... hot water heater
I installed an on-demand Rinnai water heater - I love it. I'm out in the sticks, so mine runs on propane, but it's still a lot cheaper than electricity.
You are not authorized to orbit my nipples.
Yes, the best sort of review-able stuff.
... why the Red Planet changed from a relatively warm and wet place
If it were Venus it would be easy to explain - menopause.
UrbanSpoon.com - I write voluntary, unsolicited, and non-remunerated reviews over there for restaurants I encounter.
... if we start making soylent green out of people when they reach 30.
I love it - "Soylent Green" crossed with "Logan's Run".
Renew! Renew! Become Soylent, too!
When food gets scarce, don't some animals kill off and/or eat some of their young?
... the most violent and aggressive species on earth?
When's the last time you chased down and killed your food? When's the last time you actually used physical violence against another human, much less a prey species?
We're our most violent in aggregate (war). Most recent 'wars' were/are over ideals or perceived threats (we don't like what you're doing to your people, so we're gonna invade), not actual physical threats (WWII was an actual imminent threat). We're not so bad when we don't _have_ to use violence.
The uController could easily run for several _years_ on a pair of D batteries. It sleeps for all but a single second out of the day, and wakes up to 'press' the go button. You could just as easily power it from a wall tumor across the 220V line powering the charger (many/most are 110/220 tolerant).
The fish timer would be powered from 1 leg of the 220 V circuit to the neutral to provide 110V as it expects.
My point in posting was that there are alternatives to having to switch the full 220V / bazillion amp charging current directly. Sometimes subtlety wins out over brute force
Also ask your hippie friends if they eat honey, since it's almost identical to HFCS 55 with regard to the glucose/fructose ratio.
My Mini is perfectly average, then. It's a 2003 (got it in March), so it's almost exactly 11.4 years old and only has about 84k miles on it. My previous car was 17 when I passed it on to a local enthusiast. It had something like 77k miles on it (A 1987 Conquest TSI - cool car!).
The average price of gas in southern California is currently ~$3.50
Isn't that a Diesel? I bet Diesel fuel is higher than the ~$3.50/gal you quoted.
A fish tank timer (or more likely, a tiny microcontroller) across the "Start" button leads would work just fine. There's more than 1 way to skin that cat.