Wind Technology


Stiles hates the new guy at the office. Derek’s a natural at everything the job throws at him, whereas Stiles still sometimes struggles to use the fax machine. Derek’s really nice too – he’ll bring coffee for the whole team and always asks if everyone’s okay. Stiles… doesn’t do that. The biggest problem of all? Since Derek’s arrival Stiles just. can’t. focus. He zones out in meetings because he’s too busy trying to work out the color of Derek’s eyes. He’s missing deadlines because he gets distracted wondering if Derek likes guys, if Derek’s seeing someone, if Derek would keep his glasses on whilst they– Derek’s very distracting is the point, and it’s starting to affect Stiles’ work. So, yes. Stiles hates Derek. Still loves to watch him leave though.
Dutch electric trains become 100% powered by wind energy
The national railway company, NS, said that its renewables target had been met a year earlier than planned

All Dutch electric trains are now powered by wind energy, the national railway company NS has said .

“Since 1 January, 100% of our trains are running on wind energy,” said NS spokesman, Ton Boon.

Dutch electricity company Eneco won a tender offered by NS two years ago and the two companies signed a 10-year deal setting January 2018 as the date by which all NS trains should run on wind energy.

“So we in fact reached our goal a year earlier than planned,” said Boon, adding that an increase in the number of wind farms across the country and off the coast of the Netherlands had helped NS achieve its aim.

Eneco and NS said on a joint website that around 600,000 passengers daily are “the first in the world” to travel thanks to wind energy. NS operates about 5,500 train trips a day.

One windmill running for an hour can power a train for 120 miles, the companies said. They hope to reduce the energy used per passenger by a further 35% by 2020 compared with 2005.

Robb / Jon x Female Reader

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Hello! I really like your blog! Can you please make a modern au with robb and jon please? Rest is upto you, whether you make it a love triangle maybe, fluff/smut anything’s fine! Thank you xxx

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doctorflashtardiscold  asked:

Hey. Sorry if you have had this before, but do you have any Peter Parker and Tony Stark mentorship and friendship head canons, or any Hank Pym and Tony Stark Headcanons?

I don’t really know/like Hank Pym much, so I’m focussing more on Peter&Tony. I was going to focus more on their overall relationship but then I babbled about the first time Tony took Peter to his labs… sorry. 

  • When Tony first lets Peter into his lab, the teenager looks around with huge eyes. He’s quiet as Tony sweeps an arm over the broad expanse of the room and continues his long, babbling stream of dialogue, telling Peter about security protocols and new holos and Iron Man suits. He’s quiet as he shuffles in, eyes taking in every detail. He’s quiet as Tony mentions not to touch anything.
  • He’s quiet as he touches absolutely everything
  • “What did I just say?” Tony asks, grabbing Peter by the collar and tugging him away from a half-finished block of tech that angrily whirls and hisses smoke and sparks at them. “Am I talking to myself? Do you think I just like to hear the dullecent tones of my own voice? Am I speaking Spanish?”
  • “I can speak Spanish,” Peter says, the first thing he’s voiced since being lead down the winding steps into the technological candy-land.
  • “No, you can’t, kid. I’ve seen your Spanish scores at school.”
  • “You’re seen my grades?” Peter frowns; Tony has the distinct impression the subject is being changed until he’s the one being scolded. “That’s kind of creepy, dude. Isn’t that, like, illegal? To hack into school systems?”
  • “He says, because he’s done it before,” Tony tells his bot. Dum-E spins in a loose, uneven circle on the floor, one arm waggling like a dog’s tail.
  • Peter rubs at the back of his neck. “Don’t tell Aunt May.”
  • They go through the lab, Tony pointing out things, Peter watching with wide eyes and interjecting sporadically. He keeps touching things. Tony has to stay near him and yank him back, like he’s an untrained puppy, or a sticky fingered toddler, or the little, disobedient shit that Tony remembers being at the age. He wonders, briefly, what he was thinking when he recruited the vigilante. 
  • Dum-E follows them around the lab. He seems hesitant about Peter at first, then grows confident when the teenager only beams at his presence, and coaxes him forward.
  • “Don’t encourage him,” Tony scolds.
  • “I won’t,” Peter promises, and then gets down on one knee, and lets Dum-E sidle up close to him, running one gentle hand down his support strut, like he’s patting a dog, looking awed and excited by the bot’s happy wiggling. 
  • “That right there? That’s you encouraging him.”
  • You peeks out from being a workbench and loops around Tony, zipping to the newcomer now that his brother is receiving pats and attention. Peter pats him, too. 
  • “It’s not my fault they like me more,” Peter says airily, You and Dum-E bucking happily under his hands.
  • “Disrespect,” Tony says, arms crossed, trying to look like the responsible, respect-worthy adult he’s supposed to be. “That’s what this is; disrespect. Child, you should respect your elders, and their spaces, and their rules–”
  • “Can we order pizza?” Peter cuts in.
  • “What did I just say–”
  • “Pizza order placed,” says Friday, his AI sounding clear and unashamed as Peter beams. “It should be here soon, Mr. Parker.”
  • “Mr. Parker,” Peter echoes, pleased. “No one’s ever called me Mister, unless I’m in trouble.”
  • “Oh,” Tony says, frowning at the entire room, at his disobedient bots, at his disobedient protege, “you’re definitely in trouble, Mr. Parker.”

