Adventures With the Always Hungry
Mary Bryce can flat write. Yeah, she's my daughter, and yeah, I'm biased. So sue me. She's my daughter and she loves, loves, loves, food. In the immortal words of George W. Bush, she can "make the pie higher."
R-Squared Energy Blog
Robert Rapier writes one of the best blogs on energy. Sharp writing. Informative.
Geoffrey Styles is another excellent blogger. I read Energy Outlook and R-Squared almost every day.
Tech-Pundit by Mark Mills
Mills writes a column for Forbes on energy related issues. He co-wrote (with Peter Huber) "The Bottomless Well," an outstanding and provocative book about energy.
Smil, a distinguished professor of geography at the University of Manitoba, has been writing about energy for more than 30 years. His many books on energy are among the best.
Like Smil, Ausubel is among the world's sharpest thinkers about energy and the environment. His work on energy and power fundamentally changed how I approach those topics. Many of his articles can be found here
Energy Information Administration
The EIA has comprehensive data on all aspects of the energy sector.
Who writes, fights.
Criticism is something you can easily avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing. -- Aristotle
Do or do not. There is no try.
Sniff each verb for its lettucelike crispness and freshness.
-- Reid Buckley
Enjoy every sandwich.
-- Warren Zevon
What are the facts? Again and again and again, what are the facts? Shun wishful thinking, ignore divine revelation, forget what "the stars foretell," avoid opinion, care not what the neighbors think, never mind the unguessable "verdict of history." What are the facts, and to how many decimal places? You pilot always into an unknown future; facts are your single clue. Get the facts!
-- Robert Heinlein
He who refuses to do arithmetic is doomed to talk nonsense.
–- John McCarthy
Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it.
-- William Durant
Truth must be sought for its own sake, its holy, divine greatness.
-- Romano Guardini
It is better to die standing than to live a century on your knees.
-- Emiliano Zapata
He writes the worst English that I have ever encountered. It reminds me of a string of wet sponges; it reminds me of tattered washing on the line; it reminds me of stale bean soup, of college yells, of dogs barking idiotically through endless nights. It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it. It drags itself out of the dark abysm of pish, and crawls insanely up the topmost pinnacle of posh. It is rumble and bumble. It is flap and doodle. It is balder and dash.
-- H.L. Mencken on U.S. President Warren G. Harding
There is always a well-known solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong.
-- H.L. Mencken
This is the literary equivalent of waterboarding.
-- Christopher Buckley on Anne Rice's memoir
Write for a friend with a warm sense of humor and an appreciation of simple straightforwardness. Write as if you were actually talking to that friend, but talking with enough leisure to frame your thoughts concisely and interestingly.
-- John Trimble
A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
-- James Madison, from a letter to W.T. Barry, August 4, 1822
Objectivity? I always have an objective.
-- Jessica Mitford
You may not be able to change the world, but at least you can embarass the guilty.
-- Jessica Mitford
The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter -- it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.
-- Mark Twain, Letter to George Bainton, 10/15/1888
The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.
-- Mark Twain
Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.
-- Mark Twain
There are three things which are real: God, human folly and laughter. The first two are beyond our comprehension, so we must do what we can with the third.
-- Indian epic poem Ramayana
Persistence + determination = courage
-- Sir Harry Evans
I missed 100% of the shots I never took.
-- Wayne Gretzky
Fortunately, perseverance is a great substitute for talent.
-- Steve Martin
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
Two things can happen to a journalist. You’ll either become a drunken wastrel or you will remain a journalist. And I’m not sure which is worse.
-- JP Morgan
Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.
-- Denis Diderot
Anything that doesn't take years of your life and drive you to suicide hardly seems worth doing.
-- Cormac McCarthy
It is better to weep with wise men than to laugh with fools.
-- Spanish Proverb
Surround youngsters with so many books that they stumble over them.
-- Robert Frost
Remember that writing is translation and the opus to be translated is yourself.
-- E.B. White
Neil O Murphy Bicycle Company
The best in fixed-gear and single-speed bikes from Tulsa cycling visionary, Bryan "Nomco" Shahan.
Bees and Beekeeping
Dadant has been in the beekeeping industry for 145 years. Their catalog is among the best.
There is no category that fits, my pal, Thomas, America's best spider photographer. He's also a musician, artist, and raconteur. Check it out: www.thomasshahan.com
Baker Boat Works
Baker sells plans for the Westport Sharpie, my favorite sprit rig.
www.d-n-i.net Defense and the National Interest, run by Chet Richards, has provocative, informed discussions about the decline of the American military and the changing nature of warfare. Writers include Bill Lind, Richards, and Chuck Spinney. Timely, important, stuff.
globalguerrillas Global Guerillas, written by John Robb, has some great analysis on the changing nature of war and what Robb calls "open-source" warfare.
Other Interesting Sites
Doonesbury.com Go here for your daily dose of B.D., Zonker, and of course, Tulsa native Michael Doonesbury.
MonsterBigBand.com The best big band in Austin, TX. These guys are amazing. Count Basie would be proud.
www.chron.com/enron The Houston Chronicle's website has an up-to-date list of the Enron miscreants, their trial dates and sentences. This site has all of the paper's stories on Enron, sorted by month. Access is free. It also has many of the important background documents.