Mon. Oct. 18, 2021 – another week, let’s go!

By on October 18th, 2021 in decline and fall, personal, physics, science, WuFlu

Cool and drier today than the past few weeks. Yesterday was very nice, starting at 50F but getting to 80F in the sun. It got cool enough in the evening that my wife and kids turned on the heat. Today should be the same.

Even though I got up at 830 I still got a slow start to the day. Did some auction stuff, did some internet time wasting (reading several people about the shipping situation, shortages, etc) I mean “intelligence gathering”, and did a bit of house cleaning. Went up in the attic and started moving stuff around and getting the Halloween decor down. The main reason to go up there was to look for the rat in the trap that was banging around last night, but since I couldn’t find him, I did stuff I’ve been putting off.

Hooked up an antenna, put some of the luggage from our trip away, swapped out a monitor for my wife since she was WFH last week, etc. Small stuff, but helps on the homefront.

I did get a little bit of decor up outdoors, but then had to head to a meeting of the Board of our Rec Association, ie. pool. Meatspace. Neighbors. Community. I avoided getting drafted onto the new Board, and cast my vote for the slate of suckers that volunteered. If you’ve never served on a Board for something like that, or for a volunteer group, or some hobby association, you’ve got no idea of the mess and work involved. I’ll do far more than my part to keep the place running, but I don’t want to be on the Board…

And then home. Made dinner from Costco heat and eat (some sort of curry and chicken) and put the kids to bed. A totally normal weekend.

Which is completely NOT normal for me. Nice break though, and I am doing stuff to connect to my local community.

And that community is waking up to the stuff going on in the world. I passed NINE Help Wanted signs that I noticed on small businesses along 1 mile of main street on my way to the meeting. About half were for food service. We’re totally open here, and people are even starting NEW restaurants in the neighborhood. There are a lot of unfilled jobs and I don’t really think it’s people staying home and collecting benefits. I personally don’t know anyone doing that. It might just be the circles we move in, as, for example, we really don’t know anyone who smokes dope on a regular basis anymore and I can’t recall the last time anyone asked me if I ‘party’. Could just be selection bias is what I’m saying.

One of the guys at the meeting had some choice comments about the benefits of living in a red state vs blue when we spoke after the meeting. It was not a guy I’ve ever had that conversation with. Then there was the lady I wrote about at the Costco, putting away canned goods even though she doesn’t eat canned food. Everyone I bump into seems to see the writing on the wall and is getting ready. There are a few exceptions. And this is a hurricane/flood/freeze-flood/disaster area so that probably skews the curve a bit too. But in general, people seem to be noticing that we are not in ‘usual’ times.

So I get thrown for a bit of a loop when I come across something as ordinary as Disney continuing to make movies and shows, with a public calendar that stretches out for years. Or when I read a trade mag that has articles about the bright future of one technology or another. I teased that I’d write a bit more science-y something, so here it is.

There are some VERY WEIRD things going on in life sciences and quantum mechanics. https://www.photonics.com/Articles/How_Quantum_Effects_Influence_the_Building_Blocks/a66318

The article looks at some new research aimed at explaining things like ‘why anesthesia works’ and ‘how does consciousness happen’. And particularly whether those are the result of quantum effects from the shape and composition of various molecules. They are just getting started because they are just developing the tools. Along the way, the article also covers some other things they’ve been doing in the quantum realm and it’s more than I thought.

Worth a read, not too long, and certainly accessible to anyone here. Some folks are just barrelling along into the future, assuming it will be there and will welcome them. I am surprised that I find the behavior a bit shocking. Good to look up once in a while.

And then get back to stacking all the things.
nick

98 Comments and discussion on "Mon. Oct. 18, 2021 – another week, let’s go!"

  1. brad says:

    Sick, with some sort of throat virus. Not Covid – did a test. First time getting sick in two years, I suppose it hits hard. Anyway, ouch…

    Due to calendar rounding, this semester is a week short, so I really can't afford to let a week just drop out of the schedule. So the advantage and disadvantage of the virtual classes we've done for the past almost-two-years: it's easy enough to just meet with students remotely. I don't have much of a voice, but we'll make it work somehow…

    – – – – –

    @Lynn: You're going to eventually inspire me to go read Perry Rhodan. It's pretty unusual to have the translation going *into* English. Wonder how it compares to the original?

    I've been reading some Honor Harrington in Spanish, so I don't totally lose the language. I know the stories inside-and-out, which is how this can work. Anyway, it's not such a great translation – lots of errors. Whereas the translation into German is quite good.

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  2. Greg Norton says:

    So I get thrown for a bit of a loop when I come across something as ordinary as Disney continuing to make movies and shows, with a public calendar that stretches out for years

    Stockholder kabuki. Plus money is looking for a place to go with non-negative yields right now, and producing more Baby Yoda seems like a good financial bet. Loaning Disney the money is a lot less risky than, say, GM.

    And no sane individual should want something bad to happen. I've met people who seem to want grid down to justify how they've lived their lives for the last 20 odd years.

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  3. MrAtoz says:

    RIP Colin Powell.

    Died from COVID.

    Come on, man. Really? That's his obit?

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  4. Ray Thompson says:

    Colin also had cancer. Did he pass from Covid or Cancer? Both? But Covid makes headlines, Cancer does not.

