Category Archives: Education

Whalenado of Energy Savings from Biomimicry

This Winds-day’s Amazon product is a whale costume, Rasta Imposta Killer Whale, Black/White, One Size.

Perhaps you think this is nostalgia for Songs Of The Humpbacked Whale.

From Wikipedia: Songs of the Humpback Whale (album)

Songs of the Humpback Whale is a 1970 album produced by bio-acoustician Roger Payne. It publicly demonstrated for the first time the elaborate whale vocalizations of Humpbacks, and became the bestselling environmental album in history, selling over 100,000 copies. By raising awareness of the intelligence and culture of whales the album helped spawn a worldwide ”Save The Whales” movement, leading to the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment 10-year global moratorium on commercial whaling (observed by all but a few nations).

Holy Harpoon, Batman!

More importantly, the top selling album led to Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

And maybe it led to the recent publication of this Think Like A Tree video, What Can a Humpback Whale Teach a Wind Turbine?, also embedded below. Word of the day: “Tubercles.”

The story may still be around, but the whalepower website is in disarray, with no sign of activity on the windpower generation front. What happened to that? [Update: Seems there is some activity from licensee TEG this year, The Energy Generators – Products.]

Other applications, such as fans using the design, have found a big market with Whale-Power mentioned but under the Whalenado name, Whalenado Product Features.

One of the earliest news articles (2007), from The Toronto Star, local to the Whalepower inventor, has a detailed description of the technology’s benefits and a good answer to why the concept hasn’t taken off for generating power, A Whale of a Tale.

But even if WhalePower can prove beyond a doubt that its blade design is better, it doesn’t necessarily ensure success. Wind-turbine manufacturers can’t keep up with demand for current product, so there’s little incentive to dramatically alter the design of their blades – at least not yet. There’s also no incentive for banks to lend money to wind-farm projects taking a risk on a new blade design.

… [comparison to semiconductor business] …

WhalePower’s hope of retrofitting existing turbine blades – an estimated $50 billion worth around the world – could also prove a tough sell. Adler says retrofitting a blade with tubercles would void the warranty. “Who’s going to take that chance?”

Think about the timing, McFly. 2007 is when Whalepower begins making the eco circuit as a windpower breakthrough. The next year, the global money system fell into chaos. It’s reasonable to assume that money for speculative enterprises blew away in the non-gentle financial breeze.

[Update: Again, seems like there is some recent commercial activity, based on this news item, TEG News about Whalepower license.]

Dear Occupant or President

This Two’s-day is about the relationship between um, our wonderful government here in the United States of America and the citizens who are represented in this great Republic.

Now, there are some anarchists out there who might say it’s really a parasitic gang of thieves and murderers protecting aggressors and thwarting justice, but let’s not “should” our rulers to death. (“Should” term stolen from The Simpsons‘ Brad Goodman self-help guru character, but not used in the following clip, Adjusting Your Self-O-Stat (The Simpsons)).

These malcontents would probably agree with the late, great George Carlin about elections, George Carlin – Why I Don’t Vote.

Dilbert creator Scott Adams’ latest book is How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life.

Dilbert creator Scott Adams on Bill Maher's show.

Anywho, Scott Adams was on Bill Maher’s show explaining Donald J. Trump’s success in the primary and Adams’ prediction of Trump’s victory in the general election, Real Time with Bill Maher: Dilbert Creator Scott Adams (HBO), also embedded below. Since that show, Adams has switched his endorsement from Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump, and explains it in this blog post, Why I Switched My Endorsement from Clinton to Trump.

For supporters of Secretary Clinton or other candidates who are thrilled that The Donald did not seem as detailed and logical as Hillary, this too shall pass. Believe me. This is Huge. Not the details, reason, and logic part– but probably the winning part. Oh well.

Don’t believe me? Just ask Michael Moore, Michael Moore melts down on Twitter after debate: ‘It’s over’.

Radioactive Pottery from the Future Past

This Mound-day takes us beyond some stars, to another world with a volcano and savage primitives. And some bad travelers from Earth. But first, some literary and scientific history.

Classic Jules Verne stories, From the Earth to the Moon & Around the Moon (Wordsworth Classics)

Quotes by Tsiolkovsky

“The Earth is the cradle of mankind, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever.”

“I do not remember how it got into my head to make the first calculations related to rocket. It seems to me the first seeds were planted by famous fantaseour, J. Verne.”

