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    15,000 fans, $345,000 dollars raised for a charity. I guess I can be happy with the Bill's playoff story ending.
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    Maybe we should the Bills go just far enough to raise half a million for charity,
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    Should have invite Andy Dalton to Jacksonville for a BBQ and maybe throw the football around a bit... Ya, know. Just show the kids how it's done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by closetgeek View Post
    Adding to the list of things I never thought I could do, I started my black belt prep class last night (my test is a little less than a year away). He instructed us to do 5 tasks in 20 minutes, the first being 150 pushups. I laughed in my head, knowing on my best day, I have never done more than ten. I suspected it was to gauge where we were, so I wasn't concerned with completing all of the tasks but I was going to get as far as I could go on the pushups. I did 25 before I hit my first wall. Then I was doing them in shorts bursts of five followed by small breaks, then I would get to four before my arms couldn't push me up anymore, then three. I made it to 62 standard pushups before I simply couldn't do anymore. I dropped down to my knees and started doing short bursts in modified pushups. It hurt like heck but I made it to 150. I didn't think I would get back up for the last one. My arms almost collapsed beneath me but my husband was next to me, cheering me on so I just kind of growled and finally straightened my arms. I even had enough time to get ten sit ups in before the time ran out. I am kind of annoyed, though, because all this time, I thought my limit was a lot lower.

    My arms hurt just thinking about it.
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    I had to turn down the thermostat in my room because it is too warm.(some rooms have electric.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDon View Post
    I think I worked out a successful formula for posting here without getting in trouble with the mods.

    I don't let myself post for 48 hours if I yell curse words out loud at the news.

    (Seems to have a positive bio-feedback effect as well...)

    Though I think there are stories that end with "and the neighbors all knew him as a quiet man" that start like this.
    So somebody has articulated a concept two days ago that I can't unsee now.

    That following internet news nowadays is a less healthy life style choice than following internet porn.

    I have to agree completely.
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    It appears that drones can be used for more than just annoying other people or for military uses. This summer in Australia they have been trialed to spot sharks and also to see if they could carry flotation devices to people in distress faster than normal lifesaving methods could achieve. Lifesavers in NSW were being trained in how to use one when an actual emergency occurred and the drone managed to drop a flotation device to two swimmers in danger in 70 seconds.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/18/w...-swimmers.html

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-42731112
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozduck View Post
    It appears that drones can be used for more than just annoying other people or for military uses. This summer in Australia they have been trialed to spot sharks and also to see if they could carry flotation devices to people in distress faster than normal lifesaving methods could achieve. Lifesavers in NSW were being trained in how to use one when an actual emergency occurred and the drone managed to drop a flotation device to two swimmers in danger in 70 seconds.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/18/w...-swimmers.html

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-42731112
    There are trials using drones to deliver advisory defibrillators to out-of-hospital cardia arrests which are showing promise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    There are trials using drones to deliver advisory defibrillators to out-of-hospital cardia arrests which are showing promise.

    Grant Hutchison
    My fireman friend says they have a drone and operator with one week's training. The drone can fly into a burning house and has vision plus IR to look for people, very impressive, life saving.
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    With the exception of having to be moved because she was pushing me out of the bed, Irene slept through last night!
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    We looked after our 4 year old Granddaughter today for the last time before she starts kindergarten next week. There was a Dinosaur Exhibition on over the summer school holidays so we took her there - on a bus and train which she enjoys. There was a deal on that if you paid for a child (over three), then two Grandparents could get in for free. It was noticeable that the crowd contained lots of Grandparents - and a large day care group.

    She was initially a bit scared of the life sized dinosaurs complete with moving jaws & swinging tales in the semi-dark with sound effects. After a while she lost her fears and used a brush to uncover "fossil bones' in a sandpit, tied on a dinosaur tail and wore dinosaur feet. She also sat in a dinosaur egg, helped put together a giant dinosaur jigsaw, make up a paper dinosaur mask and walk in moving dinosaur tracks projected from above.

    All in all, she and we had a great time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozduck View Post
    We looked after our 4 year old Granddaughter today for the last time before she starts kindergarten next week. There was a Dinosaur Exhibition on over the summer school holidays so we took her there - on a bus and train which she enjoys. There was a deal on that if you paid for a child (over three), then two Grandparents could get in for free. It was noticeable that the crowd contained lots of Grandparents - and a large day care group.

    She was initially a bit scared of the life sized dinosaurs complete with moving jaws & swinging tales in the semi-dark with sound effects. After a while she lost her fears and used a brush to uncover "fossil bones' in a sandpit, tied on a dinosaur tail and wore dinosaur feet. She also sat in a dinosaur egg, helped put together a giant dinosaur jigsaw, make up a paper dinosaur mask and walk in moving dinosaur tracks projected from above.

    All in all, she and we had a great time.
    Sounds like a great time ozduck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozduck View Post
    We looked after our 4 year old Granddaughter ... There was a Dinosaur Exhibition ... All in all, she and we had a great time.
    (sigh)

    We took our granddaughter at about that age to the natural science museum. She refused to go into the live butterfly exhibit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozduck View Post
    All in all, she and we had a great time.
    I think grandpa did too.
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    Well, let me start today's postings with a hearty, "Gosh darn it Swift!"

    So yesterday Swift makes the comment about a mole of hedgehogs. No, not an obscure Mexican culinary dish, but a quantity of 6.2 X1023 hedgehogs.

    That's a lot of hedgehogs.

    So this got me thinking. In the middle of the season a European hedgehog 1100 grams, on average. (There are 17 species of hedgehogs and I had to pick one.)

    And this got me thinking, "Is this enough hedgehogs to self gravitate into a sphere, possibly even differentiate?"

