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Buddy 2: Lounging On The Couch at +#HermitStudio

He is the second male who has tried to settle in our home with our other feline Pusama. Buddy 1 never returned after the first winter with us in 2012. He was wild and wasn't brave enough to stay in the house overnight.

Buddy 2 came along the last month or so and he is slowly getting more relaxed around us and our home. It is clear he was domesticated once as he will use the litter box and scratch pad.

So now it looks like we have two subjects for #Caturday! :D

http://hermitstudiophotography.wordpress.com/caturday

#Cats #Mobilography #CatPhotography


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  • Niamh Brown2014-06-14 20:32:42
    Mementos From A Fantasticon Day

    Today was a days of firsts:

    - My First SF Convention
    - My First Book Reading
    - My First Book Signing
    - My First Business Cards Handed Out
    - My First Time Selling The NovoPulp Books In Person
    - OUR First Danish Review! 

    Oh and I got this cool mug for free as I was a guest speaker :D

    I will write up my day in more detail on the +NovoPulp website, but overall I had a great time. We got some great feedback on NovoPulp and people seemed genuinely interested in what we are trying to do :D

    Awesome Day!

    http://fantasticon.dk
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  • Niamh Brown2014-07-02 18:30:12
    One Month To Go: NovoPulp 2014 Deadline August 1st

    "August 1st is the deadline for submissions to the 2014/2015 edition of NovoPulp. At that time submissions will be prepared for publication at the end of the year.  As we over ran our deadline last time I brought the deadline back a month to give us more time.

    "However since we have had difficulties getting artwork this year I have decided to extend the Art Submission deadline to September 1st so that #SciFiAugust  contributors can submit their artwork if they want to. " 

    Read more:
    http://www.novopulp.com/content/one-month-go-novopulp-2014-deadline-august-1st

    #submission   #iamwriting   #amwriting   #writingsubmission   #writing   #scifi   #sf   #speculativefiction  
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  • Niamh Brown2014-06-17 12:04:52
    +Ted Ewen Playing The Drums After The Drum Mat Arrived

    #HermitStudioMusic #Drums #Roland #AutoAwesome
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  • Niamh Brown2014-06-18 17:23:28
    Twenty, Mr Chippie, and the Broody Chooks

    Sounds like it should be a band heh.

    Just some random snaps of the chickens...

    #Chookalicious   #Chickens   #HermitHouseHomesteading  
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  • Niamh Brown2014-07-13 15:34:24
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    In my case, I had a keep that I built.  First there was the Tower, where I stood, alone.Then there was a Ring-Wall. And another. And another.

    Most people never made it inside the first gate, but some did. Of those just a few got through the second.A few of those actually made it to the base of the Tower itself.

    Only two made it inside. 
    Both threw me from the Tower.

    Once they were out of my life, I repaired the Tower, strengthened the Walls and added a Moat.

    No one got in. Not even past the first Gate. No one.

    I came to mostly enjoy the isolation. I could stand at the top of the Tower and enjoy the view across the battlements, isolated and well removed from the seething mass of people outside.

    One day I decided to move the Keep and it's walls. I put it on my back, stone by stone until I bore the immensity of its entire weight and I moved to Europe.

    I rebuilt it in the Netherlands, and led the life of an illiterate illegal alien (though it turns out I wasnt illegal after all). Though I'd brought all the pieces and put them together properly, the re-build wasn't impervious as the one I'd started with had been.  

    People started finding their way in, or perhaps I had just forgotten to lock that outer Gate. They milled around the first and second Gates,  but the last  Gate and the Keep were secure.  As ever I stood at the top of the Keep and watched. Sometimes even having conversations with the nearest.   

    The life of an illegal immigrant is not an easy one and being illiterate really didn't help (Nederlands you are my nemesis! Danish too ;) so, once again, I broke the whole thing down , loaded it all on my back,, and went to the UK.

    I didn't really know anyone there and I was very careful when I reconstructed my Keep and Walls.  I would go out to the first wall from time to time, just to see if there was anyone new to talk to. As the months passed, I tested the defenses and reinforced some weak spots. It was, if anything, more secure than the original. No one got in, but I enjoyed some of the conversations across the first Wall. 

