atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#5965: Snow

Weather said we might get a bit of snow. Weather also said it would melt from anywhere but grass. It did not. There is snow on our patio.

There is not a lot of snow--it was a dusting--but it is nonetheless snow and it had no problem sticking to pavement. If this had been a serious global warming event, I'd be firing up the snowblower.

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Actually, this is the antithesis of crazy. Why wouldn't a volcano under a glacier make the glacier melt? I mean, just because the volcano is under three miles of ice doesn't mean the ice won't melt. Water is pretty nonspecific about its melting point.

It also, however, explains how a glacier can melt when there's been no observed warming for nearly two decades.

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Now, this is crazy. A bunch of leftists gathered to scream at the sky because Trump is still President.

Actually, it only appears they're a "bunch" in aggregate. Take all the temper tantrums and combine them and you have a bunch. The individual tantrums consist of a handful of lunatics each.



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This is exciting, but probably not the revolution they think it is. That prediction is largely the result of me playing the odds, but with an added bit of information.

CNC is pretty cheap compared to other methods for making things out of metal. You can have a factory filled with lathes and mills, and pay highly skilled men to run them--but one CNC machine can do the work of a half-dozen machines and their operators, and as a bonus it will produce parts the same way every time.

This isn't a way of replacing CNC machines, anyway. This is a way of replacing parts made from metal powder.

Plenty of parts are produced the same way we make aspirin: powder is put into a die, and pressure is applied until a solid object is formed. Metal parts are then put into a furnace to "cure" them--fuse the metal particles together. This is a much cheaper way to make gears, for example, than cutting them out of blanks.

So where this new, less-expensive 3D printing device will prevail is in places where small runs of parts are needed, where the cost of setting up a new die exceeds the benefit of doing so. It won't replace CNC and it won't even replace the more traditional metal powder methods, but it will be a powerful new tool.

So no, it's not the end of CNC. Not by a long shot.

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Last night--gadzooks.

After the last post, I attempted to stay awake, knowing Mrs. Fungus would be coming home; but my eyelids grew impossibly heavy and my head started hurting worse, so I went and laid down, and fell asleep.

I don't know how long it was before she got home that I awoke to the single worst headache I have ever had the misfortune to experience, bar none. My entire head was a single, giant, pulsing, searing mass of pain. I got up long enough to take four ibuprofen tablets, then lay back down, and suffered mightily.

Contemplating a trip to the ER, I considered what my answer would be to the nurse asking, "Scale of one to ten?" "Nine," I decided, without any hesitation--and for me to make that declaration and be so sure of it means it really hurt, because most of the time I question and second-guess myself when having to give a subjective answer.

It was still bad when she got home, but after that the ibuprofen began to work. I could feel it receding--the first time I've ever noticed a headache going away--but it wasn't a smooth fade. It would get better, then go back to full intensity, then recede a little for a while longer, back up, down again for even longer. The "duty cycle" between spikes of pain kept getting longer and longer until finally they stopped happening and receded to a dull ache.

Men don't get migraines, and this wasn't one. For one thing, it was all over, not just one side. This was a cluster headache. It was bad enough I was worried about stroke or aneurysm, but after doing the FAST test I ruled out stroke; and as far as I know, a ruptured aneurysm in the brain is usually fatal within minutes, and knocks you down almost instantly due to the rise in intracranial pressure. The fact that I could get up and take pills ruled that out pretty quickly.

Going all day on a single Twinkie probaby was not a good idea. I'll have to remember that.

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Got a call this morning from the recruiter. They're setting up a phone screening with the employer for Monday afternoon around 2:30. I'm looking forward to it.

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