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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Posted: 03 Apr 2011 10:11 PM PDT

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