Somebody's obsessed with snow
12/09/2009 09:29:00 AM | Author: baloghblog

It finally arrived last night!
Anna 11 Months
10/22/2009 10:00:00 AM | Author: baloghblog
Let's get Old Old Fashioned
10/22/2009 09:55:00 AM | Author: baloghblog

Frightened Rabbit - Old Old Fashioned (Live @ (Le) Poisson Rouge) from Ray ConcepcioƱ on Vimeo.

I'll turn off the TV
It's killing us who never speak
There's a radio in the corner
It's dying to make a scene
So give me soft, soft static
With a human voice underneath
And we can both get old fashioned
Put the brakes on these fast, fast wheels
Oh let's get old fashioned
Back to how things used to be
If I get old, old fashioned
Would you get old, old fashioned with me?

Put the wall clock in the top drawer
Turn off the lights so we can see
We will waltz across the carpet
So give me the soft, soft static
Of the open fire and the shuffle of our feet
We can both get old fashioned
Do it like they did in '43
Oh let's get old fashioned
Back to how things used to be
If I get old, old fashioned
Would you get old, old fashioned with me?

So give me soft, soft static
We won't need no electricity
If we both get old fashioned
We won't have to rely on our memories
Oh let's get old fashioned
Back to how things used to be
If I get old, old fashioned
Would you get old, old fashioned with me?
Anna @ 9 months
8/30/2009 08:36:00 PM | Author: baloghblog

"Local" lunch
6/27/2009 02:06:00 PM | Author: baloghblog

Fresh peas, garlic scapes, local eggs - make a great fried rice!
Momma's Day
5/10/2009 11:07:00 AM | Author: baloghblog

Happy mother's day! From dada and the little lamb that made this day
a day to celebrate.
Help a student out? Please take my survey...
4/13/2009 12:45:00 PM | Author: baloghblog


I am conducting a survey for my Social Science Survey Methods class on participation in green energy programs offered through your utility. This survey is completely anonymous, and takes only a minute or two to complete.

Whether or not you participate in this type of program, I'd appreciate your help:

surveymonkeyClick Here to take survey
New Layout
4/10/2009 08:20:00 AM | Author: baloghblog
Playing around with a new template for baloghblog. Tell me what you think, or if you are having problems viewing anything.

And, since I haven't put up a pic of Anna recently:

Still waiting for that Gerber Baby or Carters contract...
A win-win for oil companies
4/10/2009 07:15:00 AM | Author: baloghblog
1) Stop investing in exploration and development now to save money when the price of oil is low.
2) Create increased shortages in oil production 3-5 years out.
3) Reap record profits as oil prices skyrocket.

Hmmm... this peak oil thing doesn't sound too bad for oil companies. (At least initially.)
It ain't all about peak oil...
3/29/2009 07:47:00 AM | Author: baloghblog

When oil prices spiked last summer to $147 a barrel, the biggest corporate casualty was oil pipeline giant Semgroup Holdings, a $14 billion (sales) private firm in Tulsa, Okla. It had racked up $2.4 billion in trading losses betting that oil prices would go down, including $290 million in accounts personally managed by then chief executive Thomas Kivisto. Its short positions amounted to the equivalent of 20% of the nation's crude oil inventories. With the credit crunch eliminating any hope of meeting a $500 million margin call, Semgroup filed for bankruptcy on July 22.

But now some of the people involved in cleaning up the financial mess are suggesting that Semgroup's collapse was more than just bad judgment and worse timing. There is evidence of a malevolent hand at work: oil price manipulation by traders orchestrating a short squeeze to push up the price of West Texas Intermediate crude to the point that it would generate fatal losses in Semgroup's accounts.


Meanwhile the futures markets had gotten wacky. On June 5, with no news catalysts, oil futures spiked $5 a barrel, the biggest one-day jump since the outbreak of the first Gulf war. The next day, on no news, the price jumped another $10 to $138. Traders say that in the days leading up to the $147 peak on July 12 there was the smell of blood in the water. "We just kept bidding the market higher," one trader says.

The level of "alleged" corruption by these "too big to fail" banks and Goldman Sachs (which seems to be a government sponsored enterprise) is staggering.  Even peak-oilers have to admit the price rise was not solely due to supply/demand issues. 

Story found and discussed here:
My first trip outside!
2/08/2009 01:41:00 PM | Author: baloghblog

I'm not so sure about this whole thing...

Yea! I love the fresh air, and what is this giant lamp? I love lamp.

Me and my Dad
Where solutions to our energy dilemma will come from...
2/05/2009 11:41:00 PM | Author: baloghblog
My new office:

It's temporary, but it is nice to have a place to get my work done. Now if I could just get my hands on a nice big grant...

Dr. Balogh does have a nice ring to it...

Sent from my iPhone
Anna/school update
2/05/2009 11:33:00 PM | Author: baloghblog
She's getting bigger each day. She's starting to make a lot of cooing

Today was the first day that she "found" her right hand. It
immediately went in her mouth. She loves her stuffed animal friends,
and her kicking-bopping gym (don't ask!)

She is such a blessing. We couldn't be happier.

School is going well. I've started work on my thesis. About ten months to go.

I'm looking forward to spring and getting outdoors. I can't wait for Anna to lounge in the green grass and check out the trees, the sky, and the great big world out there beyond our four walls.

FYI, we went with the g-diapers with the flushable inserts. So far, so good.