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My Note –

There is definitely an oil spill that is massive in the Gulf of Mexico. There are certainly thousands of towns throughout the Coast that are being negatively impacted by the oil spill already whether the oil is in sight or immediately threatening those beaches and sea areas or not – from Florida through Texas.

I had written about this excerpt from an article in the Brewton Standard, Brewton, Alabama, Escambia County – And, then I started writing some options and ideas that might be adapted by those businesses throughout the Gulf Coast areas to harvest an income or create a new set of revenue streams without having to leave the homes and towns they love in order to do it.

So, quickly – here is a bit of that article (with my asides) and then what I had written and brainstormed for ideas when I posted it – as I was posting it and creating ideas. The original post is from forever ago now – like two days maybe. (It is two posts back, from May 12, 2010 – )

May 12, 2010

Overview of the oil spill – who did it – what’s it doing — Gulf of Mexico oil spill affecting businesses – let’s create some possible solutions for those businesses while they can still stand up and thrive –

Posted by cricketdiane under Cricket Diane C Sparky Phillips


This is the part I’ve already written – and a reference for where Brewton, Alabama sits on the google map. After this – and if you’ve already read this part, I apologize – but immediately below it will be the other ideas that I had that day and some from today which I’ve written down on my 3×5 cards. By putting them here, I hope good things will happen, but it does not guarantee that they are all good ideas.

Some of them may need for business people to join together with their Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Association, Tourism and Hospitality Departments or Agencies, with State Tourism boards and / or their local museum and oceanography (or animal, wildlife, bird sanctuaries, marine and sea wildlife organizations) to do them effectively.

The temporary shift of focus that businesses along the Gulf Coast can have together as a themed and comprehensive concept to flex with the current oil crisis in the Gulf waters, will provide a possible set of solutions to the next five years – not just today, or next week or tomorrow – but it could do that, too.

And, when everything returns to normal, whatever that is whenever that is, the things that are working can be kept and incorporated into the overall business models and plans – or they can be altered to suit – or they can all be scrapped and go back to selling whatever worked in the first place.

– cricketdiane, 05-13-10


Here are the previously posted materials –

Brewton, AL


Escambia County native and owner of Sea Spray Charters, Capt. Bill Staff Jr., has already seen the effects of the oil spill over the last two weeks and fears it will only get worse as the oil leak continues.

“It’s already hard to make a living, and if we take much more, it’s going to be almost impossible,” Staff said Tuesday, a day originally scheduled for a charter trip.

(etc. – bitching about the media hype over an oil spill he can’t see and the fact that the government is causing the problem when there isn’t really any oil, etc., etc., etc. and how it has hurt his business and then he says this – my note)

Fortunately for Staff, some of his fishing charters booked so far this month have continued as scheduled. In fact, he fished Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and was not hindered by the oil. Customers left happy after catching numerous fish, Staff said.

“I’ve probably been more fortunate than most having the least cancellations because some have had more,” Staff said. “It’s the same or worse for everybody.”

So far, six charter trips with Sea Spray Charters have been canceled. With each trip averaging $3,500 to $4,000 in revenue, it has already put a dent in the company’s budget to the tune of nearly $24,000.

(But apparently many of them haven’t canceled, so does he understand that the waters of Alabama are connected fluidly to the waters of Louisiana and that fish don’t stay in Alabama waters to get whatever they eat? – does he know they don’t have state lines in the fish world? – my note)


“If they don’t stop the leak, as the summer comes along, we get a lot of West wind and current, normally in June, which will bring it all back,” Staff said. “That’s what got people worried. If they could stop it, I think it would go away quick.”

Officials with numerous governmental agencies have been working with BP to try to contain the oil spill. Cleanup efforts have included burning some of the oil, using barriers to try to contain it and a 100-ton steel-and-concrete box to cover a deepwater oil well, which was aborted after deep-sea ice crystals, encased it.

As for the future of drilling offshore, Staff is still in favor of it, but believes regulations should be in place to prevent disasters such as the Deep Horizon explosion, which killed 11 people.

“It’s been such a long, rough winter, we were looking forward to a decent year. This is pretty devastating. I make my living around those oil rigs and I’m not against offshore drilling, but I think they need some more precautionary measures. Even though we were still way off with our bookings, it was looking better than last year.”



Fishing boat captain on oil spill: ‘This is devastating’

Posted on Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 at 4:00 am.


My Note –

I understand – I had a friend one time that explained to me how he knew there was no grade on the railroad track from here to Atlanta – he had walked it and never saw the level change, so therefore, there was no confidence he could give to anyone about it, nor to any other source of information, (like a map with the relief shown), or a book with information in it or anything else.

Finally, he went to the guys running the train and asked them if there was a grade between here and Atlanta. And, after he talked awhile with them, he came back shaking his head. He just could not imagine that the level tracks he saw and that he had walked himself, that never changed up or down – could actually be on an angle.

That taught me to understand why perception isn’t everything. The perception of it, even when others agree with that perception, doesn’t mean that what is perceived is the factual representation of what is – and partly because the putting together of those perceptions may not be taking everything into account in some way. I do understand. The oil over the horizon. The people not coming to rent that man’s boat and his friend’s boats that depend on them to have a livelihood and their families dependent on them. Yes, I do understand.

But they sold this day to the oil companies a long time ago and they knew it would come and what could happen as a result. I do know the choice was already made to harvest oil in the nation’s oceans and coastal areas knowing it could be at the expense of every other industry and business, community and family also dependent on those waters. They knew the wildlife and marine wildlife, who could not go anywhere else and had no choice in the matter would be subjected to it when something disastrous happened and they knew it would happen sooner or later.

There have been choices made and everybody seemed to agree to them. Voices that didn’t agree were cast aside. This is the trade-off that the choice gave us. I know it is not what I would’ve wanted. I get amazed at all kinds of things that are also available to move things that we could be using – and I don’t mean ethanol. But, there are some of the most brilliant people throughout America and they’ve just forgotten, that’s all. They’ve just forgotten how to fix things and design solutions and make things right out of the biggest messes somebody made before they got there.

they’ve just forgotten that they know how to do it . . .

– cricketdiane


Now – either those folks with boats down there in the Gulf of Mexico can learn to talk science – because there are going to be a bunch of scientists coming out there to take samples, look at stuff, record stuff, take pictures and they will want to see it all – give ‘em a good boat ride for a reasonable fee and be able talk to them – (or at least, to understand what they are trying to say)

Or – start taking photos of what is and isn’t screwed up down there and sell the photos to the world who are desperate to have them as this situation is unfolding – (it is literally history in the making every moment) – and go out in your boat to get pictures, walk on the beach and get them, walk up through town and get them – then sell the durn photos of things – including fish you used to run around there being able to catch.

And, there are going to be a massive number of government officials who will end up having to charter a boat from somebody to go look at all this stuff – sooner than later, undoubtedly – regardless of what they think – they are not going to be walking on water and they gotta get there somehow.

But, beyond that – take eco-tours out to see the crap. Provide the latex or non-latex gloves or whatever won’t melt in crude oil, and some sample water bottles, litmus paper and a cheap two dollar magnifying glass from the dollar store – and call it an eco-tour.

Sell bottles of the oil / water from the Gulf of Mexico online – well, maybe not – I don’t think you can send that in the mail since its a toxic chemical now. That would fall under the Homeland Security thing . . .

However – they apparently need a better design for a blowout preventer, and they obviously need a plan that works better than this one which somebody will be paid to produce – it could be the fishermen along the Coast that come up with that plan or at least, one part of that plan, and gets paid for it as good as anybody – at least they would have a clue that the oil company safety and cleanup specialists didn’t have.

And the fishermen and their family members know how important it is. The same is true for the members of the communities along the coast involved in tourism or anything else.

Either – do the sane thing and get your boat, your mama, your daddy, your relations, your dog, your boat and your fishing poles and get out of there, because it is getting more dangerous by the day – or make the situation work in your favor with the new facts that are true now. And, be creative.

And, on a last note – by the way – they were selling paper made out of elephant dung and people were buying it as if it were made of gold – so don’t tell me that we can’t work this situation.

– cricketdiane, 05-12-10


That was from earlier and I’ve had another thought or two about it –

1. The, “I survived the oil spill” – tshirts and ballcaps.

2. Specifically Eco-Tourism tour packages which include special tours of special areas of interest and has rooms to stay in across a scenic route of damaged and non-damaged areas, maybe with a bus tour from one place to another at a group package rate for oceanographic university groups, high school volunteer groups, etc.

