Sep
15
2019
1

Longer meeting than expected tonight.

No one delay that I can really put my finger on, but sometimes you have a forty minute SCA meeting and sometimes it’s an hour forty. Tonight, it was an hour forty. Ah, well, we had a lot of ground to clear before the event in a couple of weeks.

On the other hand; this officer thing really is good for helping me remember how to talk to adults. And remember their names! That was more of an issue at first than I liked.

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Sep
12
2019
2

So *I’m* fine…

…and so is my family; but a damfool drug dealer has managed to mess up every other human being’s commute for miles around today. Said damfool decided to flee from the cops, race down the highway, then hit a semi in the process of trying to do an illegal U-turn. This put him in the morgue and the person in the car with him into the hospital; it also closed down I-95. During the evening commute. There are shades of red on the traffic sites that I’ve never seen before.

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Sep
11
2019
0

Water vapor found in K2-18 b exoplanet.

Super-earth, possibly tidally-locked around a red dwarf. Not optimal at all; probably not even habitable. But I’ll take it!

The newest exciting find involves K2-18 b, a planet about 110 light-years from Earth that NASA’s Kepler space telescope discovered in 2015. 

K2-18 b lies in its parent star’s “habitable zone,” the range of distances that could support the existence of liquid water on a world’s surface. Two teams of scientists announced this week that they’ve found water vapor in this world’s air — a big milestone in the search for alien life.

It’s proof of concept, you see. We know that planets can have water vapor, obviously: ours does. So if we can figure out how often that happens, we can start working out better guesses about how likely it’ll be that we can find planets that we CAN live on.

And then we can maybe hope to figure out just where the Hell is everybody.

Sep
11
2019
1

Tweet of the Day, Military Giant Cats edition.

Nothing profound; it’s just a neat photoshop. They got the lighting right for this one. I like it.

Sep
06
2019
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OK, this is perfect weather.

61 degrees at 11 PM. That’s awesome. That’s perfect. Let’s go with this weather profile until mid-November, OK?

I mean, I know that it’s not going to last. Gonna go back up to 80 tomorrow, which is also fine. But, man, while I love June the most I also love a proper Halloween/harvest climate. Warm, but winding down days; and cool, breeze-full nights that make me want to drink cocoa and read Ray Bradbury. That is best in life.

Moe lane

PS: Mind you, between January and early March I’m typically miserable and can’t wait for heat again.

Sep
05
2019
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The amusement behind Norman Rockwell’s Connoisseur.

First, here’s the picture.

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Sep
03
2019
2

Apple’s zero-day exploits now worth less than Android’s.

This does not appear to be good news for Apple.

For the first time ever, the security exploit broker Zerodium is paying a higher price for zero-day attacks that target Android than it pays for comparable attacks targeting iOS.

…the move was prompted by a glut of working iOS exploit chains that has coincided with the growing difficulty of finding comparable exploits for versions 8 and 9 of Android. 

Not a computer dude, but this more or less says to me that… no, wait, really: I’m not a computer dude. My opinion is probably useless. I think that what I read here is that Apple isn’t doing enough counter-hacking work, but I might be wrong. Or simply more and more biased against Apple. Certainly my next phone won’t be an iPhone.

Sep
03
2019
1

Ah, the first day of school.

Got a haircut, ran a couple of errands, and didn’t really do much of anything else, honestly. Except enjoy the silence. The blessed, blessed silence.

Gotta bunch of stuff to do the rest of the week, of course. But a little quiet the first day is acceptable, I think.

Sep
02
2019
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Welp, the storm’s arrived.

I can tell from the sudden, nasty headache. Low pressure fronts are not my friend. See you tomorrow, folks.

Sep
01
2019
7

Huh. I thought that the Babylon Bee was *satire*.

I’m now very confused.

A popular new craft IPA created by Stonemission Point Brewery is actually just a bottle of Pine-Sol, sources at the brewery admitted Thursday.

“Our new Pine-Sol IPA has that piney, hoppy flavor you love, plus it kills 99.9% of germs,” said Paolo Antony, head brewer for Stonemission Point. “We source only the best cleaning agents, ethoxylated undecl alcohol, pine oil, benzoic acids, and of course, way more hops than any beverage should ever have. Then, we brew it with care for several weeks before we serve it to our happy customers at any of our fine tasting rooms across the greater San Diego region.”

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