Mike Beversluis

Saturday, August 30, 2008

London from above at night





Here are some very nice photos of London at night by Jason Hawkes.

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"JO-HANNES BRA-AHMS?"

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Careful

The Anti-Restaurants. If they touch a regular restaurant, the pair will annihilate into a burst of pure energy.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Blueleaf

They need to make this: Solar Charger

Since they probably will not make it, or if they do, it will cost $4201, this seems like it could be DIY'd without too much trouble. Once again, design is expensive, copying isn't.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Daily Figure


I really like The Daily Figure, which I read, of course, for the articles. Now, go RSS that sucker!

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Somewhat redundant with the entire internet

Smugopedia - Pretend you know better. For instance:

Bickering

Such departmental bickering always reminds me of Borges' observation on the Falklands War: It's like two bald men fighting over a comb.


By means of a complete lack of introspection, I don't consider myself to be smug at all, so I haven't been able to think of any new entries.

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Solar Towers




I wonder if the interest in solar will last longer than the one in the eighties - remember all the passive-heating solar house designs?

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Giant titanium sphere

Here is a neat article on a New Submersible to Expand Deep Sea Exploration, which is where I got this nifty image of the forging its titanium pressure sphere. Titanium glows pink - who knew?

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Monday, August 25, 2008

pretty good

Duffy - Rockferry

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very cool


Some very cool photographs: Lightmark

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Micro-tape dispenser

I kinda want one: Micro-tape dispenser.

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This is harder than you might think

How many of the 100 most common English words can you type in five minutes?

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

funny haha

Biden's probable acceptance speech.

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Paperchase

Folding a sheet of paper 12 times is now unimpossible.

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

a brief lapse into the political vernacular

Joe Biden?

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Time Travel

I'm pretty sure this is a joke.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Time for a bit of music

I already wrote here that Mina is my favorite singer. This one is "Ancora ancora ancora" (that would be in my translation "Yet more of it")

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Bruce Wayne's version of that Sharper Image pin-art thing


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The problem is that it's sorted autobiographically



On a more serious note, he probably just needs to sell off the especially rare and valuable records individually, where there will be lots of buyers, instead of trying to find that one magic unicorn Nick Hornsby who can afford the whole thing.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

get your nerd on

Get your re-popped Captain Kirk Chair right here, and your inspiration for the inevitable home theater installations here.

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The stuff of nightmares

Barf: Chandler Mansion. I don't think you could be more eccentric if you quaffed absinthe while riding a recumbent bike in a suit of armor on your way to a MENSA meeting. It should be demolished.

Update: Skip the recumbent bike, and ride this masterpiece.

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

funny ha ha

Johnson & Johnson Introduces 'Nothing But Tears' Shampoo To Toughen Up Newborns.

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Unsurprisingly, this video is an homage to Wes Anderson



Vampire Weekend - Oxford Comma.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Nifty houses




Free house plans. They're pretty nice, although I'd raise the ceiling heights in some of them. Wide, long rooms with low ceilings feel off to me, even if they are more energy efficient.

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Solar Energy Talks

Here are some presentations on solar power research and policy.

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Heathkit


The nifty Heathkit Virtual Museum. I wish they were still around.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

That's a lot

Kinda on a food kick today, but check out what Michael Phelps eats in a day - all 12,000 calories of it.

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The next step is getting a slave to peel my grapes


I feel odd mentioning this, but I bought a cheap-o citrus juicer the other day, and each morning since I have made myself a glass of fresh Auger. It's not much more expensive, if at all, than the bottled OJ, and it's way better in the morning screwdriver. Fantastic!

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Amelie would totally flip out over this





This looks great to me, but Wilfred Brimley would not approve, as he has the diabetes.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

the new snake-oil

How to buy a new car

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Monday, August 11, 2008

congratulations all around

First off, I'd like to say congratulations to my sister Naomi and new b-in-law, Wade. They held their nuptuals last week in the post-cardesque town of Port Gamble, WA. And now that Wade's in the family, fair warning, the kid gloves are off!

Second, congratulations to Manuel and Heidi on the birth of their new son.

Third, congratulations to Giovanni on finishing his thesis exam.