Different - (Teen!Reader) (Parents: Tony x Recruit)
A/N: He’s not as bad at being a dad as he thinks!

You rolled your eyes skyward and let out an exasperated sigh. “Uncle Thor, just strike me down with lightning. That would be great, thanks.”

Falling back onto the grass you tried to take in the environment around you. The cool breeze, the smell of grass and earth, nothing but the whispers of the wind. No technology. Nothing that was labelled ‘Stark’. Except yourself, of course.

The name was yours. It was part of who you were, but at the same time it wasn’t. You weren’t what people typically thought a Stark would be. Somehow when people had heard that Tony Stark was expecting a daughter, they had envisioned her growing up to be a brilliant engineer or scientist. Someone drop dead gorgeous with wit and snark and everything Stark.

But you weren’t. You were you. You were beautiful, but not in the weird imaginary way the tabloids wanted you to be. You were barely passing your classes in school and your worst subjects were anything to do with tech and science. You weren’t witty or clever with your words, you were blunt. Who had time to mince words when you could just give it to people straight?

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☼ The Wind and the Sun
Once upon a time when everything could talk, the Wind and the Sun fell into an argument as to which was the stronger. Finally they decided to put the matter to a test; they would see which one could make a certain man, who was walking along the road, throw off his cape. The Wind tried first. He blew and he blew and he blew. The harder and colder he blew, the tighter the traveler wrapped his cape about him. The Wind finally gave up and told the sun to try. The sun began to smile and as it grew warmer and warmer, the traveler was comfortable once more. But the Sun shone brighter and brighter until the man grew so hot, the sweat poured out on his face, he became weary, and seating himself on a stone, he quickly threw his cape to the ground.
     You see, gentleness had accomplished what force could not.


Blowing out the Fires of Hell with The Big Wind

In August of 1991 the Iraqi Army under Saddam Hussein conquered and occupied the oil rich nation of Kuwait.  Thus, NATO and Middle Eastern countries formed a massive coalition with the goal of ousting Iraqi forces from the country.  After months of airstrikes which pounded the Iraqi Army, and with the prospect of a massive multinational invasion, it was clear among many in the Iraqi government that the Iraqi Army could not hold Kuwait.  A scorched earth policy was set into motion beginning in January of 1991 in which Iraqi military forces destroyed Kuwait’s oil refineries and storage centers, while also setting alight over 700 oil wells across the country.  The purpose of this policy was not only to deny Coalition forces a valuable Kuwaiti resource, but also to provide a smokescreen to hamper Coalition airstrikes and create an obstacle for Coalition ground forces.  

While Iraq’s scorched earth policies resulted in some modest military goals, the ecological nightmare it created was unprecedented in history.  Thousands of tons of thick black soot was ejected into the atmosphere.  At the time scientist feared that the result would be a change in climate conditions from the soot, chemicals, and greenhouse gasses.  The great Carl Sagan himself predicted that temperatures in the northern hemisphere would drop 5 to 10 degrees.  While none of that happened, what was truly devastating was the resulting oil spill.  Between 25 - 50 million barrels of oil contaminated the sands of Kuwait, with another 9 million barrels contaminating the Persian Gulf.  

