The Returned Is the Best Show on Television

by Anne Helen Petersen and Jia TolentinoAHP: Jia, real talk; The Returned is the best show that’s (kinda sorta not really) airing on television.J: The Returned is absolutely the best show on my computer, which is my television.AHP: The Returned is a French import, currently airing on Sundance, which seems to have a monopoly on awesome moody imports.

It was originally titled Les Revenants.

It’s set in a small, remote town in the French mountains near a huge dam (plot point!) where, one day, a small set of random people return from the dead.J: There’s an arresting, rough-edged, exquisite quality to every shot, and Mogwai does the music, and it’s Explosions in the Sky, Friday Night Lights good.AHP: To be clear: I’m not into zombie shows.

I loathe Walking Dead and put up with World War Z uniquely for Brad Pitt. But mysterious, vaguely creepy foreign shows, holy shit am I on board: see, for example, The Fall, Broadchurch, Top of the Lake. And, anyway, this is no zombie show: they’re all perfectly (and beautifully, in many cases) intact.

They died at different times, for different reasons, but they each wake up with zero memory of a.) dying or b.) being dead, and re-enter the world as if nothing happened. The narrative pivots on the rest of the world’s inability to reincorporate them into their lives 5, 10, 15, 25 years later.

The other bonus is that the first episode is available for free on iTunes, which is how I tempted Jia into watching and, hopefully, is how you’ll get hooked as well. We’re committed to non-spoilers past episode one, but we’re going to talk about the feel and tone and addictiveness of the show at large.J: Yes. My mania for this show is all-consuming. I am not a television proselytizer normally, and The Returned is probably the only show that I’ve ever like, sat people down at parties and tried to convince them to watch it.

IT’S SO GOOD.

AHP: I cannot shut the fuck up about this show. Did I just meet you at the awkward faculty Christmas party? Awesome, let me tell you about The Returned.J: Oh, I should say that I also hate zombie stuff! Especially when it has highbrow aspirations.

I strongly disliked Zone One, etc.

But this show is something totally different.AHP: That’s the thing: they’re not zombies, per se. Aren’t zombies technically bitten or consumed or whatever while still alive? These people are dead and then come back, so the question is much less about what will they do to us and much more about how have we changed.

J: Yeah.

They are just as much ghosts, or objective correlatives for The Past. Or whatever! The basic question of what the hell are they is a mystery that drives our viewer curiosity in the same way that it drives the action in the town. We’re like the parents and former lovers and cops; we’re trying to make sense of the same, enigmatic, conflicting clues.

And the manner in which everyone does try to get around this mystery is a litmus test that says more about each character than anything that the show is trying to do. Depending on the person looking at them, the returned seem unholy and satanic or pure and divine, wildly dangerous or pathetically vulnerable — and at the same time, there’s no sense that the show is trying to say Here Is a Story About Good and Evil.AHP: I feel like The Returned is for people who like the politics of sci-fi but not the gruesomeness of sci-fi — which explains why a huge Star Trek: The Next Generation fan like me would like it.

So much sci-fi turns the “problem” of weird phenomena into a reason to sublimate larger politics into, you know, planetary war, or zombies vs. humanity. There’s always a modicum of individuation (literally star-crossed lovers) but so much of what goes on in The Returned is a fairly simple calculus that has much more to do with grief than the supernatural. Someone died, you grieved, you moved on….

now what do you do when that person comes back?J: Oh, yeah. That’s such a huge strength of the show; each “returned” person’s plot line feels so compelling and human and real that you frequently forget the sheer outlandishness of the central conceit. My boyfriend watched the first episode with me and refused to keep going because he is a monster who hates anything fantastical, but then two weeks later, he was like, very shyly, “Hey, so, uh, what’s happening on The Returned?” And for a half hour, he made me walk him through every single storyline and made guesses about what would happen next.

The show really gets its hooks in.

Also, it’s a nice built-in feature of the conceit that audience skepticism and disbelief is represented and contained by the town’s reactions. It’s like the way Hurley functioned on Lost, except it’s all the townspeople filling that role, and they’re not wisecracking about time travel but genuinely horrified and wrecked by these people who’ve returned from the dead. So the outlandishness is fully on the table, and you’re free to just really feel for everyone (returned or not) and your empathy builds and builds as the show reveals backstory.

