The Incredible Technology Making The Smart Grid A Reality [Infographic]

For many years now, technologists have been talking about the smart grid – a network that would automatically adjust energy from traditional providers, solar panels, and wind to maximize the use of renewables and minimize outages. The need for a smart grid is more important today than ever before because of the sheer number of new energy technologies becoming feasible at a large scale.

The main problem the smart grid needs to solve today is integrating multiple sources of energy. Wind and solar, unlike gas, coal, oil and nuclear, are time-varying. A solar panel can only collect energy while the sun shines. A wind farm can only generate electricity when the wind blows. The smart grid, therefore, needs to scale back “base power” provided by traditional utilities when solar and wind become available, and then ramp up energy generation by traditional plants when renewables wane.

The smart grid also has to deal with the emerging battery electricity storage options. Tesla recently installed a battery array in Australia to store energy collected from solar panels during the day and then distribute it to people in the evenings without having to resort to expensive baseload generation.

None of this would be possible; however, without the introduction of machine learning: intelligent software that can react to multiple changes in energy supply and demand in real-time. Machine learning negates the need for thousands of human monitors. Take a look at the following infographic. It shows why we need a smart grid and the technologies making it possible. Check it out below.


Infographic by University of California – Riverside

Arsenal Transfer Rumours – 15th July 2019

Celtic are said to be unsatisfied by Arsenal’s latest offer for Kieran Tierney, according to a new report. According to the Daily Record, the Hoops have yet to receive a bid that meets their £25m valuation of the Scottish full-back. The paper claims that Celtic and the Gunners have been in constant dialogue with each other all summer, but have yet to find a middle ground in negotiations. Arsenal’s reported offer made on Saturday evening proposed a package that would have been paid in appearance-based installments. The North London giants have previously had a £15m bid turned down for the 22-year-old, but have yet to give up on the defender. Should the Gunners meet Celtic’s full evaluation, Tierney will become the most expensive player in Scottish football history. In 2018, Celtic were paid £19.8m by Lyon for Moussa Dembele, which was a then-record. But Arsenal will have to top that to get their man.

Arsenal are one of three English clubs interested in signing free agent Dani Alves, according to reports in Spain. The Brazilian right back just enjoyed a stellar Copa America as his country lifted the South American championship on home soil. Alves, 36, is available on a free transfer after he was released by PSG. Premier League champions Manchester City and the Gunners’ North London rivals Tottenham are also said to be in touch with Alves’ representatives. Arsenal struggled at right-back last term after Hector Bellerin suffered a season-ending knee injury. They toiled with Ainsley Maitland-Niles, and although he impressed in parts, his best position is in central midfield. It was also reported that Bellerin is likely to miss the start of next season, so Alves would provide perfect cover at the Emirates.

The club have reportedly held talks over bringing Gremio winger Everton Soares to the Emirates. The 23-year-old was top goalscorer at the Copa America where he netted in the final against Peru to help Brazil win their first title since 2007. According to Globo Esporte, Arsenal’s new technical director Edu – who recently left his role as general coordinator of the Brazilian national team – held talks with Everton’s agent Gilmar Veloz on Monday. They state the Europa League finalists are now preparing a formal offer for the player. It has also been claimed that Edu spoke to Everton about Arsenal during the Copa America, with the former midfielder relaying information about the winger back to the club. Everton has confirmed that he has been approached by a team, where he revealed that he cannot guarantee he will be in action for Gremio against Bahia on Wednesday.

Please Stand By

Please Stand By is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Ben Lewin and based on the 2008 short play of the same name by Michael Golamco, who also wrote the screenplay. The film stars Dakota Fanning, Toni Collette, Alice Eve, River Alexander, and Patton Oswalt, and was distributed by Magnolia Pictures. After playing at various film festivals, the film was simultaneously released theatrically and on-demand on January 26, 2018.

