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Video data products are so good that I put some in the supplemental information of my first paper. The journal has broken the links. Not sure what I pay them for.

Yes, naturally, the colonizers converge on the galactic core because of the higher density of stars there. Snoot meter is maxed today, for personal reasons, but I'm surprised this is considered publishable.

But everybody knows that the best reason to get to the core is because it might be one of a series of interconnected worm holes that allow intergalactic transit. It was either you or Devac who suggested that there's probably a good diner there, I think. What do think it's named?

am_Unition  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 16, 2021

The "Jeffrey Bezos, you did it! Jeffrey Bezos, CONGRATULATIONS" bit from Bo got my wife and I real good. We laughed so hard, and then immediately both felt like crying.

I'm glad you're finally vaxxin', veen. I feel more than a little guilty about America hoarding our stash.

It's taken me a while to return to the casual headspace I was in before All This. I'm finally now at the point where I start walking from my car in the parking lot into a store and see other people walking out with chin diapers before I'm like "oh nooo, I gotta get back to my car to snag my mask!". I dunno, it's a weird progress/process, but I'll probably keep my mask in my pocket during my constantly-updated autopilot procedures to save time in the near future.

Currently, I'm going un-crazy-but-also-crazy-but-not trying to squeeze in far too many social activities before the next potential lockdown. Completely overloaded myself and my wife, socially, this week. She'll get me back :).

Personally, I was disgusted with how much my incentive to stay in shape apparently depends on IRL social exposure. And I'm an introvert! I thought I cared about my health more than I must. wompwomp

edit: btw, this is next on my comedy/musicianship list :).

am_Unition  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: ERCOT triggers Texans with another warning on conserving energy

The three years I lived in Houston, I commuted to class and my on-campus office on light rail and foot. The first day, new student orientation, I checked the radar and left the apartment wearing my swimsuit and flip flops, with dry clothes in a plastic bag. An umbrella is actually a handicap in storms that intense. That first day was only the first time I was nearly struck by lightning. It struck behind me so close that by the time the sound reached me and I turned around, the bolt was still active. Maybe 100 yards away. Cool.

In the summer (about mid-March thru mid-October), "good weather days" consisted of me arriving for class or meetings dripping sweat from a mere 20 minutes of walking, with a sweater in my backpack. See, pretty much every building on campus was blasting A/C in the hopes of preserving documents, computers, or lab equipment, and within 5 minutes with no sweater, I'd be a wet, shivering mess.

Because of (I guess?) the non-industrial-strength A/C unit in my "luxury apartment", when things like bags of chips went "stale", the chips became soggy and wet. We bought a dehumidifier, and it'd pull about four gallons out of the air inside our apartment every 36 hours. We had black mold that couldn't be eradicated. We would have moved if we could have afforded the time.

And people wonder why Houston is such a car-centric city. It ain't all an oil and gas company conspiracy, but yeah, prolly some of it is.

Winters were alright, though. But yeah, no one should've ever built a city there. I get it, it's the furthest point inland you can get to by boat on the Gulf Coast west of the Mississippi, but blegh.

am_Unition  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: ERCOT triggers Texans with another warning on conserving energy

The guy I know who has worked in the Texas energy sector most of his life built a new house a few years ago. He made sure to design and build his own power generation system, so that should tell you pretty much all you need to know about his faith in the Texas energy grid. He probably already got his money's worth during the winter storm, in the form of preventing property damage.

He told me yesterday that during widespread heatwaves, like recently, there's no pressure differential out in west Texas driving the wind and windmills, and one of the major natural gas generating plants has been down for maintenance and repairs. Since large-scale, long term weather trends are usually easily predictable about a week in advance, it seems like someone has dropped the ball repeatedly this year on coordinating when major fossil fuel burners should be allowed to drop offline. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Texas has explicitly regulated against the state being able to tell energy companies when they can and can't produce.


This week, not only does the city throttle our Nest thermostat every afternoon (we can more than afford to curb our usage for the greater good, no biggie), but Greg Fuckwit is allocating as much money as possible to build a wall. I guess it'll be built alongside Trump's totally complete, beautiful wall?

My A/C went out for a couple days in mid-July last summer. If we have rolling or total blackouts, for sure, expect a repeat of this.

How strangely similar to crop circles! What a weird coincidence.

No but straight talk, I remember when farmers and/or their neighbors were like "we saw these weird lights dancing around in the field during the same night the patterns showed up!", and, well, as it turns out, you do need a light to read a compass at night.

am_Unition  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A sober discussion: Aliens on Earth

Thank Christ Gohmert (R-TX) is there to out-science scientists. I never thought of finding over 71 brazillion gillapetbytes of fuel for the 359 googellian Watt-erages of energy to boost Earth to a 1.01 AU semi-major axis!

Seriously, the Trump energy budget of a nuke vs. a hurricane was wayyyyy less of a discrepancy than Gohmert's (lack of) understanding here.

It's sad that lawyers constitute such a huge percentage of Congress. Maybe scientists should start flexin'.

am_Unition  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A sober discussion: Aliens on Earth

Physicist**, oops

am_Unition  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A sober discussion: Aliens on Earth

Yup. You can tell I'm a certified fistassist.

am_Unition  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A sober discussion: Aliens on Earth

Particle physicist friend had this one taped to his office door:

    The bartender says "We don't serve tachyons here"

    A tachyon walks into a bar

(tachyons move backwards in time)

am_Unition  ·  13 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Crypto price fun.

So, wait... not math. Knowing the private key, somehow, which is what I suspected.

The only other option (I think?) would have been proof-of-working so hard that DoJ scored more than half of all the new BTC blocks for a while, right? But that's kinda China's thing.

am_Unition  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Crypto price fun.