    One day, as I stood at the top of the Keep,  I heard a feminine voice say from close beside me: You have a wonderful view here. A fine Keep and walls indeed! You can see forever and no one can get in.  Do you mind if I stand here with you and enjoy the view? I won't bother you, promise.

    Wha...What? How did she get in? I checked every stone, every join, every lock and latch. There was no way she could have got in. Yet when I returned to the Keep, there she was: Beautiful, intelligent, caring, giving, loving, patient and understanding. Eyes to melt the soul and a lovely accent to boot.  Ok. I guess she can stay...for now. Just until the inevitable happens and she tries to throw me from the Keep, of course.

    Time passed. We moved to Exeter and then to York. I strengthened the walls. Finally I added a Great Ring Wall quite far from the keep. No one even got close anymore.  I came to realise that she was as broken as I in her own way. 

    We helped each other to heal and to grow. We accepted each other for who we were. We never demanded change but we always supported it. We never required more of the other than they felt ready to give but inspired in each other the desire to give more.  Best of all, she didn't try to make me tear down the walls. For the first time in our lives, we were with someone who both knew and understood us but loved us nonetheless.

    We fit. We compliment each other. We could spend a day in each other's quiet company and not feel we had to fill the space with noise but could take comfort in each others presence.

    Almost fifteen years later, we've moved the battlements one last time, to Denmark. The walls aren't as strong here, and we've added an intercom: Google+. We have found friends and kindred spirits here, and this is good. Plus: people with an off-switch. Hermit Win!

    Fifteen years later, she still hasn't tried to throw me from the top of the Keep.

    I am rounder, and greyer, and more set in my ways than ever.I can be crochety and difficult to live with. In spite of all that, the one constant in that time has been +Niamh Brown's love, tolerance and patience for me, and mine for her.

    Love you,  +Niamh Brown  . |:KoK:|.

    (Thanks to +Jabari Philip for the initial share and to +Amelia Sides for bringing it to my attention and thereby inspiring me to write :D)
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    http://goo.gl/yxkavm by +Alicia Liu 

    This feeling is partly why I gave up on a STEM major despite my interests. I had (and sometimes still have) this nagging voice in my head, telling me, "You can't do that because you're just not the math/science/tech type."

    As Alicia describes it, "In my head I held a definition of a good programmer, and I didn’t fit it. [...] I did not try to implement algorithms in academic papers for fun. I did not skip meals to code."

    Even though she majored in computer engineering and co-founded a software startup, this is what she believed: "I managed to get that far through sheer dumb luck and managed to keep everyone from finding out I’m not great at programming.”

    And racking up more accomplishments doesn't solve the problem. As Maya Angelou wrote, "I have written 11 books, but each time I think, 'Uh-oh, they're going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody and they’re going to find me out.'"

    Yikes. If Maya Angelou still had imposter syndrome after her 11th book, is there any hope for the rest of us?! 

    Alicia Liu writes that it took her ten years to finally believe she's a good programmer. She found that programming lends itself well to imposter syndrome because "it consists of near constant failure" and "there is an ever-growing amount of stuff to learn." By focusing on how much she had learned rather than comparing herself to others, she started to change her perception. "I saw that there was no invisible barrier separating me and a good programmer. I can broaden my definition to include myself."

    For me, simply discovering that "imposter syndrome" is an actual thing was enough to help me begin to overcome it. Discovering that brilliant, inspiring people like Maya Angelou struggle with the same feelings that I do made me realize how silly it is to believe that voice of doubt in my head.

    "The only solution, many experts say, is for higher-ups to talk about their own insecurities much more," writes Oliver Burkeman (http://goo.gl/1V3hqZ).

    That's the mark of a true role model: someone who not only inspires you by being so awesome, but who also talks openly about their own doubts.

    For more on imposter syndrome, I recommend:

    Video: Julie Pagano: It's Dangerous to Go Alone: Battling the Invisible Monsters in Tech - PyCon 2014

    "Feel Like an Impsoter? You're Not Alone" http://goo.gl/9Y3lfi

    + Any suggestions for further reading?
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    BUNCHES!

