Just your run-of-the-mill space colonist.
Unashamed space colonist & atomic energy enthusiast. Getting ourselves out of tight spots using technology is pretty much what we humans DO. Appeared in the 2012 documentary “Lunarcy!” & still occasionally get contacted by people who have seen it recently on CBC. Low-key supervillain, looking to build a better world that will be worth conquering. Not a typography nerd, but enjoy using LaTeX.
I apparently need a new mainboard for a Thinkpad X220, or else a whole new laptop. It’s running in “limp–home” mode right now (one core / one thread), but Heaven knows how long that will last. Whatever the underlying problem is, when running Memtest in multi–thread mode, the cores become desynchronized during Block Move, & the whole thing locks up solid.
By 1919, it should have been bleedingly obvious to any competent, sane observer that warfare among industrial states was a catastrophe of such dimensions as to endanger civilization itself. And yet, the world order which emerged from Versailles was more authoritarian & militaristic than that of former days.
Technic civilization endows Man with vast powers. Our challenge, then, is to use those powers wisely. Many who say this seem to mean by it “as little as possible”, but I will settle for nothing less than “along lines of excellence”.
(“Technic civilization” may be defined as that phase of culture in which the understanding of Nature gained through the empirical sciences is systematically applied to the business of human living.)
My unedited recording of the first four chapters of «The Blind Spot», which Sam Moskowitz reprints in «Under the Moons of Mars», occupies 50 minutes (including flubs & pauses, but not tea breaks). If he is correct in giving the length of this excerpt as 10 000 words, then my reading rate is more than 3 words per second, which seems a bit high.
Unquiet item of the day :
This appears to be a Hello Kitty pocketwatch for nurses, with markings for measuring pulse rate.
Somebody had reversed the wires on the A & K terminals. Redrawing the circuit doesn’t satisfy me that this should make any difference, but with it corrected, the phone still rings, & now goes off-hook when the hookswitch is lifted ― at least with a jumper wire across C & F. I haven’t tried this with a real handset, as the connector is still busted. A grain-of-wheat incandescent with wire leads would have been better, but that bin isn’t accessible at this hour.
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If you’re stuck for something interesting to do Sunday afternoon, you could do worse than to watch me read a classic science fiction novel : this time around, AUF ZWEI PLANETEN by Kurd Lasswitz (in English translation).
The States of Jersey, the Bailiwick of Guernsey, & the Isle of Man are not part of the United Kingdom. As such, if Westminster has snarled things up sufficiently, they may find themselves on their own in the EU, possibly calling upon the Royal Mint to supply them with Queen’s-head Euro coins.
From the very beginnings of the United States comes down the cry, “millions for defence but not one cent for tribute!” Now, however, it is our own President demanding tribute.
We used to think it made America great that we had the longest land borders in the world without fortifications ― not because we could not build them, but because we chose not to. Not once cent for walls! Not one cent for camps! Not once cent to make America small!
Some people take their anti-housing activism way too seriously.
Important anecdote from @email@example.com on Boulder, CO. Ppl living illegally in crowded homes didn't register to vote for fear of being caught. A local Dem Party organizer & anti-housing activist used voter reg data to report illegal households - disfranchising his own voters.
Image from page 127 of "Apple pollination studies in the Annapolis Valley, N.S., Canada, 1928-1932." (1933)
Just your run-of-the-mill space colonist.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko