Sucking the juice to a myth

Today I saw the movie “30 Days of Night”, again another movie about vampires. The truth that almost all movies lately that are either out old ideas made ​​new techniques or second, third or very latest parts that never die … for 30 days is just another vampire movie and, frankly, poor argument . It’s just vampires who choose to hunt above the Arctic Circle (in Alaska ). Well, I’ll get every last drop of each of the recent vampire movies I’ve seen, of which there are few great ideas, the truth:

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30 Days of Night

Vampires who speak a language rarely engaged in hunting in the Arctic Circle, where night lasts 30 days. The truth that vampires always presented in two ways: the bloodthirsty sadists and refined murderers. These belong to the first group, the bloodthirsty sadists unable to wipe the blood in 30 days. The funny: a guy who wanted to be a vampire took them there and then was killed by vampires, then simply to inject blood of a dead guy gets one of the villagers to become a vampire. That irony.

 

 

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Well, if the prior bad … I found this and I’ve come to see, but it’s worth putting on the list. But the argument only makes me laugh, Condemor, which was in the far West and just goes sailing in Europe where dracula is. The truth that if not for the small fact that Asia is in the middle, I think it’s way from the West to Europe would be very simple.

  Vampire in Brooklyn

A vampire moves its warm Caribbean shores to find the woman of his life. To do this, with the woods of a charming and cheesy with a touch of rap acts up at night. I think it’s very possible that the film will roll in Madrid, because wearing vampire fangs remind me a lot to sell in Christmas in the Plaza Mayor.

Dusk Till Dawn

Another well, I really Tarantino films sometimes and other times I love leaves me puzzled. This movie I think is the second type. Define it as “the best way to turn a good gangster film in a bad vampire movie.” Two gangters with an abducted family walk into a bar in the middle of who knows where, and are, so any bar is vampires. Thus such. Even vampires are credible, they saw the masks for miles. Yes, I prefer the phrase final. The girl asks the surviving gangter: take me with you. And he answers: “I may be a bastard, but I’m not a fucking bastard,” a phrase to frame, sure the script did an intern during a strike.

John Carpenter’s Vampires

Well, here it seems that the budget will spend more on the script than the special effects. A band of techno-vampire hunters is dedicated to the hunt for vampires, the technique is simple, based on spearfishing with a crossbow bludgeoned an arrow with a rope tied and were forcibly shows daylight and starting there, barbecue bloodsucker. At least the movie has a fairly strong argument and vampires are not very cheesy. A vampire hunters truth that lacked only carry cowboy hats and drinking whiskey while hunting for mixing topicazo a vampire western.

bram-stokers-dracula-bram-stokers-dracula-9919374 Dracula 2000

Van Helsing has become a jonki the Blood of Dracula has survived chutándosela over time. Instead of keeping the coffin where dracula is locked in a hidden place and inaccessible places it in the middle of London where thieves come and take him away. As it turns out Dracula is Judas.

Well, the above films were combined action / horror with vampires. Now let’s move to the genre of films that combine vampires, with Jackie Chan and a touch of big money special effects:

After I was done with my trip for the day, I decided that I wanted to relax. I spent a couple hours on my computer playing games at a casino online.
 

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A hybrid of vampire and man is engaged in killing vampires. The fact that the argument (based on a comic) is original although converte fnial is kicking in right and left. Vampires have become yuppies living on blood and thrown sunscreen (factor I guess 666) to see the light of day. They are of the few films in which vampires speak and have an organized society. Each of the three films (three parts) tells a different story, if we have a megavampiro with red eyes could kill all, if there is a new evil vampires and more vampires eat or if megavampiro rise to a more megavampiro bad that the first and most capable of killing. Finally, each film are more effects than the last.

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The argument vampires mix with hybrid race is not over, only now mixed with vampires werewolves resulting in a stronger and more powerful breed that is able to kill them all and above are completely black. Vampires are technically advanced and werewolves sadistic barbarians who entertain some sticking. The new hybrid is simply a werewolf transformation period who falls for the vampire shift. For purposes better Blade.

