VIDEO: Earthrace Boat Destroyed By Sea Shepherds

Earthrace Boat, image from BoatDesign.net

Earthrace Boat, image from BoatDesign.net

Earthrace was an engineering feat.  The 78ft boat, which displaced 13 tons, set the world record for circumnavigating the globe in a powered vessel.  The boat did the trip in 60 days, 23 hours, and 49 minutes, beating the previous record by over 13 days.  The vessel had a 3,000 nautical mile range, and traveled at speeds up to 45kts.  Amazingly, it accomplished this running completely on an animal fat and vegetable oil bio-diesel fuel.  The key to the boat’s speed was its design.  The trimaran hull reduced drag and allows for faster speeds, while the three hulls themselves were designed to slice through waves rather than roll over them, greatly increasing efficiency.
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Healthcare Protests: Confusing Politicains Since 2009

Editorial Cartoon by Ramirez

Editorial Cartoon by Ramirez

The recent string of summer town hall meetings held by the President and members of Congress have brought out a wave of protests against the proposed health care program.  This should not be a surprise.  Americans have been exercising their First Amendment rights in the form of protests since the bill of rights became part of the Constitution.  Before that, there were still protests, like the one depicted above.  The protests occurring all around the country today, however, are a different type of protest than we’re used to.
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Taxation, Charity, and Healthcare

Editorial cartoon from www.mediabistro.com

Editorial cartoon from www.mediabistro.com

Considering the current political scene, I find myself often thinking about taxes, taxation, and the economy.  The way I see it, there are two fundamental conditions under which people allow themselves to be taxed: that they have representation on the body that taxes them, and that they in some way benefit from the government’s use of their money.
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Easy, Delicious Applesauce

Prime Candidates for this Recipe

Prime Candidates for this Recipe

A recipe post, for two reasons.  First, this is a fantastic recipe, and a very easy way to impress your friends and families.  Second, I haven’t had time to write about anything important but was sick of seeing my last (unhappy) post on top here.  This is my mother’s recipe, I only take credit for the few notes and suggestions at the end. Continue reading ‘Easy, Delicious Applesauce’

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C’est la Vie

C’est la vie is a French phrase meaning ‘such is life’ or ‘that’s life’. It always fascinated me, but I never had a truly appropriate occasion to use it myself. I intended to keep this forum separate from my more personal thoughts but it is also nice to write down what is on one’s mind, personal or not. In short, to finally figure out exactly what it is that you want, just to only shortly thereafter realize that you cannot have it, is the purest and truest form of agony. Alas, life isn’t easy; happiness is a fleeting concept that, if found, must be grasped tightly less it escape into the unknown. C’est la vie.

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Disney/Pixar’s Up

Trailer 1:

I saw Up yesterday and absolutely loved it.  I am a Disney/Pixar junkie, but this movie seemed to have something more.  The hilarious humor was consistent almost throughout, but the movie started out with some very serious segments.  I highly recommend it to anyone.  You’ll definitely laugh out loud, and you may cry as well.

There’s another trailer that is funnier but gives away more of the plot after the jump.   Continue reading ‘Disney/Pixar’s Up’

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The Long-Awaited Eee PC Post

Asus EeePC 1000HE Nebook

Asus EeePC 1000HE Netbook

Well a few weeks ago I got an Asus EeePC 1000HE netbook off of Amazon.com.  This came after a significant amount of research, comparison, and decision-making.  I also considered netbooks from HP, Acer, and Dell, although the Dell ones did not get much consideration.  Eventually it came down to the feel of it.   I went to Best Buy and tried them all out.  The Acer didn’t match up spec-wise.  The HP just did not feel right.  The keyboard, with the keys touching each other was hard to type on, and the touchpad was horrendous.  The buttons were on either side of the pad itself and were very awkward to use.  The EeePC has a ‘chicklet’ keyboard which was easy to type on, and the touchpad worked well.  So I decided to pull the trigger on it.
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3D Computer Interface

My friend Scott, also an Electrical Engineer, recently completed his capstone project at Northeastern University.  It is a unique input device that bases its technology on electrostatics, a very cool subset of Electrical Engineering.  Below is the video and a brief blurb about the product.

Utilizing the theory of electrostatics, we have designed a low-cost human-computer interface device that has the ability to track the position of a user’s hand in three dimensions. Physical contact is not required and the user does not need to hold a controller or attach markers to their body. To control the device, the user simply waves their hand above it in the air.

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Carbon Dioxide, A Pollutant?!

Associated Press File Photo by Robert F. Bukaty

Associated Press File Photo by Robert F. Bukaty

I hear that the new administration of the EPA has pushed through a judgement that Carbon Dioxide is a pollutant to be regulated under the Clean Air Act.  While an analysis of CO2 as a pollutant had been forced by a suit against the EPA, the Bush Administration worked to slow the process as much as possible to prevent the potentially dangerous impact of such a judgement on the economy.  It seems that the Obama Administration intends to force the country into its environmental policy through a lesser-of-two-evils battle between EPA regulation and the notorious cap-and-trade legislation that the liberals are trying to push through.
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Another James W. Ellsworth

Portrait of James W. Ellsworth

Portrait of James W. Ellsworth

Last night I impatiently googled my name to see if this site would pop up.  It didn’t.  I’ll give google’s crawlers a few more days and try again.  I did, however, find information about another James W. Ellsworth, someone important enough to have a wealth of Internet content all about him.  I feel it is important to note that I am distantly (but trace-ably) related to this person, and also that the ‘W’ in this case stands for William and not the Wilson that gives me my middle initial. 
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