The job of putting out the fires was delegated to a number of firefighting and engineering companies.  However the magnitude of the disaster was daunting, and engineers estimated that with traditional oil well firefighting techniques it would take 5 years to put out all of the well fires.  Thus, firefighters and engineers were forced to come with some unorthodox methods to speed up the process.  One ingenious invention was a Hungarian device called “The Big Wind” (top picture).  The Big Wind was firefighting vehicle which consisted of the chassis of a Soviet T-34 tank with it’s turret mounted with the engines of a MiG-21 fighter jet.  Reinforced with heat and fire resistant materials, the massive tank would drive to within 25 feet of the oil well fire, blast the fire with supersonic winds like a toddler blowing out birthday candles, while soaking the well with a 120 gallon a second stream of salt water pumped from the Persian Gulf mixed with fire retardant materials.  Once out, oil workers would cap off the well, preventing the streaming of oil from the earth.

Thanks to the Big Wind and other ingenious technologies, the last oil well was capped on November 6th, 1991, way ahead of the five year prediction of engineers.  The environmental effects of disaster, however, are still being felt today.

A Man Named Sonny Joon

Ever since she received his help during her investigation of Poppy Dada’s disappearance, Nancy has wondered who Sonny Joon is, and just how he know to help her. When she receives a mysterious letter from someone claiming he is Sonny Joon, and that he needs her help, Nancy jumps at the chance to discover just who this mysterious man is. However, she doesn’t anticipate the case he needs her help with. The Bureau of Outer Space Investigation is a secret branch of the government, and they are rumored to have found extraterrestrial activity. Sonny worries that the government with abuse this newfound information, and that terrorists will get wind of the technology used and begin planning attacks. It’s up to Nancy and Sonny to team up together and discover the truth.

I love your writing :) Prompt: Alec and Bond went rogue a while back and kidnap MI6’s new Quartermaster. – anon



It was a good question.

Bond settled back, leaning in mid-air on his chair; Alec was busy scratching the back of his neck, looking spectacularly unfazed by Bond’s perturbation.

Very simply, Alec shrugged. “He would be incredibly useful to us.”

Bond snorted, slamming the chair legs back onto the floor and catapulting himself to standing. “Last time I checked, we didn’t need to take up babysitting.”

“The boy’s good, James,” Alec told him, listening to Bond click out his neck; his eyes continued to flick to the door at the other end of the room, the very much locked behind which could be heard a light and frantic scrabbling. Somewhat less frantic now several hours had passed, but laudably present all the same. “He’s the MI6 Quartermaster.”

Bond rolled his eyes, strolling towards the door. “Yes, I gathered that,” he returned drily, and reached for the lock.

The young man tumbled out in a mess of black hair and cardigan and panic and cuffed hands and scrabbling. “Fuck,” he managed, trying to rearrange himself and looking up at Bond with wide eyes. “Superb. Bond, yes?”

Bond had to admit, he was amused, and rather surprised. “And you are Q.”

“Why have I been abducted by the pair of you?” Q asked tiredly, straightening himself up a little. “It seems a little superfluous, wouldn’t you think? What, precisely, do you intend to get from me?”

Alec’s grin turned unpleasant. “We’re missing a quartermaster of our own.”

The kid – and he really was a kid, for god’s sake, he still had spots – had the audacity to simply snort. “Yes, and pigs will imminently fly. Next?”

Bond kicked him in the stomach. Q folded. Alec snorted with amusement. “Knew you’d find him annoying.”

Both Q and Bond looked over at him with twin glares. “I’m not annoyed,” Bond returned drily. “Thank you for undermining my interrogation.”

“You were doing a delightful job of that on your own, actually,” Q piped up, and Alec nearly fell over laughing as Bond whacked Q in the chest; Q toppled, Bond growled, and Alec narrowly avoided Bond pelting a cigarette case at his head.

This was going to be fun.

Alec stood lazily, striding over to the winded quartermaster. “We have technology we need you to fix, and/or amend. If you’re difficult, we will either torture you, kill you, or one followed by the other.”

“I should think there’s only one viable order for those options.”

Bond raised an eyebrow. “You’d be surprised.”

“Yes, actually,” Q replied, with sarcasm near-enough literally dribbling from his tongue. “I’d be bloody gobsmacked.”

