Category: Predictions


Passive solar design is something that some people close to me are looking at for a new home.

Homes constructed as passive solar design use the natural movement of heat and air to maintain comfortable temperatures, operating with little or no mechanical assistance.

via Home Construction – Passive Solar Design.

Basically, passive solar uses the sun to heat a home, using things like “thermal mass” (large amounts of brick, or water, or some such) to catch heat which can then radiate, convect or conduct out) and then heat the surrounding interior.

The article here does a great job of outline this, and other essential components of passive solar design.

There’s a lot more to be said about this, but it’s definitely a greener, more off-grid solution for the future: a great thing if there’s a solar storm!

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Job-hunting is beginning to involve more and more online aspects.  Traditional internet job-hunting aspects, from finding ads online, to using online services, are being over-shadowed by the power of social media, LinkedIn and your Google-quotient.  It seems that more and more, what people can find about you online has more authenticity and relevance than what anybody else can say about you.

This article just confirms that.

If you don’t have an online presence, you won’t appear to be relevant and you will be passed over for more savvy applicants that have visibility. You need to be creative in your job search by developing your own product, eBook, viral video, or personal advertisement.

via 5 Reasons Why Your Online Presence Will Replace Your Resume in 10 years – Dan Schawbel – Personal Branding – Forbes.

I recommend that you find a way to leverage social media and the internet in your own job-search.

 

A quick search for “Solar Storm” brought up 2 very interesting videos. The first is a National Geographic special about solar storms, which mentions the effect on the power grid—and also touches on the issue of timing. The second is an actual news report which uses some of the footage from the first, and points out how alarming this all is.

http://www.youtube.com/v/DU4hpsistDk?fs=1&hl=en_US&color1=0x234900&color2=0x4e9e00

http://www.youtube.com/v/4_TzIUlaQok?fs=1&hl=en_US&color1=0x234900&color2=0x4e9e00

Sci-Fi and Beyond

Predictive Power in the Mind of Imagination

One thing that I’ve always found to be a thing of beauty is truly innovative or deep science-fiction.  There’s something about seeing beyond the everyday and the possibilities outside of “what is” that is quite inspiring.

So, I remember having a discussion with my former neighbor (who I ironically discovered after a couple decades actually shared my birthday—what, it’s your birthday today?  No!  You’re lying…it’s mine too!) just being able to express really why I enjoy sci-fi—because it allows us to look beyond exactly how it is now, to see how things could be.  Beautiful.

We assume that we have to do things just one way—the way they are—and that everything that we see is the only way it can be…in fact, we get stuck in a parochial mindset, believing that details as mundane as cross-walks and roads, and clothes, and offices, are really the only reality that can ever be experience.  Science fiction is here to tell us otherwise.

The example I remember giving, in response to my neighbor’s challenge that roads are firm and not gelatinous (based on some imagined sci-fi scenario, I guess) was that perhaps in some world, they could be—maybe we would travel, not in wheeled vehicles, but in armored exo-skeletons and jump our way to locations we wished to visit—or simply jump without exoskeletons—or perhaps travel in some sort of gyroscopically balanced spherical vehicles…

Behold the iPad in All Its Glory

Image via Wikipedia

11 Astounding Sci-Fi Predictions That Came True is a powerfully exciting article that shows that some of these “could-be’s” actually came true—most surprisingly Arthur C. Clarke‘s prediction of a news-reader that basically became the iPad, down to the details of clicking on expanding/blow-up icons!

So, I think if I were to spend my life making things of beauty (NBSONE*) I’d like it to be science fiction…or science-fantasy.

*Never before seen on the earth (NBSONE)

Roomba‘s and apocalypse: former schoolmate Rachel Zylstra…a musician singer-songwriter with a YouTube channel called “Advice Music.”

Roombas, Captchas and the End of the Age

Roomba Eats People. Enter Captcha.

A song entitled “reckoning (rhetorically) with robots” deals an answer to a tongue-in-cheek query:

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Robot Doctors! Egads.

When I was still in my youthful teenage years (as was the Internet)… I had a visit from a lady friend whom I had met in a chatroom.  She didn’t appreciate it when we drove past a building labelled “Computer Hospital” (where I often went to get computers fixed) in Toronto.  Jokingly, I told her (drawing from a radio skit I had heard earlier) that this was a place where, if you had cut your hand, you could go have a droid measure your hand and give you stitches—i.e. a hospital run by computers.  

A surgical team from Wilford Hall Medical Cent...

Image via Wikipedia

(The radio skit this was inspired by was something lampooning the potential downgrades in the nineties healthcare system of Canada.)

Anyways, this all may seem far-fetched, but apparently drone doctors—actually, remote-operated medical units, are now being used in some places.  (Really?)

Here’s an article—Robotic Bedside Manner from a notable tech-writer. 

What do you think?  Would you enjoy this type of mechanized treatment? 🙂

So we’ve talked about the possibility of losing our power grid. Think about all the things in your life that use electricity, and imagine them all being gone at once—for a period of up to ten years…and everyone around you without them too. What would happen? Are you ready?

Another possibility of course, is that the electromagnetic field of the earth will undergo a pole shift while the storm erupts, leaving the planet unshielded—one report I’ve heard indicates that some documentarians/scientists believe this could expose the earth to the full force of something equivalent to a direct nuclear blast—perhaps making its surface like that of Mercury… perhaps fusing the surface of the earth into a sheet of glass under which raging flame still burns…

And I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and over the number of his name. They held harps given them by God.
Revelation 15:21

That’s perhaps the most hardcore situation of all. This is one best met by prayers than anything else.

Watch this video of the sun’s coronal mass ejection solar wind impacting the earth’s magnetic field in the upper atmosphere.

Aurora Video Over Denmark

Remember, think of this not as beautiful lights (only) but as deadly ones—that’s extremely high energy raditation blasting the earth, and being bounced back by our planet’s magnetic field. Good thing we have one!

A man says: "Time to wrap this computer in tinfoil!" A baby says "grrraaaa..."

Experimental art...about life-saving your electronics.


Photoshop techniques and Faraday cages. So what are we talking about today? Here’s an image I made experimenting with a new technique for turning photos into comic-book looking art, using Photoshop. This is the best version of this that I have found on the web. (See: turning photos into comic books with this video.)

The main character (a stylized rendition of myself) is talking about building a faraday cage. (see: an article about faraday cage shielding and don’t be put off by the alarmist tone)

Here’s a thought—what if all the exponential trends drop off? This is my “not posting for awhile related blog post” … in other words, think about the world…without the internet.

Several things could make us vulnerable to that—a nuclear detonation—particularly one in the upper atmosphere, could release an electromagnetic pulse that could knock out delicate electronics (i.e. computers, etc.) There’s no guarantee that will happen.

However, there is almost certainty that there will be a solar storm, a massive solar storm. Apparently there was one in the 80’s (?) that knocked out most of Quebec’s power grid. This would not effect small-scale electronics, as much as it would interact with our power-grid like a big antenna and knock that out. It could take years to get it back.

Real thoughts on preparedness for this event

Here’s another scary thought. Today, August 24th (and tomorrow) a coronal hole in the sun’s atmosphere is facing the earth and we are going to be passing through some massive solar wind. We should be okay, right?

Look for a note on the coronal hole on the side of the page.

More on this later…if the internet still exists. 🙂

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