3. International Eco-Tours for the science groups that would like to see it.

4. Smushed oil and sand paperweights encased in clear acrylic – originally taken from the actual beaches from the oil spill and with a brass plate that gives the date and event and place where it came from specifically.

5. Kite cameras using disposable cameras that can get pictures of the ocean from above – not my idea – there was a story on CNN several days ago about a geek of my favorite variety was out on the Gulf Coast doing it with his camera and something he rigged up with a kite.

6. Another encased in acrylic product with a before the oil spill clam shell and another with the black crude oil on it with an explanation of the life of a clam and how it affects them when an oil spill happens, how they filter water, etc.

7. Hunka Chunks Galleries, Museums online, websites, collections could be made with nothing but photographs of oil blobs coming onshore, or of the whole collection of dead and wounded, injured and oiled animals and birds could be a website group or museum or art gallery all by itself. That sounds so terrible, but given that it is history . . .

8. I suppose that scuba divers don’t want to get out into the areas of the Gulf of Mexico where the oil globs are floating throughout the water column, but they could get some good pictures – that with any luck, can never be taken anywhere again. It would make a really good recreational boating package to take the scuba crews and their photography equipment out there (with special safety issues considered.)

9. I was trying to think whether a piece of some type of paper, acrylic or black acetate would pick up the oil sheen and its “pretty rainbow colors” as Mary Landrieu (D-La.) described it. I’m not sure what would work, but if two of those pieces of acrylic could be sandwiched together with the oily water in between in a micro sheen – and sealed properly, it might make a good part of some product to sell concerning the oil spill.

10. It might have to be licensed from the Cameron company, but it might be a nice little souvenir to have miniature versions of the blowout preventer cast in metal at 3-4 inches tall or something – maybe a tiny working model for executive gifts – oil drilling platforms might make a nice miniature too, but probably are too intricate to be worthwhile unless sold for hundreds of dollars each (or more, although that’s a thought.)

11. Reports packages with photos and educational materials, all slicked up that describe the oil spill, the disaster that caused it and the cleanup and containment efforts, the descriptions of towns, people, industries and communities affected by it – in a nice package that can be sold to classrooms, school systems, museums, education programs about oceanography, marine life and ecology – would bring thousands of dollars easily and probably more like hundreds of thousands of dollars easily considering the number of those end-users that will need them.

12. There are book materials that are going to be required for everything from history books to science books to magazines and publications throughout every industry, every type of school system and every business that goes forward from this day concerning the impacts and events of these unfolding moments with the oil industry, the drilling in the coastal waters, the dangers and explosions and fumes and mistakes and oil spills, the real requirements for safety and cleanup – for containment and challenging the mess it makes, etc.

13. For tourism, there are groups of legislators, state agency officials, state business leaders and decision-makers, scientists, ecologists, marine specialists, oceanographers, oil industry specialists and analysts, geologists, toxicologists, health specialists that will be studying it, veterinary science health professionals, volunteers, beach and ocean protector associations, and a multitude of others who will be coming to access the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and the oil spill to understand its impacts – there are the customers for the tourism industry along the Gulf Coast.

14. Airplane flights, helicopter flights over the oil slick are obviously a good part of eco-tourism and scientific requirements as are commercial boats to use, possibly air boats to get into the marshes (I’m not sure), flat-bottom boats, equipment rentals of all kinds for photography and sample equipment that may not have already been in the area which will be needed or replaced or at hand immediately available.

There is no way to run home and get a tripod that has been fouled or broken, to grab another sd card for the camera, get a different telephoto lens to get a picture because it has crude oil in the one somebody brought with them – or to run into a city to get a box of sample bottles or whatever else is needed for scientific industry from tweezers to hand protectors – latex gloves, non-latex gloves, protective clothing, shoes appropriate to the task – galoshes or waders or protective coverings. All these are business products that could make a living where fishing may not do that anymore.

15. Bicycles, ATVs, oil-free electric vehicles, dune buggies style vehicles, electric golf carts, electric Cushman vehicles, TUG trucks and whatever other moving without petroleum vehicles including those powered by solar cells can be offered for rental in these coastal areas for people to use.

16. All types of business could be seriously affected by the oil spill in the Gulf, so restaurants, tourist based retailers, souvenir shops, beach attire shops and others dependent on the fishing industry being in full swing or the normal kinds of tourist industries being in full swing can flex to this new situation with the change or addition of specialized scuba gear rentals (if that is possible to do in the Gulf now), specialized hand cleaners to get the oil off the skin and off clothing or shoes or equipment, eco-tourism based souvenirs and healthy environment themed stuff.

17. Restaurants can create “crude oil crud” brownie desserts, menu items with themed-names like the clean air biscuits that offer 30 miles to the biscuit, oil geyser whiskey froth drinks, exceptional vegetarian specialties using something besides beans and nuts, broth and brisket of beef with oil on the side – whatever works. There is room for a vast array of specially themed desserts and dishes in this, if it is embraced as what it is and the historic frame of reference it does have, is given credence.

18. Information that could be collected and sold as a package because of this oil spill include activities packages, science experiments and instructions with their needed goodies for the experiments in small backpack sized, mobile units at different levels of educational basis, and volunteer survival kits for going out in the field to help and having what is needed at hand including handwipes in a waterproof case, sunscreen, hats, protective gloves, re-fillable drinkable water jug easy to carry and leakproof, brushes to scrape sand without making a mess, an odd washcloth or two (or 100% cotton cloth), an emergency 911 – GPS beeper tied into the call for help system and maybe, a set of synthetic cloths specific to oil cleanup and recovery needs.

19. Other information resources that could be sold as a result of this spill include the “activist package” with names of legislators responsible to the areas affected, company names and addresses that are drilling or servicing the oil business in the Gulf of Mexico, legislative offices and committee email addresses and phone numbers that deal with these things such as the Energy committee, Environment subcommittee, etc. The activist package could include agencies and specific offices that are involved in the regulation of these areas, offices around the world that are engaged in the environment and the regulation of environmental issues such as those at the UN and International Oceanographic community, and associations, organizations, companies, databases of information and environmental government agencies of countries around the world.

20. There is also information needed that reports “in the field” on how the efforts and studies are being made by people in the scientific and marine wildlife groups (and others) that record what they are doing, why it shows them what it does, how they do it, what they do with the information and samples once they get back to the base labs, where they coordinate that research and how they gather the cohesive integrated facts about the samples as they get them. There is no way they can do all of what they do and write and photograph themselves doing all of it in a comprehensive way. Their reports and required efforts have a specific focus involved with what they are doing. As a matter of recording history and for the education of our children as well as the public who is not there and the rest of the scientific international communities – there is a definite and certain need for the actual recording of the process that is going on right now to study this monumental oil spill and ecological disaster. That is a product needed for a price, too.

21. Face masks are going to be required and face scarves that hinder the smell or filter the smell will be needed in a place or two along the Gulf Coast, especially where boats and volunteers are going out into the region of the oil spill where the crude oil petroleum fumes are a constant part of the process.

The continuing hour-by-hour and day-by-day affront of those fumes to the human body are known to be damaging and sickening and accumulative.

The areas where those masks and filtering scarves are needed can be given a place to purchase them along with whatever replacement filters go with them and other protective gear, safe hand cleaners, baby wipes (believe it or not – a lot of them have a chemistry that takes crude oil off hands safely), other needed tools for the cleanup from small shovels like the Coleman army camp shovels, to sand rakes with metal rather than plastic tines (the plastic tines get quickly crapped up permanently with curds of crude oil and can’t be cleaned), oil spill quickie digital cameras of the cheapy variety, and disposable but safely re-fillable containers for drinking water, for samples and carrying packs specific to them, along with things that people are asking for who are working to do the cleanup, containment, recovery, study, journalism, photography, science, recording and eco-tourism in the affected areas.

– cricketdiane, 05-12-10


Now, when I said “we can work this,” that is exactly what I mean. When I can have this many interpretations of things that will make a difference in the economic survival of those in the affected areas – I am only one person and there are people all over the United States and all over the world that want good things in this, too – with many, many other ideas and concepts to offer.

Let’s work this. Let’s help make it right. Let’s help make it better. Let’s make it work. And, let’s together, straighten out this mess, and get our vehicles running on something else. Ted Turner is right – we’ve been studying it for 200 years and using the same thing. I’m all for using what works but once a thing is the only thing to use – then the damages that happen when it isn’t working are expanded in an exponential manner comprehensively. There must be progress beyond petroleum and the progress that has been made needs to be brought online en masse as quickly as possible.

“Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good” – just means, “Anything worth doing is worth doing half-assed.” No. No. No. No. And, the way we used to say it when things worked – and worked better than they do now – was, “Anything worth doing is worth doing right, the first time, this time, every time.”

And, then we worked from there – always working to make it better and have more options on the menu rather than fewer at every step of the way.

How about we do that again?

-cricketdiane, 05-12-10


Note – going to go get a bath and get cleaned up so I can walk up to the store and buy some groceries. Be back later – I will write down the ideas that might wander through my mind and post them later tonight sometime. Please consider doing the same wherever you are – wherever you can – whatever part it may help to solve in this crisis of historic magnitude for our nation and our future generations. (and however strange or outlandish the idea might be – just put it out into the world anyway, because you never know if it might actually work or create the inspiration that leads someone else to design something that ends up working. Thanks for being on the team.)

And, yes – this means you.



My Note –

That completes the parts from the other day (part of yesterday sometime a long set of research later, which is like going 5,000 miles without leaving home.) Here are some of the other ideas that came to me about it –

As I was walking to the store to buy groceries, I tried to imagine what it would be like from 1 mile up in the air, trying to place a box with funnel on top by helicopter, plane or some other flying machine, air crane or crane generally – and then it occurred to me how hard that would be, even in the air with all its currents and without the intense pressures involved with the depths of the ocean where they are trying to do it. Really amazing.

Secondly, it seems like maybe measuring the height of a plastic gallon milk jug would be helpful and then see how many it would take stacked on top of one another to be one mile down to the ocean floor as a graphic to better understand that depth visually. And, to provide a better visual understanding of the volume involved with that space.

Then, when I was walking back home carrying way too many groceries to be a person and not a pack animal, I remembered the Glass Bottom boats that a number of places used to have in Florida when I was growing up. Those would be very nifty to see the oil destined to be floating throughout the waters at all levels now there have been the effects of both weathering and combination with dispersants. It doesn’t break down – the “dispersed” crude oil floats in the water column through the different stratification layers created by currents and sea stuff – that would be interesting for eco-tourists and interested partied to see through a glass bottom boat. Its an idea.

Just another quick note from my 3×5 cards, (and yes – I do think about the families of the 11 members of the Deepwater Horizon crew that are gone and it carries the sorrow of that loss whenever I think about it – as well as the losses of so many in the Nashville flood waters as the Cumberland River overtook things that should’ve never been swamped by it – and many, many other losses in the last few weeks from 100s of tornadoes making swaths through states and countless other things that would never have happened, if things had just been done differently in the last thirty years.)

The other nifty thing from my cards isn’t really nifty either – and it is about the Detroit homeless and unemployed while they are tearing down beautiful old craftsman style houses that can’t be ever built again with real wood and at the costs of new materials – over 6,000 houses are being torn down and our tax moneys intended to help with the foreclosures and saving home ownership are being used to buy the homes and to pay for them to be torn down. It is an obscene use of resources in every direction that floods any concept of reality from any avenue that I can consider it. I though a lot about that walking to the store.

Also, quickly – remembered the G.Brown (PM) @ 13 years – when was that he started? and then made a note about it when I got home to look it up to see if that when was from the Labour Party having the seat or PM Brown’s tenure in it. – I’ll have to look it up (that’s why its on my notes.)

As well, there is a note about Ted Turner being on Wolf Blitzer (CNN) today. And, well – he was good. There was a time when he had an idea about our changing world and the needs of having an interactive twenty-four hours news broadcast with more comprehensive, in-depth and unbiased reporting from across America and even more importantly, from across the world – so that internationally important issues would be “involuted” (or evolved to be involved and incorporated) into the focus of the American news media and into the everyday lives of American citizens and families.

It was marvelous to watch as it was being built, although I had no real part in it – this was history in the making in the place and city where I live and it reached out around the world – and changed everything in the way we did it. That’s true for how news is carried and for how it is approached, how it is shared and broadcast, what the standards became for it and for how it was marketed to a much broader and greater world (in the now).

Truly amazing – and I was thinking a lot about that lately along with the changes that has created, after there have been several generations worth of children now born that don’t know anything about it or what it was like when we all sat down to see the news once a day at dinner time (that’s suppertime, in the Southern United States.)

And, it was a time when our news was fed to us as a palatable and comfortable, if not complete view of the world and some of the editorial groups’ ideas of what had global significance worthy of the attention of the American people that they needed to know something about. It has all changed singularly because of the vision of one man and his absolute stubborn refusal to give up.

I love that. Thankfully, he and those he convinced to go along with it – were on a good track rather than a mistaken one because as headstrong and bull-headed as they all were – we’d have been up that proverbial creek with not a paddle anywhere in sight –

And, if it had failed – the demise of the dream of CNN would’ve been catastrophic throughout the communities and to the businesses where I live. It would scare the faint of heart to make a business like that and, to build it  took a courage and mindset that is unfathomable to me. And, I admire it.

Captain Courageous.

Hmmm…..   Amazing.  – And it worked.

Just my thoughts on it.

– cricketdiane, 05-13-10


Back to the other notes about the BP, TransOcean, Halliburton Gulf of Mexico oil spill and Deepwater Horizon crude oil drilling explosion and debacle –

Among the thoughts I wrote down yesterday, too – was this one about the fact that at least one VP and (6 total) others from the executive group were on the platform Deepwater Horizon braggin on the safety record of the drilling and the rig when the explosion happened.

** – and from the Congressional hearings today and their investigations – (which can be found on CSPAN – to watch them in their entirety, the Congressional committees, Senate committees and interested Legislative members involved can be found on their websites through the main site for each) – They found there were known problems already, including in the hours immediately preceding the explosion and across other experiences with the same contractors and subsea equipment in shallower applications.

There was a news article with the ship captain, and another one with quotes from some of the crew on the rig who said there were no alarms, no warning and that none of the safety things on the rig that were supposed to kick in at the point of a critical disaster – none of them worked.

Including in the hours before it exploded, there had been some problems noted with the process they were completing and the blowout preventer was known to have problems that had not been solved. The bloomberg article I found yesterday (from May 6, 2010) noted that the blowout preventer was known to have problems, and another set of articles repeated the fact that BP and other oil companies involved with America’s offshore drilling had lobbied against and received consideration to not have an acoustic switch on required on the blowout preventer as is required in other countries. This from the bloomberg article describes what was supposed to happen –



“The last line of defense in a subsea well is the blowout preventer, which uses valves to close off the flow of oil and gas when pressures get too high. If the regular valves fail, the doomsday feature of the blowout preventer is a series of shear rams, giant pairs of hydraulically powered scissors that are supposed to close the opening by slicing through all the pipes.

The pressure the shear ram can exert is greater than the pressure on the struts of a landing, fully loaded Boeing 747 as the rear wheels hit the runway, said Satish Nagarajaiah, a Rice University professor of mechanical and civil engineering. The Deepwater Horizon’s blowout preventer had five hydraulic rams. For reasons that are still unknown, they didn’t do the job.

The blowout preventer, made by Houston-based Cameron International Corp., failed to close the flow of oil and gas. The gas came up the pipe to the rig and then, heavier than air, settled in low spots. Survivors later said they heard a thump, then a hissing.

The rig started to shake and explosions began at about 10 p.m. on April 20, sending flames hundreds of feet into the air. To Captain Michael Roberts, a commander of a supply vessel that arrived just a few hours later, “it appeared as if the sun was coming over the horizon,” he told CNN.

Leaks in Controls

Almost two weeks after the accident, rescue crews had not managed to get the blowout preventer working. “We have found that there are some leaks on the hydraulic controls” of the blowout preventer, Bob Fryar, senior vice-president of BP’s exploration and production operations in Angola, in southwestern Africa, told the Houston Chronicle.

Hayward said he was mystified that the blowout preventer failed. The last-ditch shear ram is rarely tested under real conditions because of the destruction it causes. In a 2002 laboratory test for the MMS, researchers found that three of six shear rams failed. Seven other makers declined to be tested.


My Note – (continued)

The wikipedia entry about Halliburton says under the section titled, Controversies  that Halliburton’s cementing caused the Australian disaster in all probability and is being investigated by their authorities especially in consideration of the massive damage that disaster has caused. Later, I will go back and look up, not only the name of the rig and the disaster again – but this time, I know to look for the oil find that has a name too and the title of the actual drilling basin that is used on a number of other writings and reports about it.

