Random facts meme!

27 March 2017 23:44
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[dreamwidth.org profile] owlmoose tagged me for this a few weeks ago! I'm ignoring the "tag other people" bit, but I enjoy reading things like this, so if you need a nudge to do a random-facts post, consider yourself tagged.

(If I think too hard about "wait, does everyone already know this?" I'll freeze up, so...I'm not gonna think about it much.)

RULES // POST 10 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF AND PASS IT ON 15 PEOPLE

1. On an average day I probably drink three or four mugs of tea, but I didn't start drinking tea at all until I was in my late 20s. (I think I was 27.) One more thing to pin on internet friends, because what got me started was Shadow (from the Furuba days) sending me a small array of flavored black teas to try. I have no recollection of how this came about.

2. Halifax and Toronto are the only places I've ever lived. When [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I lived in Toronto, the things (other than people) I missed about Halifax were a) the cleaner air, b) the subliminal awareness of the ocean's presence, and c) pizza. (Halifax pizza, as a sweeping statement, has declined in quality since those days. Alas.)

3. I'm still friends with quite a few people I initially met online, and then in person, via the Sailor Moon fandom, which I haven't been active in since about 2000.

4. My gateway comic was Power Pack, which I read via the library sometime in Grade 2 or 3.

5. I love Siberian cats with all my heart, and may never have any other kind of cat again, but historically my favorite breeds (neither of which I've ever lived with) are Abyssinians and traditional Siamese (which Wikipedia recently told me are now called Thai cats, and it's nice that they have a separate name, I guess, but it bugs me a bit that they didn't get to keep the original name and have the new one assigned to modern Siamese).

6. I took ballet for about seven years, starting when I was 15, and jazz dance for about six (starting the year after ballet). I was never terribly good, but I really enjoyed barre. If I could take a class that was just barre, I'd be very tempted. (Yes, I know that many exercise studios offer a "barre" class these days. I've looked into several. They are not what I want.)

7. I can't drive, ride a bicycle, blow bubbles with gum, or whistle.

8. I had size 4.5 feet until I was about 20. Thankfully they're now a much-easier-to-shop-for size 6/6.5.

9. Drinking milk makes me unwell. I am not lactose intolerant or allergic to dairy; I can and do consume every other dairy product, including milkshakes or hot chocolate made almost entirely of milk poured straight from a carton, and I put milk in my tea. But I haven't had a glass of milk since my early 20s. I still kinda miss it sometimes. (Cereal hasn't ever been something I was into, so I don't have a data point for whether I can eat cold cereal in milk.)

10. I took my minor at a different university from my BA so I could take a few classes from an amazing professor [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose had studied with. Fortunately, Halifax is so packed with post-secondary schools that I could literally walk between the two universities in fifteen minutes.

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27 March 2017 22:27
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I get to toy with being a living example of the Peter Principle at work.
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1) The second-last round of the Unbound Worlds Cage Match is underway, and Georgia is facing off against Ragnar Volarus from Red Rising. So far things aren't looking good for her, but voting's open for three more days. Please vote for her! Get [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire to write just one more of these little vignettes!

Pleasepleaseplease?
There was nowhere for me to run. Wolf girl had taken her forest with her when she left, and now I was alone in the nothing, looking at a mountain that seemed to have decided it wanted to be a man in its spare time.

I had never been murdered by a landscape before. What an educational day this was turning out to be.

2) And then there's this: "Blizzard is remastering StarCraft [including Brood War] in 4K resolution this summer". I don't have much to say about this, but there was such flailing when it crossed my Twitter feed. Remastered StarCraft, guys. *starry eyes*

Reccers needed immediately!

27 March 2017 19:09
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Hey everyone -- it was easy to move to Dreamwidth, but it's still hard to find reccers, and we're out of them come April 10. If you're interested in reccing fics on Teaspoon, please, please, please sign up -- and definitely take a look at our updated rules in the rules and sign-up post, because you can now rec some previously recced fics!

If you're finding us on Tumblr, don't worry, you can still rec; just send me an ask, and we'll work out a way for you to do that. Same goes for Facebook and Twitter users; leave a comment in the post, and I can always post on your behalf!

[ SECRET POST #3736 ]

27 March 2017 18:21
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⌈ Secret Post #3736 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.

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More! )


Notes:

Secrets Left to Post: 02 pages, 28 secrets from Secret Submission Post #533.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.

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27 March 2017 16:43
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27 March 2017 16:35
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Ganked from just about everywhere, although I always find it hard to imagine anyone wanting to have me waffle on even more about my fic, but maybe actually you are burning to ask me one of these questions and now you can, hurrah.

Here is my fic at AO3 (plus on Teaspoon, if you prefer) and Runaway Tales masterlist here. (I write too much, I know, but it's still never enough.)

Choose a fic and 1 (or more) question(s) from the list below:

1: What inspired you to write the fic this way?
2: What scene did you first put down?
3: What’s your favorite line of narration?
4: What’s your favorite line of dialogue?
5: What part was hardest to write?
6: What makes this fic special or different from all your other fics?
7: Where did the title come from?
8: Did any real people or events inspire any part of it?
9: Were there any alternate versions of this fic?
10: Why did you choose this pairing for this particular story?
11: What do you like best about this fic?
12: What do you like least about this fic?
13: What music did you listen to, if any, to get in the mood for writing this story? Or if you didn’t listen to anything, what do you think readers should listen to to accompany us while reading?
14: Is there anything you wanted readers to learn from reading this fic?
15: What did you learn from writing this fic?



