Ford, The Reader

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I Make Your OC's! on 5/19/2020 8:47:06 PM
Name: 03 (oh-three)
Sex: No thanks!
FavFood: The Souls of the innocent Bagels
Age: 15 years (human)
Species: Demon, Wolf, Goat
Mate?: Wat?

Snake tongue, eyes constantly bleed, got stitches on my mouth and 4 green toe beans on mah feetz.

Yes: Spooky Stuff, Twenty One Pilots, MCR P!ATD, Tumblr, FlowerCrowns,Cats,Sushi,DOORKNOBS <3

No: Anime, Coffee, Celebs., Boogers, Dogs, Sunlight, Sandpaper, Buttons, People.

HMU on 5/19/2020 8:41:54 PM
he has a bedazzler and several bullets

Potato List | Ford's Articles Of Interest on 5/5/2020 2:23:00 PM

Starting off at number 2 because the editor isn't a math person, potato pancakes look pretty good. Maybe they're like hash browns but less grated?

3. Potato hash - looks tasty. I like dishes that are as easy as throwing all of it in a hot pan and its done.

4. Potato gnocchi - I don't speak german, but these potatoes kind of look weird. It's apparently some sort of pasta but potato.

5. Baked potato wedges - hell yes.

6. Potatoes are great - some foreign casserole thing. Not a fan of the gooey texture.

7. Potato bread - na.

8. Fries - ye boi. gonna get me some fries on the way home.

9. Tater tots - I probably haven't had them since I was 13 or so, and it was either at school or at sonic. Both kind of suck. Maybe I need to try some better ones, but for now I prefer fries.

10. Roasted potatoes with herbs - aren't these baked potato wedges but smaller?

11. Mashed potatoes - I wish they were easier to make cause I can eat fuckloads of mash all day every day.

12. Garlic mashed potatoes - alright at least space out the same dish from itself. Is this list just going to repeat the same dishes?

13. Barf - no thank you.

14. Potato crocs - they look like hush puppies but less fried and more soft. I'd eat em.

15. Potato salad - thats just cole slaw with sour cream instead of mayo. Both 0/10 would not eat.

16. Potato salad but warm - bruh, its the garlic mash all over again.

17. Potato filling - their pic makes me hungry as fuck, looks spicy and shit. I'd definitely eat a fuckload of this stuff, burrito or not.

18. Potato soup - I'm not much of a soup person, I guess this soup looks fine.

19. Tater skins - I like mine with jalapenos and more meaty than cheesy but really any are good.

20. Chips - maybe I'll get some chips on the way home too.

21. Potato curry - thats just any curry with a potato mixed in. I bet the rest of this "article" is gonna be various dishes but with potato on them to make them potato dishes. Or maybe they'll say curry again.

22. Hasselback potatoes - a baked potato but sliced. I'll take two.

23. Potato waffles - The shape doesn't matter, it's a potato pancake.

24. Spanish omelet - its a omelet but with a potato mixed in.

25. baked potato - feel like this should've been earlier on the list. Super easy to make a few minutes in the microwave and boom - baked potato.

26. Potato pizza - ehhh idk. Maybe fries on pizza but a pizza made of potatoes? Not sure.

27. Potato leek soup - it's leek soup but with a potato in it

28. Sweet potato pie - surprised there weren't more sweet potatoes on the list. I don't like sweet potatoes though so I'll pass on this one.


Francis Turbine | Ford's Articles Of Interest on 5/5/2020 2:04:58 PM
Francis Turbine

The most common water turbine in use today, the Francis turbine is shaped such that the inward flow of high pressure water drives the trubine and loses almost all its energy in the process. The turbine itself is usually hollowed on the middle of the shaft so that the low-energy water can flow and the pressure can be preserved from the process.

It's highly efficient design for optimal flow make it a staple in water energy systems. Now you know why the blades and housing are shaped in that weird bottom-conic shape with the spiral casting center.