These were some of the notes – but there’s more and they include the ideas for the fishing industries and others along the Coast of the Gulf of Mexico that are affected by the oil spill that is unfolding to impact their businesses. However, there was a quick note I wanted to make about that. Last night, I saw a video clip on CNN about the owners of a hotel in Florida – Pensacola, I think – that usually has an occupancy of 60% – 70% right now at this time of year and today, has an occupancy rate of 15%.

Only some of that is being caused by the oil spill occurring in the Gulf of Mexico – and some of it is because people in our country that would normally be taking vacations this time of year have lost their jobs, maxed out their credit cards, maybe already lost their homes, had their nice, new cars either repossessed or are struggling to keep them and are having to put a whole lot more into their children’s higher education or other needs. These economic considerations are just now being seen that maybe in the last couple of years would’ve not been as visible because people didn’t know how long it would last and could still spend as if it would all be over tomorrow or certainly before next year, etc., ad nauseum.

The fact is that now – it isn’t like that and many people have put off vacations they would’ve otherwise taken and spent money on that they didn’t really have. The houses that were used as a bank account to refinance or sell and grab out the equity to use for going on vacations and education money resources and all kinds of other things, including paying off the credit cards, catching up the car payments or house payments or boat payments or whatever – haven’t been as readily available for two years (at least) now.

That is making a huge difference in tourism to all kinds of places and to the volume of tourists that would normally traffic through all kinds of nifty things made just for them to see and enjoy. So, the oil spill and the coverage of it going out all over the world may be part of the problem, but not necessarily is it everything that is happening to end the huge crowds in coastal areas which used to be commonly available and anticipated.

– cricketdiane


My Ideas for the Gulf Coast businesses and business community -to help survive the changes caused by the oil spill occurring in the Gulf of Mexico –

1. from the old Ocean in a Bottle concept – with dispersed oil globs in the water part of the gizmo and crude oil colored oil on top (or crude oil colored alcohol or whatever it is that is used in the oceans in a bottle – I don’t even remember right now but I’ve made a lot of them) – and the use of this for classrooms, as souvenirs as sad a statement as that is – or for an explanation on the desks of the hotel lobbies – I’m sorry that is hard to fathom, but it is where reality is –

2.  blocks of acrylic like children’s large building block size permanently sealed with the crude oil water from the Gulf of Mexico encased in it – as paperweight or souvenir or for an art display using an entire pyramid of them to explain what is happening – could be used for photos, charts, posters about it too that could go out all over the country – maybe out to the rest of the world as a product to express what is really happened.

3.  oil pump handle & hose in miniature like those found on retail gasoline manufactured pumps where everyone buys gas for cars and trucks – (my thought is to have it without the rest of the pump attached – either alone or with a small wood platform to mount in on – but the entire pump with the handle could be used too) – it could be a thing of the past, a reminder of the present, a souvenir or desk gift considering the current situation – and it could also serve as a reminder that the choice is ours and as an inspiration to progress somewhere beyond that with designs and inspired engineering and science special applications, etc.

4. **** have to come back and find this card – then I’ll upload it here. (cd9)

5.  Coca-Cola takes road film off of windshields – it might be used to take crude & tar off some things, boats & off equipment. I guess it still works since they’ve changed the formula a bit to corn syrup instead of sugar. If you ever use this – don’t get it on the paint of your car without rinsing it off right quick. And, the same would be true if it is used to get tar off of other things – don’t let it sit overnight – it isn’t good.

6.  surfers have called a clean-up and volunteer effort for the beaches and coastal areas. I suggest that some others need to do that also including artists, scuba groups (if they haven’t already and it looks like they’ve already gotten themselves involved – which is probably true for many of the groups I’m naming here – which if that includes you – don’t get offended, durn it).

Ocean researchers and educational groups, wind surfers, ski dooers (is that a word?) – water skiers / boaters / fishing enthusiasts that usually charter boats and wildlife groups to name a few could be good product buyers as well as each of them probably have calls out to their members to get involved in the cleanup / wildlife rescue operations / placing booms / studies and collecting samples, etc. – and if they don’t have calls out to their members – it is getting to be a critical time to do that.

7.  Okay, chemistry packages with stuff the everyday chemist might need onsite – which I named a little bit about yesterday on the earlier post. But, there are things like replacement parts, specialty lightbulbs, boxes of slides, funky little clamps and all kinds of science chemistry goodies that are needed in the field which can’t be waited on to get by FedEx while the situation is unfolding. There are obviously many needs that are covered by things that are brought along – but what happens when that science or research team needs something right quick that they forgot to pack or to bring or that needs a bit of something to work in the field. Waterproof casings for cameras and equipment become all the more valuable once they are there and either forgot to bring it or did some work and it is now broken, slimy, corrupted or just plain nasty.

8.  Eco-system posters about the oil industry would be a good product – with charts and the retail pump decision to purchase and drive all the way along to the oil drilling money $ trail – “brought to you from crude oil heaven – the Gulf of Mexico” – with graphics, charts and science of it all nicely displayed in very visual and understandable terms – I get the feeling that most people don’t understand or know what we know goes on there, (especially on the drilling rigs, below the surface and among many other parts of the industry there.)

9.  Circle of life charts and posters – especially concerning the estuaries, the plankton cycle, marine / coastal areas cycles of the eco-system circle of life.

10.  Dynamic dispersal including the methane release and controlled burn particulates, fumes, etc. are in these coastal areas – these are known toxins – there is a vast array of information available about them which can be used to help construct the needed products, the information give-outs that may need to be made available throughout the business communities, schools and other communities memberships around all of the coastal areas. It is not enough for the fishermen to be taking a quick class from the BP contractors about helping with the spill – their information will be incomplete and colored by the process of what they are trying to do.

There will be a denizen of other affects and impacts to the communities along these coastal states. The data about what it really is going to cause or could cause and the necessary protections that can be made available to help people with it can be done as part of an oversight package by states, cities, counties and community based businesses and resources.

Products available to help mitigate those damaging effects or to help prevent the toxic nature of them being part of a long-term damage to the people living, working and doing cleanup along the coast are going to be required onsite, nearby, in stores, available to the community and generally handy in the area to get – whether it is disposable gloves, face masks, ventilation equipment, ventilation masks (gas masks like those used in spray painting and chemical industries required by OSHA), protective clothing, ventilation filters and filter replacements (also for homes and businesses specifically to catch the petroleum based carbon tetrahedral molecule groups – never mind, will put more about that later.) – etc.

11.  Litmus paper kit, spectrometers and hand-held digital testers, take-it-with-you microscopes (geoscopes and telescoping binoculars to see rigs) and other goodies like cheapy microscopes that people can use out on the beach, of the toy variety that are actually real – there was a nifty design that used a $30 dollar kid’s microscope and rigged it up with a $5.00 or $10.00 webcam to become a digital microscope that made some incredible pictures – it was portable and less that $40.00 – somebody could be rigging up something like that for people to take and wander out with their laptop to get digital microscope photos of water samples, sand, goodies, grasses coated with oil or whatever other bits and pieces of foam or flotsam they want to see.

12.  Special sandscreen buckets need to be made that are metal with wire mesh bottoms to get oil out from the sand – as with all of these tools to be used around or conditioning the area concerning pickup or cleanup of the oil crude from areas – have to be made from metal which is not usually available these days – it can be old style tin buckets with a wire mesh screen placed where the bottom would have been after cutting it out with a hack saw and rigged up drill or when somebody gets around to it – now, maybe – when these get made intentionally by some local or regional manufacturer – they need to be made available in mass across the coastal areas so everybody that wants or needs one can buy one or several to get a bit of the job done. Believe it or not – this goes farther to get cleanup done than any number of totally impressive sounding other things.

13.  Also, there is and will be a continuing need for a number of years to have special screen rakes of metal made for behind vehicles to scrape the sand of beaches and coastal areas where it is appropriate. These are made with a stable or semi-flexible frame depending on the design and contain a fine, but strong wire mesh screen – it digs up through the sand behind the tractor or sand dozer – to bring up the oil globs that have become beached by wind or surf and tide – this is especially important where dispersants have been used to make little floating globules of oil / chem dispersant mixed that get up into the sand and aren’t safe for people to play with, lay on, build a sand castle with, walk on or end up sitting with and putting a hand on them.

