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I am a paradox. Lost and guiding the way. Funny but never smiling. Caring but always alone.
Posting: stuff I write, photos I take, stuff I find tragic, stuff I find sexy and general nerdom.
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kitroku:

think you should probably lose the my there, that’s the cougar’s house now

kitroku:

think you should probably lose the my there, that’s the cougar’s house now

wenleth:

9 FAMOUS ALBUM SLEEVES 20 YEARS LATER 

Weezer (The Blue Album) by Weezer

wenleth:

9 FAMOUS ALBUM SLEEVES 20 YEARS LATER 

Weezer (The Blue Album) by Weezer

People run from rain but
sit
in bathtubs full of
water.

Charles Bukowski (via bittersweetsongs)

Wow bukowski so profound do you also bathe fully clothed you dickhead. “Oohh isn’t it funny that a person will eat when they’re hungry but will duck if you throw an apple at their face”

(via coolestpriest)

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sagansense:

The Highest-Flying Wind Turbine

In far-flung rural Alaska, where electricity can cost as much as $1 per kilowatt hour—more than 10 times the national average, according to the New York Times—a wind turbine encased in a giant helium balloon is about to break a world record. The Bouyant Air Turbine (BAT) is about to be floated 1,000 feet into the air in the name of cleaner, cheaper, and mobile energy. That single airborne object—sort of a hybrid of a blimp, a kite, and a turbine—will power over a dozen homes.

The Altaeros BAT V4, a turbine tethered to land, in a 2013 test at the former Loring Air Force Base in Maine [source]

The BAT is the brainchild of Altaeros, a company founded by MIT alumni, and, if everything goes according to plan, it’s going to be the highest-flying power generator in history.

Altaeros’ BAT, pre-flight [source]

Floating turbines high up in the air, where wind speeds are greater, isn’t a new concept. "It’s known that wind speed increases with altitude above ground level, and power density increases with a cubic factor of wind speed," Altaeros co-founder Adam Rein told me in an email. "Roughly speaking, a doubling of wind speed equates to an eight-fold increase in wind power density. Conventional turbine manufacturers are also trying to reach higher heights because of this fact—though not as high as our turbine."

Makani Power, which was acquired by Google last year, may have done most of the legwork in popularizing the high-altitude turbine. But Altaeros is looking to push the boundaries of where and how high-flying turbines can be deployed right now.

Prototypes of the high-flying Bouyant Air Turbine [source]

"The immediate benefit to our customers is generating low-cost, clean electricity in place of expensive, dirty fossil fuel," Rein said. The company is aiming to deploy its turbines in remote areas, hard-to-reach areas that currently rely on expensive diesel generators or costly patchwork grids—in those markets, the BAT can be the cheapest, easiest source of power.

Altaeros floats its BATs using a helium-filled inflatable shell that resembles a soaring open-mouthed grouper. Since winds blow stronger and more consistently the higher above the ground you go, and the hovering BAT harnesses that gale and sends electricity down to earth through the high-strength tethers that also hold the machine steady.

"The BAT has an automatic controller, which adjusts the attitude and altitude of the BAT, through winches on the ground station, in order to maximize power capture, flight stability, and limit loads on the structure," Rein claimed. "The BAT is fully capable of operating autonomously, without the need of a ground crew to launch or land the system." The device can deliver two to three times more power than a conventional turbine, Rein said. And it costs a lot less to install.

BAT in flight [source]

The company expects to be able to offer electricity for 18 cents per kilowatt hour; that’s a lot more than the national average of 11.6 cents. But it’s definitely cheaper than available options in places like Hawaii (where the average is a whopping 37 cents per kwh) and the aforementioned Alaska, and it gets pretty close to densely populated California, where a residents’ average power bill comes out to 16 cents per kwh.

Rein noted that the BAT "will also remove the logistical headaches caused by complex fuel supply chains, or transporting and installing large wind towers over rough terrain." He also imagines it will be useful for industrial operations, like mining or resource extraction, and for acting as giant hotspots, too. "The BAT’s shell also offers the opportunity to lift additional payload equipment—internet, phone, and imaging devices—that can offer customers an additional stream of revenue."

Altaeros Energies Poised to Break World Record with Alaska High Altitude Wind Turbine’, read the press release HERE.

Source: Motherboard | VICE

xargen:

blacksquares:

next time you’re at a party in a town that you hate or dont give a shit about or something see how many dudes you can sneak off with and like go to take off their pants but then just pull their belt out of their pants and leave. see how many belts you can collect & compete with your friends. this is a sport called final fantasying

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Found a random fairy garden with George

Found a random fairy garden with George

nickdrake:

Elvira.

nickdrake:

Elvira.

theswedishdragooon:

Found this gem in a Norwegian inflight magazine. Thought I’d share.

killedtheinnocentpeople:

HorrorHostMagazine

killedtheinnocentpeople:

HorrorHostMagazine

thelonelyscarecrow:

castiels-time-traveler:

nintendocanada:

mapsontheweb:

Map of the World by Natural Skin Color

i’m really dumbfounded that i never realized skin colour is literally just caused by being closer to or farther from the equator and the resulting sun exposure and skin darkening

actually, its an adaptation. natural selection. people with darker skin are selected for in areas near the equator, where the melanin that causes the darker color protects them from radiation and protects them from skin cancer and other health defects, and because they are healthier they can pass on that trait more. people near the poles have lighter skin because it allows them absorb more of the limited sunlight to convert to vitamin d. 

THIS IS THE THING SOME PEOPLE HATE OTHER PEOPLE OVER.Evolution of melanin levels based on geographical location.

Humanity has known this for so long, why do people think skin color means anything other than how well you resist the harmful affects of the sun vs how much you absorb the beneficial effects of the sun?

thelonelyscarecrow:

castiels-time-traveler:

nintendocanada:

mapsontheweb:

Map of the World by Natural Skin Color

i’m really dumbfounded that i never realized skin colour is literally just caused by being closer to or farther from the equator and the resulting sun exposure and skin darkening

actually, its an adaptation. natural selection. people with darker skin are selected for in areas near the equator, where the melanin that causes the darker color protects them from radiation and protects them from skin cancer and other health defects, and because they are healthier they can pass on that trait more. people near the poles have lighter skin because it allows them absorb more of the limited sunlight to convert to vitamin d. 

THIS IS THE THING SOME PEOPLE HATE OTHER PEOPLE OVER.

Evolution of melanin levels based on geographical location.

Humanity has known this for so long, why do people think skin color means anything other than how well you resist the harmful affects of the sun vs how much you absorb the beneficial effects of the sun?

smashbroslegacy:

Smash Bros. Legacy