The article has a good depth into the efficiency of the turbine but is severely lacking the applications section. Overall, it was mediocre. 3/8.

corgi213 | Ford's Articles Of Interest on 5/5/2020 1:59:29 PM

The name is not only all lowercase but includes numbers as well. A double whammy of malpractice among usernames. The entire thing is just misc quotes aligned with a pitiful sidebar where five years are shown to have gone by yet less than a thousand points or posts to show for it. I'm sure the two storygames make up for the lack--I mean, rarity, of activity.


Tokamak | Ford's Articles Of Interest on 5/5/2020 1:26:11 PM

We're back into nuclear fusion with the most famous and widely used (~28 in the world) reactor design: the TOKAMAK. Like the other pinch systems we use a magnetic field generated by the surrounding core structure to concentrate and light up the plasma. It's very useful for studying fusion disruptions as they can be controlled. We can model pieces of real life disruptions to better understand the larger systems sch as the sun in real life. I kind of think of it like how every electrical signal can be modeled with a combination of sine waves - any fusion disruption can be represented by a combination of basic disruptions. The TOKAMAK design allows for control and classification of these. It's a very safe stable system by comparison to other methods which makes it a valuable fusion power research design.

The article is very well written, and covers everything in a neat way that stays concise and readable. 6/8.

Differential Geometry | Ford's AOI on 5/5/2020 1:18:21 PM
Differential Geometry

In the realm of higher mathematics we find subjects introductory to manifolds and topological mysteries. Differential geometry is the boring part that bridges the gap between topology and more advanced systems at the edge of modern mathematics such as reimann manifolds. Differential geometry is not like the geometry you probably know, it deals with shapes - sure, but generally not on a planar surface. It describes a study of twisted and warped spaces to find how shapes project and move through these complicated spaces. It's the least abstract of the abstract higher maths I know of, and its applications are somewhat rooted in my study of electrical engineering. The field space of electromagnetic systems with moving things throughout creates a differential geometry problem that warps and twists the field as the object of a known shape moves through it.

The article itself is fairly barren, but the subjects it touches on have their own articles so I suppose it's expansive in that way. 3/8.

Chaos Theory | Ford's Articles Of Interest on 5/5/2020 1:12:56 PM
Chaos Theory

Chaos theory is a very popular branch of mathematics which deals with systems in which small differences in initial conditions makes large differences in later conditions. "Chaos: When the present determines the future, but the approximate present does not approximately determine the future." - E. Lorenz describes it well.

There's many chaotic systems but what I find most interesting is attractors born of chaotic systems. The initial conditions of some systems create similar shapes and these similarities are attractors where the system tends to go. Famous attractor systems often overlap in some way with famous fractal sets. The article goes through many of the various types of chaotic systems and briefly describes their applications in areas like cryptography and chemistry. I Appreciate that the article also recommends textbooks on chaos theory.

I'll be revisiting the finer topics within chaos theory at a later date.


Ford's Articles Of Interest on 5/5/2020 1:07:28 PM
An Experimental Study of the Effect of Rayleigh–Taylor Instabilities on the Energy Deposition Into the Plasma of a Z Pinch

Right off the bat this article’s abstract and first page has terrible readability and lost me at least twice in their attempt to tell me that the heating of the plasma in a z-pinch and its relation to the magnetic field containing the plasma are researched experimentally. Their experimental setup is fairly detailed but they do not go into enough detail for others to duplicate the experiment reliably. I find this is an annoying problem with many papers these days not providing enough detail about their equipment and processes for others to replicate the experiment and confirm the results. In this case, they gave specifications for their laser probe and how it was going to be used to get a shadowgram of the plasma at particular instances at defined nanosecond intervals but the type and source for the laser are unknown. The lack of readability does not help this papers’ rough start into the subject of heated plasma MHD.

Ultimately the shadowgrams and interferometry pay off with beautiful pictures of the plasma with very defined structures to determine the flow as the gas puff emerges and dissipates. The source then goes on to ruin this by presenting high level mathematical formula in batches of five or six fractioned double-integral constant-saturated matrix-defined equations which decrease the readability and flow significantly to the point of it being worthwhile to skip entire paragraphs as the equations themselves take up such an explanation and derivation. All under the labels of “results” and not under a more appropriate label of “governing equations.” Statistical models are presented with a scatter of experimental data to show correlation between the MHD instabilities and the heat/energy of the plasma system. Their results are somewhat promising, as the best fit lines appear to closely approximate the ideal conditions likely set out by the equations presented earlier in the paper.

