Mesquite’s Flat Top Mesa – Rocks, Sandstone and Art

I am a frequent visitor to the Flat Top Mesa and have explored the area for more than 12 years. The Flat Top Mesa is exemplary of the magnificent beauty the Colorado Plateau and the river valleys that carved through the sandstone formations of the plateau. The mesa provides a spiritual reprieve from all that is below and one can easily be immersed and in complete solitude in this immense expanse.
Just below the Flat Top Mesa is a recently constructed road which I have frequented traveled. The road was cut through several small hills forming sandstone walls along that road.

A local artist noted that these walls provided an ideal medium for (“sandcastles” – remember how easy it was to sculpt and build in the sand on the beach) carving two and even three-dimensional images. The sandstone carvings were completed over the last three years with the grandest of them finished the end of February 2021.
Here is the Mesquite Weekly exclusive interview with the artist Pete Karns:

Last week I stumbled upon rock arrangement forming a small circular enclosure. Another nearby larger rock arrangement formed the writing “LOVE IS FOREVER”. And indeed, from the perspective of this expanse and from the viewpoint of the Mojave Desert flatness of the mesa with majestic mountains in the background and sweeping views of the mesa cliffs and the valley below, we are easily deceived by our senses and the temporal dimensions of our influence on this eternal place. The Anasazi, Hopi and the Paiutes have also left reminders of their presence in the area. More recent artistic endeavors were also noted by painted rocks left behind on and below the mesa by other unknown local artists.

Markers on our Mesa include a giant white V painted on a southeastern flat top mesa slope overlooking I15 by our current local population. The sense of permanence fades just like the fade of the petroglyphs and the realization that the V requires upkeep for its fresh appearance.
Kurt Vonnegut’s journey through time detailed in the authors book “Slaughterhouse 5” and my journey on the top of the flattop inspired these thoughts on time and our temporal influence on this place:

An event attended by some 100 and about 40 endurance run participants was held on the Flat Top Mesa on February 20 and 21, 2021. Please join me in our next edition of the Mesquite Weekly for the MW’s coverage of an event that is inspiring and exemplifies the apparent permanence and endurance of the flat top mesa.

TerraScale’s Energos Reno Project releases plans to develop a data center with 500MW of renewable power.

Solar Power, Wind power, Tidal and Wave power, water mills, and etc., it is the new Energy Infrastructure shaping our future and and our tomorrow and it is in play as of today. Energy Capturing technologies have been around almost as long as mankind itself. Energy storage however is only a very recent activity (aside from dams and natural resourced carbon). Electric transmission lines have been the flywheel that kept the electric power flowing and reliable. Transmission lines are very costly and power losses increase with transmission distance.

Highly promising energy storage batteries have provided an answer as to what do we have when the sun don’t shine or the wind don’t blow. Batteries have been around for quite a while, however a major enabler of the electronics world were batteries that could store and transmit(discharge) and deliver power to where needed. Small size and powerful, credentials that led the Lithium Ion battery to the undisputed leader position in the energy storage world.

On a larger scale, a battery suited for the electric grids could not be produced without financially unstainable cost, environmental instability, and exhaustion of raw material resources.

In the 1990’s MIT’s Prof. Don Sadoway progressed from a theoretical position to a practical solution which led to the development the Ambri liquid metal battery. For a quick video to help explain why this battery will dramatically impact the energy industry and literally turn it it on its head please watch this.

Technologically advanced and with its sight on a sustainable and economical power plant in Nevada is Terrascale and its partner Ambri and the Energos Reno Project. TerraScale, a clean infrastructure design and development firm committed to transforming and modernizing digital infrastructure, announced in 2021 that it has signed an agreement with Ambri, to deploy its proprietary Liquid Metal Battery technology. As part of the agreement, TerraScale and its data center development partners will integrate an Ambri energy storage system for its Energos Reno project. The project will include the development of a data center that will capitalize on the site’s renewable energy infrastructure. The reduced carbon operations are of strong interest to TerraScale’s data center future tenants including large commercial and government data users, as sustainable data center demands continue to rise.

