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Alpha Cenauri Beckons

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Finally after more then a year in development this production has finally hit the internet.

Alpha Cenauri Beckons is a video about the ECR engine (Electron Cyclotron Resonance). The ECR is the very latest in advanced space propulsion. Using solid state components it is expected to give about 1.5 to 2 times the power over other current in-space propulsion systems. The ECR will require less maintenance because it doesn’t use electrodes (which wear out during opeartion) to generate electron resonance plasma. The extra performance comes from the facts of science that electron resonance has a higher energy state with which to eject plasma particles through the engine nozzle. In ECR propulsion ions are ejected more axially imparting more thrust. Specific Impulse (Isp) is about 5,000 sec. with the potential to go to 10,000 seconds which gives about 50,000 m/s to about 100,000 m/s exit velocity. The ECR was developed from the Gas Dynamic Mirror propulsive device which conceptually can generate fusion propulsion when materials and technologies, such as improved heat-to-electricity, are advanced to support fusion. When such technologies and materials are so advanced, the ECR can be configured to generate fusion. This will open up the entire solar system to manned travel. It could even make manned travel beyond our solar system a possibility! Alpha Centauri Beckons!

This is my first HD production!

Thanks to Allen Goodman for the voice over, and Tangerine Dream for the music (Stratosfear 1995).

Engine design by Al Reisz of Reisz Engineers.



Final Site Design & Moving

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

I’ve finally finished the redesign of my site, feel free to let me know what you think of the new look. This was in response to feedback from some of you, so thank you very much for your advice, I believe it has helped me GREATLY!!!

New Site Graphics Updated

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

If you haven’t already noticed, I’ve posted all the new site graphics that I made while I was in Thailand. This comes with a special thanks to my girl friend for taking the time to upload all the files from her laptop since they didn’t burn properly on the DVD I made just before my departure. I couldn’t have done it without you Mahal!

Hope you like it, I do. :D



Finally HOME!!!

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

Finally after 44 hours of traveling, lay-overs, cold stiff and erroded seat cusions accompanied by endless hours of elevator music and voices of beautiful women on the intercom tralling out

New Site Graphics

Friday, February 8th, 2008

I just finished developing a new set of graphics buttons for my site. Of course I haven’t done any re-touching yet, or even tested them out. So I’m not sure how much more work it will take before I like the final result, but at least I’ve gotten the ball rolling for retooling my site. I still have some new title graphics to work on, and I haven’t even started to restructure the site itself, however, getting the buttons done is an important first step.

The last few days here in Thailand I’ve been down with a BAD cough and I haven’t been able to do much of anything. My girl friend finally went out and got some Robitussin. Ever since then I’ve been on the rebound, thus I’m doing much better now. Only about 1 more week here and I’ll be flying back to the US.

At this point I can feel I’m already starting to miss this place and I haven’t even left it. Mostly because I won’t be with my girl friend any more, but also because the weather here is absolutely AMAZING, and I just know the weather in Minnesota is going to be nothing but crud for another

My Encounter with the Thai Police

Monday, February 4th, 2008

After the basket ball game this last weekend a bunch of the guys all had a party and we ate some food from the Philippines, well prepared Pinoy Style, since the food didn’t actually come from the Philippines. You see all the friends I’ve been hanging out with here are from the Philippines, they are all international teachers. After the food, one of the guys here let me borrow his motorbike, and he borrowed the keys to another motorbike from his friend and the two of us went on a joy ride through the local country side. I didn’t have a helmet because most helmets in Thailand are made for Thia people and Thia people tend to have smaller heads then western people. ;) So I didn’t have a helmet, but helmets are required in Thailand.

The joy ride was really great, I got up to third gear and passed the guy I was riding with, then we turned around and started back a different route. On the last turn before getting to their drive way by their flat, there was a speed trap set by a whole bunch of Thai Policemen. They had pulled over a bunch of motor cycles and where busy writing tickets.

Before I continue I should tell you that people here in Thailand don’t say English words quite like they do in the USA. For instance Ice Cream is pronounced Ice-a-cream, and Stop is pronounced Sa-Top.

So I look at the police officers as I ride past them and first one then two officers see me and shout after me “Sa-Top, Sa-Top!” I just kept going like I didn’t understand them, because truthfully it didn’t really register that they wanted me to stop until I was already around the corner. My friend and I kept going until we got to our drive way, we pulled in and got off. Then we all had a good laugh about the Thia Police, they joked that I’ll get my ticket in the mail later.



Thai Basketball

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

Last night I was invited to play some hoops Thai style, well actually it’s the same as any ole basketball game around the world. So it’s not like they play with their teeth or anything like that. Only difference is the weather is about as spicy as the food. (HOT) Thus working the ball around the court tends to produce copious amounts of sweat. :-D

Our team lost the game, but anyways it’s not really about winning or loosing, just out to have some fun, and it’s been ages since I played hoops anyways. Best part is I made some good friends while I was at it. They want to learn more about computers and programming, so hopefully I can help them out. When you guys get here, I wish you all a warm welcome.

Spicy Thai Food

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

I finally figured out why the food is so spicy here in Thailand. It’s because they serve the rice cold most times, so when you mix the side dishes with the rice and eat. So you can’t even tell that the rice is actually cold because your so busy reacting to the spicy food. :-D

On another note my girl friend and I took her laptop to the Acer Maintaince Center and had the DVD drive unit replaced. It’s reading Dual Layer DVD’s fine now so I’ve already scanned all the DVD’s and copied a large portion of MP3’s to her Hard Drive. I’ve also installed most of the applications I’ll need to work on the website, so I can start on that today, though you won’t see any changes for a bit, because I’m making all the changes off line, and I’ll upload the site changes later.



First time in Thailand

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

I wish I could come up with words to describe the last few weeks of travel I’ve experienced. Pictures are worth a thousand words so the best I can do is post some pictures to really tell the story. However, I’m not able to post pictures right now because this entire time the DVD player in my girl friends laptop has not been working properly so it’s not able to read most of my DVD’s with the applications and things that I brought with me. So I can resize the images, nor can I optimize them for web publication. We had planned to go to the computer store and look at the cost of getting the DVD player replaced or finding a removable DVD player. That’s part of the reason I haven’t made any posts lately, and my time online has been limited for the last few weeks, although I have been online a few times it’s not easy to get lots of time online in the Philippines. It’s a little easier to get online in Thailand. I’m currently writing this post from my girl friends laptop in her