Sigh. Obviously, I’ve fallen off the keeping-the-website-updated wagon. But is anybody surpised? Of course not. It’s not like there isn’t precedent.
Lots of crazy things going on in my life right now, including some incredibly exciting stuff. But I can’t talk about most of it yet. So I won’t. Yet. Suffice it to say that I’m going to be VERY BUSY for the medium-term future. Mostly in a very good way—I’m deliriously happy.
In the meantime, though, helium is back in the news this week.
The news piece I linked to above (this one) briefly sketches in the situation with the Strategic Helium Reserve. I’m a little disappointed, though, that it didn’t touch on the larger-scale problems inherent in the vastly unwise decision to sell off the contents of the reserve. The fluctuation in helium prices is a short-term problem. A much longer term problem will be the complete extinction of helium on this planet, which is effectively what will happen if current trends continue. Conceivably within the lifetimes of the people reading this (assuming there are any).
So, it’s not a bad introduction to the situation. (The audio link is a bit more comprehensive than the accompanying text.) Just don’t read the comments, because they’re full of brain-exploding ignorance. As I worked out in a fair bit of detail in my series of posts last year, helium really, truly, is not renewable. (Unless you’re willing to wait a billion years for it to build up again.) Anybody who insists otherwise is an ignorant fool.