Writer’s Block / Random Topics

More to come
I have a few drafts in the hopper but nothing quite ready to go out yet.  I had fun with the Six Degrees of Warren Buffett post and plan on doing more like that, but the research is a bit time consuming.  The depth of some of these mega corporations has always been an interesting topic to me. I’ve always been particularly interested in the publicly held American companies, but I have a couple of foreign companies and a couple of private companies on my list of topics to write about.  Private foreign companies are pretty hard to get information about.

Year of Astronomy
2009 is the International Year of Astronomy. “The International Year of Astronomy 2009 is a global effort initiated by the International Astronomical Union and UNESCO to help the citizens of the world rediscover their place in the Universe through the day- and night-time sky, and thereby engage a personal sense of wonder and discovery.” Today is day 2 of the 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast, “Tips for Using Your First Telescope.”

The Day the Zune Stood Still
Shortly after midnight yesterday 30 Gig Zunes around the world locked up due to a software glitch related to the fact that 2008 was a leap year. To fix it owners were told to unplug the Zune and allow the batteries to drain until the screen goes black, then power is back up after 7 a.m. Eastern time on New Year’s Day.  I only bring this up so I can say “HAHAHAHAHAHA!”

Patent #7,466,536
Does this change everything? If what EEStor is claiming in their patent application is true, yes, it does. In short, they say they have a process for making UltraCapacitors, a device that would obsolete the battery.  I mean all batteries – the ones in electric cars like the Tesla, laptop batteries, cellphone batteries, etc.  These things have none of the typical problems of batteries.  It’s truly revolutionary.  They’re smaller and lighter than batteries, and given a big enough source of juice they can be charged in just a few seconds.  And unlike batteries, when they aren’t in use they discharge only a tiny bit of their stored power.  EEStor is not the only company working on this. Georgia Tech, BASF, and a few others seem to have similar projects in the works.  For more check out Wikipedia.

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