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1. Good News
Long-time readers know I'm an IEEE Senior Member (and a past recipient of the
IEEE's Outstanding Engineer Award). Though I left engineering long ago, I
still find it interesting and I still subscribe to technical publications.
Something I keep reading about is the constant stream of technological advances.
Some of these are fairly minor in their effect on improving our economy. But some
could be real game-changers.
Item #1. If you stretch your memory, you
might recall a time when ordinary peasants enjoyed inexpensive air travel. It's
still relatively inexpensive, but only true masochists enjoy it. Note that I
said "relatively," there. Anyone checking the cost of flying in the past couple
of years will notice tickets cost more and then there are all those additional
One reason for the high cost of air travel is the outdated radar method
of bringing planes into the airport. This method wastes quite a bit of fuel, due
to the "spacing" required for it to be safe. A couple of years ago, a company
developed a GPS method that dramatically reduces the spacing and thus the fuel
wastage. If airlines could save, say, $50 per passenger in fuel costs that could
drop your cost of flying by a whole dollar (the other $49 going to executive
salaries and bonuses). On the off chance the execs have any moral fiber at all,
you could see affordable air travel return (though enjoyable air travel will
recede into distant memory).
Parcels don't care if they get groped, exposed,
x-rayed, or leered at. So the real benefit here, as this rolls out, is air
shipping costs will probably drop quite a bit. So instead of paying $58, a lung,
and a kidney to overnight something, you might pay just $38.
This is relevant today, but first a bit of background. Over a decade ago, the MagnaDrive Corporation produced a product that couples a
motor with its load magnetically instead of via a physical connection (e.g.,
gears and/or shaft). This has several enormous advantages. One is infinite
variability, which means you don't have to size a gearbox to get the speed you
need. Another is no transmission of vibration from motor to load or the other
direction. Another is the reliability goes way up because you have so many fewer
points of failure.
In fact, the magnets made from NdFeB (neodymium/iron/boron)
can operate in extreme heat (300 DegrF, which is really, really hot for inside
the typical motor and just not seen except in extreme applications) and they
have a half-life of over 20,000 years. Yeah, that's the downside. You buy one
and 20,000 years later there's a 50% chance it will crap out. Too bad, huh?
The problem with these drives is the magnets are made from rare earth materials.
Thus, for a long time the drives were too pricey for most applications. But
here's the twist. The term
"rare earth" was applied when certain materials were first being used, and they
were thought to be quite rare. Since then, many of these have proven not to be
rare at all. So the price has come way, way down. The professional pubs have
made quite a bit of happy noise about this.
A wonderfully written book, Earth Wars, provides some great information
on the whole rare earth thing. My review of this book will be online by late
August; mark your calendar to go to
to see what this one's about.
Item #3. This is related to
our previous item, which made the point that motors that use "rare earth" metals are now economically
feasible where they once were not so. Using such materials can reduce design heat losses from
the rotor by an amazing 100%, and total losses by 25%. Total efficiency
increases by 10% (yes, it's true that losses and efficiency are not linearly inverse,
though they are inversely related).
Item #4. Unrelated to our previous
item, manufacturers of personal safety devices have been doing brisk business
and hiring people into good-paying jobs. Since 2008, firearm manufacturers (for
example), have seen a 30.6% increase in American jobs. That same industry saw an
increase of 66.5% in the federal taxes paid by industry companies. And you know
this is a good thing because Jesse "Reverse Logic" Jackson has been telling
people he wants to shut down the firearm industry and create jobs. Yes, those
are mutually exclusive goals but that problem has not stopped him before.
Armed citizens might be singing, to the tune of "Bring in the Clowns," a new
ditty, "Bring on the Drones." Free skeet shooting!
Item #5. Amazon is hiring. Oops, not good news. It's actually bad
news. Amazon is hiring at its pick centers, where people are pushed beyond the
limits of human physical endurance and paid very poorly. A female
journalist took a job at one of these places for purposes of writing an article
about it. What she had to say made the sweatshops in China seem like pleasure
resorts by comparison. Amazon doesn't sell guns, either, so it's not helping
provide those good-paying jobs you read about in item #4.
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3. Brainpower tip
As the fake "election" rhetoric spews forth and contaminates our "infosphere,"
it's almost impossible to avoid the chatter of the Stupiderati. Examining this rot can provide a lesson in
brainpower, the same way examining a stool sample can help a doctor figure out
what's really going on.
With the rhetoric, you have to look at the message
behind the message. Actually, that is true of all code speak. You've probably
seen those jokes, along the lines of "When a woman says X, she really means Y"
(there's a male version, too). People speak in code for many reasons. By
applying a little brainpower, you can become much better informed about what
they are actually saying.
The actors playing out this "election" melodrama
follow a script that appeals to specific demographics, and they do that with
code words that say one thing and mean something else entirely. The only
exception I know of is Ron Paul, who for the past twenty years has done exactly what he
said he'd do. His consistency is remarkable. Which is why the mudstream media do
not like him and go to extremes to show this.
