Thursday, August 21, 2014

City-Making: 100 Book List on Urbanism

Brent Toderian's article in PLANETIZEN
(Excerpt) "I like to claim that I have the most extensive library of books on urbanism of any city-making practitioner -- at least for any non-professor!"

His article and the entire list can be found at the following source link:
Source: Brent Toderian -- "The 100 'Best' Books on City-Making Ever Written?" published in Planetizen, 12.13.2013

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Book on the list:

Source: amazon.com

52. "City Comforts: How to Build an Urban Village"
David Sucher, Author

David Sucher is an author and also a blogger that writes with a thoughtful and often a detail-oriented city and regional planning perspective. His book, "City Comforts," is positioned as #52 for the "best" 100 books on urbanism. You may download a sample chapter from "City Comforts," and also may find his blog posts to be interesting reads, here:

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Brevity update: 8.23.2014
"...a detail-oriented city and regional planning perspective."

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Pharmaborg

Situational awareness...

Proposed new word for lexicographers to consider when adding to English language dictionaries:

pharmaborg: Authentic human; a hybrid with potential longevity, improved physical capabilities, and greater spiritual wellbeing. The pharmaborg's original biology has been modified with scripted symbiotic pharmaceuticals and integrated synthetic mechanical components.

Similar to: cyborg


LIFT (Link I Found Today)
Fan Site for the Divergent Series: The Divergent Life
There are five named factions within this series' dystopian but perhaps familiarly imperfect society. "Each [faction] is dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue." They are called:

"Abnegation" -- the selfless
"Dauntless" -- the brave
"Candor" -- the honest
"Erudite" -- the intelligent

The people in this society also include the "Factionless" and the namesake... "Divergent"-- a rare individual possessing personality characteristics and aptitudes of more than one faction.

(Excerpt) "Being Divergent is considered dangerous. Since a Divergent's mind cannot be controlled or made to adapt to one certain way of thinking (at least not for long), faction leaders are terrified as to what Divergent people are capable of."

The Books: Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, Four
Veronica Roth, author: Divergent Series Ultimate Four-Book Box Set

The Movie: Divergent

Government politicians, in this obviously fictional society, are made up of 50 council members from... Abnegation (the selfless) faction

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

HART: Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation

Similar to BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), and quite different. In both systems one takes a train for transportation. Both are acronyms. However, BART apparently is also a verb; "BART and you're there." Examples of more substantive differences between HART and BART probably exist...

Honolulu Rail Transit: official website of HART:
(HART) HonoluluTransit.org

Route map of planned light rail system for Honolulu area:
Route is dark line with numbered white circles that indicate stations. The southern terminus is currently Ala Moana Center. The route does not extend to include Waikiki Beach or the University of Hawaii. Both are off the map to the south. Click source link below for enlarged view of this map.


The Honolulu light rail mass transportation project has recently begun construction. With a 55 mph top speed for trains in some sections between stations, it has a projected 42 minute end-to-end ride time. A large percentage of its approximately 20 miles of rail corridor and 21 train stations have not been completed... or as-yet started.

Completion Date of Rail Project
Aloha... [Mr. QwkDrw -- ] Thank you for your email message. The interim opening of the first 10 miles (East Kapolei station to Aloha Stadium station) is projected to be completed by 2017. The full 20-mile system will open in 2019. Mahalo -- HART
Source: eMail message from Honolulu Transit, 8.4.2014

Honolulu International Airport Station -- Station #11 -- HART design rendering


Planning note from HNL to LAX (hypothetically): When your major, sprawling, huge urban community plans a light rail mass transportation system, it's a GOOD thing to include a train station at most international airports. This is actually a not entirely untrue opinion of QwkDrw.

Honolulu Rail: Column construction continues in western countryside for elevated railway.


(With apologies to The Beatles.) Pineapple fields, forever...

