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Re: How Things Move

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Jun 14, 2009 6:43 pm

Found a picture of Singapore Airlines' A380, since that company also ordered the jumbo jet.

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Airbus' A380, a massive double-decker passenger plane, was first delivered in October 2007, more than a year later than planned. Its troubles didn't end there. Emirates, a leading A380 customer, has complained about the quality of the aircraft after having trouble starting the planes.

Rest of aviation photo gallery, which is about the aviation sector having its own recessionary difficulties: http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/fotostrecke-43359.html#backToArticle=630113
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Re: How Things Move

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:29 pm

If a cruise ship is not built and sent out on the ocean, how does it get to its first destination from the manufacturer's place of business?

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It is not easy to get huge ships from the Meyer Werft shipyards in the Lower Saxony town of Papenburg to the North Sea -- though not quite as difficult as this image makes it seem. The Celebrity Equinox made its way carefully down the Ems River on Saturday following the €500 million cruise ship's completion. The route, past farms and through fields, is not without its detractors. Environmental groups say that flooding the river to make way for the ocean-going giants produced by the shipyards is harmful to the birds and other wildlife that make the river shores their home. The river level was raised by 220 centimeters (over 7 feet) to make way for the Celebrity Equinox.
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Re: How Things Move

Postby 123duyusee on Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:18 pm

Creatures could risk losing their young if the water is too high. People dislike losing toddlers in shallow water, let alone deep water.

No just in time assembly at destination dock?
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Re: How Things Move

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Jul 13, 2009 9:49 pm

There are videos online showing individuals tossing, smashing or striking a printer that has not been enjoyed. Paper jams, slow printing speed, long wait times for colour copies--something causes the owner(s) to give the annoying printer a video send-off. Sadly, some of the tossed computer have toner cartridges visibly destructing upon impact---that fine black particulate is capable of settling into lungs and causing a health condition. Guess the videographer wanted that "black cloud of toner" to provide visual drama while the air clears around the destroyed printer.

One creative use of printers in videos is somehow synchronizing several printers to "print" the same image at the same time, with some computer graphics work added in to give movement to the images. One such video was titled "Printer Jams" (as in musical jamming, not an actual printer paper jam, where a soundtrack is added to the video), where several HP printers were connected and some of the images were taken from an overhead angle. Amazingly, not one of the printers had a paper jam in the video!

Some of the ejected printouts were obviously inverted, so to appear as right side up to the viewer. However, the HP printers tend to be defaulted to send printouts to come out appearing upside-down when the user waits for them to emerge. Just a detail that was apparent during viewing.
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Re: How Things Move

Postby smitty on Sun Jul 19, 2009 2:36 am

Must admit I did not know of this woman driving a car on fire into the river. She has to be given credit, for she must had knowen exactly where to take the wet ditching though chancing others & self by going through red-lights was---well rather chancie.
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Re: How Things Move

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Aug 01, 2009 9:25 am

07/31/2009 THE COMPUTER VS. THE CAPTAIN
Will Increasing Automation Make Jets Less Safe?
By Gerald Traufetter

Computers on board aircraft have made flying safer, but when they encounter errors they can create turmoil. Engineers are pressing ahead with the automation of aircraft, but pilots warn that efforts to computerize jets are going too far and that diminished human control could create dangerous situations.

Ben Cave was starting to get bored. The Australian had been sitting in his seat for more than three hours, and he still had two hours left before the Qantas jet was scheduled to touch down in Perth.

The Airbus A330 was flying at a cruising altitude of 11,278 meters (37,000 feet). The calm of modern jet travel, accentuated by the monotonous drone of the engines, prevailed on board the aircraft. The flight attendants were clearing away the last of the lunch trays into their trolleys, some of the 303 passengers were waiting near the toilets, and others were passing the time with stretching exercises.