 The Queen of the Damned

A tired of living vampire is dedicated to playing the violin, so it is able to attract the attention of a very powerful vampire. As you look forward to meeting decides that it is best not to fiddle, but make a heavy metal concert on the other side of the world to wake her. The vampire wakes up and fall in love, get engaged in killing vampires and try to dominate the world. At the end the guy (Lestat) is bored and joins a plot to kill her. It’s like Romeo and Juliet vampire.

 

cine_helsing_wall4_1024_768800 Van Helsing

Blade to the former, a man hunts all kinds of monsters and send him to Transylvania to hunt a seductive blood addict and his harem of vampires. With super-tech weaponry to time (only missing to put laser gun and a laptop) is responsible for dracula and company. Very good effects and I really liked the story.

All of the above were the recent commercial desire to suck hard to the public but there are two recent films that if I liked them and worth apart:

 

3184644246Interview with the Vampire

A refined vampire tells the story of his life to a journalist, commenting his pass times and how it feels to be a vampire. Actually I liked the staging, not a vampire is able to kill whatever it tells the story of a vampire along the different eras of humanity. Based on a novel by Anne Rice (The Queen of the Damned also) the truth is a film that tries to get out of topicazo using vampirism as a backdrop.

 Dracula

The classic dracula, dracula in this film is not a bloodthirsty murderer, but rather a refined Conde addicted to blood instead of being agile and strong, is subtle and magical powers of divination, suggestion and illusion. The character is complex and not left in an animal with a human appearance. There is a beast who fears that crucifixes and silver will not harm you, where is his weakness rather live away from the land where he was buried. Best told the same story.

787 Delayliner

You’ve earned, for the fourth time delays 787 and Dreamliner is becoming a Delayliner . The first delay was announced in September 2007 (two months after submission depues) was a three-month delay in the first flight. In October 2007, an extra delay of three months in the first flight and six in the first installment was announced. In January 2008 he announced three months. Today announced a further delay of 3-6 months. It is gaining the A380 in number of delays.

Boeing officially declares that the first flight will be the last quarter of 2008 and the first delivery to the third quarter of 2009. As I said in another post 9 months seems a very fair time to test an airplane are many systems that must be checked Many of them affect flight safety. He also argues that some of the tests are to be completed before June 2007 (structural and fatigue), these tests are commonly done before the first flight and I do not think a good argument to ensure no delays. In fact it is mandatory to make the first flight test and ensure that it will be completed before June shows that were very clear that they would not be able to fly until after the previous test planning.

Boeing previously argued that it was the rivets provider who was the main cause of delays while now blames subcontractors over and argues that this delay is no extra work not considered. Delays are normal in the world of aviation because an airplane is certified for almost any situation that is much worse …

The problem for Boeing is in my opinion his fault, Boeing decided to change its industrial structure for this plane and become an assembler rather than a manufacturer of aircraft, that requires work to distribute throughout the world dividing it among several companies It is the great epidemic of outsourcing. Best prices, risk sharing … but in reality what they are getting these companies is that the risk is multiplied and then distributes, so that there seems to be less … but is greater. An outsourcing company established and only those things that can really be done in a more efficient way out (for example, secure the screws there are thousands of much better than oneself manufacturers) would not have these problems. How to react to a delay in a single company would displacing internal staff from one department to another, the problem is that as the Japanese and the Italians are not the same company can not move workers from one place to another almost certainly be competition and everything.

In fact one of the first reactions Boeing has been purchased by one of its subcontractors , I guess to solve some of these problems (and incidentally shows the smoke, which always points to the fire). All logistical problems are likely to talk like this, everyone at the pace of the slowest, except that you can not shift resources.

On the other hand argues that “unplanned extra work” is needed, this clearly sounds the same, different companies, different tools and what comes not meet tolerances expected or have not been calculated to the arrangements … the level of information transmitted between two companies much lower with the remote and owners except … that everyone knows, and probably just what has happened is that a subcontractor and another have not been agreed.

All previous decisions calmly explain a delay in production, but I still believe that a delay in the first flight hiding a serious problem that is likely to affect the image of the company (maybe a complete redesign of a component?). I’ve heard rumors (and there are rumors, care) that the tolerances were inadmissible carbon fiber …

I do not think the 787 is poor plane, but I think he wanted to give a big technological leap with industrial change. What has led the company to adapt to blow everything. I hope that big companies take note of what Boeing says the little mouth: “I have problems with major suppliers.”

