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The camera app in my Droid has some neat special effects. Don't you agree?
|By Ben Eriksen|
So, how does it work? Sigh. That's difficult to explain. I never understood it myself until we experienced Mr. Monitor in action. Fortunately, thanks to youtube.com you can watch the video below. It is not a Monitor brand, but the video does a much better job of illustrating the principles than my words can. Key to the servo-pendulum method is that it takes power from the motion of the boat though the water to make very powerful forces to move the tiller (or wheel). The rougher the conditions and faster the boat speed, the more powerful the Monitor's actions. It is more than enough to turn a massive rudder.
Note: Three recent incidents demonstrate that there really is price elasticity in electric power consumption; at least temporarily. The power market meltdown in 2000 in the State of California was one. The 5 week long blackout in Auckland, New Zealand was the second, and the 6 week long shortage of electricity in Juneau Alaska was the third. Based on the historical results, if the price of electricity doubles, public consumption goes down by 30%. Other than that, the available evidence suggests that electric consumption is inelastic. Usage does not go down when prices increase nor go up when prices decrease.
I'll say it again. Producing and selling electric energy or the devices that generate electricity is perhaps one of the most dependable, profitable, and secure jobs in the world.
MAJURO — Two Kiribati men who survived 33-days drifting in the Pacific were surprised to find relatives of family members who had more than 50 years earlier drifted into the same atoll in the Marshall Islands.Read the rest of the story here at the Marianas Variety.
Despite news of terrorist bombings, U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and crackdowns in Syria, two recent books argue the world has never seen so little war and violence. Steven Pinker, author of The Better Angels of Our Nature, and Joshua Goldstein, author of Winning the War on War, discuss.What changed for me? I've always believed that the UN is a corrupt and useless organization, and that UN peacekeeping was ineffective and worse than useless posturing (think of Srebrenica). The program segment made me change my mind on both. Try listening to it or reading it; it's a remarkable segment. Trust me, it is likely to change your world view in some ways also.
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