February 28, 2013
I might need to invent an electric ukelele or an electric base dulcimer to make it work though.
Oh...they're already invented!
Bob Woodward of course is one of the reporters who took down Nixon. This is major 20th century history, and history it seems is at least as poorly understood by our polity as civics.
Of course one might ask why Bob Woodward came up in casual conversation and then one would find oneself in the middle of something even more disturbing.
Worse it involves #politics.....so we'll continue this below the fold.
February 27, 2013
UPDATE: THANKS Wonderduck!
Full Civic Literacy Exam (from our 2008 survey)
Are you more knowledgeable than the average citizen? The average score for all 2,508 Americans taking the following test was 49%; college educators scored 55%. Can you do better? Questions were drawn from past ISI surveys, as well as other nationally recognized exams.
Pete and other immigrants should do very well as they have to take a civics exam as part of the naturilization process, yet with most of the country getting an "F" ...well this is a serious problem that explains rather a lot.
How'd ya'll do?
February 26, 2013
It's also pretty awesome.
"2x1010 Megatons is hard to visualize so think of it as being about this much 'splody."
The comet is moving exceedingly fast and is a retrograde orbit to boot so its relative velocity is around 35 miles per second, or 5 TIMES Earth escape velocity!
Scott Lowther has thoughts on what the (admittedly unlikely) impact might mean for ambient Martian atmospheric pressure. Assuming it didn't blow the atmosphere clean off, it could be interesting indeed.
In any event, with a magnitude of 8.0 as seen from Earth, the comet should be visible with the naked eye in rural areas, which means we get a neat show regardless of whether it hits.
"Science Babe" is Shizune Hachimaki, from Katawa Shoujo.
February 24, 2013
I note that all the titles involve monster girls. I was unaware that this was "a thing" (I mean outside of 4chan and Pixiv ). This is a genre now?
We live in interesting times.
Her name is Jung Da-Yeon. She's Korean, married and is a popular fitness instructor in Korea and Japan.
Her popularity stems not just from her asthetics. Less than a decade ago she didn't look this way at all....
Oh...she's had at least 2 kids....
It is vastly harder for women to loose weight than men, and I'm told it is particularly hard for them to do so after having kids and like everybody else it gets way harder to loose any weight after 35.
Here I am, a man, being all pleased with myself about loosing 35 pounds last year...despite still being about 60 pounds overweight.
This woman lost 20 kilos (44 pounds) in three months (Though I assume the toning took longer). She did this in her late '30s after having kids and she's kept it off for 8 years now.
And did I mention that she's...a girl!
(If I needed to you may have monitor issues.)
That's it... no more Mountain Dew.
I'm 42. I blew up like a balloon after a steroid regimen following surgeries for service related injuries..but this woman has had two kids so mine is probably a comparable or lesser issue. As a guy I certainly should be able to do this. I'm already a third of the way there weight wise, but damn she's just embarrassing me.
...also inspiring...and stuff.
February 19, 2013
CNN.com is reporting this afternoon that NASA has lost contact with the International Space Station.
UPDATE: Oh good. They are confirmed OK. It appears to be a com failure but they can communicate with Moscow via walkie talkie when they are overhead.
UPDATE 2: And it's fixed.
February 18, 2013
How bad can it get?
I noticed hadn't cleared my search history or cookies all year when a recent search on my computer for BAD APPLE CHINESE resulted in Newt Gingrich vs. Piers Morgan and a search for AMVs in general included Bill Whittle videos.
No doubt someone to the left of me would be getting Obama hymns and such.
It can be somewhat mitigated by clearing ones search history and all cookies periodically.
On the political level this means that getting people to change their minds about things political is going to be even more of a herculean task than is discussed here, here, here and here.
On a rather more profound level it cannot be good for the nations polarization or getting people to change their minds about important things like immunizations and GM foods.
This is a huge structural problem, but I'm at a loss as to what to do about it.
Also: Tsukasa LOL
...rotoscoping the rotoscoping with sand.
It's actually a perfectly decent video and a very impressive job by MMD standards....and yet...
February 17, 2013
February 16, 2013
We had a near miss from an asteroid big enough to cause a 5 megaton blast if it hit. Over a thousand people were injured in Russia this morning when a small meteor detonated above (and impacted just outside of) the town of Chelyabinsk. This afternoon, bolide exploded above Rodas Cuba causing minor damage and another bolide lit up San Fransisco this evening but did no damage.
The near miss asteroid has pretty much been established to be unrelated to the Russian meteorite, though its unclear if the two bolides were related to the Russian event.
2012DA14 which passed inside Geostationary Orbit got some buzz in the press over the last few days and Drudge, of course, hyped it like it was the Sweet Meteor Of Death. It was discovered by an amateur astronomer in Spain, not NASA or any other credentialed body, so if not for him we never would have seen it coming until it was upon us (if then). If it had been the tiniest bit off its actual course it would have hit. At this point we could have done nothing about it.
The objects that caused so much excitement in Chelyabinsk, Rodas and San Fransisco, well, we never saw them coming.
This pic is making the rounds today....because it's true.
February 15, 2013
....or Drudge is milking this for all it's worth.
UPDATE: 5 min Later
But I did laugh...
The bolide spectacularly detonated over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk and caused a surprising amount of damage. Nearly 1000 people are reported injured as I type this.
Most of the damage seems to have come from the sonic boom and possibly the concussion of the explosion itself as the damage to the zinc plant above seems remarkable for a sonic boom. At least some fragments of the object impacted with the largest reported impact at this time being this neat hole punched in the ice of a nearby reservoir.
(Pic via RT)
Instapundit points out it's probably still a good idea to duck and cover when you see a flash of light in the sky. Here's why...
February 11, 2013
February 10, 2013
Do not give up hope.
Do not yield to anger.
Do not succumb to fear, for while the situation is dire, all is not lost.
Well, I still prefer tilting at windmills to oblivion or serfdom so lets discuss this below the fold.
I have a couple of unfinished posts on current events and tech...but they are depressing me and sapping my energy.
Additionally I haven't been blogging about anime much because nothing that's streaming right now interests me and Nisemonogatari made me feel quite unclean.
So, gentle readers, here's another random picture to tide you over till I catch up .
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