Monday, October 18, 2021

Tech never sleeps/rev XX

Let's think about this, 3500 transistors vs 33.7 billion, 8 bit processing vs 64 and 1 vs10,000,000 times faster shows, in part, how much tech has evolved from 1972's Intel C8008-1 to 2021's Apple MI Pro.

It gets better.

Apple's MI Max doubles the memory bandwidth from 200gb/s to 400 and has 57 billion Ts vs 33.7.

They go here

Again, tech never sleeps.

The last 10%

Hold the line Joe ...

The outdated water system in Rowlesburg, W.Va., releases raw sewage into the Cheat River during heavy storms. “It’s a lousy system that is extra lousy when there’s any rain,” the town’s mayor said. 

The outdated water system in Rowlesburg, W.Va., releases raw sewage into the Cheat River during heavy storms. “It’s a lousy system that is extra lousy when there’s any rain,” the town’s mayor said.

Well, yours truly is so glad Joe Manchin's against the climate plat part of Biden's initiative as his stance's a boon to all the vendors in the flood business thanks to, you guessed it, global warming. Even though monies from the initiative would fund coal produces to make the transition to sustainable, Manchin's against it because it will hurt West Virginia's economy. Makes sense does it not?

FARMINGTON, W.Va. — In Senator Joe Manchin’s hometown, a flood-prone hamlet of about 200 homes that hugs a curve on a shallow creek, the rain is getting worse.

Those storms swell the river, called Buffalo Creek, inundating homes along its banks. They burst the streams that spill down the hills on either side of this former coal-mining town, pushing water into basements. They saturate the ground, seeping into Farmington’s aging pipes and overwhelming its sewage treatment system.

Climate change is warming the air, allowing it to hold more moisture, which causes more frequent and intense rainfall. And no state in the contiguous United States is more exposed to flood damage than West Virginia, according to data released last week.

From the porch of his riverfront house, Jim Hall, who is married to Mr. Manchin’s cousin, recounted how rescue workers got him and his wife out of their house with a rope during a flood in 2017. He described helping his neighbors, Mr. Manchin’s sister and brother-in-law, clear out their basement when a storm would come. He calls local officials when he smells raw sewage in the river.

Hold the line Joe because flood dependent vendors need the $$,

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Tech never sleeps ...

Tech never sleeps, especially regarding imaging as the resolution and sharpness of digital dwarfs the halcyon days of film when Kodak ruled the roost for years. Seen below is a pix taken in 1977 by yours truly using a Nikon Photomic FTn and Kodak Ektachrome 160.

Nikon's Photomic FTn camera and finder

Good "olde" days - 1977

Going forward ...

A perfect early fall day - 2021
Samsung 21 Ultra

As stated before, tech never sleeps.

3 Buds ...

A guilty pleasure for sure, Master Shake, Meatwad and Frylock of Aqua Teen Hunger Force ... 3 buds bent on benign destruction and very funny commentary on the inanities of aughts America, has entertained yours truly for years. :)

Says it all, right?
Guilty as charged.

Inflation rules ...

The essence of chaos starts with the initial condition of a given process. Seems there are fundamental questions regarding the chaotic universe because assigning a timeframe of 13.7 billion to define the lifetime of existence appears arbitrary at best, especially when researchers are beginning to question this notion based on the evidence presented by the universe itself.

Where did all this come from? In every direction we care to observe, we find stars, galaxies, clouds of gas and dust, tenuous plasmas, and radiation spanning the gamut of wavelengths: from radio to infrared to visible light to gamma rays. No matter where or how we look at the universe, it’s full of matter and energy absolutely everywhere and at all times. And yet, it’s only natural to assume that it all came from somewhere. If you want to know the answer to the biggest question of all — the question of our cosmic origins — you have to pose the question to the universe itself, and listen to what it tells you.

The Big Bang teaches us that our expanding, cooling universe used to be younger, denser, and hotter in the past. However, extrapolating all the way back to a singularity leads to predictions that disagree with what we observe. Instead, cosmic inflation preceded and set up the Big Bang, changing our cosmic origin story forever.

It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong. - Richard Feyman

Six iterations of a set of states [x,y] passed through the logistic map. The first iterate (blue) is the initial condition, which essentially forms a circle. Animation shows the first to the sixth iteration of the circular initial conditions. It can be seen that mixing occurs as we progress in iterations. The sixth iteration shows that the points are almost completely scattered in the phase space. 

Forever ...

Water samples from Clover Flat landfill in Calistoga, California, have confirmed the presence of PFAS chemicals. Photograph: Courtesy of Brian Lilla

Crapping on earth as art form applies, this time the US but think about other places like China, Russia and India. The poisons unleashed by us staggers the mind without question.

List of facilities makes it clear that virtually no part of the US appears free from the potential risk of air and water contamination with the chemicals

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified more than 120,000 locations around the US where people may be exposed to a class of toxic “forever chemicals” associated with various cancers and other health problems that is a frightening tally four times larger than previously reported, according to data obtained by the Guardian.

