Another first for Wollongong's Innovation Campus!
Has anyone else noticed there the wind generator standing proudly at the front of the Innovation Campus never moves, even in last week's strong winds?
While the rest of the world races towards greater efficiency it seem Wollongong University has realised that the race in the opposite direction is wide open.
Following on from the wave generator fiasco, Wollongong must surely be leading the most dollars spent per watt of power generated category.
To be fair, the wave generator was a bad idea badly thought out so it is not surprising it never worked but surely anybody can take a wind turbine out of the box and bolt it to the top of a pole?
Maybe this is why, if you look up the word academic in a dictionary is will say something like "irrelevant, of no practical use".
High school students, take note.
If you are bright you will go to uni after your HSC.
If you are really bright you will follow the footsteps of the great innovators of our age, the Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, etc and leave before finishing your degree.
Most of you will finish your degree and get a job but those who can't get jobs will go on to higher degrees.
If you are still unemployable by the end of your PHD then academia is the only remaining option.
Many academics seem to be there simply because it never occurred to them to do anything else.
Of course, there are competent academics. The ones who wrote the textbooks that ours read from, for example.
Lack of imagination is only part of the problem.
Peer review is the intellectual equivalent of inbreeding.
You end up with two heads but no brains.
In the real world anyone can point out the obvious flaw in your ideas.
Maybe the problem with the wind turbine is that nobody is qualified to notice that it doesn't turn in any wind?
I'd offer to help, but my electrical engineering degree is from Wollongong so it unlikely that I was taught anything that could be of use.