Wendy (played by Dakota Fanning) is an autistic young woman who stays in a group home in Oakland, California monitored by her primary caregiver, Scottie (played by Toni Collette). She is fixated by Star Trek and spends her time writing a 450-page Star Trek script to enter in Paramount Pictures’ screenwriting contest in hopes of winning the $100,000 prize. Wendy is visited by her sister Audrey (Alice Eve), who shows Wendy pictures of her infant daughter, Ruby, and reveals that she is selling their childhood home. Wendy asks Audrey to take her home, arguing that she will be able to buy back the house and help Audrey care for Ruby once she wins the screenwriting contest. Audrey refuses, telling Wendy she isn’t capable of caring for a baby. Wendy has a meltdown and Audrey leaves in tears.

Wendy misses the date to submit the script via post so she sneaks out of the house early the next morning and is followed by the group home’s small dog, Pete (who is in a Star Trek themed outfit knitted by Wendy) and decides to hand it over in person to Paramount Pictures. Wendy and Pete board a bus to Los Angeles, but are kicked off and left by the side of the road after Pete urinates in the bus. She then walks into a small town and is mugged off most of her money. At a nearby store where she goes to buy some food, she is nearly tricked out the rest of her cash but an elderly woman named Rose comes to help her. Rose sympathizes with Wendy as her grandson also has autism, and lets Wendy accompany her on the senior citizens’ bus. The bus driver subsequently falls asleep at the wheel, crashing the bus. Following the bus crash, Wendy wakes up in a hospital in Bakersfield. Still determined to turn in her script, Wendy leaves Pete at the hospital, attacks a nurse, and escapes. During her escape, Wendy loses part of her script. She gathers used paper and begins rewriting the script.

While this is happening Scottie realizes that Wendy is missing and along with her son heads to find her. Audrey too joins the search, leaving her baby in the hands of her husband. The Bakersfield hospital notifies Scottie and Audrey of Wendy’s whereabouts; police continue the search from there. Sam and Scottie find the missing script pages while scouring the hospital. Wendy then attempts to buy a bus ticket to Los Angeles, but is unable as she has no money. She ultimately stows away on the next bus to Los Angeles, hiding herself inside a baggage compartment. Upon her arrival in Los Angeles, Wendy wanders around until two police officers recognize her from the missing person’s report. Officer Frank (Patton Oswalt) gains Wendy’s trust by speaking to her in Klingon. The officers take Wendy to the police station, where she is reunited with Audrey and Scottie. They bring Wendy to Paramount Pictures so she can deliver her script.

A rude mailroom worker tells her that the scripts have to be sent by post but Wendy is able to sneak past security and submit the script to the turn-in box. Satisfied that she has completed her mission, Wendy tells her sister she did it to prove that she was more capable than Audrey thought. Wendy returns back to the group home where she later receives a letter from Paramount stating her script was not chosen, but encouraging her to continue writing. Despite the rejection, she is satisfied with everything she has accomplished. Wendy visits Audrey and holds her niece for the first time and the two sisters bond again.

It’s a sweet movie ably acted by the powerhouses of Fanning & Collette & ably supported by Alice Eve and the rest of the cast. It’s a coming of age film with a Star Trek hue that will make us Trekkies very happy. I give the film an 8 outta 10 for the low budget, art & film festival type movie that it is.

Ouch! Again!

I always seem to be careless around the house with my feet. From an ankle sprain every year, to injuring my foot and getting diagnosed with Achilles tendonitis and dropping hard objects onto my foot and this time it’s getting the sole of my foot injured badly due to stepping hard on a tiny object in the middle of the night that the workers who are hear left behind (or it could be the Asianet internet guy who came to install the optic fibre connection for me as an upgrade).

I yelled out loudly as I stepped on it but didn’t think much of it for a while. It was Tuesday night that I felt it hurting and I had taken Wednesday off due to a bad cold & breathing issues. But it hurts me really badly now that I am using a pain relief spray on the sole of my foot to help me. I hope that the pain goes away in a day or so because it’s no fun at all. And I hope it’s not a fracture. Anything but a fracture.

I have my fingers crossed that it heals soon.

What Does It Take To Truly Find Happiness?

Everybody’s trying to answer that question, no matter their background or personality. Happiness is a goal for all of us, and that’s a wonderful thing. It’s something that should unite us in a world full of things which seem to divide us. Whilst we all have different objectives in life, there are certain things that can bring happiness for all of us. So, what does it take to truly find happiness? Let’s talk about that.

