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Kickstarts and Preorders

There is a new but old marketing ploy being exploited by manufacturers trying to create an advance market for their new product. They are both very similar and create the same effect for the maker and the buyer. The buyer is offered a discount from the “real” sell price of the item if they will invest in a new product before it is available for delivery by the maker.  With many products and especially with...

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The Nature of Climate Change

The earth’s climate has never, ever been steady state consistent. It is ever changing. We are coming out of a long period of relative regularity to the current human experience. But this condition was never destined to last.  Climate change is inevitable. Humans have always played an environmental role through Industrialization, deforestation and farming. Humans have always destroyed the “natural” habitat wherever they form large societies.  It is a fact that the northern lands of...

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Tick – Tock

Got off on a mental side trip this morning I have been doing some repair / time tuning on a long case pendulum clock (a.k.a. grandfather’s clock) in my home. I know the swing period of the pendulum is what regulates the accuracy of the time keeping. Lengthen the pendulum which slows the period of oscillation and the clock runs slower. Shorten length for faster timing (which should be obvious.) I started timing the “ticks”...

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Bad Skinny

My world of “science” knowledge sources seems to be filled with a minimum eighty percent bad information. In the Navy we called it “bad skinny” I had a hard time finding this term on the internet until I defined it as “the skinny”. Many examples can be found when you ask properly. That is a part of the problem. Knowing how to ask a proper question to get the proper information.  Also common. Asking questions...

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