Jul 122010
 

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Colorful Old Oil Barrels
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Image by L.C.Nøttaasen
Colorful Old Oil Barrels
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1 Iran won’t benefit much from Venezuelan gasoline
worldfocus.org/blog/2009/09/09/iran-wont-benefit-much-fro…
2 Iran won’t benefit much from Venezuelan gasoline
www.heralddeparis.com/iran-won%e2%80%99t-benefit-much-fro…
3 Oil’s Part in the Financial Crisis
www.rff.org/wv/archive/2009/10/20/oils-part-in-the-financ…
4 Tuesday’s Reads
www.rff.org/wv/archive/2009/11/10/tuesdays-reads-17.aspx
5 Interior Secretary Tells Big Oil – Public Lands are Not Your Candy Store
twilightearth.com/energy/oil/interior-secretary-tells-big…
6 Want to Promote Oil and Gas Use? Hire an Environmentalist — Like Big Oil Did
industry.bnet.com/energy/10003292/want-a-powerful-pro-oil…
7 Big Oil Wreaks Havoc in the Amazon, But Communities Are Fighting Back
www.alternet.org/world/145968/big_oil_wreaks_havoc_in_the…
8 Why Oil Prices Will Only Go Up, Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller, by Jeff Rubin
internationaltradecommodities.suite101.com/article.cfm/wh…
9 Another Good Reason to Cut Oil Use
motherjones.com/blue-marble/2010/04/another-good-reason-c…
10 A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash
documentaryfilms.suite101.com/article.cfm/a-crude-awakeni…
11 Why Peru’s Rainforest Is About to Be Decimated While Across the Border Celebrities Rally to Save Ecuador’s Rainforest
www.alternet.org/world/146764/why_peru’s_rainforest_is_ab…
12 Report Feature: Oil Sands Media Monitor
portalfornorthamerica.org/spotlight/2010/05/report-featur…
13 A Thousand Barrels a Second, by Peter Tertzakian
sciencetechbooks.suite101.com/article.cfm/a-thousand-barr…
14 Why Peru’s Rainforest Is About to Be Decimated While Across the Border Celebrities Rally to Save Ecuador’s Rainforest
btragert.blogspot.com/2010/05/why-perus-rainforest-is-abo…
15 blog.hmns.org/?p=6761
16 EIA Annual Energy Outlook: Where, Exactly, is the Oil Coming From?
www.rff.org/wv/archive/2010/06/02/eia-annual-energy-outlo…
17 The Road To Hell In Defense Procurement Reform Is Paved With Good Intentions
industry.bnet.com/government/10006377/road-to-hell-in-def…
18 So Much for Market Mechanisms
www.progressivefix.com/so-much-for-market-mechanisms
19 Crude Oil, Contango and Roll Yield for Commodity Trading
www.automated-trading-system.com/crude-oil-contango-and-r…
20 Deepwater
ourdhstreets.blogspot.com/2010/05/deepwater.html
21 Oil prices continue declines
envirotell.com/oilnews/580-oil-prices-continue-declines
22 North Sea still has oil to yield
solarpanelquoter.blogspot.com/2010/07/north-sea-still-has…
23 Olie expert overleden na kritische interviews
www.argusoog.org/2010/08/olie-expert-overleden-na-kritisc…
24 Check out these commodities trading images:
commoditiestradingblog.com/2010/08/colorful-old-oil-barrels/
25 Crude oil trading
www.selkblog.com/crude-oil-trading-2/
26 Oil Sands Project Coming To Utah
outside-blog.away.com/blog/2010/09/oil-sands-project-comi…
27 U.S. Military Must End Oil Dependence Within 30 Years, Report Says
blog.cleantechies.com/2010/09/29/u-s-military-must-end-oi…
28 Die Entwicklung des Ölpreises in den letzten zehn Jahren
forex-aktuell.de/die-entwicklung-des-oelpreises-in-den-le…
29 A Few of the Substantial Benefits of Automated Forex Day Trading
forextrading-systems.org/automated-forex/a-few-of-the-sub…
30 Forex Expert Advisor Forum – Forex Expert Advisors That Work
homecareersystem.com/tag/work
31 Forex Market Charts – The Importance of Studying a Forex Chart
www.for-investor.com/forex-market-charts-the-importance-o…
32 Suffle effect
wonderfl.net/c/e0ik
33 Biotechnology Helps Clean Oil
www.biotech-weblog.com/39444424/biotechnology_helps_clean…
34 Potential Drawbacks On Oil ETF
www.etf-weblog.com/35666489/potential_drawbacks_on_oil_et…
35 Le pic pétrolier ? qu’est ce que c’est ?
www.rfi.fr/emission/20101219-1-le-pic-petrolier-est-depas…
36 Automated Forex Trading: The Easy Way To Make Money With Currency Trading?
www.robotstradingtheforex.com/automated-forex-trading/aut…
37 What should we do about Iran’s nuclear issue?
iranians.tk/iranian/what-should-we-do-about-irans-nuclear…
38 Is an alliance of Russia, China, Venezuela, Iran, Cuba too strong for the US to defeat?
iranians.tk/iranian/is-an-alliance-of-russia-china-venezu…
39 1 – Le pic pétrolier ? qu’est ce que c’est ?
www.rfi.fr/emission/20101219-1-le-pic-petrolier-est-depas…
40 Crude Calculation – The Continued Lack of Transparency Over Oil in Sudan
sustainablesecurity.org/resources/crude-calculation-conti…
41 Gasoline prices are rising
www.publiccitizenenergy.org/tag/gasoline-prices/
42 Scottsdale Artificial Grass – The Benefits of Artificial Grass
www.frugalfanny.ca/tag/scottsdale/
43 Russia Wants Gas From 3rd EU Package
www.azglasuvamzaevropa.eu/25338561/russia_wants_gas_from_…
44 Gas mileage conversion chart: Canada & USA
www.cgwerks.com/steveblog/2011/02/01/gas-mileage-conversi…
45 As oil prices rises..
www.energyvox.org/2011/01/04/as-oil-prices-rise-beware-fa…
46 Why Crude Prices Haven’t Spiked Over “Peak Oil” Concerns in Saudi Arabia
www.bnet.com/blog/clean-energy/why-crude-prices-haven-821…
47 Forte hausse du pétrole à Wall Street face à la situation en Lybie
www.france-amerique.com/articles/2011/02/22/forte_hausse_…
48 Farewell, #6! (Hello, Bioheating Fuel)
blog.urbangreencouncil.org/2011/02/farewell-6-hello-biohe…
49 Pétrole cher : qui va régler la douloureuse ?
www.terra-economica.info/Petrole-cher-qui-va-regler-la,16…
50 Airline profits hit by high oil prices, rise in fares possible
www.gadling.com/2011/03/02/airline-profits-hit-by-high-oi…
51 Oil Prices Top 6 Per Barrel
inhabitat.com/oil-prices-top-106-per-barrel-as-crisis-fla…
52 Social Media for Oil and Gas Companies
www.sbkelsick.com/2011/03/01/quickinar-social-media-for-o…
53 Spiraling Oil Prices Will Raise Airfares Further
www.wandalust.com/47696650/spiraling_oil_prices_will_rais…
54 Hello, Washington: Anyone There?
www.thehavananote.com/2011/04/hello_washington_anyone_the…
55 Will it take eight years to find out the role the oil companies played in the war in libya
fdlaction.firedoglake.com/2011/04/20/will-it-also-take-ei…
56 High Gas Prices Expected
calgaryrealestate.ca/2011/05/high-gas-prices-expected/
57 Saudi Prince Worries We Might Find Alternatives to Oil
www.treehugger.com/files/2011/05/saudi-prince-worries-we-…
58 18 Mrd. Dollar für iranische Öl- und Gasförderung
www.iran-plus.de/news/18-mrd-dollar-fur-iranische-ol-und-…
59 Unseemly Scrabble for Libya’s Post-Gaddafi Oil Assets Underway
www.distressedvolatility.com/2011/09/unseemly-scrabble-fo…
60 BP And the Deepwater Horizon Disaster-US Federal Report
www.trcbnews.com/bp-and-the-deepwater-horizon-disaster-us…
61 Politically speaking, can all parties agree that we need to…?
bestalternativeenergysource.com/politically-speaking-can-…
62 How China Has Benefited From America’s Hostility to Iran
www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/how_china_has_benefi…

