A Bit of Catching Up

A Bit of Catching Up

Finished Watching: “Castle in the Sky”, Directed by Hiyao Miyazaki What an incredible film. Truly incredible. If anybody hasn’t seen it, and has the remotest interest in adventure films – I mean, like, if you thought “Indiana Jones” was “sort of okay” – watch this movie right now. To me it suffers a bit – mostly because Mark Hamill’s voice in the english dub throws me out of it for some odd reason. He’s also as close to an “evil” character as I remember in Miyazaki’s films that I’ve seen, but like the emperor from Larry’s Grimnoir…

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Civil Defense PSA

Civil Defense PSA

Back when Fukushima had it’s issues due to an earthquake moving the entire island of Japan 8 feet over, Randall Munroe over at XKCD had not yet gone off the rails, and posted an interesting and highly useful infographic on radiation levels. For people who hadn’t been trained in radiation dosimetry, it certainly is a damned useful way to visualize the degree of hazard associated with the radiation released from Fukushima when broke down.…

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Sand Won't Save You

Sand Won't Save You

Chlorine Triflouride is truly nasty stuff. Courtesy of “Things I Won’t Work With“: It is, of course, extremely toxic, but that’s the least of the problem. It is hypergolic with every known fuel, and so rapidly hypergolic that no ignition delay has ever been measured. It is also hypergolic with such things as cloth, wood, and test engineers, not to mention asbestos, sand, and water-with which it reacts explosively. Go read the whole thing. Yes, there are chemicals that scare even the less sane chemists. The series of posts is awesome. UPDATE: Per infogalactic, a hypergolic propellant is…

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More Boom - or Things I Will Not Work With

More Boom - or Things I Will Not Work With

I can’t do this justice, [it just has to be read to be believed](http://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2016/09/27/what-this-here-compound-needs-is-some-hydrogen-peroxide). I only had a partial semester’s exposure to organic chem in college, but that or a vague memory of high school chem should give you enough context to find the article side-splittingly funny. A couple choice quotes from “What This Here Compound Needs Is Some Hydrogen Peroxide”:> Saying “this compounds doesn’t have enough nitro groups” is, for most chemists, like saying “You know, this lab doesn’t have enough flying glass in it”…

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Karma

Karma

Man, I absolutely love the little stick toy the dudes playing with, got one set at a ren faire, but that’s not why I’m posting this shot. That said, I brought you this lovely image because it looks like the god KEK has a sense of humor. Or Eris. They can fight over it, I’ll stay out of the way. Just look at the sign being held up on the hood, and the full glory of their attitude towards that which got them there in the first place.…

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I Am Shocked, SHOCKED I Tell You....

I Am Shocked, SHOCKED I Tell You....

It turns out that Noam Chomsky was alway s full of shit, and not just when bloviating about areas outside of his supposed expertise. Yes, supposed. While he tends to mouth off about a lit of things, and holds the typically ever-so-liberal opinions on them, he’s given a lot of credence because of his academic chops in linguistics. It also turns out he was fundamentally wrong in his understanding of language learning. And it’s not some supposed “conservative” rag that is taking him to task, but Scientific American. I’ll grant you, I don’t consider them as…

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