AHP: Let’s just say that there’s an already sympathetic, albeit slightly creepy character, whose backstory was so revelatory that I wept.J: Speaking of Hurley, I meant to ask you: were you a Lost fan? The backstory thing, and the way each episode is sort of devoted to a single character while multiple plot lines play out, and of course the ensemble cast and the creepiness and the isolation and the metaphysical questions — that’s for sure my first reference for this show (to be fair, I’ve barely seen anything else sci-fi).AHP: I tolerated Lost. I appreciate the narrative complexity, and I liked the first few seasons, but I also felt like the narrative was a bit hackneyed, which I never get with The Returned.

J: Totally hackneyed! Terrible dialogue sometimes, inelegant character arcs, asking the viewer to buy in to a level of ridiculousness this show would never. But nevertheless I was one of those Lost superfans (I NEVER CLAIMED TO BE COOL) and I think anyone else who shared that same fervor would really, really dig The Returned. Watching it I feel the same wild satisfaction about all my strongest TV desires being met simultaneously, the same radiant joy at the unity of weird and beautiful.

I guess I’m a big sucker for setting — in The Returned the town is a character the way the island was for Lost — as well as for just that element of spun-out mystery that heightens to the point where you’re like “Hmm, this can’t possibly end in a completely satisfactory way” but don’t care.AHP: It’s actually quite similar to Top of the Lake — another foreign television show set in a breathlessly beautiful setting (and involving something deeply emotionally unsettling) that you know, deep down, will never precisely wrap up in a wholly satisfying way. But I like those ragged edges: clean conclusions are always lies.

J: Absolutely.

And I guess this is one way in which this show differentiates itself completely from Lost in a great way. Here, the mystery, the code-cracking, is not the point.AHP: Okay let’s talk about the music. It is legit bewitching and 50% of the reason this show works.

J: It is perfect.

Emotional enough that it communicates very directly but also subtle and complex enough that, even though there are just three or four recurring themes and they’re probably used in very similar ways in every episode and also I have them memorized, I can’t put a button on them like “Here’s the scary music,” “Here’s where we’re thinking about love.” Honestly, this feels like such a sweet spot for prog-rock/post-rock bands; the same way that ’90s bands like Duncan Sheik should just write Spring Awakenings till the end of time, I want a horror movie with music by 65 Days of Static, or Mars Volta (RIP).AHP: And, as we have both noted, perfect work music.

J: Absolutely.

It is focusing and it has the invisible effect of making you more emotionally invested, just like it does for the show.AHP: Also I would watch the credits to this show on continuous repeat.J: I’ve never skipped the opening credits once.

Visually, too, they function like an epigraph or something.AHP: The animals in the water! I’m transfixed.AHP: And yes, outstanding point re: the way that the musical leitmotifs function: they’re not the “love theme” or the “horror theme”; it’s not as simply melodramatic or legible as that.

And yes, all these bands should figure do this work and a.) please us tremendously and b.) fund their other work.J: Yeah! It doesn’t feel like any sort of artistic capitulation or softening in this case. Actually, did you know that Mogwai had to write a lot of the score without seeing much of the script or any preliminary footage?AHP: I feel like the producers were probably like: hey guys, do something eerie, but do your thing.

And Mogwai was like “on it.

”J: Yeah, and then the writers took their cues from the music, they’ve said. It’s such a great example of how this sort of collaboration can lead to an elevation of the commercial material instead of the opposite.AHP: Also this show is SO FRENCH. Lesbians being lesbians and no explicit politicization thereof; teens having sex and doing lots of shots and no moralization… I’m totally into it.

J: No moralization or salaciousness from ANY angle. Within the show’s world, the parents are realistic and respectful and so are the townspeople. And then, outside of the show’s world, the camera doesn’t linger for even a second on any of the titillating possibilities that will surely be drawn out to their cheesecake fullness in the American adaptation.

That is maybe my fourth favorite aspect of this show, music being the first, setting being the second, weirdo mystery being the third, and then this restraint from “juiciness.”AHP: Okay I have to admit that the French — and not even the French-ness, but the actual French language, is one of my favorite things. I have lapsed fluency and feel sad about that a lot, but all of these characters are vaguely traumatized and speak somewhat slowly, which makes me feel so, so great about my French.

If you speak crappy French, you will be into this.J: I second that! I have learned some nice idioms too. Cou-cou, c’est nous! sounds much nicer than Heyyyy, we’re home.

