Normally, I don't pay a lot of mind to the glut of self-promotion that makes its way into my inbox.
However, this snowy morning, a list of winter driving tips from Bridgestone Tires seemed, well, sort of appropriate.
It's finally snowed in the Springs this winter, which means fishtailing sports cars and SUVs stuck in snowbanks. 'Tis the season.
But if you would rather not spend hours gunning your poor vehicle in reverse while its tires polish a strip of ice, there are some preventive measures.
Here are "Bridgestone's Winter Driving Tips From The Experts":
Bridgestone Winter Driving School Director and Pro Race Driver Mark Cox lives and drives in the extreme winter conditions of Steamboat Springs, Colo. Cox has helped Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations pull together the best strategic winter driving tips to take your vehicle on its snow-laden drive this winter and to help you and your family reach your destinations safely.
Before you drive:
» Check windshield wiper blades to make sure they work properly. In some areas, snow blades are an effective alternative to conventional wiper blades.
» Have your mechanic test the anti-freeze/coolant to provide the correct level of protection required in your driving area.
» Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Letting air out of tires to drive in snow can reduce the gripping action of tires because the tread will not meet the road surface as it was designed to do. Over-inflation has the same effect.
» Use dedicated snow and ice tires if you live in areas where snow and ice are certainties of winter driving. Snow and ice tires have a softer tread compound and a unique tread design to provide enhanced traction and road-gripping capabilities. Install snow tires all the way around the vehicle, not just on the drive axle.
» Keep your gas tank at least half-full. The extra volume can help reduce moisture problems within your fuel system. It also adds a margin of safety should you become stopped or stranded during your trip.
» Try to remove ice and snow from your shoes before getting in your vehicle. As snow and ice melt they can create moisture build-up, causing windows to fog on the inside of the vehicle.
» Scrape the ice and snow from every window of the vehicle and its exterior rear view mirrors, not just a small patch on the windshield. Don’t forget to clean the headlights and brake lights.
» You and your passengers should always use safety belts including lap and shoulder straps. Pull them snugly to ensure they work properly.
» Adjust headrests so that the driver or passenger’s head rests squarely in the center of the headrest. Rear-end collisions are common in winter driving and a properly adjusted headrest can prevent, or reduce, neck injuries.
» Turn off your radio. Although your radio can provide helpful traffic information, it can also be a distraction for some drivers. Remember, driving is AS MUCH a mental skill as a physical skill.
» Don’t use a cellular phone. Even if you have a hands-free model, you need to concentrate on driving, not on a telephone conversation, when driving on ice or snow.
» Keep your vehicle stocked with simple emergency equipment in case you do get stalled or have an accident.
Consider keeping these items in your vehicle:
1. A blanket or extra clothes
2. A candle with matches
4. Beverages (never alcohol)
6. C.B. radio, cellular phone or hand radio
7. Long jumper cables
8. A small shovel
9. A flashlight
10. A windshield scraping device
11. A tow rope
12. A bag of sand or cat litter for traction
» During winter months, keep abreast of weather reports in your area. If snow or ice is predicted, make plans to leave early or arrive later. An alarm clock set to an earlier time can be a good friend in helping you avoid difficulties.
» If you can move a night trip to daylight hours, do so. Not only is visibility better during daylight, but if your vehicle is stalled, you are more likely to receive prompt assistance during the daytime.
» Before you shift into gear, plan the best route to your destination. Avoid hills, high congestion areas and bridges if possible.
When you drive:
» Adjust your speed to the current conditions. When driving in challenging conditions, decreasing your speed will allow more time to respond when a difficult situation arises. Factors such as the type of vehicle you are driving, the quality of tires your car is equipped with, and your abilities as a driver should be considered in the speed adjustment. Remember that posted speed limits identify the maximum speed allowed when weather conditions are ideal. Law enforcement agencies can write citations to motorists driving the posted speed limit if weather conditions warrant a slower speed.