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    For more funny pictures visit http://funnyneel.com/funny-pictures
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  • Niamh Brown2014-06-17 17:09:52
    +Niamh Brown's First Time Using The Drum Coach

    Have to say it is a nifty system and I can see how useful the exercises will be. Tis grand fun :D

    #AutoAwesome #Drums #Roland #HermitStudioMusic #VDrums
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    American artist Craig Alan creates unique portraits of pop-culture icons using people as pixels.

    #art   #painting   #paintingart   #portrait   #people  
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    Maybe you aren't, but celebrating the 3rd anniversary for Google+, my dear online friend +martin shervington is asking for the "Why"s. Here's mine. It has its ups and downs, but the sum of it all ends up being absolutely positive.
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  • Niamh Brown2014-06-28 12:58:29
    Oregano has been harvested at +#HermitStudio

    Even though we didn't plant any veggies this year the oregano from last year sprouted anyway.

    I just harvested them an hour ago and whilst I was outside I noticed we had a whole patch of oregano growing along the driveway! They have already bloomed so we are leaving them be, but next year we will have a big oregano harvest! :D

    http://www.HermitHouseHomesteading.com

    #Oregano #Herbs #Homesteading #HermitHouseHomesteading
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    But can they make the jump to light speed?
    "I've found the rebel bass!" ~ commenters more clever than me.
    #starwars   #millenniumfalcon   #guitar   #bass

    ...still they're both pretty epic.

    Surely, these would be dream guitars for some fans.

    http://www.bestguitareffects.com/whats-your-dream-guitar-im-seeking-a-white-1981-gibson-flying-v/
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    3 Years old today!  

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    It's unfortunate that today most of the teacher want their students to think like them they do not agree a different thought or opinion and that why we are not having the creative minds these days.Teachers should allow the students to think in their manner and then if rectification is needed then they can rectify but still they don't have to change the thinking pattern of students.
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  • Niamh Brown2014-06-20 19:20:48
    Random Pictures From Forge 2 In Copenhagen

    Some interesting talks today, glad I went. I was also interviewed briefly on video whilst I was there. If it ends up going online I'll post a link :)

    More info:
    http://forgecph.com

    #Conference #Convention #Creativity #PersonalStories

    
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    He is the second male who has tried to settle in our home with our other feline Pusama. The Buddy 1 never returned after the first winter with us in 2012. He was wild and wasn't brave enough to stay in the house overnight.

    Buddy 2 came along the last month or so and he is slowly getting more relaxed around us and our home. It is clear he was domesticated once as he will use the litter box and scratch pad.

    So now it looks like we have two subjects for #Caturday! :D

    http://hermitstudiophotography.wordpress.com/caturday

    #Cats #Mobilography #CatPhotography

    
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    Once I posted on facebook a picture of me in India. One of the comments that followed was from a woman who remarked how thin I was. She stated that she was very good at following diets and that I should only tell her what to do and she would.

    That’s a problem. It’s a problem because I don’t know her. I don’t know her history. I don’t know her current and past illnesses. And what’s more important, I’m not ready to give final advice to someone who wouldn’t use any internal checks with her own self and so quickly proceed with the advice.

    The first mistake people make who have a “Tell me what to do and I will” mentality is... read more: http://simonarich.com/tell-me-what-to-do
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    Ronda, Málaga.
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    He is the second male who has tried to settle in our home with our other feline Pusama. The Buddy 1 never returned after the first winter with us in 2012. He was wild and wasn't brave enough to stay in the house overnight.

    Buddy 2 came along the last month or so and he is slowly getting more relaxed around us and our home. It is clear he was domesticated once as he will use the litter box and scratch pad.

    So now it looks like we have two subjects for #Caturday! :D

    http://hermitstudiophotography.wordpress.com/caturday

    #Cats #Mobilography #CatPhotography

    
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    - Turn an unused attic into a cozy library.....
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  • Niamh Brown2014-06-14 09:53:07
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  • Niamh Brown2014-06-17 10:44:36
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    Thank You, People of the Plus
    It's been almost three years since I joined this wonderful ghost town and started conversing with total strangers. In that time, I've come to think of many of you as my friends, several of you as my frenemies, and one of you as my arch-nemesis.

