Solar Cells: Generating Electricity from Light

Solar cells are designed to absorb photons from sunlight and convert that energy into electricity by taking advantage of the photovoltaic effect and separating an electron and hole across the bandgap of the semiconductor.   If a photon does not have enough energy to excite an electron across the gap, it will either be transmitted or…

The Energy Crisis

The motivation behind the search for cost effective, carbon neutral, renewable energy sources is readily apparent in all areas of our daily life.  Since the industrial revolution, the human need for high quality, inexpensive energy has driven both exploration and technology.  For most of that time, that need was filled by fossil fuels, which today…

A Oakey Hall 1826-1893

A Oakey Hall was born July 26th 1826 in Albany New York. His father, James Morgan  Hall, a New Orleans merchant, died of yellow fever in 1830. His mother, Elsie Lansing. He had a sister, Marcia. Oakie married Katherine Louise Barnes on Nov 1st 1849 and had a son, Herbert Oakey Hall and 5 daughters. Oakie Hall died October 7th 1893 from heart disease, at…

Social Conservatism

I believe the definition of marriage is one man with one woman. I agree with the Republican National Committee’s Platform that states, “the well-being of children is best accomplished in the environment of the home, nurtured by their mother and father anchored by the bonds of marriage.” My commitment to social conservatism includes the fundamental…

Same-Gender Marriage

I believe that marriage should be exclusively between one man and one woman. I believe that marriage was created by God as sacred and ordained it since the beginning of civilization. I believe that children benefit most from having both a Mom and a Dad. In New York State, same-gender “marriage” advocates are intolerant of…

On Republicanism

Yvette with former 44th Assembly District Leader, Susan Cleary, and State Senator Marty GoldenWhat does it matter if a political party wins an election but loses its principles, loses its soul, loses its foundations. That was the phrase that rolled around my head when I declared my candidacy for State Assembly. I hear so often…

Education Reform

I believe school choice for children stuck in poorly performing public schools is a civil rights issue. The achievement gap between those that can afford alternate educational opportunities and those children in our public school system is ever widening. Providing a greater choice of charter schools, vouchers, educational tax credits for private and home schools…

Economic Development & Eminent Domain

I am pro-development and understand we need jobs and affordable housing. However, what we have been seeing in Brooklyn in order to help development is immoral and appears may be unconstitutional. Eminent domain and tax incentives were used to help the Atlantic Yards project here in Brooklyn. The Atlantic Yards project is beyond the scope…

HOME AMUSEMENTS

Home electronics has become a fascinating topic on the lips of consumers and technology fanatics across the globe. It seems that a good combination of high tech equipment has become almost a rite of passage for some homeowners and in many circles of friends. While electronics that deal with such important factors as lighting, heating…

True Blood is surprisingly good

Honestly, I was a bit wary of this show (based on the novel “Dead before Dark” by: Charlaine Harris), but I just finished watching all four episodes on my tivo and I really enjoyed it. I had this predetermined idea that the show was just going to be a senseless bloodbath with random nude women…