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August 7, 2006, 3:33 PM CT

And Now Something More Refreshing

And Now Something More Refreshing
We have to hand it to our friend Phil. He plugs along on his site, posting daily about old cars. He's got everything we don't:

No ads.

Big, pretty images.

Good writing.

If you're a fan of old cars and good writing, you owe it to yourself to check out the Classical Drive site. What's especially interesting (to us, anyway) is that Phil knows a number of of these old cars firsthand, but he's still reviewing cars today.

Anyway, we can send you to Phil's site with no sense of guilt because he's not trying to sell you anything. He's just helping you remember (or maybe teaching you about) "The Cars. The History. The Fun Stuff." Thanks, Phil.........

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August 7, 2006, 3:29 PM CT

If You Buy A Scion, You'll Probably Buy A Toyota

If You Buy A Scion, You'll Probably Buy A Toyota
AutoWeek reports: All in the Family. Yeah, yeah, this does make perfect sense. But, you see, when ever we see the words "All in the Family" in a row like that, we think of the TV show. And then we think of Archie Bunker. And we think of Archie arguing with his son-in-law, Mike Stivic. And then we think of our favorite ending to one of their argument:

Archie Bunker: Do you know how to swim?

Mike Stivic: Yeah.

Archie Bunker: Then why don't you go take a flying leap into the middle of Lake Polack?

See? Regardless of whether you drive a Scion, Toyota or Ford-that's funny!........

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August 7, 2006, 3:26 PM CT

Chrysler PT Cruiser

Chrysler PT Cruiser
Give your PT Cruiser an eye-catching upscale look with the Chrome Accent Package and turn heads no matter where you are.

The available PT Chrome Accents Group sparkles. Inside and out, your customized PT will reflect the "style" in your lifestyle.........

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August 7, 2006, 2:55 PM CT

The Cost of Culture

The Cost of Culture
Culture, as a weapon, has been at the forefront of most conflicts involving mass social change. Language, as one of the main proponents of culture, can cleave societies while reuniting them under a new constitution. The remixed culture of a freshly formed society bares both wounds and ideals forged in the smithy of change. Can this inheritance of combustible conscience be regarded as essentially free? If not, and I contest that it cannot, what is the cost of culture?

Creative authorship is an expression, in language, of culture. While language, being the tool of authorship, is subject to change, it remains paradoxically fixed within a moment of use and understanding. It is, as it exists and grows, a trace of conquest and reformation. At the point of impact, culture shows a map of destruction. Perhaps the flames of culture boil down to the core of human nature - restless, competitive, and parochial. Conversely, however, humans are generous, communal, and optimistic. Therefore, following any occasion of devastation, reconstruction soon begins. Culture is an essential spark within the regenerative spirit. Its influence can be experienced through art, architecture and systems of new governance. Hence, culture and creativity have currency within the verdant economy of social evolution. The task before us is of how to value the currency of cultural purchase.........

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August 6, 2006, 10:44 PM CT

Bariloche, Patagonia

Bariloche, Patagonia
We're all exhausted - the band more than I, as they stayed on at the club last night to greet friends and well-wishers. Bariloche is a 2 hour flight south - it is a ski town so the shops are all filled with ski outfits, souvenirs and chocolates (German/Swiss influence up of the famous Nazis was hiding out in this were Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid and their molls.).

It's drizzling; we grab a bite to eat as the next world cup game plays on a massive TV. I get ½ hour sleep before the band begins a short one-hour set (8PM - early this time).me joining at the end, as before. We suspect the crowd here will be less familiar with all of our stuff, both theirs and mine, which is true - they are mostly locals - but the reaction is good. A few mention that they never expected to see me live in their lifetime, so they are fairly thrilled.........

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August 6, 2006, 9:43 PM CT

Split The Network Upside Down

Split The Network Upside Down
My neighbours are stealing my wireless internet access. I could encrypt it or alternately I could have fun.

Split the network.

I'm starting here by splitting the network into two parts, the trusted half and the untrusted half. The trusted half has one netblock, the untrusted a different netblock. We use the DHCP server to identify mac addresses to give out the relevant addresses.........

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August 4, 2006, 0:22 AM CT

Answer To A 20-year-old Metal Question

Answer To A 20-year-old Metal Question Novel 3-D microbeam experiment enables direct proof of the Mughrabi model of metal stress.
What happens to metals when you bend them? The question isn't as easy as you may think. A research team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and the University of Southern California, using a unique X-ray probe, has gathered the first direct evidence showing that, on average, a 20-year-old model is a useful predictor of stresses and strains in deformed metal.*.