“First, inevitably, the idea, the fantasy, the fairy tale. Then, scientific calculation. Ultimately, fulfillment crowns the dream.”

From, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky: Russian Father of Rocketry.
Konstantin Tsiolkosky O'Neil Cylinder

I was listening to a 1950 episode of a science fiction radio show, Dimension X, on Sirius XM during my commute, and thought a plot point using uranium based color on pottery to defuse an atom bomb standoff was ridiculous. Much as I enjoy Spider-Man, it sounded crazy, like getting superpowers from a radioactive spider bite.

Since my listening to the show was interrupted by refueling, I searched for the episode online when I got home, found it on YouTube as audio over a still frame in a video format… The video was taken down, but the audio for Episode 17 is on the following list and can be played from there, I also found something surprising during that search.

Radioactive material was indeed used to make bright colored pottery! How Radioactive Is Fiesta Ware? Would You Eat Off It?

Also, now we’re getting closer to warp drive. The theoretical basis has changed from being completely impractical due to excessive power requirements to something plausible. The first modest experiments are being done now. At an estimated 10 times the speed of light, some stars could eventually be only a few weeks away. Can we finally break the speed of light? Nasa breakthrough suggests Star Trek’s ‘warp drives’ may not only be possible – but practical.

One aspect of classic radio is how non-politically-correct it gets sometimes. In this case, alien natives are referred to as “gooks” by a stern boss from Earth. I bet you’re wondering if that insensitive fellow gets his comeuppance.

Episode 17 – The Potters Of Firsk.

First broadcast 28 July, 1950.

Stars Karl Weber, Wendell Holmes and Raymond Edward Johnson.

Dimension X was an NBC radio program broadcast from April 8, 1950 to September 29, 1951. The first 13 episodes were broadcast live, and the remainder were pre-recorded.

Dimension X was not the first adult science fiction series on radio, but the acquisition of previously published stories immediately gave it a strong standing with the science fiction community, as did the choice of well established, respected writers in the field such as Isaac Asimov, Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, Fredric Brown, Robert A. Heinlein, Murray Leinster, H. Beam Piper, Frank M. Robinson, Clifford D. Simak, William Tenn, Jack Vance, Kurt Vonnegut, Jack Williamson and Donald A. Wollheim.

Ernest Kinoy and George Lefferts adapted most of the stories and also provided original scripts.

In this episode, ‘The Potters of Firsk’, written by Jack Vance and adapted by Ernest Kinoy, a liaison officer from Earth is caught between a steely planetary administrator and a fanatical alien cult who kidnap and murder people to use as raw materials for their sacred pottery.

Visit – the sci-fi blog covering audio, literature, TV & film.

The video was taken down, but the audio for Episode 17 is on the following list and can be played from there,

Trolls & Tribulations for Missouri Wind & Solar

There seems to be a lower price on the Thames & Kosmos Wind Power 2.0 Amazon product this Winds-day. From the description:

“Gift-wrap available.”
“Electricity generating turbines”
“Build wind powered generators to energize your electric vehicles and charge your rechargeable batteries (permakent: in theory)”
“Kit includes two styles of wind turbine blades and a gearbox with three different gear ratios for experimenting.”
“Explore this amazing free source of renewable energy”
“Kit comes with everything you need”

I bet Jeff Harmon at Missouri Wind and Solar, who has a popular YouTube channel for the topic, wishes it had a troll repeller. Some folks had been tormenting him on the Internet, perhaps because of foreign trade issues? See Jeff talk about it last December,

Click for related page at Atari Mania

Also see Jeff visit one of his suppliers, Missouri Wind and Solar visits Helios America Solar Panel Factory, a manufacturer in the United States.

For home windpower newbies, Jeff explains the basics, Wind turbines for the beginner How to part one by Missouri Wind and Solar (also embedded below):

Drama In Social Media Video Land (Demonetization)

The Two’s-day (relationships, as opposed to travel To’s-day) Amazon product is a pre-order of the Kindle edition of Lilly Singh’s new book, How To Be A Bawse.

Her YouTube channel is approaching 10 million subscribers, so she might be able to learn you somethin’.

Before we get back to Lilly Singh’s advice for starting a YouTube channel, let’s look at the latest kerfuffle between YouTube and some creators, for example on Computing Forever’s channel, YouTube Demonetization: Why I Disagree with Armoured Skeptic (explicit language), in which the pretext of “advertiser friendliness” is claimed to cover up an agenda of outrageous bias, censorship and arbitrary disabling of monetized ads on disfavored channels. One remedy suggested is using Patreon is get fan subscribers to monetize videos.

