I applied for min. wage jobs for 6 years before someone hired me. And not just occasionally picking up an application, either. I learned ow to make a resume when I was 14, I obsessed over how to dress and what to say, I spent entire days collecting and turning in applications, other entire days calling every single place in the area trying to find ANYTHING. For 6 years. I was 21 when I was hired for my first job that wasn’t the required work study I got when I started college.
One thing I’ve learned about these jobs: it’s all fucking luck. When a job requires no qualifications and has 10+ applicants for one position, getting the job is luck. Interviews for these jobs are usually five minutes, nobody reads the resumes, there is every little you can do to increase your chances of being hired. I got into a lot of really “prestigious” schools because at least with university, you can do something to increase your chances.
And if you’re unlucky, that means your family might not eat that night. Even if you get the job, they still might ot eat, because the jobs you fight for don’t pay enough to support you.
But sure, we’re lazy.
Here Comes the Sun: Mirrors in orbit would reflect sunlight onto huge solar panels, and the resulting power would be beamed down to Earth. Image: John MacNeill
Imagine looking out over Tokyo Bay from high above and seeing a man-made island in the harbor, 3 kilometers long. A massive net is stretched over the island and studded with 5 billion tiny rectifying antennas, which convert microwave energy into DC electricity. Also on the island is a substation that sends that electricity coursing through a submarine cable to Tokyo, to help keep the factories of the Keihin industrial zone humming and the neon lights of Shibuya shining bright.
But you can’t even see the most interesting part. Several giant solar collectors in geosynchronous orbit are beaming microwaves down to the island from 36 000 km above Earth.
It’s been the subject of many previous studies and the stuff of sci-fi for decades, but space-based solar power could at last become a reality—and within 25 years, according to a proposal from researchers at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The agency, which leads the world in research on space-based solar power systems, now has a technology road map that suggests a series of ground and orbital demonstrations leading to the development in the 2030s of a 1-gigawatt commercial system—about the same output as a typical nuclear power plant.
- The US Navy’s Plan to Beam Down Energy From Orbiting Solar Panels
- Space-based solar power
- Space-based solar power (wikipedia)
- Solar Power via the Moon (pdf)
- Solar Power Satellite Design Considerations
- URSI White Paper on Solar Power Satellite (SPS) Systems (pdf)
- Orbiting Solar Panels Beam Energy From Space
This particular moment in Star Trek is actually quite important. A lot of people don’t realise that understanding something is not the same as approving of something. This particular episode (A Taste of Armageddon) had a civilization where war was fought on computers instead of on the battlefield and instead of people dying in combat they would send the calculated amount of “casualities” into a camp to die. Kirk is outraged completely by this and rightly should be, but Spock is not so overtly disapproving. He understands why they might think their solution is better for their civilization and takes the time to think about why they are doing it. Even though he can understand why, he still believes it is wrong for them to be doing it.
There is a separation between understanding something and approving of something that a lot of people seem to miss.
Wisconsin women’s hockey all-time leading scorer Hilary Knight poses nude for ESPN Body Issue
Knight: “There is this image of athletic women as small and petite — the yoga body type. Women in general, we tend to shrink ourselves and not have as much confidence as we should in presenting ourselves and our body types. It’s OK to be fit and healthy and comfortable within your body, whatever frame you have. Since gaining 15 pounds to be at the top of my sport [for the Olympics], I’ve tried to shatter the body image that muscular isn’t feminine.”
HOLY SHIT GOD DAMNNNNNNNNN
my body is ready
Jewish And Arab People Posing Together Online, ‘Refusing To Be Enemies’
In the midst of news about the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, some people are posting photos online for an international social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter, with the hashtag, #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies.
I needed this on my dash
This is beautiful
This blog supports bisexual women having relationships with men if that’s what makes them happy, and this blog defends their right to not be called hetero for these life choices.
I see no lies.
Sgt. Thomas McVicar of the Jersey City Police Department shot 22 year old Kwadir Felton, leaving him blind, after Kwadir pulled a gun on him, he claims. Kwadir Felton denied the accusation, stating that he doesn’t even carry guns.
"I don’t understand!" Felton yelled at a police officer before his mother was removed from the courtroom. "You didn’t have to shoot me in the head for no reason! You trying to charge me with something I didn’t do!"
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This broke my fucking heart.
hey this needs about 16k more signatures