But the measurements also show that averages can be deceiving. They mask extremely large variations in stresses that, until now, had gone on undetected. The experiments have implications for important practical problems in sheet metal forming and control of metal fatigue, which is responsible for many structural materials failures.

When metals deform, the neat crystal structure breaks into a complex three-dimensional web of crystal defects called "dislocation walls" that enclose cells of dislocation-free material. The effect is like micron-sized bubbles in foam. These complex dislocation structures are directly responsible for the mechanical properties of virtually all metals, and yet they remain very poorly understood in spite of decades of research. Twenty years ago, the German researcher Häel Mughrabi theorized that the stresses in the dislocation walls and the cell interiors would be different and have opposite signs--an important result for modeling the effects of shaping and working metal on its properties. Until now there has only been indirect evidence for Mughrabi's model because of the problem of precisely measuring stress at the micron level in individual cells in the dislocation structure.........

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August 4, 2006, 0:13 AM CT

How Rising Gas Prices Affect Wallets, Psyches

How Rising Gas Prices Affect Wallets, Psyches
Tallahassee -- The price of gas has doubled over the past three years, hovering around $3 a gallon nationally. Wayne Hochwarter, an associate professor of management in the College of Business at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla., recently conducted research to determine how increased gas prices have affected personal finance, as well as behavior at work. More than 300 employees across a wide range of occupations were surveyed.

"I was surprised to see how strongly gas prices affected personal finances," Hochwarter said. "We casually talk about the effects of gas prices but we really haven't gotten a handle on how it affects every spending. We also haven't determined what role employers have in terms of helping employees manage the stress that comes with spiraling gas prices".

Findings from Hochwarter's study indicated that most people have had to make drastic changes in the way they spend money. For example:
  • 60 percent of respondents have to rethink the way they spend money.
  • 41 percent have paid off debt more slowly.
  • 43 percent have cut back on recreational activities.
  • 25 percent have gone without basic necessities (food, heat, etc.).
  • 44 percent are worried about how they are going to make ends meet.

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August 2, 2006, 11:51 PM CT

Power, Water, And Refrigeration

Power, Water, And Refrigeration Bill Lear, a UF associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, stands in front of a prototype system that provides power, water and refrigeration
When hurricanes, wars or other emergencies force authorities to respond, three essentials top their list of must-haves: water, electricity and refrigeration.

Now, in a project funded by the U.S. Army, two University of Florida engineers have designed, built and successfully tested a combined power-refrigeration system that can provide all three - and, with further development, be made compact enough to fit inside a military jet or large truck.

"If you're in a forward base in Iraq, it costs you the same per gallon of water as it does per gallon of fuel," said William Lear, a UF associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. "It would be better to just have to send fuel out there, especially if you could get refrigeration and water out of it - which is what our system achieves".

Lear and UF mechanical engineering professor S.A. Sherif have published several academic papers on various aspects of the system, which is being patented by UF. In November, they will present a paper discussing the system's experimental results at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition in Chicago.

Both the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the military now rely on large generators to produce electricity in hazard zones. For cooling, they either haul in ice or electricity-hogging refrigerators. Depending on the location and emergency, imported fresh water may be another major logistical challenge and expense.........

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August 2, 2006, 10:37 PM CT

Hazy And Hot

Hazy And Hot
All over campus, people ate their lunches indoors and hopped from one air-conditioned building to the next in an attempt to beat temperatures that climbed into the upper 90s in Boston and Cambridge on August 2.

Sporting shorts, tank tops and flip-flops, most of those who ventured outside carried some kind of beverage with them. "We have been selling a lot of iced coffees and iced teas," said Claudette Luis of Bosworth's Coffee Shop off of Lobby 7.

Across the street in the Student Center, it was the same story. "They keep telling us to drink liquids and we have a whole wall of different drinks for people to choose from," said Ray Lussier, night supervisor at LaVerde's Market.

Despite the fact that drink sales were up, other sales were not, Lussier said. "People have not wanted to leave their air-conditioned offices," he said.

Most of the drinks being sold at LaVerde's were of the cool variety, but graduate student Jason Orcutt did opt for the hot coffee at Bosworth's.

"My lab is about 65 degrees," said Orcutt, who is studying electrical engineering and computer science.

For Orcutt, the heat has not been a problem, he said. Still, moving into a new apartment on Aug. 1 when temperatures were in the 90s was somewhat harrowing. "That was pretty hot," he said. The next day, he was managing the heat with good cheer. "I have air conditioning at home and in the office. It is hot out, but always cool inside," he said.........

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