Well it’s been a very long time since I wrote a blog about travel or anything utterly meaningless. So I thought I’d lump it all together into a long mosaic patch of thoughts.
Last week I was in Vienna, Austria. I have to say, it’s an absolutely beautiful city. That’s about the only nice thing I have to say about Vienna.
The entire city seems like dirt and rubbish can’t stick to the city streets or buildings. They must use some strange secret German technology. It makes hospitals look filthy. And it’s even more sterile than a hospital. I thought the city was about as boring as an old rest home New Year’s Eve party. The lights go out at 9pm. The streets are empty by 8:30. The bars and restaurants, as vacant as a ghost town. Cemeteries have more live bodies than Vienna.
I wasn’t too fond of Austrian people. This is quite shocking because I’ve been to so many places in my life and I always have something positive to say, and usually the people are the best part of the experience. Austrians are about as flexible and boring as a cold steel beam holding up an ugly street lamp. A robotic city would have more personalities than Vienna.
The architecture was interesting. I saw some very unique modern architecture, nestled between historic buildings with classic old European flare. Austrians seem to have an obsession with boats – strange I thought, considering the country is land-locked. Several of the interesting modern buildings were built with oceanic themes – a submarine building with dark walls and rounded glass boat windows; a building with a large boat structure positioned like it was falling off the proverbial cliff on the roof; another building built like a crooked sinking modern ship. Interesting, but strange, yet appropriate. And finally, a tall building with a white, high circular cone top, like a separating tear drop. For some reason it made me think of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), those squirly wimpy men who like to wear white costumes with pointed white hats, while burning effigies of Black folks – sometimes actually burning real innocent Black folks. Fitting perhaps, given the sense of racism I noticed in the city where blue eyes and blond hair, the pure Arian race, is king above all else.
On my way out of Vienna, as I looked out the bus window, as we rolled onto the freeway to take us back to Bratislava, situated an hours drive away, the best part of the Vienna experience made me chuckle. The on-ramp had a bold sign that read “Gute Farht” (have a good trip in German – my 2 years of high school German coming in handy). And I thought to myself, yes, a good fart is definetely better. And I wished I could blow some methane in the direction of the city I was leaving. (Who doesn’t like an adolescent fart joke, at any age! Except, of course, the stiff, sour faced, true blood Austrians.)
The World is Melting!…Or Maybe Not!
NASA recently released an extensive study showing that the Antarctic is building ice mass at a rather fast pace. Climate scientists had assumed it was losing ice mass due to global warming. And all previous scientific studies had confirmed this assumption.
It makes you wonder about how valid any of these scientific studies are, no? It should if you want to be objective and search for the real truth. If it doesn’t make you question the validity of climate science (given that a significant climate thesis and prior studies have been flatly disproven), you’re an idiot who holds onto blind faith. We should always question things, especially things that are our most cherished beliefs.
The most ridiculous thing people do is assume scientists are some uber smart people and always right, and science is some mysterious thing we should always assume is right -because it’s “objective”. Nothing could be further from the truth. Science, and all scientific studies, are based on many assumptions and guesses. And the entire intent of science is to first form a conclusion and then go about proving or disproving that idea. The problem is, humans are naturally biased to subjectively veer toward affirmation of their own thesis, rather than disproving it. So the conclusions – especially in climate science – is often flawed. This is our fundamental subjective nature as humans. Plus humans are by nature herd creatures – most people all think the same as everyone else, resulting in the illusion of independent work and thought being truly independent.
But science does give us the best chance at objective information and thought. But it doesn’t guarantee it will be the case.
The assumption that the Antarctic was melting was necessary to account for the rising sea levels. This new NASA study was quite extensive, utilizing advanced satellite technology. It’s far more accurate and reliable than any previous studies conducted – which, again, were clearly wrong.
But of course, climate scientists insist this is still consistent with their theory of global warming. We all know that warming causes more snowfall and growing ice mass – of course, idiot!!
Saudi’s Pumping Too Much!
The Saudis are pumping too much. But it’s not oil! It’s underground water! They’re running out. Actually, this is true of many places I believe. Not unexpected when 7.2 billion folks are constantly thirsty.
I wonder how much underground water has been pumped in the past century by mankind? Enough to make the sea levels rise marginally?? Enough to increase surface area of total global water volume, increasing evaporation rates and H2O greenhouse gas vapor concentrations in atmosphere perhaps?? I wonder, I wonder.
Let’s stop wondering and start calculating.
