Sunday, May 18, 2014

Calculate the Size

For a hemisphere-

2.4 A / a = N

Big 'A' is the area of the dome footprint.

Little 'a' is the area of the vertex element, independent of shape (circle, square, etc.)

N is the number of elements.

The constant allows for a 20% overlap of the elements.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Down and Out in Paris and London - George Orwell



Listen, read, learn. 1933.

Text Down and Out in London and Paris

http://www.planetebook.com/ebooks/Down-and-Out-in-Paris-and-London.pdf

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Down_and_Out_in_Paris_and_London


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14372195


And listen to this!


"He'd know her (today, poverty) straight away." "Utter misery"


Audio 


BBC "Has anything changed?"


http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/worldservice/docarchive/docarchive_20111007-1242a.mp3

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Earth Dashboard

If the equator were a tape measure you would find that the earth is 1,584,000,000 inches (4,023,360,000 cm) around. The earth also weighs 5,972,190,000 trillion tons.  By the way if you have ever wanted to try to dig a hole to China make sure you have a canteen of icewater with you. The temperature at the earth's core is 7232° Fahrenheit (4000° C).  On a more serious note, at the time of this post:  Of the 7,041,428,197 people on earth today 854,508,895 are living in slums and 863,903,009 have no access to clean water.

Buckminster Fuller referred to our planet as the "The Spaceship Earth" and considered we humans its crew members. The interactive Earth Dashbord gives us the information we need to monitor and control the course of our vessel. See all kinds of interesting statistics in the areas of  population, education, food, communication, conservation and much more.  You will find it at:

Friday, March 9, 2012

Beware! Buckyballs are NOT for Little Children

Three-year-old Peyton Bushnell was so intrigued with the Buckyballs her dad brought home from the office she ate them! Read the article here.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Help SETI Find Intelligent Life in Outer Space

If you have an extra computer lying around your house or even if you want to volunteer your computer when you aren't using it you can help in a project being conducted at Berkley University to search for evidence of life on other planets. The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project collects enourmous amounts of radio wave data.  Its computers are able to capture and analyze stronger signals but the radio waves from an extraterrestrial source will most likely be the weaker ones that the SETI equipment misses.  This is where you come in! Another way to support the project is by joining SETI's Planetary Society. This is the the world's largest space-interest group and you will get news and updates about cool space stuff. Whether you are 6 or 106 you will think it is "out of this world."

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Lincoln Park, Portland, Maine









Yahoo Photo of the Day

Credit Joel Page AP News

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