Thursday, March 04, 2021

The Marshmallow Test :)

Live fast, die young, cuttlefish, squids and octopuses all follow this edict to the nines but also, these amazing cephalopods are smart as hell, an "alien" intelligence we are just beginning to understand with one new finding proving cuttlefish have self control as per the Marshmallow test 

To whit ...

 They rule. Next up, octopuses. :)

Hypnotizing as well

Lethal as well ...

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

The red pill ...

Is the Matrix a reality? For years, conjectures about this notion has remained totally unproven but now, interesting research in AI may prove said conjecture may not be crazy after all.

It gets better ...

Qin explained the unusual approach taken by his work:

The red pill ...

You can't fix stupid/rev XX

As often said, you can't fix stupid. As an example, consider Gov. Greg Abbott unilaterally declaring Texas is 100% open for business, an edict pissing off leaders in that state and for good reason, the virus is mutating.

Why Abbot's ruling is really stupid ...

1998 lives ... in Perseverance :)

1998, the year of the Technicolor Macs, ran on Power PC hardware, the first prime time use of RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computing) as this was the only viable way to make the Apple fast enough to do high res real world graphics without issue. Now, this ultra reliable chip resides in Perseverance and for good reason ... Mars is hostile to the max.

To whit.

Monday, March 01, 2021

Sony A7SIII 1st Test Run

A short clip using the A7SIII for the first time, a true state-of-the-art camera requiring one to take the time to learn the nuances of the system as it's different from the II in subtle ways. Enjoy.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

You can tell ...

One can tell when a market is mature, it's when the notion of innovation no longer applies because the products in a specific market differentiate from one another on superficialities, something readily seen in smartphones as the tech has gotten so good and so similar, the notions of products in a mature market such as smart phones having unique selling points becomes meaningless.

To whit ...

Saturday, February 27, 2021

For years ...

For years, yours truly has ranted about the inherent dangers of displays in cars in terms of distraction, bad interface and just downright stupid in compromising the potentially deadly art of driving, something beautifully depicted by the guy giving the finger to same in The Drive 's excellent take on why this is so. Driving is serious business. Ask Tiger Woods about this as he did nothing wrong in trying to negotiate a dangerous curve in CA. This design fubar is a long running disaster resulting in an increase in traffic fatalities, a tragic fact aided and abetted by fools texting on cell phones while driving. 

I have imagined and ... I've have had close calls with bozos distracted by this tech. Is it really that hard for the software vendors to turn their code off when the car's in motion, whether it be in cabin display or cell phone as we got along just fine without this tech for over 80+ years while plying the open road. Worth thinking about don't you think?

Friday, February 26, 2021

Channeling Cars :)

Jakionik is a biggie with yours truly. Being knowledgeable and enthusiastic about cars is their mantra and it shows, especially with their take on the new postal van that reminds one of Cars. All she needs now are eyes in the windshield to complete the Cars vibe but the design's not bad when taking in the exacting requirements of delivering the mail, hopefully on time, to us rubes. :)

The Conveyer Belt ...

Back in 2015, yours truly discussed the loss of Albedo, whereby the effect of turning the North Pole from a reflective source of sunlight to a heat sink, due to the loss of polar ice, would, in part, slow the Gulf Stream. Seems this dire prediction's coming true which, in turn, will eventually turn Sweden, England and connected environs, into an ice box.

An influential current system in the Atlantic Ocean, which plays a vital role in redistributing heat throughout our planet's climate system, is now moving more slowly than it has in at least 1,600 years. That's the conclusion of a new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience from some of the world's leading experts in this field.

Scientists believe that part of this slowing is directly related to our warming climate, as melting ice alters the balance in northern waters. Its impact may be seen in storms, heat waves and sea-level rise. And it bolsters concerns that if humans are not able to limit warming, the system could eventually reach a tipping point, throwing global climate patterns into disarray.


The majority of that heat is redistributed by the atmosphere. But the rest is more slowly moved by the oceans in what is called the Global Ocean Conveyor Belt — a worldwide system of currents connecting the world's oceans, moving in all different directions horizontally and vertically. 

Through years of scientific research it has become clear that the Atlantic portion of the conveyor belt — the AMOC — is the engine that drives its operation. It moves water at 100 times the flow of the Amazon river. 

The prime driver for the slowing is the density of fresh water and how it acts as a cap over salt water.  To whit ...

One important mechanism through the ages, which acts as a lever of sorts controlling the speed of the AMOC, is the melting of glacial ice and resulting influx of fresh water into the North Atlantic. That's because fresh water is less salty, and therefore less dense, than sea water, and it does not sink as readily. Too much fresh water means the conveyor belt loses the sinking part of its engine and thus loses its momentum.

As proof ...