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Devac  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Finland must apply to join Nato without delay, say president and PM

We took supplies past the border, dealt directly with Ukrainian military this time. It's different to how it was two months ago, both situation and atmosphere. We're all fine, though, made good contact.

This notwithstanding, don't relax just because someone's a joke.

Devac  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Finland must apply to join Nato without delay, say president and PM

Don't take an enemy lightly just because you believe yourself out of their punching range.

Devac  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: And now I know about suicide machines.

    I wrote 'em to see how they'd gotten around the toxicity problem.

Imagine if that was someone's wake-up call. But, yeah, as you said, this is a very tricky thing to account for and balance/circulate. I've been marveling at how space stations or submarines do their atmosphere for years, but it'd never occur to me in a club.

A colleague from chemistry department once told me he detected an argon leak by noticing the air seemed to get dryer by the minute. Left station to check the read on the wall, started hyperventilating, connected the dots in time.

Devac  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: And now I know about suicide machines.

    Very quickly. Apparently you can pass out in under 30 seconds, and be gone in a couple of minutes.

Yup. That's also why liquid nitrogen tanks ride alone on the elevators -- you won't feel it if it leaks, and it only takes a couple seconds to displace air with evaporating N2.

I'm sorry for your loss.

Devac  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 4, 2022

Can't find it, but pretty sure I suggested vouching back in the day, inspired by Blinkenshell system, and was universally ignored. I'm all for it now still.

Devac  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Did the W-boson just "break the standard model"?

Today? God, I wish she'd finally stop abusing her ever-growing hate-boner for particle physics, take a swig of her own medicine, and do something else for a while.

Turning public attention towards science is what scientists have to do, regardless of their feelings on the topic. We're too far beyond the point where all you needed to explain breakthroughs in general relativity was a sheet of paper, and particle physics is GR² if you account for how broad in scope is that field. Communication and making buzz are perhaps more important than ever. If it's what the money should be spent on, that's a different discussion.

More to come. Maybe.

    Yes, you have to be pretty brilliant to work on grand unifying theories, but we need as many bright minds as we can get for other more immediate efforts

Man, that's like making ophthalmology scribes design a new library because they're literate people who talk the least.

Devac  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: In which everyone came out of lockdown having forgotten how to cross the street

But in the same place and situation, so there's pattern recognition on top of language acquisition.

Good video, but unless I zoned out (possible!), it's an update about Chelyabinsk event, not the New Guinea one from the article.

Devac  ·  27 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The legend of the Fenway Pizza Chucker

You know those terrible cooking blogs that feel compelled to tell a long-ass story (I know, ad money, CPM wizardry, doesn't make it less annoying) about the thing that, if true, would make most amateur cooks into some sort of food-synesthets hit with compulsive, intrusive memories each time they're exposed to a pie? I recently had an idea where instead of that, you dish out some solid sci-fi in media res hook, string the reader for a page or three, and just when the action peaks, you blindside them with "which reminded me of Zorblaxian apple salad mah momma used to make," making the reader pissed at the recipe coming up at a moment like that.

What am I on about? Well, if it wasn't for the title and graphics, I'd have no fucking clue what's the story, and still don't know more nine paragraphs deep. It's written in a tad over the top investigative journalist style of this:

while talking about a no-longer-sad tosser. Baseball, man, can't get a clue. Far from bad read (EDIT: finished), but even math papers don't need this much of a setup.

Devac  ·  29 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: On the Clock: Your Office Is Open and the Liquor Is Flowing

Devac  ·  32 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 13, 2022

Inner ear infections suck, or constant vertigo: the musical. For the first ten days, I didn't, and couldn't, do much beyond catching up on reading and sleeping. It did allow for some neat discoveries, though. Case in point: there's a service in Poland that gives free access to texts and audiobooks of school canon and beyond, and (so far) their renditions kick all kinds of ass. Very unlike Polish corners on LibriVox in that regard, or at least compared to the last time checked.

All but our original three guests got to Germany safely, but we're staying in touch. I spent some sick time helping with admin, and we found a way to hire two refugees, refit a company delivery van for people transport, and take turns running supplies and driving. We have a lot of trusted names and put them to good use, and it's arguably more sustainable and productive than doing it in my spare time.

Got IELTS results (general and academic) and positive thesis reviews. Now, defense details are in the hands of bureaucracy.