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May 15, 2008 – Comments (5)

I am finding the extended day from living on the 60th parallel getting to be very challenging.  I was working on something and I just checked the time, 11:06 and I'm tired, but it feels like 9 PM.  My body isn't winding down from the daylight until 1-2 hours after it is dark, which is about midnight these day.  I am getting so over tired.

The weather here still amazes me.  As little as 10 days ago we had about -2 C over night (28 F), and we've had days as high as 21 C (70F).  I have blinds on most of my windows, but I have these glass blocks over this jucuzzi tub in my ensuite bathroom.  (seriously, my living space here is wonderful, except for the frozen pipes).  

Well, a co-worker today suggested that I put foil over the glass blocks.  It will reduce the light that's keeping me away big time, and it will reflect the heat.  Infrared radiation is light waves and a reflective surface does reflect the head away.  So, that will be a project this weekend.

And this brings me to Lovelock's Gaia Theory.   Lovelock says that we aren't feeling the full effects of the green house gases as pollutants in the upper atmosphere work like that foil that I'm about to install on my glass blocks and they reflect some of the sunlight back.

This scares me as it has a lot of credibility from what I know of science.  The part about the protective pollutants escaping our atomosphere is particularly of concern.  Gas follow the Idea Gas Law, PV=nRT.  To me it means that as the planet warms, the upper atmosphere is pushed a little further and that increases the likelihood of molecules reaching excape velocity, which will reduce the reflection of radiant heat energy.

Lovelock expects that we will reach a critical point where the earth heats up 5-8 decgrees C over a matter of a couple decades compared to the 1 degree C over about a century.

I applaud high oil and think that Bush's pushing for ethanol for cars ought to amount to a high treason against the Earth.

5 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On May 15, 2008 at 1:38 AM, jatava (63.80) wrote:

I like your ideias. 60 ? it was best days?

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#2) On May 15, 2008 at 2:43 AM, Tastylunch (29.35) wrote:

Excellent post.

I totally feel your pain about high latitudes. I spent some time around the 63rd when I spent a summer in Iceland. Holy heck did that screw me up. I would stay out way too late because I wouldn't know what time it was. I missed nighttime entirely on the Summer equinox cause I was clubbin in a discotheque

The key for me was to control the light as you already know. I'd pull the shades (very heavy ones at 10 pm every night. I had my wristwatch set to go off at 10pm so I wouldn't forget. Then I'd find a book and read. Anything else like TV or computer time , I wouldn't get sleepy. After about three days of that Then my body started to feel tired again at a reasonable time.

Foil should do the trick, if you absolutely can't avoid the jacuzzi. 

As a guy with a geology BA I'm really afraid that Lovelock is likely right about the tipping point, but I try to not think about it. My classmates always did say I was the negative one...

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#3) On May 15, 2008 at 2:56 AM, DemonDoug (41.71) wrote:

The bush family has been commiting high treason against people and the earth for many generations.  Nothing new there.

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#4) On May 15, 2008 at 9:06 AM, dwot (38.88) wrote:

Dang, that sunlight woke me up at 5 am...  So, what do you do when you are up that early?  I've got half covered in foil.  I will try just half for now to see if that does the job as I do like having light being able to enter.

Meanwhile, I've been looking at products that use techology to help.

http://www.idahocanvas.com/roller_shades.htm

http://www.247blinds.co.uk/spc_blinds.asp

http://www.blinds.com/control/subCategory/categoryID,17?gtse=goog

http://www.reflectiveblinds.com.au/index.html

http://www.ips-innovations.com/new_solar_blinds.htm

http://www.blinddesign.info/reflective_blinds/index.html 

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#5) On June 27, 2008 at 4:03 PM, swifty12 (< 20) wrote:

I find the solution to block out the light is to fit quality blinds at the windows of your temple, this way you will mimic day and night so fooling your mind to the elements of true or false thoughts.A excellent online web site is  www.buyblindsdirect.co.uk  they have a massive selection of blinds to do the job at discounted prices.

 

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