Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Where the hell is General Glut?

He's not dead. Only resting.

Some of you may know, and others may not, that General Glut is an untenured professor at a liberal arts college somewhere in America. I was on sabbatical all last academic year, and thus the reams and reams of blogging which ensued. This fall the glorious freedom of leave came to an end. Students. Lots of them. Demanding students. Grading. Departmental search committee. Other committees. Meetings upon meetings. And then I'm up for tenure next fall -- with the example of the untenured (and recklessly not pseudonymous) megablogger Dan Drezner looming ever-ominously. There is no way Dan spent as little as two hours a week blogging -- or for that matter as much time as it took to pick up his socks.

And yet I feel the tug of old readers missing the Globblog. The very small handful of folks who know both General Glut and the real me have been helpful in thinking this through.

So where does that leave me? Trying to dig my way out of 76 midterm papers to return to regular blogging. An every day appearance is just impossible for me in the short term, but a couple of times a week should be possible. When to begin? Soon, I hope. I'll let you know how much headway I'm making on those papers.

So here's looking at you, kid.

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At 5:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to hear reports of your death were exaggerated. Best of luck with the non-tenured academic grind and hurry back. "General Glut" has important work to do in today's global economy ;)

 
At 1:04 AM, Anonymous cm said...

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It is a pleasure to see you back, even if only on a limited basis until tenure obtains - then, one assumes, it will be 24/7 blogging and let the students fall where they may.

And I must say that you have attracted a far better class of trolls than others - the lucid thoughts of those like "offshore hedge funds" above make my day.

 
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Aluminium prices are at heights rarely seen, yet despite receiving more than $1,900 a tonne, some producers plan either to cease or cut back production. Indeed, the high price was not enough to stop the world’s largest supplier warning this summer that profits would fall short of expectations.

The reasons why companies are not benefiting as much as they would like from the high metal price are soaring energy costs and the stubbornly high prices of alumina, the feedstock used to make aluminium.


The aricle then goes on to layout energy cost per produced tonne is now up to $200, and other raw materials are $1,250/tonne (of produced aluminium). The Chinese producers are currently losing $300/tonne sold, and they'd need $2,420/tonne to make a profit.

Now, is this inflationary or deflationary?

 
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Count me in the group.

But also note that you don't owe me shit -- take care of what you have to do. Hopefully for us this will often result in a good steam-blowoff here.

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Your students have your attention. Lucky them.

Your standards may be too high and/or too skewed (you mention Dresner but not Setser who addressed the JEC recently). Some of us could live on a post/month from you and you could chime in on the neighboring blogs with the same frequency. There is no crumb too small...
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Ahm, so glad yer back. Whatter we gonna dooo?

Ohl, ohl, ever where.

Only 3.25% of the danged gulf ohl fields knocked outta production even after three of the worst 'canes in memory.

Ol'Jeb openin' the outter continental shelf off Florida's east coast to drillin' and cappin', which is what they does off Luziana and Tay-has. Drill and cap. Drill and cap. Like they wuz checkin' to see how much rechargin' was goin' on, er somethin. And all the while the abiotic goo keeps a refillin' them danged underground ohl caverns, accordin' to leeeeegitimate scientists, not these peak oil kooks.

And now the danged USGS is a saying that there's 4 trillion barrels of ohl in Veneeeezuela alone. Col, whatt're we gonna do? That's more dad blamed ohl than in Saudi AY-rabia. And even if half of it is heavy crude, good golly miss molly two trillion still oughtta buy us plenty of time to transition into geothermal, exists on all the continents in quadruple the danged capacity (or more) of all the ohl that ever did exit.

And now the danged Exxon folks is a saying Saudi AY-rabia has twice as much ohl reserves as they had yesterday.

And them Roooskies keepa pumpin' ever barrel they kin, cause it was their danged team of scientists what figgered out back in 19 and 49 that ohl didn't come from no silly bunch uh dead dinosaurs alone, or even mostly. Heck, they've known all along that you could pump the black goo till you was blue in the face and not run outta the derned stuff.

And if'n all that ohl glut weren't a big enough problem, thar's more, lots more.

The gol-danged false-flaggers is uh runnin' plumb wild around the world.

They appear to be a burnin' gay purrreeee jest cause the frenchees is a sidin' with Amurrricans that be opposin' Georgie Bush and AY-lleged his bidness partner--the Queen of England--she whut owns BP and Royal Dutch Shell.

And AY-llegedly they's Amurricans dressin' up lahk AY-rabs uh settin' off bombs in EYE-raq, and British commandos dressin' up lahk AY-rabs uh settin' off bombs in EYE-raq.

What's thuh deal, General, don't nobody wear their own danged clothes no more?

And the danged GAO, our own GAO, General, sez the danged votin' machines is rigged...you heard me general...RIGGED...and been rigged for awhile...and still is rigged.

General, whatt'er we gonna doooo! Ya gotta quit wet nursin' them kids and get back tuh bloggin'. If'n ya don't come back and hep get these problems straightened out, them poor kids is likely gonna have tuh start servin' in a NORTHCOM operation down in Veneeezuela called Operation Keep the Goo off the Market.

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