This is about the process of invention. I don't claim that anything mentioned here is original, although I did think of two of the examples independently - big deal!
Invention and development really occur in several stages. The first three in my list are entirely mind games.
(1) The initial idea.
Example (a) Enhanced radiation weapon. A bomb that kills by radiation, without a huge blast that destroys property.
Example (b) Space lift (elevator). A lift cable dangling from a geostationary satellite, up which lifts can climb, thereby dramatically reducing the energy required to reach space.
Example (c) Heavier than air flying machine. A mec
We'd invited some friends round for a meal.
"Are these your own potatoes?"
What the question really was about was whether we'd grown the potatoes ourselves, or bought them from the shop. But having as I do a penchant for wilful misinterpretation and a willingness to lie transparently for the sake of a laugh, I answered,
"No, I stole them."
We had in fact bought them in the shop. We hadn't harvested our own yet.
Today our lunch was vegetable curry and rice. All the vegetables were from our own garden potatoes, French beans, shallots, fenugreek leaves and chillies. But the rice was stolen. Well, okay, from the shop really. We'd paid
Discounting is an important topic in economics. Any economic prediction looking more than a year or two into the future is completely dependent on it.
It's nothing to do with discounts offered by traders trying to persuade you to buy something!
The idea is that costs in the future are less important than costs today, and that benefits in the future are worth less than benefits today. The logic is that if I can delay some spending for a few years, I can earn interest on the money for a few years or avoid paying out interest for a few years, if I'm borrowing the money. Likewise, if I'm not going to get the benefits for a few years, the
Global warming is the big issue of the age. It really matters - the welfare of billions of people is going to be drastically affected by it, in many cases in a life-and-death way. Economic woes are completely trivial in comparison.
Some folks will try to tell you it isn't happening. They're just plain wrong - as wrong as those who think the Earth is flat [link].
Mostly they've given up trying to tell you it isn't happening. They've shifted their ground, and are trying to tell you it's not humankind's fault. They're still just plain wrong - ostriches with their heads in the sand.* (Asterisks indicate where there will be links to other essays
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I mean, if even Crispin takes part, what chance does the world have of ever being free?
I was tagged by my uncle Wodewose (https://www.deviantart.com/wodewose), who I would also have thought better of. =p
Here are 8 random things about me. They actually are random: I went to wikipedia's recent changes page and opened the last 8 articles to be edited, these formed the basis for the 8 random things about me. The wikipedia article link is in brackets at the end of each point.
1. I have never been to a theme park. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_Flags_Great_Adventure)
2. I have not seen the film 'The Bodyguard' starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. (http://en.wikiped
I'm removing all of my photographs, and backing up those with interesting comment threads. 500+ deviations was just too many, and for photos I think flickr does the job better. (How does deviantART still not have collections!!)
I think it's time to slim my gallery and take a look around other people's a bit more!