What interesting, fun, wacky, useful, or interesting internet searches have you

@writersedge (22579)
United States
August 29, 2010 7:01am CST
done lately? I've been searching wind energy on youtube. So far I've learned about horizontal and vertical axis wind mills. I've also learned that there are many kinds of things you can build them out of. So far, I've only researched the wind catching/revolving part on the top. The pvc pipe sounds doable, the bike and packing tape does, too, but you would need to be able to change the angle to catch the wind from more than 2 directions, I think. I think the ones where they can catch the wind from any direction are best. One I saw would be neat made out of plastic milk jugs, I think. When I saw it, they didn't say what it was made out of, but it looked like plastic milk jugs to me. But the pvc pipe, my husband and my brother were interested in. Now I'll have to search the next part of one. Since there is a ton of wind in my area, I think that this may be the way to go. Not much sun since we're surrounded by trees. I got the idea from the story about a young man in another country who started out just trying to run a light and a radio from one. No electricity in his home or town either. He went to his library and figured out how to do it. He used parts from a junk yard. So if a windmill can be made from junk parts there, maybe from inexpensive or thrown out stuff here. So what are or were you researching? Why does it interest you? What do you plan to do with the research?
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@GDTimothy (446)
• United States
29 Aug 10
One of the most interesting, fun, wacky, but not terribly useful things I've found on the Internet is "The End Of The Internet." Check out http://www.endoftheinternet.com for a laugh or two! Else, on the serious side, I'm just fascinated by science of any kind, but recently with astronomy more than anything else. So my searches have turned up all kinds of strange science stuff ranging from quantum weirdness to black hole physics to air breathing fish that actually drown if they can't come to the surface to breathe!
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
29 Aug 10
All that science sounds neat. Like they say on PBS, "Stay curious." Thanks for dropping by and take care.
@GardenGerty (96643)
• Marion, Kansas
1 Sep 10
I am only researching a health issue right now. I do not want to share it. I think you can build anything you set your mind to. I live in a kind of "uppity town" and they would not let us build stuff from junk, I have tried. It would be nice to be just a bit more rural, but this one is so very nearly paid for that is out of the question.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
2 Sep 10
Good luck with your health issue research. Sorry your town isn't more open minded. My home should be paid for this month and there are now places that I think would be more suited to my life, but without a really good income or a large lump some.But we do what we can where we can.
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
29 Aug 10
Interesting, I read a little about wind energy myself this week..That is because I accepted an article to write on solar energy, but I focused more on the passive and active ways to use the sun. I found that we more or less do use the passive energy, I just need to get better drapes...lol (Oh, this is the article that was accepted too...) I learned how the active use of this clean and free energy source is really quite simple, except I doubt our community would allow us to put in solar panels, not without our fees that we haven't paid off yet and without a whooping permit to do it. Then other than the panels and fans, after that investment, we can supply our home with free or very low cost energy..:)
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
29 Aug 10
Well solar, if we could afford it, our state would reimburse us for part of the cost, plus give us a tax break, plus tie it in with the electric company.
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@nitin_hec (1098)
• India
29 Aug 10
I usually try to learn recipes. Always make them with bad taste.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
29 Aug 10
Maybe you need to watch how a recipe is done. There are many cooking shows and some of those shows can be seen online if your computer can handle it. If not and you have a tv, try watching there. There are many different techniques to learn in cooking. Well mixed is way different from just until mixed. Stir in, beat in, and fold in are all different techniques and create different results and are for different kinds of results. Cut in is very, very different from the others. Many times, people like high heat because things get done faster, but some things, high heat turns into rubber. So low and slow for some things is very important, high and fast with lots of stirring for others, medium for still others. Learning the different-sized cuts like julienne, minced, etc is also important. I learned some of my cooking watching relatives, some from friends, and some from tv. So try watching and helping others in your family first if you can. If you can't, try watching on tv or youtube. Good luck and better cooking to you.