» Anticipate difficult situations. Studies have shown that 80% of all accidents could be prevented with only one more second to react. In many situations, this one second can be gained by looking far enough down the road to identify problems before you become a part of them. Be more alert to the actions of other drivers. Anticipate vehicles coming from side streets and put extra distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you. If someone is too close behind you, don’t speed up; slow down and let them go around you.
» Use grip effectively. When roads are slippery, use all of the grip available. Brake only before the curve when the car is traveling straight. Taking your foot off the brake before you steer into the curve allows you to use all of the grip available for steering. Don’t accelerate until you begin to straighten the steering wheel when exiting the turn. This technique will allow you to be 100% effective at each maneuver. In many situations, better grip or traction can be gained by placing the outside wheels toward the shoulder of the road, out of the ruts in the center. The difference in traction can unbalance the car during the transition from rut to shoulder — so be alert.
» Maintain a comfortable driving environment. A constant flow of cool air will help keep you alert, and keep the windows clear of frost. Keeping one window slightly open will allow you to hear sirens and other warning sounds more quickly. When driving, avoid large bulky boots, gloves and coats, and never drive in ski boots.
» Turn on your lights. When daytime visibility is less than ideal, turning on your lights allows you to see, and to be seen by others. Remember this rule of thumb. Wipers On — Lights On.
» When driving at night, leave your head lamps on low beam when driving in snow or fog. This practice minimizes the reflection and glare, improves visibility, and reduces eye fatigue. When oncoming cars approach, focus on the right side of the roadway to help maintain good night vision.
» Keep a smooth, progressive and light touch on the brakes for normal braking. Even in a car equipped with ABS (Anti Lock Braking System). In the event of an emergency in an ABS-equipped car, press the pedal HARD and hold it down. Remember that in an ABS-equipped car, you can also steer around many obstacles while braking. Perhaps a better description of ABS would be: “Allows you to Brake and Steer.”
» Keep both hands on the wheel at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock positions, and steer smoothly in the direction that you want to go. Avoid the “hand over hand technique.” Instead, utilize the shuffle technique and keep the right hand on the right side of the wheel and the left hand on the left side of the wheel. While this technique may sound overly simple, it can help you avoid skids.
» Be careful when using downshifting as a way to slow the vehicle. Even though manual transmissions may provide greater control to assist with braking, gear changes should always be made smoothly in the straightaway before the corner. Abrupt gear changes, especially while cornering, may upset a vehicle’s balance and cause a skid to occur.
» Don’t overestimate the capability of four wheel drive vehicles. Many drivers mistakenly believe that four wheel drive is all-powerful. Every type of vehicle depends on four small contact patches where the tire meets the road for traction. These small areas are the only contact of your vehicle to the road. Four wheel drive does not improve braking or cornering effectiveness.
» Anti-lock brakes can’t perform miracles. Don’t be misled by ABS braking systems. Braking efficiency is limited by the grip available, and the type of tires with which your car is equipped. If you carry too much speed into a corner and then try to brake, even ABS won’t keep you on the road. Never count on technology to replace good judgment.
» Wear quality sunglasses. Good quality sunglasses help highlight changes in the terrain and road surface even in low visibility conditions.
» The world’s best drivers are trained to anticipate problems early and direct the vehicle appropriately before they become involved in a problem. Reacting too quickly can be dangerous if the driver’s response is inappropriate.
» When driving up a steep hill in icy conditions, gain speed and momentum on the flat before starting uphill. When the car begins to slow part way up the hill ease up on the accelerator, allow the car to slow down and crest the hill slowly. If you try and accelerate too hard and spin the wheels, you may lose momentum and not make it to the top. It’s better to make the top at a slower speed than to not make it at all.
» If you do have trouble, AND BECOME STOPPED OR STRANDED run the engine only briefly — not continuously — to run the heater. Regularly make sure that the exhaust pipe is clear of snowdrifts or other obstructions. Carbon monoxide can accumulate more easily in a non-moving vehicle.
On one of my final nights of boozing in downtown Troy, N.Y., a friend and I were hunched over an iPhone at the bar, reading up on my next home on Wikipedia. He was struck by a photo of the Pioneers Museum.