Deserts, energy and work in the middle of nowhere.

I just read that apparently the solar energy received by deserts throughout the year would be possible to provide electricity to all of Africa.

I do not see much sense … seems like I say that you can harness the power of volcanoes. On the one hand, a sandy desert tend to cover the solar panels that make some wind and we should have more workers every day cleaning the plates, on the other hand I do not know where you would find a stable surface (would have to remove the dunes ). Also, if you are going to have people doing maintenance will have to live nearby so that if in the Sahara will put plates I guess that would make the area habitable. Come on, why not get to combat desertification and?

I think someone has made a calculation Solar power x surface of the desert and run …

Chairs for practice before boarding the plane

Well, as many of you know the airlines you are increasingly trying to reduce the space between seats on airplanes looking for a cost reduction at all costs , are techniques IKEA airlines . The truth that tall people like me do we go wrong. In fact in many aircraft carriers I have to pull my leg (because physically I have no other way) into the hall and more than once they have hit me with the cart. In fact once I’ve pissed and have crossed a couple of words, but should calm down, no fault of the guy pushing the cart … on my trip to Paris (it was a long time ago, but until today I could not download the pictures my mobile) I realized that the airport of Barajas had a chair where you could practice before boarding the plane space that we would have:

Translations to capon

I usually quite like translations of English-language films made ​​in Spain, unfortunately many twists and expressions can not be translated into Spanish, and sometimes there is a lot shorter sentences in English than in Spanish. But the funny thing is that many times in movies USA Spanish phrases are used to make jokes or double entenders and those details remain unnoticed for us … but when one of these “jokes” in Spanish is just the funniest thing in the movie situation is quite funny. Do you remember “sayonara, baby,” the phrase mythical Terminator before shooting the T4000? For the English version is also a funny point of the film and had to be translated by “sayonara” that had the same grace …

February 30

Just remember any of my entry about the Gregorian and Julian calendars and dates as many had their trick. Actually I found several amusing details in the story, but it turns out I’ve forgotten some … how many times have we joked about February 30?, More than one has said, I will on the 30th … the truth is a joke a little old, but beware … it can not be a joke. There has been 3 times in history and in individual countries 30 February.
As I said in the post about the two calendars not all countries switched to the Gregorian calendar, so there were multiple calendars at once. One of the countries that took a while to adapt was Sweden, the Swedes decided to adapt to the Gregorian calendar between 1700 to 1740, gradually omit each leap year one day. The issue is that they did well the first year, but then not again take days, which were in the Julian calendar but with one more day. So in the end they decided to fix things and return in 1712 to the Julian calendar, adding an extra day to February (bringing on February 30 that year appeared to delay it a day). At the end as always is best done at once and in 1753 adopted the Gregorian calendar.
On the other hand, the Russians decided to change to the Gregorian calendar with the revolution … but they wanted to be more original (I guess they did not like it was a calendar of a pope). In 1929 moved to the revolutionary calendar (making it now), eliminated on Sunday (as a Christian day) and weeks were 5 days (where workers rested one, that is, they rested 2 out of 10 and we rest two in 7, where is capitalism and socialism? untimely and further each day a group of people). This revolutionary calendar month had 30 days and there was a revolutionary calendar (although in the end only used twice in 1930 and 1931), in 1940 he returned to the Gregorian calendar in Russia …

Remote Power

Last year (what happens is that I just found out …) it was possible to light a bulb using remote magnetic fields. This small appliances can be loaded at a distance without obtrusive cables. The principle of operation (so I’ve read) is very similar to what they use transformers: the induced coupling.

Who does not remember the experiment of Faraday ? Is the basis of magnetic induction, where on a winding coil-shaped wires (electric wires funky cylindrical) magnet, that generates (induces) an electric current on the wire is passed. What creates this electrical current is the magnetic field that has the magnet, the magnetic field and moves with the magnet generates an electrical field in the coil (electric and magnetic field are the same thing really).

The idea of ​​transmitting electric power distance is the same, on the “generator” you have a wound that is done by passing an alternating current passing through the coil a variable magnetic field is generated (in time) that propagates in space. If we close another coil and coupled to the magnetic field above, this will do the same magnetic field the magnet (what happens here because instead of varying the magnet moves is the variable field itself) and generate a field electric coil in encederá bulb.