Alec was pissing himself, by this point, and Bond wasn’t sure whether or not to kill the infuriating little shit. He settled for knocking Q out, instead.

“You like him.”

Bond let out a strange snarling noise. “I do not. He’s a little shit.”

“Yes. And you like him.”

Q was busy bleeding into the concrete. Bond stared at him. “I’m having a shower,” he muttered, sloping towards their shared bathroom.

“… and a wank,” Alec called after him helpfully, cackling as Bond let out a strangled sound, and slammed the door behind him.

Sleep is one of the most important things for our body.  Life gets in the way and many of us will skip out on it.  You shouldn’t and here is why:

Short term side effects:

Mental and Emotional Health:

  1. Learning and memory: sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory.

  2. Sleep loss results in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness.  

  3. Too little sleep may result in you being too tired to do the things you want to do.

  4. Getting a good night’s sleep can lead to an increase in creativity than if you lacked sleep.

  5. Sleep improves your grades.  Lack of sleep can cause problems with attention and learning in classes.  

  6. Sleep reduces the levels of stress.

  7. A good night’s sleep can lower your levels of anxiety.  

Physical Health:

  1. Metabolism and weight: chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates.  It also alters the levels of hormones that affect our appetite.  

  2. Lack of sleep has been linked to cardiovascular health problems such as hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat.  

  3. Lack of sleep weakens your immune system.

  4. Too little or too much sleep has been linked to a shorter life span.  

  5. Sleep curbs Inflammation which is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging.

  6. Improve athletic performance: “A Stanford University study found that college football players who tried to sleep at least 10 hours a night for seven to eight weeks improved their average sprint time and had less daytime fatigue and more stamina” ( 

Long term side effects of untreated sleeping disorders can lead to:

  • High blood pressure

  • Heart attack

  • Heart failure

  • Stroke

  • Obesity

  • Psychiatric problems, including depression and other mood disorders

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

  • Mental impairment

  • Injury from accidents

  • Disruption of bed partner’s sleep quality

  • Poor quality of life 

Tips for getting a good night’s sleep:

  1. Avoid caffeine after 2:00pm so there is time for the effects to wear off

  2. Don’t go to bed on a full stomach.  Going to bed on a full stomach disturbs your sleep since your body is busy digesting all of it.

  3. Avoid alcohol late at night.  Alcohol decreases deep sleep and increases sleep arousal.

  4. If you like taking a hot shower/bath at night, try taking it earlier.  It raises your body’s temperature and therefore requires your body to cool itself down in order to fall asleep.

  5. Stretch before you sleep.  A little restorative yoga helps put your mind at ease, steady your breath, and reduce muscle tension without revving up your heart rate.

  6. Bring the lights down when you are getting ready for bed.  Dimness signals the biological clock that it is time to wind down.

  7. Unplug from technology.  Texting or surfing the web before bed can wind you up.

Annie J. Easley(1933- 2011)

Annie Easley was an African America mathematician, rocket scientist, and computer scientist,who worked at the Lewis Research Centre of NASA and it’s predecessor, NACA. She developed technologies that led to hybrid vehicles and and worked on software which has made modern spaceflight possible.

She was born on 23rd April 1933 to Bud McCrory and Willie Sims,in Birmingham, Alabama. She was raised by her single mother. At a time when schools were racially segregated, Easley overcame those barriers and graduated her parochial high school with top marks and was the valedictorian. She attended Xavier University at New Orleans, where she studied Pharmacy for two years. In 1954, she returned to Birmingham, where African Americans were required to pass a literacy test and pay a poll tax to vote. She didn’t have to give the test as her application mentioned her university. She then helped others prepare for the test. In 1964, an amendment outlawed the tax in Federal Elections, but only in 1965 was the test abolished. She married and moved to Cleveland again, but the university has ended it’s pharmacy program.

In 1955, she applied for a job at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics(NACA). She was hired and began working as a Mathematician and Computer Engineer in the Lewis Flight Propulsion Lab. She continued her education and subsequently received her Bachelor of Science in mathematics in 1977. She continued her education through specialization courses offered by NASA.