This odd friend of mine, as bright as he is, is a fan of David Icke. Icke, the "British author [who] exposes the reptilian bloodline that rules the world," is considered by his fans to be an expert at identifying meaning within patterns, such as the patterns in architectural design or the "pattern" of the world's most powerful people flashing the satanic Hook 'em Horns hand signal to their Illuminati masters.
Drawing from his Icke-ian training, my buddy walked me through all the symbolism hidden in the building's architecture. Like, what it means that there are 13 windows to a level. He concluded that, clearly, the Illuminati had something to do with the construction of the museum. I told him that there was a huge military presence in the Springs. You know, and NORAD. He told me I ought to investigate.
OK. Will do. So I sent him this picture after I got into town, and he texted back almost immediately, "Chemtrails!" and we went down another rabbit hole together.
Do you see them in the picture, on the right-hand side above the museum? Those two lines that look like innocent contrails dispersing into the atmosphere? Those, if you believe my friend (and a bunch of other people) are trails of aluminum death.
This coming Saturday, there's a planned Anti-Chemtrail Day event to be held at the Promenade Shops at Briargate from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Here, according to Wikipedia, is what they'll be rallying against:
The chemtrail conspiracy theory holds that some of what most consider to be contrails are actually chemical or biological agents deliberately sprayed at high altitudes for a purpose undisclosed to the general public in clandestine programs directed by government officials. As a result, official agencies have received thousands of complaints from people who have demanded an explanation. The existence of chemtrails has been repeatedly denied by government agencies and scientists around the world.
This conspiracy theory has been around for a while. From a 2002 article in Earth Island Journal:
In 1994, the Hughes aerospace company was issued a remarkable patent. The Welsbach patent "for Reduction of Global Warming" proposed countering global warming by dispensing microscopic particles of aluminum oxide and other reflective materials into the upper atmosphere. This "sky shield" would reflect one or two percent of incoming sunlight. The patent suggested that tiny metal flakes could be "added to the fuel of jet airliners, so that the particles would be emitted from the jet engine exhaust while the airliner was at its cruising altitude."
At the 1998 International Seminar on Planetary Emergencies, Edward Teller, the "Father of the H-bomb," presented his Next Big Idea. Teller called for spreading reflective chemicals over the Earth to act like a mirror-shade. If it was impossible to protect the entire planet, these chemical sky shields could, at least, be extended to cover allies who secretly agreed to allow this unprecedented geo-engineering experiment to be carried out over their territory.
In the July-August 1998 Science and Technology Review, Teller argued that the Sky Shield offered a more "realistic" option for addressing global warming than drastic cutbacks in CO2 emissions.
Here's the trailer for a recent documentary. It's a must-watch for the chemtrails crowd.
When ex-NORAD official Stan Fulham's prediction that alien craft would decloak over major cities of the world didn't transpire on the appointed Oct. 13 date, I was disappointed.
Now, I learn from yak on the web that some believe it did happen. Several people reported seeing UFOs over New York City. Fulham says in an interview the aliens backed off the worldwide visitation because they felt their simultaneous appearance all over the place would scare the living daylights out of people.
They chose to go ahead and appear over NYC, he says, because people there are jaded and could take it.
But let's face it, the presence wasn't overt enough to accomplish what Fulham says their goal is, which is to create such a massive spectacle as to imprint on us Earthlings that we're destroying the planet with carbon emissions. The idea is to save us from ourselves.
So, now the retired author of "Challenges of Change" has issued a new date: Oct. 29. And not just that, but he's saying "transenders" (aliens) have said they'll fly in to the World Series and land to meet the baseball players, according to blogger Dirk Vander Ploeg, who says he's in touch with Fulham. Also, the appearance will be announced by President Obama on television at 5:30 p.m. (we presume he means Eastern time).
That's tomorrow, when the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants will take turns practicing before Game 3 on Saturday in Arlington, Texas. Maybe one of the grays can help Cliff Lee get his groove back, or perhaps they'll capture "W" from the stands if he's there to watch batting practice.