I know some very high traffic YouTube gun channels, such as hickok45, have established a new presence on a gun friendly video platform,

Many YouTube creators have advice videos. For example, another creator, Alisha Marie, How to Start a Successful Youtube Channel!! recommends cameras, editing software, and content tips.

Because of her great success, Lilly “The Bawse” was asked by film star Dwayne Johnson for advice on starting a YouTube channel, How To Be a YouTube Star (ft. The Rock). The actor provides a different type of drama from the recent YouTube controversy.

3D Printing Glass From Sand in Morocco

The Fry-day Amazon product is a low cost 3D printer that uses plant based bioplastic filament, PLA, to build objects by adding layers on top of layers.

The user interface to do this is simpler these days. It got a good review at Hackaday, Review: Monoprice MP Select Mini 3D Printer. The author was impressed that such a low priced 3D printer can use standard G-code and doesn’t require special filament.

It supports ABS and other materials as well.

From the description, “Ready to Print: Unlike most other low-cost 3D printers, this printer ships fully assembled and has already been calibrated at the factory. We even include sample PLA filament and a MicroSD card with preinstalled models, so you can start printing right out of the box!”

Back in 2011, a “Solar Sinter” was shown making 3D printed glass objects directly from sand in Egypt using a solar powered computer to focus sunlight as the process.

Here’s our blog post about it from that time,

An updated version of the Solar Sinter uses finer sand in Morocco and a new computer design to produce objects with more definition.

See the latest video, Solar Sinter – Image Studios, also embedded below.

“Making A Hackerspace” OC KHCTF Mon. April 30

J. Kent HastingsKarl Hess
Technology Forum

On a Fifth Monday in a Month

April 30, 2012

Pre-meeting: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner 7:00 p.m.
Announcements: 7:45 p.m. Howard Hinman,
Master of Ceremonies

Presentation: 8:00 p.m.
J. Kent Hastings:
“Making A Hackerspace”

Questions: 8:45 p.m. Q&A via written cards for at least the first round of questions.
Close by 9:30 p.m.

Location: Asian Buffet (Oriental buffet)
23552 El Toro Rd., Lake Forest, CA 92630
At Raymond, behind a bank, near the public (gov’t) library branch.

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Tel: (949) 206-9988 – Fax: (949) 206-9098

Howard Hinman of Orange County, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the event and will offer a Toast to the evening’s festivities.

J. Kent Hastings is a writer, video editor, audio and film producer, computer programmer, agorist and ham radio hobbyist.

Hastings wrote about privacy and security in his “Techtics” column for SEK3’s Tactics of the Movement of the Libertarian Left during the 1980s. Kent also wrote an article about these subjects for the first issue of Agorist Quarterly, published in 1995, titled “The Information Underground Railroad.” He also co-authored, with best-selling writer Brad Linaweaver, an alternate history novel published in 2004 titled Anarquia, which features some interesting technology in its version of the Spanish Civil War.

Kent has returned to an early interest in tinkering with homebrew electronic gear, partly because he finds it fun, and also thanks to a number of emergency scenarios discussed at prior meetings here.

Kent is an active member of a Los Angeles based hackerspace called CRASH Space. Hackerspaces have workshops with tools such as 3D printers, laser cutters, milling machines and in this case, electronics gear like oscilloscopes, signal generators, and spectrum analyzers. Many members are already proficient using CAD software to design 3D printed physical objects or create custom printed circuit boards for their microcontroller (usually Arduino) projects.

CRASH Space has a full complement of electronics, mechanical, and microcontroller makers as well as a few licensed ham radio operators. There are professionals working at space companies, instructors in university tech departments, and entrepreneurs building prototypes. Members have competed in the Discovery Science Channel’s Unchained Reaction show. The season finale will include “Team Fail, Fail, Fail, Win.”

This hackerspace has operated for a couple of years and seen growth in the number of members, which is fueling further growth. At the latest member’s meeting we discussed the upcoming 501c3 non-profit status and looked at preliminary growth projections in the number of members and the amount of revenue.

As government budgets reach the breaking point, universities turn down student applications for lack of funding, and internships at companies during this employment slump aren’t picking up the slack, the only alternative for those wanting upgraded skills is to hang around friendly, enthusiastic competent makers who can teach things and maybe learn something in return.