A healthy lifestyle.

You should try to adopt a healthy lifestyle if you want to truly find happiness. Mainly, that means eating and drinking well. This might not sound like a revolutionary path to happiness, but keeping yourself physically healthy in this way will also keep you mentally healthy. And a strong emotional state will really help you to feel happier on a daily basis. Think about the food you eat because a healthy gut leads a healthy mind. You should be focusing on eating nutritious meals; get plenty of protein, iron, calcium, and carbohydrates from your food. Fruit, vegetables, and whole grains are examples of foods that have more natural goodness than many manufactured options out there.
Sleeping well is important too. So few people seem to appreciate that their mental states could be improved if they started getting enough rest every night. Sleep deprivation can exacerbate feelings of depression, stress, and anxiety. It also negatively affects your physical health. There are some things that a cup of coffee can’t solve. If you want to improve your emotional wellbeing, then you need to start making it your priority to get a good night’s rest every night.

A core set of beliefs.

Everybody has beliefs. So, you might be tempted to tick this one off the checklist and move onto the next point. However, you should think about what this really means. Are you really in touch with your core set of beliefs? Spiritual or religious acceptance has been the path to happiness for so many millions of people throughout the world both in the past and the present. This could be the way forward for you if you have doubts about yourself and the world. It might be time to tune into your core set of beliefs. You could make it your goal to come to Radiant Church if you’re looking for a route to take. This could help to move you to where you need to be. Just remember that finding your core set of beliefs is the path to happiness, whatever that means for you.

Self-acceptance.

This is one of the most important steps towards achieving true happiness. Nobody is perfect, and we all accept that. Well, we all accept it in others. When it comes to self-reflection, however, many of us are overly critical. Self-acceptance is all about counteracting those negative feelings and learning to appreciate yourself. If you struggle with feelings of stress or anxiety, then you might want to start trying meditation or even yoga to help control your thoughts. Once you start learning to appreciate yourself and the present moment, you’ll start feeling happier.

July 12: On This Day…

On this day, July 12 :

Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 cup (240 ml) plain yogurt (full fat or low fat)

1/3 cup (80 ml) vegetable, loans no credit check direct lenders canola, safflower, or corn oil

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 cups (260 grams) all-purpose flour

1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated white sugar

1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 – 1 1/2 cups (240-360 ml) fresh or frozen blueberries (If using frozen blueberries, do not thaw before adding them to the batter.)

Method: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Position rack in center of oven. Butter or line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. In a large bowl whisk together the lightly beaten egg, yogurt, oil, and vanilla extract.

In another large bowl whisk the flour with the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gently stir in the blueberries. With a rubber spatula fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir only until the ingredients are combined and moistened. (The batter will be thick.)

Evenly fill the muffin cups with the batter, using two spoons or an ice cream scoop. Place in the oven and bake for about 15 – 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin just comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for about 10 minutes before removing from pan. Makes 12 muffins.

Bear Hugs

Do women still like teddy bears? Young girls atleast I think will still love them. I know kids do and maybe young girls in the late teens and perhaps in their early 20s. What about beyond those ages?

The reason I ask is I haven’t bought a romantic gift for a woman in a long, long time. Atleast not the way I used to. I have bought the teddy bear or two for my girlfriend during my ages of 17 to 23 but since then I haven’t had a lover. I have bought a teddy bear for a couple of friends and colleagues on their birthday or like a farewell gift but it isn’t with a romantic intention. It’s only because they are nice cute people and I don’t really know what to gift a girl/woman.

So I fall back on stuffed toys or soft toys and to be honest who wouldn’t love a soft teddy bear or like any other animal toy like a dog or something to have in your room. Heck, even I have been gifted a small teddy bear twice in my life and both times after I hit 30. And both times it was by girls. I think they are trying to tell me something.