Most voters see the "election" as a choice between two checkout
lines in Wal-Mart, er, I mean between the employees of The Party (same
corporation, different "sales clerks"). So they check one of the two "I approve
of crime" boxes instead of actually voting. That's a zombie reaction, not a
thinking one. Let's look at why.
The actual platforms of the two employees of
The Party are identical. Anyone who has watched how these fools actually perform
once in office can identify the consistent three-point platform:
I could entertain you with a long list of code words and what they mean,
but instead will give you a couple of examples and challenge you to decipher
code words yourself. It's almost as fun as one of those word search games or
a crossword puzzle. And it makes you zombie-proof.
Fake candidate 1. This guy says he's going to "stimulate" the
economy by diverting more capital from it, when he gets the "second term I
deserve." How he plans to do that from prison (where the term he
deserves would presumably be served) is anybody's guess.
assume he gets a second term he does not deserve, we are yet again subjected
to accelerated plundering programs. Can all this extra stealing and massive
diversion of capital out of the economy's productive sectors benefit the
The answer is that the economy thrives or
dies based on the amount of capital available to it. The govt does not have
any money that it earns for goods or services produced. It must take money
from the productive sector of the economy. The pork-barrel "stimulus" is
always a theft, a diversion of funds to special interests like banksters. So
this is akin to putting out a fire by dumping gasoline on it. Code word:
Stimulus. Translates to: Stealing.
Fake candidate 2. This guy says he is going to increase "defense"
spending. What he means is he's going to increase the amount of looting and
plundering done by the Military Industrial Complex. The USA now spends about
half of the world's total expenditures on military. That's insane. We have
only 5% of the world's population.
It's worth noting that the Defense
Acquisition Program burns through $21 million every hour of every day, with
95% of that producing nothing but more debt. This is exactly the opposite of
defending the country. This program does about half billion dollars worth of
sabotage to the country, every day.
Imagine buying your next car and
paying for it 20 times over instead of just once; that's essentially how the
DAP works. Code word: Defense. Translates to: Stealing.
It would be interesting to see if ANY of the "election" code words do not
mean stealing. It would not surprise me if all of them meant that.
Unfortunately, about 95% of the people voting in each "election" don't try
to understand what's actually being said or what effect their "vote"
Only Ron Paul has not spoken in code. The fact these others do is another
lesson in brainpower for another time.
4. Finance tip
Those of us living at certain latitudes have been sweltering in the summer heat.
During this time of Obamageddon, the last thing we want is a giant air
conditioning bill. My "cheapest" neighbor is paying about twice what I pay, but
most pay considerably more. So, lucky reader, I will share with you some proven
tips to help you reduce your electric bill.|
Pass this eNL along to others, and
they can also benefit. Here's some "free money" for you....
to do: If you have CFLs, remove them. Why: The CFL has very low power
factor, and it consequently causes power quality problems in the rest of your
home's electrical system. This means the compressor motor of your AC unit must
use much more power to do the same amount of work.
In the electrical biz, we call this the difference between apparent power and
actual power. You can just call it the difference between a high electric bill
and an ungodly high one.
And your other tips, some of which may require time and money....
Leakage. Reduce the exchange of heat between your home and the hot outdoors:
- Caulk as needed.
- Insulate receptacles (buy those foam inserts).
- Check your windows for leakage; an IR gun is an inexpensive investment
if you don't have one. Consider replacing your windows this winter, when
deals abound on parts and labor. If they leak now, seal up with duct tape.
- Install thick shades that are designed to block out light. These really
do work. Though not cheap, they are worth the investment. I got mine at Bed
Bath and Beyond.
- If doors leak, install V weather stripping across the top and along the
sides. For the bottom, find an appropriate sill seal. You might also place a
rolled towel across the bottom of each door during peak heat times.
- Change your air filter it it's at all dirty.
- Keep your condenser clean; check it on every odd-numbered day (or
even-numbered, if you prefer).
- Think of upgrading to a more efficient unit, if the one you have is more
than 12 years old. Plan on that for this winter, when there are likely to be
rebates and other cost-savings.
Usage. When it's hottest outside, people run their AC. At that time, however:
- You are trying to cool across the largest temperature gradient. This is
- The supply transformers are hot, and your bit of extra load might be the
- Those overloaded transformers are probably supplying slightly dirty
power, meaning your compressor has to work harder to deliver the same amount
- Reduce or eliminate other loads during this time.
- Don't run "optional" loads during this time. Those include gadget
chargers, plant lights,
- Keep that refrigerator closed during this time.
- If you have an ice-maker, understand that it pumps heat into your home
to make that ice. More for your AC unit to handle.
- Set up a table on a porch that has an outdoor receptacle. Take cooking
outside. On that table, you can put a coffee pot, hot plate, crock pot,
popcorn popper, etc. Not all at the same time, mind you....
- Before opening the refrigerator or freezer, know exactly what you are
going to put in there or take out. Be quick.
- Turn off modems and routers at night. They do produce a fair amount of
heat, which you can verify rather easily. Normally, it's best to leave these
on. But when you are paying a king's ransom to cool your home shut them off.
- Consider installing awnings.
- Map out your vegetation around your home. Consider re-landscaping this
fall to improve sun protection.
- Where grass does not grow well, consider planting a ground cover.
