Thursday, December 7, 2017

Could Hybrid, Dirigible Blimp, Air Trains Help Fight Wild Fires?

On first blush, of course, it would seem a real stretch. And you only need to think for a second or two about the kinds of thermals such large conflagrations create, in very large sections of air column above them, to know it would be a serious challenge to staying in the air at all, much less resist the kinds of structural loading that attempting such a thing would undoubtedly put such a craft through.

So right now it would be hard to say with any certainty. One thing I do know, though, that not nearly enough imaginative effort has been put into any kind of an alternative to what state emergency responders have in their current inventory to put great amounts of fire retardant (whether water or otherwise) were it is needed quickly. And of course as well, it always comes back to the money, or more precisely, the lack of it to do development work on much larger scale ways to go about such important delivery systems.

That being said, I would still like to think that, if any lighter than air approach was going to have any chance, one that borrowed from the principle of the pontoon bridge might have a pretty good shot at it; especially if the trains were fairly large, both in respect to the size of the individual train units, but also in the over all, connected length of the train. What this might boil down to is simply the fact of: can you engineer the linkage between the trains to be of sufficient strength to handle the sudden shifts of one, or more units, suddenly being thrust up, or down, against the current altitude of the remaining units still not in the same thermal event, or combinations of thermal events down the entire length of the train, going in all sorts of different directions. I'd also like to think that, whatever the engineering challenges, a way could be figured out to resolve them. But that is always the way it is with a dreamer.

Seeing as such trains would already have an immense possible impact on other critical transportation needs, and that we could set up refining the design as part of the public works project to create them in the first place, how much more trouble would there be in looking into this application as well? It might give us a new tool to really put massive amounts of retardant were we need it, and if nothing else it might spark a better imaginative approach, and with something just as unconventional.



Southern California wildfire devours homes as residents escape


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CONTAINMENT DROPPED FROM 15% TO 10%


Firefighters are focused on defending the Santa Barbara beach town of Carpinteria from the raging Thomas fire.




Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Three D Printed Bacteria

Can there be any further doubt about the fact that we are in an absolutely new operating environment? I for one do not see how.

And if we are in an absolutely new operating environment, how can we possibly continue with the current economic system; you know, that several hundred year old one that is supposed to give us the means to operate as we need, and want to, in this new era; where not only is human skill something that can be retrieved at the click of some app, but now life itself can be output as just another kind of hard copy.

Think long and hard on what this, and other new technical developments, mean in regards to the statement that we are now confronted with entirely new sets of instrumentality, as well as entirely new sense modalities needing to be able to respond to this new operating environment.

It well and truly is a brand new ball game that we continue to play with centuries old strategies, methodologies, and the old fixations of one sense used to the exclusion of a more balanced approach (as with cultures first fixed on the oral tradition, which then gave way to typography and the domination of print for a while before the onslaught of electricity; whereupon now we face everything possible all at once, and in an ever more encompassing, and saturating way).

Marshall McLuhan made all this quite clear. And I happen to think he made a pretty good argument for it. Which is the reason I think you should take it seriously.

3D-printed live bacteria creates world's first "living tattoo"





Laser holograms create 3D-printed objects in seconds, no layering required








How Long Are We Going To Continue the Immoral, And Horribly Failed War On Drugs

As I have stated several times before, the war on drugs is not only not working, it is doing far more harm than the addictive drugs themselves.

Government is not supposed to be in the business of punishment, or revenge; especially in the area of addiction (the point here being for government to resort to restricting freedom because we cannot trust certain individuals any more). The purpose there should the minimization of harm, and the best way of doing that, in my opinion, is to legalize all of it and then control how it is used; giving it away to those who can't afford it, but not allowing them to leave the administration centers until the drug has worn off (at least for the most dangerously debilitating drugs),

The point then is to offer treatment at every iteration of a dosage cycle, imploring the user to consider carefully what they are doing (with real treatment options available), but accepting, in the end, the notion that you can't help people who don't want to be helped. And if that means allowing people to dose themselves to death than so be it.


JUST LEGALIZE IT


Since it decriminalized all drugs in 2001, Portugal has seen dramatic drops in overdoses, HIV infection and drug-related crime.




Monday, December 4, 2017

In My Estimation This Is An Excellent Example Of Visual Suggestion Creating A Body Meaning Space Reality

Keeping in mind, of course, that I do have a bias towards such an interpretation.

It sure feels like it would fit though. And, interestingly enough, though I can feel quite definitely why you might be "suggested" in this way, it doesn't actually work on me.

