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covid, MIT Ventilator Project 

open source ventilators!!!

e-vent.mit.edu/

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Rats. The external thermometer for the weather station has just gone flooey. No readout, except for a failed battery sign, but batteries are fine and a replacement set tried.
I don't think it's worth replacing, as the rest of the weather station is old as well.
May have to look for an alternative, that is supported by weewx and cheap. Any suggestions welcome.

weather.vasten.co.uk/

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uspol 

Not many people know that the dot in truth . social actually represents a black hole:

Truth Hole Social

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Amateur Radio... 

Alright, I'm hoping to find some HAMs...

I have a 137 MHz antenna with a VSWR of 1.2-1.25 linear from 137-138 MHz...

It is a dipole, at 120 deg facing south.

*WHY CAN'T I DOWN NOAA IMAGES?!*

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If we cared at all we'd teach kids how tax brackets work so we'd have less adults who don't fucking get it.

Covid 

Tacit confirmation that someone is out & about going for walks with active covid infection (making some assumptions, but pretty confident without a mask)...

So at least I'm not crazy for never not wearing a mask, even outside, and actively avoiding being near even solitary maskless people...

I would say that our collective social responsibility is in the toilet now since it's no longer cool for governments or news to acknowledge covid (or any other emerging plague (election year much?))... but when was social responsibility ever not in the toilet in the recent past...?

Wait Wait Don't Tell Me:

Air travel is like quantum physics: you can know where you're going, and when you'll arrive, but never both at the same time.

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Yesterday I posted a chart like this. Someone made a joke, and I didn't get it. I thought they were pointing out an error. I checked... and all my numbers were off by a factor of 10²³.

Here are the right numbers, I hope. In penance, I'm going to explain entropy.

(1/n)

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Before touching a powerful talisman, you must purify yourself, by touching a large piece of metal, so that any evil spirits present in your body do not destroy the talisman.

Many wizards possess special armbands that establish a direct connection to Mother Earth, to protect their bodies from such evil spirits.

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Electrons? Oh, you mean metal spirits?

We use metal strings to trap the metal spirits, and talismans of black sandstone engraved with tiny runic circles to harness their power.

Sometimes we replace the strings with totems made of layered metal, but those don't last very long on their own. We can also use light spirits to command the metal spirits at distance, but the metal spirits are the ones that do most of the work.

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Climate debate 

"Do we want to be good people, or do we want to adapt?" False argument about moralizing

In this context "be good people" means do something to cut emissions, and "adapt" means do nothing and wait for Elon Musk to solve the problem for us (and raise GDP...)

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Climate debate 

Yes, "insurance pricing" will save us all.

...oddly the argument about insurance prices going up due to global warming was the only thing that my 'conservative' friend took seriously...

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I heard it, and then I saw it, and I will learn to bend it to my will.

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Finished Walkaway. That was good. I should read some more Doctorow. Makers was the first I read of Doctorow and loved it. Makers definitely leaked into Walkaway.

Climate debate, sexual assault reference? 

Same guy keeps saying "we are not passive victims" in regard to climate change, which after a very cursory search mostly turns up references to sexual assault research... but I didn't look much further.

Either way it sounds like about as much bullshit as the "rational actor" assumption in economics.

<cat boat meme> I should study economics </cat boat meme>

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Climate debate 

Hate-listening to the NPR debate on "Can humans adapt to climate change".

I have a lot of questions on the usefulness of these style of "debates"... or like in high school having to take the devil's advocate position in half the debates and legitimize a viewpoint you truly believe is wrong...

Also I'm now convinced that the entire field of economics is completely detached from reality; I think the air might be too thin up in those ivory towers...

One guy even mentioned "the invisible hand guiding adaptation" and how wonderful the "entrepreneurial motivation" of global warming is. :blobfacepalm: :flan_facepalm: :picardfacepalm:

Sure. Some people will probably adapt. I don't give a flying fuck about GDP though and neither does anyone else in Mad Max or Waterworld...

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hackers.town

A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.