These screen rakes to go behind the sand bulldozers and caterpillars / tractors or bobcats may be already in manufacture from somewhere – but this is the time to do that manufacturing somewhere along the coast closer to where they will be needed on a continuous basis across several states throughout the next five years (or more.) That is a business model and product that has clients and customers that are built in right now and for the immediate future, including every township, every county maintenance shed equipment shopping list, every city, every coastal business association who is keeping the beaches clean, etc. – and on and on and on – not hard to find clients for that one. It is possible to create curved screen and flexible designs also – but some of those have been patented already and there would have to be arrangements made to license those patents.

14. methane and fumes test kits for education systems, for educational groups and hobby scientists to use in the field would work also – that would really be two different types and levels of the same product.

(sandwich break)

15.  A description in graphics 3-d of oil spill including the oil find Tiber 6 – 6.5 miles down? under the seabed, the drilling depth of Macondo ( name of the drilling pool they were going after when the Deepwater Horizon disaster happened) about 3.5 miles? and the water depth of 1 mile, (around 5,000 feet with water pressures of 2,000 pounds per square inch or something?) that is like having either eighteen thousand VWs trying to dress you down all at the same time crushing in on you or a thousand Hummers pushing over a building all lined up in a row – (or something – I didn’t calculate that out – it was just a thought about it.)

“May 7 (Bloomberg) — BP Plc last September tapped into a new oilfield called Tiber, estimated to hold at least 3 billion barrels of crude, or six months’ worth of U.S. consumption.

Discovered through seismic imaging and data crunched on a supercomputer, the field is almost six miles (9.6 kilometers) beneath the Gulf of Mexico’s floor, in a spot where the water is almost one mile deep, reports Bloomberg BusinessWeek in its May 10 issue.”

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(etc.) – charts and visuals could include the wind and water currents, the distinctly shaped Mississippi Canyon in relation to the Gulf of Mexico coast, especially the Louisiana bayou and Mississippi River Delta – the ridges of the canyon at the seabed floor and the salt encreated nature of the seabed at that area. There are upswellings in that area made worse and more extreme by the dynamics of the thermal currents of the Gulf of Mexico waters and the lay of the undersea canyon extremes – it would be a great and dynamic chart, website materials, interactive graphics, etc. to explain it all in context with other elements of the area specifically and the region generally.

16.  Grind up the clam and oyster shells they already have in piles, package it and sell as plant food – in specialty garden centers or sell them individually packaged for aquariums and as real elements of tropical fish tanks and environments provided that those shells are not damaged to much to be used or from the point of the oil spill

17. clam and oyster shells that are waste could be combined with the others who have them (businesses, fishing industries that had been accumulating them in piles as was shown in the news the other day – CNN probably) – then grind them up and sell the fine powder for use in geotextiles to absorb specific kinds of chemicals, for specialty applications, etc. – they can be made into nano-technology apps, specialized high-tech industry ceramics and ceramic finishes, for applications of certain polymers and co-polymers that are known to be valuable for certain things, etc. There are some great chemists that can tell any of the business owners or their industry advisors / industry association what all the kinds of values are on the menu for this kind of stuff – there is no waste in it and the targeted applications and chemistry applications are mind-blowing in the number, in the possibilities, and are much needed.

18.  A “Do it – don’t drive it” day campaign – “Take a day and don’t car” – that kind of thing to explain to oil companies that we won’t tolerate it not being operated safely anymore. – Well, this is only part of it, though. To protest against BP on Facebook – it is possible to go get on there and be a friend – make a statement – get the anger out of the way so much else productive and appropriate can get done. There has to be a way to say it – without screwing up everything that we’ve got built now in the oil industry, in the economy, in businesses related to it or reliant on it – and it can’t be said in quiet anymore for any of the people being affected by this to be appeased.

So, therefore – a campaign of t-shirts, sayings on hats, pick a protest sign up at the beach souvenir shop while you are there to take home with you and put on your wall with the rest of the good stuff – all of the kinds of things traditionally done and the multitude of new things that can be done with it, including but not limited to – what can be done on the internet, the cellphone apps for finding out when the oil spill will have reached the doorstep of their house in Mineapolis, or Quebec or Montana, or China – etc., and all of it has a place that can be of some help. Personally, I would not forget about including the independent and privately owned truckers’ companies and independent owner operated truckers that essentially were screwed by the big oil companies a couple years ago when they decided to gouge the public for 300% profits with oil prices at the retail pumps hitting the outer reaches of the damn atmosphere. Now, there’s a market right there.

Find out where your friends are – and these businesses along the Coastal areas of the Gulf of Mexico and those in dire straits across the rest of this country won’t have a problem anymore. There will be opportunities and sales and wondrous magic captains of industry kinds of things going on.

(Sorry about that – some seriously poor structure of English and loosey goosey flow there – but good sandwich as I was writing it not paying as much attention as I should have to what the English construction should’ve been – but that’s okay and I’m leaving it, in order to go on with what I want to add here – there were a couple other cards I made notes on yesterday along with this group and there is more things about the oil spill questions I have on them – than ideas for this, so I’m going to go on with opening some new ideas from right this minute and proceed along the same lines of possible solutions for businesses on the Coast – Gulf of Mexico affected by the oil spewing there.)

19,  There is a store in California on the San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf that I read about a couple years ago when I was looking for a place to put some of those little ocean cards I had painted – this store looks like an earthquake hit it – and there are other themes along these same lines of accepting what is to work with it rather than denying it, that could be embraced by the people and businesses of the Gulf Coast along the ocean that is now filled with seawater mixed with crud and crude oil and oily dispersant globs and hummers on the island beaches, helicopters running across every damn where, big construction equipment on the otherwise calm relaxing beaches, etc. – I don’t know, but it has potential – not only as a mail-order or online business offering oil globs encrusted in sand in pretty little clear glass vials permanently sealed (and make sure before deciding on that one, again because of Homeland Security requirements about shipping things, but shampoos are sold and shipped which are not any much different chemically in types of things that are chemical generally and shipped. So, keep in mind there are proper and appropriate ways to do it and oddly enough, do it that way.)

20.  The idea that people might not come to beaches under the threat of the oil spill must be dispelled – but not because lies are told to people that get them to set aside their concerns and come to the beaches and swim in the ocean anyway. The idea that has to be dispelled is the one that arrives at the conclusion that people will not be coming to the beaches. That is because, they will be coming and the businesses there need to be ready for it – because it will be different than it ever has been in the past.

The fact that our oil companies have not been very good stewards of the oceans that they use so ingratiatingly and in a way that minimalizes the damages they are doing to them and have been doing to them, is no surprise. It is rather to be expected knowing the business they are in and their own responsibility to be liable for those damages if they are known. However, there is an endless set of possibilities knowing this.

21.  I am watching the Science Channel show with the electric trams and nifty new high tech looking electric trams – there are older ones in New Orleans that look like stepping into the Victoria era idea of getting around (or whenever it was). Things like this can be made beachy and ornate or slick and futuristic or with some amount of coastal chic or schtick. (is that the word for nifty but eclectically outrageous and uplifting?) – Yeah, by theme – a thing that is new age transportation has the delight of being made in any way we like it and in any manner we can conceive of it. Those beach communities that can and want to do it – can become the models of what green eco-tech can do for a community in get around, in doing, in fixing, in being, and in being made available to those tourist crowds who come to partake of it as a living dream and a new world at the threshold of the old one that is occurring out in the Gulf of Mexico oil drilling debacle. (solar trams, mini-coopers for rent, battery powered green-tech and high-tech gizmos to charge up cellphones and keep laptops safe on the beach or on boats as people go out to see things, etc. – all of it good – all of it amazing – all of it magnificent in its potential to outstrip the old ways of doing things that just don’t fit our lifestyles and our needs anymore.)

22.  Now, there are towels, swimsuits and beach bags with everything from Barnie on them to Little Orphan Annie and Donald Duck. Okay, maybe those things will be the same and will take no hits being sold. It is very likely that is true. Swimming pools will make swimming available and be a good place to do it – those can be updated to look a little nicer, more fun or more integrated into natural themes for their use to be even more appealing as great places to spend time while at the beach. They make great pictures for brochures and are a prime selling point to a lot of people with families, just for the same reason that Las Vegas does it – themes and touching base with people’s ideas and imaginations go a long, long way to be attractive to people who would come and spend their money there. And, it will do the same thing for the Gulf Coast areas of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi – maybe not so much for other states because their needs are different right now.

