Too much EMO today folks. Let me make a critical contribution to the board (and very on topic) as it has come to my twitter life attention that the June 2014 Playmate of the month is a UM grad: Miss Jessica Ashley. I don't subscribe and if I did, I'd only read the articles anyhow but for those who digest the media in other ways here is a cool tumbler account of hers. I am not exactly sure what tumblr is - it seems like a blog without words but I thought that was what instagram was lol. And going all creeper here is Instagram.
Being a fan of brunettes and being an actual Michigan grad... I say Kate Upton, consider your "bow" being shot over. (pun not intended but surely noticed). Carry on folks.
Want to get excited about something and forget that softball game? This should do the trick if you have any inclination toward eco-friendly science, engineering and/or technology. This "mom & pop" company has been researching solar cell-embedded roadways: but not just that: they are heated (no now removal), have leds (no painting lines), pressure sensors to detect objects on the road and can direct & filter storm water run off.
Pretty exciting IMO, but they don't have quotes for installation per hex-cell or per mile. I'm not positive about this, but highways cost approx. $1M/mile and I'd have to think these would be cost prohibitive. However, not needing snow removal, paint and of course the electricity generation could defray that cost, in addition to the economy of scale production effeciency should these explode. I'd love to hear the engineers on the board chime in here.
They are crowd souring this to avoid investor influence that may push production and manufacturing overseas b/c 'Merica! Link & Video:
Pretty good discussion of eSports, kicking off with a metaphor I think we can all relate to.
Last summer I posted a series of questions meant to tear the board apart and further divided a very polarized fanbase. From what I could discern, nobody lost any limbs - which made the whole experience a failure. So I'll do what I can to provoke some sort of blood letting on the board. What are your opinions on the following questions?
1. Could a full grown adult cheetah kill a full grown adult man?
2. Which demographic harms the Michigan image more; lightly toothed farm dwellers who purchase their faux #16 jersey t-shirt at Walmart, or the stuffy old alumni that own Walmart stock?
3. Dave Brandon just visited your bathroom. Does it smell like shit or does it smell like a marketing opportunity?
4. Brady Hoke just visited your bathroom. Does it smell like mediocrity, or are you willing to withhold judgement until he visits your bathroom one more time?
5. Do you pay football and basketball players if it means that programs like track and field, water polo, etc. wil suffer, and possibly cease to exist?
6. And because I moved away from Michigan, and apparently people outside of Michigan look at you like you have a third ear attached to your forehead when you say it... kitty corner or catty corner?
So lot's of people will be lucky enough to be in Northern Michigan tonight. Some of us won't be as lucky, but will still be lucky enough to be in the midwest or in Cali, where between 2 am and 4 am early Saturday morning, they will be able to witness a great meteor shower. We're talking between 200 and 1000 meteors an hour*.
This is a huge amount of meteors. The most well known yearly meteor shower that takes place every August (Perseid Meteor Shower) is significantly below that number, we're talking typically under 100 meteors an hour and closer to 50 an hour.
So if you're interested in space, or have kids or grandkids, and you're not too old to make the "it's too late" excuse, I highly recommend getting out to a dark area, away from lights, and checking it out. It really should be a great show.
Full tangent nerdy time (last two are videos from space.com)...
[The Adventures of] LINK
[A] LINK [to the Past]
[A] LINK [Between Worlds]
*There is a slight chance this could be a dud. That probability seems unlikely, but the last video explains it. But keep that on the D.L. More people need to be excited about space.
A heartfelt thanks to all of you who have dedicated your lives to the safety and protection of ours.