It’s estimated that 107 billion people have lived throughout history. Today we have about 7 billion people alive. Let’s assume each person requires 5 gallons of water every day to survive – effectively 1-2 for drinking and another 3-4 for food and bathing and cleaning. (Keep in mind when calculating average liquid consumption, it is higher than 1-2 liters per day, given we don’t just drink water. Anything processed like soda, alcohol, foods have a much higher water utilization rates than 1-1, hence my assumption of 1-2 gallons of effective water consumed.)
There are 365 days a year. So in 100 years, this amounts to 1.25 million billion (quadrillion) gallons of water needed. Of course populations will continuously grow.
The atmosphere contains 37 quadrillion gallons of water in the form of gaseous vapor. It’s enough to cover the earth in 1 inch of water. But the oceans are only about 70% of the earth. So this could increase sea levels by as much as 1.3 inches.
Coincidentally, scientists estimate the sea level is rising about 2.5 – 3.7 mm per year. In other words, extrapolating, in 100 years we would have about 1-1.5 inches of higher sea levels.
More water usage and more water surface area leads to higher global warming, since H2O is the most abundant greenhouse gas. Is it a coincidence that all this pumping and water usage by humans could be affecting sea levels, temperatures, and all the circular environmental impacts – far more than the second order affect of carbon based fuels?
Think. Think. Think. Stop blindly believing and accepting.
Sure some of the water gets recycled and seeps back into underground reservoirs. But clearly the rate of replenishment is much slower than is being pumped out, given underground water levels are depleting globally.
Shockingly, Saudi Arabia used to grow tons of wheat and export it throughout the region. Their famous circle desert farms were technological wonders. Now, as the water has run dry, this year they will have to import wheat to sustain their population needs.
Data! What Data?!! Dayta Don’t Matta!
Stocks are flying to the moon, propelled by this new old fuel called hoptimism.
Third quarter earnings will be down a lot, about 3-4% over last year. The second consecutive quarter of negative earnings.
Stocks are roughly at the same value as where they were at the start of the year, when the market expected over 10% earnings growth over last year – not negative. Interesting, huh?
Either the market was wrong then, or it’s wrong now; mispriced. Or it was wrong both times. I’m going with option 3.
The biggest fallacy and misconception, is the old saying, “The markets are always efficient.”
Nothing could be further from the truth. The markets are nearly always wrong, mispriced; but occasionally, briefly, accidentally get it right – usually in that fleeting moment, as markets are crashing or rapidly soaring through that equilibrium point of fair value.
Human emotions rule markets. And any idiot that can claim markets – even the sum of millions of different minds – are efficient is saying emotions are rational. Please! Use a few brain cells.
Zero for Whatever
The “Experts” have NEVER correctly predicted a recession.
Larry Summers, former economic adviser during the Clinton administration and current Harvard economics professor, recently noted: no post-war recession has ever been accurately forecast by the Fed, the IMF, or the consensus of economists, one year in advance.
So if you are placing your faith in the commonly accepted expert view, you will be wrong.
Yes, my friends, the bull market is dead still – even if it makes a miraculous bleep to a new high, briefly.
One day, soon, rationality will return and data will matter.
Whoopa Gangnam Style!
Well, when your most popular export is a three lettered galloping Korean clown (yes, my peeps) named Psy, you create the biggest pair of horse hands in the world to celebrate this outsized celebrity. 2.4 billion views on YouTube gets you your very own commemorating statue.
(I’ve been to this exact location in Gangnam region in South Korea many times).
I think Psy stole his dance move from a 6 year old. We’ve all seen little children galloping in circles on their imaginary horse, while pretending to whip the horse and moving the legs in horse like motion.
Perhaps you should observe your kids more to see what other things they do that could make you the next 3 billion YouTube celebrity.
But seriously, I truly can’t understand why people ever want to be famous. It’s a desire I have zero of. Literally zero.
Daryl’s List of Inventions
As you know, I started writing a blog to keep track of my invention ideas. Actually, since I wrote that initial blog, I’ve come up with over a dozen more – some of which I’ve written in detailed draft email form only. I’ve been too lazy to write and post more blogs. So I thought I would give a short lazy update with a brief overview only.
1. Swarm bombs. Tiny autonomous insect like drones with explosive capability. They can combine to any scale to destroy virtually anything. Nearly unstoppable as a weapon. I’ve put a lot of thought into this, including materials and control communications protocols. This is the future of warfare; not huge single use expensive bombs.