Ben Cave unfastened his seatbelt, stood up, opened the overhead luggage compartment and fished around for a magazine and a pen, hoping to make the remainder of the flight pass more quickly. That was when the longest few minutes of his life began. http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,639298,00.html
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Re: How Things Move

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Aug 25, 2009 9:43 am

Cellphones can activate some ovens--another reason to be aware of electromagnetic sources. Here's your warning on the issue, so you won't find your residence up in smoke:

It ain't poltergeists: Cell phone activates oven
By Christopher Null
Ever have that sinking feeling that you left a major appliance running when you left the house? Well you might not be paranoid: It may actually be on... though not of your own doing.

Andrei Melnikov found that out the hard way: Something activated his oven, causing it to turn itself on and melt a plastic meat thermometer which had been left inside.

How did this happen? Melnikov and his Brooklyn apartment building's skeptical super eventually figured it out through trial and error: The tenant's ringing cell phone somehow turned on his nearby Maytag oven when it rang. If you're skeptical, check out the video of this in action at the New York Times website and see for yourself. Cellphones and electronic ignition ovens don't mix
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Re: How Things Move

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Nov 01, 2009 8:15 pm

Another big cruise ship story, this time requiring the ship to make adjustments in order to get to its destination.

World's largest cruise ship lowers smokestacks to squeeze under Danish bridge on maiden voyage
Sun Nov 1, 1:10 PM
By Jan M. Olsen, The Associated Press

KORSOER, Denmark - The world's largest cruise ship cleared a crucial obstacle Sunday, lowering its smokestacks to squeeze under a bridge in Denmark.

The Oasis of the Seas - which rises about 20 stories high - passed below the Great Belt Fixed Link with a slim margin as it left the Baltic Sea on its maiden voyage to Florida.

Bridge operators said that even after lowering its telescopic smokestacks the giant ship had less than a 2-foot (half-meter) gap. Image
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Re: How Things Move

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Nov 05, 2009 2:47 pm

Today, the Earth is the featured subject. The land in Africa is splitting in one region and it has seismologists following the activity.

Huge crack splitting Africa in two
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A massive 60-kilometre rift in eastern Africa could end up splitting the continent in two. NASA

Africa's eastern edge has begun to crack away along a 60-kilometre rift that appeared virtually overnight.

According to a new study, the continent will eventually split along a 5,000-km line between Ethiopia in the north and Mozambique in the south. A huge new ocean will fill the gap between the resultant land masses.

The surface fault in the arid, sparsely populated region of Afar in Ethiopia appeared over the course of 10 days in September 2005, according to seismologist Atalay Ayele of Addis Ababa University. It was prompted by underground volcanic activity. http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/721495--huge-crack-splitting-africa-in-two
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Re: How Things Move

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Nov 09, 2009 3:43 pm

11/09/2009

As the Wheel Turns
Berlin's Cold War Carnival Ride Resuscitated for Art
By Cathrin Schaer in Berlin

Berlin-based artist duo Juan Linares and Erika Arzt gave passers-by a shock on Sunday afternoon when they got the Ferris wheel in a deserted amusement park going again. The carnival ride was bought in 1989 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the East German state and on the eve of celebrations marking the fall of the Berlin Wall, it was turning once again.

This Sunday joggers, cyclists, strolling seniors and families making their way along Berlin's Spree riverside did a double take. Some even stopped to stare or take photographs of the giant Ferris wheel in the Spreepark, an abandoned amusement park. After eight years of standing still, the Ferris wheel is moving once again.

Back in the former East Germany the Plänterwald was a popular state-owned amusement park situated on the banks of the river in the Treptow-Köpenick district of East Berlin. After reunification it was renamed Spreepark but was abandoned in 2001 after going bankrupt. Usually passers-by see overgrown rides, toppled statues and dilapidated buildings. However, on Sunday, the long-silent Ferris wheel came back to life. http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,660197,00.html

Photo gallery link (hey, I'd like a ride on the wheel!): http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/fotostrecke-48646.html
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