Sunday, July 27, 2008

You've got to be kidding...

How did I miss this?

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentine scientists are taking a novel approach to studying global warming -- strapping plastic tanks to the backs of cows to collect their burps.

Researchers say the slow digestive system of cows makes them a producer of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that gets far less public attention than carbon dioxide in efforts to fight global warming.

Scientists around the world are studying the amount of methane in cow burps and Argentine researchers say they have come up with a unique way.

Attaching a red plastic tank to a cow's back and connecting it through a tube to the animal's stomach, scientists say they can trap bovine burps and analyze them.



Check out the article and the picture; it's a hoot. Seems like a waste of time and resources to me.
Somebody better call Al Gore...

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Wish I could say I've been doing a lot of interesting stuff, but I'm afraid not. I've been spending a bit of time doing work in the yard, but it seems like I run out of energy fairly fast; getting 4 to 5 hours sleep a night over the period of several weeks seems to accumulate. The fact that my feet swell a couple of sizes any time I am on them more than an hour is not helping. Hopefully I can bust out of this slump soon, it makes it hard to blog when you feel tired and sleepy but can't really sleep.

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The robins have been quite thick the past few years; the last two they have just about wiped out my grapes and blood plums before I can get a decent harvest. I don't mind sharing a bit, but these guys really chow down on the fruit. Caught a couple of shots of this guy sitting on my neighbor's fence yesterday while weeding around my tomatoes.




These will start turning dark soon; they are a black sweet seedless, that makes great raisins. The sugar content is so high that it actually forms a light crust on the outside of the raisins.




A couple of Roma tomatoes; I usually have several varieties (Roma, heirloom, pear, cherry, regular tomatoes). They are no longer there, as they met their end on a couple of BLT's that we had yesterday.



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My wife appreciates all of the good wishes for her birthday.

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Any favorites in this bunch?

"The Girl from Ipanema" by Eliane Elias
"Turn the Page" by Bob Seger
"Yakety Axe" by Chet Atkins/Mark Knopfler
"It's a Heartache" by Bonnie Tyler
"Tom Dooley" by Eddy Arnold
"Secret Agent Man" by Johnny Rivers
"You Only Live Twice" by Nancy Sinatra
"El Nicoya" by Santana
"Your Wildest Dreams" by The Moody Blues
"La Grange" by ZZ Top

16 comments:

gregor said...

all of them, as a matter of fact.

terri said...

Great shot of the robin!

We are just beginning to enjoy the harvest from our garden and are now fighting off japanese beetles. I hope we get them before they've destroyed everything.

My favorite from today's list: Bob Seger, Turn the Page.

Hope you're feeling better soon.

Thud said...

Bob...I saw an American robin whilst in utah...it looks like its on steroids compared to English version.I enjoyed trip immensely and I look forward to getting back out and exploring in spring. i notice you are reading dies the fire..not a bad series is it?

BobG said...

thud:
So far I've read all of the series that has come out to date. If you look further in my library you will notice quite a bit of Stirling's stuff.

BobG said...

teri:
Probably won't ever feel a whole lot better; a lot of it has to do with my bad heart and my sleep apnea.

BobG said...

gregor:
I tend to lean to classical, blues, light jazz, old rock, and older country. Not too many people seem to favor that many types. About the only things I can't handle is rap or disco.

H2o said...

Ummmm.... grapes.

gregor said...

we have similar tastes. my music collection ranges from ancient Celtic funeral plaints and Gregorian chants to the latest indie stuff. jazz from the early twenties up to today, every era of classical, tons of choral stuff, i think the human voice is the best instrument going. psych rock, classic rock, metal, goth and darkwave, brit folk rock, lounge, you name it, I've got it. No disco or hip-hop though. Well, funk crossed over into disco so depending on what you consider disco to be, i may or may not be guilty of harboring some, but i'll deny it in court...

BobG said...

I think the only thing I have with rap on it is "Rapture" by Blondie.

momster said...

I used to love the robins come back after winter in Colorado but I haven't seen a one since we moved to Arizona. I miss them.

BobG said...

I wonder if it's too dry for robins there, or if it is just the particular area you're at?

JDP said...

BobG, I can understand your problem with fighting to get even a half decent nights sleep. My vote goes to La Grange/ZZ Top.

JDP

MauserMedic said...

Won't be much longer, and the robins will be heading back south...

meleah rebeccah said...

I am officially freaked out by that cow story!! WTF!

Hammer said...

I had a college professor that was paid to count cow farts.

Glad they found a better way...

Wyatt Earp said...

Can we strap one of those "gas tanks" to Al Gore?