Some timeless wisdom from a 2008 presentation by HacDC’s Nick Farr:

For the first round of questions, audience members are asked to submit their questions in writing to the Master of Ceremonies, so that they may be presented to the speaker most effectively.

Cost is dinner (approximately 15.00 FRNS) plus a 5.00 room charge per attendee. (Cash only for the room charge please.) MasterCard and Visa accepted by the restaurant. Beer and wine available at an additional charge.

Good food. Some vegetarian dishes available.

For this meeting, leave a reservation message with the subject “OC KHCTF” on the web at or email:

If you have additional questions contact Kent Hastings toll free at 1.877.867-8209 or leave a voice mail message.

The next fifth Monday in a month is July 30, 2012. Howard Hinman will give a talk then, titled “Housing in a Time of No Money:Government Restrictions and the Oppression of the Homeless and the Environment.”

Resilient Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization. Its mission is to support a resilient community, including respect for personal rights and responsibilities.

For information about this event (other than reservations) and/or future events, please contact Howard Hinman, Director of Communications, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Legal Researcher, at (714) 244-2291. His email is:

Brad Linaweaver at L.A. KHC

March 19, 2012

from email notice eMinder

Brad Linaweaver Sounds of Liberty radio show, Mondo Cult 3 magazine, the BSL scripted and co-produced (with JKH) Silicon Assassin film project in progress, et al.”

[Award Night: The SEK3 Memorial Chauntecleer]

Dinah’s Family Restaurant 6521 S. Sepulveda Blvd. (at Centinela Avenue) in West Los Angeles (310) 645-0456. The club meets in the separate meeting room behind the main dining area.

SCHEDULE Monday, March 19, 2012

7:00 p.m. Gathering Time [Dinner stipulations: $10.00 order minimum plus $3.00 Club Cover Charge]

8:00 p.m. Dinner (Order from the regular menu)

8:30 p.m. Announcements including Chauntecleer award ceremony N.B. Early start this month.

9:00 p.m. Guest Speaker: Brad Linaweaver

10:00 p.m. Q & A

10:30 p.m. Adjournment from Dinah’s (Please depart premises promptly)

11:00 p.m. Afters: Mixing and Mingling Lounge- Doubletree Hotel 1616 West Centinela Avenue Culver City

For information on the Karl Hess Club:


We will start early this month to accommodate the Chauntecleer award presentation, have our usual round of brief announcements, and then proceed to the main program for the evening. Brad Linaweaver will again grace our dais to bring us the latest developments on projects close to his heart, to wit: The Sounds of Liberty, Mondo Cult 3, and Silicon Assassin, representing the media of radio, print and cinema respectively.

Copies of MC3, the latest issue of what is considered to be the premier special interest magazine devoted to popular culture, will be on hand for sale. Brad will entertain you as well as entertain your questions related to these and his other projects among his wide-ranging endeavors. Please join us!


Brad is the distinguished author of the novel Moon of Ice, among his many works of long and short fiction, and commentary, and is the co-author, along with fellow KHC co-Founder J. Kent Hastings, of the Spanish Civil War set alternate history novel Anarquia. To learn more about Brad’s many interests, activities and accomplishments, visit his website:


Upcoming Programs Scheduled:

214 April 16, 2012 [8th Samuel Edward Konkin III Memorial Lecture] Paul Gibbons and Bob Weber “The Myth of the Rule of Law”

215 May 21, 2012 Terry Brussel and Paul Gibbons on “Reflections of TMIAHM”

216 June 18, 2012 PROGRAM TBD



Our regular venue is Dinah’s Family Restaurant in West Los Angeles. The address is: 6521 S. Sepulveda Blvd. (at Centinela) (310) 645-0456. The nearest corner is W. Centinela Avenue.

The time for dinner is anytime between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. You may be seated in the meeting room at that time. Other restaurant patrons may be there as well until 8 p.m. The club will have exclusive use of the room between 8 and 10:30 p.m. The program will be from 8:45 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. (the restaurant’s doors close at 11 p.m. sharp). Please exit promptly after 10:30 p.m.

Dinah’s minimum for our diner/attendees is $10.00. There is a $3.00 cover to the club (which, with notice, may vary upward by program but will be at least $3.00). Order off the regular menu. Individual cheques. Pay your own tab. The club dues will be collected from you. Please note that KHC attendees must observe the minimum restaurant order.

