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Cold War Nostalgia

Posted in Horror, Politics, Science, Violence with tags on April 10, 2008 by lindendale

I know what you’re thinking: Damn, those nookler esplosions sure are purdy (the French made that one). But here’s the story: as reported in Wired, even a limited, regional nuclear conflict could lead to a nuclear winter scenario in which massive amounts of dust and debris are thrown high into the atmosphere leading to a marked drop in global temperature and precipitation and huge holes in the ozone layer. Yeah, it would be pretty bad. We are talking about deaths in the billions. Here’s one of the articles. This one has some nice charts showing the temperature plunges.

If you hear things are getting hot between India and Pakistan, get yourself to the grocery store, load up on ammo, and prepare for Mass Extinction #6 to kick in in earnest.

Gee, maybe we should really try to work on this whole nuclear nonproliferation thing.


Still Good in the World

Posted in Food, Science on March 18, 2008 by lindendale

Anonymous Philanthropist Donates 200 Human Kidneys To Hospital

Paul: Was this you work? You ole softie.

16.9 Fluid Ounces

Posted in Coffee, Cold Beverages, Science on January 15, 2008 by darbydale

Up until now, I’ve felt a little intimidated by the requirement to actually have a point or theme in each post. Definitely a higher standard than I’m accustomed to holding myself to. With that in mind, I’m completely abandoning that requirement.

Currently, I’m basically sailing on the beneficial effects of 16.9 ounces of Red Bull. Like most people, I drink Red Bull for the promised effects of heightened productivity and the socially condoned high. My guess is that if the activity I was trying to be productive in was directing amateur porn videos, I could probably safely get by with the 8 ounce can.

Anyway, since I’m approaching a period that is going to require heightened productivity and extended periods of concentration, I’m once again wondering what the perfect combination of caffeinated beverages is for my situation.

In the past, I’ve generally gone with coffee with enough cream to avoid getting an ulcer and enough sugar to provide a light sweetness. This works until my average sleep per night drops down to around 5 hours. At that point, I start drinking Red Bulls at 4PM. For various reasons, it is very helpful for me to be sharp between 5PM-11PM and the Red Bulls are consumed with that in mind.

Anyway, I’m now beginning to wonder if there is a more effective way to handle this. Could I go to straight espresso and merely space the shots out through the day? Does the Diet Dr. Pepper I drink for hydration and maintaining my caffeine productivity high really make a difference?

These are the questions that vex me.

Cosmology is Weird, Depressing

Posted in Science on January 15, 2008 by lindendale

There is an article in the New York Times about a major debate in cosmology about cosciousness, probability, the unidirectionality of time, and the end of the universe.   It is completely bizarre even for cosmology.  Check it.