Honolulu Rail: Column construction moves from countryside into more urbanized areas.
(Excerpt) "Construction is rolling along with more than 115 concrete columns completed from Kualakai Parkway in east Kapolei to Farrington Highway in Ewa just past Fort Weaver Road.

Crews are now stationed along Farrington Highway on the west end of Waipahu conducting drill work in preparation for underground shafts to support the columns...

As major rail construction now shifts into residential and commercial areas, HART and Kiewit ask residents, business owners and drivers for their patience and understanding while driving through construction work zones." Source: eBlast, 8.1.2014


Honolulu Rail: "eBlast" weekly update newsletter:
Sign up for the Honolulu Rail Transit newsletter to get more information about the project, news, construction updates, and information on upcoming events.
Source: HART Weekly eBlast

AIA Honolulu Speaks Out
(Excerpt) "[American Institute of Architects] AIA Honolulu urges the City Administration and Honolulu City Council to select a light rail transit solution -- to purchase light rail technology that is capable of running at street level (at-grade) or elevated (above-grade) or cost-permitting, underground (below-grade) to accommodate the particular conditions within each of our communities on Oahu. Completely elevated third rail technology as currently planned by the City should not be our only option. We must adopt a system that is the best possible one to meet the long term needs of the citizens of Oahu."
Source: AIA Honolulu

Current Price Tag: $5.16 Billion
One commenter on the source article linked below (David Ketzenberger, 2/18) paradoxically asks:
(Excerpt) "The $5.16 billion rail transit project received a green light but what about the 3 billion dollar rail [transit project] that voters 'voted' on? What's the status of THAT rail project?"


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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Santa's Pen: pineapple ornament

Source: QwkDrw

Personalized Christmas Tree Ornament
This is a tasteful, small (easy packing), tourist-y ceramic trinket that will just always say, "We loved being in Hawaii today!" Okay, there may be more indigenous things available as a souvenir...

But the beautiful star shape carmel colored seed pods from an Autograph Tree will soon shrivel, mildew, look disguising, smell... just saying.
Source: Autograph Tree -- Clusia rosea: seed pods

So, at that time, we were headed out wearing SPF clothing, hats, large sunglasses, and conscientiously applied sunscreen to lollygag for another grueling day along Waikiki Beach and out into Honolulu on foot or by bus. Presently, we were walking through the Outrigger Reef on the Beach Hotel's open-air lobby, poolside deck, and convenience-shopping promenade. As seasoned beachcombers, we briefly posted up in the shade at a hotel provided cold condensation sweating glass and chrome dispenser for iced lemon-slice and mint-leaf water to fill our REI containers. It can be rough out there. And right there, across the tile and carpet indoor/outdoor breezeway, was Santa's Pen -- a little shop that was all at once so out-of-place, and so appropriate.

We shopped. The friendly shopkeeper was a young Hawaiian woman living in Honolulu that would use Santa's permanent ink black pen to personalize by hand a purchased blank item with calligraphic skills. After a bit of time, considering alternatives with the artist's help, we had selected and composed our 40th Anniversary commemorative... Christmas tree ornament -- it will always remind us of our wonderful time together during this vacation, and that we loved being in Hawaii

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See more: Santa's Pen / Waikiki Christmas Stores


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Autograph Tree -- Clusia rosea: seed pods

Photo: QwkDrw

Seed Pods
Beautiful star shape carmel colored seed pod from the Autograph Tree. This tree is along Waikiki Beach, Hawaii. Someone has scrapped their initials onto a leaf in the upper right of this photo. Reportedly, that "autograph" will permanently remain on that leaf, presumedly even after it falls off the tree. We probably will want to go back sometime, just to verify.
Source: Hawaiian Plants and Tropical Flowers

Can this beautiful thing actually be an invasive alien?
Source: Hawaii Agriculture, 12.5.2010


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Harmony Bracelet

Good Luck Feng Shui Coin: Used with opposite end loop to clasp Harmony Bracelet around wrist. Flat-weave satin cording color: "Silver Gray represents Dreams, Protection, and Astral Projection," as described in provided literature.


