June 12, 2008
There is only one thing that upsets me about this… individual, and that is he’s being allowed to fill kids heads with this stuff. The upside is, Darwin’s law will ironically extract it’s vengeance and he’ll be oblivious to how Stupid he is. The downside is, these people vote! Here’s a warning to the rest of you in the US… Vote or regret it because they are getting worse.
Buddha said, “God must love fools because he made so many”. I love quoting Buddha to religious nuts. Technically Buddhism is not a religion, and he reportedly said after a 49 day meditation session. “There is no God”. I did a 10 day Vipassana course once, had a look at the Universe, thought about it for a while, decided orange robes wasn’t my style and that I could live with perhaps a modified ego… but I will go back one day probably.
Speaking of philosophy, Douglas Adams said. “There is a theory which states that if anybody ever discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”
Judging by the chap in the video, that’s already happened.
Douglas also gave us a metaphor for religions. “Imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, ‘This is an interesting world I find myself in, an interesting hole I find myself in, fits me rather neatly, doesn’t it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!’ This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, it’s still frantically hanging on to the notion that everything’s going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise. I think this may be something we need to be on the watch out for”.
May 5, 2008
Not much I can say about this Cartoon is there?
What I will say is there are two sources of energy in Australia which would, I believe, be viable alternatives for petrol. Firstly there is the garden variety Natural Gas, which is far far cleaner than Oil. Natural Gas is in abundance in Australia and it would not be that hard to convert our cars to run on Natural Gas, and nobody would have to starve.
The other alternative is quite a bit more involved and some of the initial bottle necks would be, there are at present far too few electric cars and too little base load power at present to switch all are cars over to Electric… which could be easily solved by investing in Australian photovoltaic (solar cells) and putting them on all domestic roofs first.
The domestication of photovoltaic power has just started in Australia, after almost 13 years of John Winston Howard’s governmental environmental vandalism. There’s now light at the end of the tunnel, because the South Australian Government has now adopted a Feed In Tariff, which will pay the consumer DOUBLE the retail price for electricity they feed back to the grid. When they did that in Spain, Spain went mad on solar panels, and it will hopefully soon have much the same effect in Australia.
Meanwhile the NSW government, a Labor government which, I’m embarrassed to say, is trying to do the same as they did in California, that is, sell off the publicly owned Electricity, because they say they can not afford to build the new power plants necessary… Hello! This sunburnt country is being out Solared by countries like Germany with half the sunlight, and all you hear on the media is the Unions are against privatization… what a load of bullshit. The vast majority of the NSW people do not trust big business and they don’t want it’s Electricity privatize, no more than the average car owner wants to burden the starving still more, by steeling what little food they have for our cars.
April 18, 2008
The problem I feel is that instead of spending countless billions on a stupid war to control the oil, they should have spent that money on putting solar panels on every building, invested in solar thermal, geothermal power, wind, tidal & wave power.
Unfortunately, the aforementioned power generation, does not lend it’s self to being controlled by an elite minority… so they persist with generating processes, which only suit a elite minority, processes such as atomic power and solar power plants in space for crying out loud.
In Australia the thing’s not oil but coal (17th century ‘technology’) and Uranium, it’s the coal and mining lobby that sets the agenda; hardly surprisingly since they paid for the politicians. After inventing some of the best solar cells, solar thermal processes etc. etc. our government’s; both the previous and the current, ignores them. Germany, with half the sun light is putting up more solar cells population percentage wise… we have one factory producing solar cells and it has to export 85% of what it makes.
Only one state in Australia, namely South Australia, pays householders twice the going rate for the excess power they produce with solar cells, how cool is that! If this was more wide spread we would not only not have to build more coal fired power stations, we could close some of them down and use the less polluting and more flexible natural gas turbines to make up the base load.
As for ‘clean’ coal and ‘safe’ Nuclear power, yeah right, they are about as certain as WMD’s in Iraq… well as I always say, “When your snout’s in the trough, the rim’s your horizon.”
March 22, 2008
Photo: Planet HD 189733b, Discovery Channel News
Methane on another planet
Astronomers announced on Wednesday that they had detected the existence of methane in the atmosphere of a planet 63 light years from Earth. The fact that methane has been found on another planet other than Earth has boosted the prospects that life could exist outside of our Solar System, albeit that this particular planet (Planet HD 189733b) appears to be way to hot to sustain life.
Details of Planet HD 189733b
Planet HD 189733b is in the constellation of Vulpecula, or the Little Fox. The planet is of a type of large planets called “hot Jupiters, it’s surface is scorched and liquid water could not exist.
“HD 189733b is closer to its star than Mercury is to our sun. It takes only two days to complete one orbit and has a sweltering temperature of 1,650 degrees Fahrenheit — hot enough to melt silver.”
