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Great coverage, Jack Lyne, about a truly far-fetched idea ("Big Move: Dubai Backing US$2.6-Billion
International Chess City," the Aug. 30, 2004, Snapshot from the Field).
But as you mentioned, if there is any place in the world where it can
be built, it is Dubai. It seems that the three most important things
to realize a dream are present: the visionary, the investor and the
medium (Dubai’s infrastructure).
Editor: Thanks for
the kind words, Arif. Yes, Dubai seems to be serious. As you pointed
out, the emirate’s government is inordinately venturesome in backing
the kind of uncommon projects that many nations would take years to
even deliberate. One of Chess City’s major backers " Kirsan Ilumjinov,
the president of the small southwest Russian republic of Kalmykia "
also seems serious.
Mr. Roboto, Mr. Roboto
I think that people should not have to work or do dangerous jobs. Robots should defend our country. You should make robots do everything. Thanks for reading this.
Taeson (an online handle)
Is The Answer, My Friend, Blowin’ in the Wind?It’s great to see news of the new USA plant for windmill construction ("Denmark’s Vestas Blowing into Portland, Ore., Bringing 1,200 Jobs," the Dispatch’s Blockbuster Deal of the week of April 29, 2002).
We are a new federally incorporated company with plans to use your [U.S.-made] windmills in our future project that’s presently being set up. We will be going onto the Toronto Stock Exchange to raise funds for our project.
We have requested info from the [Vestas] plant. Canada is hard to get going in this area, but we will succeed. A windmill farm will be built in northern Ontario. We have informed [Canada’s] Wind Power Production Incentive program of our plans. Your Web site looked great and the reading was great.
Hang on Anoop, Anoop, You’re RightYou mentioned in the article about the underwater hotel ("Sleepin’ with the Fishes: $550M Underwater Hotel Launched in Dubai," the Sept. 23, 2003, Snapshot from the Field) that the top of the Burj al Arab is wave-shaped. Actually, it is in the shape of a sailboat. The wave-shaped hotel is Jumeirah International, which is close to the Burj Al Arab.
Anoop (an online handle)
Fuel Cells vs. Hydrogen-Fueled
Converted Internal-Combustion Engines
With regard to California’s Hydrogen Highway ("Schwarzenegger Hopes to Pave Path for California’s ‘Hydrogen Highway,’ " the Snapshot from the Field for the week of March 22, 2004): For several years, I have been working with the American Hydrogen Association and have converted several internal-combustion (IC) engines to run on compressed hydrogen.
There is more work to be done, but this is a technology that needs more attention, funding and publicity! Very little change is needed to the engine, and the exhaust is cleaner than the air entering the engine. In addition, if the conversion is done properly, the engine has as much or more power than on gasoline or diesel.
Since there are literally hundreds of millions of IC engines already in use all around the world, don’t you agree that it makes more sense to use them rather than reinvent the wheel?
Fuel cells are quite good in many ways, but they’re expensive, and they have some problems in cold weather. In addition, they don’t clean the air when operating like a hydrogen-powered IC engine does. Thanks very much for giving me this opportunity.
Sweet Home Steubenville
I found your article ("600-Worker Wal-Mart Center Could Hold Steubenville, Ohio’s Entire CBD," the Blockbuster Deal of the Week of Oct. 8, 2001) while looking for Wal-Mart applications online! The article caught my eye, as I am originally from the Steubenville area. As a matter of fact, I lived close to Island Creek Township (the Steubenville-area site that Wal-Mart selected). I am glad to see Steubenville get such an
I am now remarried, living in another small community in Wisconsin. And I find myself again looking for employment, along with my husband, wishing Wal-Mart would build another warehouse in our area.
Well, I just wanted to tell you that I enjoyed your article, as it gave me fond memories of the area I grew up in. I will be looking for more articles.
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