Fulham says in the interview that the visit is being orchestrated by the Alien Council, because of their intense interest in Earth and their witnessing of numerous other plants self-destruct through war or environmental degradation. They like us so much, he says, that they monitor our communications constantly and that 100 billion aliens watched the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Earth to Stan. Earth to Stan. You can't make this stuff up, or at least I can't.
Would you rather be stuck in the middle of the ocean with a bunch of sharks or a swarm of jellyfish?
My friends and I debated this last year, and only one of my friends chose jellyfish over sharks. Jellyfish are just far scarier than sharks to me, despite movies like Jaws and the fact that news of every single shark attack spreads like wildfire.
I think I get freaked out because up to hundreds of jellyfish travel in swarms, or blooms as they’re properly known. But maybe it’s simply because sharks have eyes and a mouth that I can easily identify. Maybe it’s because dissecting a shark’s brain was the coolest part of my last biology class. Maybe it’s because the Australian box jellyfish has enough toxin in EACH tentacle to kill 60 people. In any case, I would definitely prefer a 7-foot-long Tiger shark to the giant Nomura’s jellyfish that can grow up to 6.6 feet in diameter.
While reports have historically emphasized the destruction caused by jellyfish swarms, a rising number of new studies have been defending the jellies including a recent article titled “Jellyfish Swarms: Menacing or Misunderstood” that brought back my memories of the debate. It recounts Monterey Bay Aquarium researcher Steven Haddock's thinking on reports of the jellyfish’s potential to overrun the seas. He believes these reports resemble monster movies and unfairly demonize the jellies. The article concludes with:
Jellyfish blooms are nothing new; these sudden proliferations of medusa are recorded in the fossil record more than 500 million years ago. "So it is hard to know if that is any different than it was a long time ago," according to Haddock.
Haddock, also a member of the NCEAS working group, said he came across a 1925 study of jellyfish reproduction, which the author speculated would help explain the masses of jellyfish that had washed up onto the beach in Monterey Bay. "Even for him in 1925, it went without saying, yeah, we get these big jellyfish blooms all the time."
It is well recognized that increasing numbers of jellyfish swarms have been causing troubles, especially in Japan, ruining fishing catches and clogging both fishing nets and power plant intakes. However, scientists are still debating how strongly human activities have contributed to this through overfishing (gets rid of natural predators), coastal construction (provides shelter for the polyp stage) and nutrient pollution (reduces oxygen and creates an all-you-can-eat phytoplankton buffet), as well as warming waters (encourages species’ expansion).
Some reports say that jellyfish may take over ecosystems while others say there has been no global impact, only local population explosions.
I suppose confusion is inevitable with the term “jellyfish” often causing misunderstanding. It is commonly used to describe an extremely diverse group of animals, from Cnidaria, with stinging cells that include the blobs you spot on beaches, to Ctenophores, comb jellies without stinging cells. Adding to the confusion is the unreliability of jellyfish population data. Groups may be up to a million one year and impossible to find the next year.
Jellyfish probably are getting a bum rap, but I still choose the sharks. What about you?
WikiLeaks communications infrastructure is currently under attack. Project BO move to coms channel S. Activate Reston5.
Using Twitter to transmit coded orders to your army of computer hackers. Hello, future. Good to be here.
While we don't know who is attacking WikiLeaks, we can guess why.
Here, you can read this interesting article by Nadim Kobeissi for some context on what might be going on:
On one side, WikiLeaks has assembled the brightest and most dedicated hacker-activists in an effort to turn the Internet into a bastion of transparency and information freedom.
On the other side, the United States has combined its Department of Defense, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Security Agency in an attempt to clamp down on the Internet with censorship and encryption-banning laws.
Both parties, however, have fully realized the importance of the Internet and the outcome of their battle will change the face of the world.
Weeks after the WikiLeaks conference, the site released a cache of over 92,000 classified Afghanistan war documents, free for the world to browse through, conveniently coupling the release with a leaked Central Intelligence Agency document that examines the possibility of the U.S. being perceived as an exporter of terrorism.