Also another thing I enjoy is that everyone has great, French posture and self-possession.AHP: And looks awesome wearing essentially the same thing everyday, which I’ve always viewed as the most enviable French attribute.J: Absolutely. French women: this is a cry for help. Help us.AHP: The overarching aesthetic of the show is gorgeous — all of the homes manage to be very postmodern and airy without being cold or dated, and the landscape is at once wild and dense and populated and quasi-urban.

I can’t think of another town that I’ve wanted to live in this much — is that fair?J: Yeah. Let’s go! The TV town is a composite of three separate real ones, and I went down a wormhole of looking them up, and they all look like the perfect places to exist. Also part of my love stems from the fact that I am a Mountains person as opposed to a Beach person, even though I love the beach.

And this has the double whammy of Mountains plus Water.AHP: I am also a Mountains person; this is why we like each other.J: Wow, it’s so great that Emma is going to send us on a reporting trip to the Mountains in France.

Thank you so much, Emma: you are truly a friend.AHP: If you can’t fly me out of Walla Walla, it’s chill, I’ll drive to Seattle for the direct. And while aesthetics of the town are perfect, so are the aesthetics of the characters.

In other words: these characters are HOTT.J: The holy trinity of hotness. It was a very sensual experience putting all of them together in my fake online Photoshop. Before you ask, let me assure you that I have already thought about this long and hard: I would fuck Serge (center), kill Eyebrows (left) and marry Lena.

I can’t wait to live with Lena for the rest of my life in the Mountains.AHP: You and your Hot French Eyebrows Blasphemy! When we first started talking about this show and I was all into Hot French Eyebrows and you were like “Lena. End of story.”J: LENAAAAAAAAAAAA. Oh my god. Lena. Lena is so hot. I also just like that character and how they treat her — her hotness is not a “thing” within the show at all, she’s not made to be particularly driven by calculations about boys or herself or anything.

They just allow her to exist and act like a bored, gorgeous, nervy 19-year-old girl would.AHP: No spoilers, but later in the series she has to wear a straight up early ’90s jean jumper, and she is still hot.J: And in that episode there is a sexual encounter in which, under very tricky and “problematic” circumstances, her sexual desire is allowed space and agency in a way that feels really unusual.

AHP: And also wholly natural and without blame? I was really into that episode.J: Absolutely. As its own thing, totally separate from whatever her partner in the scene was after. Which is an incredible way to represent sex.

AHP: Sexual desire as autonomous of partner? REVELATORY. Also manifest in The Fall and Top of the Lake, which is just another way of saying watch those shows.J: Neither of which I have watched!!!!! I need to watch both of them.

I do not watch enough TV; I have no business talking about it now. But anyway who cares about “TV,” I only want to watch The Returned. Another thing about it is that it’s only an 8-episode first season, so the mania will consume you quickly and then you can move on.

AHP: We can’t talk about extended plotlines, but this show does an amazing job of going beyond looks or actions and making you question what you thought, based on looks and societal expectations, how you would want/expect each character to function.J: Yes. Like, it seems that the writers show an extraordinary restraint in not manipulating their characters in terms of sympathy and likability and viewer identification. The way that I don’t love or hate or long to be or be with any of them in that broad way that TV engenders so easily — the way that you’re never really rooting for anything specific to happen, because you know what does happen will be more real — it’s almost like watching a documentary, which is ridiculous, because the premise is so wack.

AHP: We are spoiling the first episode, so it’s safe to talk about Lena and Camille. They’re twins, but one died and the other went on living, so when the dead twin (Camille) comes back, she’s confronted with a vision of herself several years in the future (the living twin, Lena). I love how the series refuses to make them friends.

Also: GENIUS CASTING.

J: Yeah, the scene where they see each other for the first time is so well-acted. And that’s another thing — there are only two characters out of an ensemble of more than a dozen who have ever, and only in a couple scenes, struck me as artificial.AHP: I really cannot think of a false note in this entire series.

How many shows can I say that about?J: Same. SAME. Do you think we’ve convinced people to watch it yet? Do you think people are already watching this and just not talking about it? I’m so glad that you suggested this to me; when you said it was the best thing you’d seen all year I immediately downloaded the first episode and couldn’t have loved it more.AHP: Readers, trust us on this one. Then you can be the person proselytizing about it at Christmas and thumbing your nose when the not one but two horrible American adaptations make their way to television.

