Dec 28, 2013
commented on Next: Drone Cargo Ships
As a sailor, the idea of scores of unmanned, insensate cargo behemoths making their heedless way across the Pacific does more than 'take the romance' out of it: it takes an area now populated only with the attentive sort of humans (i.e., sailors & sea captains; no blithe little rich blondes in huge SUVs, street rats, or crack fiends) and makes of it a game of Frogger.
If they want to save money at sea shipping lines should continue to look into sail- or solar-assisted propulsion. If you get 4-6kn of your 18-23kn total speed from sail, you save that much fuel & carbon impact. The last China clippers made 16kn regularly on sail power alone.
Oct 2, 2013
commented on The Reading Party Starts in Two Hours!
This is one of those events I'd love to go to except it happens only on Wednesdays: a day when I can never, ever make it. It'd be nice for them to shift the dates every now and then...