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Friday, January 06, 2006
 

Pleasing the crowd

While I'm trying to get the amount of hand-waving in the "Irregularity" essay down to sane levels (I don't want to pick on other people for making vague, unsupported statements and then make a hypocrite of myself), I am also thinking about what to write about next.

There are at least three mega-engineering concepts I've been noodling about.  Parapundit touched on one (aerosols) the other day; the other two are orbital sunshades and ultra-large convection towers.  I'm not sure how much time it would take to finish a treatment of any of these, but given a choice, what would you like to see?

 
Comments:
All 3 would be interesting I'm sure; but given a preference on what to see first the convection towers gets my vote. FWIW
 
Convection towers, please. Cause I'm from Australia and there's been a fair bit of "lightning rod" scaremongering here.
 
I'd recommend convection towers. Of all the articles run on the Alternative Energy Blog, coverage of the construction of the solar tower/ chimney in Australia is one of the most popular. Plus you can address some of the objections to the tower I've seen like "putting all that heat into the atmosphere must increase global warming". Intuitively that seems like nonsense but it would be nice to see a technical exploration of its truth or falsehood.

James
Alternative Energy Blog
 
I'd like to see convection towers too.
 
And now that I've got a little time to write again, I can start into that (and see if Billig had anything).
 
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