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Pushing back the darkness by kindling the minds of my fellow man with science outreach.




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There may be a more terrible IT sub-industry than health care IT. But that bar is very low to start with. And now the overworked, competent, people are looking at this and screaming into their alcoholism.

IoT is stupid. I am now of the mind that anything that is vital to care should never touch a network. And the next round of appliances I get will NOT have an internet connection.

    I can see why young men who lack direction in life would follow a charismatic leader

Like the current Islamic terror movements, and any communist/fascist/nationalist movement in the past.

    I also kinda wonder if anyone's done a case study in why so many regressive alt-right types like Peterson or Harris self-identify as liberal.

Peterson is not at all "alt-right." Not at all. He is a traditional 1950's religious traditionalist that thinks if a lot of these young men go back to church all will be better. Harris is also not "alt-right" either. He is on the left of the US political spectrum, or was when I was following him before I got sick of the online atheist communities. I have been called "alt-right" because I did not vote for Clinton in the primary, and I am a Sanders-supporting borderline-socialist lefty. The word "alt-right" is being thrown around like the word racist, nazi, terrorist etc because we no longer have arguments over politics in the West any more. We have two fundamentalist radical religious groups vying for ideological purity being very loud and the people on either side being drug along with them. I want to go somewhere with this, but I have to go to work then teach an astronomy class today and don't want to get into an argument over who is the biggest shitheel in society right now (hint all sides are shit).

I first saw people talking about him on 4chan a while back, right about the time he was starting to rise. Then he was on a Joe Rogan podcast, 2ish years ago. He's blown up on the internet of late mainly due to the god-awful, terrible, just horribly bad interview he did in the UK.

That showed up in the suggested vids.

francopoli  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 18, 2018

Within 30 feet of you is a world of amazing wonder that sits hidden just out of sight. There are so many wonders hidden in plain sight that you don't think about, yet you need them to live a modern life. Let's pull back the curtain just a little.

If you have an old house, you have a gas water heater. A gas water heater is basically a steel tank full of water, insulation to make the thing hold in heat, a pipe going in and a pipe going out, and a fire on the bottom to make the water warm. The gas comes from a pipe line that stretches hundreds if not thousands of miles, which could be its own post. But let's talk about that fire at the bottom of the tank. If you look at the controller box, there is a gas in, a pilot tube, a gas out, and some weird looking copper cable/tube. That weird tube is the focus of this conversation; this device is amazing and you need to know about it. The way a gas water heater works is there is a small flame called a pilot light that stays lit 24/7. When the temperature of the water in the tank gets too low, a signal is triggered that sends a full blast of gas into the area with the pilot light, which starts the heating fire. But, what if that pilot light goes out? If there is no pilot light, and the gas triggers, your house/basement/garage will now fill with natural gas, which is BAD. Enter that copper tube. Next to the pilot light is a round chunk of metal, called a thermocouple Thermocouples are amazing in their own right and could be a post on their own. When the pilot light is lit, the thermocouple gets hot and produces a small bit of voltage. This voltage then generates a very small bit of current. This current then charges and electromagnet that opens a valve to the main gas input line. THIS! This amazing simple and wonderful bit of human brain output is what keeps you house from blowing up when the pilot light goes out!!!!! If something happens and that thermocouple stops being heated, the electromagnet can't pull the gas valve open, and no gas enters the burning chamber until you have to relight the pilot flame. Why tell you this? Thermocouples go bad after about a decade or so and will need to be replaced. Or, if you are like me, you need to call the company and have a part sent to replace the whole control apparatus due to a recall that never made it my way. a few days of cold showers, a 45 minute phone call and 25 minutes with a screwdriver and wrench and I am back in business.

In other news, I ate something that did not agree with me. I was not sick, but I had a bad intestinal weekend. Stomache went to war against the brain who told everyone to go to hell while he banged on my skull and laughed at our pain. The biological nozzle effect is a real thing and all. The result of all this was a involuntary 80 hour fast. I started to manage to drink enough water to not dehydrate myself, and fortunately the water just went right through the system and did not seem to linger. But I'm better now. This was probably the longest I went without eating anything in 20ish years, definitely the longest I've been without food and the means to procure it. The fast seems to have reset my food cravings, and I have been eating smaller portions since recovery. In all a-round-ways feel better after the disaster.

The kicker? Over the 80 or so hours, I gained eight mother fucking pounds.

And I have forty god damned pounds of books to get rolling on.

francopoli  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: What's the best weather app?

That is the only option on the table. We are in the "woe is us, we need money" phase right now and asking/begging for deals. The Web guy already is looking into the APIs etc.

francopoli  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: What's the best weather app?

This is what we are doing, after a fashion, for our observatory. We have a hook in that a guy at NOAA likes our club and is going to see what he can do for us.

Air Quality monitor, All-Sky camera, Weather Station, Internet Connect everything. In a spot in the country where there are no other weather reporting stations in 30 miles. We are also crying poverty and seeing about grants etc as we are "helping" the community.

Damn you :)

This is why I posted it. I'll never run a marathon; I'm a tank class not a DPS class. I wanted to see what the runners and joggers of Hubski had to add.

Interestingly, the jets that are coming down the pike fly higher and faster, and will produce vapour trails and contrails in the Stratosphere. After 9/11 they got a chance to do some data gathering and noticed that daytime temps are lower in areas with contrails, but it also does not cool down as much at night. So, if we run a bunch of aircraft to make clouds to reflect sunlight, what exactly will that do?

One of the potential solutions talked about a while back was to change global airline flight paths to go over the North Pole area to increase upper level clouds and block sunlight from melting the polar caps. But if those same clouds trap heat, could it also be a negative.

The problem of aviation is that the margins are tiny and any increase of operating expenses will cause a massive lobbying push for handouts.

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