She developed and implemented code that studied alternative energy, analyzing solar and wind technology. She also worked on identifying energy-conversion systems and determined the life use of storage batteries. This greatly helped the development of batteries  in hybrid vehicles. Easley’s work on the Centaur(a high-energy booster rocket) proved to be the most powerful upper stage in the US space program. It has been used to launch spacecrafts like Voyager, Pioneer, Viking etc. and even several communication and weather satellites.

She retired in 1991.

“When people have their biases and prejudices, yes, I am aware. My head is not in the sand. But my thing is, if I can’t work with you, I will work around you. I was not about to be discouraged that I’d walk away. That may be a solution for some people, but it’s not mine.”

anonymous asked:

I think oil pipes lines are important to a degree. Like if it's going to danger the environment and people then no. But if we can as safe as possible make a pipeline then go for it. Opinions?

First let’s address the fact that even if you could ensure that pipelines would not endanger the environment and people through spills, then it would still be the wrong choice. A safe pipeline is still a pipeline adding millions more barrels of production capacity to the oil industry and increasing greenhouse gases in the climate. If we have any chance of limiting climate change to 2 degrees of warming, the maximum to prevent catastrophic loss of life, then we must immediately start reducing our fossil fuel use significantly. This requires that we start right away building infrastructure for and promoting alternative energy sources and reducing our fossil fuel use and infrastructure.

For example, the Line 3 replacement which has just been approved would be a great opportunity to replace an aging pipeline with a massive investment in solar, wind, or any other technology. Instead of twinning Kinder Morgan we could do something similar. What is happening here is that the government is choosing to increase fossil fuel production rather than scale it down and transition away. This is a binary choice, and any new fossil fuel project is a commitment to the wrong direction.

That addressed, let’s respond to the idea that the pipelines being built are safe, something every government is at pains to reassure us, that these pipelines are “state-of-the-art” and that oil companies are extremely careful about monitoring them.

This is a lie.

Pipelines leak all the time (let alone the tankers that carry the oil). The companies that build these pipelines face extremely low fines when this happens, incentivizing them to respond after the fact than to protect against spills. 

If you look at the history of oil companies and specifically the two who have had their pipelines approved (Enbridge and Kinder Morgan) you’ll see that there really isn’t such a thing as a pipeline that is safe for the environment or people


“Over the last 20 years, pipeline incidents have caused over $6.3 billion in property damages. On average during this time period there were more than 250 pipeline incidents per year, without a single year where that number dropped below 220. During that time, more than 2.5 million barrels of hazardous liquids were spilled and little more than half of those spilled amounts were recovered in cleanup efforts.”

Kinder Morgan:

On Trans Mountain: “Since Texas-based Kinder Morgan bought the line in 2005, there have been 13 oil spills totalling 5,628 barrels of crude”

“US regulators have documented over thirty significant accidents and violations in the country associated with Kinder Morgan’s operations. Kinder Morgan pipelines have exploded causing disasters and death. They have paid out millions of dollars in fines and settlements.”

“Here is a list of incidents involving Kinder Morgan’s BC operations in the past several years:July 15, 2005: About 210,000 litres of crude were released into the area surrounding the company’s Sumas Mountain storage facility in Abbotsford, making its way into Kilgard Creek.July 24, 2007: An oil spill occurred along the Kinder Morgan pipeline in Burnaby when a construction crew inadvertently hit the unmarked pipe with an excavator. Almost 250,000 litres (about 1500 barrels) of oil shot out of the ground, soaking a residential neighbourhood and seeping into the Burrard Inlet. At least 50 homes had to be evacuated. (Click to view the BC Ministry of Environment Incident Report)May 6, 2009: A sizeable spill was discovered at the company’s Burnaby Mountain tank farm, with almost 200,000 litres leaking out into the facility.January 24, 2012: A pipeline rupture at the Sumas Mountain tank farm spilled an estimated 110,000 litres of oil. Local residents reported health problems including nausea, headaches and fatigue, and schoolchildren were kept indoors for fear of airborne toxins.April 3, 2012: Another spill in a “containment area” at the Abbotsford Sumas Mountain facility caused nuisance odors and air quality concerns in surrounding communities.June 12, 2013: A leak was discovered on the Kinder Morgan pipeline near Merritt, BC.June 26, 2013: Just two weeks after the spill near Merritt, yet another leak was discovered – this time spilling 17,800 litres of oil at a site near the Coquihalla Summit, about 40 km east of Hope, BC.”


