Moroccan Fish (recipe)

Not mine, but this is a better picture

1 lb tilapia (fillets)
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into long thin strips
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1 large garlic clove, coarsely chopped
1 bunch fresh cilantro, cut into large pieces (my son doesn’t like cilantro, so I used some thyme and oregano from the garden – parsley is also a good substitute)
1/2 onion, chopped
2 tbs Trader Joe’s Stuff (mixed spices) you could also use a mixture of some paprika, a little thyme, oregano and garlic powder
1 14 oz. can roasted tomatoes
1/2 cup dry white wine
juice of 1/2 lime
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large deep skillet, heat the oil over medium heat – Add the chopped garlic, onion, carrots and peppers. Cook for a few minutes until soft. Add the spices (zatar, Joe’s stuff, cilantro/herbs and ground black pepper to taste) Cook until fragrant. Deglaze the pan as necessary with white wine.

Turn down the heat. Add the tilapia filets and pour the tomatoes over them. Bring to a boil, spread the tomatoes evenly over the fish and then cook over low/med heat until the tilapia gets white on the outside. Flip the fillets over, coat them with tomatoes, and cook until you can cut the fish into quarters with a soft spatula and the fish is white inside. (I never time these things but it’s probably about 20 minutes). Throw in or drink any white wine that might be left and add the lime juice.

Serve over quinoa, rice or couscous

First Seven Jobs

Baby sitter
Office Help
Counter help, Zaro’s bakery, Grand Central Station
Hat/Coat Check Girl, Sardis
Waitress at a Jazz Bar
Portrait Artist
Real Estate Appraisal (Wordprocessing, IT, Appraiser)

The Result of a Collaboration Between Disney and Dali

The film tells the story of Chronos, the personification of time and the inability to realize his desire to love for a mortal. The scenes blend a series of surreal paintings of Dali with dancing and metamorphosis. The target production began in 1945, 58 years before its completion and was a collaboration between Walt Disney and the Spanish surrealist painter, Salvador Dalí. Salvador Dali and Walt Disney Destiny was produced by Dali and John Hench for 8 months between 1945 and 1946. Dali, at the time, Hench described as a “ghostly figure” who knew better than Dali or the secrets of the Disney film. For some time, the project remained a secret. The work of painter Salvador Dali was to prepare a six-minute sequence combining animation with live dancers and special effects for a movie in the same format of “Fantasia.” Dali in the studio working on The Disney characters are fighting against time, the giant sundial that emerges from the great stone face of Jupiter and that determines the fate of all human novels. Dalí and Hench were creating a new animation technique, the cinematic equivalent of “paranoid critique” of Dali. Method inspired by the work of Freud on the subconscious and the inclusion of hidden and double images.

Private Company Gets Permission to Go To The Moon

“The way people will make money in space is only limited by our imagination.”

Moon Express Lander on Moon

Moon Express has officially become the first private company in the world to receive permission to travel beyond Earth’s orbit. After months of conversations with government officials, the company received the green light from the FAA to venture to the moon in 2017.

“We are now free to set sail as explorers to Earth’s eighth continent, the Moon, seeking new knowledge and resources to expand Earth’s economic sphere for the benefit of all humanity.” Bob Richards, Co-founder and CEO of Moon Express

The announcement marks an important milestone for private companies in the space industry because, so far, all commercial space activities have been limited to operations within Earth’s orbit.

Moon Express was born out of the Google Lunar X-PRIZE, an international contest with $30 million up for grabs for a private company who can soft-land on the Moon and travel across its surface.

If successful, Moon Express will become the fourth entity in history to soft-land on the Moon. The first three were all superpowers – United States, U.S.S.R. and China – while Moon Express is privately funded and comprised of 26 entrepreneurs and engineers.

It’s important to note that the permission given to Moon Express doesn’t necessarily set a precedent for other companies. Naveen Jain, co-founder of Moon Express, told TechCrunch that this permission is a one-time exception for their company. Jain stated the U.S. government plans to take future requests to travel beyond Earth’s orbit on a case by case basis until laws governing this activity can be passed.

Moon Express was helped by the Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act . If this is the start of a trend, the opportunities will be limitless:

…“We don’t start a company to win a prize. Winning the Google Lunar X-PRIZE would just be the icing on the cake. We choose to go to the moon because it’s good business.”