Fourth, congratulations to Felix Hernandez of the Mariners, for only giving up one run over eight innings despite a real wild-streak in the 4-6th innings, and also to Rual Ibanez for his walk-off home run in the ninth, which I totally called. This was the best Mariners game all year. Why do I mention this? Because I had an awesome seat, and got to see it up close and personal. I now think that there are two basic ways to go to a ball game: Either hang out in the nose-bleed section for the beery ambiance, and or go front-row to see the ball laces spin.

Finally, congratulations to myself for getting to the top of Hurricane Ridge in the middle of a hurricane. Admittedly, we did drive up 5120 of the 5240 feet, and then I used my Mountain Rascal(T) to get the rest of the way up. And also, by hurricane, I mean light rain. Kudos all around.

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Friday, August 08, 2008

The rest of America looks with suspicion at ...

Some time ago, in the cinema newsgroup that I follow (in the Italian language) someone recounted his travel experience in California. A lively discussion ensued, and at a certain point an user, nickname AP, wrote (all translations are mine)

"(California) is a state looked at with suspicion by the rest of America, because of its different morality and a certain sort of hippy heritage that still survives, full of racial tensions and huge contradictions"

so that another user, Alessandro Coricelli (an italian living in California since quite a bit I understand), responded collecting many commonplaces: here you are his response

"... the rest of America looks with suspicion at Seattle and Portland because it rains too much over there. The rest of America looks with suspicion at New Jersey because there are too many vegetables and the NJ turnpike ... oh boy. The rest of America looks with suspicion at Kentucky because they produce too much whiskey but it has many dry counties as well, a contradiction which is so much huger than all other contradictions. The rest of America looks with suspicion at Wyoming because there is a place over there with the highest summer temperature and the coldest winter temperature and also because they did not yet solve the age-old question on whether it is better sheep or cows, another Kantian contradiction. America looks with suspicion at Pennsylvania because it is not true at all that they are all friends and on top of that the bells are broken. America looks with suspicion at Vermont because it has too many French names and Ben & Jerry are fat. America looks with suspicion at Chicago because they make tall pizza. America looks with suspicion at New Haven because they call pizza 'apizza' and it is too thin anyway. Half of America looks with suspicion at whomever puts beans into chili, the other half at whomever doesn't, while the other half (America has three halves because 3 is the perfect number) complains because 'can't we all get along?'. The rest of America looks with suspicion at New York because if you ask how to get to Carnegie Hall they answer 'practice, practice, practice.' The rest of America looks with suspicion at Nashville because the Parthenon is not on top of a hill."

Well, I found it amusing.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

I got what you want

Pharoahe Monch - Body Baby

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

funny ha ha

White Stuff People Like.

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Sunday, August 03, 2008

Things to do

I would like to see a Tom Waits concert someday. In the mean-time, here's an interview of Tom Waits by Tom Waits...

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Friday, August 01, 2008

For some reason, the first thousand names in the Boston phone book come to mind

Interesting musings on the academic insult "I've never heard of you."

FWIW, I think that many of the comments are funny or true or funny and true, although there is a "back in the day whipersnappers respected their elders," which I kinda doubt. Did nickels have pictures of bees on them? Did you get five bees for a quarter?

The basic gist of all of this, is that in the university research program administration business, where much of the effort is very front-loaded, respect and recognition feel hard to come by. To which I say, the punishment fits the crime. Namely, stop worrying if other people think you're smart.

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The next big thing?

Stuff like this rarely pans out to the extent promised in the initial news releases, but in this week's Science are several announcements that new catalysts have been found which make a solar-to-hydrogen energy economy possible. [PR here]

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that does pan out, and if solar cells continue their Moore-law like decrease in cost per kWh (halving time = 3 years), and if all of these things are scalable to hundreds of gigawatts, well then. That would be big. Set aside cars for the moment, where hydrogen storage would still be an issue due to its low energy density, and just consider a large solar cell array in Nevada - perhaps using organic cells that can be printed out cheapy - with hydrogen storage tanks serving as an energy buffer for night-time use and during inclement weather.

If you can remove the need for high-purity crystalline silicon for cells, which seems to be a limitation in scaling things up, and store energy efficiently (50% That's what NASA gets [here] [Wiki] and cheaply (?), then a good chunk of our economy and homes could be solar powered.

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Coming to an Ikea near you

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