The French Returned is the legit Returned, and don’t say we didn’t warn you about it.Anne Helen Petersen and Jia Tolentino are always down to talk about The Returned

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The former Borussia Dortmund manager may have been out of a job since last May, but that has not stopped some of the world's biggest clubs from pursuing him. We take a look at some of the reasons why the young tactician is receiving so much attention.Rose through the youth ranksWhen Tuchel's largely uneventful playing career ended, he quickly set his sights on management. The German advanced quickly through the ranks. He first coached FC Augsburg II, then moved on to Mainz 05's youth team, before taking on the task of coaching the senior squad. Success with Mainz and Dortmund followed. Because of the way his career progressed, many see Tuchel as having paid his dues. Bayern's Jupp Heynckes recently remarked that Tuchel's experience of working on every coaching level in the German system, makes him a good fit to take on a team of Bayern's stature. Add to this the fact that Tuchel is only 44 and you get the profile of a manager geared towards great success. Managed to live up to expectations set by Jurgen KloppUnder Jurgen Klopp, Borussia Dortmund became of Germany's biggest teams after a considerable wait. Tuchel was chosen as his successor and many saw it as a gamble. But Tuchel's Dortmund performed well. Even though the team only won a German Cup during his management, the general consensus was that the team managed to cement their role as one of Europe's strongest teams. His resignation is said to have had little to do with results or performances. Rather, tensions between the club's hierarchy and the manager arose and Tuchel took the decision to cut his time at the club short.Known for enforcing disciplineTuchel may have been considered a handful while in Germany, but this may now prove his bioggest asset. When he departed Dortmund, he was seen as a difficult character. He was unafraid to take on the board and get into disputes with some of his star players.Almost a year later, the clubs who are pursuing the manager understand the importance of a strong handed disciplinarian. It's one thing that clubs like Arsenal, PSG and Chelsea all seem to have missed this season and a significant factor in their lack of success.Considered a great tacticianEvery report concerning Tuchel includes a great deal of praise for his intelligence and desire to improve his understanding of football. Clubs have faith in him and they are willing to give him a chance. Undeniably there is a sense of excitement of what the 44 year-old would be able to do at the helm of a super club.Also, he has proven to be capable of working under pressure. Things certainly looked pretty bleak when he took over for Klopp as Dortmund manager. Tuchel managed to keep up the level of performances despite losing important players and the general pessimism from fans and media. Simply put, big European clubs are willing to give Tuchel free reign to reorganize their teams and guide them towards success.What teams are rumored to have displayed interestThe big football news story this weekend was that Tuchel was on his way to London to meet with Arsenal officials. The German press has gone back and forth on the report and it's unclear what Arsene Wenger's role in the decision is, if any.Reports also circulated that PSG and Chelsea, afraid of losing their opportunity to speak to the German manager, got in contact with him and effectively offered him the job for next season. Both teams currently employ high-profile managers, but are likely to look for a change at the end of the season. There's also the vote of confidence given by Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes. The 77 year-old encouraged Bayern's board to consider hiring Tuchel as a replacement, when Heynckes is set to retire at the end of the season. This is unequivocally the biggest job in German football besides the national team coaching position. Thomas Tuchel is without a doubt a manager who has been able to do plenty with the resources he has been given. He has also proven to have a vision that he is unwilling to compromise. It will be exciting to see what he is able to do if put in charge of one of Europe's biggest clubs. The Bundesliga and Europe's other top leagues are hosted through FootballCoin contests. Join for free and for a chance to win significant cryptocurrency prizes.what is the difference between mono fishing line and braided line?Mono is made of a single strand or filament,hence the name monofilament nylon fishing line.Braid is just that,multiple strands or filaments braided together,usually out of spectra,or kevlar material,but not always,in the old days you would have braid made of rayon or dacron fibers.Most people fish with at least ten pound test mono for bass,although many use much heavier strength line in heavy cover and submerged trees,braid is thinner pound for pound and is tough to break and cut. It's also very slippery,and getting a knot to hold can be a challenge.Each kind of line has it's uses,where you fish determines what to use
