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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Senator Harry Reid announces first hybrid power plant


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Sen. Harry Reid speaks during a press conference announcing the first-ever hybrid geothermal-solar power plant during the National Clean Energy Summit Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, at the Aria Convention Center.


The plant, which will be situated at the existing Stillwater Geothermal Plant about 75 miles outside of Reno, will generate an additional 24 megawatts of power and create about 150 installation jobs, according to Enel Green Power North America President Francesco Venturini.
Sen. Harry Reid kicked off the fourth annual clean energy conference today by announcing the inauguration of the first-ever hybrid geothermal and solar plant, combining two of Nevada’s homegrown forms of renewable energy in a single power-generating project.



Blues Brothers, the TV show?


From Variety.com

Jake and Elwood Blues are on a new mission: finding a place in primetime.

A new incarnation of the iconic Blues Brothers, the duo made famous by John Belushi and Dan Aykroydin the late 1970s, is about to be pitched to studios and networks in the form of a new TV series.

Current TV rights have long been owned by Aykroyd and Judy Belushi -- John's ex-wife -- while Universal owns the film rights. Belushi and former "Saturday Night Live" writer Anne Beatts, along with Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty, have penned a pilot.

Script has the pair out of jail and Elwood, who was raised in an orphanage, looking for his real dad. Casting has yet to be determined.

Beatts, Belushi and Eric Gardner of Panacea Entertainment would exec produce. Aykroyd will participate in the project as the voice of Jake and Elwood's parole officer.

The Blues Brothers debuted in 1978 on a "Saturday Night Live" episode hosted by Steve Martin. The popularity of Belushi and Aykroyd's characters quickly took off and soon the pair went on to form a band that toured the country. A bigscreen pic, 1980's "The Blues Brothers," directed by John Landis, grossed more than $100 worldwide.

After Belushi died in 1982, Aykroyd kept the spirit of the Blues Brothers alive. He was an investor in the nationwide House of Blues venues and often toured and sang with John's brother, Jim Belushi, as the Blues Brothers. Also, a movie sequel, "Blues Brothers 2000," was released in 1998.

"I think these are great American characters," Judy Belushi told Variety. "We want to keep them alive. We chose to introduce them as new characters but do it in an way that they have some history, have some life behind them."

Added Beatts: "We're not trying to replicate Dan and John, but Jake and Elwood."

If the pilot goes to series, each episode would include a musical number, presumably featuring a new Blues Brothers band.

"It would be 'Route 66' meets 'Glee,' and it all goes to hell in a handbasket," Beatts said.

Gardner is hoping that, in addition to a TV series, there would also be branding opportunities for some of the Blue Brothers merchandise, including the Bluesmobile.

From Variety.com

"I quit!" over parking hassles.


Professor Abandons His Eternal Search for a Parking Space

August 30, 2011, 2:42 pm
Danford W. Middlemiss is done looking for parking at Canada’s Dalhousie University.
After waiting in line for more than an hour on Monday to purchase a parking pass — only to learn that all the passes had been sold and that he would have to return the next day — the political-science professor pulled the plug on his career of 31 years, according to an article on the CBC News Web site.
“I went straight upstairs, I said, ‘I’m not kidding this time, I don’t have to put up with this. I’m resigning,’” Mr. Middlemiss said.
So, how’s the parking on your campus? 

First Day of Class at CSN...Fall, 2011

For my Com 101 students:

1. Most of the lecture and reading is in the first few weeks, with 90% done before the midterm.

2. Most of the class time over the term will be you speaking, in front of the class, in discussion, and in review.

3. Grading is cumulative, with most of the points falling after the midterm, to give you the opportunity to learn, make mistakes, study the text and be prepared for when the points start flowing.

4. Most common historical grade is a A, but it must be earned, followed by B. Students do earn C's and lower.

5. Use the resources at the college...Communication lab, Writing Center, Tutors and of course talk to me.

6. Read and learn the text. Also pay attention, understand and apply lecture and the critique of others.

7. Communication is the most valuable skill in todays work force, in being a good citizen and in life.

8. Almost everyone is afraid of speaking in public, to some extent or another.

9.Stick it out and you will find you will use the things you learn in this class.