Sunday, September 6, 2009

Walt Disney -- firefighter

For years, Walt Disney kept a secret apartment above the Main Street fire station at Disneyland. Every morning before the crowds arrived, he would drive the fire truck around the grounds. That’s every little boy’s dream.

While we’re on the subject, investigators look for “V” patterns of soot on walls as markers of arson. The pattern is created when heat and smoke radiate outward. The use of liquid accelerants is easy to spot, too. Specialists who know how to read and interpret say house fires tend to burn in puddle configurations. More than I want to know.

E-stuff isn’t necessarily green. According to a report by the Climate Group, a London think-tank, computers, printers, mobile phones and the widgets that accompany them account for the emission of 830m tons of carbon dioxide around the world in 2007. That is about the same as the aviation industry’s contribution. According to the report, about a quarter of the emissions in question are generated by the manufacture of computers. The rest come from just using them. Log off tonight.

A blog is a hungry beast. According to a 2008 survey by Technorati, which runs a search engine for blogs, only 7.4 million out of the 133 million blogs the company tracks had been updated in the past 120 days. That translates to 95 percent of blogs being essentially abandoned out there in the ether. Now you know where e-stuff goes to die.


Anonymous said...

Re comment about "V" patterns as arson markers: an article in the 9/7/09 issue of The New Yorker, "Trial by Fire," describes how such markers are bunk "science" responsible for the 2004 execution in Texas of Cameron Todd Willingham, an innocent man erroneously convicted of arson and murder. Dan

Ken said...

Well, George, Technorati will never catch you not updating. Keep up the excellent work. I always enjoy your posts.

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