Category: Solar Storm

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!

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.

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)

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