    I've had my mind opened, changed, and scarred for life more times than I can count. I've been encouraged, outraged, hurt, and amused. I've sent prayers, thoughts, vibes, and intentions to those who asked, and celebrated good news from all parts of the world.

    I've learned more about math, science, history, geography, art, and bacon than I ever learned in 18 years of schooling. I've read your stories and your books. I've funded your campaigns. I've bought your artwork and your crafts. 

    In return, you've answered my questions, caught my obscure references, encouraged me, and tagged me into the various things that catch my interest. Despite the discomfort of being covered in glitter, chased by clowns and spiders, and hugged at inappropriate times, I can easily say that I adore this place and am very thankful for your influence in my life.

    Thank you for being you, people of the plus. Thanks for sharing your photos and your thoughts and your creative expressions. Thanks for sharing your struggles. Thanks for fighting tooth and nail over issues that matter, because despite the discomfort of conflict, I have learned more than I could from books. For instance, I've learned that I will never ever go to Australia, no matter how cute the Australians think the spiders are. Ever. Sorry.

    Keep being you. Keep it real. Keep it weird. I <3 you. 
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  • Niamh Brown2014-06-12 15:40:17
    +Niamh Brown Reads From +NovoPulp at Fantasticon 2014 This Weekend!

    Are you in Copenhagen this weekend? Do you like speculative fiction? 

    Then you can hear +Niamh Brown  read from NovoPulp at 13:00-14:00 on Saturday the 14th of June 2014 at the Valby Kulturhus - along with another British writer +Billy O'Shea. (See poster for more details.)

    If you look at my other photo you can see I've brought a few copies of NovoPulp to take with me and I will have a table in the venue. Feel free to come and say hello or to ask me questions about NovoPulp.

    This is my first SF convention reading and I'm looking forward to it :D

    Hope to see you there!

    http://www.NovoPulp.com

    #convention   #scificonvention   #bookconvention   #scifi   #speculativefiction   #bookreading   #booksigning    
     
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  • Niamh Brown2014-06-09 14:37:03
    Did you miss the first NovoPulp Q&A HOA with Niamh Brown? Watch it on YouTube now!

    #qanda   #questionanswers   #NovoPulp   #scifi   #speculativefiction   #discoverindie   #indiebooks  
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  • Niamh Brown2014-07-15 08:57:27
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    +Jeff Foster has been a source of inspiration for me for several years. Hoping his words touch some special people in my life tonight. With love...
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  • Niamh Brown2014-07-04 16:19:54
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    New Archaeopteryx fossil complicates plumage evolution

    Those darn Archaeopteryxes! They've caused nothing but trouble ever since we found the first one. Now we've found eleven of them. But the last one is the worst troublemaker yet. It seems this particular dino-bird had feathers all over its body. The sheer impudence of some fossils, right? Anyway, this fully feathered fossil is fundamentally fouling up feather-for-flight evolution (say that three times fast). Apparently, feathers were for other things first and only later became repurposed for flight. So now we have to rewrite all the books, again. Like I said, Archaeopteryxes have been nothing but trouble from the very beginning. Dang dino-birds!

    https://www.sciencenews.org/article/flightless-dino-bird-wore-full-body-feathers
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  • Niamh Brown2014-07-03 08:39:57
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    Have seen a youtube clip about a guy who does this .. so envious that some people can be so artistic :(
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  • Niamh Brown2014-06-21 08:41:03
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    F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote

    Hot damn, what a great quote - and so true.

    "I hope you see things that startle you:" is my favorite part of that...

    This is all of our lives, in a nutshell. So powerful! Good night, and sleep well...

    #quotation   #wordstoliveby   #fscottfitzgerald  

    via/ https://www.etsy.com/listing/155367700/f-scott-fitzgerald-love-quote-made-on
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  • Niamh Brown2014-07-02 16:56:10
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  • Niamh Brown2014-06-25 18:36:15
    My First Slideshow for +Symphonical :D

    Using +Canva and Google Slides.

    Thanks +Ted Ewen for the proofing and +Gaëlle Logeay and everyone else at Symphonical for all the great feedback along the way.

