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  1. 1 hour ago, Animedragon said:

    This I think is why people don't take as much care of their phones as they should, they've got it on a contract for a small(ish) monthly payment.

    After many hours of observation I've come to the opinion that whatever the scientists and medical people say, mobile phones definitely have an effect on your brain. The electromagnetic radiation emitted by phones stimulates the part of the brain that controls your leg muscles, almost every person I see using a mobile phone is restlessly pacing up and down and round in circles, this is most noticeable on railway station platforms and similar places. 

    Gotta get yer steps in!  :)

    No I'm not one of those people.  I prefer a good trail any day, and the only time I look at my phone on a trail is if I need help from GPS!

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  2. DH 2.1 & Iris 1.7 are officially out for MC1.20.6.  This is with released versions of both, plus the Bliss shader..


    I'm going to have to re-tweak my settings though.  The released versions are much better performers.  With my current settings tweaked for the dev versions I'm allocating too much memory to Java for instance.

  3. Just saw an announcement that next official version of Distant Horizons mod for MC has dropped..



    "Distant Horizons 2.1 is out, with support for Iris 1.7 and many bug fixes."

    • MC 1.20.3, 1.20.4, 1.20.6 support
      • No forge support for 1.20.6 due to Forge compiler issues
      • Added NeoForge support for 1.20.6
    • Massive memory decrease, especially at high render distances
      • 1024 at medium can be loaded with 4 GB of memory
    • Massive database file size decrease
      • Note: This will only affect new worlds, old databases will be migrated to the new format, but have to be manually vacuumed to shrink their file size.


    Clearly the devs have been working on efficiency for this release, based on the reduction of memory and database (hard drive) resources necessary.  And now that this version is out we should shortly start to see much broader shader support as well since the API has been bumped to 2.0.0.

    Only thing missing now is a server version so low-LOD (level of detail) versions of terrain that is distant but visible can be provided to the client without the player having to actually go there.  That will be tricky to implement without potentially bogging down the server with generating terrain.  I'm not holding my breath while waiting but I'm glad that the devs are working on it.  Something to look forward to anyway.

    Also this version is dropping Forge support.  Only NeoForge and Fabric are supported going forward.  Not going to get into the whole Forge vs NeoForge thing here but I expect we'll see more of this sort of thing going forward.


  4. 7 hours ago, Animedragon said:

    Bananas are berries, but strawberries are not. Botanically speaking, bananas are classified as berries, while strawberries are not because their seeds are on the outside.

    I've always assumed that strawberries were created by the same drunken deity that created the platypus and the hallucigenia.  The strawberry used to be a perfectly ordinary berry but one day for some unknown reason this deity twisted the poor berry through another dimension and suddenly it found itself with its seeds on the outside

    On 6/4/2024 at 1:32 PM, Animedragon said:

    You really can't hum with your nose closed.

    You can, just not for long.  Maybe about half a second.  Ask me how I know.  :D 

    Hey, at least I didn't try to lick my elbow!  This time.  (I'd heard that one before.)


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  5. 18 hours ago, Animedragon said:

    As another quiet person I usually get ignored as well and if I do move their carts out of the way I get the "how dare you touch my cart you rude young person" look, which is amusing because as  I now receive my state pension I'm officially an 'old person', which means I'm probably older than the aisle-blocker.

    Same here.  I have to go out of my comfort zone to get loud, or even interact with new or unfamiliar people.  I can do it when I have to but it has taken me years of self-training to get to this point.  I'm technically still "fifty-something" but I'll be 60 in Sept. which I'm pretty sure puts me -><- this close to "old person" territory too.

