atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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#2633: OMG "low level radiation" ONOES NUKEZ WE'RE SCREWWED!

"Low-level radiation found in Massachusetts rainwater".

"Officials monitor radiation in U.S. air, rainwater".

*sigh*

Do I really have to explain what's wrong with those headlines? I do? Man.

...the entire goddamned universe is radioactive, including you. Nearly all the radiation we encounter here on Earth is natural and low-level radiation, and yes we have instruments capable of detecting even these low levels all the time.

There's a premium on steel smelted before 1945 because it's not as radioactive as steel that was smelted afterwards, because the open-air nuclear tests spewed all kinds of crap into the atmosphere and some of it is still radioactive.

Even before 1945, though, there was all kinds of radioactivity in the atmosphere and the ground and the water. Okay? That's why we have a little thing called carbon dating.

Now, what the articles mean is that trace amounts of radioactive contamination have been found on the east coast of the United States. Because the half-life of Iodine 131 is fairly short, when you find it laying around somewhere, chances are it came from a nuclear reactor, so all you need to do is figure out where there's been a reactor leak. Gee, Fukushima, maybe?

The first link is totally useless; it says "trace amounts" but that's all. The second link gives actual numbers, and we learn that the highest concentration of contamination is--are you ready?--100 picoCuries per liter.

Let me see, pico, pico...milli micro nano pico...ah! That's 0.0000000001 Curies per liter, which is 4% of a "dangerous level" of contamination. I know what we need; we need a visual aid to put it in perspective!



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Today's Dilbert is perfect.



The first link takes you to the official "zoom" image for today's strip; clicking on the strip above takes you to the Dilbert site to enjoy more of it.

I don't make a habit of doing this kind of thing with comic strips, but that one's too good not to.

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Panic attack again, Xanax, yada-yada--at least I managed a run through the playlist last night.

Kaichou-wa Maid Sama is still made of awesome. I think Misa looks best in her maid costume. Her sister looks almost exactly like her yet manages not to be at all interesting.

Fairy Tail ep 24 is the prologue to much whoopass being dispensed. The episode is about Mirajane and Elfman and their deceased little sister, and they did an excellent job of making me hate the guy that's fighting Elfman from the moment his character first appeared. Mirajane hasn't been doing much magic since the tragic loss of their younger sister (years ago) but I've got a feeling that's going to change in a rather spectacular fashion once the bad guys piss her off enough.

This feels like Nanoha: StrikerS somewhere around ep 20, where the bad guys have the upper hand and it feels like all is lost...but you know it's not going to be long. Forget opening a can of whoopass; they're going to be delivering the stuff by the trainload. Someone's going to have to build a freakin' pipeline to deliver the amount of whoopass that's a'comin'.

Fight! Ippatsu Juuden-chan ep 4 did not feature any peeing. Hooray for good taste! ...but I'd wager that's not going to last. Anyway, Arresta is slowly becoming a more sympathetic character, which helps. I like her better than Plug but I want her to stop being such an officious and arrogant pain in the ass.

Motto ToLoveRu has a couple of things going for it: extremely cute girls and fan service. It's also pretty entertaining, though it's not as good as the first series. I still like Yui the best.

Taisho Yakyuu Musume--it's a good series; I like the story and the characters. My problem with it is my own: the realization that this series takes place in 1925, and that in about 15 years--when these girls are grown up and married and have kids--their husbands will be drafted and the bombs will be dropping.

This story has nothing whatsoever to do with military history or Japan under Togo or any of that nonsense, yet every time I see these girls happily doing their thing, I can't help but think Enjoy this while it lasts, girls, because you're in for a hell of a time when you hit your thirties. It's depressing--so I get this weird mixture of feelings about what I'm watching, and it distracts me from enjoying the show. And it's all my own damn fault.

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Awesome pic of Misaki:



That's really about all I've got to say.
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