    Regardless, he was a good person. I always thought he would have made a good president as opposed to the clowns we have had for the last several years.

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  5. Greg Norton says:

    Regardless, he was a good person. I always thought he would have made a good president as opposed to the clowns we have had for the last several years.

    Powell was a victim of Pournelle's Iron Law settling in with the freak show commands in Tampa after 9/11.

    Of course, we all are at this point.

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  6. Greg Norton says:

    Colin also had cancer. Did he pass from Covid or Cancer? Both? But Covid makes headlines, Cancer does not.

    Colin Powell is "anecdote of the day", the current MO of the fear monger types since the numbers are trending down.

    General Powell is dead because *YOU* didn't get a vaccination, you selfish punk.

    Numbers will go back up soon. The Feds lifted the inbound travel restrictions as of Nov. 8, just in time for return flights after the Diwali holiday weekend that starts on the 4th.

    I wonder what the new variant will be called in order to hide the origins.

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  7. MrAtoz says:

    ProgLibTurd RINO hag Ana Navarro:

    Ana Navarro wastes zero time using Gen. Colin Powell’s death to stick it to Donald Trump, MAGA, and the GOP

    Hag being a hag. Let the man rest in peace, bizatch.

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  8. ech says:

    BTW, if you do find out that a Moderna booster on a Pfizer baseline is safe, please let us know.  I am seriously thinking that way also.

    There are studies in the US that show a benefit and studies in Europe. The Good Doctor was at her PCP for a checkup and the doctor sent her to get a Pfizer booster to go with her Moderna vaccination. The doctor said that the immunologists at the Texas Medical Center recommend the "mix and match" approach, and the doctor had done it herself. (Edit – the study cited below was partially done at TMC, so the word had probably spread.)

    Here's a bit on J&J boosters. https://twitter.com/VincentRK/status/1417644364541669379

    And here is a summary of the most recent FDA vaccine group meeting: https://www.someweekendreading.blog/fda-covid-boosters-jnj-mixmatch/

    The key graf:

    It looks like the mRNA vaccines all do comparably well with whatever booster happens; the J&J does better with an mRNA boost than with itself. It also looks like the heterologous boosts were as good or higher than the homologous ones, which strong encourages mixing boosters!

  9. drwilliams says:

    If Cheney had been dropped from the ticket in 2004 due to ongoing heart problems, Powell would have made a good replacement and been well-positioned in 2008.  Would be a different timeline. 

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  10. MrAtoz says:

    Hi Mr. Greg:

    George Soros Drops $1M To Stop City of Austin Hiring Police to Combat Rising Crime

    Not sure why somebody hasn't taken Dr. Evil out yet.

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  11. nick flandrey says:

    One person is killed and seven are injured after shooting at Louisiana university in the second deadly gunfire incident to hit the campus in four days

        One person died and seven others were injured in  shooting at Grambling State University in Louisiana at around 1.15am on Sunday
        Homecoming celebrations were underway at the time, with the victim yet to be named
        One of the injured is listed in critical condition
        One of the injured was a student, the rest were there for the homecoming festivities, which were canceled in the wake of the shooting
        No suspects have been announced
        It came just four days after another student was shot in front of the university's student center

    –outsiders coming in and causing trouble.  huh.

    n

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  12. Greg Norton says:

    Hi Mr. Greg:

    George Soros Drops $1M To Stop City of Austin Hiring Police to Combat Rising Crime

    Not sure why somebody hasn't taken Dr. Evil out yet.

    I live 800 yards outside the city limits at the extreme north end of Austin. Wilco Sheriff law enforcement, but the Sheriff office went Dem in the last election.

    The annual murder rate for this year inside the city limits surpassed the all-time record in … August (?) … and we still have 2 1/2 more months left.

     

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  13. Greg Norton says:

    –outsiders coming in and causing trouble.  huh.

    With an almost 2:1 ratio of female to male admissions, I'm wondering why Grambling even has football anymore.

     

  14. ~jim says:

    @brad

    I've been reading some Honor Harrington in Spanish, so I don't totally lose the language.

    If you've got Amazon or Netflix, keep an eye out for Spanish-language sci-fi flicks, in Spanish or Catalan (not that I can tell a whole hell of a lot of difference). They often play out like fairy tales, with themes and stories far removed from ray guns and battles in space. _6 Horas_ is the only one that comes to mind.

  15. drwilliams says:

    General Powell also had Parkinsons. Age and two major comorbidities. 

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  16. DadCooks says:

    RIP General Colin Powell.

    General Colin Powell was a real soldier. During Vietnam, he was a real enlisted soldier with his boots on the ground and in the middle of the fray. He earned the respect due to him.

    General Powell was another leader that I got to meet in person. My Godfather took me to lunch with him. He showed a great interest in my Navy Nuclear Fast Attack Submarine Service. He was a very personable man. I will miss him.

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  17. lynn says:

    @Lynn: You're going to eventually inspire me to go read Perry Rhodan. It's pretty unusual to have the translation going *into* English. Wonder how it compares to the original?

    I've been reading some Honor Harrington in Spanish, so I don't totally lose the language. I know the stories inside-and-out, which is how this can work. Anyway, it's not such a great translation – lots of errors. Whereas the translation into German is quite good.

    I took one year of German in high school.  I still know about two hundred German words.  And a rudimentary understanding of die, der, und das.  Not even close enough to read the first chapter of the first PR book with a German to English dictionary sitting beside me.

