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    @manikmoon: You'd be surprised; chikkinz can be surprisingly mellow. (That or the "Freakangels Package" includes a calming effect on poultry...)

    @Miranda's Eyes: There are a number of outfits working on wave-generated electricity. Two of them have been testing off the central Oregon coast, where I live and work; one of those two is my employer, Oregon State University. I've had a minor role in the two ops tests OSU's conducted thus far (my part being getting the generating buoy in the water and/or rigged for towing to sea); the first would best be described as FAIL, the second (a year later, with some major redesign to the buoy) was apparently a solid success. (The other outfit, a non-profit energy company, seemed to be doing well with their test - until it sank due to operator error, creating a navigation hazard and seriously pissing off the local fishermen.)

    They're not using the "duck", though; the buoys are a fairly straightforward generator, with an anchored core as the stator surrounded by a free-floating cylinder or toroid acting as the rotor. Not as efficient as the duck in converting kinetic energy to electrical, but far more robust. From my admittedly limited knowledge of the details, the big practical drawback to the duck is its relatively high number of moving parts.

    Some info on the project here: http://eecs.oregonstate.edu/wesrf/
    • CommentAuthorPooka
    • CommentTimeApr 18th 2009
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    YAy Arkady! That perked up my rather icky evening.
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    @ Don Hilliard -- Thanks for the link. When I'm not on Deadline Crunch Doom time, I'll check it out.

    BTW, how big of a proverbial spanner does the growing problem of ocean acidification throw into the machinery used to harness wave-generated electricity? I can't imagine continual exposure to water with a pH of 4 would be good in the long run for machine parts.
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    @Miranda's Eyes:

    An ocean acidity of 4 would be a catastrophic level indeed - the average pH of the world's oceans is 8.1, and that's generally believed to be a 0.1 unit drop over the last 250 years, which is what's raised the red flag over ocean acidification.

    But even normal, neutral-to-alkaline seawater does no good to mechanical parts. Pretty much anything that can corrode or deteriorate in salt water (and salt air) has to be inside a watertight shell.
    • CommentAuthorVic Martin
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2009
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    They all looked younger to me. I assumed this was a flashback episode, with the murdered fellow still in the future. This was the Teen Titans version of FreakAngels.
    • CommentAuthorE0157H7
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2009
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    I like that the banter is making a comeback, they have so much pissing and moaning to do at each other.

    I vote that they harness the chickens to a generator.
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      CommentAuthorstsparky
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2009
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    @E0157H7 Chicken poop could be a fuel ...
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      CommentAuthorphorgan1
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2009
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    I'm used to chickens that run around making it quite difficult to gather them up, and just when you get them and think you're ok, suddenly they're all escaping and running about like chickens. I lived in the country as a child though and had some contact with chickens--most people didn't and didn't--I don't judge the quality of the world on their experience of the country life. That said, YAY!!! Reading Freak Angels makes me feel rather cleverer than the average bear (gratuitous other comic reference), and I do judge people on things like that, so you guys are all ok, but some of the people I work with are exactly (yes, exactly), not.

    Patrick
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2009
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    @ Patrick (Good name, btw, like it) - not to be a pedant but it's "smarter than the average bear". And it's from a cartoon, not a comic. I can sing the theme song, if'n ya like. And where did he get that pork-pie hat? Answer : he killed somebody and decided to wear it. The bow-tie, too.
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2009
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    @mister hex

    Is that canonical? Is it in the wiki? If so, I have a whole new respect for Yogi Bear.
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      CommentAuthorBisonkills
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2009 edited
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    In recognition of the second TPB surfacing very soon, I did a quick feature/review of Freakangels for Exquisite Things blog. Most of this will be old hat to most of you, as you're already readers of the comic but I thought it was worth a mention as there are bound to be people who haven't given it a look.

    If you do blog, please feel free to link me. Trying to up the readership a bit as we're still quite new to the comics blogosphere.
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2009
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    @ Rickie - No, not canonical. I made that up. But he must have killed a whole family, because Boo-Boo wears "clothes", too. (It should go in the wiki, winkwink)
    • CommentAuthorUrbanAngel
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2009
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    Hi there,
    Episode 52 no longer seems to be available:
    Unable to display page
    It has not been possible to display the page you requested for the following reason:
    500: Internal Server Error. The server encountered an unexpected problem. Please retry the request.
    Contact your system administrator if you continue to experience difficulties.
    http://www.freakangels.com/?p=87

    Episode 53 is available but I don't want to spoil the story!
    Please can anyone help?
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    It's working for me... try this?
    • CommentAuthorUrbanAngel
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2009
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    Same error message; it just redirects to http://www.freakangels.com/?p=87. No worries - it's hometime in 48 minutes so I can read the last 2 episodes from home. Thanks for looking.
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      CommentAuthorcheesecrow
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2009
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    mhm, I rather like Paul's ability to do wide-angle lens type effects, as in the top panel of last page.... really nice..