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 ...

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Biodiversity gap T. Rex style

Seems T. Rex and significant other giant predators had a huge negative impact on biodiversity from hatchling to adult which was much more pervasive than the large predators of today as seem by a piece by Gizmodo describing just how tyrannical T. Rex and brethren were back in the day.

End result

Infographic showing the size distribution among meat-eating mammals and dinosaurs, with a glaring gap among mid-sized dinosaurs. Image: UNM Biology Department

Interesting without question.

Dare Mighty Things

If one looks at the chute slowing Perseverance's rapid descent to manageable levels during the 7 minutes of terror of remotely landing the rover on the red planet, one sees a message more than just apt... Dare Mighty Things. Seems the NASA researchers also love easter eggs to decorate amazing tech, much to the delight of us rubes. :)

On the rover's deck is a symbol-laden calibration target for Mastcam-Z, or the rover's pair of zoomable cameras. The calibration target includes color swatches to adjust the cameras' settings, but also symbols of a man and a woman, a fern, a dinosaur, a rocket traveling from Earth to Mars, a model of the inner solar system, DNA and cyanobacteria, which is one of the earliest forms of life on Earth.

The target also includes the motto, "Two worlds, one beginning," which alludes to the idea that Earth and Mars were created from the same dust swirling around the sun billions of years ago.

Dinos rule. :)

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

A Coney Island of the Mind ...

Cool guy, long lived, talented and giving, Lawrence Ferlinghetti died at the ripe young age of 101. Back in 1958, using graphical layouts connected to poetry, he created a new genre of writing as seen in his A Coney Island of the Mind 9 poem residing in, of course, A Coney Island of the Mind.

The impact Ferlinghetti had on other creatives was enormous. To whit ...

RIP youngster. :)

We're losing these guys ...

We're losing these guys twice as fast as their seltwater cousins residing in the world's oceans, a frightening thought given just how many people depend on this nature's bounty to survive.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

TDE ...

Something tiny and usually not reacting to entities like us made the scene for the first time resulting from a very distant TDE aka tidal disruption event where a black hole shreded a star.

To whit ...

Daft Punk/RIP

Hypnotic electronica, combined with Escher like choreography/environment, accurately describes 
Daft Punk's Around the World video without question.

Music’s most famous working Parisians, the improbable superstars who went from rave kids to dance heroes to standing next to BeyoncĂ© at the TIDAL launch event, are apparently calling it quits after a long and fruitful career. The timing and manner of the announcement may seem odd, but it still bears mourning. From electronica wunderkinds to disco-house savants to hired-gun production wizards, Daft Punk lived many musical lives in their time together. Their influence extended to everything from Top 40 to underground hip-hop, and even in the most fallow times, they were a totem for hipster coolness, the kind that people like James Murphy invoked with a mix of deference and irony. But nearly three decades of success and several iterations of fame couldn’t change them—they were intent on keeping the helmets on till the very end, even as their progeny rose and fell around them. And if there’s one thing they understood better than any of their would-be successors, it’s that the best way to keep the mystique alive is to never reveal who’s behind it.