Archive for June, 2008

Foo Fighters

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Have Dave Grohl & co. the potential to become a new supergroup?

Art in the world

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Art is  being globalised and is becoming independent of geography. Artists are represented by non national galleries.

Biobased energy

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Biofuels: All kinds of biological material may be used to produce energy. The range goes from forest product chips to slaugther house waste, from grasses to animal dung. Biomass used as fuel is called biofuel.

The prices in the market are not good at the moment, and the authorities/goverments are not producing clear intentions, policies. All participants are expecting the government to chip in. It seems quite easy to produce biofuel, but at the moment the situation is unclear regarding price/market and signals about future society intentions – e.g with mixing of biofuels into car fuels in the form of laws, ethical aspects related to food.

Will it end up being fully subsidized by the state, or can we expect an industry ith sound economics soon?

1. Generation

Based on agricultural produce: biodiesel made from plantoils, ethanol from sugars, starch. Ethical dilemmas related to rising food prices due to conversion of foodstuffs to fuel.

2. Generation

Based on waste. Based on biothermal and biochemical processes, both diesel and alcohol. Cellulose, potatoes. Process improvements required. Estimated to be 8 years away in practical terms.

3. Generation

Same raw materials as before but the properties of materials are changed by gene-technology. Will ignite debate on GM.

4. Generation

Designer raw materials and designer production processes. Laboratory scale only (June 2008)


India is growing jatropha plants which yields black seeds producing oil that can burn or be refined into biodiesel. Jatropha will not crowd out the food of the world as it can regenerate denuded soil, require little water. India has produced a national biofuel policy. 14 million hectares will be planted. India also make biofuel from leftover molasses. Indian birch will be planted – 1 million – covering an area about half the size of Denmark. Breeding programs are starting including considering the sociology or willingness of the farmer to grow these plants.

Developing countries

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Achieving growth through realistic policies, not doctrinaire liberal market fundamentalism or state dictates.

Going from “Roll back the state” to “Roll in the state”: build institutions, establish the rule of law, ….

Copenhagen Consensus

The exercise factor

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Physical activity is shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes 2. Studies also show that cancer risk is reduced as well as risk of brain illness. Physical activity in midlife as well as later can reduce dementia, both Alzheimer and forms caused by congested arteries.

Moving forward in the art world

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

New art forms: as found, trash art,  Jeff Koons

Camera development

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

New models (more)

Development of society

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Stages of development in societies – from hunting .. . to industrialism to a new model (more)

The coming forms of society 

The modern world is entering a new phase where natural science and the humanities are moving closer, thus creating a new world to live in.

The differences in the world are great and have to be overcome (more)


Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Production in Brazil based on sugarcane via alcohol to bioethanol

Music festivals

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

A large number of summer music festivals to be held this year – popularity of this type of arrangement is increasing.

Norway now has more than 600 festivals per year!