Some iRacing folk have extremely elaborate setups, though that's by no means necessary. Multiple screens, racing seats, frames to hold everything in place, etc. Console game people, probably not so much.
Yes, they screw down quite firmly. Though I always check before I start an iRacing session. Though do tend to loosen.
I disliked "Bowl of Heaven" enough that I'm not going to bother with the sequel. I was expecting something much better from Niven and Benford. The astoundingly poor (or non-existent) editing really killed it for me, too.
Yes, surprised to see its lack of popularity, here.
Unless it's in China, who the heck wears a watch nowadays, other than old people?
Well, people who, among other reasons, don't want to take their phone out of their pocket to see the time. Pretty much the same reason why most people don't carry pocket watches any more.
Yep, I remember mine (Motorola? Nokia?) did that, too.
Besides the ancillary wheels to make this a "car," consider the equally-ancillary driver in the cockpit. I cannot think of a good reason to have a person onboard, beyond creating a (very real) element of danger.
The driver very much drives it. See this on-board video of Andy Green (who will also driver the Bloodhound) in the Thrust SSC.
Teaching is wonderful in many ways but do be prepared for the bullshit that's the academic world, too.
Bruce Sherwood, who taught a course using the Feynman Lectures as a textbook, has some interesting comments, saying that it went quite well for him.
Because they caught on fire?
They sell three models at any given time. It was the 3GS, 4, and 4S and now it's the 4, 4S, and 5. I just ordered a "free" 4 for my wife to replace her 3GS.
As an online instructor of math and physics, I agree completely. If you're going to do it right, it takes a big investment of time. Also, since our class sizes are no more than 15 students, they get a lot of individual attention, probably more than average in a traditional classroom. The training our institution requires prospective instructors to go through makes very clear that it's not an easy way to make a buck. I've been told only about 6% of applicants make it through the process. Now without doubt there are some bad online instructors and there are schools whose priority it is to crank as many students through as possible, regardless of whether they belong there, but don't get the impression all online education is like that.
It actually goes 23h 59m 59s, 23h 59m 60s, 00h 00m 00s. See http://www.nist.gov/pml/div688/leapseconds.cfm
I absolutely agree. And don't forget JT-65, which is an absolutely amazing mode for pulling extremely weak signals out of noise. It's in many ways the ultimate geeky hobby and there are so many ways to be involved. I wish I had gotten started years ago.