Allen Thomson

Allen Thomson

  • Commented on Cough Cough
    the mapping tool you're using doesn't show gradients, does it? Google Earth Pro (FREE!) has a very useful feature that kind of does that. Select the PATH|SHOW ELEVATION PROFILE option in the measuring tool and then click out the path...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    >fairy often Make that "fairly often"....
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    So I started walking on days without rain and when I didn't mow the yard or such. We've been under a strict stay at home regime since late March and have been unable to take our usual daily walks. There...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    > How many mcg is 2000 IU [of vitamin D] https://dietarysupplementdatabase.usda.nih.gov/Conversions.php sez Vitamin D 1 IU = 0.025 mcg Which agrees with the bottle of D3 I have, which says "25 mcg equivalent to 1000 ICU" So 2000 IU of...
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    Is making yogurt depend on bacteria IN the milk? Yes, but the way I make it uses a starter culture of bugs (store-bought yogurt usually) introduced into scalded milk. The scalding presumably discourages previously present bugs, much in the manner...
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    > we use [UHT 2% milk] for baking and it does ok for that Having said that, I think I'll try making a batch of yogurt with UHT 3% milk. Don't see why it wouldn't work, but one never knows....
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    In the US, there's "whole" (which may be 3%), 2% low fat, which I can drink, 1% low fat, which I can't, and skim milk, which is 0% fat, and is unpleasant-tasting water to me. That's right, and agreed about...
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    It regularly becomes borderline naked eye visible, but is an easy spot in 10x50 binoculars - if you know the constellations. Worth spotting for fun - real space history. I wonder if its beacon is still transmitting. Several ancient and...
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    50/49 years since Black Arrow The satellite BA launched, Prospero, is still in a 1300x525 km orbit and should last a good while longer. Also the BA upper stage. Current-ish orbital elements for Prospero: 1 5580U 71093A 20140.83676470 +.00000170...
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    There's no real point building a "chemical" version of a nuke if you want to gather data about the nuclear part of the deal and the damage it does isn't the same either. True, but the post-nuclear part is of...
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    isotope separation https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6374374/ Evidence of microalgal isotopic fractionation through enrichment of depleted uranium...
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    I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic > support the Constitution > defend the Constitution > enemies foreign > enemies domestic Can you recommend any discussion of what the...
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    It's been around for a while. It's not bad, as a representation of Official Data, but that's pretty unreliable. The pieces have been available, but this is claimed to be a new tool to help combine and compare the pieces....
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    This just appeared. Based on initial impressions, it seems to be fairly good. https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus-data-explorer...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    A world where the EU, non-imperialized Middle East, China and Africa[1] deal with each other, and the Old Empire(s) is(are) dead? Can we include South America there? At least the Cono Sur? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Cone...
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    The whole militia thing wrt the 2nd Amendment has been made into a hopeless can of worms, of course. An interesting look into how it was evolving just three years after 1789 is at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Militia_Acts_of_1792 And it kept going from...
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    Are there any forensic statisticians in the house? One thing that's getting occasional mention is that, no surprise, certain governments may fiddling with the reported numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths. Add to that differences in capabilities/resources and sampling...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    > Where the people are in Australia A picture of that: https://edge.alluremedia.com.au/uploads/businessinsider/2019/03/Australia-population-density-June-2018.jpg...
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    The western hemisphere country with the fewest cases is Jamaica, if I have that right. Per JHU dashboard, cases reported as diagnosed: Jamaica - 498 Venezuela - 405 Nicaragua - 16 Leaves out some microstates. The "reported" and "diagnosed" are...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    TW That's a fairly scary paper. BTW, there's a TW calculator at https://www.omnicalculator.com/physics/wet-bulb The method for calculating TW is baroque: Tw = T * arctan[0.151977 * (rh% + 8.313659)^(1/2)] + arctan(T + rh%) - arctan(rh% - 1.676331) + 0.00391838 *(rh%)^(3/2)...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Daily new cases of COVID-19 vs time, with a 10-day average. Thanks for that, though, as you say, the scaling is something to keep in mind. A number of countries in the "need to take action" category show a phenomenon...
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    But second, and far more important, she likely fails the "natural born" clause of the Constitution (born in Thailand) IANAL, but it looks as if she could argue that she's natural born via her citizen father under 8 USC ยง...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    In 2018, the cumulative total solar power installed was 7,011 MW, of which 4,707 MW were solar PV installations and 2,300 MW were concentrated solar power. In 2016, nearly 8 TWh of electrical power was produced from photovoltaics, and 5...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    I just looked at that and "Renewables (44%)" is running Wind (4%), Solar (31%)and Biomass(10%). Presumably biomass is counted as one of the renewables. As it's now 13:50 Z, I'll try to check in later today to see how...
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    National Grid reporting system About that: one of the meters is "IC France", currently at 6% of the total demand. Is that mostly nuclear?...
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    Right now as I type this the National Grid reporting system is telling me wind is providing 980MW of Britain's total demand Yes, I just looked at that and "Renewables (44%)" is running Wind (4%), Solar (31%)and Biomass(10%). Presumably biomass...
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    770 megawatts capacity Presumably megawatt-hours?...
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    they should use a 5-day average or even 7 The sites I've seen that say what they're doing seem to like 5-day running averages. I've done a bit of experimenting with the data from JHU and https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus-source-data and 5 days...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    there is a significant level of under-reporting on Sunday and Monday You can see that strikingly in the US reported cases graph on the JHU dashboard. Select the US in the left-hand menu, then Daily Cases in the graph window...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Sure you can. You can still count them, doesn't matter about the mass. It's the countability that counts. Herr Einstein got a prize for that: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annus_Mirabilis_papers#Photoelectric_effect You could have a mole of moles, come to that, if you had a...
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