Digital Spittle

Jul 13

aberjona:

Charlie Haden joined the choir invisible Friday. He left an indelible mark on the world, having contributed to the work of so many fellow musicians, themselves legends, as to make him an indisputable giant. He also happened to be a kind and gentle soul, a teacher, and an activist. RIP.

aberjona:

Charlie Haden joined the choir invisible Friday. He left an indelible mark on the world, having contributed to the work of so many fellow musicians, themselves legends, as to make him an indisputable giant. He also happened to be a kind and gentle soul, a teacher, and an activist. RIP.

Jul 12

Toilet !? Human Waste and Earth's Future -

A girl wearing a feces-shaped hat prepares to slide down into a five-meter toilet at an exhibition titled “Toilet !? Human Waste and Earth’s Future” at the Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo, Japan, on July 3, 2014. The exhibition, which opened at the museum on Wednesday, explores the world of toilets, with the main exhibit centering around a massive toilet into which visitors are allowed to slide, simulating the journey of human waste matter into the sewers. (Reuters/Issei Kato)

Jul 10

where all lines meet by jecate http://flic.kr/p/nZsggC

where all lines meet by jecate http://flic.kr/p/nZsggC

Jul 09

futurescope:

The 10 Most Important Business Skills in 2020
Based on this report from the Institute for the Future.

futurescope:

The 10 Most Important Business Skills in 2020

Based on this report from the Institute for the Future.

(via emergentfutures)

Jerktech: Silicon Valley’s most shameful export

mostlysignssomeportents:

Jerktech is the very apt epithet for the class of “disruptive” startups that sell things that don’t belong to them, like parking spots and restaurant reservations, simply raising the prices of them and making access to public resources a factor of your disposable income.

Read more…

(via emergentfutures)

emergentfutures:

June Full-Time Jobs Plunge By Over Half A Million, Part-Time Jobs Surge By 800K, Most Since 1993


Something tells us that the fact that the BLS just reported June part-time jobs rose by just shy of 800,000 the biggest monthly jump since 1993, will hardly get much airplay today. Because remember: when it comes to jobs, it is only the quantity that matters, never the quality.


Full Story: ZeroHedge

Part time vs full time jobs

emergentfutures:

June Full-Time Jobs Plunge By Over Half A Million, Part-Time Jobs Surge By 800K, Most Since 1993

Something tells us that the fact that the BLS just reported June part-time jobs rose by just shy of 800,000 the biggest monthly jump since 1993, will hardly get much airplay today. Because remember: when it comes to jobs, it is only the quantity that matters, never the quality.

Full Story: ZeroHedge

Part time vs full time jobs

Jul 07

The curse of smart people

Jul 05

Wreck of the Edro III, Sea Caves, Paphos by Polis Poliviou http://flic.kr/p/oaU1qv

Wreck of the Edro III, Sea Caves, Paphos by Polis Poliviou http://flic.kr/p/oaU1qv

Jul 04

alcyere:

Solitude in Red (by Ting Hay)

alcyere:

Solitude in Red (by Ting Hay)

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Jul 03

An Iranian dissident returns home | Al Jazeera America

The doctor won’t see you now | Al Jazeera America

Hyundai stunt shows just how incidental today's drivers actually are - Road & Track -

#Self driving cars

stoweboyd:

A radical breakthrough in engine design:

Jason Cammisa, No crankshaft, no problem: Toyota’s free piston engine is brilliant
Electrically driven cars are the future. But until we have cheap, 1000-mile batteries, we still need range-extending fossil-fuel engines. Those devices don’t need to turn wheels, just generate juice. The simple solution is to strap a generator to a piston engine, as BMW did with the two-cylinder range extender in its i3 EV. But if the engine never turns a wheel, there’s no need for it to rotate anything. Why not cut out the middleman and use the piston’s reciprocating motion to generate electricity? That obviates camshafts and most other rotating parts, too.
Toyota recently showed a prototype engine that does just that. It’s called the Free Piston Engine Linear Generator (FPEG). “Free” refers to the fact that the piston isn’t attached to a crankshaft; instead, as the piston is forced downward during its power stroke, it passes through windings in the cylinder to generate a burst of three-phase AC electricity. The FPEG operates like a two-stroke engine but adds direct gasoline injection and electrically operated valves. It can also be run like a diesel, using compression rather than a spark plug to ignite its fuel mixture.
Toyota says this mechanically simple engine achieves a claimed thermal-efficiency rating of 42 percent in continuous use. Only the best, most complicated, and most expensive of today’s gas engines can come close to that number, and only in specific circumstances.

stoweboyd:

A radical breakthrough in engine design:

Jason Cammisa, No crankshaft, no problem: Toyota’s free piston engine is brilliant

Electrically driven cars are the future. But until we have cheap, 1000-mile batteries, we still need range-extending fossil-fuel engines. Those devices don’t need to turn wheels, just generate juice. The simple solution is to strap a generator to a piston engine, as BMW did with the two-cylinder range extender in its i3 EV. But if the engine never turns a wheel, there’s no need for it to rotate anything. Why not cut out the middleman and use the piston’s reciprocating motion to generate electricity? That obviates camshafts and most other rotating parts, too.

Toyota recently showed a prototype engine that does just that. It’s called the Free Piston Engine Linear Generator (FPEG). “Free” refers to the fact that the piston isn’t attached to a crankshaft; instead, as the piston is forced downward during its power stroke, it passes through windings in the cylinder to generate a burst of three-phase AC electricity. The FPEG operates like a two-stroke engine but adds direct gasoline injection and electrically operated valves. It can also be run like a diesel, using compression rather than a spark plug to ignite its fuel mixture.

Toyota says this mechanically simple engine achieves a claimed thermal-efficiency rating of 42 percent in continuous use. Only the best, most complicated, and most expensive of today’s gas engines can come close to that number, and only in specific circumstances.

emergentfutures:

Foothill grad earns degree entirely online


A Berkeley-bound student who earned his associate’s degree entirely online is among nearly 1,000 students who will graduate from Foothill College Friday, June 27.

From his home in Mendocino — or occasionally sitting in a Mendocino café or library — James Sommermann completed 23 Foothill classes online in music, English, statistics, Spanish, psychology, anthropology and geology.

He will enter the University of California at Berkeley this fall with hopes of double majoring in music and English.

Foothill offers all-online associate’s degrees in 18 subjects as well as an array of all-online “certificates of proficiency.” College officials said they have no way to track the number of students earning all-online degrees but that online classes accounted for about 27 percent of last quarter’s enrollment.


Full Story: paloaltoonline

emergentfutures:

Foothill grad earns degree entirely online

A Berkeley-bound student who earned his associate’s degree entirely online is among nearly 1,000 students who will graduate from Foothill College Friday, June 27.

From his home in Mendocino — or occasionally sitting in a Mendocino café or library — James Sommermann completed 23 Foothill classes online in music, English, statistics, Spanish, psychology, anthropology and geology.

He will enter the University of California at Berkeley this fall with hopes of double majoring in music and English.

Foothill offers all-online associate’s degrees in 18 subjects as well as an array of all-online “certificates of proficiency.” College officials said they have no way to track the number of students earning all-online degrees but that online classes accounted for about 27 percent of last quarter’s enrollment.

Full Story: paloaltoonline

Jul 01

BlackBerry Passport Review | CrackBerry.com