    I have been in Germany several times on business.  The minute I try to ask for something in German, the other person switches to English immediately.  My German is probably horrible sounding to them.  Maybe even offensive. 

  18. lynn says:

    Cool and drier today than the past few weeks. Yesterday was very nice, starting at 50F but getting to 80F in the sun. It got cool enough in the evening that my wife and kids turned on the heat. Today should be the same.

    It was cool enough yesterday afternoon that when we went for our two mile walk at 6pm, I wore a sweatshirt for the very cool breeze that the outside thermometer claimed was 73 F.  The wife reveled in the cool breeze and just wore her standard summer dress and flipflops.

    I put a blanket on my side of the bed last night and slept wonderfully until 10am this morning, the thermometer was 68 F when I got up.  Our bedroom was at 69 F when I turned off the light at 2am.

  19. Greg Norton says:

    It was cool enough yesterday afternoon that when we went for our two mile walk at 6pm, I wore a sweatshirt for the very cool breeze that the outside thermometer claimed was 73 F.  The wife reveled in the cool breeze and just wore her standard summer dress and flipflops.

    When we walked last night, my wife had to stop at the community park's restroom, and she noticed that the maintenance had all of the pipes wrapped as if they were expecting a hard freeze. I looked and saw the same thing in the mens room.

    I guess no one trusts the weather forecasts here after February, but, IIRC, the forecasts were accurate that weekend. Most people in the various levels of government took five days off for the dual holiday which was the real disaster.

    Maybe the maintenance people are planning ahead, but the tape jobs were already falling apart.

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  20. Jenny says:

    Going on week two of Covid. Antibiotics, steroids, ivermectin, monoclonal antibody transfusion. Fatigue is debilitating. 
    Sick as dogs, weak as kittens. 
    Leaning heavily on the generosity of friends.

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  21. MrAtoz says:

    RIP General Colin Powell.

    General Colin Powell was a real soldier. During Vietnam, he was a real enlisted soldier with his boots on the ground and in the middle of the fray. He earned the respect due to him.

    General Powell was another leader that I got to meet in person. My Godfather took me to lunch with him. He showed a great interest in my Navy Nuclear Fast Attack Submarine Service. He was a very personable man. I will miss him.

    I briefed GEN Powell multiple times when he was Chief, Joint Chiefs of Staff. The biggest negative I heard of him was from the "Joint" community who thought he skated through to Flag Officer by barely checking the boxes in the right positions. He was a decent man and great military leader.

    I'm glad he didn't become President. I can't image the negativity the Dumbos and ProgLibTurds would have dropped on him. That would tarnish his military legacy. All we heard from the Dumbos while he was SecState was Buuuuuuuuuush is bad!

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  22. nick flandrey says:

    Holy crap Jenny, get well soon!

    Wife and I both took tests this week after the big Disney trip.   I did the Abbott home test, she had to get a 'real' test to return to the office.  Both of us tested negative.

    I hope you are feeling better in a couple of days.  And thank God for friends.

    n

     

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  23. MrAtoz says:

    Oh, no, Ms. Jenny! Hang in there! You need to be Governor of the Sovereign Nation of Alaska after we all move there and secede from the Union.

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  24. Rick H says:

    Regarding comments, blockquotes, bold/strong, and em/i (italic):

    The editor places the proper tag ('strong') when you use the 'b' button inside a blockquote. And if you copy from another source, any embedded codes in that content will be pasted with a Ctrl+V. If you use the 'text paste' (Ctrl+Shift+V), any embedded codes are not pasted with the content.

    When the comment is saved, those embedded codes are also saved. When the comment is displayed, the CSS rules of the theme are used to display the comment. So the embedded codes are there, even if the CSS rule doesn't do anything with the code.

    So this was the issue: even though there was a 'strong' tag inside a 'blockquote', the CSS rules of the theme were not rendering the 'strong' tag – because it was inside the 'blockquote'. The CSS rules for the blockquote were overriding the rendering of 'strong'  – rendering the 'strong' as normal text.

    The theme CSS was adjusted to include a 'bold-within-a-blockquote-element'. Which is why, in the example below, you now see bold in the blockquoted comment.

    This is a blockquoted area. There is bold, italic, and strikethrough text in this blockquote comment.

    Note that the above also applies to italic text inside a blockquote – the theme CSS did not have a 'rule' to handle a 'italic-within-blockquote' instance.

    The theme CSS has been fixed.

    Note that the CSS rules inside the comment entry box show a blockquote as italicized text, but when the comment is saved, the blockquote text is normal (plus any bold/strong/italic as included in the blockquote text). That is because the CKEditor has it's own CSS rules, and is set up to italicize a blockquote during text entry.

    Which may or may not be interesting to you.

  25. Rick H says:

    Note that the above discussion of CSS in the comment entry box does not necessarily apply to the 'edit-after-submitting' editor. It's different than the CKEditor editor, used in the initial comment entry.

    Not a big fan of the 'edit-after' thing, but others here seem to like it. I suspect that they ignore the admonition below to "Please check your work before turning it in".

    Things that happen inside the 'edit-after' are more complex to change.

  26. paul says:

    My German is probably horrible sounding to them. 

