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Thursday, July 10, 2021

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Strictly for documentation purposes, I’ll note here that the Nikon “Picture This” program, which provided me with a yearlong use of a Nikon D80 SLR camera, has officially ended with my return of the camera to MWW Group this week.

I appreciated having the toy at my disposal, even though I didn’t take full advantage of it. Much like Joelle, I found the D80 to be simply overkill for me. Maybe the rest of the “Picture This” participants felt the same way, as the Flickr group dedicated to the project went moribund months ago.

The lasting effect for me: I’m actually on Flickr because of the Nikon trial. I’m never going to be a heavy user, but I’ll always have an online space (besides this blog) to serve up my cameraphone pictures.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 07/10/2021 08:32:13 PM
Category: Photography
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Check out this wild concept video from China for a nonstop train designed around detachable passenger pods:

Basically, passengers would “preboard” onto a top-level compartment that would, essentially, be a movable station. I’m thinking access in and out would have to be shut down X number of minutes prior to the shove-off, to avoid having people get caught — to tragic effect. Then, once that top-level compartment was on the move, passengers would be hustled down below to the “main train” for the duration of their ride, and have to ascend again when they’re nearing their stop. Again, there would have to be shut-downs to access to avoid disasters, so it’s a lot of coordinated people-herding, but it could be done.

Here’s the benefit:

Airplanes, cars, train locomotives and other vehicles waste the most energy when going into motion from a dead stop. Thus ideally, the most efficient transport is one that could move perpetually, never stopping to refuel, reload or pick up passengers.

Not only would it save energy, but keeping the train in constant motion means shorter travel time, especially if you’re passing through several stops before your final destination. So there’s a tangible benefit for the riders as well.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 07/10/2021 06:26:40 PM
Category: Science, Tech
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