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Archive for June, 2008

How many more

Sunday, June 29th, 2008 by SecureCare

of these slumlordian networks might be functional globally thinking; what other networks might the slumlord ones be “fronts” for/point to/support ?

Where DOES all that money flow ?

“A small, not-for-profit, economic justice organization [EJO] used social network analysis [SNA] to assist their city attorney in convicting a group of “slumlords” of various housing violations that they had been side-stepping for years. The housing violations, in multiple buildings, included…Conspiracies often work in this way — masterminds are 2 steps, or more, from the events they planned….” Full Slice

Their other case studies are also informative.

A Huffing Post

Saturday, June 28th, 2008 by dean

“It’s the world upside down: In other countries they look for the marijuana in the cigarette. Here they look for the cigarette in the marijuana,” said Jason den Enting, manager of coffee shop Dampkring.”

BTW, “Dampkring” means, literally, “smoke ring,” but what it really means is “atmosphere” or possibly “vibe.”

One of the load-bearing columns inside the tiny, smoke-filled room (with a bar at the side and a “bar” at the back) is enclosed by what I call “The Hobbit Tree.” Some sort of fiberglass sculpture of a fairy-land tree, nicely painted and with knobbly “knots” and scraggly “bark” and complete with branches spreading into the ceiling. It contains ashtrays in some of the kobbly knots, and up in the branches are holes and beyond that, ductwork, so that you may blow your smoke up into the “tree” and see it dissipate.

Just a couple doors down is a “Ten Thousand Villages,” so that your wife can shop while you huff.

Ah, the full “slice.

Matter is made of waves

Monday, June 23rd, 2008 by Wadical Weft

We are standing in front of the Unknown. The goal is to find the truth. So our first step should be to propose hypotheses and examine them.Full Slice (NOTE: The website is authored by a native French speaker, so the wording may seem odd to native English speakers)

Venting Green

Friday, June 20th, 2008 by Wadical Weft

I’m not a big believer that we can consume our way to a better environment. By that I mean buying a brand new Prius hybrid car to “save energy and be green” is worse for the environment than buying a 3 year old Hummer; however, here is an interesting idea to retrofit existing buildings with something that could generate significant amounts of electricity. Suspicious of adding something new in order to conserve, I’m not sure there is any net energy gain when including the energy required to create Nano Vent Skin:

Everybody is green or trying to be nowadays. Because it’s trendy, because it’s real, because there’s no other way.

It seems that in order to be greener you have to build the most pharaonic building with the biggest wind turbine on top (Maglev wind turbine, Lighthouse, Bahrain world trade center, etc.); the biggest solar power plant (Mojave desert, Solana Arizona, etc) or build a new city (Rak Gateway, Masdar carbon neutral city, etc.) because the ones we already live in are not green enough.

Why don’t we start thinking on a smaller scale and apply it to existing buildings, houses and structures (tunnels, road barriers, etc) to generate energy.Full Slice

Becomes more likely indeed

Friday, June 13th, 2008 by SecureCare

“…”Because meteorites represent left over materials from the formation of the solar system, the key components for life — including nucleobases — could be widespread in the cosmos. As more and more of life’s raw materials are discovered in objects from space, the possibility of life springing forth wherever the right chemistry is present becomes more likely.”" Full Slice

Giant Telescopes On The Moon!

Saturday, June 7th, 2008 by Walter

Scientists working at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., have concocted an innovative recipe for giant telescope mirrors on the Moon. To make a mirror that dwarfs anything on Earth, just take a little bit of carbon, throw in some epoxy, and add lots of lunar dust.

Real world dynamics

Thursday, June 5th, 2008 by SecureCare

“A team of scientists…has discovered that the rapid changes in Saturn’s F ring can be attributed to small moonlets causing perturbations…Saturn’s F ring has long been of interest to scientists as its features change on timescales from hours to years and it is probably the only location in the solar system where large scale collisions happen on a daily basis. Understanding these processes helps scientists understand the early stages of planet formation….” Full Slice

What good is sharing ?

Thursday, June 5th, 2008 by SecureCare

“A gravitational lens can do more than reveal details of the distant universe. In an unexpected collision of astrophysics and algebra, it seems that this cosmic mirage can also be used to peer into the heart of pure mathematics…At about the same time, two mathematicians were working on a seemingly unrelated problem. They were trying to extend one of the foundation stones of mathematics, called the fundamental theorem of algebra…”This kind of exchange of ideas between math and physics is important to both fields,”…Theoretically, the work is valid for any type of gravitational lens, but its practical applications are not yet clear….” Full Slice