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ThurberMingus  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Scientific American Endorses Joe Biden


ThurberMingus  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Everything we don't know about sex and babies in space

Have you read Packing for Mars, is it worth reading?

I remember when it was published all the interviewers kept asking her about sex in space, but I assume there's more to the book than that.

One of the most desperate thing I've read in a long time.

Reminds me of this one

ThurberMingus  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: David Graeber: On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs: A Work Rant

    Work = bad, leisure = good

Work =/= a job

good work is good even if it isn't a job. A bullshit job that isn't even a job is just bullshit though (cough cough gig economy)

ThurberMingus  ·  31 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 19, 2020

I owned an 02 base model firebird, which differed from the base Camaro by only the headlights and trunk lid not-quite-a-spoiler lip thing.

The pop up headlights are a pain, and I kinda hated it because by the time I had it every plastic trim piece was cracking and every rubber hose or seal was rotting. But the firebird's trunk lid was the best thing. Throw a blanket on there, recline against the back window, and it was the perfect spot for watching a meteor shower or fireworks.

ThurberMingus  ·  31 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 19, 2020

Geckos seem to like us:

Saw that one on our back door a couple weeks ago.

We found a few tiny baby geckos inside, barely an inch and a half long including the tail. Apparently they like to squeeze into tiny crevices to hide during the day, like the gap in the doorframe weatherstripping I found.

I found another baby one last night in the bathroom, caught it with a container and sheet of paper, put it outside. Unfortunately the big guy was hanging out on the door again, but not on the window part.

So he fell off the the door inside and ran under the couch, and we spent almost half an hour moving furniture and trying to catch it before we lost it completely.

So we've got a full grown gecko hiding somewhere in the house. I'm not a fan of letting wildlife in the house. I would definitely rather keep the grown lizards on the outside. But it doesn't bother me too much to return a lost baby gecko outside, or if a few crane flys and jumping spiders get in in spring, and nobody likes cockroaches but we've had less than one per week all summer. I think we're doing great. Do you really expect nothing to get inside?

My wife was pretty freaked out even before yesterday though, so hopefully we find it soon and not months from now.

ThurberMingus  ·  39 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The case against American truck bloat

Huh, the best truck is better than the best minivan. But that's not typical

From page 10 of the 2020 doc here

ThurberMingus  ·  39 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The case against American truck bloat

Pretty sure a typical minivan gets better milage that a typical truck. I'll take your word on depreciation.

Most of the minivans I've driven have had better visibility than similar sized trucks though.

ThurberMingus  ·  39 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The case against American truck bloat

    But you can’t really practically get those features the few times you need them

Off road 4x4 is the only thing you can't rent easily, because rentals have no-off-road conditions. The others are easy to solve.

Work trucks are work trucks, if it's earning you money get the one that's right for the job.

But for personal vehicles the times a light pickup isn't just as good for less than a heavy duty are damn few.

The times you aren't better off with a minivan and occasionally renting a small trailer for it are also pretty slim, tho maybe you need to spring for illegally dark tint to make sure nobody see it's you driving the minivan.

ThurberMingus  ·  39 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The case against American truck bloat

Sorry for continuing the metaphor but how much good is a giant truck if it's only half hard except for a couple times a year pulling a boat to a lake. I guess you can still show it off in the locker room.

ThurberMingus  ·  45 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Post music with female bass players


ThurberMingus  ·  50 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Essay on ancient Mediterranean farming

Interesting contrast in how 'excess' is talked about in this essay and the book reviews flag/b_b posted. Grains grown as the staples and the default steady-state is the household growing to eat the capacity of the farm, any excess consumed/given within the community VS grain allows taxation allows elites who collect taxes to reinforce growing taxable grain.

They aren't incompatible views. I think the next installment on bigger farms will be more comparable to the ancient cities described in Against the Grain.

ThurberMingus  ·  52 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: ASK HUBSKI: Have any of you or someone close to you had COVID-19?

Cousin caught it from the navy, I think he's doing fine now.

Unrelated aunt an uncle caught it. They were only diagnosed a couple days ago.

Mom mentioned another cousin caught it but I forgot to ask who, and it might have been somebody else's cousin.

I've been replaying games I've had for a long time.

Trying to unlock everything in FTL I never got around to. Playing ridiculously overmodded Kerbal Space Program. Beating the last few bosses it late game Terraria.

I tried dwarf fortress but it didn't quite stick. It's something I might like at a different time, but right now I just don't want to learn it.

