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Ian Ignatov
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Unexpected [v0.4 Ep. 2 – Part 2] [APK]


Every week they have a handful of different competitions that are mostly just meant as a creative challenge. There are challenges for low-fi hip-hop (the study-beats you've probably listened to one afternoon or late night while you were trying to focus), writing/rapping, and one called the One Kit Challenge.I've never really participated because I've been trying to finish the album, but last week I was intrigued by the folder of samples. The instructions are simple: Build something out of the pack of sounds. You can chop them up and process things as much as you want, but you have to only work with what's in the folder.It's always interesting to see what people do. I started thinking about a Spanish lounge song sample that was included and began to think about what I could extract from it. I guess I was feeling a little funky. I'm more influenced by jazz and alternative rock than most current hip-hop, so I started to build out something that ended up being more of a song. I've been tinkering with building sample synthesizers, so the chopped-up samples went into keyboards I could play.




Unexpected [v0.4 Ep. 2 – Part 2] [APK]



Nuclear power should be on the table, but the direction of the US should be how do we build new age Reactors that are part of a larger plan to sunset the old ones we currently have. Safely, we can take steps forward to remove our dependancy on oil and coal.


NO, nuclear power is not a good source of energy. I am from the west coast where the Whoops plant was built ( partially, they ran out of money) its on a fault line. They say the west coast is long over due for a big quake and all I can say is thank god they ran out of money. This world needs to wake up. There is clean energy and big corporations and our goverment continue to fight it at the expense of the world. I have heard the Japan is way ahead on earthquake prep. but did they not think of the of what would happen with nuc's plants on fault lines. My heart goes out to the Japanese people this is the biggest tragdey. But if there is one good outcome it will be no more nuclear energy. Otherwise we are doomed to repeat history.


The funny part about this, is that even if we did change to alternative power, it would still create jobs, it would still produce revenue and the rich would remain rich. They would just be using other sources of power and fuel, other than oil or nuclear power. Ones that would be better and have less negatives to humans and our environment.


I'm writing in response to the question as to whether the US should pursue nuclear power, given the recent tragic events in Japan.No, I do not believe we should pursue nuclear power. How can lobbyists and our government rationalize expanding our nuclear power? Only by resolutely adopting a position of denial. We have seen so many signs over decades of the tremendous risk this energy source poses to all of us. We have the opportunity to adapt other sources: wind power, solar power. . . I grew up near the Indian Point nuclear power plant 35 miles up river from New York City. I shudder to think what will happen when the long-predicted northeast coast earthquake occurs. I see what I can only interpret as a sad, blind arrogance on the part of Americans who believe we can continue to use nuclear power without paying a very severe price.


I think Nuclear energy is a great source of energy when there are responsible people overseeing every aspect of it...from the building of the plant to the storage of the spent rods...Now the hard part, finding responsible people.


Nothing should be off the table. But we need safer technology and better engineering. Thorium reactors have already been extensively studied and are probably an order of magnitude safer than their Uranium counterparts. Just remember, don't build anything that you can't maintain.


Nuclear power could still be an option for clean energy, both here and abroad, but it should be fairly obvious that the tenets of modern capitalism does not lend itself to building "safe" nuclear reactors. Contracts are given to the lowest bidder, whom in turn builds that facility with profitability being the primary concern. If you ask for a cheap nuclear power station, you will get one. Rather than invest in safer designs like gravel-bed reactors, or investing in Thorium reactors (which can be very expensive, but are both cleaner and safer), we rely on market principles which, in comparison with cost-effectiveness and profitability, promotes minimum standards in safety, responsibility, and sustainability. Thorium reactors are expensive, and would require significant investments in developing a Thorium-based infrastructure, but it would be FAR safer and FAR cleaner than ANY modern, commercial nuclear power plant. Whereas current reactors must constantly regulate fission, Thorium reactors must constantly maintain fission using a particle accelerator. Unlike modern commercial nuclear power, you can actually turn off a Thorium reactor. Modern reactors can only be subdued and contained as we can all painfully see in Japan. Another benefit from a Thorium reactor is waste material with a 500 yr lifespan, vs. a 10,000 yr lifespan. Seems like the right choice to me, but i guess the price is what's important, isn't it, Velshi?