- If your condenser is outside, make sure there is free airflow around it.
Remove vegetation that blocks this. But add vegetation for shade if the unit
- Set the thermostat to a higher temperature and use fans. Yes, sounds
simple. But many people think they "must" keep it under 75 degrees in their
home. You can have it much warmer (e.g., 85), and stay fairly comfortable.
- Don't completely dry clothes in your clothes dryer. Not only does this
damage the fabric, it wastes energy. It also adds heat to the house and
exhausts air you're paying to cool.
5. Security tip
Passwords are a pain. Many people try to ease this pain by using
easily-discovered items as their password. Come up with something you can't
remember. I have some extremely long passwords that make no verbal sense at all
and represent nothing I am familiar with.|
Consider the following
- Name of pet, wife, husband, child, parent. In fact, any real name or any
- Dates of birth, wedding, anniversary, graduation. In fact, any numbers
representing anything real to you.
- Your address, phone number, SSN, anagram for your name, etc. If it
represents something real to you, it's a lousy password.
If you hate your password because you can't possibly remember it, then it's
probably a good password. If you have a hard time typing it without an error,
that's another good sign. If you like your password and use the same one for
everything, chances are good a hacker is going to like your password also.
Remember, your password isn't there to let you in. It's there to keep others
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
I had an interesting conversation recently with my main climbing partner and his
wife. The discussion revolved around what level of body fat is optimal for
To understand the answer, you must know a few things about body fat.
- How much you weigh can be misleading. Measure the ratio of body fat to
lean mass. That is what matters.
- The body has several types of fat. Depending on your s*x and your body
type, it will over-accumulate in certain areas. That's why some people are
pear-shaped and some are apple-shaped.
- If you have enough fat to distort your body shape, you have too much of
the cancer-factory variety of fat.
- The point above excludes breast tissue in women. It also excludes "rump
rounding" fat, which is not the same as fat that makes it look lumpy.
- Men: if you cannot see your abs, you are definitely too fat. These begin
to have visual definition in the single digit body fat level, but you could
still have excess body fat (e.g., love handles or underbelly roll) even at 8% body fat. It's an individual thing.
Look in the mirror.
- Women: Look for smooth curves.
The danger in determining what's optimal for you is that you'll misinterpret
what the mirror shows to get the answer you want to have. Use a body fat scale
as a guide, and keep your goal in mind.|
For women, it might help to find
someone of your body type and height who has the body composition you are aiming
for. Get a picture of her, and use it as a self-assessment tool. If she's had
plastic surgery, rule her out. Make sure you are using a realistic model, not
someone who will make you feel inadequate due to chasing after the unachievable.
What won't get you there:
- Walking (and other low intensity exercise) in lieu of hard exercise. If
you want to walk for pleasure, then do that. In a park or nice neighborhood
is good. But don't try to make it the cornerstone of your fitness plan.
- Special diets. These stress your body in bad ways, and take the pleasure
out of eating.
- Traditional gym rat work. That whole body three times a week thing "for
tone" does not produce the necessary adaptive response to strengthen your
skeleton, improve your body fat ratio, or help create the best hormonal
- Eating "foods" contaminated with corn sugar, drinking fruit juices, or
getting any other endocrine modifiers into your body.
- Having an inconsistent sleeping schedule.
- Stressing out over how fat you are (this releases cortisol, which tells
your body to store fat).
What will help get you there:
- If you want walking to be part of your fat loss program, try duck
walking up several flights of stairs--you will get a new understanding of
the word "burn" in the phrase "burn fat."
- Eating right, as a matter of course. Six small meals a day, mostly
greens. Make the meals nutrient-dense. Make every calorie count, rather than
- Brief but intense physical exertion. Stimulate, but don't annihilate,
your muscles. Excessive numbers of reps and sets result in overtraining.
Intense doesn't mean doing dangerous amounts of weight, either. It's about
focus and concentration. Try doing one very slow repetition in absolutely
perfect form using half your normal weight. Focus not on raising or lowering
the weight, but on loading that muscle. It's the loading that stimulates the
adaptive response. That response brings many health benefits, including
- Eating good whole foods.
- Go to bed at about the same time every night. You really do need your
- Relax and enjoy life. Get outside. Do physical activities you enjoy.
Don't worry about what others think; what matters is that you are doing what
you need to do to reach your goals.
www.supplecity.com, you'll find plenty of informative, authoritative
articles on maintaining a lean, strong physique. It has nothing to
do with long workouts or impossible to maintain diets. In fact:
- The best workouts are short and intense.
- A good diet contains far more flavors and satisfaction
than the typical American diet.
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a
chocolate bar melted in his pocket. (Good thing he did that.) Rampant spending
by Obama and his lackey CONgress have melted the economy, but thus far no good
has come of that.|
8. Thought for the Day
This could have more than one meaning: "I've upped my standards. Now, up yours."
Does your conduct help others raise their standards, or does it merely annoy them?|
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Except where noted, this e-newsletter is entirely the work of Mark Lamendola. Anything presented as fact can be independently verified. Often, sources are given; but where not given, they are readily available to anyone who makes the effort.
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