Gimbal is a sort of support system that lets an object, usually in my case, a compass, stay put while everything else around it (re: a ship on rocky waves) is bumping and turning. So when it’s a compass & a gimbal system, that’s called a ship gyro compass.
Wikipedia had this great gif for explaining it:
Note how the rings are moving but the object in the middle, again, in my case, usually a compass, stays still. Also good, I suppose if you’re piloting a dirigible (as I suspect most of us will be some day, yes?) or on anything bumpy when you are unsure of the horizon due to weather or the general environment.
Just take my word for it, they’re real swell, super hypnotic to look at, and can come in many sizes.
Do you know how much I would know about what’s happening in Ferguson if it wasn’t for social media? Nothing. Zero.
Jokes aside I feel like we all need to take a minute to thank the people on the streets literally risking their lives bringing us this information with their cell phone video cameras. Furgeson is on media lockdown right now and without the people braving tear gas to bring us this information we’d all be in the dark.
On seeing your support for the conservation of sharks, I wondered what your feelings were about Panda conservations? While the loss of any species is a tragedy, many have pointed out that the amount of funding that goes into pandas could easily be enough to save numerous other species, as pandas seem to have no interest in the furtherance of their own. Would it be better to let them go and focus elsewhere?
i’m seeing a lot of people reblogging suicide hotlines and this is just a reminder that this is a suicide help line that works like a text-based instant messenger for people who may need to talk to someone but have trouble/are uncomfortable making phone calls
Mental illness is so devastating. No matter what form it comes in, bipolar disorder like Robin Williams, or depression, or anxiety, or any number of others, it takes, and it hurts, and it kills, and we need so badly to take it as seriously as it can possibly be taken. Because there are people…