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kantos  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 9th 2019

Keeping this in mind since its likely to sink in over the week. Makes sense logically. Appreciate it nil.

kantos  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 9th 2019

AHHHH. (This is another relationship vent brought to you by kantos)

5 jars of your most fermented jam. Throw in the whole trash bag too, please.

I'm my mind is numb from the level of face plant I just achieved.

   Invite girl over for dinner 

Proceed to have nice meal

Gets to that moment of make a move or not

Ask bluntly after a nice night if she's looking for a relationship

"Not particularly"

Land softly with a couple minutes of not awkward conversation

Exit the girl

Gonna ride out the feeling of the L for the duration of the evening. Then call friends in the morning to get back on the buck.

Fortunate enough I can bounce back with a game plan, but damn that was rough.

I'm taking a warm shower, and going to bed for a mental reset.

Night hubs. o7

kantos  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What If We Really Are Alone in the Universe?

    If you think back through the history of human exploration, minerals provide a short-term gain

Gunning for those bad boys on asteroids. Only a matter of time until there's less worry of 'rare earth mineral depletion'.

kantos  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What If We Really Are Alone in the Universe?

No worries at all, thanks!

kantos  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What If We Really Are Alone in the Universe?

Is the last word written in the Assumption "source"?

"Where P(naut) is power ... beam ~ power of the source"

Taking a gander at the math. Appreciate the detail you and am_Unition went into here.

kantos  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What If We Really Are Alone in the Universe?

Casting a penny into this awesome thread:

    If it's only us... It casts us humans not merely as one sentient species among billions, but as the sole way in which the universe became aware of itself. It is the story of the universe becoming conscious through us.

Despite being in the camp thinking there's life out there, I adore this quote.

kantos  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What If We Really Are Alone in the Universe?

Hello, half-baked space person here.

Of all the speculative answers on why another civilization would contact us:

    What made this optimism nevertheless terrifying was the unknown of what the adults of the cosmos would be like. Would they be peaceful? Would they be so advanced that they would treat us as we treat a fruit fly or a rat, or a lab mouse, or even Laika the space dog? Would they treat us as food, the way we treat cows and pigs? Would they carry with them genocidal new diseases the way Europeans did to the Americas? Would they be the disease? Would they demolish the Earth to make way for a hyperspace bypass?

The flip side is our own (to extend the metaphor) child-like curiosity of the cosmos around us. Are we truly alone? What could we learn from other life (technologically, biologically)? Where are they at in their civilization's development? Is there evidence/ hope for us to come to a place of global unity or overcome existential troubles like climate change without great loss [actually the first link covers this too]?


So both points I meant to link were from the same conversation. The link above would start at what I sought to answer. The start of Sagan's dialogue with Carson on the search for terrestrial life on that date:

It touches most of the conversations and some jokes along this thread. Worth a fun, informative listen.

kantos  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 2, 2019

Good to read. :)

It is rare, though makes spending time a little slice of heaven.

kantos  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: This is what censorship looks like.

Rick Scott speaking up via Twitter is rich. Maybe the ease of Twitter potshots are too good to pass up. Had no clue NBA China was so big.

NBA teams have a lot of investment in eSports currently, too.

Specifically, North American League of Legends (who's developer is owned by Tencent):

Sadly, Morey cashed in his chips since this video. The team is just qualified for the International tournament in Europe after a bad time under his management in spring.

Rough times.

kantos  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 2, 2019

Happy Birthday Goob!

Hope the dinner is lovely.

kantos  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 2, 2019

Just finished presentations on GIS articles. One of which was on this dude:

Sugita, S., Honda, R., Morota, T., Kameda, S. Tatsumi, E., Yamada, M. Honda, C., Yokota, Y., Kouyama, T., Sakatani, N., et al., Y., 2019. The geomorphology, color, and thermal properties of Ryugu: Implications for parent-body processes, Science,  364: 1-11

Super neat article where I could tie in remote sensing to astronomy for my course.

Thought it'd be of interest to both GIS and astronomy peeps here.

