Thursday, December 18, 2014


“Responsibility is a unique concept... You may share it with others, but your portion is not diminished. You may delegate it, but it is still with you... If responsibility is rightfully yours, no evasion, or ignorance or passing the blame can shift the burden to someone else. Unless you can point your finger at the man who is responsible when something goes wrong, then you have never had anyone really responsible.”
― Hyman G. Rickover

Frank Glaviano Quote

"As leaders we should never be too impressed with ourselves.  Hopefully we do take pride in our work and can maintain our self-esteem, but if taken too far we risk two failures.  The first is, we stop learning.  When we get too high on ourselves we lose track of just how much more there is to learn.  The second failing is to forget about the people we lead.  Leadership is a privilege, and the concept of a 'servant leader' is the most noble form of leadership.  If our pride gets ahead of us and our noses in the air, we can forget about the people who do real work, who we are privileged to lead, and actually think we ourselves are important.  It's all about the people." - Frank Glaviano, Sr.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Breakeven Price for Every Drilling Project

Note that the latest quote on Brent Crude I can find is $70.15/bbl.  

Breakeven price chart:

A few quick notes:
* The most robust, from an economics perspective, include projects in Iraq (Rumaila, Majnoon) and Russia.
* Many Gulf of Mexico projects fall under the middle end of the spectrum.
* Many LNG projects (like Prelude) fall on the middle-to-upper-end of the spectrum.
* Point Thompson (Alaska) is one of the most expensive projects.  Point Thompson has major implications for the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline System's future.
* It's no surprise Kashagan is the most expensive oil.  It's not for nothing it's named "CASH ALL GONE"

Friday, November 21, 2014


FiFi, of the Commemorative Air Force, is the only flightworthy B-29 in the world.

Bock's Car (which dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki) is preserved at the Air Force Museum in Dayton Ohio and the Enola Gay (Hiroshima) is preserved in DC, but none except FiFi are flightworthy.

Photo taken at Lakefront Airport.

Meyer the Hatter

Get Felt.

Tulane Stadium

Pretty stadium. Yulman Stadium is a terrible name, though.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wave Flume

I've been playing around in the lab a lot this semester.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The 4th Law of Thermodynamics

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Hello World

7 lbs., 20.5".  Hey Marie!

CSB Video on the Macondo Blowout

The CSB has shed some new light to the subject.  The report is a very interesting read.

I still don't buy that the CSB thesis on the BOP failure (buckling via effective compression with an operable Deadman) is more plausible than the one suggested by the USCG (no working Deadman, pipe string buckling via rig drift off, BSR activation most likely by the ROV intervention), but it is plausible and there is some data to support the CSB version.  Both are completely plausible and it's mostly a judgement call on which is the more likely culprit (something not at all unusual, given the paucity of hard data).

Overall, there isn't much new that would effect BP, Transocean, etc. (although Transocean's maintenance people look like a bunch of Bubba's that don't know what end of a wrench to turn), but it raises some serious questions about BOP design that the industry at large needs to answer.