2. More efficient wind power generators. As I was travelling from Bratislava to Vienna, the bus passed a huge wind farm consisting of hundreds of massive generators, spread over tens and tens of windy miles. But I noticed barely a third of them were active at any time, since they were all partitioned at different angles to collect the wind. How stupid and costly. I came up with a way to automatically rotate to optimal direction, reshape the blades, and use different materials and designs to dramatically improve efficiency and lower costs. Having such huge structures is dumb and inefficient, costly.
3. Protective Force Field
I came up with an idea for a force field using an ionized nanoparticle cloud in a magnetic field. Held in place by, formed and manipulated by electrogmanetic and electrostatic forces.
The density of the field would be dynamic and controllable, and when anincoming missile or object was detected, the point of impact would become highly dense to become almost solid, causing detonation or collision away from the critical infrastructure.
As I thought about our planetary system, I realized, our Earth’s atmosphere is kind of like a protective force field. The atmosphere, plus the inherent magnetic field surrounding our planet, protects all life. We can use a similar concept – but better and smarter – to implement an atmospheric force field protection scheme on a much smaller scale. To protect things like nuclear power plants and other vital things, since installing anti-missile systems or other forms of protection isn’t practical or affordable on a wide scale.
4. I’ve been thinking a lot about more efficient air conditioners. Our current technology is so ancient and it really hasn’t changed much over the years, because they all rely on the same physics principles.
We need non-moving, non-chemical, heat transfer pumps to replace mechanical air conditioners. Using ionization of air, flowing through a electrically controlled heat conductive material in a large honeycomb structure, inherently embedded in the walls of homes and offices, we can create constant thermal control, the rate dictated by the air volume to surface area of the conditioning structure. It would be far lower power and completely silent and environmentally friendly.
Through ionization, we can control the energy content – or heat absorption – of the air molecules.
As the ionized particals stick to the thermally conductive electrically controlled panels, the energy or heat of the molecules gets transferred to the panels. This energy would then be used and converted to electrical power using thermoelectric semiconductor materials, instead of being pumped outside as wasted hot air.
This allows us to not only have a silent, low power constant climate control system, but it also helps us recycle the thermal energy instead of wasting it. Plus it’s totally environmentally friendly and chemical free.
5. Moon Solar Farm. I started thinking a lot about harvesting energy from the moon. The Moon is always unused and half the surface is constantly absorbing the suns energy at a higher concentration than the surface of our planet, due to a lack of atmosphere and water vapor.
We should install massive solar farms on the moon, collect the energy and then beam it down to Earth. It could easily provide us with 100% of our energy needs.
I was thinking about the most efficient means of transporting the energy so we could use it. Physically moving large battery stored energy is too costly and slow. I concluded the most efficient way would be using a series of geosynchronous satellites to direct the moon’s energy to the various regions of our planet in precise longitude and lattitudes that we would deem as no fly zone. Using directed, very high energy green laser beams (since green should have the lowest atmopheric absorption due to its wavelength), directed at various power collectors that would then distribute the energy everywhere.
It would be the most efficient form of energy transportation with the least unwanted side effects.
If we think about it, the sun is a huge energy source/generator, and the universe uses electromagnetic waves for energy transfer. Some of this is visible light, some non-visible light. Our solar panels could be more efficient on the moon because we can make our energy collector panels more broad spectrum versus on earth, since most of the non-visible light energy is reflected or absorbed by atmosphere.
We should also utiize electromagnetic free waves to transfer energy like the sun. And visible light, at a specific laser frequency should provide the best and most efficient option for our planet.
Of course I also thought about how to protect the solar farm from asteroids and debris since the moon has no atmosphere and maintenance would be costly.
Of course, the powerful energy industry would oppose this. Many would argue that’s it’s too costly. I vehemently argue this if we consider the big long picture.
Think how much money we spend on not just oil and gasoline, natural gas, coal, renewables, but also the security guarantees of it – wars, specific military investments, as well as energy generation and distribution infrastructure, related environmental costs, etc. It took trillions and trillions of dollars to build this infrastructure over the years. Just consider this a trillion dollar next millennium energy infrastructure build out. If we properly do the investment cost and return on investment analysis over, say 100 years, this becomes the lowest and best energy plan available – by far. It wouldn’t even be close.
These types of long term investments are what government is supposed to help enable, since they can plan and invest for the long term.
6. TrueVue Photo technology
I forgot to include this invention idea. I call it TrueVue Photography.