It does make me wonder of course. Is there some unconscious participation required? Something that doesn't work if you are too consciously aware of the effect in the first place? I know that I've never been able to hypnotize myself either, though I've never had the opportunity to be done so by a professional.

In any case, though, a most interesting phenomenon. Whatever the actual factors going on here might be.


WHAT THE HECK?


GIFs are literally inescapable on the internet and, mercifully, they're silent. So is this one, except for the sound it makes you hear.




Monday, November 27, 2017

Environmental Instability Leads To Political And Economic Instability, Which Leads To Social Instability, Which Leads To More Environmental Instability

Not necessarily in that order of course, but you get the idea. And we have to be clear here that by environmental we are being very inclusive as to the multi layered matrix of natural systems, and human made systems.

And the human toll only climbs as those who have the means to effect these different systems continue to pretend that, no matter how our ability to do things changes, we can carry on with the economic operating model that is responsible for so much of the over all systems damage in the first place, environment wide, over the last several hundred years of its existence. The very, several hundred year model, that is now so mutated and monstrous. Quite destructively monstrous. We cannot continue to rely on it precisely because to do so will kill very large numbers of us at the very least, before some kind of new equilibrium is found; or will more likely kill our species out entirely as the unchecked, mean temperature rise, makes human life, at least, quite impossible.

15,200 children arrive in Europe on own as migrant crisis deepens



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FROM BAD TO WORSE


Boko Haram, climate change, predatory armies, and extreme hunger are converging on a marginalized population in Central Africa.




Friday, November 24, 2017

Another Aspect Of The Complexity Of Dirt, And All That Lies Beneath It

What an amazing thing it is to consider all of the activity. All of the processes to aggregate, transfer, and become even more complex, that go on all around us; every second; at every scale of consideration you might want to imagine. Just in whatever room you might be in and the amazing biota that inhabits your floor; your rug, your furniture, and you. And that's just for starters.

This complexity with dirt is no small thing as well when it comes to thinking about self sufficient habitats off world. Previous experiments with closed systems have gotten it wrong and so there's probably going to need to be considerable work done to better understand those kinds of systems. The kind of research depicted here is a very good step in that direction.

Life goes deeper






Thursday, November 23, 2017

"Matter Without Matter" Strongly Suggests Just How Much Working From Faith Has Entered Physics

I highly recommend reading the linked article below from Nautilus. It is a wonderful recap of where physics now stands as to the true manifestation of matter.

It turns out that a fixed translation, via a specific object, to thus aggregate a stable thing that has mass, is not so easy to track across so many scales of consideration. Made especially more difficult when you keep determining that the objects close to your nominal scale of actual perceptive existence keep demonstrating the annoying tendency to simply be a never ending series of more encapsulated systems of other objects simply whirling about, expressing energy in one form or another within consistent, generalized boundaries (which are of course another can of worms to try and open).

Fortunately this is faith well placed because there have been lots of useful observations that have made making indirect inferences quite reasonable. So it is, therefore, quite reasonable to assume that the whirling processes, for whatever encapsulated system, must produce at least the effect of mass. This must be so because no matter what, inertia will have to be dealt with in the larger frame of reference that the selected "object" has to exist in.

So we must conclude that "assumed mass" is real. This really shouldn't be a big deal, though, from my perspective. After all, isn't that what relativistic mass is when you accelerate said object? The inertia thus created would certainly equate to a given mass, quite beyond the nominal mass of the object itself, especially if were to come to a sudden interaction with another "fixed" object, releasing more energy than the first objectified whirling system, of other, lower scale objects, would possess of themselves.

This conclusion then makes me wonder why physics as a whole isn't investigating relativistic mass a great deal more. It seems to me that this would be a much more useful area of inquiry than, say, continued blasting away at some of these same objects with accelerated protons (or whatever else they might use as a bullet).

I have posted on this before certainly. And I still think that this is a completely wrong headed way to go about observational science. Especially now that really tremendous energies are starting to be applied. The fact of the matter here, as this article makes plain, is that there is just so much in the intervening levels of scale that are being blasted down into, that we cannot know of, and so must take on faith, that there ought to be a great deal more self examination about what kinds of observational prejudice might be introduced when you make interactions for which you have so little true understanding of.

The simple fact of the matter is that they still don't know for sure whether very high energy impacts made by scientists have the very same effect as those made by natural causes. And in fact, how could you ever know that for sure? As I have also stated many times not everything will lend itself to truly objective measurement, or testing, so at some point faith has to come into the picture. And I, for one, don't have much faith in an approach that relies on destruction to this extent.