The Truth about Truth Ep02

The Truth about Truth Ep02 #DMP #Film #Documentary


Six years ago, Julia and I attended a party of fellow skeptics. Skeptics, like everyone else, enjoy a good time and a drink every now and then. Skeptics might not be enamored by virgin births or untestable emotional energies, but we do like a drink. At this vivacious gathering, we were all chatting and sharing each other’s company when a thought popped into my mind: “what if there was no religion?” Perhaps I’d drunk just a little too much and was having just a little too much of an enjoyable time. However, after the thought manifested itself it never left me.

 Six years later and my new novel “The Cure” is finished. During these last six years, I wrote other books and made several films, but that indelible thought would not leave me. It followed me about like a stalker prowling around in my mind occasionally surfacing and causing me to imagine a world where there was no religion. What would this world be like and more importantly what would we be like?

Although the thought never left me over this ocean of time I did fall in and out of love with the idea of writing this book. At times the task seemed simple and within reach and at other times it seemed a herculean chore and well outside my meager capabilities. But, I persisted and persevered. I fought hard against the many periods I grew overwhelmed by the endeavor, put the work away many times, but always I eventually came back to it a new.

 This love-hate, on-off relationship went on, and on, and on for the last six long years. Six years does seem like a very long time, but when you’re sixty years young it is surprising how fast time can pass.

At times I felt just like the character Jack Torrance from Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece film the Shinning. Isolated by my typewriter (computer) but endlessly busy writing, writing, and writing. In the film, Jack was able to produce only: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” I hope my work is more substantial than this.

I’ll keep you posted on the progress of my new novel and let you know when it’s available. Do read it and let me know what you think.

Title: The Cure, imagine there’s no religion

Author: David Millett

ISBN-13: 978-1985265226

ISBN-10: 1985265222

BISAC Category: Fiction / Science Fiction / Genetic Engineering

Search Keywords: Religion, Truth, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, Theosophy

Web Site:


Throughout the known history of humanity, we have believed in supernatural beings. Archaeologists have found apparent intentional burial sites from as early as three hundred thousand years ago, which they have interpreted as evidence of religious ideas. At African sites, that date back to the Middle Stone Age, archaeologists have discovered symbolic artifacts, which also support the notion that humans were engaged in religious thinking.

Today most of the seven billion humans on our planet still believe in supernatural beings and stories. The more than two billion Christians and the nearly two billion Muslims are unmistakable evidence that our twenty-first-century world is as religious as it has ever been.

But what if there was no religion?

What if everyone used the scientific method of establishing truth?

What if human greed could be curtailed?

What would our world look like then?

This book “The Cure” explores these questions.

All good things come to those that wait

Tesla Powerwall Installed

It’s official, my Tesla Powerwall is fully installed, approved, operational, and functional. It took Tesla almost one year to achieve this, but they did achieve it when on April 16, 2018 they got final approval from Oakland City for the installation. April 16 happened to be my birthday and so I got a great birthday present this year; a fully operational Powerwall.

Shortly after the final approval Tesla made an update to their Powerwall software, which enabled the following modes of operation via the Powerwall’s Internet connection:

Powerwall Operating Mode Charging Priority Discharging Priority

100% of your Powerwall is reserved for backup always.

1. Any solar * Only during grid outage

Use stored solar to power your home after the sun goes down.

1. Excess solar 1. Net usage
Time-Based Control: (Balanced)

Use stored solar to power your home when electricity is expensive and after the sun goes down.

1. Excess solar (Off-peak)

2. Excess solar (Shoulder)

3. Any solar (Off-peak)

4. Any solar (Shoulder)

1. Any usage (Peak)

2. Net usage (Shoulder)

3. Net usage (Off-peak)

Time-Based Control:

(Cost Saving)

Use stored low-cost energy to power your home when electricity is expensive and maximize your savings

1. Any solar (Off-peak)

2. Any solar (Shoulder)

1. Any usage (Peak)

2. Any usage (Shoulder)

Oh, what a tangled web we weave

The Powerwall is sending power to my home and diverting solar power to the grid at peak grid period

As you can see from the table above, it’s easy to become cross-eyed when trying to understand the ways a Powerwall enables strategies to reduce your carbon footprint and generate revenue.

When my Powerwall was first made operational before it had official approval from Oakland City it had only two modes of operation: Backup-Only and Self-Powered.

The Backup-Only mode is straightforward to understand as the name says it all. One hundred percent of the Powerwall is used to act as a backup to your home in the advent that grid power is lost. Solar power is used to charge the Powerwall to 100%, but then the Powerwall sits and waits for a grid power outage before any of its power is used to power your home.

