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  1. Spent the weekend rearranging furniture.  Good news is my SIL can now work from home, which is good because she's got diabetes and high blood pressure, two red flags for complications for the virus infection.  I need a break though.  Been doing 3 people's jobs at work - AT work.. none of that "work from home" stuff for me - and I can't even remember the last time I had a day off.  (Unless you count that couple days a couple/few months back when I had that vertigo episode.)  Weekends are extremely precious to me atm.

  2. The solution to half as many employees?  Just double the number of monitors per employee of course...


    Just infect me with the virus already.  I could use a couple weeks of ”vacation”.

  3. If you ever feel in need of a smile then all you need to do is google quokka, and click on “images”.  Just look at that face!  :) 

    You're welcome.

  4. Queuing up some more reading material, just in case..

    (from Cornell’s arxiv.org database)

    “The Silurian Hypothesis.  If an industrial civilization had existed on Earth many millions of years prior to our own era, what traces would it have left and would they be detectable today? We summarize the likely geological fingerprint of the Anthropocene, and demonstrate that while clear, it will not differ greatly in many respects from other known events in the geological record. We then propose tests that could plausibly distinguish an industrial cause from an otherwise naturally occurring climate event.”

    This ought to be good reading...


  5. My brother just sent me this... :)  


    1. efaardvark


      I replied, “toilet paper”.  :D 

    2. Anime loveer

      Anime loveer

      Thats funny :) ill reply the same thing , if it was me

    3. leinwandname


      C'mon, that pauldron is just excessive!

  6. Los Angeles city has shut down bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, gyms, and fitness centers.  Grocery stores, pharmacies, and food banks will remain open. Restaurants are allowed to serve take-out, but no dine-in service.

    Santa Monica ordered the temporary closure of its pier.

    Even some Las Vegas casinos are shutting down.

    If nothing else the economic fallout from all this will be significant.


    1. Ohiotaku


      The bars/restaurants & carryout/drive thru situation is the same here. Walmarts & Krogers are shortening their hours of operation so they have more time for restocking & cleaning. Some local communities are recommending 8:00 pm - 5:00 am curfews for nonessential activities.

    2. RuthisianCodex


      Yep, this could get insane.

  7. [email protected] & this comes up... 


  8. The filing deadline for California state taxes has been moved back two months to June 15th.  When the government delays taking your money you know things are getting serious!  :D


    1. Ohiotaku


      Of course if you get a refund it means they’ve been using your money interest free all year anyway.

    2. efaardvark


      Not really a problem.  I mean, if interest rates were anything like normal then yeah but these days my bank is only giving me 0.01% APY interest on savings anyway.  Last year I only made about $6 in interest payments on *both* my savings and checking accounts combined.  With most investments being so overpriced I'm not buying anything with it either.  I do get a refund most times, but not enough to make a stink over.

  9. When you put it like that I must admit there's a certain attraction to the situation.  :D



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    2. Ohiotaku


      Yes, but the effect of Corona Virus production delays on the upcoming anime season still looms on the horizon :P So far Re:Zero S2 is the main casualty. Plus the E3 Game Show was also cancelled.

    3. efaardvark


      Not a problem.  My crunchy backlog alone would take several months to work through.  Then there’s all the books in my ”to read” stack.  I still haven’t finished my last/latest “career” game of KSP either, and there’s a couple games in the queue after that.

      As long as the toilet paper doesn’t run out and my glasses don’t break I’ll be good.  

      <queue Twilight Zone reference>



    4. Ohiotaku


      With you on the backlog front. If there is an extended break would probably begin with Fate Stay Night (previously started but never finished) & UBW.

  10. Finally gave up AT&T and called Spectrum.  They're definitely the second choice in terms of uplink and downlink speed and ping times.  OTOH, they actually managed to get their shit working, unlike that other utility.  And OTGH pretty much anything beats AT&T's old 8mbit DSL.



    1. Illusion of Terra

      Illusion of Terra

      hold on, are you saying AT&T never got you that internet connection you mentioned quite a while ago? what on earth were they doing? 😂

      well glad to see you got a decent connection now

    2. efaardvark



      hold on, are you saying AT&T never got you that internet connection you mentioned quite a while ago? what on earth were they doing? 😂

      It is such a long story.  By the end the local sheriff got involved and even the AT&T supervisor who came to the house was saying that maybe it would be better if we went with Spectrum.  How much time do you have?  :D

      Short version.. we now have trimmed trees - at least in the easement area directly behind our house - and Spectrum Internet.  Soon we will have our old phone #s ported over and be rid of the last vestiges of AT&T.  Good riddance.

  11. Something of a concern...

    ... out of an abundance of caution, and in consultation with NASA Headquarters and the NASA Chief Health and Medical Officer in accordance to agency response plans — Ames Research Center will temporarily go to a mandatory telework status until further notice.


  12. $55M for a Dragon ride to an annex of the space station set up for tourists...


