Friday, August 31, 2012
M83 'Midnight City'
Saturday, August 25, 2012
I want to be a crony
Friday, August 24, 2012
THE JOY FORMIDABLE 'WHIRRING'
Monday, August 20, 2012
Embarrassing medical stories
Friday, August 17, 2012
David Guetta - Open your eyes
Thursday, August 16, 2012
I do feel sorry for the twenty year olds who have a monstrous amount of student loan debt in this economy. But then they did vote overwhelmingly for Obama. Oh well, screw them. I hope they've learned their lesson.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Just a reminder: Europe and China have it worse than we do
You'll never be Chinese.
Once you’ve purchased the necessary baubles, you’ll want to invest the rest somewhere safe, preferably with a decent return—all the more important because one day you will have to pay your own medical bills and pension, besides overseas school and college fees. But there is nowhere to put it except into property or under the mattress. The stock markets are rigged, the banks operate in a way that is non-commercial, and the yuan is still strictly non-convertible. While the privileged, powerful and well-connected transfer their wealth overseas via legally questionable channels, the remainder can only buy yet more apartments or thicker mattresses. The result is the biggest property bubble in history, which when it pops will sound like a thousand firework accidents.
In brief, Chinese property prices have rocketed; owning a home has become unaffordable for the young urban workers; and vast residential developments continue to be built across the country whose units are primarily sold as investments, not homes. If you own a property you are more than likely to own at least three. Many of our friends do. If you don’t own a property, you are stuck.
When the bubble pops, or in the remote chance that it deflates gradually, the wealth the Party gave the people will deflate too. The promise will have been broken. And there’ll still be the medical bills, pensions and school fees. The people will want their money back, or a say in their future, which amounts to a political voice. If they are denied, they will cease to be harmonious.
The fear of a collapse is not limited to banks. Early last week, Shell startled the markets. "There's been a shift in our willingness to take credit risk in Europe," said CFO Simon Henry.
He said that the oil giant, which has cash reserves of over $17 billion (€13.8 billion), would rather invest this money in US government bonds or deposit it on US bank accounts than risk it in Europe. "Many companies are now taking the route that US money market funds already took a year ago: They are no longer so willing to park their reserves in European banks," says Uwe Burkert, head of credit analysis at the Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, a publicly-owned regional bank based in the southern German state of Baden-Württemberg.
And the anonymous mass of investors, ranging from German small investors to insurance companies and American hedge funds, is looking for ways to protect themselves from the collapse of the currency -- or even to benefit from it. This is reflected in the flows of capital between southern and northern Europe, rapidly rising real estate prices in Germany and zero interest rates for German sovereign bonds.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Meteor week begins tonight
Saturday, August 11, 2012
New RED DAWN Trailer
I have a problem with this movie already. They changed the bad guys from China to North Korea. I guess they weren't worried about losing box office in NK. Some how I doubt this will do much business in China. Actually, it might have been better if it had kept the Chinese. Maybe they would want to see it for all the controversy.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Fun- We Are Young ft. Janelle Monáe
Monday, August 06, 2012
Graphene Can Improve Desalination Efficiency by Several Orders of Magnitude, Can Do Pretty Much Anything
That said, there are a couple of roadblocks to using graphene for desalination. First of all, if you want to use a graphene filter, it’s important to have a lot of control of the size of the holes in the filter, or more accurately, the variation of the sizes of the holes. Put simply, you need to make sure that all the holes are small enough to keep the salt out if you want to achieve true desalination. When it comes to that level of accuracy, we aren’t quite there on the production side. We are, however, pretty close and getting closer every day. Second, you’ve got to make sure that the filter stays stable under pressure; if it breaches you’re going to lose a lot of process. The standard methods of reinforcing traditional filters should translate pretty easily to graphene though, so all in all it’s looking pretty promising.
I don't know how efficient the graphene filters are but couldn't having several filters at 95% removal of salt get the water to potability? At least enough for use in the growth of salt tolerant rice.
Labels: Sci Fi