The major importance of this discovery though, is the existence of methane, this means that if methane is on other planets, than some of the essential ingredients of life exist outside of our solar system.
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March 10, 2008
This image is a sample from the website opentopia.com. The website shows the current position of the sunlight as it hits the earth. See the link below for more.
Website: World Sunlight at opentopia.com
March 5, 2008
Well despite the fact that they have decided to depole Pluto from planet to an asteroid? I’m going to still think of it as a planet… all be it a small one.
As for VV Cephei, the biggest star in this video sequence… it’s actually only the second biggest star in our neighborhood, referred to as our home galaxy, being only some 3,000 light years from Earth. VV Cephei is some 1,900 times the diameter of our sun and several hundred thousand times brighter.
Douglas Adams said in his ‘Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’… “Space is big”, a magnificent understatement that one would think would cause problems for the Creationists, who amongst their beliefs, believe the universe came to being; according to James Ussher, the Anglican Archbishop of Armagh Ireland, at 9am, I’m assuming a Monday, the 26th October 4004BC.
Well I guess that means that the light could have reached us from VV Cephei in their time frame, but, I’m not sure about the other galaxies, for instance it takes light over 14 billion years to travel from the furthest galaxy that we know of to here… Douglas did say it was big.
March 3, 2008
Photo: John Walker’s HomePlanet
John Walker’s HomePlanet is a Microsoft Windows application which calculates the position of the Earth, Sun, Moon, planets, asteroids, comets, and Earth satellites with high accuracy.
A friend who’s a professional Astronomer recommended it to me and gave it quite a rap and now I’m giving it a rap, it’s great, easy to use and has a brilliant help file with a huge amount of great reference material.
I’m about to abandon Windows, I’ve finally had enough so I’m moving to the light side, I’m getting a Mac and my only regret will be losing my much loved HomePlanet (thanks to my friend Sean, and John Walker) and perhaps my Lotus SmartSuite, but particularly my Lotus Organizer.
John Walker is a computer programmer and a co-founder of the computer-aided design software company Autodesk, and a co-author of early versions of AutoCAD… which explains the excellent nature of HomePlanet.
The above photo is in fact a feature known as ‘Sky map’. The sky map shows the sky as it appears at the current time (real or simulated) above the location you’ve selected as the observing site. Stars visible to the naked eye and symbols representing the Sun, Moon (with correct phase), and planets currently above the horizon are shown in their correct positions in the sky. If you’ve selected an asteroid or comet to track from the Object catalogue and it’s currently visible, the symbol representing it will also appear in the sky map. If you’re tracking a satellite and it’s visible from your site, its icon will appear at the correct position in the sky.
John Walker’s real time Screen saver looks very similar to Sky Map, it, like it’s parent software, is brilliant and free, you don’t even have to register them… how great is that.
Website: John Walker’s HomePlanet
March 2, 2008
An extremely promising solution for climate change by replacing Coal power stations is here and it is US based Ausra Inc who has the solution with it’s Solar thermal technology.
The technology was originally developed in Australia by Dr. David Mills. Unfortunately for the Australian economy Dr Mills had to take his technology to the United States to get the funding he required to continue this technology through to production stage.
We believe that Ausra Inc’s Solar thermal technology may just be what the world has been looking for in it’s fight against climate change.
So how does the Ausra Solar Thermal System work?
Ausra uses a technology called, Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR). This idea was originally conceived in the early 1990s by Ausra’s founders in Australia. The system works by reflecting sunlight off mirrors and onto a collecting tube, this tube is filled with water and as such will produce high temperature, pressurised steam. The steam then drives a turbine generator which produces electricity. (see image below)
Image courtesy of Ausra Inc
Ausra have recently signed a major contract with Pacific Gas and Electricity to supply baseload power for California in the US.
To see the full story at PaleBluDot click the link below.
January 30, 2008
Here are some of the names you would know as the most well known computer companies in the world, but how did they get their names? See below for the answers.
“The name started as a joke boasting about the amount of information the search-engine would be able to search. It was originally named ‘Googol’, a word for the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros.After founders – Stanford graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project to an angel investor, they received a cheque made out to ‘Google’ ”
“Bob Noyce and Gordon Moore wanted to name their new company ‘Moore Noyce’ but that was already trademarked by a hotel chain so they had to settle for an acronym of INTegrated ELectronics.”
“It was the favourite fruit of founder Steve Jobs. He was three months late in filing a name for the business, and he threatened to call his company Apple Computers if the other colleagues didn’t suggest a better name by 5 O’clock.”
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January 27, 2008
His hands would be getting a bit warm by now, wouldn’t they?