    Years ago I went to night classes at ACC for Spanish.  Ken worked for the IRS and needed the class so he could give a speech in San Antonio.  He got a nice promotion out of it and never said another word in Spanish.

    Mike, the next door neighbor and I took the class because we had a trip to Puerto Vallarta planned.  His wife had sold condos there and knew the area.  Heck, she drove down from Houston in a VW Bug and it was still, after almost ten years, sitting in the Police Chief's front yard for not paying a parking ticket.  

    The four of us went and had a great time.  Anytime we tried our Spanish, the Mexicans wanted to speak English.  No one was much past being able to order in a restaurant or ask for another beer or where is the bathroom.  It was a lot of fun.  Lots of laughing.

    We stayed at the Hotel Marline.  (Sp?)  Three or four stories high, all tile flooring.  The cleaning ladies started on the top floor and swept everything into the atrium.  Then they mopped.  The place was very clean.

    Not expensive.  I think $15 a night and that was paying extra to have a window unit a/c and a phone.

    The little restaurant was great for breakfast.

  27. paul says:

    I'm a fan of the 'edit-after' thing because it doesn't matter how many times I proof my drivel, I often walk away and come back to find a misspelled word.

     

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  28. lynn says:

    My office PBX phone system got hacked again over the weekend.  A couple of dozen calls to Ghana, Nicaragua, etc.  AT&T fraud department called the wife yesterday morning at church and told her about it.  The wife called back after church and got the complete story.  Evidently they discovered a back door into our voice mail and used that to call out using the 10-10 phone long distance switching service to Verizon.  

    For now, I am going to start turning off the phone system each night when I leave.  Whoever comes in the morning first will turn it back on.  We are going to have the PBX programmer back in here for another $500 charge to block the 10-10 long distance switching.

    Long term, I may move to cell phones for our office phones.  We actually do not use the office phone system very much at all.

    This is incredibly frustrating. Obviously the illegals here in the USA are wanting to call home for free and seeking any service that they can use.

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  29. Rick H says:

    I'm a fan of the 'edit-after' thing because it doesn't matter how many times I proof my drivel, I often walk away and come back to find a misspelled word.

    I added the browser-based spelling check feature instead of the internal spell check, which is disabled by default (it's the 8th button up there). This happened on 13 Oct 2021. You should see the red-squiggly-underline thing for words that your browser thinks are spelled incorrectly.

    You Ctrl-right-click to see the browser spelling suggestions.

  30. lynn says:

    I'm a fan of the 'edit-after' thing because it doesn't matter how many times I proof my drivel, I often walk away and come back to find a misspelled word.

    I added the browser-based spelling check feature instead of the internal spell check, which is disabled by default (it's the 8th button up there). This happened on 13 Oct 2021. You should see the red-squiggly-underline thing for words that your browser thinks are spelled incorrectly.

    You Ctrl-right-click to see the browser spelling suggestions.

    For some reason, Firefox does not show any suggestions for better spelling of words.  It just shows a Paste menu item on the popup menu.

    I have to turn on the internal spell checker to get suggestions for better spelling of words.

  31. Greg Norton says:

    For now, I am going to start turning off the phone system each night when I leave.  Whoever comes in the morning first will turn it back on.  We are going to have the PBX programmer back in here for another $500 charge to block the 10-10 long distance switching.

    $500. Wow. Asterisk PBX admin is another skill on my 'to do' pile that will probably never get done before I die.

    I learned enough Asterisk to get OpenBTS running about a decade ago, but I never did anything with the system after that.

    I have a Linksys VOIP to POTS box sitting idle somewhere.

  32. Rick H says:

    For some reason, Firefox does not show any suggestions for better spelling of words.  It just shows a Paste menu item on the popup menu.

    You Ctrl-right-click to see the browser spelling suggestions.

    Works for me in latest FF on my laptop.

  33. Ray Thompson says:

    Long term, I may move to cell phones for our office phones.

    Check out AT&T Office@hand. VOIP phones handled through AT&T. Lots of options for handling calls all done through a web interface. All you pay for is each seat. Each seat can have multiple numbers for the seat price.

  34. MrAtoz says:

    ProgLibTurds on social media are wasting no time disparaging Gen Powell. No good deed, or man, goes unpunished for these maggots.

  35. Nick Flandrey says:

    @Lynn, put the ksu on a timer, someone will forget to turn it on. 

    Wrt comment editing, since the comments are the major attraction here, I would like them to continue to be sophisticated and editable.  It encourages more thoughtfulness and improves readability.

    N

  36. Mark W says:

    I did a lot of asterisk in the past. Haven't touched one in over a year.

    I heard about this 10 years ago. Scammers sell calling cards to immigrants cheaply, with calls routed through a server they own. But rather than actually pay for calls to Ghana, they hack servers like Lynn's and get the calls for free. Nice trick, plenty of profit, hard to trace back to them, especially if they bounce the calls through another server to hide the origin.

  37. Paul+Hampson says:

    Re Win11 on old motherboards.  I just received this link from "ask Woody"

    https://www.askwoody.com/newsletter/free-edition-a-single-registry-line-enables-windows-11-without-tpm-2-0/

     

  38. MrAtoz says:

    Why plugs is the worst:

    ‘We are SO screwed’: Jen Psaki says Biden admin ‘[welcomes] stiff competition’ from China when it comes to nuclear-capable hypersonic missiles

    A little misleading, but plugs is in the ChiComms back pocket. Take that, tRump conspiracy theorists.