On one side of the coin, "Chinese Characters are part of the Feng Shui system." On the opposite side, "the Phoenix and the Dragon represent Yin and Yang, balance," as described in provided literature.


Stone bead that fastens the brass coin at it's center onto cording is: "Hematite -- blood, circulation, improve relationships, increase intuition, pains, grounding, calming, protection, unclutter the mind," as described in provided literature.


Feng Shui System
Described in the provided literature as: "It is the way of natural arrangement, and is the art of appreciating nature. It teaches you how to live harmoniously."


The Artist: Tiare aka artARi
Multi-genre Artist and Musician from Oahu, artARi is selling her art and music online, including these "Harmony Bracelets," at this Esty store: artari artARi808 Artari

We purchased our TWO Harmony Bracelets in June 2014 near Sunset Beach on the North Shore of Oahu at the North Shore Country Market. The Artist, a lovely talented young woman, maintains a vendor's booth here. In addition to her uniquely detailed drawings/paintings (think: thousands and thousands of brush point dots), she crafts various designs of these "Harmony Bracelets," writes and publishes music, and sells her art online at this Esty store: artari artARi808 Artari.

The Artist also creates visual interpretations (read: paintings) of rescued ancient Hawaiian pictographs... oh the stories, my goodness! Hawaiian-themed hotels at least should be given the opportunity to take a look at her individual works to consider adapting them large-scale into their decor. In my opinion, her uniquely detailed interpretations of ancient Hawaiian symbol-like figures, in essentially storyboard-type paintings, have a high probability to be commercially viable if adapted for use in large textile applications (think: hotel bed spreads, bed throws, or other high-value cloth items.) The pictograghy rocks!

North Shore Country Market 
(Excerpt) "The North Shore Country market is a great place to gather, get fresh produce, and shop for your gift items. In addition to supporting the local economy, fresher food from local sources tastes better, has more nutrients, and contributes to the total health of the community. Shop early. You will find the best produce selections in the morning, so try to get there when the market first opens."

Tangential or Deeper Meanings
Personally, the bracelet gives me pleasure because it is a wonderful reminder of the North Shore. And it's easy to carry on an airplane. It also appeals to me based on texture, color, uniqueness, comfort when worn around my wrist, and how very well it's made. Tangential or deeper meanings possibly suggested by artist or context may be somewhat curious or interesting... but some may also be easily set aside as inapplicable.

"Truth is all around us." -- QwkDrw     ...Om...


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Grass Skirt Grill - Haleiwa, Hawaii

On the North Shore of Oahu
Grass Skirt Grill: a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating that serves generous portions of Ono fish (and other things), grilled and piled on with tasty side items in a great plate meal for about $15.

Photo above: A rare and appreciated gift item (they do not sell these decals) was presented to us after our fine meal by a Grass Skirt Grill big kahuna boss-man.

Not this one...
Source: QwkDrw

Ono fish (long vowel sound /o/; twice): the name
We had a lot of fish for dinner -- specifically grilled fish. Let me tell you all the kinds of fish in a minute. But first, this story about the name of the Ono fish.

As told to us by the Grass Skirt Grill big kahuna: "In some current usage of Hawaiian language, 'ono' may be used to mean 'delicious.' You can say a pineapple is ono. Or, that you had an ono shave ice. A thousand years ago Hawaiians were catching the Ono fish in waters around Hawaii. And to this day that fish still carries the name; the Ono fish is delicious fish." The Grass Skirt Grill big kahuna also commented that we were an A-okay couple for being married to each other for 40 years.

Other fish that we've eaten recently may have interesting names -- Mahi Mahi, Monchong, Salmon, Ahi -- but none can claim to be named "delicious" in Hawaiian.



