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Monthly Archives: March 2011

Taking two weeks off

There will be no SmartScarecrow Show on March 31st or April 7th.  Normal broadcast schedule will resume on April 14th at 9:00pm Eastern US time.


20110324 Recorded presentation has been posted for on demand viewing

The 20110324 episode of The SmartScarecrow Show has been posted for on demand viewing at the following locations.

Scarecrow’s Blog:






20110324-Low cost zero energy homes

Segment 1: Scarecrow’s News Rant
Presenter: SmartScarecrow
Estimated: 10 minutes

Governments lie to their people about the safety of nuclear power generation. They have done it for years and are doing it today regarding the Fukushima reactor disaster in Japan. You can bet that the truth about how bad Fukushima really is will not be known for decades.

Don’t think the government is capable of keeping such a secret? History teaches us they have done it before. It is logical to assume that they are lying to us now and will do it again.

Segment 2: Alternative Energy News Update
Presenter: Sterling Allan, CEO, Pure Energy Systems News
Estimated: 15 minutes

Segment 3: Feature Presentation
Presenter: SmartScarecrow and Brian Carsten of OH, Inc.
Estimated: 35-45 Minutes

Let’s define sustainability as smart resource management. It improves your life.

Smart design is delivering something for little or nothing.
This is a discussion of the H.I.D.E.N. systems approach,
Holistic Integrated Design using Engineered Natural Systems.
Component Systems of H.I.D.E.N. systems are:
Life Style Considerations
Stressed Skin Panels Use
Facade Simplification
Material Utilization
Cost Optimization
Space Planning
Solar Aptitude
Seasonal Changes
Flora Consideration
Thermal Mass Inertia
Deep Earth Interactions
Heating and Cooling Days
Water Table & Bed Rock Interfaces
Air Control

Zero energy homes come without limits.

OH Inc. H.I.D.E.N. systems deliver self-heated homes at no additional cost!

OH Inc. developed the H.I.D.E.N. systems which follow smart design principles.

OH Inc. Builds self-heated homes at a low cost, and Engineers, Speaks, Designs, Consults, Constructs, Educates and trains & works with code compliance officials in regards to sustainability, alternative housing and zero energy housing.

Segment 4: Audience Q&A
Estimated: 10 minutes

20110317 episode of The SmartScarecrow Show has been posted

The 20110317 episode of The SmartScarecrow Show has been published to the following sites for on demand viewing.

Scarecrow Show Blog:






Show notes and links to source materials can be viewed at The SmartScarecrow Show blog site.

20110317 – Show Notes

Segment 1 – 10 minutes

News Item:  ALERT – Nuclear (and economic) Meltdown in progress

Presenter:  SmartScarecrow

Review of article written by Chris Martenson, and published at Zero Hedge, March 16, 2011

Excerpt begin  *****************************************

The substance of this alert centers on the unknown aftershocks that may result from the world’s third largest economy, Japan, rapidly shifting from an exporter of funding to a consumer of it. In situations like these, we are by definition operating with incomplete and often confusing information, and events are developing more rapidly than they can be fully analyzed and internalized. We regret in advance any mistakes that we might make due to making calls and decisions in this highly fluid environment.

This alert warns you that major world-changing events are now underway and that your personal preparations for an uncertain future should either be completed or take on a new sense of urgency. On the basis of the information contained here and in the past two days of posts, I am personally ratcheting up my preparations, making purchases, and topping off what needs to be topped off.

Important caveat: At this point in time, I cannot fully support 100% of my concerns with hard data and evidence. Some of what has tipped me into this state of urgency is data, evidence, and stories that I can point to. Some is due to the absence of data or information, the remainder results from watching market gyrations and correlations shift into new patterns, which tell me something is afoot.

I have not been this concerned since October of 2008.

Excerpt end  *****************************************

Link to full article –
Late breaking news:  Let The Bombing Commence: UN Set To Impose “No Fly Zone” Over Libya

Segment 2 – 10 minutes

Alternative Energy News Update

Presenter:  Sterling D. Allan, CEO, Pure Energy Systems Network

Sterling D. Allan’s show notes are available at

Segment 3 – 40 minutes

Feature Presentation – Using waste vegetable oil as diesel fuel

Presenter:  SmartScarecrow – interview with Richard (aka:  Inspironator, HoldonTight, HOTVO)

*             Alternative fuels based on vegetable oil — focusing on the differences
–              Which vehicles can use vegetable oil based fuels?
–              Distinguish differences between biodiesel and vegetable oil
*             Processing differences
*             Consumables and
*             Vehicle differences
*             Viscosity
–              Biodiesel
–              Veg Oil

*             Benefits of using Biodiesel
–              Cost – lower than Diesel
–              Greener than Diesel!
–              Lubricity is better than diesel
–              As an additive (up to 5%)