FTL really is the go to. It's hard, and random, and you only won if you play smart and get lucky. But it's fun whether I'm playing 5 minutes or a couple hours.

The relationship has improved somewhat in the last couple years. Might be trying to preserve the gains.


    The Vatican said Saturday that it had reached a provisional deal with the Chinese government to end a decades-old power struggle over the right to appoint bishops in China.


ThurberMingus  ·  72 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Native Americans and Polynesians Met Around 1200 A.D.

He talked about how much information they could get from swells, like finding the prevailing wind direction from the swell even when a storm was blowing a different direction at the time, or how islands change the swell, and he did mention the stick charts. I think that stick charts aren't useful for the very long lengths of empty ocean on trans-polynesian journeys though, and aren't as useful on a more linear island chain like Hawaii.

Navigation traditions were being forgotten in Polynesia for a bunch of reasons - westernization a big part of it. All the observational techniques can't really be learned except through through the generation of experts before you.

The Hawaiians stopped building boats big enough to cross Polynesia centuries before the Europeans came, but in the last century even the traditional ways to sail and navigate their inter-island boats were being lost.

Read about Mau Piailug and the Polynesian Voyaging Society and Hōkūle‘a. While Micronesia and Polynesia are different cultural groups, the navigation and voyaging traditions are similar enough that the Polynesians looked in Micronesia for someone who would teach them. They found few who still knew, and Mau was the first who would teach them. I don't know if there is any way to find the differences between Mau's Micronesian navigation and the lost Polynesian traditions, but the remnants of Polynesian traditions were similar.

Mau broke traditions against teaching their navigation traditions to outsiders because he he wanted there to be someone to carry on the knowledge and traditions, and bring it back to his own island if it was lost to westernization there too.

ThurberMingus  ·  72 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Native Americans and Polynesians Met Around 1200 A.D.

I got to talk to one of the Hawaiians who was part of relearning traditional Polynesian navigation. Lots of fascinating stuff I didn't comprehend about waves and weather. And the boats they built are beautiful.

ThurberMingus  ·  73 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Inside the black box

    He [Nathaniel Taggart] was a man who had never accepted the creed that others had the right to stop him. He

    set his goal and moved toward it, his way as straight as one of his rails. He never sought

    any loans, bonds, subsidies, land grants or legislative favors from the government. He

    obtained money from the men who owned it, going from door to door—from the

    mahogany doors of bankers to the clapboard doors of lonely farmhouses. He never

    talked about the public good. He merely told people that they would make big profits on

    his railroad, he told them why he expected the profits and he gave his reasons. He had

    good reasons.


    It was said that Nat Taggart had staked his life on his railroad many times; but once, he

    staked more than his life. Desperate for funds, with the construction of his line

    suspended, he threw down three flights of stairs a distinguished gentleman who offered

    him a loan from the government. Then he pledged his wife as security for a loan from a

    millionaire who hated him and admired her beauty. He repaid the loan on time and did

    not have to surrender his pledge. The deal had been made with his wife's consent. She

    was a great beauty from the noblest family of a southern state, and she had been

    disinherited by her family because she eloped with Nat Taggart when he was only a ragged young adventurer.

~ Atlas Shrugged, near the end of chapter 3.

ThurberMingus  ·  74 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "It is rotting American democracy from the inside out."

My gut instinct is that dropping standardized tests with no replacement would be a big improvement in maybe 2/3rds of districts, and public school opponents would burn everything to the ground and salt the earth wherever they could.

ThurberMingus  ·  74 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "It is rotting American democracy from the inside out."

Might as well add a 'none of the above' option too. If none of the above wins a majority we get a runoff with fresh candidates.

Not sure if I remember where I originally heard that idea.

ThurberMingus  ·  74 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "It is rotting American democracy from the inside out."

That was off topic but I was already mad about it

ThurberMingus  ·  74 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "It is rotting American democracy from the inside out."

I read the first half of that book before returning it, still the wait list still to check it out again.

The problem is deeper than bad history textbooks from Texas, when then only intervention the state/district uses for schools with failing STAAR scores is indiscriminately firing administrators.

My wife taught for a year at a school right on the edge of failing, with some of best admins she's worked for, but they had to quit every subject except reading and math in March to get ready for testing. Even the most sedated kid is gonna be antsy after a week of test prep but after a month the whole school was batshit crazy.

ThurberMingus  ·  79 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 1, 2020

I have a few relatively small fillings on molars, can't tell they're there most of the time, but if I get a cold those teeth get sore about the same time as I notice other sinus symptoms.