Saturday, July 23, 2016

It Can Be


What the so-called candidates for president should say.


Friday, July 22, 2016

Satan's Way


As everyone knows, BRT was for Bernie. Intelligent, principled and wise, this guy is the only one qualified to be president as the other two are compromised in ways that truly boggle the mind. With this in mind, there is a way to enable real change to happen, something that must happen if America is to survive as a viable nation as we move further into the 21st century.




Make it happen Bernie, make it happen.

Addendum: Bernie was screwed out of the nomination by the DNC as per new Wikileaks' docs.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

All About Cars & Then Some


A fun video, a paean to rat rods, classics & customs along with 50's music, 
spectacular weather and good vibes. Enjoy

Thursday, July 07, 2016

An Existential Threat


We better think this out NOW. 
We don't hear about this with our corporate controlled press. 
Maybe we should, don't you think?


Deeper than you think



Wednesday, July 06, 2016

A Refresher Course


Back in 2015, BRT did a post, Past the point of no return, a short piece on the possibility of the collapse of a large part of the western ice shelf of Antartica, something echoed in spades in a NY Times piece prosaically titled Climate Model Predicts West Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Melt Rapidly with consequences rather dire to say the least, particularly after the year of our lord 2100. 



What the times piece did not discuss was Albedo, a prime driver as to why GW is accelerating beyond anything researchers could have predicted just a few years ago.


When looking at this striking image of an ice berg calving from the King Baudouin Ice Shelf, one readily sees the tremendous difference in the albedo from ice to water whereby the Antarctic, like the Arctic, will gradually become a heat sink due to the continual melting of the sea ice caused by global warming. Calving is a normal event but the decreased albedo on both poles is quietly disconcerting to say the least. 

Hate to say this but BRT was on this a year prior to the Times. 

Friday, July 01, 2016

$35


What $35 in tech gets you ...







The age of skynet looms.

Let's think about the F 35 shall we? Click here to get the paper on the AI tech in question.

On a Wing but Not a Prayer :)


Brigands, thieves and harassers supreme, the Frigate Bird is also the most efficient flyer, AFAWK, in the entire world. 



It gets better.






Have to show one more pix of this magnificent flying machine.



Thursday, June 30, 2016

A Matter of Size

A wonderful article in Nautilus titled Can a Living Creature Be as Big as a Galaxy? is informative to the max, complete with a terrific set of illustrations, courtesy John Hendrix.





Addendum: What about on the supersize end of the spectrum? William S. Burroughs, in his novel The Ticket That Exploded, imagined that beneath a planetary surface, lies “a vast mineral consciousness near absolute zero thinking in slow formations of crystal.” The astronomer Fred Hoyle wrote dramatically and convincingly of a sentient hyper-intelligent “Black Cloud,” comparable to Earth-sun distance. His idea presaged the concept of Dyson spheres, massive structures that completely surround a star and capture most of its energy. It is also supported by calculations that my colleague Fred Adams and I are performing, that indicate that the most effective information-processing structures in the current-day galaxy might be catalyzed within the sooty winds ejected by dying red giant stars. For a few tens of thousands of years, dust-shrouded red giants provide enough energy, a large enough entropy gradient, and enough raw material to potentially out-compute the biospheres of a billion Earth-like planets.

Food for thought, eh? :)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016