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squattttts, ride a bicylce and walk1. will swimming help tone me up?Yes swimming is a great way to tone up. Heavy resistance and no impact = great way to tone up! Good luck2. will this workout tone my body?There is no such thing as "toning". The human body can only gain fat, lose fat, gain muscle, or lose muscle. Toning is not an activity; it's a look of a body with decent muscle mass and low a body fat % And you are doing way too much get some sort of actual achievable goal in mind and build the workout based around that goal.3. How to tone your stomach!?i will give u a procedure that it 100% helps you and it is sooooooooo fast but it needs strong people ( if your not i dont advice u to continue reading this ) keoren army used that when they haved to lose 25 kilos in one month stay without eating for 22 hours ( you can drink whatever you want ) when this pass you can eat all what you want even fats every day do this (you will get used to it ) the first 7 days nothing can be seen ( your body geting red of substance that will be fat in futre ) after 7 days you will lose every day one killogram its experiminted believe me i vouch that for u4. tone my body in a week and a half?a lot of running even if it hurts your ham strings, do not become dehydrated and stay away from the fatty fooods5. Blotchy skin tone on my face?I use proactiv....I had blotchy pale skin....I had reds and browns and such in my face and it was soooo uneven...so I started cleansing my face with proactiv and I used the repairing lotion and it evend out my skin tone in just a few months...I stopped using it and started tanning outdoors and stuff and the blotches came back. ...so I"m starting to use it again to fix it....I would recommend that6. Difference between timbre and tone and frequencyPut simply - it's more frequencies! Nearly all instruments, that includes our voices, produce harmonics or partials at the same time as the basic note. It's down mainly to the construction of the instrument along with its material, and often exactly how it's played.So given that, and the fact that each instrument will produce different levels of different harmonics, the timbre or tone of the same note will differ.7. makeup too dark for my skin tone?im super pale as well and i use a shade called alabaster by dinair airbrush makeup and its the first foundation ive found that doesnt look orange one me...its amaizng! it also covers up everyhting making my skin look flawless and its all water based so it is not bad for my skin because it doesnt clog my pores...ive been suing their makeup for a long time now and i love their stuff. ..i hope i helped in some way =).8. want to lose or tone belly fat?you will have to get in some kind of cardio to burn the fat away so all the muscles you are building from doing crunches and sit ups can show through. maybe try running up and down stairs for 20 minutes to get your heart rate going faster. you could jump rope, that really gets your heart rate up. get an exercise dvd, you can do those inside too!9. makeup help for skin tone and eye color?It really depends, I guess, I am assuming you are a brunette? If you have a yellowy tinge, stay away from pinks. It will make you look a tad funny; instead go for peachy pinks and warm rosey colours. If you have an orangy tinge, I would stick to colours that are richer; chocolates, deep greens and olives. I have a friend with slightly peachy undertones and bright red is reeeally her, but she has lighter hair. With foundation, as long as you stick to base-colour that suits your undertones, or ask a professional at a make up desk, you will be fine, they will help you. Your question is kinda vague, so I am hoping that more or less covers it?
What Did I Find in My Backyard?
That's hard to tell without being able to see it. You should take it to a shop that specializes in identifying this type of stuff. Some colleges have departments that will do it for free, you can also do a search in Yahoo or your local yellow pages for help in finding a place.1. There was a snake in my backyard?Their are many different species of snakes in florida. If it was found in a woody area then it is probably a water moccasin or cotton mouth or a type of viper. If it was found in a water area then it is either a water snake or most likely a cotton mouth or water moccasin.2. Any pointers for fishing for backyard tarpon?live shrimp, live crabs and live baitfish such as Pinfish, Mullet, Pilchards and Squirrelfish. you can bait it many ways. if done very well ion the past using live mullet. peirce the fish on the back about 11/2 inches from back fin in the fatty part. keeps the fish alive and allows it to swim. attracts the tarpon pretty well! Good Luck3. Injured rabbit in backyard help?Google "rabbit stew"4. Best way to practice golf in the backyard?Take practice golf balls (look like golf balls only hollow) and drive them against a shed/ Garage ect5. Can I grow mushrooms in my backyard?The rain or heavy dew is what allows the fertilization of the mushroom so they will reproduce. They grow in the dark and shaded areas. Find the mushrooms you want to grow and put them in a manure mixture keep them damp and they should multiply. The mushroom's job is to break down organic matter. There are many type of mushrooms and toadstools, some are poisonous, some delicious, and some hallucinogenic6. Backyard storage shed for Houston weather?I am originally from Houston and you are right about the humidity. Humidity is only