    View Slideshow:
    http://www.slideshare.net/Symphonical/4-tipstoruneffectivemeetings-bysymphonical

    +#HermitStudio #productivity #meetings
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  • Niamh Brown2014-06-19 16:24:17
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    Mara's art for sale

    So. I have an appointment for a so-called ENS (Empty - Nose Syndrome) specialist somewhere in Germany at the beginning of Semptember, and it's gonna cost me 650ish euros (for medical exams) + Idontknowhowmuch for trip&hotel. Probably around 1000 euros.

    I don't have that much handy at the moment (I have so many damn medical expenses...), and I was doubtful whether to  go or not. I talked with +Di Cleverly and she suggested me to make some drawings of Gplus users and sell them.
    So... I thought: It's been awhile since I did some art, and it would probably do me good (it would help me not being obsessed with my nose issues all the time).
    What if someone wants to buy some art from me and donate for my exams? Would anyone want to buy a chibi portrait of themselves for their profile pictures?

    The formula could be something like this:

    - €20 for a quick pen sketch (I can send you the original drawing, if you want - if you pay S&H);
    - €50 for a more detailed black/white drawing (same as before);
    - €100 for a pencil/marker drawing (original sent if you want...blah blah blah)

    You can pay directly on my Paypal account: phiria@fastwebnet.it specifying what kind of drawing you'd like, and linking your g+ page (and pictures).
    Thank you very much for everything :)

    These are my art albums, if you want to take a look:
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/+phiria/albums/5657502313994438577
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/+phiria/albums/5627780694772252321
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  • Niamh Brown2014-07-02 21:54:04
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    This quote from the Tao Te Ching jumped out at me nearly thirty years ago. It's been topical ever since.
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  • Niamh Brown2014-06-27 10:52:18
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    There are many who would do well to heed these words. Privation makes one mean or it makes one compassionate. I know which works better in the long run.
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  • Niamh Brown2014-06-19 16:27:06
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  • Niamh Brown2014-07-02 12:27:36
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    Chooks Chilling In The Shade at +#HermitStudio

    They are so cute sometimes :)

    http://www.HermitHouseHomesteading.com

    #Chooks #Chickens #HermitHouseHomesteading #Chookalicious

    
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  • Niamh Brown2014-07-12 16:52:14
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  • Niamh Brown2014-06-15 12:55:30
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    Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder...

    H. D. Thoreau

    
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  • Niamh Brown2014-06-09 15:54:56
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    Supercritical Steam From Solar Heliostat Array

    Australian researchers at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), the official science research organization for Australia, have announced that they achieved supercritical steam temperatures from a solar heliostat array.  A heliostat array is an array of mirrors that can be focused on a single point to concentrate solar energy. 

    The CSIRO team have generated high temperatures and pressures that:
    Put simply, the temperature of the steam they created (570° C) is about twice the maximum heat of your kitchen oven, or around the point where aluminium alloy would start melting.  And the accompanying pressure (23.5 megapascals) is about 100 times as high as the pressure in your car tyres, or roughly what you’d experience if you were about 2 kilometres under the surface of the ocean.
    http://csironewsblog.com/2014/06/03/our-solar-team-sets-a-hot-and-steamy-world-record/

    What makes this important is that the high temperature and pressure of supercritical steam means that a plant designed to use supercritical steam is more efficient than a subcritical steam plant.
    Efficiencies can be raised from about 39% for subcritical operation to about 45% using current technology.  ⓐ  
    In the world of large power plants, 6% can mean billions of dollars savings, and a lower carbon footprint. 

    Supercritical Steam
    When you heat up water beyond a critical point of pressure and temperature, the water is no longer a liquid or a gas.  It has properties of both. 

