With the recent bruhaha in the US about oil prices, reliance on foreign oil, and the finite nature of our natural oil an coal reserves, there has been an inordinate amount of energy being expended in trying to find new energy sources. Now the good news is, there are lots of naturally occurring phenomenon that we could harness to generate energy, such as sunlight, wave, wind, and geothermal energy.
Sadly, however, there seems to be so much misinformation about energy, where it comes from, and how it is generated, the concept of over unity, etc. that sometimes I feel like pulling my hair out when I read some of the articles people come up with claiming to have discovered the secret to perpetual motion, and “over unity” motors, the proverbial fountain of eternal youth, (Yes, yes, yes I know there is no proverb about eternal youth, I’m just improvising here, so put a sock in it. ) so far as energy is concerned.
Some of these guys make religious fanatics seem perfectly rational. Lets take, for example This one vid i found on YouTube, claiming to have invented an over unity motor that is breaking the laws of physics:
Seriously? First of all, none of the inventions I have seen on YouTube have been “over unity” motors. None. Not a single one. Wanna know how I know this to be the case? Neside the fact that all of the explanations they give for how their “over unity” motors work either make absolutely no sense, or describe a conventional motor with high efficiency modifications? All you have to do is really understand what “over unity” means. An “over unity” motor is one that generates more power than is put into it. The idea of an over unity motor is the key to the perpetual motion machine. A machine that, once started, will continue to run under it’s own power, into perpetuity.
Now any seasoned physicist will tell you that over unity motors, and consequently, perpetual motion machines, are physical impossibilities. And for good reason. For starters, there are no motors in existence today, that are over 100% efficient. In other words, you always get less energy from any given fuel than you put into any given motor, because you lose some energy along the way, be it to friction, heat, light, sound, air resistance, etc.
This means that an over unity motor would have to extract more energy from it’s power source, than the power source actually possesses. A motor that would have to be in excess of 100% efficiency. Just not possible. The motor would have to be frictionless, silent, have zeros mass, ect, etc, etc… Clearly something that makes not sense whatsoever. Of course the proponents of over-unity motors just throw those terribly inconvenient laws of physics away, and make claims that are akin to saying that you could power your car forever using the pink flatulence of technicolor unicorns.
If you haven’t picked up on it by now, I obviously don’t buy into the idea of perpetual motion. However, what I do buy into is the idea of free energy. Not from “over unity” motors, but rather, from natural, “under unity” power sources that are currently just being wasted. The problem is, some people don’t know the difference. Look at the information in the text of this vid (you can skip the actual vid if you want, the quote below is where the laughs are to be had ):
And I quote:
If you don’t believe in free energy think about this: The sun is radiating all its energy into the vacuum, all stars, galaxies, quasars, everything is radiating energy. This means the vacuum cannot be empty thus containing a lot of “hidden” energy which can be extracted by means of certain devices, breaking the laws of (the present-days) Physics.
Whoa, whoa, whoa, hold on there partner… I was with you until you started talking about breaking the laws of physics. Energy from the sun is indeed free energy, but the sun is not a perpetual motion machine, and therefore harnessing that energy can not, I repeat *NOT* even remotely constitute a possible violation of the laws of physics. If it did, then every solar calculator, every solar powered garden light, every single solar powered device, heck, even photosynthesis, would be a violation of the laws of physics.
Harnessing naturally occurring sources of energy has never required breaking any of the laws of physics., because each and every one of these abundant supplies of natural energy, wind, water, sunlight, even geothermal energy, are all natural phenomenon that themselves obey the laws of physics, and can be tapped, utilizing those same laws.
They are not perpetual energy source. They are finite. They WILL eventually run out. Yep, even our great and glorious Sun is a humongous ongoing fusion reaction will eventually run out of fuel at some point and eventually die. It is a terribly efficient reaction, yielding massive amounts of energy, yes, but it will still run out. We are just taking advantage of them while they are still alive.
That’s not magic, it’s not perpetual motion, it’s not over unity, It’s just a good, abundant source of free energy, like wind, wave and geothermal energy, that we really ought to be taking advantage of while we still can, instead of dreaming about energy sources that are no more concrete than gunpowder made from the dehydrated gas of a flatulent ogre, no matter how potent that may sound…
As a big fan of the original Knight Rider Series starring the Hoff, and a jet black 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am as KITT, I was a little off put that for the new 2008 remake of the series, they went with the rather brick-like 2008 Mustang instead of any of the newer, and arguably much edgier looking, Dodge or Chevy offerings.
Not that they picked a slug, the 2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR Mustang is easily one of the best mustangs around. But seriously, just look at the lines on it:
Not that it’s bad looking, per say, but compared to the likes of the new Dodge Challenger, or even the Camaro, it seems like an odd choice:
See what i mean? When I look at all of that untapped evil potential in the Dodge and Chevy offerings, it’s almost a crying shame to think how much closer these are to the original, compared to the lines of the Mustang. But the pain doesn’t stop there. The new KITT has some equally new tricks. Take, for instance the new transformation bits:
Pretty nifty, yes, lots of cool transformation sequences like this in the series. Which is all good and fine, except for one thing. Much like the transformers, such massive physical reconstruction should normally kill the occupants… I’m not hating or anything, I’m just sayin’..
However the one thing I will say for the new series is that what they lacked with respect to the blatant disregard for practicality and style (the new knight rider attack mode looks more like the product of an import car magazine artist than the intimidating weapon it is supposed to be) they made up for in overall cool, and some great interaction between the actors. Heck, even KITT, while almost a completely different character from the original, has an unusually affable, all knowing arrogance that interestingly enough, makes him rather likeable:
Not that KITT wouldn’t be likeable even if it had no AI, but still. That is perhaps the reason why the series still seems to work. They changed a lot of things, but made sure to keep the ones that mattered. And they didn’t entirely ditch everything from the old series. If you were a fan of the old series, and you look at the intro for the new one, it is clear that homage was paid to intro sequence from the original:
I suppose at the end of the day, the cool technological edge of the series will just keep drawing viewers back in… I keep getting this image in my mind from the pilot movie for the series, where KITT is screaming across the Nevada desert, moving so fast that there are vapor trails streaming from his hood and spoiler.
Seriously? Contrails from a car? Realism be damned! That’s just cool, not matter how you slice it…
I’m a big fan of anime, as well as action movies. I found this video which is a beautiful melding of two of my favorite things. It’s a mashup of HellSing, one of my many favorite animes, and the audio from the trailer for Bangkok Dangerous, a good, if not a little formulaic action movie Nicholas Cage starred in.
Apart from a few random scenes where some unwanted subs showed up, the editing is pretty darn close to perfect. Enjoy!
Famous Last Words
The Time Machine