RV FLIP (FLoating Instrument Platform)

RV FLIP (FLoating Instrument Platform) is an open ocean research vessel owned by the Office of Naval Research and operated by the Marine Physical Laboratory of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.The ship is a 355 feet (108 meters) long vessel designed to partially flood and pitch backward 90 degrees, resulting in only the front 55 feet (17 meters) of the vessel pointing up out of the water, with bulkheads becoming decks. When flipped, most of the buoyancy for the platform is provided by water at depths below the influence of surface waves, hence FLIP is a stable platform mostly immune to wave action, like a spar buoy. At the end of a mission, compressed air is pumped into the ballast tanks in the flooded section and the vessel returns to its horizontal position so it can be towed to a new location.The ship is frequently mistaken for a capsized ocean transport ship

FLIP is designed to study wave height, acoustic signals, water temperature and density, and for the collection of meteorological data. Because of the potential interference with the acoustic instruments, FLIP has no engines or other means of propulsion. It must be towed to open water, where it drifts freely or is anchored. In tow, FLIP can reach speeds of 7–10 knots.
FLIP weighs 700 long tons (711 tonnes) and carries a crew of five, plus up to eleven scientists. It is capable of operating independently during month-long missions without resupply,being able to operate worldwide but the normal area is the west coast of the United States. The vessel operates out of a home base at the Scripps Nimitz Marine Facility in San Diego, California.

Hotmail Wave 4 update is rolling out today + more

Today Microsoft has started to install the Hotmail Wave 4 update.

This includes many updates for Hotmail but also a better integration inside your Live page.

It’s simple. Go to www.live.com and see your friends updates, mails, pictures, …

You can also easily adjust your privacy settings, share Word, Excell, Powerpoint documents, integrate Facebook, Netlog, WordPress, Flickr, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Last.FM, … updates(+- 100 services!)

An example:

One of my friends shared a picture where he is staying now and this is how it looks on my Live overview (www.live.com):

When I clicked on the picture I got a nice slideshow (with several options like Tagging People):

See you on Live ๐Ÿ˜‰

Windows Live updates

I just took two screen shots from Web Messenger in my hotmail account.

This Web Messenger is part of Live Wave 4, an update to the Microsoft Live services and programs.

You also might have seen that the Live sign-in design has changed a little bit and that Windows Live Messenger (WLM) recently added some extra functionality (group improvements):

Now it’s waiting for the full Wave 4 update, which includes a new Windows Live Messenger, new Windows Live Photo Gallery extra’s, etc..

I really start to like the Live series. I use the Live Photo Gallery myself as default photo viewer. It supports stitching pictures (very handy!!) and tagging friends (just like Facebook!).

Example of stitching two pictures together:

( select 2 or more images you want to stitch and select the stitching from the menu )

Example of tagging somebody:

( View a photo and select “Info” from the top menu )


SkyDrive gives you 25GB free online storage. You can store your music, pictures, documents online. (Very useful at school, trust me!)

Even writing blog posts is so easy with Live Writer.

Btw, also check out the Office Live Workspace. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Hydro-electric wave energy converter

Aquamarine Power’s innovativeย Oyster device is the world’s largest working hydro-electric wave energy converter.

I find it really fascinating to see all these different technologies that people are trying to manufacture or invent to create “clean” energy. ๐Ÿ™‚

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