Thursday, March 23, 2006

Free Energy

Via Tex, at WD:

The Lutec 1000 is the first free energy machine to be developed to commercial stage anywhere in the world.

The Lutec 1000 generator will produce up to 1000 watts of DC electricity twenty four hours a day, every day, which will be stored in a battery bank and then inverted to AC power and connected directly into the home or business.

The Lutec 1000 draws the power it requires to run itself from the same battery bank. The average house in Cairns, Queensland, uses only fourteen of the twenty four kilowatt hours able to be stored in twenty four hours by this method.

The batteries will last ten years. The generator is expected to come with a conditional ten year warranty.

The magnets that are responsible for the generation have an effective life of one thousand three hundred years.


Someone buy one, please. If the batteries only had an effective life of one thousand years, it would be a ripoff. But the extra 300 years make it a bargain. So why don't they call it the "Lutec 1300"?

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

An excellent photo essay....

If this kid gets his way, and the Iraqi resistance wins, his girlfriend is going to need some new outfits. The whole "rainbow bikini top" look is going to need rethinking, come the victory of Iraqi jihad.

This photo is an excerpt from a photo essay on a protest by ANSWER. I feel terrible making fun of people whose painfully inflated self-importance makes them march like this, but these pictures are really excellent. And they are just pictures, telling it like it is.

Here's another, from zombie's archive:

Good on ya, zombietime.

Nod to Peaktalk, which is a righteous, righteous blog.

And thanks to MM, my high school baseball pal, for pointing out the possibilities.

UPDATE: In comments, Frank Bi offers this counterpoint. Don't know if it was staged, but it is funny.

UPDATE II: Maybe not so funny, and maybe *I* am the one who is not so bright. From comments:

"Morans" is a reference to supporters of Jim Moran, Democratic congressman from the 8th District of Virginia. He is a real piece of work.

UPDATE III: Several commenters (bless 'em; don't let the terrorists win!) have quarreled with my characterization of the result of the victory of "Iraqi resistance"
1. Look up "civil war," and "resistance." Different things. And it was the putz in the picture who called it "resistance." If you want to say, "I sympathize with the Iraqi civilians who are caught in a civil war that didn't have to happen," then that is something else. But "Iraqi resistance" is the guys shooting at our soldiers. Do this actually work for you? Changing the subject like that, and defending against charges not made? Sad, really.
2. On the young lady's look: If you support the values of the "resistance" (and "jihad" means something closer to defense, or resistance, than to fight in a civil war, which is why I used the word "jihad," when I had many, many other words to choose from if I had meant THOSE things)...anyway, if you support the values of the "Iraqi resistance," then you believe that the young lady needs to get a different outfit, lest she be killed by her brothers and father for shaming the family. If you DON'T share the values of the Iraqi resistance, but just like to jabber about how much you hate America, and would like for Americans to be killed, then you and I may not share values, either.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Younger Younger Munger--Bats 3rd in Sci-Fair

The younger younger Munger came in third in the district science fair with the stuffed-bat / distance project.

I include the picture to prove the following proposition:
It is NOT a perm.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Why Men are not Really Necessary I

So my sons and I are wondering, does a corked bat actually help? Can you hit further, better, more often? The rules of baseball make a pretty big deal of this.

My wife's reaction: "It's against the rules. Why don't you mow the lawn?"

My reaction: "Wow. This beats mowing the lawn."

So, we buy three bats, each of which look like this:

Just for the record, they are 32 inch, 1 drop bats. Identical, as far as specifications and inspection could reveal.

We want to compare three bats:
1. A pristine, wood bat. No doctoring. Our "control" bat.
2. A drilled out bat, with superballs inserted. Our "superball" bat.
3. A drilled out bat, with cork inserted. Our "Sammy Sosa" bat.

The bat innards we wanted to add looked like this:

And the drilled out bats looked like this:

So...we take the bats out to a baseball field on a nice day (which is nearly any day here in NC), and let fly off a tee. Three different batters, different size and strength. We hit 5 balls each, for each of the three, so that each bat gets 15 trials with identical (as far as we could) variance of inputs.

And the answer?

The undoctored bat is the best, in terms of overall average. But the difference is not statistically significant.

Now, some possibilities:
1. Bettering doctoring might produce better results. But we drilled the hole just big enough to accept the relevant stuffing materials, packed them in with silicone glue, and sealed the ends with silicone and a cork plug.
2. Force = Mass x Acceleration. So, though it was true (or so it felt) that we could swing FASTER with the doctored bats, it would appear that this speed difference was approximately offset by the reduced mass of the bat on its end.
3. My son Brian has a hypothesis: Take a bat longer and heavier than you normally use. Doctor this bat, in one of the ways we tried. It will feel, in terms of weight, like your normal bat. But it will perform like a longer bat, because it is longer. And that's the thing: the acceleration relevant here is the movement of the bat head, and of course a longer bat gives the bat more acceleration. Our experiment, by holding length constant, misses this effect, which Brian claims is the real reason some people use corked bats.
4. On the other hand, others (using more serious methods) have found basically the same thing.

I should say: all the actual work, except the drilling part, was done by my son Brian Munger and his partner Drew Chandler.

Whoops! It's getting late. I better go mow the lawn. Or it will be a cold, cold night here at the End. I don't want my wife to remember just how unnecessary I am, and this whole batting thing could have that effect.