Colorado tops the EPA list with an estimated 21,400 facilities, followed by California’s 13,000 sites and Oklahoma with just under 12,000. The facilities on the list represent dozens of industrial sectors, including oil and gas work, mining, chemical manufacturing, plastics, waste management and landfill operations. Airports, fire training facilities and some military-related sites are also included.

The EPA describes its list as “facilities in industries that may be handling PFAS”. Most of the facilities are described as “active”, several thousand are listed as “inactive” and many others show no indication of such status. PFAS are often referred to as “forever chemicals” due to their longevity in the environment, thus even sites that are no longer actively discharging pollutants can still be a problem, according to the EPA.

The top ten industries who handle this stuff.

Forever ...

Addendum: Packaging's a player also.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Lava, Lava ...

 The music's a little too much but the video's not as earth rules when it comes to volcanoes and lava flows.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Excellent ... to a fault :)

What an excellent idea. Combine solar panels with crops as many crops get toasted if they get too much sun. This is a prime example of a great notion as all great concepts begin with people who didn't come with the idea stating "Why didn't I think of that.".

IN JACK'S SOLAR Garden in Boulder County, Colorado, owner Byron Kominek has covered 4 of his 24 acres with solar panels. The farm is growing a huge array of crops underneath them—carrots, kale, tomatoes, garlic, beets, radishes, lettuce, and more. It’s also been generating enough electricity to power 300 homes. “We decided to go about this in terms of needing to figure out how to make more money for land that we thought should be doing more,” Kominek says.

Rooftops are so 2020. If humanity’s going to stave off the worst of climate change, people will need to get creative about where they put solar panels. Now scientists are thinking about how to cover canals with them, reducing evaporation while generating power. Airports are filling up their open space with sun-eaters. And space doesn’t get much more open than on a farm: Why not stick a solar array in a field and plant crops underneath? It’s a new scientific (and literal) field known as agrivoltaics—agriculture plus photovoltaics—and it’s not as counterintuitive as it might seem. 

Yes, plants need sunlight, but some need less than others, and indeed get stressed by too many photons. Shading those crops means they will require less water, which rapidly evaporates in an open field. Plus, plants “sweat,” which cools the panels overhead and boosts their efficiency. 

A win, win for sure. 

Hellscape 101

The hellscape of our own doing is gathering speed 24/7 while governments and businesses do nothing to derail the catastrophe being unleashed upon the world. Words cannot describe but nature is beginning to as civilization moves ever further into the Anthropocene. 

Thursday, October 14, 2021

When will we ever learn ...

When will we ever learn in terms of preserving nature instead of trying to rule over it, 
in this case, a pristine beach in Japan.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

St Catherine's by the sea

Sunset/rev XXX

Just Fishing

Dusk @ St Catherine's

St Catherine's - Early Evening

On the eve of destruction

Command & Control, the extraordinary book by Eric Schlosser, describing how lucky we have been regarding nukes given the incredible number of near misses we have had in the art of blowing ourselves up, resonates, in part, to the articulate Richard Rhodes piece On the Eve of Destruction discussing the ongoing insanity of an out of control tech capable of ending civilization as we know it.

And ... it's all about the money


Questions, questions in terms of why we need these weapons in the first place.

But what enemy or enemies are we defending ourselves against? Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, back in 1991 when he was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, famously remarked, “I’m running out of demons. I’m running out of villains. I’m down to Castro and Kim Il Sung.” What are we down to today? An Iran with only a conventional military, increasingly crippled by sanctions and unwilling to engage? North Korea now protected by an arsenal of nuclear weapons—twenty or more, including its first hydrogen bomb—and holding Japan and South Korea hostage, to be sacrificed if we were so foolish as to attack? China, which has limited its nuclear arsenal to a posture of minimum deterrence since it first acquired a nuclear capability in 1964? What in heaven’s name is a trillion dollars in defense spending for?

Good question indeed.

3C & counting

Without action, the world's temperature will rise by 3C - 5.4 F by 2100. With luck, knowing how phase transitions are exponential and not linear, the heat index could be even higher.

Fifty major cities, mostly in Asia, and at least one large nation on every continent but Australia and Antarctica are at risk. Many small island nations are threatened with near total loss of their land.

The collection of images and videos produced by the non-profit Climate Central visualize future sea level rise if the world fails to meet emissions reduction targets. The images show what areas of the world can be saved and which could be lost, taking with them the heritage and history of these coastal communities.

Remember, Lovelock warned us, Exxon deceived us ... Houston, we have a problem.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

It's all about stuff ...

Look closely at this amazing photograph and one will see container ships lined up to offload stuff but cannot, due to supply chain problems. Now, consider what happens to the US economy when consumers cannot consume as the US economy, 85.7% driven by consumption, will face economic woes differing from every other industrialized country in the world. 

Seen below is a breakdown of the US economy.

By comparison, here's France's

With this in mind, see how global shipping becomes paralyzed as per the Port of Savannah, the 3rd largest port in the US.

The lack therof ...

