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.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014

Satellite monitoring of ocean waves

Monitoring Ocean Waves From Space, from Wired.
This is what doing all those Fourier Transforms can get you.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Sunday, May 11, 2014


God bless whoever taught Edwin Edwards how to use Twitter.

Dumbo Octopus

The Dumbo Octopus, captured by NOAA's Okeanos mission in the Gulf of Mexico.  Towards the end, it also makes its arms into corkscrews.  Why?  We have absolutely no idea because, before a month ago, nobody had ever seen them do that.  They also studied Asphalt Volcanoes and Chemosynthetic Bacteria feeding on seeps on the same mission.

Octopi are pretty smart.  This one unscrews the lid of the jar from the inside to escape:

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Louisiana Oil Production

A couple charts I put together.  Note that all numbers are "C+C" (crude + condensate).  Also, today, oil closed at $100.28/barrel (WTI / NYMEX).

Fig.1- Land-based oil production in Louisiana (1945-2013).  Source.  
Cumulative Production: 12,060,534,213 Barrels
Value at today's price: $1,209,430,370,879.64  

Fig.2- Coastal Oil Production (1956-2013). Source.  
Cumulative Production: 1,583,567,654 Barrels
Value at today's price: $158,800,164,343.12

Fig.3- Gulf of Mexico (OCS / Federal Waters) Oil Production (1947-2013).  Source.
Cumulative Production: 18,598,496,642
Value at today's price: $1,865,057,243,259.76

If anyone wants to go ahead and use these graphics, go right ahead.  I'd love to see it spread out there.  

Saturday, April 26, 2014