Together with its partners, TerraScale’s Energos Reno Project intends to deploy green data center technologies that are based on proprietary, high-performance energy production and data computing processes. Energos Reno is a 3,700 acre mixed-use development near Reno, Nevada that aims to enable secure, swift storage and transmission of data between government agencies and commercial clients. TerraScale intends to develop a data center with 500MW of renewable power on-site generation within ten years to power an inside-the-fence microgrid.

“Our data center technology partners are looking forward to deploying Ambri’s technology to enable high-volume, reliable, and resilient energy storage with potentially the lowest levelized cost of storage in the industry,” said Danny Hayes, Chief Executive Officer, TerraScale. “TerraScale is very excited to deploy Ambri’s technology into our Energos Reno project.”

“The collaboration is underway and includes delivery of 250 MWh of Ambri systems to TerraScale’s first project in Reno, Nevada starting in 2021,” said Adam Briggs, Ambri’s Chief Commercial Officer. “The Ambri systems are particularly well suited for the project’s high-desert operations, for the shifting of its large amounts of renewable solar load, and for its grid-system peak shaving capability.”

Ambri’s batteries utilize a calcium – antimony based cell chemistry that began at MIT in the lab of Professor Donald Sadoway. Ambri’s investors include Bill Gates, Khosla Ventures and TOTAL SE.

Ambri’s long-duration systems, which are based on its patented chemistry, can deliver daily 100% depth of discharge cycling performance for more than 20 years with negligible degradation at a significantly lower system cost than other battery storage technologies. Systems built with Ambri’s cells can operate safely under all environmental conditions without the need for air conditioning or fire suppression equipment—increasing the system’s efficiency while reducing project cost and maintenance.

About Ambri
Ambri Inc. is developing and commercializing a new long duration battery technology that will enable widespread use of renewable energy sources, reduce electricity costs and enable power systems to operate more reliably and efficiently. The liquid metal battery project began at MIT in the lab of Professor Donald Sadoway and the company was formed in 2010, when the project achieved significant technical breakthroughs. Ambri’s investors include Khosla Ventures, Bill Gates and TOTAL SE. More information is available at:

 

About TerraScale
TerraScale is a clean infrastructure design and development firm that is transforming and modernizing digital infrastructures around the world. Through the company’s consortium, TerraScale takes a unique approach to future-proofing our planet by collaborating with the best in class green engineering, technology, real estate, fiber and energy construction firms globally, to ensure maximum value delivery across the lifecycle of its projects. Whether site development or build-to-suit, colocation, hyperscale or regional strategies, TerraScale’s projects and programs are designed to meet the needs of government and industry in the most responsible, secure and sustainable manner.

For more information on TerraScale, please visit:

All Digital CES 2021 – Does Not Fail To Dazzle And Inspire.

The Magic begins every year in January with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and as always The Mesquite Weekly was in attendance. The entire show was completely digital in 2021.

More than 150,000 from all over the world participated virtually in twenty-four different time zones.
The show continues to dazzle and the challenge to present live presentations were overcome with plenty of live and on-demand viewing opportunities for all twenty-four time zones in our global world represented by more than 100 countries.

Up first is Kohler and yes you may well ask: Faucets, Toilets and Bathtubs and Electronics ???

Watch the show.

Kohler Presents:.

Faucets, Toilets and Bathtubs at your command with technical features that will wow and make life easier.

Installation of plumbing will require new skills for the plumber or the IT specialist and possibly more players selling their services and wares.

The Kohler bathtub involves more than just plumbing. There is lighting, vaporizers, music and then some. It can be yours for about $ 16,000 plus installation and funds for bathroom remodeling and to retrofit plumbing and electric power.

