Links – 09/04/07

Oil field analysis(theoildrum)

Before we go on, I’d like to stress, especially for Euan’s benefit, that with all these visualizations: they have been scaled to fit on your computer screen. Ghawar is really much bigger than your computer screen. And in particular, the scaling in the horizontal direction is much more pronounced than the scaling in the vertical direction. That “cliff” on the eastern flank is really a slow rise that goes on for several miles at only a few degrees angle. However, it’s very likely that even though the scales are adjusted, the shape is accurate, since it can be determined with great precision by seismic surveys.

Peak oil for cultural change(Courier Press)

Humans have for all practical purposes found, drilled, pumped and refined half of the crude oil on the planet — the easiest half: 900 billion barrels — so far this century. What’s left are declining fields with hard-to-extract heavy (sour) crude, oil shale and tar sands. These will require ever more energy to extract and will approach a negative net energy result.

Negotiate a property bargain(rodthomasblog)

Never underestimate the power and potential of a good negotiator. As a property investor, it is absolutely vital that you hone your negotiation skills to make sure that you get the deal you want – every time. Being unaware of negotiation tactics is a real blunder for the modern investor. Even if you are not fully confident in using hard negotiation tactics, it is absolutely vital that you understand what the other party is doing and how they are behaving.

Bee Afraid(celsias) (via rondam)

The sad mystery surrounding the humble honeybee – which is a vital component in $14bn-worth of US agriculture – is beginning to worry even the highest strata of the political class in Washington.

Free Books(friedbeef)

In our fast paced world of email, and RSS feeds, sometimes it’s best to just slow down and read a good book…but if you’re unwilling to shell out big bucks for the latest bestseller – try out these great resources, and read to your hearts content!

Iran nuclear plans(FT)

Iran’s president has promised to disclose news about Iran’s nuclear programme when he visits its uranium enrichment facility on Monday where the West says Tehran is mastering the skills needed to make atomic bombs.

Aging population are wealthy(firstrung)

The UK’s over 50s are living a dream life that is the envy of the younger generation but may never be attained by them, according to a major new report commissioned by FTSE 100 life and pensions company Friends Provident.

£459bn crash(express)

THE BUBBLE is about to burst on Britain’s booming property market. Experts fear a crash is coming that could wipe at least £450billion off the value of the country’s housing stock.

No crash, yet(guardian)

It’s the time of year estate agents love. Easter, traditionally, is when the market comes alive after the winter lull; the sales particulars are ready for eager house hunters; the properties have been spring-cleaned and given a lick of paint.

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