May. 15th, 2006

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Given this long bout of cold weather, I have delayed on getting the cats lion-trimmed. But the elder did have a few knots in his fur, so I spent a 15 minute spell cutting them off (sharp scissors, and steady hands, no worries). As I was assembling the mess into one lump, Cat Jr showed great interest. So I rolled it to a ball and tossed it at him.

Well, Cat. Jr attacked the fur clump with fervor, swatting it all over, play-disemboweling it. It was a scene. I guess they rumbled earlier on...
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A quote from the New York Times:

"To increase output from the current 9 million barrels a day, to 10.5 million in 2030, Russia will need to invest $900 billion in oil field technology".

Let's turn on bc and see what it things, shall we?
athena% bc -l
bc 1.06
Copyright 1991-1994, 1997, 1998, 2000 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.
For details type `warranty'.
1.5 # An increase of 1.5 million barrels per day.
900000/1.5 # 900billion, er 900,000 million dollars divided by 1.5 million barrels per day.
600000.00000000000000000000 # 600,000 ($*day/barrel). $600K for every added barrel per day production.
365*70 # A barrel a day, at $70/barrel, over a year.
25550 # comes to $25.55K in revenue
600000./25550# 600,000 invested over money returned per year.

So it would take Russia 23 years to recoup their investment, if oil prices hold at $70. Is anyone seriously expecting them to take this bet? Think what kind of time frame Putin wants to see his investment pay off over. Think of what oil price would bring that about. Plan accordingly.
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My sympathies to the rest of you.
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Andy Tanenbaum has a complete Live CD OS with a microkernel. When the Slashdot effect recedes I'll check it out.


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