This has one downside is that you can not do a lot of distance, since the magnetic field “fails” to do what they did is also resonate coils, so that only going to further communicate those coils You are explicitly coupled. The way they are coupled not explicitly explained in the articles (there is an MRI, but at the molecular level I imagine this is different …)

But I see a few downsides …

The first, as the magnetic field is inoperative tell from a distance, but if I’m with my phone or a speaker “close,” it start to engage and attract the famous noise?

The magnetic field generated by a coil is very directional, the experiment they did was perfectly aligned with two coils (how hard can this be if I have not aligned?)

Today almost all the houses are made using reinforced concrete, ie concrete with a steel core. Steel has iron (ferromagnetic material), the magnetic fields are better through ferromagnetic materials through paramagnetic (air) and, like everything in life, the magnetic field will tend to go for the easy way convey. My question is, instead of a normal wall (I guess brick) was tested with concrete or sheet metal?, Which have the effect on ferromagnetic material in the middle, much? Divert the magnetic field? (In a skyscraper steel is used directly, so it may be a serious problem). This adds to the above topics of “directionality” of transmission, although I would like to know as well are of “resonant” as a resonance can “steer” the field.

I have seen that the frequencies used are very high, which causes need to be in between the “sender” and then the “receptor” frequency converters (or a rectifier if you charge a battery), so I imagine the transmitters and receivers will not be as simple and have extra losses.

There is talk of an efficiency of 45% is far too low compared with the efficiency of a copper cable for the same distance.

Anyway I find quite interesting, it can be a very useful for transmitting energy to areas where it can not transmit by wire system. Imagine a rescue cavers in a cave … obviously no wiring there, but someone with a “receptor” could lead (perhaps lighter than a battery) transportable electrical energy. In my opinion it is applicable to sites with “difficult shortcut” wiring or sites where Subjects of time is not possible to create a wired, but having it at home to charge the phone to 45% efficiency … is a waste of money comfort.

Things you never knew about Java and so do not afraid to ask (I)

Java is a programming leguage very fashionable in these times. If you do the safe computing that during your studies you had you deal with it more or less time. As a user you surely have used some written product with it if only to start OpenOffice or some game Yahoo page.

These days has given me and other colleagues prepare for Sun Certification so I took a few days delving a little more than necessary in my knowledge of the language and platform. Therefore I warn you that this series of post is only for geeks genuine issue … Also I wanted to put a post on some development. So, once warned we will launch into the arena of the first post of a series.

One of the features of Java that more or less all we know is that it runs on a virtual machine. This, said in a worldly way, could be summarized as being a program that executes programs. So you just have to write that virtual machine for each operating system and architecture so that they can run all the programs in Java. This makes you write a program once and run anywhere you can with identical results.

I decided to try a new Canadian online casino today. I had a lot of fun, actually, and I ended up winning money too!

With identical results? Not always …

Reviewing the list of reserved words in Java I found strictfp . What the hell is that? Very simple and very curious …

Turns out to Java 1.2 floating point operations were done following the IEEE standard precision double and float . This can cause certain operations result in an overflow (result inaccurate inaccurately) or an underflow (the resulting amount is lower than the minimum representable). Later amendments which, although make the results of operations may be different between platforms, make these errors less frequent and improve speed were introduced. For example, an operation may temporarily increase the number of decimal places to get the result.

Strictfp modifier can be used with both classes and interfaces and methods (provided they are not within an interface as strictfp refers to concrete implementations) and causes the floating-point operations are performed following IEEE so we can ensure that the result will be the same on all supported platforms. That if, if we are not careful we can run into an unexpected zero or infinity.

References and more information:

jGuru: http://java.sun.com/developer/JDCTechTips/2001/tt0410.html
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strictfp

787 Delayliner

You’ve earned, for the fourth time delays 787 and Dreamliner is becoming a Delayliner . The first delay was announced in September 2007 (two months after submission depues) was a three-month delay in the first flight. In October 2007, an extra delay of three months in the first flight and six in the first installment was announced. In January 2008 he announced three months. Today announced a further delay of 3-6 months. It is gaining the A380 in number of delays.

