musing on the hydrocarbon

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  1. getbent

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    the highways I mostly drive on--> 101, 129, 168 range from super busy to nearly empty.... this morning as I was climbing up the 101 toward the office... I thought of the magic of the hydrocarbon.... and it made me wonder... sheesh, we had no idea how much we had and we started innovating and inventing engines and machines and refining it for all manner of purpose and function.... and it gave us the ability to have things like cars, electric guitars, rocketships, mp3 players etc etc etc...

    I wonder, if we hadn't had the humble hydrocarbon.... what our world would look like today? Think of all the free time it created! (and a lot of headaches and problems too) but overall... you gotta be fan of the always industrious hydrocarbon, right? Where would we be with out it?
     
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    I’m a fan. Always have been.

    (Although, for the record, I’m hoping to enjoy an electric motorcycle before I have to stop riding.)
     
  3. getbent

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    which is cool, but unlikely if not for hydrocarbons, right?
     
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    VWAmTele Friend of Leo's

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    I'm not sure most people realize how brutal life was just a 150 years ago. I'm all for innovation that improves the quality of life. Considering we've been around for 300,000 years(?) we're lucky to have been born into this tiny slice of time.
     
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    Figuring out how to use the hydrocarbon has undoubtedly been very important to mankind.

    I am not a Gates or Microsoft fan, but would like to see him have one big additional success, and that is with fission of the atom. If the company he is supporting and funding, Terrapower, could break through and generate energy from all the waste stockpiled in Paduca, KY, we might care less about the hydrocarbon.

    It is a big "if", obviously, there are many fantasies about energy out there.
     
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    the devil's work i tell ya
     
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    Musing on the "hydrocarbon" or fossil fuels? :)

    Hydrocarbon does sound far less innocuous oil or coal.
     
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    Right up there with electricity. Certainly both have changed the way humans live and probably most life forms. Without lights where would moths go?
     
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    I just bought a gallon can of non-aromatic aliphatic acrylic urethane, full of sweet non-cyclic hydrocarbons.
     
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    We wouldn't be here. Earth would be a dead rock.
     
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    A 6 ounce cup of gas will push a F250 pickup truck a mile up a steep hill. Imagine trying to do that by any other method, for 15 cents.
     
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    you shouldn't use fossils for your fuel.
    you make the rolling stones nervous

    they are non-renewable
     
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    I stopped being a fan of hydrocarbons at the age of 16 in 75
    Being a gas station jockey rather took the fun out of it.

    Not quite this old but not far from it..
    [​IMG]

    Loved it after getting off work and cruising around.
     
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    Bingo. I hope that folks aren't conflating "hydrocarbon" with "fossil fuel". We refine some hydrocarbons from crude oil, but that's just one kind. You put them on your body all the time.

    NOTE - I edited out a part where I talked about consuming them, as fun as that might be!

    'Nother edit - Well, some people use them all the time (fingernail polish remover, parafin, etc.) :)
     
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    Love the almighty hydrocarbon. Who knows what the future may bring? Maybe there’s something better on the horizon. But it certainly has propelled us to where we are now. I know my boat just loves it!
     
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    imagine if the resource had been far more finite than it has proved to be... a TOTAL dead end! I am fascinated with what we'll come up with next to take us to the other things we want to do... that we haven't even thought of yet!
     
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    I am an organic chemist, organic chemistry being the chemistry of carbon, so I am in
     
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    Hmm, a world with no pearloid? grim indeed
     
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    why make a split? no trap here friend, just happy celebration.
     
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    Imagine the nuclear powered Tele!
     
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