The dazzle and king of all the buzz fascinating the gamers is again being generated by NVDIA at CES 2021.

Watch the NVIDEA razzle dazzle:

 

The gaming business may not be the main driver for NVIDEA. Although graphics innovations and the technology takeaways related to the artificial intelligence experience have spurred the growth of image recognition. The AI graphic elements are critical to autonomous vehicles, safety and security, law enforcement, automated home applications and … oh well let your imagination do the rest. The stock market is reacting more than just favorable.

A major driver for consumer electronics as you will note is entertainment and at the center of it all is home entertainment. All the players are focused on the tube, the telli or the TV and it is all flat and enormously large and gearing up for 8K resolution. We barely got 4k out into the wild and the streamers are flooding our view with beautiful content. But here they are again with 8K 8K and 8K. Samsung, Sony and LG are the players we will hear from including a newcomer or maybe in name only. Skyworth dazzles with 8K including a small cubic 8K video camera (a thought left over from GoPro?). Even Panasonic joins in, but we did note that Panasonic is not coming back to play in the US TV landscape.

8K Everywhere and coming Home in 2021:.

SAMSUNG:

LG:

SONY:

SKYWORTHY:

Watch this channel for updates and for more amazing news that have already changed the world and will continue to change our world at a mind numbing pace. Don’t pass it up by sleeping through it, stay awake drink the latest caffeinated protein shakes and take it all in. You will never be the same again.

Where Fairy Tales Come True

It was last year that we first stumbled upon the Orchestra of Southern Utah (OSU) and we found that fairy tales do come true. Well at least in the musical sense. We are proud to present the first OSU performance of the 2019-2020 season series “Origins” entitled “Storytime”.

Please sit back and view and/or listen to highlights from “Alice in Wonderland”, the “Mother Goose Suite”, “The Greatest Showman” and the theme from “To Kill A Mockingbird”.

 

 

 

We also caught up with the Carylee Zwang the conductor of the OSU “Storytime” performance late last year and she embellished on her love of music and the privilege of presenting her art as a conductor, teacher and motivator.

Please view the following interview with Carylee Zwang.

Carylee Zwang has performed with the Orchestra of Southern Utah since 2003 where she served as the Percussion Section Leader for many years, she now serves as Assistant Conductor. With the Orchestra she traveled to Wuhan China to perform with the Hubei Symphony Orchestra (not recently). She has been a featured player in chamber concerts and recitals. Carylee has performed both live and recorded percussion for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Tuacahn, Parowan Community Theatre, Cedar Valley Community Theater and Playmakers. She is a frequent music director for pit orchestras throughout the Southern Utah Region including Little Shop of Horrors, Once Upon a Mattress, Bye Bye Birdie, Oliver and The Wedding Singer.
Carylee earned her Bachelor of Science at Southern Utah University (SUU) in Music Education with a Percussion Emphasis. She was awarded SUU’s Outstanding Senior in Music for 2005. Carylee is currently an adjunct professor at SUU.

The Mesquite Weekly adds a new section – “Artful Things”

The Mesquite Weekly in keeping with devoting this space to veritable interests is hereby presenting the MW “Artful Things” pages.  This section will cover a variety of topics and interest on subject matters that include music, literature, sports, hiking, photography and travel.

The Artful Things section kicks off its first edition with Rising Sports Stars and a pre-election must read book review.

Menus on the right and on top will get you there.

Before We Vote – We would like to hear from You (the Candidate)!

Have you ever questioned any candidate (state, federal or local) on the issues that are of concern to you the voter? Do they reply to your email? Do they reply to your voice mails? Do they respond to you when you participate in “online” chat sessions?

Have noted that when the lead line in an email from the candidate appears to be an attempt by the candidate to engage in a conversation with you the voter, the dialog abruptly ends and goes no further than a donate button on the bottom line (a link to PayPal is often the end result)?
Have you ever wondered and ask yourself “are they after my vote or just my donation(s)”?

