Sunday, February 28, 2021
Saturday, February 27, 2021
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
Makes sense to me and I'll bet to Mator as well. :)
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.
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.
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Interesting without question.
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.
Dinos rule. :)
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Monday, February 22, 2021
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Visual Capitalist is a treasure. Check out their 3 map interactive set starting from 2020 depicting the ongoing Global Recession and guesstimates on how long it will last.
Reality check ...
WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund issued a stark warning on Tuesday about the coronavirus’s economic toll, saying that the world is facing its worst downturn since the Great Depression as shuttered factories, quarantines and national lockdowns cause economic output to collapse.
The grim forecast underscored the magnitude of the shock that the pandemic has inflicted on both advanced and developing economies and the daunting task that policymakers face in containing the fallout. With countries already hoarding medical supplies and international travel curtailed, the I.M.F warned that the crisis threatened to reverse decades of gains from globalization.
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Friday, February 19, 2021
For old guys like yours truly, Rainy Day Dream Away is one of the tunes in Electric Ladyland, one of the greatest rock albums of all time where Jimi was allowed to stretch out and make musical statements that will stand the test of time but ... as my loyal readers know, this is not about Jimi but rather about the new found ability to directly communicate with dreamers for the very first time.
Thursday, February 18, 2021
This should not happen but Texas, via ERCOT, decided to isolate and, in effect, privatize their electric grid with emphasis on profits, which means equipment not being hardened against the weather while not connected to the nation's power grid because "you don't want the government messing in your affairs." Ask the folks who are freezing their asses off to see how they feel about this sorry situation now, especially when Terrible Ted splits for Cancun even though his state's frozen emergency from hell started long before the esteemed senator left for balmier skies.
One key reason for this is because Texas maintains its own power grid largely in isolation from those of its neighbor states. In North America, most customers are served by two major grids that operate on the same alternating current frequency—one serving the eastern half of the continent (including the US, Canada, and parts of Mexico) and the other serving the western half. However, Texas—along with Quebec—both maintain power grids that are largely separate from these larger networks.
As we mentioned above, the natural gas market saw power generators competing with home users for a limited supply of natural gas. That gas supply ended up being even more limited by the fact that as much as half the state's natural gas production may have ground to a halt. Natural gas doesn't come out of the wells as a pure gas, and one of its major contaminants is water. As temperatures dropped, that water froze in inopportune places, choking off the flow of gas.
Why not harden the tech?
In addition, the Texas grid, like the rest of the US, has become increasingly reliant on natural gas supplies over the last decade. According to the FERC report, in 2011, Texas lost over a million Megawatt-hours to frozen hardware and mechanical failures; it lost only 120,000 Megawatt-hours to fuel supply problems. The reported problems with natural gas supplies this time around suggest that those numbers will now look very different.
The typical polticians' answer ...
So far, the signs for change aren't good. In addition to Perry's quip about Texans being willing to suffer through blackouts to avoid any oversight, the present Texas governor, Greg Abbott, is busy blaming renewable power for failures that disproportionately affected fossil fuel generation.
It's all about the money, and ... you can't fix stupid.