23.  There is a multitude of nifty science and engineering stuff that is available to not only help with these situations arising out of the oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico but also things that will be awakening the areas of interest in people’s lives as a result of wanting to understand it all better. These things can be used as part of a package of themes and concepts including in the tours, tour packages, options of available resources, processes that are talked about, good prepared answers for concerns raised, and as part of the focused resources and products made available now that this has happened.

The type of thing that I’m considering is how great it would be to have a tour guide or museum style explanation about the oil rigs and what are all those pieces jutting out everywhere used for – how were they designed, how to get the oil from there to the ships, how to see them from so far away – whatever the fifteen questions might be, for example.

Those and many of the little gizmos that have been engineered for this are marvelous little miniature products for groups about this theme from the tanker ships that carry the oil like mini-tankers of the matchbox size to the possible swimming pool toys that also pick up water and spew it out. Activities themed around engineering and science stuff is a really perfect combination with the coastal townships now – whether it is because those folks engaged in science and research are there pounding about, or because others have come to help or volunteer and are in need of a better on the site understanding about the component parts they may not have studied in this context.

24.  There are things that local people know that represent a great investment of time and experience that can be made available now also – both through written word and information sources online and elsewhere – tour guides, local character, etc. – but also through a series of pamphlets available to help people better understand the area in its context as known by the people living and working there who’ve bout seen it all.

It would be great to have a tour of these areas done on a cellphone app or a pop-in rental handheld player of some kind such that a local character with a blossoming personality can explain what all is around as a person, group or family makes a walking tour or backpack lunch tour or boat tour or tram tour or off in their own car ride. It would be pretty nifty to know to eat over at Joe’s barbecue on the way by where somebody had a great big clambake a couple years ago that got wild and other nifty stuff like where to find best place to see turtles or other wildlife and local legends, boat stories, fish tales and tall talk from the old days and other ways whenever. It could be sold on dvd to play on the computer or on a rental gizmo to go out with for a day and return that evening, or whatever might work. Or – better yet, live and in person tours. That works to make a set of products and options that are readily at hand right now and very possible to do.

In fact, many of these types of things might be interesting to people across the world from international ocean-oriented associations and research organizations for their brochures and informational resources generally, to the United Nations offices that will be interested in these events happening in the Gulf now and need a candid and genuinely honest expression of them along with what it was like to live in these areas before this happened, for comparison to understand what has changed and what has been lost as a result, permanently and intrusively without regard and without people being able to stop it as it happened. There are decision-makers who could serve better by having this information available to them sooner or later from the local people who have lived it and lived with it. That makes a whole series of viable products to be sold through a variety of avenues also.

25.  As tacky as it sounds, and maybe as horrifying – there can be acid rain umbrellas – with a special finish on them, sun umbrellas that actually have a filtering screen from the fumes – possibly too expensive to do, but for babies and children, maybe. There can be hats with viral visors that make a note when there are fumes in the area that surpass a certain level so that the person wearing it can simply leave the area and get downwind of it. And, there have to be some things that can tell if the waters of the Gulf underfoot look clean and are clean enough to go swimming or wading in them. Those can be simple little meters sold for less than $5.00 a piece and sell a ton of them to everybody that comes through these areas – either multiple use of course, or single use ones in a package of six for a dollar fifty (or something.)

26.  I always thought it would be nifty to have a couple things and these have nothing really to do with the oil spill, but with the beach in general and sand-castle building and playing on the beach in the sand and the wind. I’ll put them here – because they might get somebody thinking of something that will help them make a business somewhere in America on a coast or in a city where they do need to do something.

That is skyscraper making sand toys, architectural elements style wet-sand molds to use on the beach (not like the sandbuckets made to be like the shape of a castle which I could never get the sand out of in the same shape) and bridge making toys for using in the sand or along the beaches of lakes close enough to make a moat or river in the sand that actually fills with real water. That and one other thing (see below in this post for some examples of the basis of this design concept for the flutter band wind generated electricity) – which is a wind sail “toy” apparatus that sits up about like a large beach umbrella size and catches the wind (sideways, not flat like a beach umbrella) and makes a cool breeze as a result on the people sitting near it (and these days, I could see it making a bit of electricity too by some little bands of power generating sail streamers like is used in that new wind generator design that uses flexible wind belts instead of fan blades – I’ll look it up and put it here later, but there is a company making them and making handheld versions, too based on the same applied science.)

(well, gotta take a break and get up to stretch a little bit – back in a few minutes, cricketdiane)


27.  Unlike the previous kinds of tourists that may have come to the coastal areas, many of which will still come – the new groups of tourists, those studying the oil spill, or engaging in cleanup and volunteer activities, etc. may not have brought folding stools with them and other types of simple equipment like collapsible chairs, lightweight easy to carry tables with a little more strength than for a quick beach picnic, folding telescoping easels or tripods specific to holding the kinds of equipment they’ve brought that they now don’t have four other people to help hold it at the same time they are on the job doing other things – old-fashioned canvas and wood camp stools for setting a backpack up out of the weeds to keep from crushing them, etc.

These and other types of things that might not normally be available on the coast and in tourist places at the beach, could be available either for rent or sale to be used in the field observations being made right now. There are countless other groups of things made like backpacks and tools, gizmos, packaging boxes and things make for backpacking that would be very appropriate to be found in stores along that region now. These could be packaged for use already, rented with a small fee for the replaceable components or sold separately for people to buy as needed.

There is more to it than a Swiss army knife and a backpack with a bottle of water on the side. The meals in the field, so that people don’t have to go running back to base camp – wherever that is, even if it is a hotel – isn’t practical out on a boat for nine hours or in the field trying to rescue a bird or a dolphin for six or seven hours – (or twelve, as the case may be.) This kind of thing isn’t appropriate to do without food but stopping to go and get some at a restaurant up in town isn’t appropriate either.

There needs to be a really handy stock of good eating ready to eat meals in pouches with a variety of choices, such as the sporting goods and hiking specialty departments have so that people can get them throughout the coastal areas where they will be working on the spill and whatever else needs to be done. These specialty foods can be sold along with things less like a picnic lunch on the beach and more like a scientific expedition, because that is what it is now and what it is ongoing as a need directly in front of this oil spill unfolding along the Gulf Coast. The distribution of these types of goods through grocery stores in the area would be helpful too, along with having them available in hotel gift and sundry shops, in retail merchandise stores and maybe even offered by restaurants with a pack to order option available for whole teams and groups to use for the needs and expeditions out into the field.

28. My note – right quick – it doesn’t matter at this point, whether the oil spill expands to include every single one of these beaches and coastal areas or not – it already is what it is. And, that is not open for argument or discussion. If you are reading this and you want to ignore it and its mindset about what is happening there – go ahead, its your life and its your business. Bud, you need to know this – if you think this is not for real, you need to think that through again. It isn’t a fact because the news is carrying it on every channel. It is a fact because it is happening, has already happened and is already there. It is known right this moment, throughout the world, that this is likely to be the worst ecological disaster in the history of the oil industry, bar none. And, that is partly because of the extensiveness of it and for the number of days that it has been pouring into the Gulf of Mexico only to be unchallenged and unabated to its volume and degree.

There are noble and valiant efforts being made to fight it and to protect areas from being damaged by it but they already are damaged by it both because of the original crude oil spewing into the gulf, the releases of methane (natural gas) from the well into the atmospheric currents of the Gulf and because of the way the spill was handled and mis-handled with the use of dispersants, the controlled burning which put huge plumes of particulate matter and its own fume compositions into the air, and etc., etc., etc., – the fishing is already impacted, the industries of fishing are already impacted, the tourism is already impacted and the oil industry, believe it or not – is already impacted. Those are facts. Deal with it or don’t, I’m just trying to help from where I am with what I have to do it with and that is my ability to generate a few ideas that might help.

Which – leads me to another set of ideas from another perspective that I had which might work – including the fact that denial is so prevalent, easy and hard to dismiss. So, therefore – the t-shirts that say, “I was there, don’t believe it – there’s no crude oil on my shoes.” – could work just as good as one that admits there is a problem and embraces it. But be careful – a lie is a lie is still a lie and it takes an extreme to make that into a tall tale instead that is funny and humorous because everyone knows the joke. So, I might even say on a t-shirt, “Was there – been sniffing Gulf fumes.”

