The real shocker is not that this research exists of course (that social distancing is mostly useless), but that is on a mainstream media site.

cnbc.com/2021/04/23/mit-resear

Backward barbarians ...

The mechanism of an ancient Egyptian lock

Finished resurfacing my cast iron skillet over the weekend. Was sloppier than intended when trying to remove more of the pitting from the side walls, so I wasn't able to level the bottom cooking surface as much as I wanted in the time I had, but it's WAY smoother than the pitted, rough mess this cast iron was when I got it new. Will be far more pleasant to cook with/clean once it builds up a proper seasoning again on the newly smoothed interior.

Accidentally purchased a lamp that was also an IoT device? (A problem on so many levels)

Here's a fun article about hacking the WiFi AP interface to make it work for you, with Linux/Gnome tools:
puri.sm/posts/the-s-in-iot-is-

Dark origins of one of Jupiter’s grand light shows are revealed in new #JunoMission results. The findings reveal for the first time the birth of auroral dawn storms – an early morning phenomenon seen at the planet’s poles. go.nasa.gov/3cIWyFz pic.twitter.com/YmXMsKOmXM twitter.com/NASAJPL/status/137

1940s: A sailor meets his baby for the first time after fourteen months at sea.

My story:

I was in Speech & Debate" in high school back in the 90's. The topic was about some global warming crap.

I used a quote from Rush's book "The Way Things Ought to Be"

I lost the tournament cuz the judges said: "You can't quote Rush as a source, you have to use a valid source like Newsweek magazine." 😅

@MartinJJ @Raynbo

Normally there is a pronounced 11 year sun spot cycle. There is a longer 350-400 year cycle where the sun spots almost completely disappear, and the sun dims slightly. The maunder minimum was from 1645-1715 during the mini ice age. There are two new solar minimum periods now predicted one of which starts now 2020-2053. There is a nice graph in this link showing the maunder minimum. There have been other lesser minimums too.

britannica.com/science/Maunder

Here is a new article just out.

electroverse.net/british-astro

Gina Carano's post made the point that mass violence starts with hatred for your neighbor. This is not only uncontroversially true but also one perspective of the commandment to love your neighbor. That idea is not a call to empty niceness. It's how you prevent suffering.

The Bee is SATIRE, people...

"To Prove Cancel Culture Doesn't Exist, Disney Fires Actress Who Condemned Cancel Culture"

babylonbee.com/news/to-prove-c

In 1967, Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy released the song "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins". It told the story of Bilbo and his adventures in Tolkien's novel “The Hobbit”.

In this photo, Nimoy celebrates the release of the album in which the song was included.

I switched off of Firefox to Brave a couple of weeks ago. So far, it's running like a top. It's much more stable now than it used to be.

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