Hitler was just misunderstood

I’m watching “The Third Reich” on the History Channel.  The whole Nazi story and World War Two is very interesting though it’s a shame that is all told from one side.

Hitler’s plan was misunderstood.  All he wanted was a unified planet of high quality people living together in peace and happiness.  Who wouldn’t want that? Can you imagine what a wonderful world that would be?


Can I use E85 in my Prius?

It’s the age-old question.  Can I use E85 fuel in my Prius?  Those of us who bought a hybrid did it for multiple reasons.

1. Save Money by buying less gas.
2. Save The Earth by using less gas.
3. Be Smug.

I don’t pretend not to be smug and neither should you.  It IS after all the right thing to do.

Now if you’ve gone this far to use less gas why shouldn’t you go 85% more and use Ethanol?  Would you not think the Prius should be a greener vehicle by being Flex-Fuel compatible?  I certainly would.  You can never be TOO green.  Unfortunately Toyota has decided NOT to be flex-fuel at this point and I think I understand why:

I own a 2008 Prius and drive it gently because it is fun.  There is a real-time fuel consumption display and an average consumption meter.  The more gently you accelerate and the longer you brake the more electric power you use instead of gas.  I average about 54 miles per gallon and you WISH you got that in your SUV don’t you?

Since using less gas is a good thing I decided to put half a tank of E85 in my car whether it is approved or not.  I enjoy scientific experimentation so I sometimes throw caution to the wind.  When my tank reached the halfway point I pulled in to a nearby station and filled it up to full with E85 which was selling for $3.08 compared to $3.75 for regular.  It took about 5 gallons since the Prius has a 10 gallon tank.  I estimate that since regular gas is already 10% ethanol, five gallons of 85% ethanol should give me a whole tank rated at about 47% ethanol.  And yes, you can use higher percentages of ethanol in a regular engine safely if it is a relatively new car.

The “catch” with using E85 is that there is less energy in a gallon of ethanol compared to a gallon of gasoline.  I found this hard to comprehend with normal thinking and really didn’t believe it.  Of course, it’s the human way to not believe facts until we have experienced them first hand.

Now the real-world results:
The engine ran perfectly normally.  I did not notice any less power nor did I get any warning lights.  Right away I DID notice that the real-time MPG readout seemed a bit lower than normal.  It was too soon to be sure anyway.  After a few days of driving on 47% ethanol I found that it was very difficult to get my average MPG to read over 50.   I reset it a few times trying different conditions.  After about a week and half of driving I was back down to half a tank.  My gauge read my average of 49 MPG.  That pretty much sums it up.

In conclusion, you CAN use some E85 in your tank but you will actually reduce your mileage a bit.

 10 Gallons of Gasoline  540 Miles  $37.50 Full Tank  6.28 cents per mile
 5 Gallons Gasoline & 5 Gallons Ethanol  490 Miles  $34.15 Full Tank  6.96 cents per mile
 Difference  50 Miles  $ 3.35  Savings per tank  0.68 less cents per mile

Saving 7 tenths of a cent per mile doesn’t matter so much.  It would take a LOT of miles to be a significant savings.  I don’t know the facts on whether there will be any long-term damage but I doubt it since engine parts are already made to withstand 10% ethanol.  Still, for the tiny diference in cost, it’s not worth the risk.  I guess you just can’t get around basic physics no matter how hard you wish.

So the reason hybrids do not use E85 is so that the mileage numbers will be maximized.

You could ALSO look at it the other way:  It’s only costing you .68 cents more per mile to pollute the world a little less.  That’s not such a bad thing.  If we could only get some reliable confirmation about whether or not there will be any damge done to the fuel system.  I might pay the extra just to save the planet a little.

I sure hope the car companies can improve engine technology to be able to get more from less.   I personally would like to see less powerful vehicles with smaller engines.  You really don’t need that much power no matter how brainwashed you are.

I’m glad to see that hybrids and electric vehicles are starting to catch on.  Let’s hope that gas prices stay high so the world will change for the better.


Why do people like Lentil Soup?

Once upon a time I was standing in the soup section at the grocery store pondering the multitudes of soup cans.  An older man came up and said he was looking for Lentil Soup.  I was intrigued because I had never heard of a lentil before.  He found the can he was looking for and I asked him if it was good?  Kind of a stupid question, yes.  He said it was the BEST!  I went ahead and picked up one of the same cans he just walked away with.

I was excited when I got it home and opened it up right away.  It looked good.  I imagined a lentil was more of an onion but it seems to be a bean.  After warming it up and tasting it, I promptly threw it down the garbage disposal.

I looked up Lentil Soup on the internet and found all sorts of pages with recipes and testimonials about how good it is.  I’m not sure I understand what the story is here.  How can people like such a vile soup?


Dreamblog – Question – Do you recognize the people in your dreams?

Do you recognize the people in your dreams?  I often know for sure that I know them but more often I know they are strangers.  Even though I do not often look directly at people in real life to the point where I could not tell you what color shirt they were wearing or even pick them out of a lineup, I still recognize them if I know them.

Lately, I’ve noticed that my dreams contain total strangers.  I can almost describe them in great detail and tell you for sure that I have never met them.  I think it is quite interesting.  Maybe that since I am surrounded by total strangers most of my waking hours I still see them in my dreams.

How about you?  Do you always know your dream people?

My Awesomeness is Difficult to Comprehend

This is a subject that I have difficulty comprehending myself.  When you are hidden amongst the 7 Billion other inhabitants of this plant, how do you express your awesomeness to the right people to advance yourself?  Now the majority of the population are mundane but there is much awesomeness out there.

Some people who are outgoing may be able to hit it big by showing their awesomeness.  Others, like me, are introverted but highly awesome.  I can do anything I put my mind to and sometimes have but it so often goes unnoticed by the right people.  Natural awesomeness is special and should be appreciated.  A small part of my awesome is appreciated but I have so much more to give under the surface.  I can be part of something big if someone will give me the opportunity.  As a natural-born engineer I could be great!  I should have completed my engineering studies but I feel it would have been wasted anyway.  If anyone wants someone who’s really special, I’ll work for free for a few months and you can decide whether I’m telling the truth or not.

This ramble is not quite what I wanted to say.  It is hard to put my thoughts on this subject into human words.  Maybe you get the idea.   I’ll try again another time.