The Pentagon, already on a full-swing manhunt for [Wikileaks spokesperson Julian] Assange, intensified its war against WikiLeaks. Pentagon spokesmen called for the “return” of the leaked documents—a move that is necessary by law for the Pentagon to be capable of later accusing WikiLeaks of espionage.
The FBI and the U.S. government joined forces, declaring its $9-million “Going Dark” program combined with an Obama-backed bill that would outlaw all encryption that the government can’t obtain backdoor access to, thus outlawing all encryption WikiLeaks depends on to provide security for its sources. The U.S. Government aimed to garner an “Eye of Sauron” of the Internet.
While this might all seem very far removed from our daily lives, like the filming of the next Bourne movie, it isn't. How this all plays out will have very real impact on the way the Internet is regulated and manipulated by government.
In late September, the U.S. government furthered its war against WikiLeaks with a new bill—the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act—which seems like an anti-piracy bill, if one doesn’t bother to closely examine the fine print.
“The list is for domains ‘dedicated to infringing activity’, which is defined very broadly,” said Aaron Swartz on his anti-web-censorship site DemandProgress.org. “Any site where counterfeit goods or copyrighted material are ‘central to the activity of the Internet site’ would be blocked.”
It doesn’t seem far-removed for a government that already plans to accuse WikiLeaks of espionage to accuse it of harboring “counterfeit goods.” The United States has launched a full-scale attack on the rights, privacy and freedom of its own people in a desperate, scrambling attempt to deal with WikiLeaks’s truth-speaking.
Five hours after the Twitter update, and the WikiLeaks site is still down.
It cites this research article just posted in the research journal PLoS ONE.
Here's a brief sample from an article by writer James Fischer titled "A More Concise Explanation of CCD-Iridescent Virus and Nosema ceranae":
A multi-institutional team of researchers sifted through the ever-growing zoo of new invasive, exotic pathogens of bees, and consistently found the same two disease organisms in beehives suffering from Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in samples collected from 2006 to 2009.
They discovered a new virus never seen before in North America, and found a well-known invasive variant of the intestinal bee disease Nosema. The overlooked virus may explain why prior studies presented mutually contradictory findings. This new evidence could create a basis for consensus among research teams who to date, lacked common ground in their conclusions.
If you're wondering why you should care about any of this, just remember that something like one-third of diet comes from crops grown thanks to bee pollination.
On a side note, I just harvested roughly a few gallons of honey from my hive this past weekend. Here's a feature I wrote around this time last year on becoming a beekeeper and our local bee scene.
"Scientists Tackle Mystery of Smelly 'Asparagus Urine'"
No seriously. It's real. I swear to God. And while every inch of my dignity told me that this headline was the beginning of a really stupid story, detailing a topic that was equally stupid (and, most likely, a waste of federal money on scientific research), I still couldn't help but read it.
Since I know you're also wondering: LiveScience.
As part of GOCA 1420's Hypothesis: Process in Science and Art exhibit, the gallery has lined up four free lectures further melding the strange kinship between the arts and sciences. Each presentation features a tag-team lecture between an artist and a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs science faculty member, each of whom will speak on their own projects and how they see the intersections of art and science. All lectures except one take place at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Hall Auditorium (in Centennial Hall, formerly the Science Building).
• Coming Thursday, "Hydrophobicity & Installation Art," with Scott Johnson and Curt Holder, PhD.
Local artist Johnson teaches art at Colorado College, and works primarily in installations, most notably his "Infinity Boxes," which utilize two-way mirrors to create infinite-appearing expanses in contained spaces (See, "Smoke and Mirrors" for more).
Holder instructs physical geography and human-environment relationships, having worked in reforestation, soil conservation and watershed management projects.
• Oct. 7, "Archaeology & Adobe," with Erin Elder and Minette Church, PhD.
Elder works as an independent curator, writer and teacher while also creating art based on collaboration "sense of place and expanded notions of culture." She's currently studying 1960s-era artist communes, such as Drop City.