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  39. lynn says:

    I heard about this 10 years ago. Scammers sell calling cards to immigrants cheaply, with calls routed through a server they own. But rather than actually pay for calls to Ghana, they hack servers like Lynn's and get the calls for free. Nice trick, plenty of profit, hard to trace back to them, especially if they bounce the calls through another server to hide the origin.

    The AT&T fraud department told the wife that a lot of the scammers are calling from outside the USA to the USA to outside the USA so that they can hide their calls from their governments.

  40. ~jim says:

    You've got two identical pendulums in a vacuum. The weight on one is one kilogram and the weight on the other is 100 grams. You pull both to the same height and let go simultaneously.

    Do they oscillate at the same frequency? Or is one going slower than the other? I'm going to say they oscillate at the same frequency because the initial wavelength is the same. I think…

     

  41. lynn says:

    Got any assets in Mexico ?  "Mexico to seize US assets"

        https://newsnetdaily.com/mexico-to-seize-us-assets/

    "Under cover of darkness, according to a person familiar with the matter, Mexican National Guard troops sealed the entrance gates to Monterra Energy’s fuel terminal in Tuxpan, Veracruz, last month. The facility was shut down by order of the Mexican energy regulator.

    Monterra Energy is owned by US global investment firm KKR. Its Tuxpan terminal stores gasoline imported from refineries on the US coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The fuel is intended for service stations in Mexico, which are owned and operated by various companies.

    According to Mexican newspaper Reforma, the Tuxpan terminal is part of an estimated $ 500 million that companies have invested in gasoline and diesel storage facilities in Mexico. This includes terminals managed by IEnova, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy based in San Diego."

    Treaty, schmeety.  Every time they run out of money, they seize everything in sight.

  42. MrAtoz says:

    Why the Lame Stream Media is the worst:

    ‘These people are SICK’: CNN panel discusses if a booster shot might have saved Colin Powell’s life

    They really believe Powell was killed by COVID and COVID alone. Jerks. Let's not let his death go to waste. Screw 'em.

  43. Geoff Powell says:

    @~jim:

    Do they oscillate at the same frequency?

    Yes, they do. The equation for period only contains terms for pendulum length and gravity. I don't know the HTML incantation to mutter to get the equation to render in a comment, but it involves the square root of (length/ acceleration of gravity). No dependence on pendulum bob weight.

    G.

  44. Greg Norton says:

    Do they oscillate at the same frequency? Or is one going slower than the other? I'm going to say they oscillate at the same frequency because the initial wavelength is the same. I think…

    Same frequency. I don't remember the exact formula, but the period of the swing is only dependent on the length of the "string" assuming you are in the same gravity.

    100 g vs 1 kg of the same material will have a different center of mass so the frequency might be slightly different using the same length string with the two different weights.

  45. paul says:

    Ah, ctrl right-click is /so/ intuitive.  Works though.  Not that I'll remember….

     

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  46. ~jim says:

    Yes, they do. The equation for period only contains terms for pendulum length and gravity. I don't know the HTML incantation to mutter to get the equation to render in a comment, but it involves the square root of (length/ acceleration of gravity). No dependence on pendulum bob weight.

    Cool. I think that would make designing a computer-controlled (assisted?) crane operator easier. I don't think you'd need AI, or what used to be called a neural network to figure out how to do it, just plain old physics. After taking into account about a million fudge factors, of course! 

  47. lynn says:

    "$5 trillion in 2021 global debt/equity raised (so far), “divest fossil fuels” in full swing, the world running short of natural gas/coal, and winter is coming"

         https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/10/18/5-trillion-in-2021-global-debt-equity-raised-so-far-divest-fossil-fuels-in-full-swing-the-world-running-short-of-natural-gas-coal-and-winter-is-coming/

        "At present, Europe, China and India are in a mad scramble to secure hydrocarbon supplies before winter. Natural gas and coal prices are at record highs, and oil is at a 3 year high. Spot LNG cargoes are subject to bidding wars. More than half of India’s coal fired power plants have less than 3 days’ supply, when their government recommends having at least two weeks. 

    And winter is looming. The problem could be catastrophic.

    At the same time, observe what is happening in capital/debt markets. For purpose of this discussion, two points are of note. First is that the ‘divest fossil fuels’ movement is remaining strong. Institutions around the world proudly jump on the bandwagon; fund managers race to set up green funds and turn their backs on anything to do with hydrocarbons. Pipeline projects are being shelved because builders simply don’t want to face the headache (see Penn East gas pipeline for an example).

    At the very same time, according to an article in the Financial Times, companies have tapped debt and equity markets with a vengeance in 2021. Global share shales topped $1 trillion, and almost $4 trillion of bonds have been issued. Those tackling equity markets include big retailers, EV manufacturers, banks, telecom companies, etc. – a veritable who’s who of industrial giants.

    Yet the world is running short of the very fuels they all require to function. Global supply chains are in tatters, and will get much worse very soon, if hydrocarbon prices continue to rise."

    If the winter turns bad in the northern hemisphere early, watch out for sheer panic as electric companies buy everything in sight for fuel.  They are already doing this but keeping it somewhat hidden. There will be public announcements to cut your electricity usage or face lengthy outages, etc.