Boeing officially declares that the first flight will be the last quarter of 2008 and the first delivery to the third quarter of 2009. As I said in another post 9 months seems a very fair time to test an airplane are many systems that must be checked Many of them affect flight safety. He also argues that some of the tests are to be completed before June 2007 (structural and fatigue), these tests are commonly done before the first flight and I do not think a good argument to ensure no delays. In fact it is mandatory to make the first flight test and ensure that it will be completed before June shows that were very clear that they would not be able to fly until after the previous test planning.

Boeing previously argued that it was the rivets provider who was the main cause of delays while now blames subcontractors over and argues that this delay is no extra work not considered. Delays are normal in the world of aviation because an airplane is certified for almost any situation that is much worse …

The problem for Boeing is in my opinion his fault, Boeing decided to change its industrial structure for this plane and become an assembler rather than a manufacturer of aircraft, that requires work to distribute throughout the world dividing it among several companies It is the great epidemic of outsourcing. Best prices, risk sharing … but in reality what they are getting these companies is that the risk is multiplied and then distributes, so that there seems to be less … but is greater. An outsourcing company established and only those things that can really be done in a more efficient way out (for example, secure the screws there are thousands of much better than oneself manufacturers) would not have these problems. How to react to a delay in a single company would displacing internal staff from one department to another, the problem is that as the Japanese and the Italians are not the same company can not move workers from one place to another almost certainly be competition and everything.

In fact one of the first reactions Boeing has been purchased by one of its subcontractors , I guess to solve some of these problems (and incidentally shows the smoke, which always points to the fire). All logistical problems are likely to talk like this, everyone at the pace of the slowest, except that you can not shift resources.

On the other hand argues that “unplanned extra work” is needed, this clearly sounds the same, different companies, different tools and what comes not meet tolerances expected or have not been calculated to the arrangements … the level of information transmitted between two companies much lower with the remote and owners except … that everyone knows, and probably just what has happened is that a subcontractor and another have not been agreed.

All previous decisions calmly explain a delay in production, but I still believe that a delay in the first flight hiding a serious problem that is likely to affect the image of the company (maybe a complete redesign of a component?). I’ve heard rumors (and there are rumors, care) that the tolerances were inadmissible carbon fiber …

I do not think the 787 is poor plane, but I think he wanted to give a big technological leap with industrial change. What has led the company to adapt to blow everything. I hope that big companies take note of what Boeing says the little mouth: “I have problems with major suppliers.”

Is the light from the stars in a lighter?

Half the world has responded to the notice of the possible cold fusion made ​​in Japan yesterday (cold fusion is to recreate a nuclear fusion reaction at room temperature, when the stars is millions of degrees). My first of makes me skeptical, as was attempted in 1989 and a parecidad form and could not be reproducible. Furthermore, as now I think I put the experimiento is very easy to be contaminated, but not refute anything …

There are two publications of the experiment ( here and here ) where they put graphics on the results … shows the amount of energy obtained and indicates that Helio was obtained … (the question is … if you put hydrogen and you get Helio is a fusion … What if I had contaminated lab?) but I miss a graph with the amount of hydrogen which introduced, as no other reaction (chemistry perhaps) less energy. Knowing the amount of energy produced in the experiment (50-100 KJ / hr) and what generates the merger (two deuterium right?) eye would be needed to introduce 8-15 cubic millimeters when hydrogen deuterium (probably is introduced in excess) which I imagine is very difficult to measure and half of Helio would generate to generate that much energy. In the atmosphere there 5ppm Helium, ie in one hour the amount of helium which can be found in one liter of air (a bottle of tetra-brick) is generated. Honestly, the chances of contamination by helium are very large and the amounts involved seem so small that I fear that there is contamination.

(BTW, I have made the numbers a bit to keep an eye on things and regardless losses … the goal is to know that we handle, is more than just a bottle tetra-brick Helium generated but not be a beast leap in the Helio plan a room)

I think we should do to prove experimiento with greater consumption and greater scale. And if it goes well, I’m very glad that ITER will not give it to Spain …

You have a very interesting description of the history of cold fusion and a very interesting article in Kanija Science in Physics World will find one of the original references.