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  1. It would be so cool if we could see Betelgeuse go supernova.  Probably not going to happen any time “soon” (on a human scale) though.  Probably.

     

  2. Thanks for the follow!

  3. Getting far too familiar with navigating AT&T's phone hell.

    Still no fiber.  I think the gods are having fun with me again.  :angry:

    1. Illusion of Terra

      Illusion of Terra

      you know, it kinda surprises me how horrible phone service providers seem in the US (hearing more and more quite bizarre things about it). I always thought customer service was supposed to be a thing in the US, customer is always right and all that

    2. efaardvark

      efaardvark

      That was back in the old days when we had competition and free markets.  Now we have monopolies.  They don't have to care.

    3. The History Kid

      The History Kid

      I called AT&T out on their LTE-Lite stuff years ago, they never gave me a solid answer about it either.  Of course that's the cellular side of things.  The fact is, their shady response prevented them from stealing me from Verizon.  Worked in my favor, I'll say.

  4. Another pin for the collection.. IMG_4943.thumb.JPG.1ab4498515a0fc51423b2ea96fad0809.JPG

    This one is for Spitzer's end-of-mission event...

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  5. Nice talk from AMD at CES.  Looks like AMD is not done yet.  In fact, (CEO) Su says that 2020 will be even better than 2019.  Dunno, that's a hard act to follow, but it'll certainly be interesting to see them go for it. 🍿

    ( CES video here: https://youtu.be/zUeo7kUzn_8 )

     

  6. AT&T confirmed the install.. tomorrow is when the fiber comes.

    Still trying to get my head around 300Mb broadband.  I mean, I remember 300 baud modems, 2Mbit arcnet, and 10Mbit ethernet.  Data from NASA's Mars spacecraft comes down at around 6Mb.  My current DSL is about 10 (upgraded from 56kb dialup).  300Mb be like...FLCLsmile.gif.f3b5f684b271f685252a01cc73f16c0a.gif

    1. Ohiotaku

      Ohiotaku

      <reads first paragraph> Yes, fiber is very important at our age. spacer.png


      <reads rest of post> Oh. spacer.png

    2. Illusion of Terra

      Illusion of Terra

      The line I have just recently got upgraded from 4 (yeah I know, who knew something like that still existed) to around 50. To be honest though I didn't notice too much of a difference when it comes to downloads. Naturally I download stuff a lot faster, but I didn't really download much anyway (except for 'streaming' in a way). Biggest change that I personally noticed was in upload speed when uploading stuff for work or as online backups. Something that took hours now takes minutes, which is great 😂 
      Let us know what you think after you have used it!

    3. efaardvark

      efaardvark

      My uplink on the DSL is abysmal, relatively speaking... just 1.2Mb/s.  Ok for sending email, but that's about it.  Most of the DSL bandwidth is allocated to the downlink.

      Update on the fiber install:  AT&T missed their installation window.  This means no fiber yet.  :(  I got a robocall from AT&T informing me of the news and I immediately tried calling back to see if I have to reschedule or what, but all I got was a message saying to call back during business hours.  Looks like I'll probably have to wait until Monday at least.  😿  Unless the guy just shows up tomorrow.  We'll see.

  7. UTC 2020-01-01 00:00:01 .. year rollover bug caused all our interfaces that connect our NOC to external users to core dump and refuse to restart. So far I'm not a fan of the new decade.

    1. Ohiotaku

      Ohiotaku

      Thought that all ended with Y2k. And the house I’m in now doesn’t even have a basement, let alone a doomsday bunker.

    2. efaardvark

      efaardvark

      Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the data center.....   :D

       

  8. Great, now they're saying we're going to get more snow & ice.  Even in the desert!  Not natural I say.

  9. AT&T FINALLY has fiber in my neighborhood so next weekend we're upgrading our 'net connection from ~10Mb DSL ("up to 27Mb") to 300Mb fiber.  At the risk of jinxing it, I'm looking forward to the ~10x speed bump! 

    1. Wedgy

      Wedgy

      That'll be nice! 

  10. I get this a lot.  That's exactly my kind of weird!  🤣 🤣

     

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  11. Coffee is life.

    1. Ohiotaku

      Ohiotaku

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      yeah, even with all the flavorings, I still can’t stand the stuff :P

    2. Rini Akemi

      Rini Akemi

      You're not wrong <3 I just love coffee so much. >just so long as it's super, super sweet< 

    3. efaardvark

      efaardvark

      tbh I actually I prefer tea.  I've gone back and forth over the years.. sometimes drinking almost exclusively tea.  I tend to like the smell of coffee more than the taste.  Lately though I have been addicted to coffee.  Maybe it is the season.

      re: sweet... I often put sugar in my coffee too.  But I don't stir it to mix it well, just slosh it around a little so there's coffee syrup at the bottom and normal coffee at the top.  For some reason I like the bitterness to start, but there's that yummy super sweet mouthful at the bottom to finish it off.

