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Rants And Raves

Aug. 10, 2017

The following are a collection of essays by the various band members. The subjects are usually related to the band member's interests and/or, particularly in Sid's case, expertise. Some subjects planned for the future include hints on saving energy, descriptions of some of Sid's electronic projects, observations on the music business, etc. Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) and band trivia will also be posted here. Approach them all with an open mind. Thanks for your indulgence.


Energy/Environment

Title Author
1 Why The U.S. Uses So Much Energy Bruce
2 Over 300% A Year Return On Your Investment For Saving Energy Bruce
3 Compact Fluorescent Bulb Basics Bruce
4 When Off Is Not Really Off Bruce
5 Are You Adhering To The Kyoto Protocol? Bruce
6 Carbon Credits = Environmental Indulgences Bruce
7 Global Warming Can't Be Real Sammy
8 Cheap Legislation To Save Energy Bruce
9 Saving Electricity In The Kitchen Bruce
10 Saving Electricity When Doing Laundry Bruce
11 Governments Encourage Water Waste Bruce
12 20% Improvement In Fuel Economy Instantly Sid
13 Are Passenger Cars The Problem? Bruce
14 Why Wait For A Leader? Bruce
15 Why The Peak Oil Discussion Is Irrelevant Sid
16 Progress Energy Rates - Poor Subsidize Rich Bruce
17 Reduce Electrical Use - Part 1 Sid
18 Virtually All Electricity Eventually Becomes Heat Sid
19 Are Galveston And New Orleans Toxic Waste Sites? Bruce
20 We've Been Living Off Buried Treasure Sammy
21 Reduce Electrical Use - Part 2 Sid
22 Sustainability Talk Sid
23 Reduce Electrical Use - Short Sid



Solar Energy

Title Author
1 Why Electric Utilities Avoid Solar Power Sid
2 How We Are Brainwashed Against Solar Power Sid
3 Stone Marmot Goes Solar - Part 1 Sid
4 Stone Marmot Goes Solar: Part 2, Define System Sid
5 Stone Marmot Goes Solar: Part 3, Shading Sid
6 Stone Marmot Goes Solar: Part 4, Selecting An Installer Sid
7 Stone Marmot Goes Solar: Part 5, Installing The Grid Tie Portion Sid
8 Stone Marmot Goes Solar: Part 6, Modern Power Meters Don't Run Backwards Sid
9 Stone Marmot Goes Solar: Part 7, Installing The Battery Backup Portion Sid
10 Stone Marmot Goes Solar: Part 8, Four Months Later Sid
11 Getting Money Back From Solar Power Sid
12 Solar Electric Systems Presentation Sid



Politics/Philosophies

Title Author
1 Why People Hate Capitalism Bruce
2 Why Wait For A Leader? Bruce
3 No More Survival Instinct? Sammy
4 Problems Don't Equal Solutions Cindy
5 Forced To A World Of Extremists Cindy
6 Why People Hate Capitalism - Part 2 Bruce
7 Why People Like Socialism Bruce
8 Today's Economy - More Proof Socialism Doesn't Work Sammy



Hovercraft

Title Author
1 What Is A Hovercraft? Sid
2 Sid's Hovercraft (Data) Sid
3 Sid's Hovercraft - Frequently Asked Questions Sid
4 Sid's Hovercraft (Pictures) Sid
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Music Gear and Projects

Title Author
1 Building The Bellplank Electric Guitar Sid
2 How To Make The Ampeg V4 Better For Bass Guitar Sid
3 Fixing An Ampeg B25 Problem Sid
4 Giulietti = Ampeg? Sid
5 Cheap Speaker Grill Cloth Sid
6 Eliminating Electrovoice Speaker Metal Grill Rattle Sid
7 Is The Master Volume Control Needed In Power Reduced Amps? Sid
8 Fixing The Echo Mona Preamp Gain Controls Sid
9 Amplifier Output Attenuator Sid
10 Versatile Telecaster Controls Sid
11 AK-9 Low Power Guitar Amp Sid
12 Make The Ampeg V4 Midrange Control Like SVT Sid
13 Another Giulietti - Ampeg Sid
14 Speaker Versus Amplifier Power Sid
15 Bellplank Electric Guitar, Revisited Sid
16 Dean Markley BC215D = Sunn 200S? Sid


Other

Title Author
1 What Is A Digipak? Sammy
2 My Recumbent Bicycle Cindy
3 My Amtrak Auto Train Experience Cindy
4 Drug Enhanced Performance - Double Standard? Cindy
5 What Ever Happened To "Easy Open" Packages? Sammy
6 Another Disaster Concern - Identity Theft Cindy
7 Software - Change For No Reason Sammy


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