good for your skin and your flowers. I would go for the vinyl. The wood would eventually rot because of such much humidity. I do not know if vinyl or wood either one would protect the furniture though just because the humidity would probably build up over the years and do damage to it. Just be sure to check on the furniture now and then to make sure it's not molding from the humidity. You can easily wipe it off. You might have to do that through the years. Since you have to have some kind of storage though [ everybody needs extra storage] I would still go with the vinyl.They have some really cute storage buildings now. You could plant some flowers around it and put some stepping stones to it from your house. You could make it look like a tiny house. That would be so cute. It would make your back yard look cuter too7. Is it possible to get our dog to stop digging in the backyard?If you get a solution please let me know. We own a beagle mix mutt and he's always digging up the yard8. What makes up the perfect backyard???CHICKEN FECES !9. Is it illegal to kill a squirrel in my backyard?since squirrels carry diseases I cannot imagine there is a law prohibiting killing them within city limits10. Should I try panning the dirt in my backyard?What have you got to lose?11. what's with all the backyard breeders in this world.?I am a supposeably backyard breeder I guess as I breed AKC Shelties with champion lines.I dont have a kennel and all my dogs live in my house and have their puppies inside with me , my husband and another friend in attendance who also raises dogs..My dogs are all kept current on all shots and vet visits and checked while they are pregnant. They are fed puppy food while pg and all are given vitamins all time.My vet is called when they are gettint close to make sure she will be available and if not recommend another and then I talk to them but so far that has not happened.When my dog goes into labor I call my vet and let her know in case something happens and I need to take her in and that has never happened thank goodness. We never have an unattened birth and we help if necessary and keep our Moms calm.After the pups are born one of us is awake around the clock for at least 3 days to make sure they are all doing ok.They are all taken in for a vet check after they are born,and to make sure mom is ok too. Yes I was very inexperienced when I started but I studied And picked everyones brain that I could.Even yet when labor starts I have my books out and my birthing notes and read and reread while we are waiting.Im not in it for the money believe me and sell most of my puppies with a spay and neuter contract and I do not sell to kennels and have to really talk to the people before I will sell to them. I have been known to give pups to disabled or some special needs but only if they can afford to take care and keep all shots,heartworm,flea and tick meds up..I dont let my pups go untill after they have had their 2nd shot,and I start worming at 2 wks and continue every 2 wks .My babies are all vet checked before they are sold and are given a health guarantee. I can give refrences also. Im always available after the puppies go to their forever home if they need me or I can help in any way.i always call back to check to see how they are doing because I do care and love everyone of my babies.They are very social.and loving babies.SO you see all so called breeders are not bad but some give all of us a bad name. I also have an acre yard that is fenced so my dogs have plenty of room to run and play and my house is kept very clean even though my dogs live in our home. We do love our dogs a lot
Can a Vicks Cool Mist Humidifier Cover Up Weed Smell If Blown Into?
v3100 seems like it would work. For an easier/cheaper solution, stuff a cardboard tube from a toilet paper roll with a couple dryer sheets. Blow into that while in a room with a fan on, the window open, and a towel wedged into the door crack. This method worked very well for me at a friends house in high school. However, the best thing to do is just not smoke weed in the place that you are renting1. warm or cool mist humidifier for colds in the winter?My surgeon cautioned a funky mist for the comparable reason the different answerer reported. heat breeds germs, whether it could additionally burn a infant in the event that they by hazard get too close. I additionally went to my community well-being nutrition save and gathered "Olbas Oil" to function. you put in a pair of drops and it smells like mint. It opens up nasal passages and clears up colds2. what is the difference between a cool mist and warm mist humidifier?I assume you mean other than temperature? Warm mist is steam, cool mist is sonically created mini water drops. Steam leaves minerals behind, cool mist still has minerals in it. If you line in a "hard water" area you will have lost of white, possibly gritty, dust from cool mist, but warm mist will mean more cleaning the heater with vinegar.3. Cool Mist Humidifier or Warm Mist Vaporizer for baby?I think cool mist is better. There is no greater risk of bacterial growth. In fact the warmth incourages becterial growth and either needs to be cleaned daily. There is no risk of burning and I dont knwo about anyone else, but I find it easier to breath in cool air then warm air. Warm air is very stuffy and makes me feel more