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I'll be the first to say, no, I really don't understand corporate compensation beyond the basics. But I think we can agree that if executives are paid huge salaries and bonuses in cash, and other ...
by Shaviv
Comment Count 8 comments on Tue Feb 10, 2009 at 05:35 PM PST with 0 Recommends
Lately, pirate attacks on shipping have either become much more severe, or much better publicized - I'm honestly not sure - either way, we hear about it more. A few weeks ago, the Ukrainian ship ...
by Shaviv
Comment Count 54 comments on Fri Nov 21, 2008 at 08:56 AM PST with 8 Recommends
The Frankenstein story is an old one: man meddles with things which should be not meddled with by man, gets burned by it. But Mary Shelly's novel did more than just attach a name to that old tale of ...
by Shaviv
Comment Count 2 comments on Wed Nov 05, 2008 at 03:27 PM PST with 1 Recommend
The idea of micropower is a neat one, sure enough. We've been told that rooftop generators, using wind power or natural gas-fed fuel cells, will enable their owners to at the very least cut their ...
by Shaviv
Comment Count 3 comments on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 08:55 AM PDT with 4 Recommends
Just a funny image I made...
by JeffDres
Comment Count 5 comments on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 02:59 PM PDT with 0 Recommends
I'm spurred to write this diary based on the experience of seeing someone throw chairs. Now you might think, "What the hell does thrown chairs have anything to do with mad science?" So I'll tell you.
by Shaviv
Comment Count 14 comments on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 03:04 PM PDT with 3 Recommends
I have - and no offense Wassillians, it is a very nice suburb that once wasn't part of Anchorage's horrific concrete sprawl, but you are like - what? -two PBR's and a shot of moonshine from Mayberry-...
by tampamatt
Comment Count 20 comments on Fri Aug 29, 2008 at 02:15 PM PDT with 3 Recommends
Prosthetics have existed for a long time, because for much of human history, people have been losing parts of their bodies and yet wanting to continue getting around and handling objects around them.
by Shaviv
Comment Count 3 comments on Fri Aug 29, 2008 at 08:58 AM PDT with 8 Recommends
You know how telecommunication has been revolutionizing industry and all that? I'm sure you do. And we as individuals get no small benefit, also. I can phone someone on the other side of the world, ...
by Shaviv
Comment Count 6 comments on Thu Aug 21, 2008 at 02:04 PM PDT with 8 Recommends
Plenty of predictions about the future, whether speculative fiction or actual policy goals of governments, involve robots that walk, roll or fly around human beings. They go about their business. ...
by Shaviv
Comment Count 3 comments on Fri Aug 15, 2008 at 06:32 AM PDT with 7 Recommends
I've been thinking (uh-oh, right?)... not about technology, this week, but about war. You know, the fact that it's full of stupidity, tragedy, and the irony people who are hardly any different from ...
by Shaviv
Comment Count 3 comments on Wed Aug 06, 2008 at 02:39 PM PDT with 3 Recommends
How many of us read fiction? I definitely should raise my hand here. How about fantasy or science fiction, dealing with places that never were or cannot be, or have not had the opportunity to come ...
by Shaviv
Comment Count 7 comments on Thu Jul 31, 2008 at 10:54 AM PDT with 10 Recommends
Steam power is a staple of... well, an awful lot of fiction, as well as a fair amount of reality. It gives you a lot of horsepower. It's not the most efficient way of turning differences in heat ...
by Shaviv
Comment Count 12 comments on Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 03:23 PM PDT with 4 Recommends
Wastage is a real problem in our modern economy. Look at this nonsense - we buy everything packaged in plastic of one sort or another, right? And then we use it once or twice and throw it out. There'...
by Shaviv
Comment Count 8 comments on Thu Jul 03, 2008 at 08:21 AM PDT with 6 Recommends
The thing about airplanes, you know, is that airplanes get lift through aerodynamic factors like the Bernoulli effect, angle of attack, and so on. Those phenomena don't care (if anything can "care") ...
by Shaviv
Comment Count 21 comments on Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 06:57 AM PDT with 14 Recommends
Many of us have wished for the ability to use psychic powers. After all, wouldn't things like telekinesis be wonderful? No need to get up to get a beer. Just wave your hand and the beer will drift ...
by Shaviv
Comment Count 10 comments on Thu Jun 19, 2008 at 03:22 PM PDT with 9 Recommends
Lightning must surely have been a fascinating sight for our far distant ancestors. After all, they might have seen it start fires, turn sand into glass, or strike down their fellows. It is also ...
by Shaviv
Comment Count 15 comments on Wed May 28, 2008 at 07:36 PM PDT with 11 Recommends
Those of us who are into science fiction (readers of Heinlein, e.g.) have known about this idea of "powered exoskeletons" for a while. If you've seen the Aliens movies, you know what I mean - that ...
by Shaviv
Comment Count 12 comments on Thu May 15, 2008 at 06:15 PM PDT with 7 Recommends
The concept of using sound as a weapon is pretty old. I would say it goes back (at least) to the legend of the Israelites' attack on Jericho, where the priests were ordered to blow trumpets, and the ...
by Shaviv
Comment Count 13 comments on Thu May 08, 2008 at 01:19 PM PDT with 6 Recommends
At the beginning of the twentieth century, diabetes was in many ways a death sentence. Things we take for granted now, like the development of an insulin supply for medical uses, did not exist. Only ...
by Shaviv
Comment Count 11 comments on Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 07:15 PM PDT with 2 Recommends