Drift Compatible Podcast 2-18-21

The weather got Alex this week, she lost power this afternoon and it didn’t come back until late in the evening, so BC and TMI3rd are back with their own unique brand of yelling and cursing.

This week they discuss the weather, energy supplies, Ted Cruz and Cancun, Rush Limbaugh as a person, a personality, and an influencer, and the general state of media consumption today and where it’s headed.

Enjoy! Wear headphones!

4 thoughts on “Drift Compatible Podcast 2-18-21

  1. When Alex gets back I’d be interested to hear what her current thoughts on Cyberpunk have been I know it’s been a mess on last gen consoles but I’m assuming she played it on her gaming PC. Worthwhile? Finish it? Replay with a different origin?

  2. Hey. I’m a week behind (again). On the subject of journalism: in my experience, hard work, going the extra mile is not rewarded. In fact, doing the absolute minimum (just pull the wire and read verbatim) seems to pay off more. I lasted all of 18 months and decided LearningToCode was a heck of a lot more fun.

    Agree with Mr 3rd: Noon-3 is more likely to end up going back to local, although EIB is still going to broadcast (contractual obligation?) for the near term. This is all similar to, but on a greater scale, following the untimely passing of Andrew Breitbart.

  3. A couple of observations. First, the WattsUpWithThat analysis says that the reason that the wasn’t there was that there was no wind, not that there was ice on the wind turbine blades. I also heard that the photo of a helicopter was from some marketing material for the sprayer or some such.

    Part of the problem is that many of the gas pipeline pumping stations have been converted from methane-fueled diesel to electric and they got their power shut off because ERCOT (Three Lies in One!) had utterly failed to plan for the eventuality and therefore prioritize providing power to the needs of the power generating systems. The emphasis on gas for power is an artifact of the emphasis given to “renewables” because you can’t just ramp coal or nuclear up and down in capability, but with gas it’s easier.

    There is sufficient blame to go around, but it’s not because Texas is too cheap to pay for reliable power. I suppose you could say it’s because Texas is too cheap to pay for reliable RENEWABLE power, but a lot of the emphasis on renewables comes from the perverse incentives given to promote renewables.

    I also point out that the other question about preparing for disasters is deciding just exactly what the most extreme conditions you’re going to prepare for. I mean, it snows in Houston every five or ten years, with ice about that often. It screws things up for a day or two, and that’s it. That Sunday it was snowing in Galveston. It was snowing in Brownsville. The cold air mass extended well down into Mexico. I would never have expected that to happen. Is the limit this time the ultimate limit? How do you know? Support you answer. Show your work.

    I came through this convinced that I could last a couple of days without heat like I’ve lasted a couple of days without air conditioning. It’s not fun, but I can do it. I need to do a better job of keeping shelf-stable food around, but one thing at a time.

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