About to do the thing where I ask a girl out on a date that I'm 99.999999999999% sure the feeling is mutual (and I don't get blind sided like the two times in 2018, so yay for learning from mistakes).

I feel odd knowing she's in my cohort, but.... what's the point in caring in such a thing anymore? I swear there are a quite a few silly nothings that I used to tell myself would get in the way of what I believed to be a 'proper relationship'. The reality was that ideal was a shifting goal post based on what was convenient for me to avoid gunning for what may have been something great in many cases. Another case here is that she's not of my faith (which is kinda a nag point from parents - we Jews being so few as it is). But hey, what ever. Its not like I'm committing to something serious right away... right..... right guys??

Anywho, only tough spot is the next two weekends I'm heading out of town on Thursdays - the 'best date day' ('go on a quiet day, then schedule for weekend if things go well' tactic.) - on top of missing the weekend.

Patience is key I guess. That or just ask her out next Wednesday? Or the next next--- decisions, decisions. That's all.

And for anyone who hasn't heard in a while or is new here:

This album by flac is fantastic. Finding myself humming to it out of nowhere 2.5 years later.

kantos  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 25, 2019

Thanks for coming in and sharing.

If you consider this post a mess, then I'm impressed with your messes.

The adage of 'seeing grief more like waves that come and go, rather than a hill to pass over.' has been useful for me looking back (and forward).

Congrats on becoming an uncle! Exciting times. I'll be joining you in November - unless its a surprise set of fraternal twins, we're in a similar all-boy trend. Good luck with the PhD program.

kantos  ·  27 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Korea's Alt-Right, and How to Fight the Ones at Home

    Remember how I keep saying Korean politics is a five-year preview of US politics? Keep this in mind.

    Fortunately, there is a happy ending to this.... Ilbe is also significantly weakened from its peak in 2014.


The last 3 suggestions flowed nicely into 'what to do next.'

First two points feel reminiscent of the new blood in politics (thinking of AOC here) pushing conversation back toward my generation's concerns.

    But I can tell you that, when the change happens, it would not be because the liberals got these questions right. When liberals prevail, it would be because they set themselves up as the “normal ones,” while the opponents are set up as the abnormal ones.

This right here is what gets me excited for Yang/Buttigieg as candidates - Gen Xer's that are calmly staring at the situation at hand going "wtf?"

Kinda reminds me as well from a Colbert interview with ACooper, where he states the point of his show is to say "You're not going crazy." Or to take a line or two from John Oliver regarding 2016 election "This is not normal." and to not let this climate become the new normal.

Good read. Would like to see more hub-doots on that wheel.

kantos  ·  35 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Grubski! What are your go-to recipes or comfort cooks of late?

    Rice cookers are an important part of my life in that you get hot carbs for cheap that are readily available for a couple days at a time. And eggs keep forever.

Haven't had a home without a rice cooker since moving out from my parents' place.

A similar quick n' easy for me is couple o' eggs, rice and sliced (not diced) tomatoes. I'm feeling mozzarella will be my next addition.

    serving rice with an egg and pork'n'squid curry

Sounds so treif, but so worth a bowl.

kantos  ·  36 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Grubski! What are your go-to recipes or comfort cooks of late?

L o v e it.

    Y'all are probably gonna want way more spices than you think you do. Make sure you got enough salt.

Can't be overstated. Been relegated to oil and vinegar for the past week until late. Sodium cravings are a reality you can't escape. Well seasoned meat cooking with rice can hit the spot.

He’s had great speaking points and time everywhere but the debate stage. His time on the CNN desk and even Ben Shapiro’s show are nice listens - surprised he even went on the latter, but that’s to your point.

Looking forward to him sharing the stage with Buttigieg and Harris. I’d like to think those two have a better chance in this moment.

kantos  ·  37 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Share a short poem. Here's mine "Dappled Sunlight"

  1 Haiku4You

Abreast, our vessels

converse tepid soft waters.

Like oceans, we part.

  2 (Not-quite-a-limerick)

Nerves hurl heaving thoughts hounding;

As yet, my heart’s still pounding.

How little time measures our meetings;

What’ll it take to grow old without retreating,

To bathe across sun-kissed skin unyielding.