Church, an anthropological archaeologist, is associate professor of anthropology. She specializes in the 19th- and early 20th-century American West.
• Oct. 14, "Lightning Strikes & Endless Landscapes," with Christopher Coleman and Brandon Vogt, PhD.
NOTE: Held in room 106.
Coleman creates sculptures, videos, performances and interactive artworks. He has exhibited throughout Europe and Southeast Asia, and now lives in Denver, instructing at Denver University.
Vogt is assistant professor of geology, currently researching sandstone weathering patterns, mapping ancient glacial landforms on Pikes Peak and cloud-to-ground lightning interactions in Colorado.
• Oct. 21, "Toxins & Dinner Plates," with Kim Abeles and Janel Owens, PhD.
Abeles is well-known for her multimedia art and installations dealing with social and environmental issues. Her "Smog Collector" series caught world-wide attention, garnering interviews in mainstream sources such as Newsweek, National Public Radio, CBS Evening News, and The Wall Street Journal.
Owens is an assistant professor of chemistry at UCCS. Current research interests include pharmaceuticals analysis, nanomaterials in foods and the interaction and effect of food components on the stability and bioavailability of environmental pollutants.
Parking is free during these events in lot 3 at UCCS.
For more information on these lectures, visit galleryuccs.org.
I was used to the old site, and dreaded having to figure out the new one. However, I feel that I must give credit where credit is due, and so I want to add this: Mapquest apparently has some very active customer service people. Or PR people. One way or the other, somebody over at Mapquest wants me to be happy with their site.
And, hey, listen, I've been transferred to call centers in India, and yelled at by waitresses, and given bad instructions by computer technicians, so I've got to say, a little courtesy goes a long way with me these days.
Check out this completely unsolicited message I found in my e-mail inbox today:
My name is Richard, and I am with MapQuest Customer Service. We saw your article and wanted to follow up on the issues you were experiencing. It sounded like you were having problems accessing your previously saved Maps? You should be able to access them using your same My Places credentials in the new interface.
However, as this is a new process and can sometimes be a confusing, we would love to discuss further over the phone. Please feel free to reach me directly at 1-888-895-9014. Also, we would love to hear any additional comments, frustrations, or concerns you may have. We are listening very closely to feedback and want to hear about your experience. Thank you for your time!
——- ORIGINAL POST, THURSDAY, SEPT. 16, 7:18 A.M. ——-
Apparently in an attempt to look and feel more like Google Maps, Mapquest has redesigned its site and christened it "new Mapquest," annoying the bejesus out of crotchety old farts like me.
All my saved and recently used addresses ... gone in an instant. I will admit that the site now looks like it wasn't designed in the mid-’90s, which may be good for their bottom line. But Mapquest forgot one little thing: The only people left using their site are people like me, who don't care about all the fancy crap and just want reliable directions to wherever it is we're going without having to figure out some new system.
Sorry, Mapquest, but I don't give a crap about finding 50 places within 10 miles where I can buy coffee. I can find a coffee shop all by myself, thank you. And so can any other idiot. They're on every freakin' corner.
There. I said it. I feel so much better now.
Oregano may well play a big part in ending global warming.
Now, listen, I am Italian and therefore already aware of the great powers of oregano (many is the occasion that oregano has saved dinner in our house), but this surprised even me.
Alright, since I know you're all wondering, no, we are not going to run our cars off oregano. We are not going to heat our homes with oregano (though I imagine that would smell really great). Nope. We are going to feed it our cows as a breath mint.
Cows are responsible for 37 percent of human-produced methane, and methane is an even bigger problem than CO2. Most of this cow methane comes from cow burps.
Anyways, the a new oregano supplement cuts methane in cow burps by 40 percent. And the cows that take the supplements actually produce more milk.
Now that's divine news for bovines. And the rest of us too.
Computer genius Pranav Mistry is trying to bridge the "digital divide" between the real world and the digital world by turning pretty much any ordinary object into a computer.
Imagine taking pictures with your hands. Touching a picture on your regular old newsprint newspaper and having a video play. Playing a video game on a regular sheet of paper. Mistry makes it happen.