In the future, the company expects to make money by harvesting resources on the Moon, like water and Helium-3, creating a fuel depot on the surface and eventually performing round-trip missions with the capability of bringing payloads back to the Earth. By the end of the year, Moon Express plans to double their employee base to over 50 people.

Jain told TechCrunch that he believes this is just the beginning of private companies’ presence in deep space and that the way people will make money in space is only limited by our imagination.

There’s a giant stellar void in the Milky Way


The Milky Way is a spiral galaxy containing many billions of stars, with our Sun about 26,000 light years from its centre. Measuring the distribution of these stars is crucial to our understanding of how our Galaxy formed and evolved. Pulsating stars called Cepheids are ideal for this. They are much younger (between 10 and 300 million years old) than our Sun (4.6 billion years old) and they pulsate in brightness in a regular cycle. The length of this cycle is related to the luminosity of the Cepheid, so if astronomers monitor them they can establish how bright the star really is, compare it with what we see from Earth, and work out its distance.

Despite this, finding Cepheids in the inner Milky Way is difficult, as the Galaxy is full of interstellar dust which blocks out light and hides many stars from view. Matsunaga’s team compensated for this, with an analysis of near-infrared observations made with a Japanese-South African telescope located at Sutherland, South Africa. To their surprise they found hardly any Cepheids in a huge region stretching for thousands of light years from the core of the Galaxy.

Noriyuki Matsunaga explains: “We already found some while ago that there are Cepheids in the central heart of our Milky Way (in a region about 150 light years in radius). Now we find that outside this there is a huge Cepheid desert extending out to 8000 light years from the centre.”

This suggests that a large part of our Galaxy, called the Extreme Inner Disk, has no young stars.

Via the Royal Astronomical Society

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Live Without Breathing (for twenty minutes)

Scientists Invent Oxygen Particle That If Injected, Allows You To Live Without Breathing

Ed Harris : The Abyss

A team of scientists at the Boston Children’s Hospital have invented what is being considered one the greatest medical breakthroughs in recent years. They have designed a microparticle that can be injected into a person’s bloodstream that can quickly oxygenate their blood. This will even work if the ability to breathe has been restricted, or even cut off entirely….

… The microparticles used are composed of oxygen gas pocketed in a layer of lipids. A Lipid is a natural molecule that can store energy and act as a part of a cell membrane, they can be made of many things such as wax, vitamins, phospholipids, and in this case fat is the lipid that stores the oxygen.

These microparticles are around two to four micrometers in length and carry about three to four times the oxygen content of our own red blood cells. In the past, researchers had a difficult time succeeding as prior tests caused gas embolism. This meant that the gas molecules would become stuck trying to squeeze through the capillaries. They corrected this issue by packaging them into small deformable particles rather ones where the structure was rigid.

Potential Future Uses

Medical: There is the obvious medical uses where the microparticles can be used to save off death from a restriction in breathing due to inflammation of the lungs, collapsed lungs, and the like. It would be good to have these injections ready in hospitals and ambulances for when the time is needed.

Military: Can you imagine a navy seals capability when they wouldn’t need to surface for air and could stay underwater for over 20 minutes? If a boat was to begin to sink, you could shoot yourself as the boat is going down to ensure you aren’t drowned in the under current of the sinking vessel. How about for toxic gases when a facemask is unavailable. The military could have a number of uses for such a medical advancement.

Private Sector: Really this can be used as a precaution for anything nautical where the potential to drown is a real danger. Deep sea rescue crews could inject themselves prior to making a rescue, underwater welders can use it in case they become stuck or air is lost to their suits. The potential use for anything water related seems extremely worthwhile.

Homebuilt Plane Crosses the Continent in Just Over Eight Hours

Klaus Savier – Long EZ

General Aviation News asks: “Would anyone be interested in a 250-horsepower aircraft capable of crossing the continent in just over eight hours at an average speed of 252 miles per hour while using only 61 gallons of aviation fuel, about 40 miles per gallon in cruise?”

Yes –

That’s what California aviator Klaus Savier did the day before SUN ‘n FUN started in Lakeland, Florida, in the Long-EZ he built and modified for both economy and speed.

