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Old 02-09-2018, 10:36 PM
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Load Scheduling

Today snow fell on the mid-western US. Local governments and broadcasters, both of which are clubs of people, asked people to stay at home if they could. The irony of clubs of people rushing to work to tell each other to stay home, or going to work to invent ways to work from home, reminded me of the problem of load scheduling.

In the old days it was natural to work when the weather allowed and get bored when the weather had other plans. Humankind's search for making the rough road straight, or harmonizing its emotions with godly forces, might have a good part of a solution in agreeing to load schedule.

In pilot speak perfect load scheduling has a scary analogue called "slow flight". While this documentary never uses the phrase "slow flight" I think it is a wonderful example of how difficult it can be to work together to conserve energy and slow down.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/th...le-flight.html
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Old 02-17-2018, 12:53 AM
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Tonight I came across an example of how much energy people can waste trying to get back to nature. The example came in the form of a Hunter brand air filter. It is, for lack of better words, a vacuum cleaner that blows air into the room that it sucked from. The selling point is that the air is somehow better.

From my perspective it is a machine that wastes electricity to sound like a fan and make the air smell like nothing at all. Who wants air that smells like nothing? Is there a song about that kind of sterility? I wager not.

As best I can tell this air filtration piece of junk is trying to be a proxy for whatever goes through Luke Bryan's head as he sings about a box fan sucking in swamp air. The difference is that Luke Bryan is a musician. This air filter is plastic.
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Old 02-17-2018, 04:42 AM
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People with too-sensitive allergic reactions want air that smells like nothing.
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