  6. I started a single-player hardcore minecraft game today.  It used to be something of a tradition on each new release that I'd do this but I haven't for a while now.  Usually I don't last too long but since my usual game/server is no longer available this time I'm going to make an effort to avoid being stupid and see how long I can make it last.  :D

    Unfortunately the Distant Horizons mod hasn't yet been updated for the latest mc (1.20.6) so the hazy horizon beyond the built-in render distance is giving me a bit of that floating-island feeling but Iris/Sodium, textures, and shaders seem to be working otherwise.  (Last I checked on the DH discord they're planning on an official release of the next version in a couple weeks.)


  7. 5 hours ago, Sakura said:
    5 hours ago, Forlorn said:

    I always feel like doing that, but I've always been introverted, and still am at my age, so I just wait until mom tells me where to go with the shopping cart because I don't want to get in anyone's way. It's funny being nice when not many people repay the favor though.

    Yeah I think I'm about the same way, introverted I mean. I feel like I am too nice to people sometimes when I shouldn't be. 

    I used to be that way when I was younger too but now I'm old enough to realize that some people are just inconsiderate and need a kick in the pants.  It seems like people used to be more considerate and that sort of thing didn't happen so often too, though maybe that's a bit of wishing for "the good old days".

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  8. 22 hours ago, Sakura said:

    OLD PEOPLE THAT BLOCK THE AISLES AND JUST TALK AND LOOK RIGHT AT YOU AND KEEP TALKING AND DON'T MOVE AND YOU HAVE TO GO ROUND 😡 Okay but that is like super annoying. Almost every time I go shopping on the weekends there will be old ladies just chatting it up in almost every other aisle and they block the entire aisle. They look right at you standing there waiting for them to move and they just stare at you and keep their conversation and don't even bother to move out of the way. Just rude. 

    When that happens I just say "EXCUSE ME" loud enough to break into their conversation and make everybody else in the aisle look.  Usually they get the hint.  If they still don't move then I politely but firmly move their cart myself.  Sometimes I get looks from the aisle-blockers at that point but I'm large enough (5'10"/~180cm) that that's as far as it goes.  (It isn't like I get mad or shove their cart halfway down the aisle either.  I just move it enough that it doesn't block the traffic pattern and I and others can get by.)

    It can get awkward if you meet them again in the next isle over though. 😅

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    5 minutes ago, Forlorn said:

    jalapeno cheese bread

    Not the last thing I ate but this reminded me.  I found some jalapeno pepper cheddar cheese in block form at the store so I made some from-scratch mac-and-cheese with it this weekend.  Tasty, and something I could handle even with my level-1 culinary skills.

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  10. Also using GAIA and WISE data.  Many of these space-based telescopes are wide-field and have taken images of huge - literally astronomically huge - numbers of stars.  From those images have been generated large databases of various astronomical entities and their quantifiable properties, such as apparent brightness, temperature, their spectra, and a bunch of other data.  Now all that data is being plowed through for all sorts of projects.

    This particular project is searching for Dyson spheres, which is a type of structure created by extremely advanced technology that completely surrounds a star, enabling the star's entire energy output to be captured and used.



    Combing through all of that data is an arduous task. In this work, the team of researchers developed a special data pipeline to work its way through the combined data of all three surveys. They point out that they're searching for partially completed spheres, which would emit excess infrared radiation.

    "This structure would emit waste heat in the form of mid-infrared radiation that, in addition to the level of completion of the structure, would depend on its effective temperature," Suazo and his colleagues write


    In the last cut, 368 sources survived. Of those, 328 were rejected as blends, 29 were rejected as irregulars, and four were rejected as nebulars. That left only seven potential Dyson spheres out of about 5 million initial objects, and the researchers are confident that those seven are legitimate.

    "All sources are clear mid-infrared emitters with no clear contaminators or signatures that indicate an obvious mid-infrared origin," they explain.

    These are the seven strongest candidates, but the researchers know they're still just candidates. There could be other reasons why the seven are emitting excess infrared. "The presence of warm debris disks surrounding our candidates remains a plausible explanation for the infrared excess of our sources," they explain.