  12. And now my air compressor breaks.  Got a tire pressure light in my car on the way home.  When I got there and went to put/check air in my tires, the tank split as I was putting pressure in the tank to do the deed.  The compressor bit is probably ok, but the whole thing is a cobbled-together mashup... an old motorcycle engine, an electric motor, a couple pulleys & a belt, some bits of copper tubing, a pressure sensor and an old pressure tank.  Probably way past time for a whole new rig but .. it had to fail THIS week?  Really?

    Gotta be Karma from last year when I went around bragging that I had all my xmas shopping done by the end of November.  :D

    (Note wet cement.. from a pinhole leak right at the base of the tank.  Looks like there was some moisture in the tank and it rusted enough inside to fail when pressurized.)

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  13. Today is xmas shopping.  Especially for my brother and his family in WIsconsin I need to get something shipped today or tomorrow!

    1. Ohiotaku

      Ohiotaku

      Best of luck to you, Mr. Claus

    2. Illusion of Terra

      Illusion of Terra

      is your nausea/vertigo gone though?

    3. efaardvark

      efaardvark

      Yes.  The vertigo is mostly gone, though I can still do things to trigger it if I want a few seconds of merry-go-round.  Fortunately those things are easily avoided.  :)

       

  14. Woke up early Saturday so dizzy I could hardly stand.  Turns out there's a loose stone in my head (who knew?) that's rattling around in my inner ear and affecting my balance.  Got some medicine from the doctor, but it knocks me out.  So my choices for this weekend have been either sleep or feeling like I just got off a slightly too-long ride on a playground merry-go-round. 

    On the plus side, it is quite a bit better today than yesterday.  This morning the room was not spinning when I woke up like yesterday, and in fact I've found that if I keep my head still then I'm pretty much ok.  It is only when I tilt or rotate my head that I get in trouble.  I managed to - carefully - do a bit of laundry today and I'm watching TV, but unfortunately the xmas shopping and decorating I'd had planned for this weekend was not to be.  Things like driving a car and climbing on ladders don't sound like things I should be attempting at the moment.

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    2. efaardvark

      efaardvark

      Meclizine is the stuff they gave me.  While it seems to work, it is an antihistamine.  Histamines are what causes inflammation and irritation like the itchy eyes and nose during pollen season.  Histamines also stimulate the nervous system in general, so antihistamines tend to relax me and make me dopey.  If I take a couple Benadryl I'd better have a pillow handy because I'll probably be asleep in 20 minutes, tops!  I can be groggy and sluggish for as much as a day after taking them too.

      This Meclizine seems to hit me the same way.  The pills they gave me are chewables and seem to hit me even faster than Benadryl.  After I took the first one I laid down to wait for it to take effect.  The next thing I knew it was 6 hours later and didn't even remember falling asleep!  They leave me groggy and lethargic too, just like the Benadryls.  Yesterday I took 3, one every 8hrs, while the worst of the dizziness lasted and basically slept the entire day.   

      Today it seemed much less so I decided to try doing without the pills & see if I could salvage some of the weekend.  So far so good.  The dizzy is basically gone as long as I keep my head level, though sitting up or laying down can trigger half a minute or so of spinning.  No sit-ups for a while.   Sitting upright watching the TV and occasionally getting up to deal with the washer and dryer seemed fine, as long as I was careful not to tip my head suddenly.  It seems like rotating my head as I walk around isn't a problem anymore.  Only nodding foreward or back suddenly, or side to side, are still a bad idea.

    3. Illusion of Terra

      Illusion of Terra

      man what a bummer, especially since it's so unexpected. Hope it goes away quickly!

      I'm interested though, you said something about a stone in your inner ear. Do you know what it's made of or how it formed?

    4. efaardvark

      efaardvark

      @Illusion of Terra the stones in question are calcium carbonate crystals.  They apparently are part of structures (otolith organs) in the ear that let your ear detect head orientation.  For a variety of reasons they can occasionally become dislodged and interfere with the process.  They listed a few - head trauma, disease - but none seemed applicable in my case.  I'm old enough that it may just be they're wearing out and breaking down after all these years.