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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ruby & Diamonds Gemstone Necklace


"It sparkles when she wears it -- it's so sparkly!" And she loves it.

40th Wedding Anniversary commemorative necklace.
We purchased: June 2014 in Honolulu, Hawaii


Specifications:

Ruby; precious gemstone: 3/4 carat weight

Diamond; precious gemstone: 1/4 carat weight, H color
(Single largest diamond, setting inline above ruby's setting.)

Embellishment Diamonds: smaller carat weights
(Set around ruby and on dangle loop above single diamond.)

Rose Gold: 14/24 karat purity
(Settings and chain.)


Sales Tax Snapshot Comparison:

Honolulu, Hawaii: 4.712%
San Francisco, California: 8.75%
Los Angeles, California: 9%


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Thursday, June 19, 2014

The 40th Wedding Anniversary

Source: link

Marking a milepost in a marriage.
This fortieth anniversary is one of the many lesser or greater mileposts that will mark the beach pathway that these divinely-coupled people are walking along in their marriage. Long comfortable together, husband and wife will celebrate simply and respectfully acknowledge their continuing life together enabled by God’s blessings.

Traditional Gemstone
Ruby. A red ruby — with an inner fire of passion in the heart and mind that flames and glows alive.

A barber chair question:
The familiar haircutter inhaled abruptly,”Forty years? What’s your secret?!”
A reflective air came into the banter. The true answer at that first asked opportunity was appropriately voiced with enthusiastic confidence, “I married well.”

The event. An international beach city. A very exclusive guest list.

Just the couple; together on Oahu. At the north shore and in Honolulu, Hawaii. More than one specific day, this event is bigger than one blog post…


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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Christian in Turkey: A Pastor's Perspective

National flag of the Republic of Turkey; shown here in honor:

Source: Wikipedia

"I am Not Ashamed of the Gospel Because ..."
By: Rev. Ramazon Arkan, June 1, 2014.

Click link to listen: Audio of Scripture and Sermon (27:30)
(The Pastor's message starts at approximately 3:00 on audio link above.)

Scripture Reading: Romans 1:1-17
(Beginning of audio link above.)

Source: CPCC


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Sunday, June 1, 2014

2014 California Statewide Direct Primary Election

Source: sticker removed from the front of my shirt.

On election day, June 3, 2014:

A Citizen's Prayer...
Gracious GOD's gentle guidance for all American voters and the candidates that will be elected.

Check Status of Your Ballot
(Excerpt) "...To find out if your vote-by-mail ballot was received by your county elections official... in your [California] county, visit... County Elections Offices."
Source: California Secretary of State


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Thursday, April 24, 2014

California Drought: Reclaimed Wastewater

Reclaimed, Recycled, Reused -- Water
(Excerpt) "Proponents call it water recycling. Critics call it… [something worse]. But as the drought has taken hold in California, opposition to the idea has been drying up…

Today, taxpayer money is flowing toward recycled water programs. As part of recent drought relief measures, the state allocated $200 million in grants to jump-start those efforts and slashed interest rates on $800 million more in loans…

In October, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that requires state health and water officials to report by September 2016 on the feasibility of developing uniform standards for recycling wastewater for ‘direct potable reuse.’…

‘California needs more high-quality water, and recycling is key to getting there,’ Brown said in his signing message…


Sand dunes became Golden Gate Park using wastewater.
Starting in the late 1800s… Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, once sand dunes, was famously watered with untreated waste until complaints about the smell put an end to the practice, said Richard Mills, chief of the recycling and desalination section at the state Department of Water Resources. Treated water was used at the park starting in the 1930s… [Mills said].”


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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Silicon Valley -- S1E1 -- "Minimum Viable Product"

Is Big-Hollywood noticing the Silicon Valley?

HBO just released a made-for-cable-series, "Silicon Valley" that may not be the first indication of Hollywood's recent interest. Watch premiere episode: Silicon Valley -- S1E1 -- Minimum Viable Product.

