The Online Taxman Cometh

Yes, Virginia, there is a sales tax. With Republicans no longer in control of the House, Forbes says this may be the last Christmas you’ll be able to dodge sales…

Corporate Weaselism

Last week I was informed that the MBNA credit card I’ve had for years was “acquired” by Bank of America. Ok no big deal, mergers go around all the time…

Watts Up with power hogs?

Given this gadget matches my blog namesake, you’d think maybe I invented it. Alas, though I’ve made lots of other inventions, this is not one of them. For those of…

HiTech LoTech – Hurricane Strength Nails

Our lovely model above appears to be boarding up her cabana in preparation for the next hurricane. Nails, as inventions go, have a legacy back to before the time of…

Greenhouse gas stablizes on its own – scientists confused

Multiple news sites are reporting that levels of the second most important greenhouse gas, methane, have stabilized. From Scientific American: "During the two decades of measurements, methane underwent double-digit growth…

Nuclear power in your basement

Years ago in the 50’s, nuclear energy was the big idea of the time. Clean and nearly limitless energy for everybody was the promise, and ideas such as having a…

Turkey

We all have something to be thankful for today. Whether you are stuffing yourself, or stuffing your agenda, be thankful we live in a country that allows us to even…

The Need for Speed

Have you ever wanted a reliable way to test your Internet connection speed? I have, and there’s been a bunch of tests devised…but not all work that well. I even…

Watts Up in Upper Park Weather?

The picture above of a thunderstorm over Upper Bidwell Park was taken by my Bidwell Ranch Weather Station Webcam at http://www.bidwellranchcam.com this summer. Weather in the mountainous portion of upper…

Watts Up with PS3?

PlayStation3 is out. I’m under-whelmed. The most odd part of this is that people are actually leaving their jobs, schools, and family to camp out in front of stores to…

Welcome to: Watts Up With That?

As a frequent contributor to other blogs, I’ve found it to be a fun way of sharing ideas and discussions. I’d been toying with the idea of doing one of…