The day we can start looking forward to the weeke....
Huh...That's an awfully wide cone there.
Let's see what the individual models say....
OK. Two of the models are quite divergent from the rest (one being about 180 degrees off) which accounts for the wide cone (as it is an average of the models).
All but two of the models have the thing causing some degree of mischief in SE Virginia and the majority of them predict it will broadly follow the paths of the two worst hurricanes to hit this area. Isabel and "The 1933 Storm".
It's been raining here for two days and there is already standing water in my street as the storm drains are flooded. The ground is soggy so trees could fall easily.
To get a better idea of how likely landfall near your location is, factor in just how badly a storm would screw you over right now. Based on your previous biographical posts, there appears to a direct correlation...
Posted by: Siergen at Wed Sep 30 17:15:47 2015 (De/yN)
That pale orange track looks like it's trying to become Hurricane Illinois-Has-It-Too-Easy.
Posted by: Wonderduck at Wed Sep 30 17:40:08 2015 (a12rG)
Come now! This is Brickmuppet we're talking about! What's the worst that... could... ah, er... never mind.
Meanwhile, on the Second Closest Planet
One of the Brickmuppet's Crack Team of Science Babes was supposed to be reporting on NASA's news conference today, but instead seems to be focused on organizing an excursion to the beach...
"We're going to need sunblock, some really big mirrors, high yield, low fission fraction H-bombs, a few tons of CFCs, some ham biscuits, lichen, iced tea, blue green algae and a towel."
"Our quest on Mars has been to â€˜follow the water,â€™ in our search for life in the universe, and now we have convincing science that validates what weâ€™ve long suspected,â€ said John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator of NASAâ€™s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. "This is a significant development, as it appears to confirm that water -- albeit briny -- is flowing today on the surface of Mars.â€
Percival Lowell, he died 99 years too soon.
("Science Babe" is actually Sakura War's Diana Caprice as drawn by Ao Ume)
Cute Even Without Caveats
Here is Aura, probably most popular anime character ever (in the category of characters that appeared in fantasy anime in the summer 2015 season in the sub-category medusa maid) as imagined by KemKem.
The intensity of the U.S. campaign is rather low, so the actors can work out a schedule, where, for example, U.S. bombs on Tuesdays, Russians bomb on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, Syrians bomb on Fridays, and Sunday is reserved for Israel.
The American bombing campaign is a joke. It's an example of how Obama will do something just so he can defend himself by saying he's doing so, but which doesn't actually have any important effect.
It amounts to four or five sorties per day, usually, which is virtually a complete waste of time. Obama's foreign policy is to convince everyone, enemies and allies alike, that the US is no longer able and/or willing to participate in active foreign policy. Obama's America is no longer the world's policeman.
Some dude with a battleaxe
that challenged The Doctor to a match but made the mistake of allowing the Doctor to choose the weapons. The doctor chose electric guitars (the tank is being used as a mobile dais of awesomeness...choosing it as a weapon would have been unsporting). Later SDWABA gets bitten by a snake and thus is turned into a Dalek which reminds me how much I dislike that new Dalek ability especially since using it on Earth in the indeterminate mediaevalish period should have resulted in Earth being exterminatificatimitized and Total Overwhelming Victory for the Daleks.
OTOH we got the old blue Daleks and The Mistress is SPOT ON. The actress must have really studied the old Delgado episodes, she's got the part down perfect.
For a show about the antics of four high school girls, their faculty advisor and their dog as they try to keep their club active in the face of a downright hostile faculty and student body, School Live! has been rather more emotionally engaging than one would expect.
It's actually been quite the tear jerker at times.
However, despite some quite heart-wrenching moments...
"You have been and always shall be...My friend."
and the fact that one of the overarching themes is the importance of seeing the world as it is (ugliness and all) rather than how one wants it to be...
"Oh please. It's not about me. It's about my students"
...this show has maintained a surprisingly upbeat outlook overall.
All in all, School Live! has managed to stay quite solid (if sometimes emotionally taxing) all the way through. There really weren't any weak episodes and it stands as one of the absolute best in its genre.
This last episode, the graduation episode, is especially poignant. People say their goodbyes...
"OK Point of order: Th...Wait. Who's missing?"
