Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Where you can find me from now on

So I finally got me my very own website with my very own name on it: thechrisbennett.com
From now on all my posts will originate from there. I've migrated pretty much all my blogspot stuff over to there, more or less. So, for the foreseeable future I will no longer be making new posts on thebigfatloser.blogspot.com. Here's where else you can find me:

My Site that has my very own name on it.
Deviant Art where I upload stuff I draw and paint and stuff. Needs updating badly.
Twitter where I mostly post about food I'm eating or why Doctor Who is cool.
Etsy where you can buy things from me. Do it.
Last FM where you can see that I listen to like four bands over and over again.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

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Roastbusters! Firefighters of the future to zap flames with electric charge? | Blog | Futurismic

Posted: 04 Apr 2011 09:13 PM PDT

Roastbusters! Firefighters of the future to zap flames with electric charge?
Paul Raven @ 31-03-2011





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Monday, April 04, 2011

Roastbusters! Firefighters of the future to zap flames with electric charge? | Blog | Futurismic

Roastbusters! Firefighters of the future to zap flames with electric charge?

Paul Raven @ 31-03-2011

I try to avoid doing the old “hey, look at this cool tech idea that may never make it past the drawing-board!” posts these days, but I hope you’ll forgive me this one. I mean, c’mon: who among us can’t get enthused about the idea of tomorrow’s brave firefighters fighting back the flames with Ghostbusters-style backpacks that shoot electricity out of a sort of wand? Sounds crazy, but it’s apparently Real Science™ [via Science Not Fiction]:

Firefighters currently use water, foam, powder and other substances to extinguish flames. The new technology could allow them to put out fires remotely — without delivering material to the flame — and suppress fires from a distance. The technology could also save water and avoid the use of fire-fighting materials that could potentially harm the environment, the scientists suggest.

In the new study, they connected a powerful electrical amplifier to a wand-like probe and used the device to shoot beams of electricity at an open flame more than a foot high. Almost instantly, the flame was snuffed out. Much to their fascination, it worked time and again.

The device consisted of a 600-watt amplifier, or about the same power as a high-end car stereo system. However, Cademartiri believes that a power source with only a tenth of this wattage could have similar flame-suppressing effect. That could be a boon to firefighters, since it would enable use of portable flame-tamer devices, which perhaps could be hand-carried or fit into a backpack.

If someone manages to get this idea to a viable production stage, finding volunteers for forest fire suppression duty should become a lot easier…

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3 Responses to “Roastbusters! Firefighters of the future to zap flames with electric charge?”

  1. ConfidentlyDubious says:
    March 31st, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I have read the press release and I found it distinctly lacking in technical detail. Moreover, though I am not an expert of flames, what detail is present is misleading or imprecise. What do you exactly do to “shoot beams of electricity”? And what is the link between an audio amplifier, which is a device with the task of providing a controlled voltage across a low-impedance load connected to it through wires, with gear which -so it seems- has to generate electrical effects (charge?) at a distance? Finally, how acting on flames affects the combustion that generates those flames and the heat?
    Eveng doing some (quick) research on the internet did not lead to much insight. The only slighty more precise description that I found is this:
    “We found that oscillating electric fields can elicit strong macroscopic responses in methane/air non‐premixed flames such as deflection, reshaping, and even extinction.”
    Maybe the use of the word “wand” (instead of, you know, “electrode” or something like that) is a symptom of something…

  2. Paul Raven says:
    March 31st, 2011 at 11:27 am

    It is a bit of an odd one, to the extent that I checked the article date closely to see if it wasn’t an early push for April Fool’s. Probably vapourware either way, hence my tone. :)

  3. prosopago says:
    April 1st, 2011 at 11:38 am

    And what will you do with electrical fires? What about fires with substances with a really low ignition point? I say BS!

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WonderCon Notes

Posted: 03 Apr 2011 10:11 PM PDT

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I ...

Sunday, April 03, 2011

WonderCon Notes

These are  few notes I jotted down while wandering around the con:

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Hefty guys dressed in an all black jedi/sith outfit made a poor choice

Interactions between fans and creators can be extremely awkward. Maybe that gets better after the first day

Commissions are expensive.

Square is changing the way creators, especially independent creators take payments

Geeks can pack a mean lunch

Geeks seem to have a lot of physical ailments, or maybe people with physical ailments become geeks.

In the first episode of the original Thundercats they're naked. For reals.

Comic book art is VERY detailed.