(It should be said straight up that I do not have any opinions about what music you should listen to while reading my fic. I'm just ridiculously grateful that you are reading it. Srsly, meme, why would you? *sighs* One or two are definitely bizarre tumblr-fandom questions, it has to be said.)

Good post

27 March 2017 19:41
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Pandorica Jar: Steven Moffat and the idea of the female Doctor
So many people seem surprised or even shocked because of Steven Moffat’s “sudden change of mind” regarding female Doctor. I don’t know why, really. But for those who haven’t been paying attention to the question of the female Doctor during the last several years, here’s a cheat sheet.

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27 March 2017 09:58
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Did another quick trip to Ukiah on Saturday Mar 25th.  Marty drove thank goodness!  Company!  My goal was to get the sprayer all ready to go.  It was just a tiny bit too wet to spray, so I concentrated on getting oil in the new engine, topping up the oil in the pump and putting on new hoses.  While replacing the hoses I remembered that when the old plastic elbows on the spray booms failed I'd replaced them with galvanized fittings, which really was a bad thing.  Chemicals, by their very nature are caustic and both booms had badly rusted.  Rust is bad enough in water pipes, in a sprayer they shed bits of rust and plug up the spray nozzles repeatedly.  Today I called Wyatt Irrigation and ordered nice new brass elbows and hose barbs.  The old brass fittings elsewhere on the spray rig look perfect.  It is kind of exciting to get the sprayer all fixed up.  Poor old thing had gotten really run down over the last 19 years!

Clara was at the Red Barn and asking where to move the horses next.  We walked out over most of the available fields and looked at them, talking about what was growing on them and how suitable they were for grazing.  Filaree is poking it's little needle like seeds up all over most of the ones by the arena.  Clara had never thought of seeds as "grain" before....  Eventually we fenced off the back of the Goat pasture and turned grateful horses into knee deep grass.  I thought Clara and her husband were wonderful, they helped untangle some really nasty electric fence rope, and got the temporary fence up in the Goat pasture very efficiently.  She also seemed to get the concepts of why we do rotational grazing.

Sunday was another day of work at the St Francis putting in yet another corporate event.  JC, M and Donald went to see Into the Woods.  I really wanted to see it, but...  We all went to dinner at a nice Italian place after the show. 

Today I'm at liberty until this evening when my nephew Will and his son have invited us to dinner with them.  They are touring through looking at colleges.  Gardening, paperwork and some studious reading of a lighting board manual are on my agenda.
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.

Go!

Hadley cell expansion

27 March 2017 09:39
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I was talking to one of my coworkers about climate change. It was an idle conversation, nothing too deep. I'm always surprised, though, about how people conceptualize it -- in this case, a kind of shruggy "yeah, that's gonna be a problem" kind of way.

We just experienced a new low Arctic ice maximum -- 13.878 million km2. In comparison, the maximum in 1979 was over 16.5 million km2, a decrease of about 17%, or about 4% per year. I figure we've got about another 20 years or so before we have a winter ice-free arctic.

I'm pre' damn sure that most folks have no idea to the chaos that will bring. What it is, is people gotta eat.

I'm reading a paper right now entitled Earth's changing global atmospheric energy cycle in response to climate change." It is dry. I will sum up:

Ed Lorenz is the guy who came up with the idea of the Butterfly Effect. As cool as that is, more importantly, he came up with the equations that define the potential and kinetic energy in planet atmospheres. His atmospheric equations were also applied to the hydrological cycle, and to equations figuring out stuff like wind energy.

Anyway, we call the conversion of this atmospheric kinetic, potential, and mechanical energy, and how that energy effects atmospheric circulation (which effects weather and climate) the Lorenz energy cycle.

Though there's been lots of study replicating and validating Lorenz's equations, study of the long term, over-time characteristics of the energy cycle are lacking. In this paper, the authors found some nifty super-scientific NASA satellite records, and got them to pasted together with a computer program that lets them see the data as an uninterrupted set that runs from 1958-2013.

"More details of computing the energy components of the Lorenz energy cycle of the global atmosphere are provided in the sections on Methods." (as Madmartigen said, "Tempting!")

Lets instead go right to the discussion. What they say is that when you add energy to a planet, the atmosphere jiggs up like a high-schooler buzzzed on a six-pack of redbull. That is, the authors are able to show strong positive trends of potential energy over the Asian continent in the Northern Hemisphere.

"The positive trends of potential energy in Central Asia, especially in West-central Mongolia, are associated with the increasing droughts in these areas, because the increasing droughts can magnify the temperature perturbation and hence cause the increase in potential energy. The two data sets also show the relatively weak positive trends over the eastern Pacific Oceans. Such positive trends are related to the intensifying tropical cyclones with global warming."

But beyond that, what I was really fact mining for was this one sentence: "Therefore, the positive trends of C(PM,KM) are due to the expansion of the Hadley Cell in the past 35 years, which was revealed in some previous studies."

Expansion of the Hadley cell, dudes. Are you still with me? As the Hadley cell moves north, the sub-tropical dry zones move with it. Heat, too. Right into the worlds various bread baskets. And when it does rain? Vicious storms that will likely smash what crops that folk were able to grow.

It's what the models and guys like Jim Hansen have been saying for about a decade, but now we have more than models.
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