Scott Sanford

Scott Sanford

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    Based on their calculations, bitcoin's energy consumption is only half of the traditional banking system's 263.72 terawatts per hour and gold mining's 240.61 terawatts per hour. I don't think I'd ever wondered about banking but it's not surprising; just keeping...
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    And one of the best Japanese restaurants ever in the little town of Turtle Creek, just over the hill from my house. I remember looking over Turtle Creek! I didn't spot any Japanese restaurants but that is where I found...
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    ... would suggest one modification for our Mississippi service - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voith_Schneider_Propeller s rather than conventional screws. What advantages does a VSP offer over an azimuth thruster? It seems to me that a Z-drive would be mechanically simpler and accomplish the...
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    You can easily get the same effect in a flat city if you want to - there are gated communities around that do this. ... doesn't have to be obvious. That's rather the attraction for Pittsburgh. A private neighborhood can...
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    My dumbass nephew made the news... In the dark?!? Damn, he is never going to hear the end of that. (My dad and some friends exploded minor parts of their college campus, but nobody was hurt and they didn't get...
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    Torpoint ferry takes up to 73 cars per trip, individual vehicle weight limit of 18 tons, crossings every ten minutes at peak so up to 438 vehicles per hour, roughly 10k per day at peak rate Seattle area residents might...
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    So I also get to know more side streets and neighborhoods than many of the locals. (The locals were an incredibly insular bunch compared to other parts of the US.) There are multiple situations where bridges flow in/out of tunnels...
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    ... most roads in Colonial America did not have bridges across rivers and if the river was too deep to easily ford, some family would probably set up a private ferry. Many newcomers to Raleigh (and Wake County) wonder about...
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    I lived in Pittsburgh area for a while. They seemed to throw up a bridge every 10 years for a 100 years or more. The north side of town had 3 bridges in 3 or 4 blocks I think. You're...
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    This comes to mind. (And it's gotten worse in the last couple of weeks.) I Need to Explain to You Just How Dire America's Pokémon Card Crisis Is Well, that's a thing. I don't play any form of Pokemon myself...
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    This is a VERY BIG DEAL. They've not only closed a central east-west road artery I for one have no trouble believing you. The Columbia River is not quite as big as the Mississippi but it's not a tiny creek....
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    Incidentally, googling "cat vs printer gif" is an effective way to waste time. This one was the one I was thinking of but this guy is playing from the same script and honestly there are far too many cat moments...
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    There was also the recurring problem of Cats sitting/sleeping on/in peoples' Fax machines - it was "always on" & slightly warmer ... wonderful place to nest. Somewhere I've got an animated .gif of a fascinated cat watching paper slowly come...
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    Seriously though, has there even been an SF novel examining a system of independent AIs forming their own economy, exchanging cyber currency for goods and services among themselves? And then they chase the last remaining humans out to Saturn, where...
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    ... or it might be that the thing that keeps failing gets used as a cat seat when nobody's looking, and overheats. Nonstandard failure modes involving cats reminds me of a story from the BBS days. (Remember BBSs?) The users...
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    And for your amusement, one wildly off-topic thing that I ran into and thought was interesting: There’s no such thing as a tree (phylogenetically). I'd never thought to wonder about it, but the mutations to go from herb to bush...
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    I like to tell them “No thanks, we’re satisfied with our current provider.” This was almost word for word an observation of Father Andrew Greeley, who pointed out that finding converts to a religion was operationally no different from recruiting...
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    Testable proposition: "No form of BigSkyFairy is detectable" ... Corollary: Since not detectable 100% irrelevant Like Heteromeles, I think this is a badly formulated argument. Until 1970 no form of neutrino was detectable. A few highly educated humans thought that...
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    Anyway, I'm now enamored by the idea of a big spherical, non-rotating space station, designed to catch and stop crap so it can be disposed of, along with whatever else it does. We can call it a Dyson Sphere, and...
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    The bigger problem is if it's a Stanford torus, it's about a mile across. While I'm happy with balloon engineering for something that large, however it's oriented in space, there's going to be enough crap in orbit by the time...
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    One thing that I've had a problem with for decades is how to *build* a Wheel in space. But if you brought up inflatable module, inflated them, preferably with a liner near the innermost that set rigid after expansion, you...
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    I hadn't thought of that, but I can make you *way* more nervous about unintended stowaways than mice: ants. Ever seen ants attracted to electrical wires? Or eat the insulation... Oh dear, yes. After one convention's teardown a friend of...
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    Inflatables in space make me *extremely* nervous. I'm less worried about radiation flying through that, say, micrometeors. Coincidentally, a local acquaintance of mine (and Hugo Award winner, yay) just had a story involving a punctured space station appear in Clarksworld....
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    So I wrote: While I'm no Tom Smith - who would have a whole song written and performed before lunch - it did inspire me to play with the lyrics... Now, less than twelve hours later, I find out that...
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    Would it be possible to power an electric vehicle with electric eels? The problem is not that electric eels release about 1 amp at 500 volts, we could engineer for that, but the that current is very dirty and, critically,...
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    There is a game that started in the early days of the Internet, which is to invent a word and get it used commonly enough to get into the OED. Many are called, but few are chosen :-) "'Embiggens?' Hmph....
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    As the going joke on faceplant has it, have a subpoena colada.... I hadn't heard that one but it's very fitting for Rudy Giuliani and the other clowns. Never mind honesty, there's a definite shortage of competence here; I mean,...
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    The surprisingly complex set of processes involved in ... growing useable grains / treating (milling) them / mixing with water ( or other liquids ) / adding yeasts / rising & baking itself. If anyone's feeling curious about how this...
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    I am pretty sure that there are - or at least were until they were "discovered", comparatively recently - people who live in places where everything is either soggy or is a rock... It is my understanding that Wales is...
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    I slightly reheat (the verb) soya-based fake meats... I'm fine with fast food but I think that if a meal has reheat (afterburners) it's much too fast!...
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