    The term critical point is sometimes used to specifically denote the vapor–liquid critical point of a material, above which distinct liquid and gas phases do not exist.  .  .  .   In water, the critical point occurs at around 647 K (374 °C; 705 °F) and 22.064 MPa (3200 PSIA or 218 atm).  ⓑ

    Thermodynamics govern the ultimate performance of Rankine cycles whether they are used in a coal fired steam power plant or the bottoming cycle of a combined cycle plant. In order to increase the efficiency of those cycles, higher pressure and temperature steam conditions are desired. As a result, many coal fired steam plants being built and planned around the world today utilize "supercritical" steam conditions to achieve higher efficiency.  ⓓ

    This supercritical steam is used in specially designed steam turbines that are more efficient than subcritical steam turbines.  Right now the most efficient steam power plants are huge coal plants that use supercritical steam. Power Engineering had a good article that describes the increase in supercritical steam plants back in 2009.
    Supercritical Plants to Come Online in 2009
    http://www.power-eng.com/articles/print/volume-113/issue-7/features/supercritical-plants-to-come-online-in-2009.html

    Solar Power
    Supercritical Steam is a major breakthrough for solar power.
    The CSIRO is touting its generation using solar technology as a breakthrough for solar energy production, with Dr Alex Wonhas, CSIRO's Energy Director, seeing it as a potential revolution for the renewable energy industry.  ⓒ

    "It's like breaking the sound barrier; this step change proves solar has the potential to compete with the peak performance capabilities of fossil fuel sources," Dr Wonhas said. "Instead of relying on burning fossil fuels to produce supercritical steam, this breakthrough demonstrates that the power plants of the future could instead be using the free, zero emission energy of the sun to achieve the same result."  ⓒ

    ⓐ  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supercritical_fluid#Supercritical_fluid_in_power_generation

    ⓑ  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_temperature_and_pressure

    ⓒ  http://www.gizmag.com/solar-array-hottest-supercritical-steam-world-record/32371/

    ⓓ  http://www.elp.com/articles/print/volume-81/issue-1/power-pointers/primer-on-supercritical-steam.html

    More references:
    Primer on supercritical steam
    http://www.elp.com/articles/print/volume-81/issue-1/power-pointers/primer-on-supercritical-steam.html

    http://www.solarserver.com/solar-magazine/solar-news/current/2014/kw23/concentrating-solar-power-csiro-abengoa-produce-supercritical-steam-set-world-solar-steam-temperature-record.html

    http://www.ge.com/in/thermal-power/steam-turbine-manufacturers

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supercritical_steam_generator

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supercritical_fluid

    Image: CSIRO
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  • Niamh Brown2014-07-04 15:05:35
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    so far 5 of 30 cats have been made ... 2 more have been ordered so there are 23 left. Do you want one? http://bit.ly/30catprints
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  • Niamh Brown2014-06-16 04:30:21
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    Nightime at #Alola, #SaudiArabia
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    Get the hell out of others opinions, you have to decide who you are..Otherwise you might end up as a copycat.......
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  • Niamh Brown2014-07-03 17:25:15
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    #compassion   #quotes  
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  • Niamh Brown2014-07-02 16:41:35
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    For #wednesdaywisdom , remember surround yourself with those on the same mission as you :)

    Have a great one everyone! Love, http://yourejustadumbass.com :)

    #wordlessonwednesday   #humpday    
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  • Niamh Brown2014-06-29 16:05:50
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    Northern Light over Lyngen Alps in Norway
    #Northern #Light #Lyngen #Alps #Norway
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    I recognise parallels with my own experiences.
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  • Niamh Brown2014-07-02 18:53:47
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    What would you play on a skull violin? (Source: http://buff.ly/1o20lL)
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  • Niamh Brown2014-06-25 11:51:37
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    Sunday creationists.

    From a 2006 Doonesbury comic strip: http://images.ucomics.com/comics/db/2006/db060702.gif
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  • Niamh Brown2014-06-29 11:08:11
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    Neat idea...

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    How to Grow a Bounty of Food in Pots, Tubs, and Other Containers :  http://amzn.to/1n3ptkl

    Vegetables You Can Grow in the Shade : http://goo.gl/YpGQnO
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  • Niamh Brown2014-07-03 20:56:21
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    The Art of Suffering Successfully 

    #Proust   #AlaindeBotton  
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    Steampunk barbecue grill. Happy weekend! #FunFinds #FF
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  • Niamh Brown2014-06-20 19:36:10
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    Like LEGO? A Hubble Space Telescope design is up for LEGO community fans to vote on. Check it out: http://bit.ly/1lcnYns  
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