We currently have the technology to produce, with wind and solar power and biofuels all the energy required to run this planet. That inculdes replacing all of the dirty and dangerous coal fired plants now running as well. Nuclear power need not be a part of future power planning and should not, if for no other reason than being economically and environmentally unfeasible when considering the necessity for long term spent fuel storage.


I think when people eventually delve into the 'ultimate' cause they will go back to why each of the back-up cooling systems did not function more than a few hours. The 'system' already had 'redundancy' built-in to ensure safety. Some part of that fail-safe system 'should' have worked.


Why not? (1) No hope to eliminate nuclear weapons with nuclear power plants producing weapons grade materials;(2) Huge costs, pollution and dollars, of all parts of the nuclear chain, from uranium mining to processing to power plants to transportation to figuring out how to safely store highly radioactive materials by the TONS, FOREVER. How to change? Obama's budget calls for billions for new nuclear weapons development and facilities. Spend that money instead for nuclear-free, carbon-free, renewable energy for ALL.


2) In spite of several decades of relying on nuclear power, there still is not a safe way to dispose of nuclear waste. Some parts of the nuclear waste cycle will require thousands of years to stop emitting dangerous radiation. We cannot place such a burden on those who come so many years after us.


My question is, how forthcoming will our gov be in identifying/alerting us on the west coast, particularly Alaska, re radioactive winds coming this way over the next 3d, and does the gov have stockpiles of iodine tablets and a distribution plan?


Nuclear power could still be an option for clean energy, both here and abroad, but it should be fairly obvious that the tenets of modern capitalism does not lend itself to building "safe" nuclear reactors. Contracts are given to the lowest bidder, whom in turn builds that facility with profitability being the primary concern. If you ask for a cheap nuclear power station, you will get one. Rather than invest in safer designs like gravel-bed reactors, or investing in Thorium reactors (which can be very expensive, but are both cleaner and safer), we rely on market principles which, in comparison with cost-effectiveness and profitability, promotes minimum standards in safety, responsibility, and sustainability. Thorium reactors are expensive, and would require significant investments in developing a Thorium-based infrastructure, but it would be FAR safer and FAR cleaner than ANY modern, commercial nuclear power plant. Whereas current reactors must constantly regulate fission, Thorium reactors must constantly maintain fission using a particle accelerator. Unlike modern commercial nuclear power, you can actually turn off a Thorium reactor. Modern reactors can only be subdued and contained as we can all painfully see in Japan. Another benefit from a Thorium reactor is waste material with a 500 yr lifespan, vs. a 10,000 yr lifespan. Seems like the right choice to me, but i guess the price is what's important, isn't it?


We should decommission our older nuclear power plants. We should move away from nuclear power generation. This can not be done overnight, it takes years.In the interim, we should be putting up wind generators and solar plants. We should be building homes, apartment complexes, and industrial buildings greener, to reducing our need for energy. Lift planning/zoning regulations nation-wide that prohibit homeowners from installing vertical axis wind generators on their property. Let homes, apartments, and industrial building generate some or all of their electrical requirements through solar and wind.


Until we can understand cold fusion, Nuclear power is one of the best source for power. Wind power and Solar power is still a great power source also, but there are those whom are in the political parties whom are against green energy due to GREED. Like those who benefit money from Oil Corps. while they make BILLIONS off of the public. We need to discovery other way of energy that can produce much power as Nuclear power.


YES, nuclear power is part of the energy future. Will global warming go away? Will our dependence on foreign oil be quenched when there is no more oil?When all is settled, we'll go away with 20000 Japanese people killed in the earthquake/tsunami , and maybe 50 heroes workers killed from radiation. The industry will learn from Fukushima, even engineering is human. But I hope all the big com' brass will step-up better the next time to simply explain what's going on. I understand the media need "fear", and so do "the financial markets", but the real middle class American deserves much much better from its officials on these issues, learning from Japan!..... 041b061a72