*             Benefits of using Veg Oil
–              Lowest cost/gallon
–              Environmentally green (carbon footprint, cleaner burning/less pollution)
–              Lubricity – longer lasting pumps and injectors

*             CONVERTED 1999.5 Ford F-250 VIDEOS – A QUICK TOUR:
1. VegOil tank, filter & Pump  à Short discussion, the details
2. Fuel Fill, Gauges & Switches –> Short discussion, more details!
3. Engine Fuel Control and Coolant Mods –> Short discussion:
Flat Plate Heat Exchanger,
 Solenoids are not all equal!
Looping the fuel through heat exchangers – hotter fuel & faster
*             How convert a vehicle properly:

–              Heat the Veg Oil from the tank until it nearly reaches the injector pump or injector, temperature goal is 160 F or higher.
–              Where to get the waste heat for free, temperature regulated!
–              Gauges or sensor-based switches to monitor/control & the advantages of each
–              ALWAYS START A COLD ENGINE ON DIESEL, and switch  over to Veg Oil when up to normal operating temperature
–              Automated control – see the recommended reference sites for specific vendor controllers – make sure the features meet your needs/desires… examples.

*             Sourcing Used Vegetable Oil for free, or nearly free – quick how-to for newbies
– Tests:
— Nose test
— Free Fatty Acid Level Test Strips
— Clarity
– If oil is desirable, approach restaurant owner (independent restaurants are best, Not McD, Not BK…)
               – How I approach the Manager/Owner:
                              — Be a recognized customer
— Be consistent with pickup
                              — Be neat

*             How to prepare Veg Oil as a fuel:  filter and dewatering

(Youtube Demos – quick easy inexpensive and effective Veg Oil processing video how-to: 

        PLAY ON SHOW: 
From YouTube user joebro32

        Alternate simplistic approach for reference (NOT PLAYED ON SHOW): 
From YouTube user vegipower

My Veg Oil Processing research
PLAY VIDEO  4. VO Processing
         Reducing waste: Centrifuges

*             Questions: (While waiting for questions, suggest this reference book for theory & scientific data: SVO – Powering Your Vehicle with Straight Vegetable Oil, by Forest Gregg, 2008)

(Recommended information sources for SVO Conversion & Processing Veg Oil as a Fuel: 

SVO Conversion designs, specific to Ford, Dodge, VW, Mercedes-Benz and others:


Segment 4:  Audience Q&A

20110314 – Just past 1,000,000 viewers on JTV

This SmartScarecrow Show just passed a milestone.  According to the viewer counter on Justin TV, the show has now had more than 1,000,000 viewers.  This is in just the 4 months since the show was moved to Justin.TV from USTREAM.TV.  WOW.

But on the reality check side of things, it appears that a viewer need only pass through the channel and hover for a moment or two for JTV to count them as a “viewer”.  It would be a real ego blast to think that 1 million people had actually watched The SmartScarecrow Show, but the number really needs to be taken in context.  It is more likely that maybe 10% of what has been reported is actual views of the presentations.

The metrics provided by some of the “on demand” viewing sites where the recorded videos are posted are much more accurate.  In particular, the viewer counts provided by USTREAM, YouTube, Blip.TV and Vimeo seem to be very accurate.

Based on the best information we can put together, our typical audience is 85% male, 40% between the ages of 45 and 54 years old.  The typical SmartScarecrow Show gets an average of 10,000 views from all sources with Justin TV being the primary source.  A video will commonly get 800-1000 views on YouTube, 500 on Blip.TV, 250 on USTREAM and 50 on Vimeo.  Some videos do much better than this, others not quite as well.

20110310 episode of The SmartScarecrow Show has been posted

You can watch the 20110310 episode of The SmartScarecrow Show here on the blog or from the following locations … This episode features an interview with Ismael Avisio …

If you would like to know more about the work of Ismael Aviso check the article at

To donate to this project please visit:

Show Notes for 20110310

Segment 1:  News Item – The Federal Reserve Is The Black Hole In American Democracy

Presenter:  SmartScarecrow

Target Length:  10 minutes

An 8 minute video presentation originally produced in July of 2009.  Continues to be relevant as the economy continues to implode.

Segment 2:  Alternative Energy news update from PESN.COM

Presenter:  Sterling Allan of

Sterling Allan’s Show Notes:

Target Length:  10 minutes

Segment 3:  Feature Presentation – Interview with Ismael Aviso

live from the Philippines

Presenter:  Interview with Ismael Aviso conducted by SmartScarecrow

Target Length:  30-40 minutes

Video 1:

Video 2: 

Video 3:

To contribute to this project –

Segment 4:  Audience participation – Q&A

Target Length:  10 minutes

A video worth watcing

20110304 episode of The SmartScarecrow Show has been posted!

The SmartScarecrow Show that was broadcast live on March 4, 2011 has now been posted to the archive sites.  If you missed the live presentation and/or would like to watch this episode at your leisure you can do so by following any of the links below.