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CWilbur

@CWilbur@sfba.social

Nope. This isn’t science fiction; no dystopian future. This is here… now. I’m past opining, but willing to converse on any subject that improves lives. #Volcanology, #Petrology, #SW #Engineer, #System Architect, and #SciFi #writer; I really dig #butterflies. Especially the tiny ones. Walker in the Rain. #CowboyBebop

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philipncohen, to random
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Are you better off now than you were four years ago today?

CWilbur,
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@philipncohen In other words, Absolutely Yes!

CWilbur, to random
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Remember Akbar and Jeff from Life in Hell? There’s a certain prescience about 1992, AIR?

CWilbur,
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Come to think, it may have been the Metro. I think the Barb was way out of business by then.

CWilbur, to random
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Another day, another trail, another… yup, you guessed it.

18+ VeroniqueB99, to random
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They do not grow up.

CWilbur,
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@VeroniqueB99 “‘scuse me while whip this out.”

QasimRashid, to random
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Spot The Difference—NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on
•Butker in 2024: "We have 3,000+ players. They have a diversity of opinions & thoughts just like America does. That's something we treasure & that's part of ultimately what makes us as a society better."

•Kaepernick in 2017: "We believe everyone should stand for the National Anthem. We want to honor our flag & our country & our fans expect that of us. The Anthem controversy is a barrier to having honest conversations & making real progress."

CWilbur,
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@QasimRashid I dunno. Maybe if you had pictures of the two players that would help. 🙄

CStamp, to random
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LOL. Headlines around the world: unsealed documents revealed Spanky had boxes of classified documents in his bedroom.

MAGA world, to distract from Spanky having yet more unsecured piles of classified documents: FBI had orders to shoot and kill Spanky when they were excising their warrant to look for classified documents.

OMG. All the writers who have ever been told to dial it down are eating popcorn and pointing, "see? Coulda happened just like I wrote it."

CWilbur,
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@CStamp Well, he’s apparently offering them up for sale anyway. 🙄

CWilbur,
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@CStamp They’re probably coffee beans, maybe.

Jgbird, to random
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One of my favorites. It took about a year before I could make sense of what the hummingbirds were doing. And I suppose it took them a year to be completely fearless when I was around. It finally happened. If there’s something you think you can do, you probably can.

CWilbur,
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@Jgbird Honor trying. 😸

CStamp, to random
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People need to keep reminding friends & families with less flexible minds that while there are asshole Israelis destroying aid intended for Gaza, there are also heroic Israelis trying to protect aid intended for Gaza. Jews are not any more homogenous than Christins, Muslims, name your religion. https://www.instagram.com/reel/C7Q-8cPIvNy/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Do you want everyone to associate you with the worst people in your religion? No? Then stop with anti Jew crap & figure out how to help those folk trying to help people in need.

CWilbur,
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@CStamp What a strange strange place the world is in. So much love, and so much hate.

CWilbur, to random
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Back to Denk and Copper Creek for . The numbers were definitely up today, if not the species. Nice Mourning Cloak serving as guardian to the trail entrance.

Same Mourning Cloak, wings closed.

CWilbur,
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Saw some kind of Blue right off, but could not get it to land. So I have some doubts over which Blue it is. Fair level of confidence it’s a Reakirt’s .

Blue in flight showing fuzzy but fairly diagnostic outer wing pattern.
Inner wing pattern definitely ids this butterfly as a Blue, and probably male. But which kind???

CWilbur,
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Lots of other familiar butterbirds

Slomo video on a Lorquin’s Admiral.

CWilbur, to Geology
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So, long story long, I was driving the Modesto-Oakland leg of my weekend journey on Friday, and I accidentally went up Corral Hollow Rd instead of Patterson Pass. It was an interesting explore, although ultimately it dead-ended and I had to turn around. There’s a state park in there called Carnegie (really a rec vehicle place), so I checked out the butterfly situation. I crossed a wash several times, and I saw a lot of this material. At first I assumed it was old road tar, but it was weathering funny. I picked up a piece and discovered it was quite heavy, so I snagged a chunk and brought it home to clean. Seems to have a lot of feldspar - probably calcic. And mostly fine-grained mafics.
My guess is that I stumbled upon some un-serpentinized ultra-basic material from the Franciscan. I’ve heard it’s around, but in all my years of living in Northern I’ve never seen any in the field.
Anybody else know?

CWilbur,
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Now that the specimen is clean and dry, my loupe shows growth or reaction rings on the edges of the feldspars, and apparently some small garnets. So I'm going with Gabbro or possibly Eclogite.

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CWilbur,
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I was hoping to see something unusual but it was all the club regulars. Including a couple of nice Monarch .

Monarch patrolling the Lake Merritt gardens.

miekeroth, to random
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Johns Hopkins is doing a long-COVID survey and apparently is having trouble finding controls -- people who haven't had COVID. If this is you, consider giving them some clicks.

https://covid-long.com/

CWilbur, (edited )
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@miekeroth I did their questionnaire. It’s a pain actually. They wanted you to tell them when you had all your covid shots and which ones they were. Took nearly an hour!

CWilbur,
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@miekeroth but… for science, it wasn’t a waste. 😬

CWilbur, to random
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Radical_EgoCom, to random
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1/6 Communism, in its purest form, is a classless, stateless society where the means of production are communally owned, and all people have equal access to resources. Marx and Engels envisioned this as the final stage of historical development, following capitalism and socialism. In a true communist society, the state would "wither away" because it would no longer be needed to mediate class conflicts or manage economic resources.

CWilbur,
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@Radical_EgoCom I think the reason for that is that society is a function of the superego - it’s intended to be a set of rules we all follow to get along. Communism requires everyone to accept without question that everyone has equal standing. But the ego and id are still there. Id provides the motivation to stomp on everyone else in order to take without measure. And the ego provides the tools to do that. Unless communist structure ( or any social structure for that matter) builds a response to id/ego assault, it will fail.

CWilbur,
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@Radical_EgoCom I Hear you. But remember, we created these systems out of nothing. Why didn't your ideal system evolve rather than this capitalistic nightmare? Media of exchange has evolved separately in dozens of cultures. Once that happens, it's only a matter of time before some folks realize the exchange media are assets in and of themselves and start accumulating it. Once that happens can class structure be far behind? We need a plan for ensuring that doesn't happen.

gwynnion, to random
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Part of "Navigator" is me explaining how many different (potential?) versions of me there are in my head. Sometimes I'm one, sometimes I'm another. Sometimes we argue. But we all agree there's something deeply broken about people and existence itself is out to get us.

Further, I think everybody is like this, only they each have their own One Big Thing they're about.

That's the metaphysics in a nutshell.

CWilbur,
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@gwynnion Why do we talk endlessly about metaphysics when our conscious can’t even comprehend the actual?

We’re real “entities” in a real universe but all we can do is model. Models can approach but never encompass the real.

dgar, to random
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The existence of Norway implies...

CWilbur,
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@183231bcb @dgar “Who delivered the all-you-can-eat free pizza and beer to (placeI want to go)?” Then just follow everyone.

CWilbur,
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@dgar Orway?
Just sayin'... 😬

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