My roommate Josh's rap name: MC Peepants

Comics companies are fighting for a share of an ever shrinking market instead of trying to expand that market.

Fans can be very entitled and nitpicky about their favorite titles and characters. They take stuff personally.

Sitting in a panel for a while is a relief from the pinball game of walking the con floor.

Seeing other peoples' work is inspiring. Either because it's really good our because it's so bad you know you can do better.

It's really easy to spend a lot of money on very little.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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A short addendum to my previous post

Posted: 29 Mar 2011 05:53 PM PDT

I also registered for Bay to Breakers this year.Also, since I have my scuba diving certificate I plan on finally buying my own equipment so I can dive around here. It's expensive though, and I don't w ...

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A short addendum to my previous post

I also registered for Bay to Breakers this year.
Also, since I have my scuba diving certificate I plan on finally buying my own equipment so I can dive around here. It's expensive though, and I don't want to blow my savings on it unless I have all the things from the previous post up and running. Yep. Maybe I'll have some adult qualities before I'm thirty.

Monday, March 28, 2011

My Biannual Update of Life Events or TL;DR

It's that time of year, when I remember I have a blog and try to write something in it. Into the gaping maw, the yawning chasm (the yawning maw? sounds kind of cute actually) that is the blank page. I'd apologize for not posting more, but who would I be apologizing to? Marie? Hi Marie. Garth maybe? Hello Garth. So no, I'm not apologizing for not updating this blog. Part of this post will have to do with updating this blog though. No, the reason I'm writing here is not for anyone else. Because, like I said, no one else reads this blog really. It's really just a way to organize my thoughts about the current state of my life and my future plans and aspirations (such as they are). The reason to make it public is so that future generations can be inspired by these words. Or not.

The current state of affairs in the life of Chris are thus: I manage a Radio Shack. I live with my roommate and friend Josh. I am currently significant other-less. I spend most of my free time reading comic books, watching TV and playing video games. I think my ten year old self would actually be pretty happy with such a life. However, my almost thirty year old self is dissatisfied.

Unfortunately I have never learned the value or even the mechanics of motivating myself so I often just accept a situation I'm not satisfied with instead of changing it. Now, I'm trying to change my habit of not trying to change. But, changing is hard.

What do I want to change? For starters, I'd like to have a different job. A common complaint I'm sure. Either I'd like to have a job that I enjoy doing like painting (any kind really) or a job that doesn't take up so much of my time and energy. That way I could pursue my own interests and avocations in my free time. Working at Radio Shack takes eats up eight hours a day, six days a week. More if you count commute times and when my employees call me on my days off with stupid questions.

So, get another job right? You may not have heard but "the economy*" is not doing too hot and unemployment is something like ten percent which is high for America, or something. I don't want to quit my job before I have another one lined up and it's hard to look for a job when you're working close to fifty hours a week at the job you hate. Bit of a catch-22. What I could do is save up some money to cover my expenses for a few months, quit my current job and then use the extra time to find work.

That brings me to my first plan: Let Chris Fix It! "Let Chris Fix It!" is a side business where I do general electronics troubleshooting using the some of the experience I've gained from working at RadioShack. If successful this could help take care of problem number one, also known as hating my job. I've started the ball rolling on this by registering the domain www.letchrisfixit.com. Marie, she of Alcatraz, has agreed to help me with the website design. I also got a Square account to enable me to take credit card payments from my potential customers. I also grabbed some free business cards from VistaPrint until I can afford some more professional ones.

Plan the second: Doing art for fun and profit. You may or may not know this, but I love me some drawing and comic books (Since I'm mostly writing this for myself, I do in fact, know this). I would like to, either professionally or as an accomplished amateur, make comics. There's nothing really stopping me from doing this actually. Nothing except my own fear, self-doubt and lack of work ethic. Right now, I am making a public vow (because I would never break a public vow right?) that I will draw one thing a day and publish somewhere on the web every day starting April first two thousand eleven. An addition to this plan is also to sell my art on Etsy. I have an Etsy store and have sold a total of zero items in the past two months. Go me. I plan on posting higher quality scans of my work and redesigning the layout of the store (possibly with help from the incomparably talented Marie [she sure is getting a lot of mentions in this post huh?]).