STOP, Flowers! (115)
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Image by frank3.0
This would be the point when I would normally lead off with an anecdote (preferably featuring my mother) then try to work back around into an allusion to the "stop and smell the flowers" cliche without coming right out and saying it. But, I have had a busy day and my typing fingers are tired.

Instead I’ll just recommend reacquainting yourself with an old childhood friend, The Story of Ferdinand. It is a tale of a Spanish bull, bred for the fighting ring, who just wants to sit in a meadow all day and smell the flowers. Munro Leaf wrote this boyhood favorite of mine as an allegory about the Spanish Civil War. Walt Disney made an animated short out of it. Like all great allegories—Animal Farm, Aesop’s Fables, Gulliver’s Travels it reminds us of some basic truths without being polemical. She is a little too young for it, but I gave Quinn a copy of The Story of Ferdinand as an only slightly late Easter present.

Years from now, I hope she remembers the core message of the book, that life is not spelled out for us by anyone but ourselves and that if a bull wants to lay in the grass all day then that is a perfectly good thing for it to do with its time. All the geopolitical talk and action of the last few days has made me more contemplative than usual. I don’t pretend to have any answers and I don’t think that Munro Leaf did either; he was just saying that things don’t have to be this way.

For her sake and for everyone else’s I hope we all take a little time to do some soul searching and… yes, I am going to do it… stop and smell the flowers.

Oh, and I really like the spider’s web too.

Check out more at my blog, Lemons and Beans, for lots of photos, recipes, travel writing and other ramblings. I appreciate any feedback but, please do not post graphic awards or invitations in the comments, I’m just not crazy about them.

Zen Peaceful Iceland at Dusk
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Zen Great workshop weekend! Here is Silver Efex Pro
We had a great one – thanks everyone for coming! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. I got a real kick out of seeing people’s results from the night before. People went home and tried all of this stuff for real and got some stunning results. On Twitter, check the the has #HDRWorkshop for a few samples. Thanks again for all the enthusiasm when you come to the classes – that is really nice of y’all.

Towards the end of the workshop yesterday, I showed off Silver Efex Pro. I like how this turned out! You can see more in my Nik Review here on the site! Below is one of the shots that I whipped up towards the end of the workshop to show off how cool (literally) Silver Efex Pro is!


Daily Photo – Zen Peaceful Iceland at Dusk
The soft magnetic blue of dusk lasts a good hour or more in Iceland. It’s a nice time to relax into your right brain, move around freely, and take photos until you collapse in exhaustion.

In Reykjavik, there is a lake that freezes solid, or, at least, it appeared to be solid, every winter. I started walking slowly across really give it a test. Why not? During my scoot-fest, I found this wonderful little bridge.

I’m thinking of going to Iceland this year for the summer solstice (that day when it is 24 hours of sunlight)… sounds awesome! I can’t imagine a 5 hour sunset followed IMMEDIATELY by a 5 hour sunrise!!