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  • Aug 13th, 2011 @ 8:55am

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    One parched town in West Texas is using wind power for desalinating underground salt water (brine)...
    Grant gets desalination plant underway

    “Abundant brackish groundwater is available, and technology exists to make that water drinkable.” But desalinating enough brackish groundwater to supply entire communities requires tremendous amounts of electricity, Baldwin said. “That’s too expensive for most small towns,” Baldwin said. “But if you have good wind resources like Colorado City does, then you may be able to make desalination affordable by using wind power.”

    While another is turning to recycling their sewage...

    Desperate to drink, West Texas turns to wastewater

  • Aug 12th, 2011 @ 9:25am

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    While I thoroughly adore the TV that I watch... the invasion of my enjoyment my animated pop-op graphics jumping across the screen to "catch" my attention has only caught my ire.

    Then there are the constant logo's (in the corner) which were bad enough by themselves, but now they are helpfully "supplemented" by persistent text advertising some show I'm not watching on top of the show I WANT to be watching.

    I am someone who loves TV shows, but I have come to loathe the TV experience. I am cutting my cable (Time Warner) in favor of buying the shows I really enjoy through iTunes (sans logos and pop-ups). I'll supplement this with services such as Hulu to evaluate new shows... at least while they still have access to such content.

    Also, I fully expect in the very near future that TV will largely consist of only cheaply produced "reality" shows anyway... so why would I want to pay for cable while TV rides that wave into suckdom.