Plan three: Plan Harder: Going back to school and finishing my degree. Did you know that I went to a private university for four years and failed to obtain a degree of any kind? You did! Why aren't you just way to into my personal history. Anyway, yes, I went to Drexel University (home of the fighting Welsh dragons) for film and never graduated. I could say that I got nothing out of those four years of my life, but I still have ten thousand dollars in student loan debt that says otherwise. My plan now is to go back to school and get my bachelor's degree. But, I'm not going to get a degree in film. I want to get a degree in physics or some other related area of science.

I love science. I love reading about science, I love the idea of science, I love learning about how science reveals all kind of crazy things about the universe and physics and math were always the easiest subjects in college for me. So a physics or astrophysics degree would combine to things I like: science and not trying very hard.

I would like to get my degree from a well regarded school, so that some day in the future I might be able to get a job as a real working scientist or at least parlay that knowledge into my other endeavors like writing and drawing kick-ass comic books about science! I'd like to get into the physics program at UC Berkeley. In order to do that I need to take some classes at City College to make sure I fulfill all the transfer requirements for the UC system so I can transfer in as a junior and not start all over as a freshman. In order to do that I have to get my SAT and AP scores so that I can place out of the general education requirements for City College. Whew! I don't remember getting into college being this hard when I was 18.

And last, but least, I plan on writing more often here on this blog. Except, this blog will no longer be at thebigfatloser.blogspot.com, but rather will be moved over to www.bennettchristopher.com to be part of my "work", which will include any art or stories of mine. Basically it will by my portfolio for creative work, as opposed to letchrisfixit.com which will just be for tech support. I've had a few features in mind for this blog for a while. I just haven't had the time, inclination or organization skills to pull it of. Here are some of my ideas for regular series of articles on the new and improved (potentially) blog:
OKDating. Where I discuss my experiences of using the dating site OKCupid.com for the last seven plus years. Also (humorous) critiques of people's OKCupid profiles.
Let Chris Read It. Reviews of what I've read in the last week. Mostly about comic books.
Let Chris Watch It. Reviews of TV shows or movies I've watched recently.
Let Chris Draw It. Where I draw a different thing every day, whether it's a series of characters or something suggested by a friend or reader (still not sure I'll ever have a reader).
SCIENCE! Where I marvel at something cool in science news.

So.... that's a lot of stuff huh? To review:

1) Get a different job or make enough money with my tech support side business to quit my job.
2) Diligently work on drawing, writing or making art. No excuses, capiche?
3) Get a degree in physics and eventual a masters in astrophysics or particle physics (shooting for the moon. Get it? Get it?)
4) Create a website that's home to my creative work and contribute to it regularly with drawings and articles.

Now that I've written it all out it seems somehow both more and less daunting than before. Less daunting because I can see how each step is possible. More daunting because I can see how many steps there are and how much work it's going to be. Oh well. Let's do it.

P.S. I'm going to WonderCon this weekend, April first through the third and I've actually taken time off of work to do so. If there are actually people in San Francisco who read this blog and don't suck then maybe we can hang out at WonderCon.

*I may go on a rampage the next time I hear or read the phrase "in this economy". I get it. The economy is bad. You can shut up now.

Monday, February 28, 2011

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Angel

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

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Marvel Girl

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The Beast

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The Beast

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Friday, February 18, 2011

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Setting up my new work space

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

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Friday, January 21, 2011

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Characters in my epic story...

Posted: 21 Jan 2011 12:54 AM PST

So, who says you can't do anything with all the old crap you have lying around? Character bios of kids who appeared in movies from the 70's - 90's and what their characters have been up to since and h ...

Characters in my epic story...

So, who says you can't do anything with all the old crap you have lying around? Character bios of kids who appeared in movies from the 70's - 90's and what their characters have been up to since and how their lives crossover... Probably makes no sense.

Carol-Ann - A ghost - Apparent age: 14

When she died at an early age in 1989, Carol-Ann was unable to pass on to the afterlife. Only able to speak through mediums, her motivations are not entirely clear. She has shown the ability to employe other spirits, poltergeists, to affect the living world. She is frantically searching for help from anyone, living or dead, to help her fight something called "The Beast". 

 

Franklin - Medium - Age: 55

Franklin solved a young girl's murder in upstate New York with the help of her ghost, and the ghost of her mother, in 1962. He is haunted, both literally and figuratively by those events. He has wandered the country since, finding justice for restless spirits. Recently he has taken a young medium named Cole under his wing. They have recently been in contact with Carol-Ann

Cole - Medium - Age 23

Cole was a troubled child because he could see the dead, until the ghost of a child psychologist helped him deal with and accept his powers. Now he acts as something of a therapist for ghosts who are unable to move on. He and Franklin have differing styles in dealing with ghosts, but the same goal: help them move on.

