atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
atomic_fungus
atomic_fungus

#5891: That's not going to work.

So, yesterday I redid the corners on the west end of the partition wall; and now the corner beads all meet at points, nicely dulled with the semi-skilled application of a hammer. It remains now for me to mud the thing.

I won't be redoing the edge of the partition that's on the east end, kitchen side, because I cannot remove the countertop: they glued it in place. They not only glued it to the cabinet, but to the walls, and so it's not going anywhere. The alternative is to do corner bead above the countertop and below it, and then do...something...where the counter is, but that corner is in reasonable shape and I'm most inclined just to leave it the hell alone.

In a sensible world, they would have bolted the damned thing to the cabinet and maybe caulked where the backsplash meets the wall. They did not do that, and I am unhappy about it, because it means that pulling out that cabinet to fix the wall corner would mean a screaming fuckton of extra work.

Anyway, the task list du jour is to get at least some mud on that wall, and to get a start on masking the kitchen for painting, since I won't be mucking with that one edge. That means a trip to Menards for more masking tape since I used about 70% of the very last roll of tape masking the family room. Yep, I used most of a roll of masking tape doing one room, and $5 says the kitchen will take more than a roll. And once I'm done with the kitchen and that partition wall, then I need to do the computer room!

...and the trip to Menards also means getting a wall plate for the cable. Such a stimulating life I lead.

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Spain's ham-handed response to Catalonia's nonbinding referendum on independence has resulted in an overwhelming vote for independence. Something like 89%. Because of this, Catalonia is now intending to declare its independence from Spain.

Spain attempted to prevent the referendum from taking place, to the point of sending in armies of police, and the result was--of course--handing a PR victory to the pro-independence folks, because "armies of police" are not sent to engage in debate and gently dissuade people. They're sent to bust heads and arrest people.

Only, busting heads and arresting people looks really bad, particularly when it's meant to prevent a democratic exercise.

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"If we make guns illegal, then nobody will get shot anymore. That's how we stopped everybody from doing drugs." Exactly.

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"He's not lying! He's just stupid!" Sure, sure, we'll give you that one. It's fine, because it's still a perfect example of a Democrat exploiting a tragedy--dancing in the blood of murdered innocents--to further a current Democrat policy.

There's a bill out that would legalize supressors ("silencers") for guns. Democrats are against it, because they hate anything that rolls back gun control laws. But suppressors don't silence guns.

Okay, the guy in the spy movie who shoots someone, and the gun makes this little fweet! sound? THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN IN REAL LIFE. Oh, I suppose it's possible to make a one-use suppressor which would significantly muffle a subsonic pistol round so that the report wouldn't be heard outside a small area. It would also significantly reduce the range and power of the bullet. So when that assassin's gun goes fweet! the first time, the second shot would be more like pop! and the third would be BANG!...and he'd probably need all three actually to kill his target.

A suppressor is like a muffler on a car. It doesn't silence the car, but tames the engine noise to something that doesn't hurt your hearing. Sound is air pressure, and a the explosion escaping from an engine's cylinder is a sudden, asymptotic spike in pressure. That spike is what damages your hearing. The same pressure wave, after passing through a muffler, is more gradual, and spread out. It might still be pretty loud, but it won't hurt your ears the way the unmuffled pressure wave will.

Suppressors do the same: they spread out the gun's report. They're still pretty loud, but not "go deaf before sixty" loud, and they make hearing protection a lot less necessary.

If you're against suppressors for firearms, let me suggest that you go out to the driveway with a hacksaw and take off your car's muffler. It's the same thing.

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Interesting. Letting folks watch videos without some big leftist corporation's permission.

Internet regards censorship as damage and automatically routes around it.

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"...[T]he Army does not have the luxury of allowing him the opportunity to sort out his beliefs while charged with the sacred duty of leading American soldiers."

That says it all about this infantile communist douchebag.

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A bad drug interaction? This makes fantastic sense to me. Certainly it explains a lot, anyway, better than many of the theories I've seen.

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Low-density aluminum is theoretically possible. Its crystalline structure would give it a specific gravity about 2/3 that of water, meaning a solid lump of the stuff would float quite handily.

Only issue is that it may be metastable: "...which means that it *could* fall apart rather suddenly, potentially energetically. Quite likely what it means is that the low density aluminum would sit there and be well behaved until some external force came along--a temperature increase, water, oxygen, a whack with a hammer, foul language, a stern glance...." at which point the crystal lattice would assume a more normal configuration for aluminum, and therefore the typical density of aluminum.

What if it just shrank? Airplane made of the stuff gets hit by lightning and--ooo, that'd be messy, depending on how much it shrank. Regular aluminum has a density of 2.7 grams per cc, as opposed to this stuff's 0.61, which is 1/4, so let's go with that.

...the mental image I got was a lumpy-looking quarter-scale 747, filled with pressurized red goo and plastic shards. All the aluminum would shrink, but the non-aluminum would not, and that includes people, seats, life jackets, circuit boards, wires, tires, brake pads, fuel, hydraulic fluid, food, liquor, packaging, luggage--everything suddenly crammed into a quarter of the volume it formerly had. Like, worse than economy class.

Nonsense aside, the theoretical material arranges aluminum tetrahedra (four aluminum atoms) like carbon atoms in a diamond. It's not as strong as diamond, but it's a hell of a lot lighter than any metal we have now. Interesting.

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Well, lunch is long over; I guess I'd better get moving.
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