  15. This looks like it'll be fun...
     

     

  16. Part of my cousin's thanksgiving decorations...

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  17. Just found a place that has "Science Fiction and Fantasy", and "Sword and Sorcery" genres.  WTF??  Why bother to have two separate categories if there's no meaningful separation?  "Science Fiction" IS NOT the same thing as "Fantasy", and it is annoying as heck to have to dig through the one to find the other!

    No name or link because I don't want to risk sending them any clicks.   :veryangry::veryangry:

    1. Wedgy

      Wedgy

      I'm not in the profession but I always thought it had to do with them sharing a trope of speculative fiction in common. Fantasy with hard magic laws trying to be realistic, and SF having such ridiculously bad science or tech that it's basically fantasy. 

      Otherwise, I agree, it's a bit silly. I rarely see them not grouped together. 

    2. efaardvark

      efaardvark

      "Fantasy" is not-real, by definition.  "Science" is real, by definition.  If I'm looking for something not-real then I am definitely, logically, absolutely NOT looking for something real, and vice versa.  I will certainly allow that bad SF can be considered fantasy, but that's generally the author's fault not the genre.  There's also stuff like Sword Art Online that certainly looks like fantasy, even though it is actually science fiction.

      That said, as a buyer I can't use a label like "science fiction and fantasy" in any meaningful way.  Lumping them together is simply being lazy and/or ignorant.  They might as well be just saying, "Here's a book.  You figure it out."

    3. Illusion of Terra

      Illusion of Terra

      Well, they might have a point. After all, you might need quite a bit of fantasy to believe that something was actually meant to be science fiction 😂 
      Also, with 'alternative facts' being a thing nowadays, who knows what's 'real' 😂 

      Seriously though, personally I'd expect quite something different from the 'fantasy' genre than from the 'science fiction' genre. Science fiction being something that while it might seem like magic still being able to be described in some way by natural sciences (and often related to some 'tech stuff'), while fantasy being something that functions on a completely different level (and often related to some flashy 'magic stuff').

  18. Looks like Spitzer project has set the date to end operations.

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    2. Wedgy

      Wedgy

      Omg yes I have seen those pictures but wasn't aware they came from the Spitzer. That is so cool!! Thanks Spitzer

      So when it retires will the James Web be doing about the same work, or does it have some extra shiny new tricks to show off? 

    3. efaardvark

      efaardvark

      JW is the dancing bear of telescopes.  It is more ambitious, much bigger, and much, much more expensive.  So expensive that they had to make it an international project to bring in money to pay for it.  But with other users (and their money) came more requirements, a couple redesigns, and more delays, all of which made it even more expensive.  The people running the project originally said they could do the whole project, including life-of-mission operating expenses, for less than $1B (US) dollars.  Last I heard they've already spent $8B, and they haven't even launched yet!

      Anyway, assuming they do launch and it works as advertised it will be taking over duties of both Hubble and Spitzer, as well as an ESA telescope called Herschel.  (Again, they always throw around the "Hubble" name, but it will also see in infrared better than Spitzer, and both Hubble and Spitzer projects are being shut down in part to pay for JW.)  JW will have over 6x the collecting area (mirror size) and more than 15x the field of view of either Hubble or Spitzer so it should give us a lot of cool pictures.  There's a good comparison online here.  Of course, given the number of people who helped pay for it there will be a pretty long line of astronomers waiting to use it as well.  :D

    4. Wedgy

      Wedgy

      Yeah no kidding, I bet the hype is on another level. I can't wait to see what it finds. 

  19. This Year's pumpkin-carving competition...
     

     

  20. I spent far more time than I should have today at lunch proving to myself that all these balls are the same color.  :D


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  21. Did not smell smoke this morning.  That's always good.  AND we still had power!  Even better.

    The clothes dryer was not feeling well however.  Started the laundry and discovered it was taking forever to dry the clothes.  Gave it a once-over but this is a (very) old dryer that has been repaired many times already so it could be pretty much anything.  The dial to set the heat and one of the mode selector buttons don't stay attached.  The lint trap bracket is cracked.  The bearing for the drum that tumbles the clothes rattles and probably needs replacing.  So does the blower.  Etc.  Etc..

