Allen Thomson

Allen Thomson

  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Now, my take on colonizing Mars starts with going out to Jupiter's rings, and accelerating LARGE chunks of ice to impact Mars, increasing available water, increasing the atmosphere, and adding some heat to the planet. My take on that involves...
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    > churrasco Places where they serve such in the Brazilian manner, called "churrascurias", have become very popular in the US. Thinking about it, I couldn't imagine that they're not to be found everywhere and indeed it turns out that there...
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    Somewhat interesting article in the Guardian about UK COVID-19 deaths and death statistics. Most isn't particularly new, but this provides some numbers. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/22/uk-official-covid-death-toll-undercounted-fatalities...
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    Southern Hemispherians: What do you do and like re: food cooked like this? In various parts of Latin America, including those south of the equator, churrasco and barbacoa are things. Not exactly like USian BBQ, but the same theme of...
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    > I found it noteworthy that the claim that Obama was ineligible was essentially not raised for Cruz, thus confirming that it was simply a racist campaign. Not true. It WAS raised. Just not as loudly as for O....
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    On a different note, I think I was mistaken in saying the USA needs a Federal domestic terrorism statute -- in the sense that (I hear) severe and effective criminal statutes do exist but just aren't called domestic terrorism. The...
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    the normal meaning is specifically pancreas or thymus As a USian, "sweetbread" always meant pancreas -- I don't remember coming across thymus. Slightly related, along the MXUS border "mollejas" (moh-YEH-khas) are beef pancreas or chicken gizzards, both very popular....
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    As my wife reminds me all the time when we walk together. Heh. I'm 5'9", my wife is 5'0", both of average proportions and recommended weights for our genders. She has to circle back every few minutes while I catch...
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    I used to walk at 4-5 MPH, but now do at 3-4 MPH, for both breathing and knee reasons. I've always thought of 4 MPH as "walking speed". FWIW, Leslie Sansone's in-place walking videos(*) call miles at ~15 minute intervals....
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    It does matter because Obama was born in the STATE of Hawaii and by virtue of the 14th Amendment Obama is a natural born U.S. Citizen in his own right; not Jus sanguinis, Jus soli. Whether his mom & pop...
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    My Hispanic acquaintances often say "si Dios quiere". Oh, I forgot Spanish ojalá, which actually is Inshallah. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inshallah#Iberian_languages In the Spanish and Portuguese languages from the Iberian Peninsula, regardless of the speaker's faith, the expressions ojalá (Spanish) and oxalá (Portuguese)...
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    Sorry, I wasn't translating 4 mph into kph I have vast experience in doing such things -- just did an embarrassing one yesterday....
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    the phrase Inshallah may have something to do with this. You seldom hear Christians saying the equivalent. God willing. My Hispanic acquaintances often say "si Dios quiere". Of course large parts of Spain were under Islamic rule for many centuries,...
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    Basically, there's a speed (around 4-5 meters/second depending on leg length) where people have to go from walking fast to jogging or running. 4 m/s = 9 mph. That's a really brisk walk....
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    Which is rather amusing, given that Ted Cruz wasn't born in America… True, but he counts as native-born under jus sanguinis because his mother was an American citizen(*). Otherwise he couldn't run for President. (*) Which is what made the...
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    Which in the case of the US and the Republican Party means white people. Succinctly put. Though not all US Republican nativists are, strictly speaking, pale of skin, that's the way they align....
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    Since there may be no rational reason for man in space, we may need an irrational reason. You could argue the same for any non-Hobbesian, post-scarcity future. Once life isn't a continual, consuming struggle to stay alive, what do you...
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    will the "R" party tear itself apart in a civil war of its own? My guess is that the GOP will stay with some form of nativism for at least the next Presidential cycle, though there may be some minor...
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    Or any class of problem--there are hundreds--that requires the numerical solution of 107 equations in 107 unknowns? How interactive/quick turnaround do those problems tend to be? Hearkening back to the number of light-seconds between Mars and Earth, would it be...
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    Indonesia that's the cold-war-like enemy of the West, and they've got the genius genetic engineer who starts genengineering... Then there's Aristoi's mataglap nano. IIRC, it originated in a waste management project in Indonesia that was a bit too successful...
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    Now calculate how much of that atmosphere you're going to be blasting past the [h]eat exchangers According to https://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/carbon-dioxide-d_974.html the specific heat of CO2 at Mars temperatures is something like 800 J/kg-K. Assuming a temperature rise of 100 K in...
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    Not specifically martian, but perhaps of interest: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00149-1 Rogue antibodies could be driving severe COVID-19 Roxanne Khamsi 19 January 2021 [EXCERPT] Evidence is growing that self-attacking ‘autoantibodies’ could be the key to understanding some of the worst cases of SARS-CoV-2...
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    Boiling will not sterilize a solution. The standard lab methods are autoclaving (pressurized stem) or filtration. So pressure cooker for a few hours? https://www.scienceofcooking.com/science_of_pressure_cooking.htm I'm reminded of a long-ago discussion on sci.space.something where Henry Spencer discussed the virtues of supercritical...
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    Also, he's supposed to give a speech at the piece of border wall near the Alamo. Not "the Alamo", just "Alamo". Alamo, TX is a small town just east of McAllen, a few miles from the border. Trump flew into...
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    So, Biden is President and Trump has left the building. Yep. I thought it was an excellent Inauguration, hit a number of points that needed to be hit in ways explicit and implicit. What do you non-USians think?...
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    One of the things I see missing in Marsograd so far is a very well-equipped, state-of-the-2070-art machine shop capable of making everything from medical syringes and contact lenses to modest nuclear reactors (given the materials). DIY will have a very...
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    So in the next 50 years nobody, not even the military, will have regular air sniffers looking for novel pathogens in real time? That DNA sequencing cannot be done in seconds? Are you replying to me? If so, I don't...
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    You've got 90% (at least) infections in the first 10 days, as the HVAC recycles it. I suspect that UV lights(*) in the air ducts would be a good idea in such environments in any case. (*) Or equivalent. Maybe...
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    Or something like this. https://3dprintingindustry.com/news/3d-printed-microneedles-alternative-to-syringes-130236/...
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    They will probably be able to print it. It would be interesting to try, today, to print a functional syringe and needle, perhaps needing a bit of post-printing finishing or not....
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