    BTW, when I worked at TXU, we spent 60% of our revenue on fuel to be converted into electricity for our customers.  If anyone tells you that fuel is not important to electric companies, they are lying to you.  We had 80% to 90% of our fuel as either corporately owned (Texas coal and lignite) or secured by long term contracts, it was that important to us.  We owned natural gas pipelines to natural gas fields.  We owned salt dome caverns to store 10 BCF (billion cubic feet) of natural gas in.  We owned four million barrels (a barrel is 42 gallons) of fuel oil and diesel spread throughout our power plants.  All very important to us.

  48. Ray Thompson says:

    Added a sixth security camera to the house. Arlo cameras, wireless. Work very well. I also took the time to charge all the batteries for all six cameras. Last time I did this was almost three months ago. The longevity of the batteries depends heavily on the amount of movement detected by the camera. I only have the cameras record from 12:00 midnight until 6:00 AM when at home. When away I turn on 24 hour operation.

  49. Greg Norton says:

    Cool. I think that would make designing a computer-controlled crane operator easier. I don't think you'd need AI, or what used to be called a neural network to figure out how to do it, just plain old physics. After taking into account about a million fudge factors, of course! 

    At the last job, we had an internally developed license plate camera which would, in theory, autofocus, but the software guys didn't understand angular momentum involved with a heavy (in relative terms) glass lens being moved by stepper motors driving gears so the feature never worked right.

     

  50. Alan says:

    >>  Which is why, in the example below, you now see bold in the blockquoted comment.

    @Rick, for me, I see the italics and strike-through text correctly but the bold text still shows as normal (not bolded). Happy to send a screenshot if that helps.

    Also, my original issue was trying to bold a word in non-blockquoted text. Not sure if you saw my follow-up post on this topic, it was the last comment posted yesterday.

     

  51. Greg Norton says:

    If the winter turns bad in the northern hemisphere early, watch out for sheer panic as electric companies buy everything in sight for fuel.  They are already doing this but keeping it somewhat hidden. There will be public announcements to cut your electricity usage or face lengthy outages, etc.

    An outage on the scale of February before the primary registration deadline in December will be the end of Governor Abbott. He will be primaried, and not just by fringe candidates like Alan West.

    All right, all right, all right!

  52. lynn says:

    If the winter turns bad in the northern hemisphere early, watch out for sheer panic as electric companies buy everything in sight for fuel.  They are already doing this but keeping it somewhat hidden. There will be public announcements to cut your electricity usage or face lengthy outages, etc.

    An outage on the scale of February before the primary registration deadline in December will be the end of Governor Abbott. He will be primaried, and not just by fringe candidates like Alan West.

    All right, all right, all right!

    Being primaried would be kind if Texas experienced another lengthy winter period with no grid power.  Emperor Nero of Rome used to use his enemies as torches in the night time.  They would tie a person up, throw them in an iron basket, pour oil on them, and light them up.  Horrible.

  53. Rick H says:

    Testing bold and italic and strikethrough text in a non-blockquote area.

    And this is in a blockquote area. Testing bold and italic and strikethrough text in a blockquote area.

    Both were done by highlighting the word and pressing the appropriate button in the editor. There was no editing of the comment after submitting. (Some italic and bold in the previous sentence done with the buttons.)

    Note that while in the editor, the blockquote text is pre-italiced, although not in the display of the comment after submitted. Blockquote styling CSS slightly different in the editor and after posting.

  54. RickH says:

    This comment was entered in a Chrome instance on my laptop. Chrome Version 94.0.4606.81 (Official Build) (64-bit).

    This is the text from my previous comment, copied (Ctrl+C), and pasted (Ctrl+V)

    Testing bold and italic and strikethrough text in a non-blockquote area.

    And this is in a blockquote area. Testing bold and italic and strikethrough text in a blockquote area.

    Both were done by highlighting the word and pressing the appropriate button in the editor. There was no editing of the comment after submitting. (Some italic and bold in the previous sentence done with the buttons.)

    I can see bold/italic/strikethrough while entering comment, and while viewing after submitting.

  55. Nick Flandrey says:

    Testing bold and italic and strikethrough

    But the bold doesn't display as bold in the body of the comment anymore…n

  56. Marcelo says:

    bold does not show in Edge but it does in Vivaldi.

  57. MrAtoz says:

    Is this bold?

  58. MrAtoz says:

    No, it's not.

     

  59. ~jim says:

    At the last job, we had an internally developed license plate camera which would, in theory, autofocus, but the software guys didn't understand angular momentum involved with a heavy (in relative terms) glass lens being moved by stepper motors driving gears so the feature never worked right.

    That reminds me of another tidbit of physics about which I have absolutely no understanding: gyroscopic precession.

    Assuming any *near miss* comet heading toward Earth is traveling in a straight line, anything we hit it with will only deflect it more.

    Or will it? What if the impact of a missile imparted such a spin that the effects of gyroscopic precession take place? Is there any way that could affect its trajectory so that it might hit Earth instead of passing by?

    I could look it up but it's more fun asking you guys. 🙂 

  60. MrAtoz says:

    That reminds me of another tidbit of physics about which I have absolutely no understanding: gyroscopic precession.

    We had to study this in helicopter ground school. When you apply pressure to the rotor (through the swashplate) the response is 90 degrees in direction of rotation. Rotor systems are designed with this in mind so if you bank right, you go right, and not forward (counter clockwise rotation).