congested. If I have a cold nothing helps clear my sinuses better then stepping out into some cool air4. Vicks vaporizers: Steam or Cool Mist?I believe it is a humidifier, you can find it at Target5. What is the difference between a cool mist humidifier and an ultrasonic humidifier?"Some people are very noise sensitive. For those people I recommend a Air-O-Swiss ultrasonic humidifiers, even their cool mist humidifier is exceptionally quiet." "People who like cool mist humidifiers live in warmer climates, because the last thing they want is to warm the place up a few degrees. If you live in a colder climate, the cool mist humidifier could feel a trifle clammy if you over-humidify the room." Totally up to you if you want 2, but I think you only need one =)6. Is there a way of cleaning cool mist humidifier - "filters" ?"CLR" I assume. Cleans the hard water deposits in mine but I dont have a 'wick' filter7. Using a humidifer for colds, etc?Yes. I find that cool mist works a lot better with my son. We have the Crane cool mist humidifier (frog shape) & it helps with the stuffy nose & cough8. which is better.. cool mist humidifiers or warm vaporizer? whats the difference?the warm works better the cool just brings out cool air9. Cool mist humidifier in baby's room?i understand how you feel. its not your fault.babies get sick do not be to hard on your self10. What are Cool Mist Humidifiers used for?For adding moisture to a dry atmosphere11. What are the pros and cons of a warm mist humidifier versus a cool mist humidifier for relieving breathing issues while sleeping?I prefer air filters but they may cool the air a little like a fan . I think humidifiers take a little to much electric power so I do not have one. I know sometimes their may be paint, or smoke or dust so air filters are a must . Do not forget to use the filter and consider a respirator for the dust and fumes of woodshop. Whenever their is a forest fire or windy day dust and smoke can be a concern factor. Use the air filter and cut down the pollution. They are worth their money.12. I have emphysema, I want to get a humidifier for my bedroom, What is better warm mist or cool mist?There are reasons why one may be preferred over the other and you may actually do yourself more harm then good by using the wrong one
What Is a Cheap Laptop with AWESOME Battery Life?
What is a Cheap Laptop with AWESOME battery life?this is just me...but you can get a macbook for fairly cheap. apple.com. there amazing and they have about 7 HOURS battery life. and they look sooo amazing too. idk if they fixed all the problems with Vista but OS X 10.5 Leopard is amazing. they have a word processing application too:) but its totally your choice man. Good Luckk:)— — — — — —Roboreptile, How long is the battery life in a roboreptile?thats pretty redundant.... idk!— — — — — —How is wristwatch with 10 years battery life possible?Perhaps those watches use some kind of energy harvesting system to recharge a rechargeable battery?An automatic quartz watch has an energy harvesting mechanism that, like a mechanical self-winding watch, pulls small amounts of energy from the day-to-day motions of the person wearing it.A solar-powered watch uses a tiny solar cell to pull energy from ambient light. (Even indoor light, much dimmer than sunlight, is adequate to keep the watch running).I hear that such watches typically run normally for a day or so when cut off from outside power (taken off the wrist, put in a dark room, etc.). Then they enter low-power state where everything is turned off except internal timing -- the LCD display goes blank, the hands stop. The watch has a power reserve that can keep internal timing going for at least a month; one manufacturer claims it has watches with a 4 year power reserve. Then when you pick it up and shake it, the battery starts to charge up, and the "hands will magically spin to match the current time." ( a ).Are you looking for detailed information on how it's possible to build electronic devices with extremely low power consumption? Then you might enjoy reading Jeelabs's notes on low power electronics ( b ). One JeeNode has run for over 2 years on a single battery charge (charged on August 21st, 2010; still running and continuing to count on Sep 15, 2012). ( c )Or are you looking for techniques to keep a battery from failing prematurely? While recharging a battery many times over 10 years is "easier" than trying to get a primary cell to last 10 years, it does not make it "easy". I've bought new rechargeable batteries for several consumer electronics devices when the original rechargeable battery went dead in less than 5 years -- not merely drained, but completely dead. (What makes this especially frustrating is when 5-year-old equipment uses batteries that are some special shape that stopped production years ago and are now unavailable, and I suspect all the shiny new oddly-shaped batteries will likewise be unavailable in 5 years.). How to keep batteries from failing prematurely would make a good separate question -- I wish I knew the answer.