Build the Enterprise

No, this is not a post on small business but it is a post on Building the Enterprise, as in the Star Ship Enterprise. A engineer has come up with blueprints, a workable model and even financing options for the US government should it decide to act on this plan. He also has a website that you can find here, but be warned, it takes a little while to load. All his notes including those on the four nuclear reactors that would be required to run the vessel are on the site and available to be viewed. Pretty cool huh?

But wait, I have another interesting gem for you this evening. Stanford has come out with a interactive map of the Roman world that features a map of how commerce and trade was conducted in the empire to help scholars understand the costs of doing business during Rome’s heyday. You can key in what goods you have to trade or sell and where you want to sell them and you will be provided with a number of options for moving your cargo to it’s destination.  ORBIS reconstructs the time spent and financial expense associated with pre-modern travel brilliantly. By simulating movement along the principal routes of the Roman road network, the main navigable rivers and hundreds of sea routes, the interactive route map recreates the infrastructure of the entire pre-modern Roman world in a way that has never been done before.See, I did work in some small business after all.


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