Thank you to our loyal members for your continued support.



Please join us for the Aftermeeting in the lounge at the Doubletree Hotel Culver City. When we adjourn Dinah’s at 10:30 p.m., proceed to the Doubletree and we’ll reconvene for an informal gathering by 11 p.m. until 2 a.m.

The Doubletree is at 6161 West Centinela Avenue at Arizona in Culver City 90230-6306 (one block West of Sepulveda Boulevard). It is possible to walk from Dinah’s in about two minutes or repark your car on Arizona one minute away, but it is recommended to park in the hotel lot. N.B.: the available hotel parking is a pay lot, however the bar will validate your parking with any purchase. The lounge is immediately inside the hotel lobby adjacent to the desk.

It is not permitted to make a left turn onto Centinela from Arizona, so a good way is to turn right and go to the intersection with Sepulveda, make a U-turn and drive back to the hotel, which will be on the right hand side.

Doubletree Telephone: (310) 649-1776 For More Hotel Info, see: Doubletree Website:


Random End Notes:


We are very sad to report that Steve Reed passed away on Saturday February 4, 2012. According to his brother Tim, Steve passed away in his sleep that day, apparently due to complications of Diabetes. Steve was a libertarian, a Karl Hess Club member, and a club patron. He was among a select group of sponsors of the 100th meeting of the KHC that was the occasion of Karl Hess IV’s first visit to the club. He was also instrumental in the inception of the KHC website.

Last year, in lieu of the scheduled speaker who was not able to attend, Steve participated in an impromptu dramatization wherein he interpreted the role of Professor De La Paz, a character created by Robert A. Heinlein in his novel The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Steve was also a fan of the television show “My So-Called Life” and its star Claire Danes, to cite just one of our several points of mutual interest.

He was a caring and devoted friend, a Brother in Liberty, and a staunch and steady supporter of the Karl Hess Club. He is very much missed and we extend our deepest condolence to Steve’s brother Tim, his cousin Debbie, and all his family and many friends.

A memorial celebration of Steve’s life is being planned and details will be available as soon as they are finalized.


Another update on Nancy Shiffrin’s activities:

Forwarded Message:

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  • From: Nancy Shiffrin <>

Subject: A Book For You

Date: Thu, 01 Mar 2012 08:45:21 -0800

Please forward to all who might be interested

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Santa Monica, CA 90403 310.302.1107

Eroticism is one of the basic means of self-knowledge, as indispensable as poetry…” Anais Nin, In Favor of the Sensitive Man

Nancy Shiffrin‘s new collection of love poems GAME WITH VARIATIONS is now available on-line.

Click on the link below to read more and order

“Nancy Shiffrin’s poems are gut-land responses to a personal life of risks, frustrations, and celebrations. Her writing is lean, sensitive, erotic. She celebrates the female body with a rare vigor.” Robert Peters

THE VAST UNKNOWING is still available. Order a signed inscribed copy from Nancy directly 1112 Montana Avenue #636 Santa Monica CA 90403 310.302.1107

Read a selection from THE VAST UNKNOWING

THE VAST UNKNOWING collects a wide spectrum of poetry from Nancy Shiffrin…One of her main questions is Who are we? What made us that person? She explores a number of sources of our identity….

(in the poem) “My Shoah” (Shiffrin) brings together many of her disparate threads—family religion…evil…details from her personal history—and makes them work together. When she is at her best, as in this poem, Shiffrin produces deep powerful poetry. G. Murray Thomas,

Salman Khan Reinventing Education

There’s an updated TED Talk at YouTube (from March, 2011–recently rated #2 in a “Countdown of the Best TED Talks” at The Huffington Post), “Salman Khan: Let’s Use Video To Reinvent Education.”

Salman Khan describes how a dashboard program for Los Altos schools replaced “one size fits all” classroom lectures with videos that were watched at each student’s own pace.

This provides the teachers unprecedented data on which students were having difficulty with particular subject areas, and being free of the tasks of lecturing and grading homework thanks to automation, teachers could focus all their time on quality interaction in the classroom.

Khan still does the instruction video creation, but has a top staff of software people developing the application to keep kids focused and motivated, using points and badges like in video games.

A highlight of the presentation is Bill Gates interviewing Salman at the end with questions about how ready the concept is for adoption in all classrooms. Khan replied that there are already a million viewers a month worldwide and the system could handle many more users.