A feature-length comedy movie, "The Internship" spotlights Google, googlers, functional nerd-y-ness, high-achievers (not necessarily a pun), and contemporary corporate culture in the Bay Area Region -- generally.

Also, a TV series for Amazon Prime subscribing members, "Betas" envisions a hoodie-culture version of Silicon Valley entrepreneurial start-up companies that compete in and beyond San Francisco.

Goodnight, Mr. Letterman
Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman as host of the "Late Show" in 2015.

(Excerpt) "Colbert has signed a five-year agreement with CBS, according to an official announcement... 'Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television'... Colbert added: 'Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps... Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.'”
Source: FoxNews.com

Note to some former staffers during the President G.W. Bush administration: Stephen Colbert's on-stage conservative intellectual persona is an act -- rarely complimentary to actual conservative thinkers.

Normcore normcore
Hipster: (Counter) Culture secret shopper suggestion:

Lands' End

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mountain View TMA (MTMA)

MEDIA CREDIT: Michelle Le, 10.15.2013

Mountain View Transportation Management Association (MTMA)
The city government of Mountain View has recognized one transportation problem in Silicon Valley that significantly impacts citizens and properties in their jurisdiction -- an increasing number of privately operated busses and other large multi-passenger vehicles. Often observed is the glaring inefficiency and inconvenience of similar routes largely duplicated with vehicles operated by different employer companies, with some of these vehicles running well below their passenger capacity.

Recently, as a condition of approval for development proposals by large employers within Mountain View, the Mountain View city council required that the non-profit MTMA be formed and functioning in the private sector.

On Topic:
Developers, Major Companies Form Group To Solve Mountain View Traffic Woes
Long overdue deal to share shuttles
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Palo Alto Residential Buildout

Source: Karl Mondon / Bay Area News Group

Demolish to Rebuild on a Scrapped Vacant Lot
(Excerpt) "'For the past three years, 50 to 100 homes a year have been razed to make way for new houses in Palo Alto,' according to associate city planner Scott McKay... The city granted more than 80 demolition permits for single-family homes in 2013.

Location Location Location
'In many ways, the city is built out,' McKay said. But... some existing houses are ripe for replacement. The homes built in the '50s and '60s 'weren't built to last like the homes built with old-growth redwood at the turn of the century,' he said.

Even old, elegant homes fall short of expectations for many people. 'Living has really changed from the 1930s until now,' said Palo Alto architect John Northway. '...a lot of the rooms are pretty small and relatively dark, even in wonderful old Palo Alto houses. Now people want to have bathrooms for each bedroom. A lot of times both mother and father work at home and each have an office. The audiovisual stuff is in another family room. All this drives reasons to tear them down and rebuild them...'

A vintage mission-style house across the street from the home of the late Steve Jobs was torn down by a software executive who bought it in October 2012 for $9 million with plans to build a new house on it. Later, the executive changed his mind, and sold the property for $11.4 million. The lot comes with approved plans for a one-story, 6,000-square-foot home with a 5,570-square-foot basement for a total of 11,635 square feet."

NIMBY Strategy: Purchase the Adjacent Properties

(Excerpt) "[Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg] ...is one of several prominent tech CEOs who own homes on Palo Alto's tree-lined streets. ...Zuckerberg and his physician wife Priscillia Chan paid top dollar -- more than $30 million in total -- for the four residential properties located next door and behind... [their] own home...

[The Zuckerbergs] ...paid different prices for each home, shelling out more than $14 million for one 2,600-square-foot dwelling. A local real estate agent called the amount 'absurdly high,' even for that pricey neighborhood. But James Yang, an agent with Sereno Group who focuses on Palo Alto and neighboring towns, said the price is less surprising 'if somebody wants to buy a property and the sellers don't want to sell.'

