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ThurberMingus  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 12, 2019

I've been through there dozens of times but I think this is the first time I went to Albuquerque. In my head it's an in-between place.

ThurberMingus  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 12, 2019

Three weekends ago I was in Albuquerque for an cousins wedding. It was fun, beautiful ceremony, good party, good people. But the humidity is so low my contacts would dry out halfway through the day and my nose never felt normal.

Two weekends ago I went camping in east Texas. A little hiking, a little fishing, caught up with friends I only see a couple times a year. It was fun, but the humidity was so high the dew point was in the seventies and in the mornings the forest would steam for a couple hours until it got hot.

Last week it rained sideways and the water pooling in the 3rd floor breezeway dripped into our second floor apartment. It wasn't fun, and there's a little bit of old dish sponge funk coming from the carpet still.

ThurberMingus  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Scam stories

So about a year ago I heard they guy in the next cubicle answer a scam call with his heavy Ukrainian accent. His end of the conversation went something like "What? The windows on my home are fine. No I don't want new windows. What? What you mean ... ... ... HA! BULLSHEET!! MY WINDOWS COMPUTER AT HOME IS TURNED OFF!"

He's a bit deaf too, so he's loud on the phone even when he's trying to be quiet.

I was waiting on someone to #occupypubski again on wednesday morning and then I forgot. Probably not the only one.

Had to look it up because I never realized it either. So the telescope would orbit the L2 node outside the shadow (solar panels need light) but all the bright things in the sky will stay right where they belong behind the sun sheild.

    Webb primarily observes infrared light, which can sometimes be felt as heat. Because the telescope will be observing the very faint infrared signals of very distant objects, it needs to be shielded from any bright, hot sources. This also includes the satellite itself! The sunshield serves to separate the sensitive mirrors and instruments from not only the Sun and Earth/Moon, but also the spacecraft bus.

    The telescope itself will be operating at about 225 degrees below zero Celsius (minus 370 Fahrenheit). The temperature difference between the hot and cold sides of the telescope is huge - you could almost boil water on the hot side, and freeze nitrogen on the cold side!

    To have the sunshield be effective protection (it gives the telescope the equivalent of SPF one million sunscreen) against the light and heat of the Sun/Earth/Moon, these bodies all have to be located in the same direction.

    This is why the telescope will be out at the second Lagrange point.

Heat problems in space are so weird when you're used to thinking about an atmosphere.

ThurberMingus  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Podcast sharing thread?

NPR Wait Wait Don't Tell Me - a known quantity, it is what it is, and if you like it, its great.

Welcome to Night Vale - scripted podcast in the form of community radio broadcasts from "a town where all conspiracy theories are true". I've listened to about half the episodes so far and liked them.

ThurberMingus  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Joe Biden Announces Candidacy

Maybe Warren. Maybe not Beto... Haven't been following very closely though

ThurberMingus  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 24, 2019

Ha! Kind of funny.

goobster we aren't hating, I mostly agree with you. And if you can go a year without peanutbuttering yourself more power to you

ThurberMingus  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 24, 2019

    The pair he is wearing in the video he's had for 10 years, and has washed 3 times.

How much is he sweating in them though? I once had some slacks that I didn't wash for a decade... and then I threw them out with the rest of the clothes I never wore.

I tend to wear jeans until I spill food on them, but even if it's only working in an office and some walking in air conditioned or cool places after 10 or 15 wears there is a definite "this is the smell of my skin when I sweat" smell. Not strong, not really a bad smell, definitely not swamp ass. Probably not noticable to someone next to me, but it's there. And I'm not gonna buy a dozen to wear in rotation so they can air out.

    I wonder what contributes to the other 1.8mm.

Thermal expansion!

    Sea level has been rising at around one-eighth of an inch (3 millimeters) per year on average since 1993, with about half of that caused by the ocean expanding as it's heated, and the other half due to additional water added to the ocean, mostly from melting continental ice.
ThurberMingus  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 17, 2019

    She was described by police as "armed" and "extremely dangerous." Later she was described by the FBI as "dead," and "no longer a threat."

    And now I will take you to... the Weather!

Sounds like it should be part of a Welcome to Night Vale episode.

ThurberMingus  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Lolbrooks: Twitter edition

I'm a bit disappointed I never heard of her until now. Quite a life, judging from her wikipedia bio.

    Day made her last public appearance at the Eucharistic Congress held on August 6, 1976, in Philadelphia at a service honoring the U.S. Armed Forces on the Bicentennial of the United States. She spoke about reconciliation and penance, and castigated the organizers for failing to recognize that for peace activists August 6 is the day the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, an inappropriate day to honor the military.
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