June 10th, 2017

#5654: Oh, wow--NO.

Went to the "job fair" today; after standing in line for 20 minutes, was told to go home and apply online. WTF, why have the job fair??

I suppose it was because they had rather more turnout than they expected, but who knows? What I do know is I'll go ahead and submit my application on-line and probably never hear from them again, as is the case with 95% of the apps I submit. *sigh*

Anyway, stopped at the store for a couple sundries, then came home. Today is the Fungal Vale's "garage sale weekend", and as I was driving into my neighborhood I saw someone was selling a moped, among other things.

Oh, wow! No, thought I, I don't need more junk. And if I'm that damned eager to work on something and get it running and usable again, I've got a dirt bike that I can do that with. FFS.

My problem is that I watch YouTube videos about guys who find nonworking vehicles and fix them up. In one such, the guy paid $50 for a complete go-kart that needed minor repairs to be fully functional. Mostly it had just been used hard and banged around; he spent 20 minutes with his MIG welder and a hammer to fix the issues and it worked fine. Other times this same guy gets motorcycles and makes them run using only effort--if he can make it run, he'll spend money on parts to fine-tune it.

That series of videos about the guys who bought the '73 VW camper bus and fixed it up is another example of what I'm talking about.

As for me, I didn't even circle around and have another look at that moped. Good for me! I don't need more junk.

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Well, all I can say is, if you live in Denver, watch out for human excrement on the sidewalks.
Here’s a fun list of things Denver will no longer consider to be a serious crime:
* Sitting or lying in the public right-of-way
* Unauthorized camping on public or private property prohibited
* Urinating or defecating in public
* Panhandling
* Curfews and closures
* Storage and loading
* Prohibitions
* Solicitation on or near street or highway
So Denver will be both homeless- and illegal-alien-friendly. (Not sure what "prohibitions" are, but damn it, we're not going to let any illegal aliens be deported over them!)

ACLU approved, too. What a load.

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"You and I are merely passing through history. This is history." The C.S.S. Hunley continues to undergo restoration, and that's damned cool.

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Yes, Illinois is boned. It's been boned for a long time, and it will continue to be boned as long as Mike Madigan specifically and Democrats in general are in charge.

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Yesterday was pleasant enough; mainly I spent the day doing laundry as neither Mrs. Fungus nor I had done any in a couple of weeks. After that I hit the store, then made the repairs to various articles as mentioned in a prior post.

It's warm outside today, but I don't know if I'll manage to get much done. I slept very poorly last night, having bizarre dreams and waking frequently.

Something I'll need to fix the dirt bike: there's a tool you can clamp over the end of a control cable which will let you plug the straw from a can of aerosol lubricant into it, and then the pressure in the can will force lube into the cable jacket. It's a $9 tool. I ordered one late Thursday night, that and a set of wheel bearings and seals for the road bike--I've only wanted to replace the bearings for a few years--and it all should arrive Monday.

There's nothing actually wrong with the wheel bearings in the bike. Which is to say, I didn't feel unsafe riding the thing, even on the highway. But when I had the rear wheel off to patch the tire, I noticed that the rear bearings felt a little...loose. I don't know how to define it exactly, but while the bearings were not bad I just felt like they ought to be replaced. They weren't noisy but I could hear the balls rolling in their races. Sealed bearings are usually dead silent, and they won't spin freely; this set kind of did.

Only reason I didn't was because they're not actually bad and I had other fish to fry. Truth be told I've used the bike so seldom it didn't seem like a priority, and with the bearings and seals typically costing $20 a set I figured it was something I could safely defer. But the other day, while I was ordering the cable lube tool, I happened to see that bearing sets from that supplier were $10 apiece--that's bearings and seals--so I ordered two sets, for front and rear, along with the tool. And I'll spend an hour or so replacing the bearings and seals and not have to worry about them any longer.

Still need the stator, of course, but once that's done, too, I'll be in good shape I do believe.

#5655: Okay, that was...weird.

So I had this dream--

Wait, no, come back. I'm not going to describe it in detail ("Wait, I haven't gotten to the vampires yet!"). All I'm going to say is this:

It was, oddly, a continuation of the dreams which disturbed my sleep last night, but combined with another one of those dreams where I'm wandering through a progression of stages, trying to find my way back to something from earlier in the dream. I didn't get there, but something happened, and I found myself walking back toward the beginning of the dream, through the sets in reverse order, while a triumphant song played in the background. It was sort-of the end of a reality TV program, kind of, but not exactly.

I don't know what has happened, or how, but evidently my subconscious is making note of something good being completed. I certainly don't feel any different, myself.

