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wasoxygen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 8, 2018

Imgur is blocked! What’s that in the picture?

wasoxygen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 8, 2018

It’s five o’clock somewhere…

Car rental in Turkey is always an adventure, and always works out somehow. In Izmir we once got a Tofaş Şahin, like the antiquated taxis then in service, and discovered it had one-candlepower headlights. We had leftover fuel before returning it, and stopped by an uncle’s mechanic shop, where he alternated pulls on a siphon hose and cigarette trying to harvest the last few liters.

This year we aimed higher, reserving a Nissan Qashqai or similar. On arrival in Marmaris, we were offered a free upgrade as the Nissan was still out. The whole rental car industry seems like a scam, but I’ve learned to just roll along with it and hope for the best. We ended up enjoying a nice ride on the switchback road out of the valley.

We took a rest stop on the side of the D525 facing Bafa Gölü. It was a feast for the senses, all five of them. The visual splendor of the lake was cancelled by the roar of tour buses flying past two meters behind us. The vaguely pleasant campsite aroma of the wood-fired samovar was offset by the universal barely-comfortable plastic chairs. The tiebreaker was the food, and our sense of taste was delighted by the otlu peynir gözleme (cheese crepes) made before our eyes. The only way we could get it fresher would be to sit closer to the fire.

The roadside rest stop was mobile, unpacked from a van. A family of four provided service, the matriarch cooking and managing the cash in a hip bag, a man and woman doing cooking and bussing, and a young girl greeting and fetching tea. Produce, olive oil and honey were displayed for sale, but the main attractions were the view and the breeze.

Well-fed and rested, we proceeded toward Izmir, crossing through the gorgeous and fertile Büyük Menderes River valley. The ancient river gives us the word meander, a reminder to take our time and enjoy the stops along the way.

Meanwhile at the Trump® International Hotel Washington, D.C....

wasoxygen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 18, 2018

When the weather is nice, Cars & Coffee followed by a run is the best way to start a weekend.

I used to lug the camera over there and take pictures.

wasoxygen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 18, 2018

Traffic slowed suddenly on Walker Road at 7:50 a.m. on the way to Cars & Coffee. At that time on a Saturday, most of the vehicles on that road are interesting, the serious go-getters leaving the show to attend to business, late-sleeping slackers like me driving north to check out the cars before enjoying the day, in my case with a run in Great Falls Park.

The cause of the slowdown was soon apparent. A McLaren was wedged against a tree, a man sitting nearby with blood on his face. Police were waving traffic past, and I was too worried about rear-ending the Shelby Mustang ahead to get a good look at the scene.

An ambulance went by as I continued on my way, driving more carefully than usual on the beautiful winding road. I sent my photo to the car guy at work, and he mentioned "250+" as the value and pointed out the paper tags.

At the show, the sound of sirens was constant but most people didn't seem to know what was going on. A police helicopter circled overhead, then landed in an open field behind Katie's while we admired exotics.

I didn't expect the police would medevac the driver, but sure enough the ambulance arrived and they loaded the guy on. Everyone livestreamed as the chopper took off.

I talked to an EMT in the line for coffee. He said that the McLaren driver had been forced off the road by someone who crossed the center line, then he fishtailed and hit the tree. Social media would report that the driver broke his arm, "doesn't remember anything" but is "in good spirits."

The show went on. It was a pretty good turnout, with more Alfas than usual and some kid-pleasing time machines.

FCPD put out a finger-wagging tweet, pointing out that the $300,000 car had been purchased the day before and crashed "because of speed." The papers picked it up and manufactured a story out of the tweet, making every word into a sentence. Jalopnik made a better effort including a police photo from another angle.

Be safe out there.

wasoxygen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Tiny Animals Use Springs

Which is bigger, mRNA or the protein it codes for?

    Figure 1: The relative sizes of a globular protein and the mRNA that codes for it. The myoglobin protein is drawn to scale next to the mRNA transcript that leads to it. The coding sequence of an mRNA alone is about an order of magnitude heavier by mass than the protein. The myoglobin protein is in blue, the 5’ cap and 3’ polyA tail are in purple, the 5’ and 3’ untranslated regions (UTRs) are in yellow and the coding sequence is in orange. Illustration by David Goodsell.

Maybe you could get thenewgreen to join you in Detroit. Not many races requre travel documents to run across the border.

    If for any reason (for example, emergency, carrying a backpack) you are asked by CBP to identify yourself when crossing the border, you will be expected to present proper identification (WHTI compliant document). CBP actions may delay your re-entry into the U.S. Please note: it is not the intention of CBP to actively or randomly pull runners out of the race to review their documentation.

    Please note, the Ambassador Bridge Company and Detroit Windsor Tunnel LLC policy is to prohibit liquids. Runners are discouraged from carrying items on these portions of the course as they may be asked to either inspect or drop them. However, at the end of the day it is up to the runner’s discretion.

First finish is always a PR, congratulations! What was your longest distance in training?

Getting one done means you can skip the pre-race jitters next time and start off rested. Finishing without swearing you’ll never do it again is also a promising sign. When’s the next one?

First hit for "three functions of money" was at, why not?

    Medium of exchange. Without money, all transactions would have to be conducted by barter ... in a barter system, exchange can take place only if there is a double coincidence of wants between two transacting parties.

    Store of value. money must hold its value over time ... Money may not even be the best store of value because it depreciates with inflation. However, money is more liquid than most other stores of value because as a medium of exchange, it is readily accepted everywhere. Furthermore, money is an easily transported store of value that is available in a number of convenient denominations.

    Unit of account. Knowing the value or price of a good, in terms of money, enables both the supplier and the purchaser of the good to make decisions about how much of the good to supply and how much of the good to purchase.

    The first image in the series depicted the dawn. Here, in the last painting, is a weak sun. Cole put everything he had learned in Italy into this picture, most tangibly a melancholic sense that human beings and their works are ultimately at the mercy of both their own vanity and the ravages of time. But while he meant his cycle to be a warning to a young country growing in confidence and ambition, many of those who came to view it when first exhibited in New York City in 1836 saw something quite different. For them, the rise and fall of a great classical civilisation represented the probable fates of the European countries from which America had freed itself; America, on the other hand, was a new kind of society in which, so they believed, the catastrophe unfolding over “The Course of Empire” could never happen.

The 19th-century painter with a warning for America

Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire now at the National Gallery in London.

wasoxygen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: 2018 Seattle Rock 'N' Roll Marathon

It was looking close at the half, but you delivered quite the kick in the final miles. I don’t think I’ve ever finished a long race and wanted to do it again, not for at least a week anyway. Congratulations on a great run!

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