March 1st, 2007

Ann Vole

Anarchy from a great king

King Solomon of the Bible is supposed to be the author of the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible (says so in the first verse). In chapter 10 verses 5-7 he writes (my paraphrase for shortness): "I have seen an injustice caused by having rulers... Idiots get leadership roles and financial experts are ignored, slaves on horseback and noblemen on foot." Back then, "slaves" were usually not the same as most people thing of as slaves... If you lost all your money, land, and your job, you would have to ask someone to make you his "slave" where you would work and get food and shelter and then when your term was up, you would get some stuff as payment for your work so you could hopefully become financially independent. People became slaves usually because they met with disaster (like your badly designed house fell apart) or because they made a stupid financial mistake (like they gambled it all away). Noblemen generally got to their position by helping people or communities to become better such as helping lots of "slaves" get back on their feet or helping communities with an industry that employs lots of people or provides an essential service like a water well. I am all in favor of helping people down on their luck but they are best served with a good job and a stable living situation (food and shelter).

Here in Saskatchewan, the very leftist government makes welfare very easy to get and supports unions and taxes business way more then similar businesses in other parts of Canada. Landlords are put in jail because their tenants took out the batteries of their fire alarms and died in a fire after a wild party where the place was trashed earlier that night... It is always the fault of businesses to them. Now the next province over is ultra-conservative and I see very stupid people start big businesses and get loads of government money to try to keep it running because of how many people are employed with the hope of the "trickle-down effect" of giving rich people money so they can employ the poor... Still does not work!

I am still convinced that less government is better government. Encouraging good businessmen to hire more people with their profits or to make structures and systems to improve the lives of those in the company's general area are two fine things a government should do (and can do so without spending a single extra penny of tax-payer's money). The more money a business is making, the more likely the people in control of that company are able to design and set up sustainable social structures (organizations or life-improving utilities).

There are a few success stories I have read of countries going very "green" very fast and actually improving GDP (Gross Domestic Product... An indicator of how financially successful the businesses are in that country). They did it without giving out any money... They simply required all new construction to include "green" technology. People and businesses who can afford a new building are the ones most likely to have the smarts to do things right. Construction companies chosen by these smart customers are most likely to be the ones to install the best equipment and provide the best warranty on this green technology... And fund the best green research on their own! This is the sort of "anarchy" I like to see and has proven itself to be effective. Governments have to be like a customer... Ask for the desired end result and let the experts figure out the best way to deliver. Want to reduce greenhouse emissions (as a government)? Just tell the businesses they need to deliver lower emissions and they will figure out the best way to do so and remain competitive (or fail when their competition does a better job). Leave to to businesses and thing will happen in the best ways by the smartest people.
Ann Vole

Neutral pressure zone and temperature inversions in hogans

In every enclosure, there is a point where the inside pressure matches the outside pressure called the neutral pressure zone. At this spot, air has no incentive to enter or exit because there is no pressure difference. Sometimes cities will have a smog problem called a "temperature inversion" where there is a layer of warm still air trapped under a blanket of cold still air. This phenomena is effective to trap air for hundreds of square miles with simple structures like valleys or mountains so the very small hole at the top of a hogan should work real well to create this same temperature inversion as long as there is no internal heating (like from a heating fire). The branches and the small un-mudded part of a beaver's home should also create the same still air conditions and temperature inversion.

Interesting that I was looking at ventilation in hogans and beaver dams independently and made the connection between the two a couple days before taking the course "Residential Mechanical Ventilation Installation" with HRAI (Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada). Must be divinely influenced learning again... Sure glad I prayed for such interests to come to me (ones that will head me in the right direction of where I can do the most good). Beavers and wombats and other burrowing animals as well as webcomics are the two interests that came together to direct me to hogans. Even atheists can become the mouth of God if the faithful are listening (referring to hogan reference in "Digger" webcomic).
Ann Vole

2 ways for air tightness: unique nuetral pressure planes for rooms

The basic design proposed in the book "Passive Annual Heat Storage" (John Hiat), has identical vents to the outside on both the top and bottom of the common space. This would make the neutral pressure plane (the points where inside and outside pressures are the same) to cut across the middle of the room so the pressure difference between inside and outside to be close to zero for most of the room (without wind infiltration). With no pressure difference between inside and outside, there is no air movement even if the walls, windows and doors are not air tight. This simple thing can make a drafty house act like an extremely air-tight house (as long as there is no wind).

Earlier I posted my idea of using "cells" of insulated damp dirt under buildings to store heat at different temperatures. I think I will have to have a cell for each room that will be used as a heat exchanger for in and out air flows for each room and make all the rooms air-tight between each other (especially between floors) so every room will have it's own neutral pressure plane and that plane should be close to the middle of each room. Dampers or fans might be operated with sensitive detectors of the pressure difference between the middle of the room and the outside. Such a system might even be able to stop leakage on windy days by adjusting the room's pressure to the pressure outside the building where that room's walls are (outside the house on windy days, the windward side has higher pressure and the leeward side has lower pressure). Almost all damage to building structures is connected with air moving through walls, windows and other structures. With no air movement through the walls and windows, the humidity is not as big an issue and with a separate heat exchanger ventilation system for each room, the ultimate in humidity control can be made.

I am also interested in designing vertical heat exchangers that can act as fans to passively move air. These vertical units can also be made to be the ultimate in dehumidification units (and moisture recovery units if water resources are precious). Used in combination with pressure regulation, the ultimate in passive air conditioning and heating can be integrated with the ultimate in ventilation. One extra advantage is the pollutants of one room (including moisture) do not contaminate other rooms. Another advantage could be occupancy detectors used to only condition the room (regulate temperature) when someone is in the room and only regulate the humidity when it threatens the building materials (too humid or too dry).
Ann Vole

Falling asleep in class is embarassing

I kept falling asleep durring my course to the point where the instructor said (after class) that several other students were not concentrating on the class because they were watching me fall in and out of conciousness. I am not sure what to do because caffiene seems to make it worse instead of better... It seems the more interested I am in the subject matter, the more I daydream about the possabilities and the quicker that daydreaming turns into sleep. The test is tomorrow afternoon... I really need to be awake then instead of snoozing like today in the afternoon with major snoozing action.

With this problem, I doubt I can be a university student either... I will have to find a solution or take corrispondence courses for most of it.
Ann Vole

testing my new domain's email for posting.

My university email adress has been taking longer then usual for getting connected and I am not sure how long it will still be available now that it is close to a year since I was a student. I just had my cel phone hang up on me (requiring a reboot by removing the battery thus losing the post) when I tried posting and a couple days ago, a post was returned undeliverable. My new domain names have many possible email adresses I can have with them so from now on I will use "me at annvole dot com" for most of my email needs. This is the first post from that adress to Live Journal. If it works fine, I will also change the adress people's responces get sent to into that email (or a special email just for that purpose).