...various plot lines are wrapped up and, intriguingly, some new ones are started. The show's ending is surprisingly open ended and hints at a sequel...which would be a most welcome development, as this series was outstanding.
Boy howdy this has been a roller coaster! So apparently, the cure that was in the bunker, in the case covered with Megune's bloody handprints...works.
"Shhhhh! If we can keep this quiet I can blow off those student loans!"
Furthermore, it appears from Megune's notes that there are other civil defense shelters similar to the school that presumably have similarly equipped and stocked bolt holes, which means that the world ought not to have ended...but something went wrong...I mean wronger than anticipated.
With the schools inverters destroyed, they have to make for one of the nearby shelters.
This would be sufficiently open ended ending that a sequel might be in the works, but the stinger shows someone finding one of the cards that the girls released with their balloons......so I'm especially hopeful that they do produce another series.
"Look...the bologna has tooth marks....we've heard no extraneous barking so...probably a rat. Yuki wants it to be a dog...We'll humor her as we are wont to do. But damn...I have no intention of going back into a half flooded basement that has nothing more to offer except possibly zombie stragglers and rats...zombie or otherwise."
Personally, I thought the last half was actually a nice touch in that it related to the overall story and provided a modicum of closure that would have otherwise been lacking. The girls indulged in a bit of whimsey and held a ceremony marking the closing of one chapter of their lives as they prepared to embark on another one.
It also dovetailed nicely with the show's earlier conceit of putting an everyday face on the school to distract from the utter madness around them. This applied not only to Yuki's madness, but to the School-Live Club itself which was intended by Sakura Sensei and Yuuri to afford a sense of normalcy.
Note that the two shelters within range that they must decide between (the chemical plant and the university) represent the two most traveled paths after high school...work or college.
I got 12 too, but in some cases by luck. For example:
1) I don't know what part of Earth is hottest. I figure the energy loss is only by radiation, so the core would be the hottest. However, this simplistic thinking is not necessarily valid at planetary scale where heat can be generated by tidal friction in the crust. 2) I don't know who invented the Polio vaccine. The other choices probably did not invent a vaccine, hence success. 3) Both radio and sound waves are used in the functioning of a cellphone. So the respondent must guess what Pew meant.
I was expecting to do poorly, as I was never a good science student. I got 11; couldn't remember anything about water boiling temperatures, and finally convinced myself it was an urban legend that everyone thinks is true.
Posted by: Ben at Thu Sep 24 22:00:16 2015 (S4UJw)
Changes in the temperatures and pressures of phase transitions make for an interesting topic. Remember that in most cases a tripple point has to exist, therefore some lines at P/T diagrams must be slanted and/or bent more than others.
In case of water though, this whole thing has a noticeable practical effect: the pressure cooker. After pressure cookers became widely established as a technology, some of the people living in the mountains quickly figured out that a pressure cooker may be used not only raise the boiling point above normal, but also to raise it from Denver to Los Angeles point if you live in Denver. This lets one cook food normally and save a measurable amount of fuel.
IIRC at one point the government of Nepal or Bhutan tried to ban pressure cookers because of bomb hazard and almost caused an mass unrest. Nobody wants to go back to paying 2 times more for propane.
I got 11 of the questions correctly. On the plus side, I'll be pleasantly surprised the next time I prepare pasta in Denver.
Posted by: Wonderduck at Fri Sep 25 20:43:42 2015 (a12rG)
I object to the optics question. Depending on the index of refraction, relative to the index of the medium, either convergence *or* divergence is possible for a plano-convex lens. Also, there are reflected rays. :-P
Posted by: ams at Mon Sep 28 20:33:07 2015 (GtPd7)
That it headspaces .45 ACP is a neat trick. You mention that it cant use moon clips, does it chamber .45 Auto Rim? (I'd expect not but I was wondering). Have you looked at getting the sights adjusted to compensate for the off target shooting or is it something you can compensate for?
The rim of 45 Auto Rim is too thick. It's the same story on the new Ruger Redhawk .45 ACP / .45 LC, which does use a moon clip, but not a thick enough one to accomodate 45 Auto Rim. I think Auto Rim only goes into 1917s and maybe Smith&Wesson Model 22.
And Then This Stuff Happened
While people are focusing on the epic fantasy fight that is Clock Boy VS Gell-Mann other things were happening in the real world.