Reportedly, the recently married Zuckerberg couple began acquiring properties adjacent to their own home when they learned of a plan for one or more of the existing older houses next door. "The developer was going to build a huge house and market the property as being next door to Mark Zuckerberg."


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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Tokeless

Brand naming aspirations yet to be realized...
From the memory cache: Possible and likely future brand name for use by a food products manufacturer:

"Tokeless" (Copyright Notice)

Not advocating, just saying someone will see the brand name potential...


On Topic:
http://www.trademarkia.com/tokeless-78294369.html

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Ice Air

MEDIA CREDIT

Idea for a brand name: Ice Air
For me, this is an opportunity that was missed... a few years ago -- maybe ten. This is the idea that Ice Air would be a good brand name. A brand name for maybe a line of ski clothing or something related to snowy weather conditions. It may have come to me while riding a ski area's alfresco chairlift back up the hill for another run during a blustery day. Mentally, I just put my Ice Air brand idea in a cache with other possibilities for later use.

An innovative HVAC solutions company has that name.
Ice Air. Google it. Sadly, too late for me; apparently 30 to 40 years...

(Excerpt) "Ice Air has 40 years of experience developing and manufacturing a wide variety of HVAC units to provide superior new construction heating and cooling systems and to replace old installations. We provide World Class Comfort by innovating equipment that is environmentally sound, high quality and durable. Our products are designed with consumers in mind, with industry-best sound levels and advanced design."

Ice Air provides products to several markets:
(Excerpt) "Architects / Engineers, Reps / Distributors, HVAC / Contractors, Contractors / Construction Managers, Developer / Builders, and Consumers."

Their website's homepage: Ice Air

Cool Stuff
There's a link on their website for "Cool Stuff." Appreciating customer service on multiple levels, one Cool Stuff post from that linked page is included below...

(Excerpt from Cool Stuff)
"June 13, 2013
Ice Air Appoints New SVP of Customer Service


Ice Air, a leading manufacturer of HVAC products, has recently named Harlan Saunders as their new Senior Vice President of Customer Service. Mr. Saunders is an experienced business owner from Kentucky, who most recently worked in the food services industry. He brings a great deal of experience to his new role, and is known for possessing an ideal mix of sunny, Southern hospitality with shrewd business acumen.

Mr. Saunders will be tasked with ensuring that problematic customers are dealt with effectively, most likely by playing them the soothing music of Barry White.

Please direct any inquiries or concerns to: Harlan@ice-air.com."

Source: Cool Stuff



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Thursday, February 27, 2014

California Drought: Lady GaGa shoots water conservation video at Hearst Castle's Neptune Pool

MEDIA CREDIT: noted

Lady GaGa is on "La Cuesta Encantada;" the enchanted hill.
(Excerpt) "“The Lady Gaga event at Hearst Castle was a last minute but really important opportunity,” Remar Sutton of the Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation said... 'Both California and the Castle have already received world-wide — and positive — publicity and we are still weeks away from the launch of Lady Gaga’s video and her public service efforts to publicize California’s water crisis'...

[Lady GaGa's organization]... paid the special event fee of more than $22,000, plus expenses; donated $250,000 to the Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation; and contributed $25,000 to the Cambria Community Services District [CCSD] to pay for a study on a possible water source for the [nearby] drought-stricken town...

[Richard Stapler, spokesman for the state Natural Resources Agency]... said he expects the public service video to be released within a couple of weeks."

Apparently during a preliminary visit to Hearst Castle by the music video star, Lady GaGa was impressed by the Castle's architectural features, art, antiques, and ambiance. Less than two weeks later at the Castle, Hollywood-scale filming was going for two days on a Lady GaGa "creative project" that some say is more than a music video.

(Excerpt) "As part of the agreement to film at... [Hearst Castle], permission for which is rarely granted by the Hearst Corp. and the Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation, Gaga said she would produce a water conservation video for the state and a promotional video for the foundation."