I’m constantly disappointed when I take a photo of a beautiful scene I witness with my eyes, when I’m just so blown away from the spectacular view before me. I want to capture it just as my eyes do in the moment. But when I take the photo, no matter how awesome the camera is, it always disappoints, relative to my own eyes.
I was in Vienna and I started thinking why photos never fully look like the real thing when we view with our human eyes. And I wanted to come up with a different kind of photographic technology that would add realism to the picture. Forget about virtual reality bullshit. I want true reality. I want my friends and family to make it seem like they were there too with me – so they can soak up just how amazing the view and experience was.
The thing that makes our eyes so incredible is that they are so quickly able to look at wide angle and take in everything, but instantly can narrow and focus in on a specific point. It adjusts contrast and other imaging factors so much better than a camera. Our brain does this all without even thinking about it.
When we take a photo of a sunset or landscape, the broad contrast creates big problems for any camera, and if we manually change the focus point or contrast, the image never looks like it does in real life – even though it can still be a beautiful photo. The real eye photo is still always better.
The reason why our eyes are better than a photo is the dynamic and instantaneous nature of our eyes.
So, my TrueVue photo technology will try to emulate what our eyes see and do.
The TrueVue camera will take a broad landscape photo. Simultaneously, in rapid automatic fashion, a separate moving lens will scan the frame taking thousands (eventually millions as technology improves) of small frame subphotos. This will allow the ability to capture associated photo depth of the image. Each point will have narrow field contrast, color, focus. So the dark areas of a sunset or silhouette that aren’t discernable in a photo – but we noticed in real life – will be able to be captured in depth as well.
This scanning lens will consist of an electronically controlled non-glass focus lens. This technology is already available and in its early stages. We will use an array of very high quality MEMS, or electrically controlled micro mirror, to scan the view quickly, thousands of points per second. Two separate image processors will simultaneously process the photo – one standard digital photo processor and a second new sub-photo processor for the scanning MEMS mirror sub-photos.
The final image will incorporate all of these photos – but dynamically. The viewing screens on all electronic displays will incorporate 2-4 eye sensors (this technology already exists), that track our eye’s movement precisely.
But I will add one more element to this eye scanning technology – the information about our eyes focus intent. When we want to focus our eyes, we use our face muscles surrounding our eyes. The eyeballs are physically focused by muscles which change the shape of our human lens. We can capture this intent of the viewer by facial recognition software looking at eye expression and surrounding muscle movement as we view the display – namely the eyebrows and forehead, but also other facial muscles.
As the eyes move on the photo view, the TrueVue photo will dynamically process our eyes focus area and location. By doing so, we can create a true reality as if we were capturing the moment live. We can see big picture, but also we can narrow to zoom in and focus on a singular point and see the same details as if we were there live. As our eyes move, the realism of the photo changes: focus area, dynamic contrast, color, all of it constantly adapts automatically to our eyes movement and viewing intent.
The dynamically blended high resolution photo database, which I call DeepVue technology, will constantly bring the most detail and visual information to the place where we want to focus in on.
True Realism. TrueVue images!!
Eventually, one day, I hope this technology becomes real. And I hope someone will use my technology name.
The better we can share our world and our experiences and views, the closer we become to the world, and to each other.
Celine Dion Song Competition
About a month ago I heard Celine was accepting song submissions for her next album. So for shits-n-giggles I decided to write another lame song. After I wrote this a month ago, I never submitted it because I realized her next album was going to be in French! Plus this song is just really lame. So, I’ve been meaning to post this for some time now:
Forever Isn’t Long Enough
You touched my lonely hand
And my heart melted away
You kissed me for the first time
But your lips felt so familiar
Like I’ve loved you forever
Before time was even born
Forever isn’t long enough
To hold you in my arms
A moment lasts forever
When I’m lost in your eyes
Baby, run away with me
Let’s leave it all behind
Our world is you and I
I’ll give you everything I am
Feel the rhythm of my love
You’re the words to my song
You say that you love me
But I’ve known before we met
You’re the hidden path
I was meant to discover
Forever isn’t long enough
To hold you in my arms
A moment lasts forever
When I’m lost in your eyes
Baby, run away with me
Let’s leave it all behind
Our world is you and I
There will never be another
My soul soars when you’re near
I know there’s nothing left to fear
Love’s empty promises
Were all I knew before
That’s why I know now
Forever isn’t long enough
Whenever I’m with you.
Ok, I’m tired of writing my last blog. This really will be my final blog. Guaranteed.