“Using data from Enbridge’s own reports, the Polaris Institute calculated that 804 spills occurred on Enbridge pipelines between 1999 and 2010. These spills released approximately 161,475 barrels (25,672.5 m3) of crude oil into the environment.”

one incident among many: “2007 (November 27th) – Clearbrook, Minnesota – killed two employees. Enbridge was cited for failing to safely and adequately perform maintenance and repair activities, clear the designated work area from possible sources of ignition, and hire properly trained and qualified workers.”

“The year 2010 was a bad one for Enbridge. The total number of barrels of oil spilled was 34,122, the equivalent of more than one million U.S. gallons, including the 20,000-barrel Marshall, Mich., incident in July. Just six weeks after Marshall, another major spill occurred along the same pipeline, Line 6B, at Romeoville, Ill. In that spill, 9,000 barrels, or more than 250,000 gallons of crude, poured into the town’s industrial sector.”

Understanding Modern #Love

The act of dating during my teens was rather elementary. This was the mid 80s in India and technology was non-existent in personal lives. For a vast majority of not so brave souls, myself included, the laws of physical and emotional attraction were confined to seeing ourselves on the screen as the chief protagonists in the movies in the act of falling in love. The movie industry made a killing churning out movies catering to lovelorn folks like us with the act of falling in love dished out in countless flavors while the protagonists tirelessly danced around the trees.

With the constraints imposed by the ‘unplugged’ world, the pursuit of finding a real love and a potential mate was limited by the physical space in which one existed and the primates were mostly driven by harmonal changes. However, the act of falling in love was an immersive experience that used all five senses and it was easy to filter the signal from the noise before it was too late.

I had my share of dating when I was young but all of that was confined to watching movies together or eating out. Having run out of patience with my proclaimed devotion to celibacy, my relatives set me up with a girl without any deference to my likes or dislikes. I guess they expected marriage would make me a good human being and make me fall in line like everybody else. I quickly realized during our phone conversations and the letters that I wrote that we were poles apart and there was nothing in common between us, except that we both were just ordinary human beings. Over time, the initial sensitivities to our idiosyncrasies grew into finer appreciation of individual traits. I guess it is very typical of any relationship/marriage. I tend to characterize it as an institutionalized stockholm syndrome to the dismay of my friends who vehemently deny it. 

Post-internet and smartphone era, with the ubiquity of instant communication at the very tip of your fingers, the constraints one had in discovering and communicating with potential mates virtually disappeared. Now, it is just a matter of a ‘will’ to find a way to connect with anyone and trying to pursue a relationship.

A few years ago, a young friend of mine set up a fake profile with the name #BradPitt2 on Twitter and started following #Jolie_Angelina. I guess she was not interested in a sequel and didn’t care to follow him in return. Recently, he was still hoping to find her on Tinder, inspite of we constantly ridiculing him that there is no app for ‘hope’, during his trip to LA and was instantly matched up with JoeyAngelina99. He was not too keen on fake profiles either although he pursues his dating using only fake profiles.

Technology and modern love have become inseparable. While it made finding a date elementary, it also made a debauchery of true love. One can can look up profiles and connect on Facebook, follow on Twitter, like on Instagram, and hookup on Tinder. If you get lucky, you can start texting on Whatsapp, get intimate on Snapchat, and become passionate on Viber.

The pursuit of modern love in the new age of technology completely changed the game of love and the experience of falling in love, and being in love has become highly fragmented and asynchronous. While technology became an enabler it also complicated matters. Just like the global economy, the commerce of love now extends beyond our schools/colleges, neighborhoods, countries, and even across continents. My friend Eddy found his love in Europe, sitting in his lazyboy recliner, from a remote cabin in Montana, and they didn’t speak the same language. He spoke English and she spoke Russian, and they communicated mostly using emojis and found they were perfect for each other and got married. Speaking of symbolism, one doesn’t really need to know a language as long you are the master of emojis. Archaeologists will surely vouch that this is how the early primates communicated their feelings of love. No wonder there is new social network that lets you communicate only with emojis.