– cricketdiane, 05-13-10


29. And before anybody gets pissed off about the lawyers running around through the Gulf Coast areas looking for somebody who may want to file a suit against the oil companies or somebody – (and the multitude of news crews, journalists and international media representatives of every kind of news outlet, science foundation and government agency) – especially right now this minute – remember this – there are your customers.

Sell them something while they are there. Don’t gouge them because they will be your customers (or friends of your future customers) for a long time to come. And, they are only one part of a new customer base that almost all of the coastal areas and towns will be taken to entertaining for some time to come, like it or not. They are the customers and will be increasing to include many other groups of people, some of which are activists and volunteers and cranky and unusual and talk funny. So, be nice to them and don’t take them for a ride right off the bat like you are never going to see another dollar in your life. It will put you out of business more quickly than the oil would’ve otherwise all by itself.

Those folks coming into the Gulf areas now are not used to having to rough it in the heat and just plain awful humidity that local people are accustomed to, they are not there for a vacation. They are working. They don’t like mosquitoes and they are going to be tackling some very difficult questions and analysis of an extremely critical historic situation. Please try and put yourself in their shoes, if at all possible and it will bring money back to you and your business and your community many fold over for the days and weeks and months and years to come ahead of this moment. And, that is a fact.

Whether it is to go the extra mile and make sure they are in a room of the hotel that has an incredible air conditioner that isn’t broken and neither freezes them into oblivion, providing access to wifi and secured internet connections, (even in restaurants) or whatever is needed – those things will do more to correct the evaluations about the area which will be told to others who will also be on their way to the area in the near future (with money to spend because they have to be there to do their jobs and to continue the work that they do.)

Just a thought – stick it under your hat and try to remember it when tired people, hotter than they are used to being, eat up with mosquitoes, consumed with petroleum fumes and sick from the humidity are limping back into your town trying to find rest, food, and a harbor of safety to restore their souls, their minds and their bodies to working order.

30. Bear in mind, that I don’t have any money – so if you are a business person out there in the real world – you definitely know more about this than I do and I know a lot. If I can do it and apply what I know to the situation to generate solutions – I know for sure that you can. And keep in mind, this is the time to sue yourself for stupidity –  if your idea of a good time is to still be on the coast expecting everything to get better for your business and your livelihood without doing anything differently than last year – or five years ago or whatever worked before the economy tanked and the Gulf of Mexico filled with oil.

Now, that said (as rude as I said it) – if I can apply what I’ve learned to this situation, then I damn sure know that you can and that we can and that in every place of this country – including where the Gulf Coast crisis is unfolding, in Tennessee where floods made swimming inside of hotels possible without having to bring your own mud for the mudbath in the spa, and in Oklahoma, Alabama, Tennessee, and especially in Mississippi where tornadoes have town by town made nothing where something was – and throughout our nation where the economic crisis has trashed entire lives, businesses and communities – I know – beyond a shadow of doubt, that we can work this and that we can work it together. And that we are capable of making it work.

So, there. That’s what I have to say about it right now. And, next on my list of things to do – is to look up that electricity generating thing that uses bands of thin strips instead of fanblades and another thing I wanted to look up from the bloomberg show tonight, “Innovators” which showed a pressure activated piezo-electric material system being used under roadways to generate power / about 200 kW per 60 trucks going over it or something – it was embedded into the existing surfaces of roadways to do it – absolutely amazing. I want that in Atlanta where I live. And, I do want it right now. We need it.

And, the other thing I’m about to do is to find the 3×5 card with #4 on it – which is right around here somewhere. It couldn’t have gotten far.

– cricketdiane


Here is one of the designs –


Elastic Flutter Wind Belt

Shawn Frayne is the inventor of the Wind Belt. This is a non turbine wind generator. It is a wind generator that runs on wind current and vibrates in the stream of the wind moving a magnet that hits copper coils creating electricity.

He imagined its simple elastic flutter used on the roof of an electric car.

Ideally the car would start with some electricity to run on at first. Then the car would never run out. The elastic rubber banned that causes friction in the copper coils would snap and be replaced many times before the car would ever run out of juice.

The car could have energy still when it finally would be replaced by fashion sense or over use. This is what he imagined.

He demonstrates the inventions ability by running a fan to vibrate the rubber band, (stretched in a wooden frame), that vibrates against two copper coils. The electricity generated runs a clock, and other common house-hold items. These demos can be seen on http://www.youtube.com

Everyone who wants to build and easy wind electric generator without the added cost of purchasing a turbine could make a modification of this invention for home use.

However, since the inventor shares his genius in good faith with the world. People should send the guy a donation for sharing.

This model could eliminate the need for an engine. Replacing blades in wind power generators with a stiff elastic band system.

This wind belt method is call the Aireo Elastic Flutter Method.


My Note –

Want to see something that is really truly nifty? – I went to this site because a commercial the other day reminded me about it – awhile back I had gone to the site advertised by the same tourism bureau and up in the right hand corner was a duel selection window with the most amazing music I have ever heard – nearly ever. And, it was wonderful. One night I just sat listening to it over and over – going back and forth between the two selections. It was amazing and the one with the music is not the one I found tonight, but I will because I want to hear that music and see that site again – with its explore, create and something else theme, whatever the other word was from their slogan. It is very cool – very, very nifty.

But, I thought after going to it just now that people reading this might want to see this website because the way it says what it does (as a tourism based website) is well done, not off-putting, and amazing. It is easy to navigate, open and inviting, and easy to find things.

Somewhere it coordinates with the other one that has the music and the whole thing is linked to where I could find the author of the music and other things they had available to where they would be performing and the new works they were doing. It was, and is really great.

The Gulf Coast websites and those for cities and towns along the coast of the United States, the surfcams and coastal webcams could be incorporated into the theme – crickets humming in the marshlands and seagulls playing along the surf – or anything that the wondrous bands and musicians and chefs and other businesses are doing – including the mess about the oil spill debacle and special information about it too.


I love how the pictures at the top banner change at the rate that they do – not too fast and not taking forever, either. And, I love the pictures that show the canal with its canopy of trees and the voices of the character of Wallonia that is conveyed by it – I’ve never had the opportunities to go there but it is placed in my mind as a welcoming place just because of their approach to it on their website and the way they project themselves through it. I like that.

This isn’t the page either – but look at this one – it was a link on the page above and went to this page – maybe under culture tab –

But, look at how they present the information – knowing who the contemporary artists of the different types of music and things the way it is listed here makes it so easy to find it – without shouting at me that there are places for me to spend my money in Wallonia going to see some music now playing at this music venue or that one –


Amazing isn’t it? Boy, I wish we could have one like that with zydeco and New Orleans jazz and boy howdy, bayou cooking and Mississippi bluegrass and ragtime jazz here and there and the wonderful new rap, and electronica and techno music going on in these areas – and chorale music and orchestral music to the Gulf Waves and the oil slick – I know, and yet – I get so excited to things that are only possible and not yet made in the real world sometimes, like these ideas could create . . .

But, back to find that music clip and the other one on the page I was trying to find –

found it – you gotta hear this and see it –


And I love whatever player they are using because it doesn’t buggar my computer and it comes on when the page comes up easily with this incredible music on it – and I think it has a second choice too – and it loops, it has links to find out whose music it is –

And – I just noticed they are going to have a show of Rene Magritte – how it just gets better and better – Wowsa –

Now – I’m lost camper – could just dream a dream of forever – right here and now – lost in it like swimming throughout an infinite universe. Oh yes.

I like it.

We all need more of this . . .

– cricketdiane


:You’ve got the Keys to the Universe – You Wanna Drive?

my quote from 05-01-10 (cricketdiane)

or shall I? – better yet, I’ll go do some more and we can ride –

together for awhile.

– so I found some other things –

and Yes, I was lost in the music for a little while –

I still have it on playing in a loop on a tab as I look for some more that I had seen about the flutter band wind generator thing that doesn’t use a generator / turbine on it –

and I didn’t find the card with #4 on it yet – but I will. It is here somewhere.

Just stumbled on this one – it was pretty nifty – while I’m looking for the other one (above).


Here it is –


Wind Energy without Turbines
reduce infrastructure, save metals, and bring electricity to the unreached

This article introduces wind energy generators without turbines as one of the 100 innovations that shape The Blue Economy. This is part of a broad effort to stimulate entrepreneurship, competitiveness and employment

By Gunter Pauli
Author of The Blue Economy


The Market

The world market for turbines and related products such as the engines and generators is valued by 2012 at plus $100 billion market. The solid growth in aircraft and power generation drives demand. Whereas 70 percent of the world market is concentrated in North America and Europe, China demonstrates the highest growth. China starts producing its own turbines, driven by the demand for wind turbines. Denmark is the only country that has a “turbine surplus” on its balance of trade entirely due to its export of wind turbines.

