atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,


Went to the store for a few sundries. Walked through the snack aisle, saw two bags of All Dressed Ruffles, and grabbed both of them.

I don't know why Walt's has them, nor do I care. It's got something to do with hockey, I guess. Regardless, I have two bags of All Dressed goodness. Woohoo!

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For a long time, elements 103 and 104 had no names. It seemed like a long time, anyway. Or was it 102 and 103? It was so long ago I can't even remember that much.

All of a sudden, I look at a periodic table and see that it's gone to element 118, FFS.

I suppose the rise of computers has something to do with it. Up at that end of the periodic table, the nuclei are so full of protons that they physically cannot stay together very long. There's too much positive charge in too small a space, and the weird property of the strong force that holds the nucleus together against the mutual repulsion of the protons is too weak.

(Until a few years ago, I thought the strong force was what held protons and neutrons together, and the weak force was what bound nucleons into nuclei. But no! Strong force all the way.)

And so we get to a point--experimenting with particle colliders--that atoms form which are simply too heavy to remain for long. Number 118--Oganesson, according to Wikipedia--has a half-life of either 181 milliseconds (for Og-295) or 69 microseconds (for Og-294).

There's a theory that there is a point at which heavier atoms become stable again. It'd be interesting to see that.

As for the linked article, it talks about Copernicium, which has a half-life of 29 seconds and which is apparently a liquid at room temperature.

The thing that really makes my brain ache is when it starts talking about relativistic effects in electron orbitals. The bigger the atom, the faster the electrons move around them, and in heavy elements the inner electron shells experience relativistic effects from being so close to lightspeed!
Relativistic quantum effects are also the reason for gold being yellow and for lead-acid batteries being able to work at all (since we were discussing batteries around here the other day!) No one makes batteries out of tin, and that's what lead would be like, electrochemically, if it weren’t for the relativistic changes.
Sorry, your head asplode.

That's about all I can do, now.

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Enjoy the new rules.

Look: the facile and easy mouthing of platitudes has been exemplified as the way to behave by all the SJW/NPC jerkwads. You are "woke", they tell us, if you say the right things. There is no further need to walk the walk as long as you talk the talk correctly. And we see this everywhere: the defense of Bill Clinton against Juanita Broadderick et al, the globe-trotting celebrities who speak out against human carbon emissions, the leftists who decry "islamophobia"--do I need to go on? I've said it and said it, that hypocrisy is an essential characteristic of being a leftist.

So, corporations are behaving exactly the way SJWs do. They mouth the platitudes and make the overt displays and talk the talk.

In any case, the left doesn't actually care about LBGMTEARGBBQ rights, and it doesn't care about free speech, and it doesn't give a rat's ass about "civil rights". China is what they want for the whole world. That's why they don't speak out about the things China has done to its people. That's why they don't condemn islam for the horrors its perpetrated on the world.

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I replaced the nicely decorative clear-glass exposed filament LED light bulbs that lit the bathroom. Three of them failed, leaving one working, so I went to Ace and bought globe-style bulbs and put them in. We'll see how long these last.

...they worked fine for what, about a year? Then one of them started to flicker: one filament, then two, then all of them alternately lighting and going dark, glowing at half-brightness, randomly. Eventually, they go dark entirely. They're not particularly old, either, which annoys the hell out of me. As I said, about a year, maybe a little more--and these weren't cheap, bulbs, either.

What I want to do now is to salvage the LED filaments. The electronics in the bulb base are what failed. It'd be neat to figure out why, but in general the power supply is very tiny and difficult to extract without breaking it.

"WTF," you may think. "These are LEDs. LEDs are diodes. Why does a light bulb need a power supply?" The basic answer is "flicker". The power supply in the base of the bulb is there to smooth out the voltage, so that the LEDs don't flicker. But that power supply is complicated enough that it can fail easily, especially considering that these bulbs are made to a price point.

They're great at saving electricity, but they cost more than incandescent bulbs do. The reliability needs to better reflect that.

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The weather today is "crisp and clear". Severe clear, 60 outside.

My task today is to hang curtains; after that, if I am feeling particularly plucky, I might cut the grass.

But first, curtains!

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