Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Rainfall from Irene

Today tropical storm was upgraded and given the name Katia. Katia is new on the rotating list of names for tropical storms and hurricanes; it replaces the name Katrina, which was retired after the 2005 hurricane season.






Monday, August 29, 2011

Destruction north of New York City thanks to Irene's wind and rain...













Seems only myself and fathers with kids were out walking around Greenwich taking photos of the aftermath...

Friday, August 26, 2011

Perfect Voice recognition is hard without full contextual understanding

one sample why text to speech auto-translation is difficult

"while chords of music blared, the thief tried to break in and steal stationery and a stationary bicycle but tripped on a loose two foot cord and broke his foot on the bike's steel brake."

try that sentence with voice rec software and see what results you get..

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

So called 'God Particle' the Higgs Boson does not exist...

Seems there is no so called 'God Particle'. Scientists around the world are greatly disturbed yesterday.... August 22, the bombshell was dropped: CERN scientists declared that over the entire range of energy the CERN Collider had explored—from 145 to 466 billion electron volts—the Higgs boson is excluded as a possibility with a 95% probability.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Interesting oil production stats

70, 80 years ago, we would invest one barrel of energy to get out a hundred barrels of oil, and that 100:1 ratio declined to 30:1 in the 1970s, and it was around 10:1 in the year 2000, and the EIA stopped producing data on how much energy it takes to get energy. So we can kind of interpolate it now, but it’s clearly under ten in single digits." -Nate Hagens

Friday, August 19, 2011

The dark side of Globalization...

Hey I am all for globalization, how else can I get all that stuff that I don't need from Walmart for such a low cost.

But a dark side of so-called globalization is that countries that actually try to make and produce stuff are forced to trash their currencies and make them dirt cheap... Obama's dream is to print trillions of dollars and make our once proud dollar so worthless that even the Chinese's will find that it's cheaper to make stuff here. Except the Chinese tie their currency to ours. Well that was exactly how it worked with Japan... With the yen now at its strongest that it has ever been, it cheaper for Japanese to make their cars and electronic toys here... The problem arises when all countries want to devalue their currencies... Vietnam pushed their currency so low that even the Chinese are forced to make stuff there, but with worthless currencies comes high debt and high inflation...

The dollar would have collapsed even further if it was not for the fact that the Euro is collapsing too... So what is a poor currency trader to do. Well buy Swiss francs or gold... Now one of the strongest currencies in the world... sounds great for the Swiss... except for the fact they rely on foreign companies to retain their headquarters there... Now the cost of living in Switzerland is so expensive many foreign nationals and their companies are moving back to their own country resulting in higher unemployment and lower tax revenues for the Swiss... So even the Swiss are thinking about how to make their currency cheaper...

So all one can hope for that this rush to print money and trash the value of currencies is that we do not become Germany before WWII... I for one don't feel pushing a wheel-barrel of money to pay for a loaf of bread... And from what I recall the Germans didn't either and elected that man with the funny mustache.

U.S. Postal Service Nears Collapse

An absolute amazing stat = US mail volume plunged 20 percent from 2006 to 2010. Yes more people work at the Postal Service than another other company except for Walmart.

USPS operates the world's largest network of post offices but 80 percent of the Post Offices lose money. There are 31,871 post offices

Postal union contracts prohibit any layoffs.

Other countries have moved many post offices into Gas Stations and Convenience stores and have greater hours with much lower costs...

What happens when Bank of America (BAC) or Citigroup says you are going to have to pay to get your statement on paper? That's going to change a lot of behavior. Post Offices will start losing money even quicker in the future..

Printed Magazines are fading, less than 5 years most will be e-delivered.

But the democrats want to send the Post Offices an additional $70 Billion to cover future health cost and give them all a raise without requiring a single layoff... Are they effing crazy?

Oh yes they the unions are saying that they can be profitable by shipping more junk mail...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011




Mt Ruapehu eruptions spectacular raw footage




Rarely seen smoke rings at Mt Etna filmed by Geoff Mackley on 8th June 2000.  Smoke Rings have been seen only three times in the history of man....


Friday, August 5, 2011

Flickr incredible milestone -- 6 billion uploaded photos.

"Montbretia flower photo shown here is 6 billionth photo... uploaded Monday by eon60," the Yahoo-owned photo-sharing site said in a blog post.
Over the last five years, uploads to Flickr have been increasing at about 20% year-over-year, with users currently uploading more than 2,500 images per minute, said Sheeva Zarechian, a spokeswoman for the site.
With a new billion-photo mark being hit every year for the last five years, it'll be interesting to see if Flickr can keep up the pace.
Facebook is currently the most popular photo-sharing site on the Web, with more than 100 millionphotos uploaded daily. New challengers such as 500px are emerging as well, not to mention Google continuing to overhaul Picasa with its Google+ project.

Flickr incredible milestone -- 6 billion uploaded photos.

"Montbretia flower photo shown here is 6 billionth photo... uploaded Monday by eon60," the Yahoo-owned photo-sharing site said in a blog post.
Over the last five years, uploads to Flickr have been increasing at about 20% year-over-year, with users currently uploading more than 2,500 images per minute, said Sheeva Zarechian, a spokeswoman for the site.
With a new billion-photo mark being hit every year for the last five years, it'll be interesting to see if Flickr can keep up the pace.
Facebook is currently the most popular photo-sharing site on the Web, with more than 100 millionphotos uploaded daily. New challengers such as 500px are emerging as well, not to mention Google continuing to overhaul Picasa with its Google+ project.