    Or is this merely a Mt. Everest sized pile of hedgehogs, do you suppose? I can't get my calculator to cooperate with me on this matter. Probably because it's a scientific calculator and it's refusing to participate in this line of thought.

    If somebody could give me a tonnage, I can then work out some of this for myself. I'm sure I can find out how much Mt. Everest weighs somewhere on the 'webs.
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    I get 7.55e20 tons of hedgehogs. Which seems to be a LOT more than Everest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    I get 7.55e20 tons of hedgehogs. Which seems to be a LOT more than Everest.
    So about the mass of Ceres. Easily enough for hydrostatic equilibrium. A dwarf planet of hedgehogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozduck View Post
    We looked after our 4 year old Granddaughter today for the last time before she starts kindergarten next week. There was a Dinosaur Exhibition on over the summer school holidays so we took her there - on a bus and train which she enjoys. There was a deal on that if you paid for a child (over three), then two Grandparents could get in for free. It was noticeable that the crowd contained lots of Grandparents - and a large day care group.

    She was initially a bit scared of the life sized dinosaurs complete with moving jaws & swinging tales in the semi-dark with sound effects. After a while she lost her fears and used a brush to uncover "fossil bones' in a sandpit, tied on a dinosaur tail and wore dinosaur feet. She also sat in a dinosaur egg, helped put together a giant dinosaur jigsaw, make up a paper dinosaur mask and walk in moving dinosaur tracks projected from above.

    All in all, she and we had a great time.
    That sounds like a great day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDon View Post
    Well, let me start today's postings with a hearty, "Gosh darn it Swift!"
    My work here is done.

    So yesterday Swift makes the comment about a mole of hedgehogs. No, not an obscure Mexican culinary dish, but a quantity of 6.2 X1023 hedgehogs.
    A similar calculation (and where I probably subconsciously got the idea) - from xkcd: A mole of moles.

    An eastern mole (Scalopus aquaticus) weighs about 75 grams, which means a mole of moles weighs

    (6.022×1023)×75g≈4.52×1022kg

    That’s a little over half the mass of our moon.
    If these moles were released onto the Earth’s surface, they’d fill it up to 80 kilometers deep—just about to the (former) edge of space:
    There is also a scenario where the moles are allowed to form a sphere in space.
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    If these moles were released onto the Earth’s surface, they’d fill it up to 80 kilometers deep—just about to the (former) edge of space:
    That's a lot of mole whacking. Assuming one could whack them at an average rate of 1 every 2 seconds, it'd take you 38,191,273,465,246,100 years to get 'em all...assuming sterile moles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    My work here is done.


    A similar calculation (and where I probably subconsciously got the idea) - from xkcd: A mole of moles.



    There is also a scenario where the moles are allowed to form a sphere in space.
    Stuff that bugs me: Randall Munroe hardly ever does What-Ifs any more.

    ETA: By all means click on the truly horrifying star-nosed mole picture. They are even more horrifying after having been killed by your cat and left in the front yard for a couple of days, while being devoured by what they normally prey on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Stuff that bugs me: Randall Munroe hardly ever does What-Ifs any more.
    lets start a thread, we should be able to continue the tradition, given the range of obsessions here.

    What if .... an asteroid hit the moon and started it rotating, how long before it settled down again? Who would get the advertising space?
    where would the man on the moon go?
    Sadly I cannot answer because tomorrow I am going to the USA for a month of work, well I call it work, it's mostly driving and trains.
    But I can catch up on NPR, which I like to do.
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    I have been recording my blood sugar for about a month, with sporadic notes on what I ate if it seemed important. It is a frustrating experience because all I got out of it was a number and a food. Very annoying.

    Today, I rammed the data into a spreadsheet, add a chart and can see my mg/dl has gone down. That's better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    I think grandpa did too.
    Very true.

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    We have replaced my car. With a minivan that's almost ten years younger.
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    Goof to hear you have some reliable wheels.
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    Only the driver's door seems to actually respond to the key, making me wonder if it and only it was rekeyed at some point, but as a 2006, it's the newest car we've ever owned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    Only the driver's door seems to actually respond to the key, making me wonder if it and only it was rekeyed at some point, but as a 2006, it's the newest car we've ever owned.
    If your car does not have a fob, and only has a key, it could be the key itself. The key would have to be a copy of the original, not the original itself.

    My van has a fob (Caravan) and the fob is messed up (actually, it is the software in the car). The doors do not always unlock with the fob or the switch inside. You have to pull up the lock knob from the inside or use the physical key. Apparently, they have to update the software at a dealership, which sounds expensive. I survived all of the 70s, 80s and most of the 90s without automatic locks. I never had it fixed.
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    Or if it's a key with a button on it, mine opens just the driver door with one push and everything else with a second in quick succession.
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    Sorry for not getting back yesterday. My brother played hookie from work and we went out to look at the coast until the weather finally drove us back home.

    *Fifty* foot surf at Maverick's Beach. Impressive even from the cliff tops.

    As to the hedgehogs...

    I wasn't sure where the weight was going to be on a scale range of "Mt. Everest to low mass brown dwarf".

    THAT is one of the delights of posting here.

    Like the time you guys figured out that one of Saberhagen's C+ cannons from his Berserker series, would, in fact, blow all the way through 50 miles of homogenous nickel/iron, with just enough energy left for a spectacular multi-megaton explosion on the far side.

    Sort of drives home why it was desirable to have at least three C+ cannon equipped vessels when taking on a large, 50 mile across, "planet-buster". And it still takes roughly 36 hours of continuous combat to kill it. (You have to batter down the Berserker's force fields first.)
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