My name is Daniel Plainview. I am driven and goal-oriented, and I endeavor to forge new possibilities in alternative energy.
In There Will Be Blood, Daniel Plainview delivers the line: "I have a competition in me." Could this be described as grammatically correct, strictly speaking? Or is it idiomatic, but not strictly correct? Is Plainview saying, essentially, "I have a [sense of] competition in me," a sentence that, were it to be spelled out as such, would lose its rhetorical punch? Could it be argued as a case of poetic metonymy or something of the kind? [more inside]
There seems to be a trend among older women, at least in Baltimore (mainly African-American ladies, but I have seen Hispanic and Caucasian women do this as well), of matting down hair with some sort of oil. The goal seems to be to get as much hair as possible as close to the scalp as possible. The bangs are then stuck to the forehead, and it looks like this is purely oil based. As I haven't yet had the kahones to ask one of these lovely ladies what's up with the hair, I was hoping someone knew: A. What sort of product is being applied to get this "just out of the oil bath" look? B. Is this an every morning thing, or do you apply just once a week? Once a month?
Assuming that I believe that the U.S. economy will not recover in the near future, what's a relatively simple way to make a bet that would profit from my belief?
Assuming that I believe that the U.S. economy will not recover in the near future, what's a relatively simple way to make a bet that would profit from my belief? [more inside]
Waste Oil Diesel. Any satisfied users? [more inside]
First time homebuyer - "its customary to purchase the unused fuel from the seller" urf? [more inside]
Are Trader Joe's Salmon Oil capsules still good for you even though they are so much cheaper then health food store brands? [more inside]
A couple of my mirrors at home have stubborn, sticky stains from drips of a resin-y oil. How can I shift them? [more inside]
Finding deceased parent's Texas "mineral rights?" How can I do this cheaply? [more inside]
Staining/treating pressed/sanded pine chairs. On the cheap. [more inside]
Check Engine light is on and there is a ominous whirling sound coming from my engine? [more inside]
[(50 Garlics + 3/4 teacup of Olive Oil) * Food Processor] + Long Term Storage = Botulism? If yes, what could be used to replace the oil? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend some good resources (articles, books, DVDs, websites) about oil that are appropriate for a secondary school curriculum? [more inside]
What are the dangers and benefits of non stick cookware (teflon/generic teflon type)? It's obviously healthier to cook without using lots of oil, but I've heard rumors of health problems such as cancer being linked to long term use of non stick pans. [more inside]
Do hot oil treatments for hair work? Are they good for curly/frizzy fairly thick hair? Will they make my hair silky smooth? Or do they do nothing? [more inside]
How can I wash oil/grease out of my leather gloves? [more inside]
What are the pros and cons of trying to switch heating systems from a traditional furnace to a waste oil heater that burns used gasoline engine oil, particularly for an automobile repair garage? [more inside]
What exactly does it mean for paint to be formulated "for metal substrates only"? Can I use it on wood? [more inside]
Where can I buy large quantities of peanut oil in New York City? [more inside]
How can I prevent or remove polymerized oil from aluminum sheet pans? [more inside]
Is too much oil in a car engine something to worry about? [more inside]
DIY home repair - I would like to re-paint the walls in my apartment by myself. [more inside]
Nerdy-science-geek question: What kind of pressure am I looking for if I want to bust algae cell walls by sending a algae-concentrated liquid through a small aperture? I mean, behind the aperture, size of aperture, etc....knowing that the sudden reduction in pressure *should* bust things up. Any thoughts? Of course, I am wondering about doing this in terms of what I've read, and may experiment with in future, but don't have firsthand knowledge of. Thanks in advance!
What simple pasta dish has just mushrooms and garlic and olive oil and some spices? [more inside]
Can anyone explain this website which shows the prices of crude oil options? [more inside]
Not that I'm complaining, but why have gas prices dropped so dramatically in recent weeks? I understand how they rose so high-- chaos in the Middle East disrupted the oil supply and hurricanes destroyed some processing capability in the US-- but I'm seeing close to $1.80 a gallon now when I thought I'd never see under $3 again. Forgive me for my ignorance, but I feel like I missed something.
So the price of oil is ridiculously low right now. But since we're running out of the stuff in the mid-to-long-term, can you explain to me why i shouldn't pour a nice big chunk of my investment egg into oil futures? [more inside]
Artfilter: I've decided to take up oil/canvas painting. I have good artistic sensibilities, but no formal training and no supplies. What do I need to know/own? [more inside]
Where can I find crude oil charts online? [more inside]
Is there a resource anywhere that will give me either (a) historical data for the last year or two on the price of oil (b) similar data for airline tickets or (c) ideally, both? [more inside]
I remember reading about these spectacles that'd let you control their focal lengths by varying an oil film between two rectangles of glass that were held together by the frame ('oil inside the lens'). Links?
What would it take of an alternative energy to make a serious impact in current global energy consumption? What cost/benefits would it need to demonstrate over and above existing sources? Who would need to seriously start using it? Anybody have some good sources of information or discussion on this topic?
For Massachusetts residents: Do you have experience with using the Mass Energy consumer alliance for heating oil? [more inside]
If we lowered the speed limit nationally to 55mph, how much fuel would we save? [more inside]
We had some coconut oil in containers in our freezer (we use the oil for popping popcorn - we buy it in bulk and then freeze it for later) and for some reason this latest batch has all turned green. [more inside]
I'm looking for thoughts on whether I should lock-in a heating oil rate of 3.79 for the season. [more inside]
Please supply me with a transcript of this Australian interview. [more inside]
Oil Filter: I'm resurecting a bike that's sat for 5 years. Do I really need to replace the engine oil? Surely modern oils are pretty stable and won't have degraded significantly in 5 years? [more inside]
Why is there so much talk about dependence on "foreign oil"? (Meaning, as opposed to "domestic oil," not alternative energy sources.) Is there really any meaningful distinction between foreign and US oil, given that the oil market is mostly global? [more inside]
How do gas companies get away with raising prices so much when they are reporting such high profits? [more inside]
I need a crystal-clear transparent liquid that is as heavy (dense) or heavier than water, not dangerous, and not difficult to obtain. The heavier the better. The catch - it can't be water-based. [more inside]
Help me learn more about recent/current Latin American geopolitical turmoil. [more inside]
I'm interested in jobs where you go to some possibly unpleasant place, work really hard and come back flush. [more inside]
How would I go about buying gold? [more inside]
Uses for mineral oil, and (why) is it 'banned in europe'? [more inside]
Can anyone show me some articles or books that explain or theorize why gasoline prices are so much more expensive than a decade, two decades ago? I'm a bit dense, so concise is ideal. [more inside]
How can I clean the plastic of a cellphone that has become matte again without ruining it? [more inside]
Does it take longer to fill up a gas tank when the price goes up by 25%? [more inside]
What fundamental differences keep the US from nationalizing and/or heavily regulating the oil industry as a whole, much like electricity has been regulated? [more inside]