Seems India's also dealing with a coal shortage as well. Question, do you really think anything of significance will be done regarding global warming when two of the most populous countries in the world are dealing with an energy crisis. Not a chance as economies, as they presently are, are not sustainable as solar does not have the energy density of coal and the infrastructure's not in place to produce enough solar driven tech to give nations like China and India the power they need today to keep their economies going. From this writer's perspective, the oft repeated phrase, "you gotta have a really big catastrophe to force change as man does not like change in any way shape or fashion." applies. 

Monday, October 11, 2021

Drip, Drip, Drip ...

Yours truly has videotaped and walked NYC for years as seen by the numerous NYC blurbs posted in this blog but this piece is not about the wonders of Gotham bu rather about the persistent weather related problems that will not go away in the city that never sleeps. In It won't take much, tropical storm Elsa flooded many subway stations and made roadways a mess. The pix above shows what a weakened hurricane Ida could do but this kind of event is just a prelude because by 2080, NYC will have a climate akin to Jonesboro, AK and, due to global warming, the city will become a much wetter place without question.

New York City saw it coming. In May, in the kind of clarifying document that invariably gets noticed when it’s too late, the city mapped out the sort of devastation that Hurricane Ida would bring just a few months later.

Ida put an exclamation point on realities that New York was already grappling with. Like other parts of the world, the report notes, the city is confronting not just calamitous extreme events like the inundations of Ida. It’s the drip, drip of “the chronic worsening of average conditions.”

The message of the New York City Stormwater Resiliency Plan is that, weatherwise, the scale of everything has changed. The city’s current infrastructure — its roads, subway tunnels, sewer systems, storm drains — is not built to withstand the climate-related ravages to come. As a result, the report states, capital investments “provide diminishing returns, as it becomes more and more challenging to treat the large volumes of stormwater released in extreme events.”

According to the New York City Panel on Climate Change, by the end of the 21st century, the city could experience as much as 25% more annual rainfall. The number of days marked by extreme rain would also markedly increase.

Remember ... Manhattan, situated between two rivers and all the power driving the city residing in the subways, gives one pause because ... with just a 6" water rise, NYC becomes toast as the pumps, which already run 24/7 to keep the East River and the Hudson under control, will not be able to keep essential systems dry in any way, shape or fashion. Something to think about don't you think?

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Origami/Webb style ...

 Origami/Webb style ... is the rule here without question.

For the awkward shape to fit on a rocket, Webb will launch folded up, then unfurl itself in space (see below, What could go wrong?).

“They call this the origami satellite,” says astronomer Scott Friedman of the Space Telescope Science Institute, or STScI, in Baltimore. Friedman is in charge of Webb’s postlaunch choreography. “Webb is different from any other telescope that’s flown.”

The wavelength equation

One can only hope ...

The Mandate of Heaven ...


Xi Jinping, China's president, speaks during a prerecorded video at the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 21. (Michael Nagle/Bloomberg)

A while ago, BRT posted a blurb about China regarding its population crisis as their birthrate is the lowest in the world along with Japan, Italy and Russia. Seems the decline of China regarding this issue is made even worse as China preferred male children over females, thus making their situation even worse. Xi's fear of the future is becoming more obvious as the problems China's facing are becoming as daunting as that of the US if the Washington Post's take is truly accurate.

Nations, like people, have reputations, and in both cases there can be gaps between the rep and the reality. China is known as the sage of nations, strategically patient, thinking in terms of centuries while the West flits about like a toddler in a toy store. Current events are forcing a reappraisal, however, as China careens wildly — and very dangerously — from one bad decision to the next.

Start with the Chinese Communist Party’s authoritarian U-turn after a generation in which China’s gradual opening produced extraordinary growth and modernization. Under the power-hungry leader Xi Jinping — who is abandoning the term limits honored by his recent predecessors to hold the reins indefinitely — the CCP is exerting state control over economic activity in ways that are rattling the confidence of global investors. Aggressive moves to stifle the Internet have drained more than $1 trillion in value from Chinese tech companies this year. In July, the State Department warned U.S. businesses of a souring commercial climate in Hong Kong since Beijing’s crackdown there.

Domestically, the CCP is flailing to defuse the demographic time bomb unleashed by the party’s foolhardy decision in 1979 to limit Chinese families to a single child. A preference for boys has created a nation of bachelors, which thwarts government efforts to reverse the damage. Runaway health costs and declining growth are the likely consequences of an aging population.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative to create a 21st-century infrastructure for eastern trade looks increasingly like a scheme to saddle weaker partners with debt while keeping China’s construction industry occupied. Meanwhile, the unmanageable domestic debt racked up to overbuild infrastructure at home has financial markets around the world quaking.

End game

Xi, 68, won’t last forever. But as long as he is ruler, the United States and its allies must move carefully to limit global exposure to Chinese mismanagement and deploy every tool short of war to deter rash action by China against Taiwan. A whole new way of thinking is required. Western policy has long been shaped by China’s rapid ascent, but that could be child’s play compared with confronting a China in decline.

Addendum: It appears energy's also a culprit in terms of crippling the manufacturing sector as well, something previously discussed in BRT's Suicide is Painless and in a CNN article titled It's official. China's manufacturing industry is in trouble. The Mandate of Heaven indeed.