The Self-Powered mode gets a little more complicated as you can reserve a percentage of the battery to act as backup and use the rest to collect solar energy that is not used by your home to charge the battery. When the sun sets what ever power you have stored in the battery (down to the amount you reserved for backup) is used to power your home. When the battery reaches the backup limit your home is powered by the grid.

After the software update two new Time-Based Control options were added to the Powerwall. Both options allow you to avoid using peak grid power, which is the most expensive electricity.

The Balanced option stores any excess solar power to the battery during off-peak and shoulder grid power periods. Then the Powerwall will supply power to your home first at peak, then at shoulder, and finally at off-peak grid power periods if there is any power left in the battery.

The Cost Saving option stores all solar power to the battery during off-peak and shoulder grid power periods. Then the Powerwall will supply power to your home first at peak and then at shoulder grid power periods.

The difference between the original Self-Powered and the two new modes is: The two new modes enable the Powerwall to sell power back to the grid at peak grid power periods, which is when you make the most money for your solar power. The Self-Powered mode focuses solely on powering your home via your stored solar power. This is a terrific way to lower your carbon foot print as your home consumes all the solar power you generate.

The Balanced mode allows your home to be powered by solar power (during off-peak and shoulder grid power periods) and stores any excess solar power to the battery. The Balanced mode then directs the Powerwall to power your home during peak grid power periods, while selling any solar power generated back to the grid during this peak period. As the name of this mode suggests, use of solar power to power your home is balanced against selling solar power back to the grid at peak grid power periods.

The Cost Saving mode diverts all solar power to the battery during off-peak and shoulder grid power periods. Your home is powered by cheaper off-peak and shoulder grid power during this phase. The Cost Saving mode then directs the Powerwall to power your home during peak grid power periods, while selling any solar power generated back to the grid during this peak period. This ensures you earn the maximum amount for your solar power generation. Of course, solar power is solar power. It really doesn’t matter if your home consumes it or your neighbors consume it via the grid. But in this mode, you make the most money selling your solar power and you help the power company off-set peak period power loads. It’s a win, win situation.


Tess, of the drivervilles

Goodbye NAV Missy

The NAV Missy

Julia and I said goodbye to our beloved 2013 Nissan Leaf on 03/22/2018. It is such a great car and served us so well for almost five years. It was our first experience with electric drive and it exposed us to the pleasure, and sometimes anxiety, of driving electric cars. She hasn’t gone to the scrapheap she’s in fact found a new home with our dear friends Margo and Todd. Here she will serve Todd as a trusty commuting car shuttling him back and forth across the San Francisco Bay for many years to come I’m sure.

Electric cars have far less moving parts than internal combustion engine (ICE) cars. Less moving parts means less servicing and lower probability of mechanical failure. Electric cars do have far more complicated electronics. But integrated circuits either work or fail soon after they are placed in operation and are easily replaced. This makes electric cars far superior to ICE cars from the standpoint of longevity and maintenance. So it was with our Leaf. During the five years we owned it I replaced two tires.

Electric cars are far cheaper to operate than ICE cars. Gasoline is not just destructive to the environment it is extremely expensive. In fact, if you add the price we pay in the loss of human life, destroying other countries to obtain oil to make gasoline, and the damage we cause to our environment, the actual cost of gasoline is astronomical.

Of course, electric cars use energy, but in California we generate 30% of our electrical energy via renewable sources and this is on the increase.

The estimated proportions of generation from each renewable technology type in California in 2017

So, say hello to our new 2018 Tesla Model X 100D who we’ve named: Tess, of the drivervilles. This is an homage to Thomas Hardy’s 1891 novel: Tess of the d’Urbervilles and the amazing Roman Polanski film of the same name.

Tess has a 100 kWh 350 Volt lithium-ion battery that gives her a 289 to 310-mile range on one charge. One of the most amazing things about Tess is she is all American made. She’s certainly not a lite car weighing in at 6,658 lbs. gross weight. But, Tess can jump from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds, which is not too shabby given her weight. She has four-wheel-drive and a maximum ground clearance of 9 inches. This gives Tess the ability to serve as our sole car. She can transport us from the market and back as well as transport us across the country via the most extensive charging network in the world today. And she can take us down the occasional dirt road Julia and I find ourselves on while looking for hiking trailheads.

We’ll miss the NAV Missy, but we look forward too many years traveling this great country in Tess of the drivervilles.