atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#6240: No, this is too early.

Contractor arrived at 7AM. He's at work now. Me, I got to bed after 2 AM--closer to 2:30--and did not get to sleep before 3.

Oh--Mrs. Fungus decided that we would pay someone to do the tub surround, so that's what we're doing. (I still have to figure out what to do about the still-partly-papered wall, though. Contractor offered to do a double-layer of drywall around the tub so I could just cover the bad wall, but I'm not going to do that. That reeks to me of half-assery.) But we're going to have an acrylic bathtub surround with a lifetime guarantee, which in practical terms means I should never, never, ever have to do this again. Future owners of the bunker may experience a different result, but that won't be my problem.

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This is kind of a dense article but it explains in detail how one bad apple can spoil the whole barrel. Basically, a guy who was "one of the world's greatest experts in prehistoric Anatolia"...and who turned out to be a forger. In particular, he forged an ancient text, and because of that all of his contributions to archaeology have got to be independently confirmed. All of them--and any evidence he touched or provided has to be considered tainted until proven otherwise because of this.

You see, this is how actual science is done. When someone's found to be fudging numbers, you give his entire curriculum vitae the gimlet eye.

What you do not do is gloss over the fudging. Like Mann's "hockey stick" graph--if climatology were actual science that would have invalidated everything he did in the field, and it would have led to him being out of a job.

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I wonder where Sean Penn and Danny Glover are now? They absolutely loved Venezuela when Hugo Chavez was in power. It's now gone the way all socialist workers' paradises do, because it absolutely cannot be otherwise.

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I agree. Look: a bison is a big animal. It's three quarters of a ton, and it's a wild animal. Wild animals have this thing about their space, and you have to respect that. Especially when they are very large wild animals. If they feel threatened, they will defend themselves.

If you don't want to be injured or killed, you really need to remember that. It's not a petting zoo, and while that animal may not look upset by your presence, you can rest assured--you should always assume--that merely being close to it makes it nervous. And while "nervous bison" might be a good band name or comedic indian name, it is not something you want to get close to.

Heck, even the cattle we raise for food can be dangerous, and they're extremely domesticated. Horses--we dominate horses thoroughly, yet they still kill people.

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Steel foam. Plastic foam is made by introducing an expanding gas in a polymerizing substance. How do you get steel to foam?

The article talks about using it for armor--and apparently it's great for that application--but what else could it be used for? And could you foam other metals, like aluminum or titanium?

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Well, my examination of the living room ceiling shows that it's going to take another coat. I don't really understand that; the family room took two coats because Mom sat there and smoked all the time, but the living room--

The color is (was) off-white--a bit green--but of course that room hasn't been painted since 1982. The paint is discolored by age and smoke contamination. But the halls only took one coat, so I really don't get it.

Plus side, the second coat will be easier.

I'm thinking--depending on how long it takes the contractor to complete the job, I'm hoping that I'll be able to get a nap before I dive into doing any painting in the living room. Right now I want to get something to eat, and then I'm going to work on paint prep; I'll save the physical labor for after I've had some more rest. But that still means taking down curtains, spackling, and masking, and there's enough woodwork in there that it'll take time to do it all.

It'd be nice if I got it all done today, but if I don't? Well, tomorrow I am going to sleep in, but then I should be able to finish what I don't get done today. That'll do!

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