A saving grace for this source is its final page and conclusion, which both provides a fundamental intuitive inequality and a short-but-sweet conclusion about the magnetic fields generated within heated plasma and its effects on the energy in the systems. Their experimental processes very closely approximated fundamental constants expected.

I would not use this source for my research unless absolutely necessary. The graphs towards the end are nice, and the shadowgrams are impressively detailed, but the paper does not present anything new or imply any significant applications of their research. It is a low quality paper, hindered by the ego of a mathematician at the back of it and a lack of accessible language. The scope is well managed and the conclusion is well written, the depth is too deep if one considers the equations presented and too shallow if skipped.

Ford's Articles Of Interest on 5/5/2020 1:06:23 PM
Modifying Wire-Array Z-Pinch Ablation Structureand Implosion Dynamics Using Coiled Wires

This article explores the effects of coiled wire on the magnetic field involved in Z-pinch experiments. The magnetic field, as mentioned, is necessary for a pinch phenomena to happen and in this case the researchers look to develop reliable x-ray emission from the plasma pinch, and perhaps seek a “golden ratio” of sorts between coils of wire and the magnetic field is produces to purity and intensity of x-ray emission. One would not be able to tell this is what the papers’ aim is by reading the abstract or the first paragraphs. Comparing this with other research papers, the abstracts are often very bad with flow and this particular source is not very accessible to a reader only moderately curious about plasma physics and the pinch effect.

They present the initial problem very well, keeping the scope of the paper within the title and avoiding the mention of Maxwell’s law which, from an electrical engineering standpoint, would be relevant; but from a physics standpoint and the goal of increasing x-ray emission they comment only on the fundamental wavelength being directly related to the coil of wire creating the magnetic field. The problem is clear: the coil of wire producing the magnetic field is slightly imperfect, and this creates a noticeable inefficiency in x-ray emission from the heated plasma. In order to control and better this, they present a method to change the root of the problem: the fundamental wavelength of the material used in coiled wire electromagnetics.

The researchers go on to describe various attempts to mitigate the ablation of x-ray emissions through the plasma using differing wire geometries and carefully measuring the plasma and ablation waves from the simplest z-pinch experiment: gas puff. The research presented doesn’t describe the gas puff experiment very well, but with the embedded pictures, I can imagine it would not be difficult for someone who did not know much about it to guess what is happening. The diagrams improve flow greatly, and accessibility is well met for one who has perhaps read the wikipedia page for pinch phenomena, that is to say “light handed” research. The avoidance of heavy mathematical functions is a major plus to readability and flow. Their pictures are engaging and informative, with no fluff or complicated figures. Simple drawings have been overlaid to describe ideal conditions and better outline what is happening in the experimental process.

Around the fourth page or so the article takes a dip in readability, but I find this acceptable as they are increasing the depth of detail presented by explaining the effects of wavelength constants and how wire coil geometry has affected the experiment greatly. These two qualitative criteria often oppose each other, and I find it acceptable when readability goes down for the sake of depth into the subject. Even as this goes, they maintain flow with greater frequency of diagrams and images to help intuitively aid the understanding of the experiment and its results. Upon the conclusion they explore theoretical applications for their experimental results, and the coiled arrays of wires to better control MHD instability in pinch experiments. Upon this new geometry of the coiled wire arrays, they have shown a large and significant increase in x-ray emission through this simple plasma pinch research.

By my criteria, the paper is a superior resource for the subject. The scope lacks in some places, where some explanation of the basics is necessary to better follow the researchers’ train of thought, but the readability makes it highly enjoyable and informative despite that. A significantly better abstract and the paper could easily be golden in terms of quality. Looking into their references a bit I find that a large portion of the literature used for their research is unavailable through online academic sources.