Daniel - Telepathic - Age 38

Another man who had a traumatic event in his childhood, during a long winter in Colorado, he has since put that, and his telepathic power behind him. He now teaches high school science class, but fate is conspiring to to draw him into an epic battle.

Charlie - Pyrokinetic - Age 36

Her powers stem from a government experiment and are often uncontrollable.  She has spent years running from the government. She has also trained with various sects and religions in meditation techniques to better control her flames.

Eric - Flyer - Age 43

An autistic savant, Eric somehow gained the ability to fly after being obsessed with the subject his entire life. Eric's whereabouts have been unknown since the age of 19. There have been sightings of a flying man over the midwest in recent years.

Jimmy (The Wizard) - Video Game Wizard - Age 31

Jimmy is also an autistic savant. At a young age he showed the ability to master video games of any type within minutes. His savant abilities make him an expert not only in games, but in the areas of strategy and systems design. He has been sought after by the government for his involvement in Project: Cube. 

Balthazar - Keeper of the Sigil - Age 38

Balthazar is keeper of a strange book and amulet that allow him access to a dimension fueled entirely by imagination. He has shown to have access to near limitless abilities, powers and creatures from this dimension but has been content to pass on the story of this place to others, so that it never ends. Though now much older than when he started his adventures, he sees once again that our world and his fantastic one, are under threat from a growing darkness 

Lestrange - Immortal Savage - Apparent Age 46

Though she appears to be in her mid 40's, Lestrange is actually closer to 120 years old. Not much is known about her, save that her seeming immortality comes from something on an edenic island where she was shipwrecked some time in the 1890's. She is a ruthless hunter, and an expert in wild places of all kinds, though she has been known to blend into civilization if it suits her purpose. Her motives are not known.

Damien - Antichrist - Age 41

Damien is the US ambassador to Great Britain. He is also the antichrist. His machinations to obtain ultimate power and usher the time for his father's reign stretch far and wide within the government, though his control is not complete. He has been on the lookout for years for children with otherworldy abilities, in case they are the return of christ. 

Adrian - Devil - Age 43

Adrian is the older half-brother of Damien. He inherited their father's looks though. Shunned by society and fighting against his own dark nature, Adrian has hidden in the shadows, keeping out of the way of his brother's forces and those who oppose his brother. 

Anthony - ? - Apparent Age 12

Anthony has the power of a god, but the mind of a 12 year old boy. He can reshape reality into anything he wishes, but at heart all he wants is someone to love him and care for him genuinely. Unfortunately those who do are often subject to the deadly anger of a 12 year old god. Where his powers originate and what their limit (if any) is unknown. There are many forces that would love to harness his power for their own, but most are too afraid to try.

Chip - Android - Apparent Age 19

Chip was copied from DNA and form of the boy who could fly, Eric, in order to recreate his powers. Unfortunately what they got was an annoying computer who wants to be a real boy. He has since been repogrammed as an infiltration unit designed to kill steathily and without warning. He has enhanced strength, speed, and computational powers. It is not know whether he has ever faced the man he was based on

DARYL - Data Analyzing Robot Youth Lifeform - Apparent Age 38

Daryl is a robot brain in the cloned body of Balthazar. He was created by the government in order to access the the near-limitless power of Balthazar's fantastic dimension. This however, did not work out, as something in the human mind is what allows access to that dimension. Daryl was to be reprogrammed as a kind of supersoldier, but escaped from the government government facility where he was created. He has superfast reflexes and the ability to hack any system. He used the latter to escape the government in a stealth fighter. It was destroyed and he was presumed dead. But, all death is brain death and Daryl was simply rebooted by those helping him. His current whereabouts are unknown.

Fred (real name unknown) - ? - Age 36

Fred, seems to have been involved with many of the other characters as a child, though his name and even biography seemed to have changed each time. Some speculate that he has the ability to traverse dimensions or even time to rewrite his own personal history. Here is what is known: He was Eric's next-door neighbor in 1986 and his name was Louis. Yet somehow he was also Jimmy's older brother, Corey in 1989. He has shown various abilities including: traveling from shadow to shadow, access to a time/spaceship made of polymorphic metal, the ability to switch minds with another person and possibly acces to a separate fantasy dimension like Balthazar (though one with much less raw power). His motivations and allegiance are unknown and one never knows when he'll show up next.