    So a not-so-quick trip to the nearby Lowes (hardware/housewares/appliance chain store) and I've got a new dryer set to be delivered and installed in a couple weeks.  New washer too, since it has a number of issues as well.  Got it at the same time as the dryer and it too has been repaired at least as many times.  Expensive (isn't everything these days) but a new washer/dryer every couple decades isn't so bad.  At least this way I hopefully won't have to deal with any laundry-related issues for another decade or so. 🤞

    Meanwhile I also upgraded Ubuntu to 19.10 "Eoan Ermine" last night in a fit of madness.  I was a little worried since 19.10 had depreciated 32-bit software support and updated the kernel from 4.18 under cosmic to 5.3.0 under eoan.  Bash went from 4.4 to 5.0.  Gcc went from 8.2 to 9.2.  Bumps on the 3d and AMDGPU gfx driver(s) too.  Lots of moving parts, several critical for the things I do.  Net result:  Looks like my local server running the RLCraft modpack is down for good.. probably a java thing.  (1.8 -> 11.0.. yeah.)  KSP is still fine however (checked that much before upgrading), as is my minecraft client/launcher (once I updated to the most recent version that is).  Spotify, Discord, and everything else I've checked also seems ok.  So far, so good.

    Can't tell if I'm winning or losing this week.

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    2. Illusion of Terra

      Illusion of Terra

      Definitely agree to this. As far as I know, I don't own any 'smart' appliance so far. I really don't see the point anyway. Also, one of the firs things they taught me in engineering was that generally speaking it's a great idea to use as few parts as possible, because it reduces the possibilities of dysfunctioning elements.
      I am glad that there (still) are at least some things we can fix ourselves. I am given to understand that for example in apple computers it is usually not the case that you can even exchange simple parts. If I look at laptops nowadays with RAM modules soldered into it in a way that you can't really desolder it without damaging anything (at least with my primitive soldering irons), I really envy the days when I mainly used tower PCs.

    3. Wedgy

      Wedgy

      We're in the same boat... Had our dryer smoking on us last year but luckily we just had to replace a part. Though it is on its last legs. Our washer is falling to bits now and the part to replace it is so expensive we've decided to just get a new unit entirely. Wish I lived in a warmer climate I could just dry everything outside but alas doing so here would just freeze them solid. 

    4. efaardvark

      efaardvark

      Heh.. be careful what you wish for.  I happen to live in one of those places with a warmer climate.  Lately I don't know from day to day if I'm going to catch fire or just lose power.

  22. They're talking about my back yard here.  Glendale city limits are about 5 miles from my house!  I have friends that went to GHS, and I myself went to Glendale Community College after HS.  (To get my GED stuff out of the way at a cheaper price than the UC tuition rates, since GCC had a transfer program to UC Irvine where I thought I was headed at the time.)

    Actually, this is kind of how it was when I was in HS, now that I think about it.  You know, cold-war mentality and all that. :D 
     
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    Based on Brian Ralph’s comics series, this adaptation from co-creators Aron Eli Coleite and Brad Peyton imagines an apocalyptic aftermath where Glendale High School students have carved up East Los Angeles into territorial pockets. The cheerleaders, the 4-H club, and the athletes are just a handful of tribes who’ve staked out their own domain in an irradiated landscape. Adults in this “Daybreak” world are either dead or have become ghoulies, zombie-brained walkers doomed to repeat their last innocuous pre-explosion thoughts for the rest of time.


     
     
  23. Currently I'm researching how long gas stays usable when left sitting in your car's gas tank.  I've had my car a full year now and I'm only halfway through my second tankful!  (FWIW, according to my calculations I've averaged 372.3mpg over the year!)

  24. So there's this gadget in the mall down the hill a bit from my office.  It consists of 3 poles, atop which sit 3 arrows.  The arrows have an LED matrix on the side that displays names of random stars, planets, and spacecraft.  The poles spin around their long axis, and the arrows can spin as well, allowing the arrows to point at the named celestial body.  Every 30 seconds or so the name changes, and the arrows on their poles do a little whirl which ends up with the arrow pointing in the direction of the celestial body currently displayed thereon.  Kind of a mechanical performance-art thing.

    Today I happened to be wearing my InSight hat (I have many hats :D) and noticed as I walked by that one of the arrows was pointing at the InSight spacecraft (currently on the Martian surface), so I took a pic.  The sun angle was wrong so I had to fiddle with the pic to make the names on the sides of the arrows visible and it turned the whole pic a little weird.  But here you go:

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    1. Wedgy

      Wedgy

      That's really cool! 

    2. Ohiotaku

      Ohiotaku

      I tend to wear ballcaps as well for ... reasons. :P

    3. efaardvark

      efaardvark

      I got into the cap habit because my commute is straight into the sun both on the way to and from work and that sun visor thingy in cars always just annoys me without being terribly useful.  The visor on a cap I'm wearing is easily positioned while driving so it works a lot better for me.  (The other part of it is I'm also nearsighted, so I need glasses for driving, but I'm too cheap to get 2 sets of prescription glasses, one sun- for sunny days and one normal for not-sun.  😎  )

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