TOTD 2020-1-24: Who was that masked man?

Are you now wearing or have you ever worn a surgical type mask in public?

In Japan, people wear masks around allergy, cold, and flu season. Sometimes it is for prevention of getting something and at other times it is to prevent giving something. What do you think of the practice?... [Read More]

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TOTD 2020-1-19: What do you see?

There is a saying, “You hit what you aim for.” What is in your viewfinder? Do you see something of beauty or something ugly? This also means the mind’s eye. Does your mind dwell on the good or the bad? What I have seen for many people is their lack of awareness that they can change their views. (Pun intended.)

I keep trying to work up an aphorism for complaining and its opposite. Complainers have the stench but not the stretch. Or complainers deplete not complete/compete.

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To maintain equilibrium, please call me …

Your royal highness. I figure since the royal formally know as Prince won’t be needing it anymore this should be okay. I want you to all know that I will treat you all in the same way I treat everyone beneath my rank. Don’t expect to be invited to tea anytime soon.

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A Wee Bit of Humour this Late Saturday Night: Scottish Army Ration (MRE)

There is a curious subculture on YouTube of exploring and, sometimes at great personal risk, taste-testing military rations, sometimes from wars fought long before the tester/taster was born.  Big Clive was motivated to contribute to this genre, and posted this taste test of one of the last MREs (Meals, Ready-to-Eat) prepared by the Scottish Army before it was assimilated into the British armed forces.  All of the major food groups a proper Scotsman should require are provided: sugar, alcohol, carbohydrates, nicotine, and plutonium.

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TOTD 2020-1-18: Buying the President

There was an interesting book called “Selling the President 1968”. Now there needs to be a new book “Buying the President 2020”. Steyer and Bloomberg are pouring money in an effort to buy the office. Bloomberg is even saying he will continue running ads to destroy Trump if he doesn’t get the nomination. This is terrible for the country. I saw a clip of Democrats throwing out their principles because Bloomberg was throwing money their way. They would be up in arms if the rich person was on the other side. I want to believe the electorate are smart enough but I worry. A 100 million here and a 100 million there and you get to be talking about serious money.

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SpaceX In-Flight Abort Test

SpaceX in-flight abort (artist's conception)Tomorrow, SpaceX is planning to conduct what promises to be a spectacular test flight of the crew escape system for their Crew Dragon spacecraft.  If successful, this should clear the launcher for the first crewed flight to the International Space Station later this year.  The launch is scheduled for a four-hour launch window which opens at 13:00 UTC on 2020-01-18.  At this writing, there is a 90% probability of acceptable weather for the test.   Update: Saturday test scrubbed due to high winds and rough seas in the recovery area.  Now re-scheduled for a six-hour launch window beginning at 13:00 UTC on Sunday, 2020-01-19.

If all goes as planned, the flight will be brief.  At the moment of maximum dynamic pressure (when the combination of velocity and air density produces maximum stress on the vehicle [“max q”]), the capsule’s Super Draco thrusters should fire to carry it away from the booster, whose engines will be cut by the abort system.  This is expected to occur around 84 seconds after launch.... [Read More]

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TOTD 2020-1-16: Beware of the Ides of January

1957 9-county commission recommends creation of BART
1970 An Evil Man is Born
1976 “Donny & Marie” [Osmond] musical variety show premieres on ABC TV
1988 NFL St Louis Cardinals announce move to Phoenix
1991 Operation Desert Storm begins, with US-led coalition forces bombing Iraq, during the Gulf War
1995 7.2 earthquake destroys Kobe, Japan and kills 5,372
2020 Impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump begins in the Senate
Almost all came from this site.

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Rice Cookers: They Do it with a Magnet!

Back in May, 2018, we had a post here about rice cookers.  That was about a very high-end unit, but the bottom of the line products often used a remarkably clever means to cook perfect rice every time, regardless of variables such as the kind of rice, altitude, initial temperature of the water, and the exact quantities of rice and water (within reasonable limits) put into the cooker.  Here is a Technology Connections video about how they did it.

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