Archive for June, 2007

Cat Conspiracy

SamThis is getting old real quick. The cats started waking me at 4:30 in the morning. Sometimes I can ignore the alpha male, but it is difficult to do. If we leave the door open, he crawls onto the nightstand and knocks items off. If that doesn’t make me get up, he’ll pace back and forth around me and even bite. If we leave the door shut, the female will scratch at the door jam. This does two things, wrecks the door jam and wakes me.Bella

I don’t really see the need for me to get out of bed at 4:30 in the morning. I would rather sleep till, oh even 5:30 would be nice. It all started happening when the 2007 Daylight Savings time change took effect. You wouldn’t think that would make such a difference. The time changes every year, why would a few extra weeks have such an impact.

It’s a conspiracy, I tell you. These two felines have banded together in an effort to get me out of bed when they want. I am sure of it. If my normal time to get up was 7am they would probably start testing me at 6. Cats are a lot smarter then we give them credit sometimes and animals in general do have an internal clock, scientists believe. How else would they know to plan their attack one hour before my alarm clock goes off? They are not hungry, since we give them 1/3 of their daily food at 10pm.

I believe it is a tactic to get attention. When we first brought our new baby home, I gave the cats extra attention so they wouldn’t feel the baby was getting it all. That seemed to work out well at the beginning. The last few months, I must admit, they have gotten less attention. With both of us working and taking the baby to day care, we only have a couple good hours to do what we need to do. I’ll have to test this theory, and see what the results are.

Countdown to Bio-Butanol

I won’t say that butanol will solve the ever-rising cost per gallon of gasoline, but it is definitely worth further investigation. I heard the other day on the news that all things made with corn and sweetened with corn syrup is increasing in cost as well. The old story of supply and demand. As the demand for ethanol and corn to produce ethanol rises so does the demand and so does the cost. Furthermore only a small percentage of vehicles are “flex-fuel” ready. So now what… Bio-butanol of course. As the calendar draws closer to 2008, so does the availability of biobutanol. In my research so far, I have found that there was a patent in place on a process to which butanol could be produces by a multi-stage fermentation of sugar beets with two different strains of bacteriea. Wikiepedia’s article on butanol as a fuel which  includes comparison of the properties of gasoline, ethanol, methanol, and butanol. It just so happens that the gas and butane are a much closer match then ethonal. So close a match that butanol can be run in most modern automobiles without modification, and without being flex fuel equipped.

So when can you get it? Who knows for sure, but BP has a bio-butanol release date on their site noted as the end of 2007.

I’m ready, and my car is ready. So see you at the pumps!