Thursday, May 31, 2012

Jetski across the Pacific

It's almost overdone but it still cracks me up. Google Maps from Japan to China and you get this map.  Part of the instructions include "jetski across the Pacific". Actually, it's the East China Sea, but you get the idea.

So how fast is that JetSki anyway?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Forget the driverless car ...

"Project Sartre (Safe Road Trains for the Environment), Europe's experiment with 'vehicle platooning,' which has successfully completed a 125 mile road test on a busy Spain motorway. Three Volvos drove themselves by automatically following a truck in the presence of other, normal road users. The Register reports that on-board cameras, radar and laser tracking allow each vehicle to monitor the one in front, and wirelessly streamed data from the lead vehicle tells each car when to accelerate, break and turn." - slashdot
It's not the driverless car that stands to make some money.  It's the driverless truck.  The most expensive part of the truck is the driver and his paycheck, breaks, insurnace, training, and Teamster affiliations; the most restrictive part is the 10 hours of driving time per day, and the limitations of total time behind the wheel.

Now imagine getting rid of that driver in four out of five trucks (so far, the lead truck needs a driver and the rest follow).

Suddenly, you have a vehicle that can drive 24/7 if the lead driver changes or trades off with a partner. It doesn't get tired and it stops only to refuel. You don't have to pay for a person.  Trucking companies will cut expenses by 40%.

Let the scare-mongering begin !

Research in Education - Dan Willingham

I really like the way he thinks.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Never forget.

Katherine Cathey and Major James Beck when 2nd Lt. James Cathey's casket arrived home.

Never  forget.

Monday, May 21, 2012

A bunch of AnyQs

Images for the website ....

Found the juxtaposition of the rating and the sign rather amusing.

Kind of a neat idea, too.

Interesting how they built along the cliff.

Facebook timeline background - fit your smiling face in perfectly.

Notice the number of pints:

What is the fraction representation?