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Chris Uhlik
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If only more journalists could do a little math...

"To put these expenses in perspective, $500 billion spent on AP1000 reactors at a capital cost of $6,000 per-kilowatt would build 83 gigawatts of nuclear power, enough to decarbonize Germany’s entire electricity supply for 60 years and more."

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Looks like Solar Impulse is stuck in Japan until next year.  They won't come close to "around the world in 80 days".  In fact, they'll be a lot slower than Mark Beaumont's bicycle trip around the world.  Sigh.

The triumph of PR over substance.


Does the Solar Impulse demonstrate a superior mode of transport? Does it herald a future of solar planes? Don’t be daft. It’s slow, expensive, risky, fragile, dangerous and the total payload delivered by all those panels and batteries and dollars is just a single person; the pilot. If there were ever a Solar Olympics, the motto would be something like slower, lower, and weaker.

So what’s the purpose of this flight? Does it convince you that a scaled up version will soon be available to carry 500 people across the Pacific? We do actually need a clean technology for this so it would be rather nice for any engineers wanting a real challenge to start thinking and prototyping. The Solar Impulse isn’t a challenge or an achievement. It’s a cop-out. A selfish expensive ego trip and escape from the task of doing the tough engineering that might actually help us solve pressing problems. Toys for boys.

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I didn't really appreciate straps until I tried to do a few simple things, like hang from one hand while holding a strap, or pull over to lift my feet over my head.  These guys are insanely, unbelievably strong.  I think straps is the epitome of circus strength display.

Jérôme Srodillon graduated from Ecole national de cirque two years ago.  This was his final exam routine.

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My daughter's final exam at Circus School (Épreuve Synthèse, École Nationale De Cirque - Avril 2015).  She graduates in a few weeks.  Congratulations Nicole!

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Excellent, accessible presentation on Global Warming.

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You sir are a fabulous genius.  The world is even more interesting because you are in it.  Thanks!

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I'm going to take a dick-pic and save it in my drafts folder right now just to make sure the NSA has a copy.

Everybody should watch this and pass it around before June 1, 2015. With a little luck, the Patriot Act can be revised rather than extended again.

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Chris Uhlik commented on a video on YouTube.
Harry Baker + Vi Hart
imagine that

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My daughter is graduating from circus school soon.  She's looking awesome!  Keeping my fingers crossed for that call from Cirque du soleil or Seven Fingers or ...

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Wohooo!  Thorcon is on wikipedia.
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