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(I feel quite the same way. That was beautifully said.)

Squiggles, fwiw, you know you're allowed to just stroll back in here like nothing happened, right? Just sayin.

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Thanks, mate.

...

(Did I pull that off?)

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Saniss wrote:

Temperature is also an antecedent to humidity, since warm water allows more evaporation (molecules mosh-pitting at the surface of water manage to escape it better than molecules not mosh-pitting) and warm air can contain more water vapor.

Yo, I totally hadn't gotten there yet. You just taught me that piece of the world. Thanks. smile

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I've sent him a couple emails; haven't heard back.

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Fuck yeah. Every minute I spent Actually Figuring Out The Coriolis Effect was worth it tenfold.

It's one of those 'cheat-code' bits of knowledge that unlocks a lot of insights in adjacent fields.

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To nobody: For what it's worth, the reason the sky is such an elusive pain in the ass to figure out is because even the simplest models are three-dimensional: it's temperature — and pressure — and humidity. All three affect the other two, but if you had to pick one to play the role of 'main driver,' it'd probably ultimately be temperature — because, while pressure matters most, temperature is an antecedent to pressure. (Heat = excited, fiercely mosh-pitting molecules; more-heat = molecules mosh-pit more fiercely, thus 'pressing' against each other more, thus all molecules 'expand' their mosh-pits; expanding mosh-pits = higher pressure.) That said, they really do all affect each other, which is what makes 'trying to model the sky you're looking at' such a tricky, rewarding hobby.

And don't get me started on clouds.

(Oh, and mushroom clouds! That's all the result of a heat ball, 100% of the rest is default atmospheric behavior.)

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The first direct commercial purchase in internet history was a dude purchasing an album by Sting.

In 1994.

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That guy also has the best description of modes I've ever found.

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Well I enjoyed the shit out of that.

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All of the Enterprise trucks you see in the video are rented by the day.

https://blog.upack.com/sites/default/files/img/blog/enterprise-truck-rental.png

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My primary response is 'myriad thoughts about infrastructure,' but I'll keep that one to myself and opt for 'lol.'

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FUCK YEAH I LOVE THIS PLAN LOAD-TEST SANISS'S MOM




(Apologies to Saniss's mom.)

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Fuck yeah — great find, thanks.

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avatar wrote:

And a lot of those Right Stuff era astronauts were a little bit on the spectrum.

Who are you thinking of?

I'm out and about, but I look forward to checking this out. Sounds like a really cool idea.

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Well, he called 100% of Sanisses. That's a lot.

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Science in action.

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Good man. Sensible man.

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I seen 'em.

O_O

I also seen a giant pet-store iguana fall out a palm tree and scramble away over a much-smaller chicken.



(I very nearly made that sentence bold-yellow.)

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We could almost be thinking in terms of presidential administrations; Doctor as president, writer as chief-of-staff.

This analogy might not make sense outside of my head.

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BigDamnArtist wrote:
Teague wrote:

Also, watching that fan vid, it just occurred to me that Doctor Who is a superhero.

Pretty much. Although my favorite treatment of the Doctor is as the lone mythic figure that just appears out of no where to save the day, occasionally fails and then disappears back into the fog.

Interesting. In other words, your problem is that you have a superhero Doctor, and prefer a cowboy Doctor.

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Also, watching that fan vid, it just occurred to me that Doctor Who is a superhero.

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I watched a few clips of the first episode, and my opinion was: 1) this looks like a shitty episode, and: 2) it looks like she's totally killing it. Which is honestly a way stronger reaction than I had to Capaldi, and I expected to really like Capaldi, and I didn't have any expectations for Jodie. (To be fair to everyone, I didn't check back in on Capaldi after the first episode of his run, and probably won't check back in on Jodie, so who knows.) I'm a fan.

*flips hands and spreads fingers for benefit of overhead security cameras, moves on*

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I've been wondering myself — and his account says he hasn't been online since eight days ago.

I just sent him an email.

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Blame for what?

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For what it's worth: things don't have to be better for a politician to make most of their constituents feel better.