Savier, who heads Light Speed Engineering, maker of the Plasma III aircraft ignition system, said his EZ, powered by a highly modified Lycoming O-360 engine, lifted off from his home base of Santa Paula, Calif., early Monday and landed 8.7 hours later at an airpark not far from the grounds of SUN ‘n FUN…

… Savier’s Long-EZ is nothing like the standard Burt Rutan-designed homebuilt.

“A lot of the structural components were replaced with carbon fiber,” he said. “The elevators are carbon fiber. The canard is my own airfoil. The firewall is carbon fiber and titanium. A lot of the interior structures and covers are carbon fiber. The wheel pants are my own design out of carbon fiber. I also made smaller, narrower wheels and axles. There is also a carbon fiber NACA air inlet.”

The engine is as highly modified as the plane.

“It started out as an O-360 parallel valve powerplant,” he said. “It has no mags, just the Light Speed Engineering dual plasma capacitor discharge ignition. The ignition system gives a lot more power, a lot better leaning and much better starting. This engine has a special time sequential high pressure fuel injection system. To be able to take advantages of the benefits of the fuel injection we designed an entirely new intake system that I built out of carbon fiber tubes.”

The engine produces about 250 horsepower, he said.

Savier had no formal instruction in either electronics or engineering, taught himself by trial and error.

“I was always the guy that took everything apart and sometimes put it back together,” he said.

He has marketed his Plasma III ignition systems for nearly 30 years and has more than 8,000 customers worldwide.

More about Light Speed Engineering

More about the Long EZ

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How to Fly a Drone

#1 Rule – Don’t Panic-fly. If you feel like you’re losing control, land it ASAP

Thanks to Droneista

Terminology and Definitions

Another basic step in understanding how to fly a drone is to become acquainted with all of the terms involved. How could you possibly know to fly a drone unless you understand things like throttle, roll, yaw, or pitch? That’s why we thought it useful to include a small glossary in this guide to flying a drone.

Throttle. If you’ve ever had anything to do with any type of moving vehicles, you’ll know that throttle makes it go forward or backward. However, that’s just with some of them. Helicopters, quadcopters, or any sort of machine that flies by using propellers uses the throttle to go up. Alternatively, lowering throttle makes the vehicle go down. Simple as that.

Roll. The roll of a quadcopter makes the vehicle rotate to the left or rotate to the right. This one is pretty straightforward. It can be used very effectively while hovering.

Pitch. The pitch represents the component that makes the drone go forward or backward. Pitches works best when the throttle is stable, although advanced maneuvers require careful handling of both these settings.

Yaw. The yaw dictates the angle of inclination of the quadcopter. If you hold the yaw to the right, the drone will lean accordingly. Likewise the other way around. More about how to control this in the next sections of this guide.

Aileron. The stick that controls roll. The aileron will be mentioned a lot when it comes to flight maneuvering since it’s one of the most important controls along with the rudder.

Rudder. The rudder is the stick that controls yaw. Yaw adjustment is necessary especially when executing turns and other intermediate and advanced flying maneuvers.

Infographic thanks to SYG Quad: My journey to build a fully automated quadcopter from scratch and learn about flight dynamics, control systems and IoT.

New Microsoft Visio Drawing

Micro-robots Enabling Minimally Invasive Surgery

Fantastic Voyage

Remote-controlled microbots may aid your doctor on your next visit

LONDON: To better treat a variety of diseases, researchers have developed soft, flexible and motor-less micro-robots that can be remotely controlled with electromagnetic fields.

Made up of a biocompatible hydrogel and magnetic nanoparticles, these microbots can move and swim inside the patient’s body when an electromagnetic field is applied, accoding to the researchers from Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne, Switzerland who developed bio-inspired robots that looks and moves like a bacterium.

Kind of like Fantastic Voyage, with robots.

More here –

And here.

More about Molecular Nanotechnology

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Notes: Sailing the Hudson

My daughter and I took an ‘intro to sailing’ course at Hudson River Community Sailing. I spent most of the time trying not to fall off the boat, and she mastered tacking and jibing. It was a great day!

Sailing Lessons

Some notes:

Parts of the Boat (click to see larger version)
Hudson Tides (click to see larger version)
Tacking (click to see larger version)
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