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publius

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Just your run-of-the-mill space colonist.

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collectifission, to random
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Gift of the day.

105 PDF illustrations of nuclear reactors from around the world (1950 to present) compiled by Michaël Mangeon from the Nuclear Engineering International series entitled The World's Reactors.

Available here for 14 days: https://fromsmash.com/Illsutrations-reacteurs-nucleaires

publius,
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@cs @collectifission

I have another series of reactor diagram posters, some of which should be added sooner or later to the University of Arizona "Nuclear Engineering" collection presented here. Two are from a German hobby magazine, and the rest from "Nuclear Power" (a British publication which ran 1953-63).

High-quality scans are on my Patreon, and I posted lower-resolution ones to Reddit.

Here are a couple of links :

https://www.reddit.com/r/nuclear/comments/1bmqgyo/ns_otto_hahn_from_hobbyexplorama_magazine_german/

https://www.reddit.com/r/nuclear/comments/1bi4idh/windscale_advanced_gascooled_reactor_from_nuclear/

cs, to random
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iThermostat program from was discontinued in May 2023, but links still exist on their billing site that point to it, but the domain certificate has expired. 🤷‍♂️

We didn't participate, but just an observation.

ithermostat.txu.com

publius,
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@cs

Man oh man how I hate that kind of thing.

djsundog, to random
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it is simply time for the world to admit that capitalism is a failed experiment that results in massive systemic oppression and inequity and banish its practice.

publius,
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@rysiek @djsundog

Capitalism is also not the same as "free enterprise". In fact it's almost the opposite. Every capitalist strives to lock potential competitors out of the marketplace.

cs, to denton
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The City of purchased a hybrid electric fire truck, and it is causing the fine folks in the comments section to have conniptions.

publius,
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@cs

It strikes me as likely to become a maintenance headache, and I'm not really sure what the advantage is. Hybrids show better fuel efficiency when they do a lot of driving in stop-and-go traffic, but I expect people to clear out of the way of the fire truck!

GhostOnTheHalfShell, to climate
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Mainstream economist assertions:
"Tipping points reduce global consumption per capita by around 1% upon 3°C warming and by around 1.4% upon 6°C warmings, based on a second-order polynomial fit of the data."

Keen: This was simply ridiculous. A planet missing those 8 critical elements of the Holocene environment would be totally unlike the one we currently inhabit.

guess what mainstream economists replied?

🧵

https://www.planksip.org/none-so-blind-as-those-who-will-not-see/

publius,
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@GhostOnTheHalfShell

Economists often resemble a cult. I'm always struck by the way they say "the market system gives the optimal outcome" because they define the outcome of the market system as the optimal one.

publius,
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@GhostOnTheHalfShell

Some of them even go so far as to say that one is only truly human, reaching the high point of what we are capable of, when acting as "homo economicus", the idealized free agent adrift in the idealized market.

If that doesn't just shout "cult", I'm not sure what does.

cs, to denton
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@publius the Epoch Times billboard in has gone down in the last month or so. 🤷‍♂️

publius,
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@cs

Alas!

hannah, to random
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I had a dream i was playing a card game where each card has a line of ancient latin poetry and you have to combine them to make interesting combinations. It came with a little electronic dictionary with a monochrome lcd game boy screen and a menu where you could pick which latin to english dictionary to use. There were very funny opinionated descriptions of each one

publius,
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@shuruchan @hannah

Yes, that's what I immediately thought of as well. That and a game known as "topping" which classically-educated folks used to play, in which a player would quote a line (or part of a line) from, say, the Odes of Horace, and the next player would complete the line or supply the next line.

cs, to random
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More goodies from @publius

publius,
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@cs

I honestly don't know. When it comes to windows, I normally think of the stickers printed in reverse, so that they can be adhered to the inside.

They are definitely durable and good quality.

18+ cs, (edited ) to random
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Oxford Comma?

Boost and comment
(limited to four options on my instance)

publius,
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@cs

Not absolutely all the time, but overwhelmingly.

publius, to random
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The anodyne syrup of the “solar–hydrogen economy” keeps mankind suckling at the fossil–fuel teat when we should long since have moved on to adult foods. Also, computer programmers once again prove unable to deal with intercalation, even when it comes on a regular schedule, and has for centuries past ; congratulations to Georgia Power on first synchronization of Vogtle 4 ; and, who are your heroes?

https://anonradio.net/asfo-2024-03-02/

cs, to steam
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So the recent broadcast by @publius of recordings of the Flying Scotsman got me wondering about the advantages and disadvantages of double-chimneys. So I read about it here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_chimney

publius,
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@cs

Recording, for those who may want to listen, can be found here :

https://anonradio.net/%e2%84%964472-flying-scotsman/

publius, (edited )
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@cs

Oh garbage. The program was supposed to be the two sides of the LP. I goofed somehow. Well, I'll re-do it Tuesday and replace the archive link.