Edu Officially Joins Arsenal

Edu Gaspar has left his role as coordinator with the Brazilian Football Confederation to become the first technical director at former club Arsenal. The Premier League club announced the arrival of its former midfielder on Tuesday, saying Edu will “coordinate the work of our first-team coaching group, the academy and player scouting and recruitment.” With Brazil, he helped coach Tite with logistics and scouting and was a liaison between the coaching staff and players. His last assignment was at the Copa America, which Brazil won on Sunday. Edu was a member of the Arsenal team that went through the 2003-04 Premier League season unbeaten.

The former midfielder, who joins from the Brazilian football federation, has previous experience in a technical role having worked as director of football at Corinthians before taking up his post with Brazil. Edu played under Gunners manager Unai Emery at Valencia and will be with the squad when they fly to America for a pre-season tour this week. In his role the 41-year-old will ‘coordinate the work of the first-team coaching group, the academy and player scouting and recruitment in order to oversee the constant building up and efficient strengthening of the squad.’

Edu told the club website: “Arsenal has always had a special place in my heart and I’m thrilled to be returning to this great club in this new role. We have a strong squad and some very talented young players with fantastic people at every level. I’m looking forward to helping make a difference.”

Weird Laws In Iceland

UNTIL 1989, BEER WAS ILLEGAL IN ICELAND

This one is at the very top of any list of weird laws and rules in any country. In 1915, alcohol was banned in Iceland. All alcohol remained illegal until 1921, when wine was allowed. A few years later, spirits were allowed as well. Legislators decided that since beer is cheaper than wine and liquor, Icelanders could not be trusted with it and it would cause more drinking problems. The beer ban continued until 1989 when it was finally lifted and Icelanders rejoiced.

IN ICELAND, YOU CAN’T GIVE YOUR CHILD A NAME THAT HASN’T BEEN APPROVED BY THE ICELANDIC NAMING COMMITTEE

Since 1991, Icelanders who want to name their children a name that isn’t on the list of approved names, must get permission from the Icelandic naming committee. The committee has been criticized harshly and often sparked controversy with its verdicts. Its objective is to protect the Icelandic name tradition but many people find it too strict and sometimes unfair. New names must conform to Icelandic pronunciation and grammatic rules. They may not cause children embarrassment, girls must be named girl names and boys boy names.

UNTIL 1984, YOU COULDN’T OWN A DOG IN REYKJAVÍK

If you were living in Reykjavík in the 1880’s, you had a very high chance of getting a nasty type of tapeworm (eeeuw). To diminish the spread of the tapeworm, that caused horrible symptoms and blindness, dogs were banned in Reykjavík in 1921. The ban remained up until 1984. Regulations are still strict for dog owners in Reykjavík, who need to get a permit and show proof that the dog is vaccinated, microchipped and dewormed. There are plenty of dogs in Reykjavík these days, but Icelanders still can’t legally own snakes, lizards or turtles.

BACK IN THE DAY, YOU COULDN’T WATCH TV ON THURSDAYS, OR IN THE WHOLE MONTH OF JULY!

If you think government interference is high now, imagine if you’d not be allowed to watch TV or go online for one day a week. This was a reality for Icelanders up until 1987. There was only one TV channel in Iceland, and it didn’t broadcast on Thursdays. Until 1983, nothing aired for the whole month of July! The reason isn’t quite clear, but it’s usually said the TV restrictions were put in place so people would go out and socialize more. Yikes. We wonder how the legislators back then would feel about smartphones.

Boxing

Iceland is the only remaining Nordic country to forbid boxing, clinging to a 1956 ban even in the face of changes of heart from Norway and Sweden, which also long opposed the sport. Boxing was originally banned because residents directly attributed an increase in violent crimes to the sport’s rise in popularity during the 1930s and 1940s. As a direct response to boxing’s ban, alternative martial arts like judo, karate, MMA, and Taekwondo have gained popularity in the country. In fact, one of the most popular figures in MMA is from Iceland: Undefeated Gunnar Nelson from Reykjavik, the sport’s poster child, has spawned the launch of several Icelandic MMA clubs.

The Benefits Of A Career In Law Are Astounding (Infographic)

For a long time now, it’s been well-known that going into law pays well. People in the profession tend to have higher-than-average remuneration per hour worked. And why the heck nys deferred compensation loans not? After all, applying and interpreting the law is detailed, tricky work.

