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This is not a rave, but it isn't really a rant. It's more of a bemused, amused, shaking my head rant.

See, I think there is a monster of some sort, probably a grid bug, that is stealing USB to micro USB cords to make a nest. I can't think of any other reason that I've bought 24 cords in the past year, and, noting that every device that comes into the house has its own cord, I can only account for the whereabouts of 6 of those cords. 18 are AWOL. That may not sound like a lot, but remember, these cords are supposed to be SPARES, in addition to the ones that came with each device, plus the ones that came from devices now dead. Granted a few cords have died here and there but....

There is still a deficit of at least 15 cords.

So.

Somewhere in my house there is either:

-- a copper thief, collecting cords to strip for their copper and sell in the black market

-- a grid bug making a nest of cords. I expect my house will soon be overrun with thousands of baby grid bugs.
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At dinner last night while we were waiting for pizza, the teen had both my and dh's phones in front of her. She was texting two phoned.

She does not have a phone, but usually texts with her iTouch, which works when she has access to a wireless network. She really doesn't need a full phone and appears very happy with her current access.

When we're away from free wirless, she borrows one of our phones, and texts from there. Which she did last night.

I've gotten 10 texts this morning from various friends of hers. My phone is beeping non-stop.

That's what it feels like to have a life, eh?

Wow. Forgot to post. After writing back to each little darling -there was only 4 of them- that it was my phone and that AC would contact them later, I went to spin and sculpt and now I'm wiped. But home. Heh.
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Can post? That would be a miracle!

[eta]OMG!!! I can post!!!! Wow, it's only been, oh, 4 days or so! Whee! OMG. Posting! Well, later, when I have time. OMG!
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Can post? That would be a miracle!

[eta]OMG!!! I can post!!!! Wow, it's only been, oh, 4 days or so! Whee! OMG. Posting! Well, later, when I have time. OMG!
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The kids and I watched Atlantis take off this time.

The last flight of a space shuttle, and the United States has officially had its wings cut.

FUCK YOU, Bush, and fuck you Obama, for making and letting this happen.

Because it's more than just the shuttle program ending: there is no upgrade plan.

What comes next for the US in space? We get to beg the Russians and the Chinese. We'll attempt to "monetise" space, I'm sure, to get private enterprise to "take over". End result of that, of course, will be that the government will subsidise to the tune of zillions and expertise, and the private sector will get what benefits there are.

Fundamental research? HAH!

Space exploration has marked my life. I remember some of the Apollo missions. I was born in 64. I've been nothing but proud of the NASA has accomplished. The bull about finances is just that. We spend three times NASA's annual budget on air conditioning in Afghanistan. What we don't have any longer is the will to spend money on things that makes us grow, and learn. Now, everything must profit the very rich, and they see no money in a space program, so the space program is scratched.

So we've ceded space to the Russians, the Chinese, and private enterprise. We've lost the drive, the desire to learn, we've settled into an anti-intellectual, anti-scientific morass. The Dark Ages were dark because people refused to see. We're heading towards obscurantism, and in a sick way, we're proud of it. We see it all over US society, this embrace of teh stupid: non belief in evolution, anti-vaxxers, global climate change deniers. Today is their victory, the victory of stupid over science.

So long, Atlantis, and safe flight! With your last launch, we watched the end of the American space program, the end of an era of exploration, when we thought we could do better, learn more. We've embraced ignorance and religious stupidity, and the consequences of that will be profoundly damaging. Some of the best things about the United States ended today.
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The kids and I watched Atlantis take off this time.

The last flight of a space shuttle, and the United States has officially had its wings cut.

FUCK YOU, Bush, and fuck you Obama, for making and letting this happen.

Because it's more than just the shuttle program ending: there is no upgrade plan.

What comes next for the US in space? We get to beg the Russians and the Chinese. We'll attempt to "monetise" space, I'm sure, to get private enterprise to "take over". End result of that, of course, will be that the government will subsidise to the tune of zillions and expertise, and the private sector will get what benefits there are.

Fundamental research? HAH!

Space exploration has marked my life. I remember some of the Apollo missions. I was born in 64. I've been nothing but proud of the NASA has accomplished. The bull about finances is just that. We spend three times NASA's annual budget on air conditioning in Afghanistan. What we don't have any longer is the will to spend money on things that makes us grow, and learn. Now, everything must profit the very rich, and they see no money in a space program, so the space program is scratched.

So we've ceded space to the Russians, the Chinese, and private enterprise. We've lost the drive, the desire to learn, we've settled into an anti-intellectual, anti-scientific morass. The Dark Ages were dark because people refused to see. We're heading towards obscurantism, and in a sick way, we're proud of it. We see it all over US society, this embrace of teh stupid: non belief in evolution, anti-vaxxers, global climate change deniers. Today is their victory, the victory of stupid over science.

So long, Atlantis, and safe flight! With your last launch, we watched the end of the American space program, the end of an era of exploration, when we thought we could do better, learn more. We've embraced ignorance and religious stupidity, and the consequences of that will be profoundly damaging. Some of the best things about the United States ended today.
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Dh and I are nerds. Always were, always will be.

I remember being a young teen and hearing about the Four Color Theorem. Bah! said I. That can't be true. Surely there is a way to draw a map....

There isn't.

I spent many many many hours trying.

Dh? Pretty much the same.

Now I'm not sure how it came about, but we talked about that the other day (probably after giving Perry a tape measure and a bunch of circles -cans, bowls, jars, and the like-, and telling him to calculate π (*)), and AC said... 'Of course there has to be a way to draw a map...'.

There are currently maps all over her scratch paper.

She and dh are currently reading up on the Riemann Hypothesis. She's confused. No, really?

(*) He came up with a number between 2.98 and 3.54, with a large cluster of results at about 3.21. Not bad. I think he took about 15 data points.
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Dh and I are nerds. Always were, always will be.

I remember being a young teen and hearing about the Four Color Theorem. Bah! said I. That can't be true. Surely there is a way to draw a map....

There isn't.

I spent many many many hours trying.

Dh? Pretty much the same.

Now I'm not sure how it came about, but we talked about that the other day (probably after giving Perry a tape measure and a bunch of circles -cans, bowls, jars, and the like-, and telling him to calculate π (*)), and AC said... 'Of course there has to be a way to draw a map...'.

There are currently maps all over her scratch paper.

She and dh are currently reading up on the Riemann Hypothesis. She's confused. No, really?

(*) He came up with a number between 2.98 and 3.54, with a large cluster of results at about 3.21. Not bad. I think he took about 15 data points.
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This is really odd, and bugging the snot out of me.

Normally the title of my posts is a hyperlink. The one for Rosa canina isn't.

And I have no idea why. For some reason adding html tags, in this case the ones for italics, in the title prevents lj from creating the hyperlink.

Sigh.
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This is really odd, and bugging the snot out of me.

Normally the title of my posts is a hyperlink. The one for Rosa canina isn't.

And I have no idea why. For some reason adding html tags, in this case the ones for italics, in the title prevents lj from creating the hyperlink.

Sigh.

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