— — — — — —MacBook Pro battery life question?The advertised battery life is never equal to real battery life. Just leave your Mac plugged in all the time. I've been doing that for years. Many people never turn theirs off. Set your computer to shut down after 30 minutes of non use. I turn my MacBook Pro off about two nights per week just for the heck of it. I have friends who never shut down. Mac gear is great gear. It can withstand a lot of stress and has a good surge/spike protector built in— — — — — —Phone battery life and internet?The more you charge a battery, the faster it drains. My suggestions are to use a new battery or only charge it when it is completely or almost dead. Cell phone batteries should be replaced every year.— — — — — —Why is battery life still a weak link in laptops today?1) Longer battery life will make the laptop bigger and heavier, but people need it be smaller and light weight. 2) yes the battery is the worst part in laptop, some pc makers no longer provide the parts thus you have to buy their NEW laptops. I had an old expensive Alienware laptop but no where to get the primary battery. 3) The battery technology is not perfect, even the Apple's gadgets caught fire. and airplanes not allow battery capacity over 100Wh, In fact there are only few battery powered(Electric) cars on the road. btw: the smaller display computing devices last much longer, Li-po batteries performs much better than Li-ion batteries. and some laptops come with slice sheet battery optional.
Energy Efficient Room Air Conditioners
If you only need to cool 1–3 rooms in your home, a room air conditioner may be your most economical choice. Because you are only cooling part of your home, energy cost can be controlled. To optimize the performance of your room air conditioner, select an energy efficient model that is properly sized for the room you are cooling. EER — The Energy Efficiency Ratio is used to compare the efficiency of individual room air conditioners. It is the measure of the number of BTU per hour of cooling provided for each watt of electricity used. Room air conditioners typically provide from 5000 Btu/hr to 18,000 Btu/hr. The average EERs of older units from the 1970’s is about 5. Newer units manufactured after January 1, 1990 must have an EER greater than 8. The best room air conditioners on the market have EERs of 11 or more.Simple Steps to Improving Duct PerformanceBecause ducts are often concealed in walls, ceilings, attics, and basements, repairing them can be difficult. But there are things that you can do to improve duct performance in your house. Start by sealing leaks using mastic sealant or metal (foil) tape and insulating all the ducts that you can access such as those in the attic, crawlspace, basement, or garage. Never use ‘duct tape,’ as it is not long-lasting. Also make sure that the connections at vents and registers are well-sealed where they meet the floors, walls, and ceiling. These are common locations to find leaks and disconnected ductwork.CapacityCooling towers are usually described by their tons of cooling capacity. The cooling capacity indicates the rate at which the cooling tower can transfer heat. One ton of cooling is equal to the removal of 12,000 BTUs (British thermal units) per hour from water. 9 Cooling tower capacities at commercial or industrial facilities may range from as few as 50 tons to 1,000 tons or more. Larger facilities may be equipped with multiple cooling towers.UtilizationNot all cooling towers operate at full capacity year-round. Therefore, it may be necessary to determine the utilization profile of your system. This involves identifying how much of your system’s total cooling capacity is utilized and how often to arrive at an annual number of cooling ton-hours.Equipment SizingFor central air conditioning systems, your contractor should calculate the cooling load of your home. This will make sure you are selecting a system that meets you peak cooling needs without oversizing the equipment. Oversized equipment is a common problem that can lead to poor performance, and early equipment failure. Check to see that they are using sizing guidelines such as the Air Conditioning Contractors of EMergyKool.Data analysis on cooling tower water usage and its relation with cooling degree days was performed. Central cooling tower and satellite cooling tower’s monthly make-up and blowdown levels are recorded in Utility Plant’s monthly reports. The reports show that the cooling water make-up and blowdown levels are low during winter and increase during the summer.Conclusion: EMergyKool is a leading supplier of Energy Efficient Misting fans which can be used in industries, parks, beaches etc., For more information visit www.emergykool.com·RELATED QUESTIONCould we build a combustion engine on hydrogen using a mixture of plastics and metal?Yes, why not. For sufficiently permitting definitions of "mixture".I think the most difficult part of your question is not the engineering, but the language. There is nothing special about running an engine on hydrogen. And there is nothing special about "plastic" or "metal" parts either.Many combustion engines use a combination of metal parts and plastic parts. There is nothing except the fuel system that needs to be fundamentally different for running it on hydrogen.However, "mixing" metals and plastics into a single material is something I have not heard before. Composite materials with e.g. layers of different materials, sure, but no homogeneous mixtures.Could we build a combustion engine on hydrogen using a mixture of plastics and metal?.
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