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solar system changes

Wednesday,  01/22/20  11:21 PM


solar system changes

xkcd, of course

Well this is a great start on an interesting concept, but:

  • Don't merge Jupiter and Saturn.  They are both super cool and have amazing moons, and having two of them means twice as many.
  • I prefer Uranus to Neptune.  But agree we only need one.
  • Pluto is a planet!  It orbits the sun.  Instead of making it a moon - we already have lots of them - I'd add a mirror anti-Pluto on the other side, synchronized.  And a weird spacetime hypertunnel between them.
  • Finally, we need more stuff out of the plane of the ecliptic.  How about a planet that orbits the sun but goes around its poles?
  • And of course ... more cowbell.

What do you think?


head food

Wednesday,  01/22/20  11:30 PM

Grace SlickFilter pass...

OMG, White Rabbit Grace Slick vocals only.  Best. Voice. Ever.  Just gets better and better and if you don't have chills by the end, you're not alive.

Who is #2...  Karen Carpenter?  Barbra Streisand?  Aretha Franklin?

World population living in extreme povertyCapitalism in action.  Can your economic system do this?

Venezuela collapses, Colombia rises.  Exhibit #437.  Do we have to keep doing this experiment, when will the science be settled?

While I was not blogging, Vin Scully retired after sixty-seven years of being the best baseball announcer, ever.  He made some amazing calls ("and look who's coming up..."), but this is one of the best: he takes down an entire economic system between pitches.  "Socialism, failing to work as it always does. This time in Venezuela. You talk about giving everybody something free and all of a sudden, there’s no food to eat. And who do you think is the richest person in Venezuela? The daughter of Hugo Chavez. Hello."

Dilbert on climate science.Dilbert on climate science.  Pounds the nail directly through the wood.

From 6/1/17: Paris was yesterday.

From now: Australia's eco-fundamentalism turns to ashes.  If you'd like, you can "s/Australia/California/g".  Fires burn until they run out of stuff to burn.  Climate has nothing to do with it.

Matt Ridley: A menagerie of fallacies.  A beautiful collection, and well worth visiting from time to time...

statistical distribution of people's understanding of statistical distributionsThis is fantastic: a statistical distribution of people's understanding of statistical distributions.

University of Chicago: "we do not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own."  Clearly at the opposite end of the spectrum from many universities; good for them.

Kansas State: "As a general rule, there is no right to not be offended."  Indeed.  I am frequently offended by those who think there is.

Department of Education?  Why?  Just another brick in the wall.

Marshall headphones ... feed your headThis filter pass brought to you by Marshall headphones.  Yes they look cool, but listen to Tommy on them with a candle burning and you'll see your entire future.  Feed your head...


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