atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#646: Mugabe made me a millionaire (ooh, dig the alliteration!)

$1 US now buys 1 million Zimbabwe dollars. Do you realize what that means? Ten cents is Z$100,000. One penny is Z$10,000.

I have got to get me some of those notes, somehow. Could you imagine what that would be like? Getting a suitcase full of old Z$? For one US dollar?

That is inflation!

Nanotech radio. It sounds like it's a simple AM receiver, but making one out of fullerenes makes it 1,000 times smaller than the smallest radio reciever ever built--until now. That's pretty cool.

Hollywood writers threaten strike. If they do, no one will know the difference.

When they did it in 1988, a few TV shows stuttered a little, but otherwise it didn't make a damn bit of difference. The writers in question are a bunch of whiny, overpaid crybabies.

"What we must have is a contract that gives us the ability to keep up with the financial success of this ever-expanding global industry."

You know what a half-hour TV script pays these days? About $75,000. If you're on the writing staff for a TV show of moderate duration, and are reasonably wise with your investments, you could conceivably never have to work again once that show ends. I mean, imagine writing, say, four scripts per year that get accepted. That's $300,000.

...for work you can do at home 90% of the time. How do I become a Hollywood writer? I know how to write, kind of, and I'm sure I could produce that drivel with the best of them. Hell, I'm even willing to be a scab and cross picket lines. I'm not afraid of a bunch of left coast liberals. Hook me up! (Of course, my politics aren't correct, so that'll never happen.)

*sigh* union babies, I tell you....


I looked at a few other articles on-line this morning, and these all came from Jerry Pournelle's web site.

Fred on Watson's "racism". Fred's mistake here is thinking that facts cannot be "racist". We can excuse his ignorance; he was born and raised in an era before "deconstructionism" and "postmodernism". Thanks to those "-isms", we know that facts can be racist.

In fact, not only the facts but the sciences that generate them are also racist, sexist, bigoted, and homophobic, because they are the result of Western Civilization, which itself came from Dead White Males. And of course white males (dead or otherwise) cannot help but be racists, sexists, bigots, and homophobes. (Unless they themselves are gay, in which case they probably aren't homophobes, and aren't bigots, racists, or sexists.) (And if they're "transgendered", they're not "males".)


"Squeeze" suits for the future.

Why didn't I have a professor that looked that hot when I was in school? This sucks. And here she designed a space suit which accentuates her figure. Damn.

It's a better way of doing things than the suits now in use, which are highly similar to ones used in the Apollo missions. "Conventional" space suits are clumsy and inefficient; they run at partial pressure (ie a fraction of atmospheric pressure) and an astronaut who is going EVA in one must pre-breathe a different air mixture to purge nitrogen from his system before he puts the thing on.

Why? The bends, that's why--breathe normal air, which is 70-odd percent nitrogen, and then go EVA. The suit depressurizes to its operating pressure, and the nitrogen in your blood boils out, causing embolisms everywhere. At best--at best!--it just hurts like hell.

You think that can't happen? Just try it. It's called "decompression sickness" for a reason.

Squeeze suits, on the other hand, keep the skin at about atmospheric pressure, more or less--or will by the time NASA gets around to specifying them--with mechanical pressure, like TED hose or compression stockings. Just the helmet is required to contain air, and it can contain a full 15 PSI, Earth-normal atmosphere. No pre-breathing. No decompression procedures. Get into the suit, clamp on your helmet, hook up air, go outside.

And if you're a hot chick, look good doing it.

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