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ThurberMingus  ·  23 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Cargill plans to revisit the Age of Sail for fuel efficiency

hahahahaha was wondering why there was no pictures of BAR's design anywhere.

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I am a sucker for anything about sailing though. BAR and B9 are both talking about essentially a normal tanker/bulk ship and just raising sail & cutting the engines back when running down wind. A hull that can sail cross or up wind is completely different than a hull that can carry heavy cargo.

The Preussen is the largest sailing cargo ship ever built (in 1902, after steam ships had already shown sail was done for) and it had a capacity of 8000 tons.

8000 tons is a small coastal tanker by today's comparison. The biggest are half a million tons now.

ThurberMingus  ·  28 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pan de Muerto

Using sesame instead of sugar originated in one neighbourhood of Mexico City I think, and they took it with them all over. I like it, topping with sugar is sweet than I like.

ThurberMingus  ·  30 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Karen O & Willie Nelson: Under Pressure

Wow

I like this version so much

ThurberMingus  ·  32 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: ‘Culture wars’ are fought by tiny minority – UK study

Is the opposite of a progressive activist a regressivist or a deactivist?

Many conservatives I know are probably 80% no-more-change and 20% back-to-the-way-it-was, and neither of those ideas encourage someone to push on social media the way that fix-all-the-broken-things does.

ThurberMingus  ·  36 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How to Battle Kitchen Burnout

Best lines of the article:

    “I remember, when I was 8 years old or so, asking my great grandmother what it was like to live through the Depression,” she says. Her grandmother had responded that they ate a lot of oatmeal, a lot of pickles, and sometimes, an orange with a peppermint stick as a big treat. “There were bleak moments in late March, early April,” Randall says, that “I did not want oatmeal again, and I would think about my great grandmother, and think: We know how to do this in our family.

Beans are my reset food, when I need something good enough and easy enough and healthy enough and I just want a break from planning meals. Brothy or spicy or refried. With cornbread, or rice. or chips or tortillas or potatoes. Beans, beans, they're good for your heart, the more you eat, the more you like em. When I lived alone I'd cook enough to last a few days, when they were done I'd be ready to cook other food again.

ThurberMingus  ·  40 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Funski: A goofy bit of fun with movie descriptions

Yep

ThurberMingus  ·  40 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Funski: A goofy bit of fun with movie descriptions

A son discovers the lies were just hyperbole.

ThurberMingus  ·  46 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 14, 2020

My grandad cut the base of his thumb deep on a table saw, I think he was about 80 at the time. He was a surgeon and captain of a MASH unit in the Korean war, so his first thought was "there would be a lot more blood if I had hit the artery", so he went inside and tried to get good pictures of his exposed artery before bandaging it and driving himself to the hospital. I think he didn't tell his kids until he was back home from the emergency room.

It just reads like they want to redefine 'strong encryption', claim victory in the debate, and ignore all the privacy and security concerns.

ThurberMingus  ·  59 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Sharing my misadventures in going off-grid (so far)

Nice blog!

I read the whippoorwill winter post and it reminded me of the very first time I took my wife camping. Borrowed a bunch of gear, and should have thrown the extra sleeping bags in the car instead of just the two that looked best... And then the cold front arrived early.

ThurberMingus  ·  59 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Plutocrat punch down

    when you consider where that energy came from in the first place (typically fossil), they are less efficient, full stop. Unless or until we use renewables, EVs are worse for the environment, even though they have zero tailpipe emissions

Good point, but big power plants are more efficient (thermal efficiency). So there is some reduction in energy emissions, just not as much.

Maybe not enough to compensate for the emissions cost of new materials and mining battery materials.

ThurberMingus  ·  59 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Democrats Are Ignoring the Voters Who Could Decide This Election

I haven't read the whole article yet, I'll update this comment when I do. But I have a huge problem with they way they set up the premise.

    Black voters have consistently supported Democratic candidates over Republicans by stunning margins: about 90 percent to 10 percent. No other major demographic comes close to this level of support — for either party. For every 10 new black voters, 9 will likely vote for a Democrat and one for a Republican, yielding eight net Democratic votes. In contrast, 10 new Latino voters (who voted 70 percent Democratic and 30 percent Republican in 2018) would produce four net Democratic votes. For white, college-educated women, the figure is two.

You can't assume ”90/10 D/R split" and "voted/didn't" are independent variables. You can't measure mixed nuts by shaking the Brazil nuts to the top and skimming them off.

ThurberMingus  ·  60 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Plutocrat punch down

    What about weight? Gates says "the more batteries you use, the more weight you add—and the more power you need" but power for what? A heavy battery in a truck on the ground needs no power to continue existing. This is true when the vehicle is parked or in motion. At highway speed, air resistance is the main force that the engine has to overcome.

    Extra battery weight is a factor in getting up to speed. Force equals mass times acceleration, so if the mass of the vehicle doubles, the same engine force will accelerate the truck half as fast. Semi truck 0-60 mph times seem to be about a minute. Compared to the many hours of a long-haul voyage, adding a minute or two to get up to speed is no big deal.

You fell prey to one of the classic blunders of Dynamics 101, conflating power and energy.

Double the mass, and you double the acceleration time is power draw is the same. But energy to accelerate to speed al is also proportional to mass: energy = power draw × time = 1/2 × mass × velocity².

And this increased energy cost isn't a one time thing, it applies every time you push the accelerator, every grade, every time someone cuts you off and you have to slow and regain speed.

Electrifying freight trains is the probably the simplest technologically, its existing technology, assembled in a new configuration. Probably the hardest politically/legally though.

ThurberMingus  ·  74 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Scientific American Endorses Joe Biden

How?

ThurberMingus  ·  75 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Everything we don't know about sex and babies in space

Have you read Packing for Mars, is it worth reading?

I remember when it was published all the interviewers kept asking her about sex in space, but I assume there's more to the book than that.

One of the most desperate thing I've read in a long time.

Reminds me of this one

ThurberMingus  ·  86 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: David Graeber: On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs: A Work Rant

    Work = bad, leisure = good

Work =/= a job

good work is good even if it isn't a job. A bullshit job that isn't even a job is just bullshit though (cough cough gig economy)