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  1. Major severe storms moving into my area at the moment because why the heck not? 

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      efaardvark

      Demi-chan wa Kataritai, aka Interviews with Monster Girls.  Also on Crunchy.  Worth the watch.

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

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      I replied, “toilet paper”.  :D 

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  3. So, our government banned all gatherings of more than 5 people; Thankfully my family is only 4 people large so we can still have dinner together:D

    But srsly, many more countries will probably follow this trend, since there's virtually no reason to assume that the virus will spread differently in other places. (Or at least most countries that have at lest some 100+ confirmed cases and/or had their first case a few weeks ago.)

     

    Finally people will learn to understand and appreciate the introvert live-style😆

    On a good note, my friend has been tested negative and more sore throat is gone, lel.

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      efaardvark

      Good to hear of the negative result!

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  4. 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

     

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      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.

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  5. Does anyone still use a dictionary ???

    Now everyone just check it online 

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      efaardvark

      I have a big, well-used dictionary on the shelf too, though tbh I don’t use it often anymore because it is too big to use “casually”.  I’m not a big word-nerd anyway.  My nerdism reflects itself in other ways.

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  6. Well, friend of mine with who I had a lot of contact at the beginning of the week is getting tested for Corona because some of his relatives have it. If he's tested positive, I'll be under quarantine until the 24th. (not that much would change, though....)

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      efaardvark

      Yikes!  Well, good luck.  With luck this will just be a virus-free 2-week vacation for you.

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  7. Does anyone still use a dictionary ???

    Now everyone just check it online 

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      efaardvark

      I’m still old-school enough that I do occasionally.  For me it is kind of muscle-memory habit since I keep a paper dictionary at my desk.  I have one on my phone as well, but reflexively I still grab for the one on my desk.

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  8. Having meetings at work for contingency planning in case we get quarantined. Oh boy....

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      efaardvark

      We were doing this as well.  Unfortunately we're realtime operations & can't shut down completely and send everyone home but we're thinking about things like sending half the crew(s) home to get some separation of personnel.  Most of the staff that can are already working from home.  We have 3 other sites around the world too, one of which is in Madrid.  Don't know if they're going to be able to stay online. 

      Still in the very early stages of the pandemic but it is already pretty serious.  Not doomsday but it has potential for getting out of hand, especially if people start panicking.  Next week there will be more testing options here in the US so I expect the "confirmed positive" count to rise quite steeply.  Personally I'm in the "knowledge is power" camp and want to know, but not everyone will react well to learning that the virus has already reached their community.  How people react to that will be important.

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  9. Seriously ???? Today feels likt the last day of the world for a reason

  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.

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      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.

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

     

    https://babylonbee.com/news/nations-nerds-wake-up-in-utopia-where-everyone-stays-inside-sports-canceled-social-interaction-forbidden

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      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>

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  12. My hands are cold .my friends tell me because i'm cold hearted ...... as a joke

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      efaardvark

      Tell your friends they have it wrong.  There's actually an idiom that goes "cold hands, warm heart", which is used to describe a person does not outwardly show feelings or much in the way of PDAs but, inwardly, is very kind and loving.

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  13. $55M for a Dragon ride to an annex of the space station set up for tourists...


    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/05/science/axiom-space-station.html

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      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 

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  14. $55M for a Dragon ride to an annex of the space station set up for tourists...


    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/05/science/axiom-space-station.html

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

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  15. $55M for a Dragon ride to an annex of the space station set up for tourists...


    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/05/science/axiom-space-station.html

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      efaardvark

      Maybe next paycheck then.  :D

      Seriously though, Musk has said that a trip to Mars will “only cost about as much as a house”.  Maybe $300k or so.  Seems a better deal to me, assuming you have the money to burn in the first place of course.

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  16. have anyone thought about if the earth was flat ?

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      efaardvark

      Can't be flat.  If it were then cats would have pushed everything off it by now.

      Unfortunately we'll probably never know since Mad Mike Hughes did not survive the lithobreaking of his "research" vehicle following its parachute failure.

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

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      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

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  18. Trying a German Milka bar for the 1st time. This...is...lovely!!!

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      efaardvark

      Last time I saw them I think I was at a Target and they were about $3 a bar.  Must be exchange rates getting me, or I'm shopping at the wrong places or something.  :(

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  19. Trying a German Milka bar for the 1st time. This...is...lovely!!!

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      efaardvark

      Which kind?  I like the strawberry milka bars.  They're hard to find over here tho, and expensive if/when you can find them.

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

     

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      efaardvark

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

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

     

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      Check out this pic of my grandmother and I when I was still a toddler.  That's my dad in the background, talking to my grandfather(?) in the red & white station wagon, and my grandfather's black Studebaker parked behind us.  Yes, Apollo was still in the future, but note the distinct lack of horses.  And the fact that this pic has not been colorized.   :D 

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

     

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      efaardvark

      I’m not that old!!  True, we didn’t have computers or the ‘Net but we did have electricity at least, and a lot fewer horses/more cars.

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      Would be curious about the costs of those seats

      Not sure.  Neither SpaceX nor Space Adventures has said anything about price.  Definitely in the "if you have to ask you don't want to know" territory.  :) 

      I do know that Branson and Bezos are asking around 250k-300k USD for flights on their rockets.  SpaceX has a history of undercutting the competition, but I'd say that $250k for an orbital flight is probably an absolute minimum.  Bezos and Branson only go sub-orbital too.  Sub-orbital means technically into space, but without the horizontal speed to stay in orbit so a sub orbital flight only lasts a few minutes before they come back down.  It would be easy to charge a premium to be able to stay in space for a few orbits.  That would allow much longer (hours, or even days) to play, see the sunrises & sunsets, etc. before having to come back down.  That's likely the low limit.

      SpaceX as a private company doesn't have to make public disclosures of their costs, but just the fuel alone would cost around $200k for a minimum-energy orbital launch.  The Dragon capsule seats 7, but the announcement said only 4 tourists at a time.  Even an at-cost flight would therefore be about $50k per passenger just for fuel.  Then you would have to add some amount for the cost of wear and tear on the rocket.  (Yeah they're reusable, but even airline jet engines need an overhaul every few thousand flight-hours.  Those are not cheap, and I'd imagine rockets would be even more expensive and more frequent.)  There's regulatory and infrastructure (launch pad, etc.) costs as well. 

      Satellite customers are currently charged between $35M and $60M for a rocket ride on a Falcon 9 by SpaceX.  Space Adventures got Dennis Tito an 8-day stay at the space station (via soyuz) for about $20M if I recall correctly.  If I were to venture a guesstimate I'd say an orbital flight on a Dragon would cost *at least* several $million per ticket.

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      Saw that tweet.  Is it a photoshop or did they actually paint the rocket?  I was going to check it out but I’ve been too busy.

       

      btw.. he’s also announced a tourism deal with Space Adventures to fly tourists to orbit on the Dragon capsule..

      https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/306311-spacex-will-fly-4-space-tourists-in-dragon-capsule

       

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  23. Hello everyone! Please keep your eyes peeled for the loveliest event of the year!~ AF will be hosting a Valentines event soon. <3 <3 <3

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      Ah, time once again to break out the Ako memes!  :D 

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