But what most people don’t realize is just how lucrative a career in law can be. With all the talk of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, we sometimes forget that there are, in fact, other ways to make money.

Lawyers and other people in the legal profession can go into a wide variety of fields. Yes, there is criminal law – the most traditional area. But there’s also need for lawyers who have knowledge of tax law, securities law, intellectual property law, and, most important going forward, environmental law.

There are many paths into the legal profession, but which are the most effective?

One popular route today, as pointed out by the infographic below, is earning a Master of Laws degree, often abbreviated LLM. This degree not only helps you get work with a legal firm, but it also enables you to progress faster than you would if you had just a standard legal qualification. Data from the largest law firms in the world, for instance, suggests that having an LLM is a critical tool for getting promoted to partner in a range of global cities, including Paris, Tokyo, and Frankfurt.

Would you like a career in law? Take a look at the following infographic for all the benefits that earning an LLM could bring.


Infographic by University of Southern California

Building Wardrobes

Well it’s happening. We had termites and the kitchen cabinets as well as the wardrobe in my parents bedroom as well as mine. The kitchen cabinets were the worst affected and second was my parents bedroom and mine is the least affected.

Well the kitchen is done. That is the biggest ofcourse with all the cabinets that we need. The bottom sections on one side were the worst affects and ripped off earlier. Which is when we realized that we had a termite problem. So that is done although it’s not as nice as I would have liked it. But that’s because we went with a mix of glazed aluminum for the edges and the rest is made of the kind of material you find on switches. Termites be damned.

So this evening they will break my cupboard/built in wardrobe and take the inside measurements and hopefully by this weekend, it will all complete. I am tired of this already.

Cell Phone Useage & Politeness

What are your rules for courteous cell phone use?

Aha, one of my pet peeves! This prompt is good. I personally feel that you should be able to use your phone wherever you are and whenever you need to. But there are exceptions when it comes to disturbing other people. Just be courteous and we’re all good. I hate it when people leave their phones on full volume while in the theatre and the movie has started and you hear their stupid ring tone loud and clear.

I hate it when people let their phones ring in public for a long time. In the bus, in the mall, in the public bathroom. Pick up the damn phone, asshole! No one wants to listen to letter of credit loan your stupid phone ring out all day! We have a lot of noise as it is. Trying to take a piss or a shit in the public bathroom stall and then your phone keeps ringing out and you do not pick up – only if you aren’t taking a piss yourself. Cause then I know your hands are busy and you may want to wash your hands first before picking up your precious phone.

Also speak aurora loan ing very loudly while in public. Please stop doing that. It’s so fucking rude. Other than that we are good. Have your phone, speak to people, use the apps. Just be courtesous.

Prompt by 31 Days Of July Writing Prompts at the SitsGirls

Galitos Restaurant Review

Founded by Louis Germishuys in the sleepy town of (then-named) Nelspruit in 1996, Galito’s has been consistently expanding in South Africa as well as opening international markets. They say their unique flame-grilled, fiery, bold African flavour is their claim to fame. They serve 100% flame-grilled chicken, marinated with only the best ingredients, in a range of flavours – lemon and herb, mild, hot, and extra hot piri-piri. They have one outlet here in Cochin, which is in Lulu Mall on the 4th floor next to the food court.

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My cousin Sujith and I have been there a couple of times together and I have been there a few times alone and once with a friend. Last night we started with the excellent drinks that they have. I ordered my usual Peach Lemon Ice Tea, which pictured here, almost looks like a frothy amber beer. He had a green apple spritzer.

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Then came our starter dish which was the chicken wings. These are amongst the best wings in town and certainly the biggest I have seen. A plate of 4 is more than enough since these are the full wings. And they are delicious! We choose the mild spiced sauced on the chicken wings.

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The main dish we chose were chicken quarters with a side dish each. He picked the potato wedges and I went for the regular french fries. Again we went with the mild sauce that you see dripping on the huge pieces. So good! I could go one spicy level up but beyond that is crazy. You would not, or I would not atleast, enjoy the meat if all I can taste is the higher spices levels.