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    2. efaardvark


      There’s also the minor issue that the annex itself has yet to be built, never mind launched and attached to the ISS.

    3. Illusion of Terra

      Illusion of Terra

      $300k does sound affordable for quite a few people though. not that I have that kind of money, but I can see how if you have a decent job and save wisely, you could afford it. a much better spending than an overpriced car with a certain logo on it in my opinion

    4. efaardvark


      $300k (inflation adjusted) is about what the people moving west (from eastern United States) to settle in places like California and Oregon paid to get there.

      Hmmm.. not sure I like that analogy.  My settlers in Oregon Trail always used to starve, or get killed by indians or dysentery.  :D 

    1. Illusion of Terra

      Illusion of Terra

      that's genius 😂

    2. Nyxnine


      I.....would totally get this for the novelty of it. I miss having a rotary phone hahaha

  13. [email protected] now has an option to work on the COVID-19 virus.  Looks like it is time to fire up all those cores on my 2700X.  My computer room has been a bit chilly lately anyway. :D
  14. It being a mostly data-base issue, most unix systems were not (directly) affected by the infamous "Y2K" bug.  However they are susceptible to a similar issue. Virtually all "POSIX" systems - including most unix systems, as well as linux - keep track of the number of seconds since the "unix epoch" began on 00:00:00 GMT on January 1, 1970 in a 32-bit number. If you ask a unix system what time it is you'll get back a number like (brb..) "1583616379", which corresponds to "Sat 07 Mar 2020 01:26:19 PM PST".
    Actually it is only a 31-bit number, with the 32nd bit indicating whether the other bits are to be interpreted as a negative or a positive number. Unfortunately this means that in only 18 years - at 03:14:08 GMT, January 19, 2038 to be precise - that 31-bit number will "overflow" into the 32nd bit and unix systems will start returning a negative number for the date. Obviously this will have various unintended and undesirable consequences.
    Fortunately the linux community has come up with a workaround in the nick of time.  To be sure, it isn't a complete fix.  In fact, it really just kicks the can down the road a bit.  But we should now be good until 15:30:08 GMT Sunday, December 4, 29,227,702,659. Hopefully by then they'll have figured out how to deal with the situation once and for all.



  15. Took a trip to the middle of nowhere yesterday...


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    2. RuthisianCodex


      Long drives can be the best for clearing your mind & relaxing. 

    3. efaardvark


      Long drives can be fun if the scenery is interesting.  This was just boring.  3 hours out into the desert literally halfway to Las Vegas, then just after Baker hang a left and drive for another hour until you start seeing "tank xing" signs.  The first hour is Los Angeles freeways, after that it is just mind-numbing.  Like a game world where they made 3 plant models and 4 rock variants then had the terrain generator scatter them randomly 10,000 times between you and the horizon.  On the long stretches it seems like you're not even moving.  Also, by the time I got there I had Flatbutt Syndrome from sitting too long.  :D

    4. IIVIsouljam


      "Flatbutt Syndrome" 🤣 Yikes! That indeed doesn't sound like fun. 

  16. If you’re having trouble keeping track of the 4 Mars orbiters and 2 (soon to be 3) landers and who’s relaying data from whom, try this site:  https://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/explore/mars-now/

  17. Drinking coffee & waking up to the sights and sound so f 1911 New York City...


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    2. Illusion of Terra

      Illusion of Terra

      kinda weird to think that that's you with all those old cars in the background. you seem like a time traveler of sorts 😂 it's a great photo! You should start a blast from the past blog 😂 

    3. efaardvark


      Everyone is a time traveler.  The trick is to turn around and go back in the direction you came from.

    4. Illusion of Terra

      Illusion of Terra

      I once tried to sneak in time travel into a paper. It was something like 'given current scientific methods, it is not possible to test what would have happened if x did not take place' (it was something on 'counterfactuals'). The reviewer caught it though, and said that this was obscure (as counterfactuals are defined as not factual). Had to take it out, but I still don't think it is an impossibility.

  18. Something you don’t see every day*.. telemetry from spacecraft in Mars orbit lost due lunar occultation.

    (*xcept maybe In old episodes of Space: 1999 :) )

    1. Illusion of Terra

      Illusion of Terra

      "lunar occultation" sounded like a bunch of astrologists went berserk and slaughtered a few animals at full moon 😂 

  19. “Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

    The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.

    Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

    The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

    It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.”
    Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space


    Just spending some time in the total perspective vortex this morning..


  20. Crunchy's new queue system is annoying me.

    1. Seshi


      I just got rid of CR for Hulu, but I think Hulu just dropped one of my fav new series from this season T_T

    2. Ohiotaku


      @efaardvark I’ve seen some people on their forums complaining about it. I watch their series through VRV which I have some issues with as well.

      @Seshi Which one would that be?

    3. Seshi


      Dendrogram.. I know 5 episodes are out now yet Hulu is only showing the first 2

  21. That’s just wrong.  🤣



    (From a KSP forum I’m on.  No, not my fault!)

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