Let's build more pumped storage

Solar power is great as long as the sun is shining. Wind's just fine until it's calm. If we're going to use renewable sources like these as the basis of our next-generation power grid, how will we handle the times when they aren't producing?

We need a way to store that energy, for a few hours to a few days, so that we can damp out the mismatched timing between generation and demand. Pumped storage is probably the best currently available technology for that.

Civilian nuclear power: A safe but expensive necessity for one more generation

What comes to mind when you hear the words "nuclear power"?

Do you think of technological progress? Radioactive horrors? Virtually unlimited cheap energy? Virtually unlimited horrifically expensive energy? Cutting-edge engineering? Dangerously outdated junk?

Verizon in Canada? It's your own fault, Canadian telecoms

An open letter to Bell, Telus and Rogers

It seems that you folks, as Canadian telecom executives, are more than a little bit worried about Verizon's potential entry into the Canadian wireless market. (I saw the two-page spreads you've been running in the national dailies. They make you look terrified.)

You know what? I don't like Verizon either. And I certainly don't like the idea that our federal government might be rigging the rules to favour a big American player at your expense.

A clean new website

We're more-or-less done updating and fixing up the M.B. Marsh Design website. The big things are done: We're now running on a modern Drupal 7 core, and we're excited about the new, fully responsive, mobile-friendly HTML5 visual theme. (For those who care, it's based on Pixture Reloaded by Jeff Burnz.)

There may be some lingering glitches, and we have a lot of small, gradual changes to roll out in the coming months. Bug reports are welcome (just leave a comment below).

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