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ThurberMingus  ·  17 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 4, 2022

Green beans were the easiest part of my garden the last couple years but they never came up this year - old seed probably. I planted the rest of the seed I had this week so hopefully some will come up.

I'm starting to experiment with pottery - I wanted a new very tactile hobby. It's been fun, I've been coil building bowls and stuff. For now I'm sticking with low fire earthenware I can do myself. I know there's a maker's space with a real kiln nearby but I'll cross that bridge later.

ThurberMingus  ·  108 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 2, 2022

hahaha save the gas, if the grid collapses you've got 500 miles of mostly empty to get through to El Paso. I've got less than 80 miles to the Red River, and by avoiding I-35 and Plano the drive will only take... I should just walk.

ThurberMingus  ·  108 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 2, 2022

Holy anxiety, Batman! or something. Last year was tough, way harder than the first year of the pandemic. Maybe something to do with trying to walk through walls because the door is Wrong. Maybe some burnout. Maybe turning 30 didn't help. Dec & Jan have been better so that's nice.

We have a puppy. The current puppy phase is 'ADHD & teething'. She's tiny though, so she hasn't managed any large scale destruction.

The forecast keeps adjusting the expected precipitation down, but also lowering the expected temperatures. We might get 2 years in a row with single digit temps. I don't remember the temperature ever dropping below 15F at my location before last year.

ThurberMingus  ·  108 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Texas Electric Grid Failure Was a Warm-up

    The Texas Republican Party seems to be hoping that they'll be able to ride out a crisis of racism, greed and deaths-from-hypothermia, rather than planning a way out of a crisis of racism, greed and deaths-from-hypothermia

The plan all along was protect power with redistricting and then hope that enough minorities buy the 'fiscal conservatism protects you from paying for *them' blather to keep the demographic shift from wiping them out before the next round of redistricting.

I don't think they'll survive the demographics forever, but it won't be quick and I won't be surprised if the TX GOP still has power the next time we redistrict in 2030.

ThurberMingus  ·  110 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Texas Electric Grid Failure Was a Warm-up

Wait, was someone planning to pay miners the cost of electricity to shut down during a price surge?

I assumed this was a free market 'they'll shut down on their own when it's too expensive' plan that ignored a net increase in demand will still cause an increase in prices.

ThurberMingus  ·  110 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Texas Electric Grid Failure Was a Warm-up

Hey man, that was like a hundred year storm or something so we're due for 99 years of sunny air conditioned winters. #texasstatistics

KB, it's time to settle down and live vicariously through your child.

What does the tooth fairy do with all the teeth? Presses then into the ceiling. Once they're painted over no one can tell it's not popcorn.

ThurberMingus  ·  307 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Actually, it’s more like fear…

It doesn't seem feasible to be programming these to dance by programming all individual actuator movements - there's got to be a separation of goal and execution, and somewhere in the execution the foot placement and force is tweaked to keep balance. Inverted pendulum bots do the same thing on easy mode with wheels.

A simple inverted pendulum bot is something easy to do with a PID controller and much harder to control with scarequotes AI and machine learning. I'm sure some high schoolers have done it by now.

I found this interview with Boston Dynamics CEO from 2019, which is mostly just fluff but it seems like they're going with "AI" for the low level reflex-type movements.

    “I break AI down into two parts. I call it athletic AI and scholarly AI. We’re kind of experts at athletic AI

Personally I have to say the dog-type robots are farther along the uncanny valley - the humanoids have a "chair-shaped-ass" leg and hip posture that isn't threatening and it's hard to dance with such an underdeveloped booty.

ThurberMingus  ·  307 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Actually, it’s more like fear…

ThurberMingus  ·  328 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Derek Chauvin Receives 22 and a Half Years for Murder of George Floyd

It's a culture problem. If we don't fix the policing culture of "I am the warrior hero", "I am the law", no amount of extra training and extra money is going to be enough.

ThurberMingus  ·  384 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The New Solar NIMBYs

I heard similar things from someone planning wind farms in Texas - anyone making a living from their land got on board after basic questions about access roads and livestock fencing. People vacationing there wanted to stop anything within sight of their property.

ThurberMingus  ·  395 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: DC could become a State... soooo....

Why can't it stay a district? We have a handful of commonwealths, why not a district?

I don't care as long as nobody pulls a Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim stunt.

The article starts with:

    A moderate amount of pronation is required for the foot to function properly, however damage and injury can occur during excessive or over pronation.

and then gets real sloppy through the rest of the article about whether the problem is 'over' pronation/supination or just pronation and supination.

Worst part: listing the top 10 injuries and pains of running that could potentially be caused by

over pronating, without any discussion of the difference between normal and excessive amounts.

ThurberMingus  ·  443 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 3, 2021

Yep, DFW area.

Politics and power aside, it was actually really nice to get weather so unusually cold for a change.