It's been a long time since I've seen any new tech gadget that truly fascinated me. Or scared me. Or made me think about what a strange world I'll be living in by the time I'm an old lady. But this did it.
Prepare to be amazed and terrified. Welcome to Mistry's magical world:
Voting starts today in the 2010 Best Of Colorado Springs readers' poll. And just for telling us what you like in food, nightlife, media and more, you get a chance to win an Apple iPad.
The earlier you vote, the more chances you have to win; we'll be drawing a voter's name each week. For more, watch the video below.
Extreme Ice Survey, the Boulder-based company founded by world-renowned photographer James Balog, has recently installed five cameras in and around Mount Everest to chart the recession of the glaciers there.
Two cameras will survey the overall area of Everest and the Khumbu Glacier; another two with telephoto lenses will get shots of the Khumbu ice fall; and another will chart the Nare Glacier.
Each camera will shoot one photograph every 30 minutes for the next three years, resulting in thousands of still shots and a time-lapse video of the receding glaciers. Balog and his EIS team have tracked glaciers in Alaska, Greenland, Iceland, Bolivia, the Rockies and the Alps.
The project was completed with the North Face, famed mountaineer Conrad Anker and his five-person team.
During an Indy interview back in January, Balog had said he was hoping to put between six and eight cameras on Everest by March, depending, as always, on funding. He added:
We're probably — aside from Everest and British Columbia — we're probably nearly done with putting out ice-based time-lapse cameras. But what we are doing now is expanding EIS to look at other subjects that aren't just about ice, but they're about the world changing in this era of human impact on the planet.
The other day I was driving home and noticed some apartment buildings.
Hmmm, I thought, I've never seen those before.
The kicker here is that I drive this route nearly every day and have for seven years. The apartment buildings were obviously built around the 1970s. Somehow, I just missed them. Probably because when I pass those buildings, I'm usually just completing a turn, and often a lane change, in my car. In other words, my attention is somewhere else.
Apparently, I'm not the only one who misses the obvious when distracted.
Remember that "invisible gorilla" science experiment from the ’90s? In it, a scientist asks participants to look at a video of several kids passing basketballs and count the passes. The funny thing is, most participants become so focused on the ball that they don't notice that a person in a gorilla costume walks through the video, pounds his chest, and walks out of the shot.
Now you may be asking yourself, how in the heck do you miss a gorilla?
Apparently, it has something to do with what scientists call "inattentional blindness." Basically, you become highly focused on one thing — to the point of ignoring everything else.
Well, recently, a scientist went a step further with the invisible gorilla theory. He hypothesized that even if you know to expect the unexpected — like a gorilla walking through the room — you will still often fall victim to inattentional blindness.
His results were stunning. Actually, you're even more likely to miss the unexpected if you are expecting the unexpected.
To find out more about the experiment click here: Live Science.
Yes, friends, we have officially arrived at the future.
From the plethora of ever-multiplying tech gadgets that confirm this, comes the new bicycle-powered cell phone charger.
Here's one way the company is marketing the charger:
Save money and save the environment by generating your own power as you cycle. The Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit pays itself back quickly through savings on charging costs. And because you generate the electricity, there is no additional environmental impact from charging.
And here's the specs on what it can do:
The Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit starts charging at walking speed (6 km/h) and stops when your speed reaches 50 km/h. The total charging time varies depending on the phone and the cycling speed. For example, with just 20 minutes of cycling at 10 km/h you can power up a Nokia 1202 for 1 hour of talk time or 74 hours of standby time.
As someone who bikes to work almost every day out of the year and is generally up for just about anything green, I'm personally excited. Pedal-powered lights that save batteries have always been a plus, and this is a great addition to the energy method.
Expect to pay around $18 for the part when it becomes available later this year.
No word yet on communities seeking to ban cell phone use while riding. But this Sacramento Bee article details California state Sen. Joe Simitian's Senate Bill 1475 proposal, which would, in part, create $20 fines for those chatting and peddling.