Oh well.

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So, "conservatives" are having marches against sharia and leftists are naturally protesting.

The reason is neatly summed up thus:

This is the kind of cognitive dissonance on display, here:
Leftists are for gay rights. Under sharia, gays are executed.

Leftists are for womens' right. Under sharia, women have no rights at all.

Leftists are "sex positive", particularly when it comes to women. Under sharia, womens' genitals are mutilated to reduce or eliminate their enjoyment of sex.

Leftists are, like most people, anti-slavery. Under sharia, slavery exists in the world today.

Leftists are against pedophilia. (Well, mostly.) Under sharia, pedophilia is common.

Leftists are against capital punishment. Under sharia, most crimes are punishable by death.

Leftists are anti-rape. Under sharia, the victim is punished instead of the rapist. (Usually executed.)

Leftists are pro-abortion. Under sharia, abortion is prohibited.

Leftists are pro-contraception. Under sharia, contraception is prohibited.
I could go on, but I don't think I really need to.

One group of homosexuals understands what they get from sharia, but of course the larger LGBTWTFBBQ community--well, this quote explains it: "LGBT activists have reacted with fury, insisting the event is nothing more than the cynical hijacking of gay rights by the 'far right' as a cover for Islamophobia."

Sure, because obviously the "far right"--traditionally opposed to homosexuality--is going to use gay rights to push its agenda. It's not because sharia is a bad deal for gay people or anything, you know, and maybe a little islamophobia now would stand you guys in good stead against what you face if sharia comes here.

In the left wing, being leftist is vastly more important than anything else, though, which is why this kind of crap continues. Politics trump every other consideration.

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Marxism is nothing but high school. He's right. Best response to marxists: "Shut up; adults are talking." Win.

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How does a cease and desist order help? Guy uses unwashed clam shells to pave a private road. The unwashed shells have bits of dead clam stuck to them. The dead clam bits rot and make a hellacious stench.

"'It's like bodies decaying,' Sharon Moore, another local, added." No, Ms. Moore, it is bodies decaying. Clam bodies. "The town administrator has issued a cease and desist order, but at this time, the clams are still there, and continuing to decay."

"Cease and desist" what? A natural biological process? Stop using the clam shells? None of this makes any damned sense to me. People are idiots.

Give it enough time and the problem will solve itself, anyway.

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"Ain't science a hoot?" Yes. Yes, it most assuredly is.

The post discusses some of the particulars of a prior post (the one that led to my discussion of digital stromatolite civilizations) and goes into detail on what kind of black hole would be needed to provide X much power for how long, using an on-line calculator.

The post ends with a discussion on the impossibility of CERN making a black hole and destroying the Earth. If the LHC were to rear back and pass a miracle, it might make a black hole amounting to a few times the mass of a proton. The writer starts, though, with a one-microgram black hole, which is "many orders of magnitude" heavier than a proton. (In fact, this calculator says a microgram is 5.978633202e+17 protons, which is not quite 600,000,000,000,000,000 protons. The LHC is powerful, but it is nowhere nearly powerful enough to do that.)

That black hole will decay (due to Hawking radiation) in an interval shorter than the Planck interval, which is the shortest interval necessary to measure any event than can occur in the observable universe.

Needless to say, it would not have enough time to absorb Earth.

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Incidentally, one microgram of black hole, evaporating into radiation, in less than Planck time--let's be generous and say it takes a picosecond for that black hole to evaporate, which is thirty-four orders of magnitude (powers of ten) longer than the Planck interval is.

That black hole, evaporating in a picosecond, produces ninety billion terawatts of energy.

Hiroshima bomb: 60 terajoules, 15 kilotons
Evaporating black hole: 90 gigajoules, 0.215 kilotons

...it would utterly destroy the reaction chamber and everything around it. That's the energy equivalent of 215 tons of high explosive. It would be a big bang; 215 tons is eleven truckloads. So imagine the bang from eleven semi trailers filled with TNT.

It would not destroy a whole city, but a whole city block would not be out of the question. Certainly the LHC would not be colliding any large hadrons for rather a long time after that.

But Earth is safe.

#5656: Parts!

My parts came today. They were scheduled for delivery on Monday, but this was one of those odd "UPS to USPS" things, so I now have the cable lube tool and the wheel bearings and seals sitting on my desk. Whee!

Also, I found the remote control for my old Koss boom box. I thought I got rid of it. Crusty batteries inside, but that'll just take a couple minutes with vinegar and Q-tips to fix. Fully functional again!