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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Solar Thermal Desalination


Article Source & Photo Credit: The New York Times, 2.16.14

Renewable Energy Source: Solar Energy
Polluted near-surface groundwater sometimes found in agricultural areas apparently can be desalinated and purified to acceptable levels for various productive reuses. This article reports that some entrepreneurs are accomplishing this by using solar energy without the intermediate step of generating photovoltaic electricity.

WaterFX: a San Francisco area startup company.
The founders of this startup company seek to develop solar thermal desalination technology that is commercially viable and scalable for different applications. Working with a water district in the Central Valley, their efforts are funded by the State of California. The initial installation, a $1 million plant (solar array shown in photo above), "...is removing impurities... at half the cost of traditional desalinization, according to Aaron Mandell, a founder of WaterFX."

Off-the-Shelf Solar Array Unit and Equipment
"The parabolic-shaped [solar energy] receiver is a standard unit made by a Colorado company called SkyFuel for solar thermal power plants. It uses a reflective film rather than expensive mirrors to focus the sun on tubes containing mineral oil that are suspended over the solar array... As the oil warms to 248 degrees, the heat is piped into refurbished, 1960s-era evaporators to generate steam. The steam then condenses fresh water and separates the salts and heavy metals. The cycle is repeated to further concentrate the brine.

WaterFX relies on... a heat pump of its own design. The pump recycles excess steam for reuse through a chemical process rather relying on an electricity-driven compressor. 'It cuts the number of solar collectors you need roughly in half,' Mr. Mandell said...

[Also] WaterFX can purify water using half as much energy... [compared to traditional desalination.]"

Energy storage allows desalination 24 hour a day.
"During the pilot project, WaterFX produced 14,000 gallons of purified water a day... [A larger-scale] version of the plant, set to be built this year on 31 acres of land, will produce 2,200 acre-feet [of water] a year... The company will store excess heat generated by the solar array in molten salt to allow the plant to operate 24 hours a day... Mr. Mandell said WaterFX currently produces an acre-foot of water for $450."

Multi-Source Community Water Supply Systems
"The desalinated water [from WaterFX] is of bottled-water quality, purer than what is needed for irrigation... Michael Hanemann, a professor of agricultural and resource economics at the University of California, Berkeley, called desalinization a hedge against future shortages and the rising price of water. 'It’s a form of insurance,' he said. 'The issue isn’t turning over your whole water supply to desalinization but adding to it.'"

Solar Thermal vs. Reverse Osmosis Desalination
"Professor Hanemann... noted that traditional desalinization plants carried high capital costs as they were often built as backup sources of water and operated infrequently. A solar thermal desalinization plant that runs continuously and relies on free sunlight for fuel could make the technology more competitive, he said.

Standard desalinization plants rely on membranes to filter out salt and other impurities from seawater. The process, called reverse osmosis, is expensive. Membranes must be periodically replaced, and forcing seawater through them is energy-intensive, with electricity typically accounting for around a third of operating costs...

Brent Giles, a senior analyst at Lux Research, said solar thermal desalinization’s competitiveness with reverse osmosis remained to be seen. He noted that contaminated water like that found in the Central Valley contained far less salt than seawater and required less energy to purify."

Process By-Products: recycle & reuse -- & proper disposal
The recycled water, in various levels of purity, from essentially wastewater is clearly a reuse that is a valuable and marketable product. It's not clear from this report if the other by-product elements removed or created by this recycling process are good for productive reuse -- or simply waste. Is there currently an expense amount, per acre-foot of recycled water, for toxic waste disposal?

DO MORE with less...
Can't we just USE LESS? Of course we can do what might be called 'water conservation measures' -- and we should conserve our precious water! Nonetheless, I'm concerned that in the case of consecutive annual droughts, that alone may not be enough

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On Topic:
"Solar Desalination Gives California Water District More Freshwater," WSJ, 2.18.14

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