  61. MrAtoz says:

    Hmmm. twitchy.com gives me a 404 error. I blame plugs and his DOJ.

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  62. Greg Norton says:

    Being primaried would be kind if Texas experienced another lengthy winter period with no grid power.  Emperor Nero of Rome used to use his enemies as torches in the night time.  They would tie a person up, throw them in an iron basket, pour oil on them, and light them up.  Horrible.

    Some very expensive neighborhoods in Leander didn't have gas service the night of the storm. Atmos still hasn't provided a reason as to why.

     

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  63. MrAtoz says:

    Got your email, Mr. Rick. It's bold in your screen capture but displays as plain in Safari on Mac.

  64. MrAtoz says:

    My purple iPad Mini 6 is still scheduled to be delivered 19-25 Oct but a lot of review sites are saying late Nov now. I know purple is now listed late Nov if you go to order one. WHERE'S MY MINI, TIM? I'll never get to Elysium at this rate.

  65. Ray Thompson says:

    No, it's not.
     

    Yes, it is, on my iPad using Safari.

  66. Mark W says:

    No bold on my vivaldi.

  67. Alan says:

    And inspecting the page code I see the "strong" tags yet Chrome ignores them…

    <p>Testing <strong>bold </strong>and <em>italic </em>and <s>strikethrough </s>text in a non-blockquote area.</p>

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6R3MiAv9ac

  68. Alan says:

    >> General Powell also had Parkinsons. Age and two major comorbidities.

    And multiple myeloma, which made him immuno-compromised, possibly still even if he had the booster.

  69. Rick H says:

    I have made a change to the theme's test site related to how bold works in various browsers. The test site's comment is here: https://www.cellarweb.com/fstraptest/final-test-site-completed/#comment-579

    I think the test page will show bold on Safari.

    Please take a look at that page, and let me know if your browser doesn't render the bold properly. If it is OK, no notification is needed. You can comment here, or privately at rhellewell (at) gmail.com .

    Thanks.

  70. MrAtoz says:

    Yes, it is bold in Safari on Mac.

  71. Alan says:

    And in some 'non-bold' news…

    Yes, it's Florida yet again:

    A Florida school says students who get vaxxed must stay home for 30 days due to unfounded claim that they'll infect others.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/florida-school-says-students-vaxxed-181722021.html

    and

    Didn't we learn 'play well with others' in kindergarten?

    Manchin lays down demands for child tax credit

    https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/577142-manchin-lays-down-demands-for-child-tax-credit-report

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  72. Alan says:

    Yay Rick!

    BOLD on Chrome.

  73. Mark W says:

    Bold on vivaldi.

  74. Marcelo says:

    Please take a look at that page, and let me know if your browser doesn't render the bold properly. If it is OK, no notification is needed. You can comment here, or privately at rhellewell (at) gmail.com .

    Now works both with Edge and Vivaldi. Thanks.

  75. Rick H says:

    I have installed the updated theme that will properly show bold and italic in all browsers. Hopefully.

    There's a lot of geeky stuff as to why it didn't work.  It relates to how browsers interpret the 'bold' and 'bolder' font-weight parameters to change the font weight when rendered. Normally 'normal' text has a weight of 400, and 'bold' text (using 'bold' or 'bolder' in the font-weight parameter) has a weight of 700. But some browsers think bold text should also be 400, because normal is 400 or greater.

    Now, you should see bold text in this sentence.

    The nice thing about standards is there are so many of them.

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  76. Rick H says:

    I also added a little reminder on how to use your browser's spell checker.

    For certain people [cough] [Paul].

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  77. MrAtoz says:

    It's not bold for me. I made bold bold.

  78. MrAtoz says:

    Crap, still not bold Safari on Mac. Let me check iPad.

  79. MrAtoz says:

    Hmmm, it's now bold in Safari on iPad.

  80. MrAtoz says:

    Woke universities have become the realm of grifters:

    Campus Reform: University of Michigan paid Ibram X. Kendi $20,000 for a one-hour Zoom session

    I wonder who paid this bum. Really, $20K to be told you are a rayyyycccciiiissss!

  81. MrAtoz says:

    Test

    Test above is Heading 1 and bold and appears so in the editor.

  82. MrAtoz says:

    Ack! Getting server errors.

  83. MrAtoz says:

    I'm trying to post that my test above appears plain after I post.

  84. MrAtoz says:

    You don't get much more "up your nose with a rubber hose" than this:

    Vice President Kamala Harris posts video of her walking from SUV to private jet on her way to discuss climate crisis

    Jets for me, not for thee. And, screw climate change if I have to fly commercial.

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  85. drwilliams says:

    @MrAtoZ

    iPad mini Jelly scrolling:

    https://www.idropnews.com/news/faqwhats-the-deal-with-the-ipad-minis-jelly-scrolling-issue/169763/?utm_source=tapp&utm_medium=tapp&utm_campaign=101521&utm_term=tapp

    Gotta love Apple in between most times when you hate their guts and wish them the joy of simultaneous projectile vomiting and diarrhea.

     

  86. Greg Norton says:

    Jets for me, not for thee. And, screw climate change if I have to fly commercial.

    To be fair, Pence regularly flew into SW Florida on the same plane to vacation on Sanibel.

    The VP has their own security and lackeys. I'll concede the necessity of the plane.

