I have a blog and a website, that way I can get across what I’m saying in more than 140 characters.   For me, the crafting of an article or random thought with images and / or videos and finally hitting the “Publish” button is much more satisfying than tweeting into space hoping for mentions to come.

If corporations and celebrities are paying other people to write their tweets, then I’m going to reserve judgement on whether Twitter is a valid method of communication.  I’ll give it a couple years.

Take Care.