Technology did give hope to all those who missed the bus and those who are trying to get off the wrong bus. With all the choices that technology offers, it has also made us a victim of choice as we get sucked into an illusion of unlimited choices when, in fact, they are limited.  While technology can be credited for overcoming hookup problems, it did complicate the act of forging an enduring relationship as the physical and virtual worlds collide. All those emojis that got you hooked were not really all that funny and engrossing when manifested in the physical world. You suddenly start experiencing your relationship with all the five senses instead of a two dimensional visual. The visual that you saw with your eyes on your screen may not be palatable to your taste, not music to your ears, or may smell bad in the real world.

Has technology made an impact on how modern love is perceived, discovered, and experienced?  Love is a complex phenomenon. In an effort to simplify love, matchmaking services such as and Tinder use advanced algorithms to model individual traits to find potential matches. These algorithms do help in narrowing the search, but have limitations when it comes to finding the perfect match. It is the engineering difficulty in accommodating all the individual traits, and the variability of weightage from an individual to an individual, all in a single algorithmic model. There is also an inherent danger in oversimplification and generalization when we’re dealing with a subset of variables from a large and diverse pool. However, we blindly start following the recommendations and are led to believe that it is the correct match when in fact it is not, and soon the euphoria turns delusional.

According to psychologist Elaine Hatfield and her colleagues, there are two basic types of love: compassionate love and passionate love. Compassionate love is characterized by mutual respect, attachment, affection, and trust. Compassionate love usually develops out of feelings of mutual understanding and shared respect for one another. Passionate love is the result of strong physical and emotional attraction. Technology complicated the matters as the act of dating became series of technology enabled transactions. We begin to fall in love with the emotional transactions - likes, posts, texts, emojis, and chats, more than the person who is sending these.

Psychologist Robert Sternberg proposed a triangular theory suggesting that there are three components of love: intimacy, passion, and commitment. The different combinations of these three components result in different types of love. For example, a combination of intimacy and commitment results in compassionate love, while a combination of passion and intimacy leads to passionate love. According to Sternberg, relationships built on two or more elements are more enduring than those based upon a single component. Sternberg uses the term 'consummate love’ to describe a combination of intimacy, passion and commitment. While this type of love is the strongest and most enduring, Sternberg suggests that this type of love is rare.

With the advent of technology, the intimacy is now replaced by what you text your mate and passion is now measured by how many texts  you send per minute, commitment is defined by whether you maintain the same rate of texting even while driving or after you become weary and your finger tips start hurting.

Is technology altering the psychology of love?   Do we perceive love differently than before ?  The jury is still out. Discovering your love is now easier with technology.   With the ubiquity of instant communication you can send a signal at the press of a button. In 140 characters or less you can convey your feelings which used to take pages that one wrote over a number of days expressing their love.   As these tiny transactions that make up the commerce of love flash across our screens, we respond to it at the speed of light and wait for the next one to arrive.  A long intense conversation that typically happens in a physical world is now replaced by tiny waves of conversation in the virtual world.  Breaking up could be as simple as stop responding on a convenient pretext instead of a long-winded closure.  

Technology democratized #Love by making it accessible to everyone and made it possible for all those souls who are starved of a basic emotional need regardless of age, size, shape or color to find their match.   I don’t need to be hanging around local bars when I can find someone from the comfort of my cabin in Montana.  For those who are looking for love sans commitment, it’s a blessing that many apps allow you to block or remove a person from your contact list. If you don’t want to hear from a person anymore, you can do so with a single click.

Technology brought in new types of love – instant, casual (with no strings that one can indulge without having to engage in a serious commitment), and in a way redefined and diluted the older forms of love.    A selfless love in the digital world is liking your mates selfie without he/she reciprocating with a like on your post. An obsessive love is where you keep calling and sending messages to your mate in spite of not getting a reply. And there is more - the pragmatic type of love (realistic and practical) that  means  you can now offer several more excuses to your loved ones  -  from battery died, being in a meeting, signal loss to a lost phone.

  I have found technology to be healing in the game of love. When there are days me and my wife get into a fight and stop talking to each other, we still text about chores that need to be done. Technology has also been a great leveler as it removes the awkwardness of re-connecting with your loved ones when you don’t see eye to eye. A simple 'Hi’ or a 'Hello’ or if you are appsmart a 'Yo’ can now reignite the magic of love.