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Zheng He’s Enormous Treasure Ships ... BELOW: A full-size model of a "middle-sized treasure boat" (63.25 m long) of the Zheng He fleet at the Treasure Boat Shipyard site in Nanjing. Build ca. 2005 from concrete, lined with wooden planks ...  "Between 1405 and 1433, during the Ming era, Chinese Admiral Zheng He, who was also the court eunuch, commanded seven expeditionary voyages as far away as East Africa and Middle East. These expeditions, known in Chinese history as the treasure voyages, consisted of hundreds of ships of enormous dimensions carrying a crew as large as 28,000 and great amounts of treasures. The purpose of the voyages were to project Chinese power and wealth to the outside world, as well as to establish imperial control over the maritime trade.

Zheng He dedicated the last 28 years of his life to marine navigation until he died during or shortly after his seventh and final voyage. When Zheng He returned, China had a new emperor who was uninterested in the continuation of such government-sponsored naval adventures. The Treasure Shipyard in Nanjing, where Zheng He’s massive fleet was built was shut down, abandoned and subsequently lost to history.

If recorded accounts are taken as factual, Zheng He's treasure ships were mammoth in size with nine masts and four decks, capable of accommodating more than 500 passengers, as well as a massive amount of cargo. Some of the ships were said to have been 137 meters (450 feet) long and 55 meters (180 feet) wide, which was at least twice as long as the largest European ships of that time. Some sources claim the ships were even longer — 180 meters (600 feet).

Modern scholars argue that Zheng He's ships couldn’t have been that long because wooden ships of such extreme sizes would have pushed the limits of what was possible in wooden ship construction making them unwieldy. There are evidences in later historical periods when ships longer than 100 meters were built, such as HMS Orlando and the schooner Wyoming, and they suffered structural problems. In heavy seas, the ships flexed causing the long planks to twist and buckle. The first ships to attain 126 meters length were 19th century steamers with iron hulls.

However, scholars agree that the treasure ships were considerably large, some estimating the largest ones to be between 119–124 meters (390–408 feet) in length, while more conservative estimates puts them at about 60–76 meters (200–250 feet).

Compared with other ships, treasure ships were wide in ratio to their length which helped them achieve stability. The hull was V-shaped, the keel long and the ballast heavy. Treasure ships also used floating anchors cast off the sides of the ship in order to increase stability.

Watertight compartments were also used to add strength to the treasure ships. The ships also had a balanced rudder which could be raised and lowered, creating additional stability like an extra keel.
In 2005, a Treasure Shipyard park was created in the heart of Nanjing, where several scaled-down replicas of treasures ships are to be found including a full-sized model of one of Zheng He’s smaller vessels. ..."

MORE: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/07/zheng-hes-enormous-treasure-ships.html
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"Today, I’m upgrading my personal computers to Windows 10 ...  They’re my livelihood, my primary source of entertainment, and they’re where I keep my private files. And I’m not going to do a damn thing to safeguard any of that. I’m just going to install Windows."
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This is unwise, unnecessary, and probably not entirely accurate.  I'm not saying he's lying, but to suggest that he doesn't own backups of any of his critical files is either ignoring his use of something like Dropbox, or that he is guilty of computing malpractice on a level that undermines faith in his conclusions.
One week from today, Windows 10 will arrive. I’m not going to wait. I’m putting it all on the line, starting today.
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Additive manufacturing ftw!
Researchers have created a new robot that combines the strengths of both soft and rigid materials, allowing it to leap explosively into the air.
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Omg This Animation and Quality of Anime tho. O_O
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IT consultant, writer, artist, technophile, information hoarder...

Those are the essentials.  I felt I should expand.  Let's take these one at a time, shall we?

  • IT Consultant: I've been building, maintaining, repairing, and networking computers since 1998.  My focus is small office/home office networking, installation, and troubleshooting.  Currently, I favor Linux Mint for my personal systems, since I like to tinker incessantly.
  • As a writer, I favor speculative (scifi/fantasy) fiction and the occasional nonfiction essay (usually on the martial arts, politics, or philosophy).  I believe leaders should read more science fiction than the world's ruling class probably does.  So much of it becomes self-fulfilling prophecy...
  • As an artist, I began with an addiction to graphite-fueled drafting.  The original Tron planted a seed, and when I saw Jurassic Park as a kid, it blew my mind.  Computing was still prohibitively expensive even for a middle-class kid, so in order to fuel my pursuit of the graphic arts, I became proficient at turning piles of hardware into computers, since it was cheaper than buying them pre-built.  I am proficient in the standard tools (Photoshop, Illustrator, Painter, Lightwave, Painter).
  • As a technophile, I am a futurist.  I think about the impact of future technologies often.  The cresting wave of change these technologies portend, and the short time in which we have to prepare, makes me marvel at humanity.
  • As an information hoarder, I can say that I haven't lost a significant volume of digital information since 1992.  I'm a packrat of the worst kind.  I still retain games that can't even be played on my current software, because someday... ;)
As for the rest, I'm a martial artist, trained in JKD/Kali to Level 4.  My school is affiliated with the Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts.

I'm an anime freak, although for various reasons I wouldn't call myself "otaku."  I've been watching anime since I can remember watching TV as a little kid.  My favorites are such because of a mixture of mind-blowing artistry and good storytelling: Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Princess Nausicaa, Ninja Scroll, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and  The Twelve Kingdoms, among others.

As a gamer, I don't game for the challenge but for in-game power and eye-candy.  I do not beat games.  I still have not beaten GTA3, because I don't care.  I just want to play, and beating a game leads to something I detest: The End. That is why I prefer sandbox games (if you've sniffed out a contradiction, don't bother wondering; nothing good will come of it).

I subscribe to several Incontrovertible Truths:
  • Frosted Cinnamon Poptarts are the best.
  • Death is just a trend.
  • A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma is a bother.
  • There is no such thing as breakfast, only breakfast foods, which are to be consumed at every meal, given the opportunity.
  • The corollary?  Bacon.  You read it here first.
  • Mother Earth wants us for the plastic.
  • And Several Other Truths That Shall Not Be Contravened, On Account Of Being Referenced By An Initial-Capped Bullet Point.
Are you still reading this insane drivel?  Good!  You're just the sort of person I can mold into a willing thrall ... I mean studious fellow seeker of truth and mutual respect.  It'll be fun.  Swear to Bob.
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Avoided being curb-stomped by a shady flock of pigeons -- several times.
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