    But their candidates seem to be M-type (red dwarf) stars, and debris disks around M-dwarfs are very rare. However, it gets complicated because some research suggests that debris disks around M-dwarfs form differently and present differently.

    One type of debris disk called Extreme Debris Disks (EDD) can explain some of the luminosity the team sees around their candidates. "But these sources have never been observed in connection with M dwarfs," Suazo and his co-authors write.

    That leaves the team with three questions: "Are our candidates strange young stars whose flux does not vary with time? Are these stars' M-dwarf debris disks with an extreme fractional luminosity? Or something completely different?"



    I love this stuff!  Even if it doesn't find aliens, just going through the process generates new questions which can come up with surprising answers.




  11. Getting back to Kerbal Space Program.  It's been a while since I played with my little green kerbonauts and now that KSP2 is definitely dead I wanted to make sure I've updated all the mods I have there and that everything is still in working order.

    (OK, maybe not dead-dead, or at least nothing that about $100M and a few years couldn't bring back to life, but realistically after seeing ShadowZone's "documentary" about KSP2's development so far there's no doubt in my mind that even if a company like RockStar had the desire, it doesn't have the skill set it would take to do it right.  Sure they could call it Kerbal Space Program, but I'm equally sure that it would be a very different game.. and one that I wouldn't be interested in playing.)

  12. Mony Mony - Tommy James & The Shondells
    (the original.. it's been covered many times since, often by much bigger names like Billy Idol and Tiffany.)


    (for anyone interested in music trivia or commercial real estate...)


    I clicked on this by way of news that the 1740 Broadway CRE deal had closed.  1740 used to be the Mutual of New York building, with a big "MONY" sign at the top that was allegedly the inspiration for the song's title.

    For the financially inclined, the building was most recently sold for $186M.  After fees and expenses only about $117M was left.  (And you thought your closing costs were extreme?Prior to that the previous seller got over $600M for the building in 2014.   The $117M wasn't even enough to pay off the senior bondholders, who took a 26% loss on the deal.  Obviously if the seniors took a haircut all the other bondholders were completely wiped out.  😱  My take?  CRE is in deep trouble!


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  13. ループ7回目の悪役令嬢は元敵国で自由気ままな花嫁生活を満喫する*

    a.k.a 7th time loop

    Kind of a different take on the "groundhog day" idea of repeating life until you have the skills and the knowledge to take charge and do it right.  The MC was good but the antagonist was a bit of a paper target and the show wobbles a bit in the last few episodes.  It never completely leaves the rails however and in the end I thought it worth the watch.



    (*What is it with the long-ash anime titles?)

  14. 5 hours ago, Clayton said:

    Have any of you made this stuff? 


    What variation do you use?

    Our family has done this.  I'm not a big fan to be honest.  It is edible but usually only makes an appearance at special occasions like Thanksgiving, which means it's competing for plate space with other items that I find far more appealing so I tend to give it a pass.

    That said, chopped cranberries and/or maybe cranberry sauce can work.  Unfortunately I do not know the recipe.  The less time I spend in the kitchen the better for all involved.  :D (I haven't killed or injured anyone, yet, but it may only be a matter of time.  My skills definitely lie elsewhere.)

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  15. Got a couple “metal Earth” models.   These are like those precut flat-paper “insert tab A into slot B” type models only they’re made out of a thick metal foil instead of paper.  One of the models is of the James Webb Space Telescope.  The other one is of the Perseverance Mars rover.  The rover includes the little drone / helicopter, Ingenuity.

    Now I just need to find the time to build them.  :)


    On 5/21/2024 at 12:18 AM, viruxx said:

    No, I got this one a few weeks after I got back. There were quite a number of tables at the show that were selling churchwardens, but I had already spent way too much money by the time I found one I liked. Probably still could have bought one, but I was beginning to feel a little uncomfortable spending anymore at that point. 😭

    There needs to be an "I understand completely" emoji.  :D

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