Apr
21
2017
9

Watch the Japanese roll tires down a ski jump, because why the heck not?

And here’s the thing: when you hear that the Japanese are going to roll tires down a ski jump to see how far they fly, you know that it’s going to be done properly. Rigorously, even. Somebody’s going to sit down ahead of time and make sure that the camera angles are right and that the tires will be rolled down the slope correctly and that the results will be presented in a fashion that the Americans will understand because we’re the other guys out there who about as equally badly want to see tires rolled down a ski jump to see how far they fly. I respect competence. We see so little of it, in this fallen world of ours.

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Apr
20
2017
14

Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Howl’ (Part 1).

I pretty much should hate this poem, but I do not. Guess Howl just has something about it that forces me to forgive it, and Allen Ginsberg, the rest. That’s all right, though. Gotta have some contradictions in the soul, right?

Apr
20
2017
2

Now THIS is some righteous lawyering.

Saw this via Facebook.  Question: how do you stop a court system from having to regularly pee all over your client because it’s easier at every step to just go through the motions? Answer: you make them stop going through the motions. Kudos to the lawyer to kicking the anthill like this; like others who commented on this, I hope that it won’t bite him on the butt later.  I hate it when people get punished for using their powers for good.

Apr
19
2017
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Another *potential* life-bearing exoplanet at LHS 1140.

Potential. Hard to tell at this distance.  We really need them to figure out how to get the energy cost of a warp drive down to something manageable.

On Wednesday, a newly discovered and relatively nearby planet vaulted toward the top of the growing list of exoplanets worth a closer look for signs of alien creepy-crawlies or … who knows?

The planet orbits a faint red dwarf star named LHS 1140 just 40 light-years away in the constellation Cetus, named after the sea monster. Astronomers say it’s larger than Earth, but appears to be rocky and temperate and likely has an atmosphere.

It’s funny: I remember when we were still unsure whether there even were exoplanets. I mean, it was a good bet that there were, but you couldn’t actually see them, or anything.  We’re getting better at seeing stuff now.

Apr
19
2017
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Do you even JuicBro? (I’m giving you this one for free, Doug Evans*.)

Ah, the joys of venture capital. Meet Juicero:

The idea was that you bought the four hundred buck juicer, then signed up for weekly delivery of bags of vegetables and fruit that you could then squeeze in the juicer for fresh juice. …All right. But, the problem that Bloomberg mentioned? It turns out that you can get more out of the bags by hand-squeezing them.  So…. no need for the four hundred buck juicer.

[pause]

Oops?

But I’m a visionary, so I can solve Doug Evans’ little juice problem in one step.  Ready?  Here you go:

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Apr
18
2017
7

Disney World wants to open a Star Wars LARP Resort. :blink: :blink:

Let me repeat that: Star Wars LARP resort.

Disney is contemplating opening a luxury Star Wars themed resort next to the Hollywood Studios park at Disney World, which could feature multi-day live-action role-playing games that run overnight, with guests staying all night in the park to interact with costumed characters and automated elements (droids, etc) to game out scenarios.

…(Via Rick Wilson) Dear Lord. That’s… that’s… that is a thing.  That is absolutely a thing.  That is a thing that will eat people. I am terrified. I want to wake up my wife and tell her that we need to reserve a spot NOW.  I can’t even.

Apr
16
2017
1

Happy Easter!

He is risen.

Moe Lane

PS: If Easter is not your thing, have a pleasant and happy afternoon anyway. It’s lovely and hot out here today.

Apr
15
2017
1

Everybody have a good Easter weekend.

Because I am pretty much taking off today and tomorrow, too.  I got a couple of deadlines for the Patreon that have to be filled, but other than that I am checked out. But I hope everybody has a joyous and pleasant Easter.

Apr
14
2017
2

It’s Good Friday, folks.

Not going to be putting up much stuff today, sorry.

Apr
13
2017
2

So mayyyyybbe there’s the *potential* for life on Enceladus. *Maybe*.

Now, let’s not get too excited. A little excited is fine, but further observations are required: “The same sorts of chemical reactions that sustain life near deep-sea hydrothermal vents here on Earth could potentially be occurring within Enceladus’ subsurface ocean, a new study published today (April 13) in the journal Science suggests.” Enceladus is a moon of Saturn (sayeth he, just as if he knew that before he read the article) which apparently has liquid water underneath its ice surface.  If there’s water and if there’s the equivalent of those vents, there’s the possibility of at least primitive life.  Not likely to be sophisticated, not likely at all to be able to grow too much more in complexity, effectively impossible that it’s anything resembling intelligent… but it’d be life, which would then instantly convert Terran life into being a statistic.

This would be good.  Trying to discuss extraterrestrial life when we don’t actually even know if it really is possible for it to develop elsewhere can be frustrating. We need more data for the models. We need any data for the models, honestly.

Apr
12
2017
3

Ohio inmates MacGyver their way into Ohio prison computer network.

Somebody call Hollywood.  There’s a movie here:

The inspector general’s report found that [Ohio’s Marion Correctional Institute] inmates “took two computers that should have been disassembled, placed hard drives into the computers, installed a network card, transported the computers across the institution for approximately 1,100 feet, through the security check point without being searched or challenged by staff, accessed an elevator to the third floor and placed the two computers in the ceiling of the P3 training room.” The report added that “they also ran wire, cable, and power cords to connect the devices undetected onto the ODRC (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction) network.”

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Apr
11
2017
4

Headline of the Day, I Don’t Get What’s So Funny edition.

As seen on Facebook:

Hubble just spotted something massive coming out of Uranus

The Hubble space telescope has spotted a huge shimmering region on Uranus – and it’s caused by powerful bursts of solar wind.

Newspapermen dream of… no. I’m going to skip the flatulence jokes.  Somebody has to be the better person.

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