There are three major market segments for turbines: turbine engines exclusively used to power aircraft, gas turbines for power generation and wind turbines. Demand for wind turbines will exceed that for gas turbines by 2012. Modern wind turbines are sold in 2010 at $1.5 million per megawatt. If the United States were to install 20 percent of its nation’s energy supply from wind, then it would equal a $250 billion dollar market.

Producers of turbines respond to specific demand with vertical axis wind turbines, (VAWT) and horizontal axis wind turbines (HAWT). While growth in demand is certain, fundamental innovations in the sector are required to overcome the limiting factor of the rare earth metals. An industrial scale wind turbine uses more than a ton of magnets, 35 percent of which is dependent on neodymium. Today, China produces 95 percent of this rare earth metal. To extract rare earth metals, aggressive acids are pumped into well-like bore holes where chemicals dissolve the deposits. The slurry is then pumped into ponds at high occupational and environmental risks. New sources, new processes and new types of materials will be needed as the wind energy sector continues to evolve.

The Innovation

There are several high growth green industries that rely on rare earth metals. Toyota needs 2 to 4 pounds of neodynium and disprosium for their hybrid engine and lanthanum for their battery. The market muscle of the Chinese in the rare earth metals has been exemplified by the evolution of battery maker BYD into a successful automaker upstart.

Their proprietary access to the rare earth metals offers the leverage needed to penetrate the market. It is within this shift of the competitive game of green industries in general and energy generation in particular that Shawn Frayne’s discovery provides a fundamental new approach. He invented the generation of energy with the aerodynamic flutter that functions without rare earth metals.

Ultimately, this electricity generator could operate without any metals, not even copper or stainless steel.Shawn Frayne, an MIT graduate in physics observed how the pressure of wind generates vibrations in elongated bands and cords. He studied this aerodynamic force that can build up and destroy a bridge, as was the case with the Tacoma bridge in the 1940s. Engineers will design structures that can withstand this power of nature. Shawn takes a different approach, imagined how to go with the flow, designed a system to harvest power of the flutter and turn this into electricity without the need for a turbine.

The creative mind of this multiple inventor and owner of a portfolio of patents that are to be introduced commercially in the field of packaging and water purification, settled in Hong Kong. After a cool reception from US venture funds Shawn settled in this Chinese city state where he and his team finetune ways to generate electricity without rotational movements and eventually even without rare earth metals. Whereas the science is well established, the conversion into commercial applications is emerging after three years of trial and error.


Also available in a pdf – here –

Wind Energy without Turbines

File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat – View as HTML
cing its own turbines, driven by the demand for wind turbines. …. The elongated band – the wind belt – could even have prayers painted on


My Note –

I’m watching the Monster Trucks show on NatGeo right now – it is so nifty. I have some friends that create those trucks that I used to talk with often out in West Georgia – that is some amazing stuff.

This is showing the history of how they were imagined and designed in the first place and then about the techno – geek stuff that is used now. There is even a show of what it looks like from the cab. Durn – I do not want to do that.

Patrick Enterprises made a chassis improvement, according to the show – that increased the strength exceptionally while decreasing the weight. They were just saying that the monster trucks run on methanol because it runs cooler but they eat up twice as much methanol as they would gasoline – that is interesting. I’ll have to look it up later, looks like they are really making some substantial changes to automotive design because other applications could be had from it – if they would be included. Interesting options.

Earlier there was a segment of information on AC360 with the new analysis and calculations for the amount of crude oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico – I wrote down who it was and now I want to go look up the clip, if they have it and put it on here for reference.

The people speaking on the show – one by phone, whose name is Steve Wereley of Purdue University – and he explains how he made the calculations based on a fluid particle image something or other equation set – that I’ll look up on the video online where I can stop and replay it to write it down. The other guest speaking has been on several times over the past few days and I have yet to catch his name, but his first name is Doug (Brinkley?)- and then I don’t see it on the little banner and miss it. But he did say that Woods Hole, MA and Florida University professors are making calculations that are similar in scope. The real volume is (+ or – ) 20 % for a conservative dead reckoning or within +/- 1 for the real calculation and analysis –

It puts the volume of crude oil emanating from that pipe on the sea floor where the Deepwater Horizon used to be – at 70,000 barrels per day or whatever that is in gallons – I’ll have to do the math. The 210,000 gallons at 5,000 barrels a day figure used a barrel of 42 gallons. So therefore – hmmm. It’s a bunch more.

That means, an incredible amount of crude and methane have been pouring out – gushing out into the Gulf of Mexico by the day for the last 24 – 25 days – over every minute of every day throughout this time. No wonder the Gulf of Mexico looks like crude oil soup.

That was closer to my estimation, too.

I am so glad to see there are others out there in academia coming up with those kinds of figures too. I would hate to say what it means but the fact that it has been doing it all this time isn’t good.

– cricketdiane, 05-14-10


So – my question is this – considering –

Information Awareness Office

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Information Awareness Office seal

The Information Awareness Office (IAO) was established by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in January 2002 to bring together several DARPA projects focused on applying surveillance and information technology to track and monitor “terrorists” and other asymmetric threats to national security, by achieving Total Information Awareness (TIA). This would be achieved by creating enormous computer databases to gather and store the personal information of everyone in the United States, including personal e-mails, social network analysis, credit card records, phone calls, medical records, and numerous other sources, without any requirement for a search warrant[1]. This information would then be analyzed to look for suspicious activities, connections between individuals, and “threats”[2]. Additionally, the program included funding for biometric surveillance technologies that could identify and track individuals using surveillance cameras, and other methods[2].

Following public criticism that the development and deployment of these technologies could potentially lead to a mass surveillance system, the IAO was defunded by Congress in 2003. However, several IAO projects continued to be funded, and merely run under different names.[3][4][5]


(and – all the extra awareness, security measures, science and technology stuff, etc. that we know now) – how could the ability to measure how much is coming out of a stupid pipe on the bottom of the ocean be made so totally off from the reality of how much it is?

– cricketdiane,

and that wasn’t my idea of the best way to do things – but apparently it was somebody’s idea of how to do it, so how come our government can’t get it together and figure out who caused this mess, who designed it specifically, someone or other that didn’t check it out in the real world the way it should have been and resolved the missing design and operations paperwork that was missing from it and known to be missing from the drilling rig operations in the Deepwater Horizon and other BP projects, TransOcean and Halliburton projects since at least January 2010 – if not before that?

That is a bigger deal than what people are using their credit cards to buy – except maybe for a few obvious things like machine guns in an Atlanta grocery store parking lot or rocket launchers from some dime store in New Jersey – that would be something worth noting. (or underwear made with explosive capacities that is part of someone’s travel attire choices.)

The video of the calculations for the volume of oil gushing into the ocean waters of the Gulf of Mexico – is here (and – surely there is a group at BP quite capable of having gotten it right.) –

(and this from the above wikipedia entry – two items to consider – which I think are important – )


“IAO research was conducted along five major investigative paths: secure collaboration problem solving; structured discovery; link and group understanding; context aware visualization; and decision making with corporate memory.”


Genoa / Genoa II

“”Genoa and Genoa II focused on providing advanced decision-support and collaboration tools to rapidly deal with and adjust to dynamic crisis management and allow for inter-agency collaboration in real-time.[18][19] Another function was to be able to make estimates of possible future scenarios to assist intelligence officials in deciding what to do[20], in a manner similar to the DARPA’s Deep Green program which is designed to assist Army commanders in making battlefield decisions.””

(Looks like a dynamic crisis to me – out in the Gulf of Mexico, my note)

A formal inquiry into how much oil is gushing into the Gulf of Mexico will be launched Friday after conflicting estimates hinder officials’ attempts to stem the spill. FULL STORY

Congressman to launch inquiry on how much oil is gushing into Gulf

By the CNN Wire StaffMay 14, 2010 2:35 a.m. EDT



Yep, that’s the video from AC360 tonight with the calculations made correctly rather than whatever they were using to guesstimate it – and I don’t even know how that wasn’t more obvious earlier – unless it was and they did just lie about it.

Well, going to eat my artichoke now and then do some other things.

– cricketdiane


particle image velocimetry

that is what Professor Wereley of Purdue University used to calculate it –

according to NPR and FT