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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Pork Belly follow up post

It's what bacon is made of


Got back from a 10-mile (or so) bike ride. I'm tired. You know what really tastes good? Braised pork belly. Problem is the outrageously high fat content but it is sooooo good.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Awesome logic (it involves trains)

Problem: Current trains are crap. Even though many advancements to them have been made, there are still quite a few problems with them. Significant amounts of drag, friction, and pollution. Even without solving these issues, shipping on trains is much more economical than a truck due to lower friction and lack of stopping.

Lets break the problem down into parts:

Drag: It is the biggest opposing force on the train and causes it to be much less efficient than it's potential. Trains have been designed to have less drag but it is still the number one cause of wasted energy on the train.

Solution: Take the out the air. Though this sounds crazy, it can be done. We could have a tunnel that is a complete vacuum with a train running in it. If there's no air, then there's no drag. Simple

New problem: So we now have a train running though a vacuum. This creates another problem as well. Due to the nature of using ignited fuels, oxygen is required to make the train move. Don't worry. This problem will be soon solved.

Friction, fuel, and pollution: Friction of train wheels against a track is going to create friction, no matter how slight or minimal you can make it. This might not be as bad as drag but it is still a major problem to be noted. Since the beginning the steam engine, trains have been running on fuel that requires oxygen, as said before. We should fix this too. Pollution is a nasty problem too. Current trains burn diesel, which will release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. They have the potential to make the earth warmer and create acid rain, which is bad for the plants.

Solution: Maglev. It does not require air in order to move. Since it floats above the track it has virtually no friction. The thing runs electromagnetically with electricity, which does not pollute. Isn't that great?

Maglev in a vacuum tunnel. This is going to change the world. With such a contraption, we could travel from Seattle to Beijing via a below-ocean tunnel in less than one hour! This means you can leave Seattle at 9PM and arrive in Beijing at 7AM. Since the only thing that the train has to overcome is gravity, once the train gets going at speed, it will take minimal energy to keep it propelled.

Soon, airplanes are going to be history.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday the 13th is today

Bad luck? I doubt it. For all of you non-urban people, there's generally no 13th floor in the tall buildings.

There are a few things I still got to do today: design the new home network, consider buying new computers and maybe a cheap and small TV. Oh, and I also got to read a bit more than my usual amount.

Home network is going to be having greater utilization of the already in set internal wiring though the house. I'm trying to figure out a way to expand the range of the router by choosing the best placement. (I might place an in-home DNS server to make websites I frequently go to load faster)

Reading: I'm going to be done with The Book Thief by tomorrow or Saturday. From there I'll read something else. I'm also thinking about the wi-fi version of the kindle. It would be a lot more convenient to read compared to a giant heavy book. (I'd also be able to read blogs and newspapers)

Well, back to work...

Saturday, August 7, 2010

In order to be on par with the rest of the earth

I shall now use the metric system and deprecate the old English measurement standards.

However, if you specifically using the old English measurements, I will still do so but will not be done as standard. Furthermore this option must be requested each time you ask for weights/measures of something.

Thank you

Friday, August 6, 2010


I went on a 10 mile bike ride today. Then I had about a half a liter of water when I got home. Tiring.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

I'm using linux

Fedora (hat) 13!!!!


This time linux didn't non-stop crash on me. Oh, I finally got the cool desktop effects to work too.

Sexy looking window effects are just awesome :)

Monday, August 2, 2010

It's now august

Well, there's still lots of work to do. I have websites to create and other random designs to work on.

bye for now