A concept for a train that never stops showed up on youtube recently. A very interesting idea, since this would save a lot of energy to accelerate the train and time that is otherwise wasted for passengers to get on and off the train. Have a look:
It really looks like a reasonable idea, but definitely has its technological challenges.
And the following version is for laughs. The echo makes this one sound like a public address, perfect communist style.
We live in The Age Of Everything. Why commit? There are 80 milllion Millennials aged 9-28 in the U.S. alone. Half are already in college or the workforce, and the women will be a tornado. They group around shared affinity more than shared nationality, they’re prosumers not consumers, and they care more about peer recommendation than corporate reputation. They grew up in a world where change is too fast to process, but they know one thing: if you wait a minute or two, something better is sure to be along. They live on an IV drip of real-time connection, and are fiercely interdependent. If you’re a company, failing to consider their preferences would be, in their own vernacular, WOMBAT–a waste of money, brains and time.
I don’t understand that things move so fast, but we generally don’t take the time off to renew ourselves, which truly lays in calmness and just letting time go by.
How do things like this time-piece fit in with the junkworld of Walmart products?
I think the big looser (with the worst product) at the show was:
GE with their heat pump water heater. Here’s why: The heat pump takes the temperature out of the surrounding air and “concentrates” it into the water (sorry for the simplistic description, I hope you understand it though). This effectively cools down the air in the room where the water heater is installed. Not a bad concept IF YOU LIVE IN TEXAS. Here in Ontario, you spend a lot of energy to put that heat into the air in the first place, why take it back out for the water heater?
Quality of Life. What is it to you? To me it's not about luxury, it's about knowing that the needs of my family and community are met, knowing that my family is safe, now and for generations to come.
I'm passionate about quality of life, and my little contribution to raise the quality of our short stay on this earth is to build better houses that keep our families safe, are sustainable both for the environment and for our wallets, since it doesn't help anyone to be enslaved to your wallet, which robs you of your time with your family.
So lets all huddle around, learn from those who have come before us, and do something to make this world a better place.
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