The candidates are very busy trying to get elected and often seem to be somewhat nonresponsive. They also seem to be unsure about many issues and tackling these questions by having their campaign managers reply on their behalf and that also seems as if they would rather not reply either.

The Mesquite Weekly would like to assist the voters and the candidates to work together. We will therefore take your questions and comments on your behalf and compile the questions and comments and forward them to the candidates for their responses and comments before November 1, 2018. We will then publish the answers by topic as well as the responses by the candidates.
The candidates are:

City of Mesquite

Sandra Ramaker – Mesquite City Council Seat 1
Geno Withelder – Mesquite City Council Seat 1
Dave Ballweg – Mesquite City Council Seat 3
George Gault – Mesquite City Council Seat 3
Annie Black – Mesquite City Council Seat 4
Karen Fielding – Mesquite City Council Seat 4

State of Nevada

Ryan Bundy – Governor
Adam Laxalt – Governor
Steve Sisolak – Governor

Aaron Ford – Attorney General
Wesley Duncan -Attorney General

Chris Edwards – Assembly District 19 and Joe Hardy – State Senate District 12 are the incumbents and they both do not have any serious challengers, however they were responsive in the past and we believe that they will continue to be responsive to your questions.

U.S. Senate and U.S. Congressional District 4

Dean Heller – U.S. Senate
Jackie Rosen – U.S. Senate
Cresent Hardy – Congressional District 4
Steven Horsford – Congressional District 4

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Fifty Shades of Gold do not Make a Rule

The supposition that all superstitions enjoy a commonality that compels all men to follow its proposed “Golden Rules”, while on its face very appealing, an in depth look finds otherwise. From a historical perspective and usually when subjected to any kind of duress, these golden rules are immediately tossed in pursuit of self-interests and the disadvantages thereby imposed on those less likely to be able to vigorously defend their ground or position. In recent times men have sought to make rules and have proclaimed them as laws that are forged through consensus and not through some mythical or mystical ordination.

Laws that serve everyone equally are continually questioned and refined to meet the ever-increasing scrutiny and demands of all that they serve. Laws that are cast in stone and proclaimed as inviolate are a violation of the principles that simply state that laws need to be continually evaluated to assure that these laws do indeed continue to meet our evolving humanity and cultural quest to improve our understanding of one another.

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Earth Day – A Celebration by Those Who Value Science

On Saturday April 22, 2017, many within the Southwest regions celebrated Earth Day by enjoying the areas national and state parks and basking in some of the finest weather we have to offer. Many also felt a need to demonstrate and speak about the value that science brings to our lives and took to the streets all over the world including Las Vegas and St. George, Utah. Erin O’Brien a biology professor at Dixie State University organized a March for Science traversing the St. George Ancestor Square and downtown Park areas. The march was attended by some two hundred participants and observers.

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Rants and Raves

A dear friend of mine suggested that writing an article and/or commenting on a particular article in The Mesquite Weekly is not quite everything that deserves a good howl at the moon. We need a space to simply let our emotional rollercoaster take its ride. Up and down and loop around. Wherever it wants to go to get to here and there and everywhere and even nowhere.

However, the editor and publisher have taken the position that the Mesquite Weekly will no longer be engaged in any emotional rides in this publication. In a world in chaos with social and cultural constructs built to respond with primitive and tribal instincts, rants and raves are not in our or anyone else’s best interest. We still content that censorship is not a consequence of our change in position, but an affirmation of engaging this publication in a dialog that employs reason and rational discourse in the pursuit of our common interest to be factual and truthful. Words are the primary conveyors of ideas. We cannot convey our ideas and thoughts when we cannot agree on the precise and agreed upon definitions of these conveyors. Words are important. Our ideas and thoughts must be expressed with a reasonable degree of accuracy to enable these expressions to be understood with a reasonable degree of accuracy.