    The Speaker of the House flying on the same airplane, however, is beyond reasonable. The Speaker didn't even have a plane until after 9/11, and Hastert flew on an Air Force Gulfstream IIRC.

  87. MrAtoz says:

    iPad mini Jelly scrolling:

    Yeah, read all about that. I haven't noticed that on any iPad I've owned. I'll be looking for it, but doubt I'll see it in the Kindle app which is the main use.

    Some YT reviewers are saying you'll never notice it.

  88. MrAtoz says:

    To be fair, Pence regularly flew into SW Florida on the same plane to vacation on Sanibel.

    How dare you!

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  89. Nick Flandrey says:

    I didn't see any bold in the sentence that was supposed to be bold now…

    I didn't see any bold in the sentence that was supposed to be bold now…

    First sentence strong for bold and sentence, second, b for bold and sentence. I don’t see bold in FFox93 for either sentence now.

    n

    n

  90. drwilliams says:

    @Mr AtoZ

    "Some YT reviewers are saying you'll never notice it. "

    Pre-LED, fluorescent lights in the UK (50hz) used to bother me.

    I'll be testing one before I upgrade.

  91. drwilliams says:

    Catching up on the news of the day:

    Democrats want to make public the addresses of "high volume" online sellers. Their definition is $5,000 a year.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/10/democrats_cook_up_sneaky_new_scheme_to_stomp_out_small_business.html

    This is part-and-parcel to the IRS getting free access to any bank account with more than $600 activity a year.

    In both cases, the "compromise" will be a higher number, say $10,000 and $1,000 respectively. Once the camel's nose is in the tent…

    Big Pharma continues to attack inexpensive meds for KungFlu:

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/10/is_aspirin_the_new_horse_dewormer.html

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/10/ivermectin_the_elephant_in_the_room.html

    "Who benefits?" is a powerful question, and evident in many cases without discovery.

    "Who's paying the tab?" is even more powerful, but uncovering the trail is a piecemeal process and often the information comes too late.

    But while the trail is followed, the answer to "Who benefits?" is going to give a strong inferential answer to "Who's paying the tab?" that's going to be right most of the time.

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  92. drwilliams says:

    Found this on AceofSpades:

    Powell endorsed Obama over McCain in 2008 and then endorsed Obama over Romney in 2012.

    Were McCain and Romney "populists," Liberal New Yorker?

    Or are you now retroactively applying current cult doctrine to decades past?

    Colin Powell will not be endorsing any more Democrats.

    He will, of course, continue voting for them.

    Considering what is generally now known about McCain and Romney, one has to wonder what General Powell knew?

    Both times it would have been politically difficult to give his endorsement to the n-poc, but why couldn't he have said "I'm not in the endorsement business?"

     

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  93. brad says:

    The minute I try to ask for something in German, the other person switches to English immediately.

    This is a problem, and even more so here in Switzerland. If someone really wants to learn German, they have to make a point of *not* switching, and asking the other person to not switch. If you're using HS German, likely you have a strong accent, but it won't be offensive in any way, but most wait staff will speak English, and probably figure they're doing you a favor.

    Go off the beaten track, though – somewhere out in the countryside – and English won't be so prevalent.

    Going on week two of Covid. Antibiotics, steroids, ivermectin, monoclonal antibody transfusion. Fatigue is debilitating. 
    Sick as dogs, weak as kittens.

    Hope you get better soon – hang in there…

    RIP General Colin Powell

    He seemed like a decent guy. I always wondered, though, with the WMD lies about Iraq: Was he fooled, or complicit?

  94. Alan says:

    Lock her up…

    Fox News: Jonathan Turley: VP Harris' McAuliffe endorsement video may violate federal law.

    https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/kamala-harris-video-targeting-blacks-mcauliffe-jonathan-turley?cmpid=prn_newsstand

  95. MrK says:

    Going on week two of Covid.

    That's not great news Jenny. Hoping you and your family get through this ASAP..

  96. JimB says:

    Jenny, I wish you (and family?) a speedy and complete recovery. Seems like you are getting aggressive treatment from a good doctor, which sounds great.

  97. lpdbw says:

    re: Germany and German

    4 years of high school German, 40 years without speaking it.  I did do some reading over that time.

    Then I planned my trip-of-a-lifetime to Germany in 2016.  So I joined a Houston meetup group for German speakers, and went to weekly meetings for a couple months.  It was grim, but I thought I'd at least be able to survive.

    Then we traveled.  The first night, in Munich, my GF was tired from the flight, so I went to a restaurant to get take-away food.  The frenchman running the counter had the stereotypical French attitude, expanded to living in Germany.  That is, he'd respond to perfect French, or perfect German, and look at you like you're stupid if you speak English or simple German.  I barely got out of there with what I needed.

    Then 10 days of blissful English speaking all over Southern Germany and Salzburg. My favorite part was the Australian ticket seller at Neuschwanstein.  He took the effort to warn us to scurry on ahead of all the Japanese tourists or they'd block us to take pictures.

    Followed by a trip to Baden Baden, where I had my second failure.  Tried to get a taxi driver to recommend a restaurant open late, and he had no English.  German was not his first language.  We had  a complete failure of communication.  There was no dinner that night.

     

  98. lpdbw says:

    Comment deleted due to stupidity.  I'll post on the right thread.

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