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Things I love ~

The first light coating of snow in winter,
a strawberry eaten fresh from the field,
anti-lock brakes …

A gentle rain on a summer day,
the smell of smoke from a campfire,
the absolute stillness of pre-dawn,
Venus below a crescent moon …

blackberry orchards,
raindrops on petals …

horses, dogs,
window seats,
the smell of fresh dug dirt …

Pebbles, butterflies,
a walk,
the coastline,
when it all comes together …

These are things I love, you know …
some conceptual, some material,
some general or more specific,
some universal, and
some personal to me.

A million little things
adding up to immeasurable gratitude …

What are you grateful for? Our Journey to Balance 

No Foolin’

Lapis stays up late watching a conspiracy theory show on a supposedly-educational channel, believing it all has to be true or else it wouldn’t be on TV. But when Lapis later shares theories such as “Ancient aliens built the interstate highway system” and “Anti-lock brakes are a tool of the Illuminati” with the people of Beach City, she’s quickly mocked as the most gullible person in town. Lapis vows to never be the butt of the joke again, but will her newfound urge to question absolutely everything turn out to be an even bigger hindrance to the Crystal Gems?

look i knew the day would come when my 17 year old car’s problems would finally culminate into a Talk at the repair shop but oh my god i did not need this stress right now 


GMC Syclone, 1991. Previewed by a 1989 concept, the Syclone was a high-powered pick-up based on the Sonoma fitted with a turbo-charged 280hp 4.3 litre V6. The Syclone was the first production truck to be fitted with 4-wheel anti-lock brakes. In total 2,995 were produced before it was discontinued in 1992. 1991 Syclones were only available in black but 1992 models were to be offered in a wider range of colours before the model was scrapped

The Democratic Republic of Congo is considered to be the richest country in the world regarding natural resources; its untapped deposits of raw minerals are estimated to be worth in excess of US$24 trillion. The Congo has 70% - 80%  of the world’s coltan, 1/3 of its cobalt, more than 30% of its diamond reserves, and a 1/10 of its copper.

But in 2013, the Human Development Index (HDI) ranked D.R. Congo 186 out of 187. Due to corruption and war (that has killed over 6 million people) that is perpetuated through the sourcing of conflict minerals it is one of the poorest in the world. Countries like China, US, India, France, Saudi Arabia etc (the list is endless) continue to support the sourcing of conflict minerals which are used in; hearing aids and pacemakers, to airbags, GPS, ignition systems and anti-lock braking systems in automobiles, through to laptop computers, mobile phones, video game consoles, video cameras and digital cameras, electric cars and many more Companies such as Canon, Nikon, Sharp, Nintendo and HTC are known for using high amounts of conflict minerals in their products. 


Williams active suspension  1993

The Williams FW15C was a Renault-powered Formula One car designed by Adrian Newey and built by Williams Grand Prix Engineering. It was raced by Alain Prost and Damon Hill during the 1993 Formula One season.
As the car that won both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships in the last season before the FIA banned electronic driver aids, the FW15C has a decent claim to be the most technologically sophisticated Formula One car of all time, incorporating anti-lock brakes, traction control and active suspension.

The original FW15 was a new car designed in 1992 to incorporate the active suspension changes developed and implemented on the earlier FW14B. The FW14B had initially been designed as a passive car (FW14) and had been pushed into being active. This meant it had various new active components implemented on the car which had not been in the original design brief. It was therefore considered a bloated and relatively overweight package. The original FW15 was an active car from the start which enabled a much tidier package closer to the minimum weight limit. The success of the FW14B meant that the FW15 was not needed in 1992.

The FW15B was a 1992 FW15 hastily converted to the 1993 regulations featuring narrow-track front suspension, narrower tyres, raised nose and wing endplates and narrower wings to enable early season testing for 1993.


Jensen FF, 1966. The first four-wheel drive Grand Tourer was also the first production car to use anti-lock brakes — the Dunlop Maxaret mechanical system. The letters FF are an abbreviation for Ferguson Formula, after Ferguson Research Ltd., who engineered the car’s four-wheel drive system. Production of the FF continued until 1971, 320 cars were produced in two series

When Driver Error Becomes Programming Error

by Joel N. Shurkin, Inside Science

Ninety percent of automobile accidents now involve human error. If scientists succeed in producing computer-driven cars, responsibility may shift to programming errors. In that case, who sues whom? Who is liable?

Scientists working on computer-driven cars – so-called autonomous vehicles – are dealing with issues Henry Ford never worried about, and the technology is ahead of the law.

Google has several fully autonomous cars roaming the streets of California.

In some ways it already is happening by steps. Most new cars have anti-lock braking systems, self-adjusting cruise control, traction control, and computers that can slam on the brakes when it detects an imminent collision. The driver just enjoys the ride.

Meanwhile, experimental autonomous cars get better.

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