(Corrected show file, and edited metadata file, now on the server to be played Tuesday at 15z00.)

cs, to random
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Never thought I would have to tell Ed Young to read his Bible, but Ed Young, read your Bible.

Houston SBC pastor Ed Young calls migrants 'garbage' in Sunday sermon

https://www.chron.com/culture/religion/article/ed-young-anti-immigration-sermon-18692233.php

publius,
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@cs

"And the alien that is within your gates, for you yourselves were aliens in the land of Egypt" for $100 please Alex.

cs, to random
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Hail? Wow. Doesn’t seem stormy enough for .

These are reports to the project.

publius,
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@cs

A little drizzle here, that's all.

cs, to random
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Nope, no snow, but I did see a few minutes of sleet.

publius,
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@cs

Huh. Light overcast down here in south Fort Worth.

cjonthehudson, to random
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Scanning a 1946 high school near my old hometown, and I'm reminded that the past is truly a different country.

@GayOldTime Tagging you for her quote as "The gay illiterate."

publius,
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@cjonthehudson @GayOldTime

The first rule of Madrigal Club is…

“The armed man is to be feared”, probably.

cs, to denton
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Billboard coming into on Ft Worth Drive advertising Epoch Times as the #1 Trusted News source. Sounds like The Onion.

publius,
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@cs

I've been seeing them very heavily here in Fort Worth.

https://anonradio.net/asfo-2024-02-03/

cs, to Texas
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Concerned ISD parents ask why their schools have to close
Rep. Ramos correctly calls out here. He appears to be on a mission to destroy public education in the name of “choice.” However, demographics don’t help. Cannot have schools operating at 60% capacity.


https://www.keranews.org/education/2024-02-27/concerned-richardson-isd-parents-ask-why-schools-have-to-close

publius,
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@cs

Meanwhile, in Keller ISD, parents and the new Superintendent are convinced that the construction of an extended-stay Motel 6 is going to result in their kids being abducted, or something. It wasn't clear. Comments at a public meeting were all along the lines of "look at everything going on in this society today! you never know what might happen!"

Meanwhile I want to know if those parents have vaccinated their kids, and if they supported the "more cops in schools" bill despite Uvalde.

AmishSuperModel, to random
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How does the Sun work for flat-earthers? Is Earth like a pancake that gets flipped? Is Australia on the bottom or is everything on top?

publius,
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@AmishSuperModel

Here's one attempt. It would presumably have been laughed at when it first appeared (and one is entitled to wonder if that was the intention), because enough mariners had gone between Australia, South America, and South Africa to know that the Atlantic and Pacific weren't actually several times wider at 40° S than at 40° N.

jeffowski, to random
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publius,
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@petrescatraian @OGjester

I do worry about the "leftists" who say they "reject the liberal rights-based discourse". But they are far from the imminent danger.

When it comes to a question of property rights versus human rights, I will always say that the former must give way to the latter. But then, my political sympathies, as much as they lie with anyone, lie with the anti-Marxist Communists, such as Landauer or Kropotkin. It takes a very strong State to enforce strong property rights.

publius,
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@petrescatraian @OGjester

That's a really important distinction. "Property in the means of production" versus "personal belongings" are two very different worlds. If you have modest property of the first kind, you have a good deal of control over your own life. (This was the point of Chesterton, Belloc, et al.) If you have a large property of the first kind, you have control over the lives of others. And the degenerate case of property rights over human rights is owning other people.

publius, to random
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I've redone this diagram to try to make it more clear. At least, easier to interpret visually ― it might not be easier to understand what's going on.

@gemlog

publius,
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@tek_dmn @gemlog

Dangit, that was the thing this revised diagram was supposed to solve!

I had been using dark gray for "productive absorption", light gray for "other absorption", and white for "undesirable absorption". So I changed it to white for "other absorption", dark gray for "undesired absorption", and white with a black tip (with the idea of an arrow pointing in a desired direction) for "productive absorption". And that is called out in the key at upper left. Is it still unclear?

publius,
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@tek_dmn @gemlog

Really, if you're having trouble with the presentation of information, then others will, and maybe I should reconsider. This is the reason for sharing drafts of my work!

If you're comfortable with sharing your mailing address with me, I'll mail you a paper copy of the latest draft to peruse.

cs, to random
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America is . And Seniors Will Suffer Disproportionately From a World Built Around Driving. — Strong Towns

https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2020/1/17/america-is-aging-and-seniors-will-suffer-disproportionately-from-a-world-built-around-driving

publius,
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@cs

My Dad went to the Fort Worth City Council meeting a while back to talk about just this. He stopped on the way at a mall kiosk and had a cap embroidered with a graphic of a transit bus and the slogan "Get On the Bus".

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