The President has ordered US Navy ships to steer clear of the artificial islands built by China in the South China Sea, thus ceding the seized Filipino and Vietnamese islands and giving China de-facto sovereignty over one of the most important trade routes in the world.
When I was in college, I had some "born again" roommates who were convinced that the Book of Revelations predicted that Russia would invade Israel just before the "end times". The news about Russian troops in Syria probably has them in a religious fervor now...
Posted by: Siergen at Mon Sep 21 19:58:56 2015 (De/yN)
For a show that has had some truly sublime moments, this last episode was something of an anti-climax, being nothing more than a set up for another cour. That makes it less than satisfying as a series finale.
This isn't isn't any sort of cliffhanger as such, it just puts political and procedural roadblocks in the way of the dark elf from the last episode.
Who has TWO ears.
She's the last hope for her people and the burden is weighing heavily on her.
One neat bit of detail; the different languages continue to be an issue.Yao Haa Dushi, the aforementioned dark elf is thwarted mainly by the language barrier until Leili provides translation (after which she continues to be thwarted by other means). Several other minor characters lament their limited knowledge of other languages and phrase books are shown to be precious things that can be the key to a decent job for the locals.
This episode did throw out a few other character/plot threads. Tuka, the crazy cracker elf may be shell-shocked and broken, but she is highly functional and sharp enough that she able to hold down a job in the refugee camp that requires at least a degree of literacy,
It turns out that the lepus lass who runs one of the bars, is actually Delilah with a radically different hairstyle.
She was one of Kain's praetorian maids from Italica introduced in episode 7. It's unclear if her coiffure is intended as a disguise or is the result of access to modern conditioner. She certainly seems to have some ulterior motive, though whether she's working for Kain, the Empire or a third party is unclear.
The harpy mage who went from POW to security guard actually has a name, (Myutie)...
...and thus might be more than a nice continuity nod.
The male fans having been generously provided with a cornucopia of maids, the production staff has thrown a bone to the otakuettes as well....
...to complement the yaoi appreciation subplot.
Finally, in a truly inspired moment, Leili is applying science to her magical theory. She has gotten hold of a middle school chemistry book...and is modifying her sorcery to take its wisdom into account.
This is completely logical and totally in character for her. Her teacher is quite impressed and seems to grasp the potential of her refining his techniques with the science of the other world.
This episode was certainly neat and had a lot going on, but as a season ender it was rather unsatisfying.
The series high-point was probably Rory's speech in episode 8.
The detail and thought that has gone into the story of this show is remarkable and the characters tend to be quite interesting. Aside from the unspeakable mess that was episodes 9 and 10, everyone and every group has had realistic and well thought out motivations and are astonishingly well realized (though Itami is coming close to Gary Stu territory). Note that hose two episodes (9&10) are so different in tone and they really don't contribute much to the story (aside from the flower laying ceremony) that I'm unsure if the weird and incongruous divergence wasn't some sort of executive meddling...it does not seem to fit with the meticulous thoughtfulness of the rest of the series.
All in all this was one of the better shows in recent years Episodes 9&10 nearly killed it for me, but it bounced back immediately and it is a testament to how good the show is that despite those, I'm looking forward to this show's continuation in January.
Yeah, they lost me a few episodes in, and I loved the first series. Too much social media and politics, and I just didn't care about New Girl as much as they wanted me to. Does she by any chance sacrifice herself to take headbubbles and badcrowds out of the series before it's half over? Because that would help a lot.
4I was quite unimpressed with the first few episodes. To sit though that mess I think one would have to be really bo....
Yeah, the first half of the season is pretty blah. All the social media stuff actually has a point and leads into the actual overarching plot. Which, as I mentioned, goes in an interesting direction. Still a little wobbly, but not too bad.
Posted by: ReallyBored at Mon Sep 21 14:20:38 2015 (ulGxe)
What exactly did the waiver waive? Can you reprint it yourself, or has she tied up the rights? "My teacher ate my homework" is a new one on me.
Posted by: J Greely at Sat Sep 19 09:38:26 2015 (ZlYZd)
On the one hand, it is good to have an article for your vita.
OTOH, that "common practice" is crap. Academia does not absolve from fair trade practice. Grad students are commonly used as a paper mill by lazy profs, but undergrads? That is sinking low.