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1 Forty years ago Wiscasset ME

Forty years ago when Grapevine Auto and Tire went up for sale, an out of towner bought the business. XXX told the relator that she liked the location over on RTE 1 near the Ford dealer. She cleared everything out, paved the property and opened a showroom for that electric carbon fiber SUV, the Carbonado X/C.

Most people were skeptical of a "one model" dealership that didn't take trade ins, but they had an articulation agreement with the Carmax in Damariscotta so it all worked out. And at the time this was the only Carbonado dealer in New England so if you wanted to test drive one, this might be your best bet.

The business started slow, but it continued to grow and as they expanded into all things carbon fiber, body repair, they even started building small boats. It wasn't long till a carbon fiber fencing dealer opened up shop and everyone dreamed of a boat yard, a real live boat yard producing 15M yachts or even larger. It would happen, but that was on down the road.

Carbon King

So what happened? How did you become the king of carbon anyway? They had lab created diamonds since forever, what drove you?

Adrian smiled, waited his trademarked pause before answering and said, "I never wanted to be a farmer or rancher, but had to spend one summer on my father's ranch. Temp wise it was near an inhab zone, but there was a lot of water on the property and by keeping the animals in the shade, he was able to operate and needless to say we had plenty of land.

How much land are we talking about?

At that point it was about a 1M hectares, much of it was purchased by paying the tax due and any cleanup after those ranches had failed. Some of it was disputed by first nation daddy mostly stayed clear of that and as it hot hotter, the interest diminished.

Anyway, cattle ranching was still marginably profitable with tropical breeds if there was enough water and I spent the summer on a fencing team. One of the observations that I had was the terrible condition of the fen…

1 Material Science - Higher Education - Gang of seven

Many historians point to the second decade of the 21st century as the tipping point for the general decline of higher education. Institutions of learning were often viewed with suspicion. Graduates, lacking useful skills, could not find employment. A sizable minority matriculated with student loans that simply could not be repaid. Schools that had counted on the loyalty of alumni found it was largely missing. And of course with the great debt shakeout there was little government money to be had by anyone, for anything.

Some of the most well known of the techno-wealthy genre had either dropped out of college, or never bothered to attend. However, the large, successful, companies they formed needed educated employees. As colleges began to fail, succumbing to insolvency, inability to maintain accreditation, or just lack of interest, these billionaires slowly and carefully began to invest in education. Sometimes it was a school of their own, often based on a new learning concept; many of …

An apartment in Nuovo di Bagnoregio

XXX wasn't ready to get up yet, still woozy rested, it was another hour till sunrise; why hurry.  However, he needed to pee so he swung his legs over the side of the bunk. He had scored one of the outside apartments at Bagno, window and all. The windows came with strings attached, they were used to help vent the buildings in the complex. This time of year, the outside air was a consistent 15.5, a natural cool and a hedge against the 26 to 30 at the peak of the day.

By 4 AM it was cool enough in the apartment that XXX really appreciated the two soft fleece queen sized blankets topped with his forrest issue bedroll.  He made short work of the trip to the john being careful not to turn on any more of his brain than necessary; sleep was a luxury he didn't get to enjoy often.

The blankets were still warm when he crawled into his soft real bed. Gone, nothing more until his phone summoned him with the familiar strain of Angelito by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. Joanne, his somet…

Cyanobacteria - lakes

Health officials identified cyanobacteria as Aphanocapsa, Anabaena and Woronichinia. The heaviest blooms were found close to the shorelines. Cyanobacteria are not rare, but excess phosphorus is available to the water leads to blooms and surface scums. Places in New Hampshire that have got contaminated with cyanobacteria this summer include Long Pond in Pelham and Elm Brook Park Beach in Hopkinton. A person exposed to cyanobacteria can experience a range of health problems from skin irritation to liver damage.

2 University Enviornmental Studies Professor Johan Muire

The problem with environmental studies academics is they want to meet outside so much of the time. Peter could barely concentrate, the black flies kept landing on him randomly taking a bite. XXX did not look concerned, why weren't they landing on him?

Well, in one sense he would make a good addition to the team, John even has a teaching certificate with his Masters before getting his Dr. of Philosophy in Enviornmental Studies from Antioch. However, he is adamant about being one of those outdoor classroom people, he will not teach a class inside.

Do we know anything about him? My son took his Geomorphology class last summer, they traveled all over the continent in six weeks. Jason reports he can teach and knows his stuff.

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With a quick knock, John entered boreal forest outpost seven. XXX noticed that he was wearing a leather vest instead of the normal ranger fiber. "That must add at least ten pounds to his footprint", he thought. He also noted the vest, and presumabl…

Guns vs. Butter - Building the weapons of the Citian Marines

Wispy grey hair blowing in the wind, JB looked over the battlefield. Citia had not been ready, they were partly lucky, partly saved by the lack of infrastructure to get to their city. The XXX had not been able to mount a coordinated attack with no roads for their mobile calvary. Still, victory, salvation, luck, whatever you want to call it and believe in rested on the bravery of a few individuals that charged the attack, took over the weapons and began what would prove to be a rebuff. But they could not count of this again.

"We are counting on you JB, you have 30 years weapons engineering experience. Now you have a nation state that is home to your children; a cause. Help us now. We need a military capability."

JB considered his words carefully. He knew if he accepted the job, the post, the mission, he would have oversight over some of the details, but not the broad brushes of strategy. "My experience, as you call it was working for the United States while it was still …