I seem to have inherited the drafting tools of both my father and grandfather. Keuffel & Esser Co N. Y. I use them all the time for geometrical constructions.
FLEXlab: A Test Bed for Building Efficiency
The U.S. Department of Energy unveiled the FLEXlab test bed, created to help buildings save energy, at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in San Francisco. It is the only facility of its kind in the world, and its arrival marks significant moment as California attempts to cut the amount of electricity its buildings use. Researchers can easily swap out the lab’s heating, air conditioning and lighting, and even its windows. Furthermore, they can see how all of those elements perform together, not just one system at a time. A portion of the lab, resting on a concrete turntable that weighs a half-million pounds, can rotate 270 degrees to test how different angles of sunlight affect energy use. Sensors inside adjust temperature to minimize energy use while maximizing comfort. "We built FLEXlab with reconfiguration in mind…It’s like a kit of parts," says Cindy Regnier, executive manager of the project. ”This is about understanding the performance of a building before you spend millions of dollars on it.”
THE VIRTUALIZATION CYCLE
To what extent does your life on-line reflect your actual life? Social networks of the Internet are the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. What we construct on-line we will eventually manifest in actual reality. To what extent does your life in actual reality reflect your life on-line?
THE SCIENTIFIC VISUALIZATION CYCLE
We create numerical algorithms which converge to answers which correctly simulate real-world experiments. Thus, in scientific computational codes, we have virtual laboratories. To what extent does the simulation imitate and predict reality? Visualization is the wide pipe — the high-bandwidth channel to communicate knowledge from scientific simulation.
THE SCIENCE CYCLE
An hypothesis is a mental model of how the universe works. To what extent does the experiment match the behaviour of the real world? To what extent does the experiment support the hypothesis?
THE ART CYCLE
The is a re-mixing of a series of slides I gave at a TISEA session in 1992 at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Austrailia.
Learning is a feedback loop from abstraction to implementation to reality and back again. To what extent does Art Imitate Life? To what extent does Art express Philosophy? A mental model of Life? To what extent does Art depict Life as it is? Or Life as it Ought to Be?
Nikola Tesla had patents galore, but his role in history books could be more. Learn why Tesla is a scientific god.
Here’s our updated two-parter on Tesla, too:
And for further reading, see: 10 Reasons Why Tesla Is a Scientific God.
(Serbian Cyrillic: Никола Тесла; 10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943)
*Get a job, hippie
I once saw a lecture by Rhonda Roland Shearer in which she stated that Cartesian rectilinear X-Y space is paternalistic whereas Fractal chaotic space is Feminist. Feminism embraces chaos whereas paternalism can’t tolerate it.