OPEN THREAD 20200224

Basically, all legal free speech is allowed. We will assist the authorities in dealing with illegal speech. You are each other’s moderators. Have fun. And don’t forget to MAGA at nuclear levels.

Citizen U



21 thoughts on “OPEN THREAD 20200224

  1. There were several runs at getting to 110. Dubnans tried back in 1986-87 and Darmstadt took a swing back in 1990, when “discovery” meant a couple of dozen atoms. Darmstadt tried in 1990. In 1994, the Dubnans tried smooshing plutonium with sulfur, and in 1995, the Berkeley crew tried smooshing bismuth with cobalt.

    On November 9, 1994, the Darmstadters smooshed lead with nickel and got a combined total of 10 atoms. One of the Ds-269’s using nickel-62, and nine of the Ds-271’s using nickel-64.

    This was enough to earn them a laurel and hardy handshake —

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    1. I should point out that the cthulhu-mobile is a 1994 Honda Accord wagon that I purchased prior to this date.

      Then, again, the longest lived isotope of Ds is about 12.7 seconds, while my car is still rolling.

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      1. Interesting, you might be one of the few people who can say “I’ve owned this car almost half my life.”

        I had a ’92 integra that lasted 26 years, which indeed is almost half my life. Then, at just over 400,000 miles it blew a valve; I sold it to someone who rebuilt it, so it’s still running.

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  2. It is thought that Ds-293 and Ds-294 might be part of an “island of stability” with predicted half-lives of about 3500 and 311 years respectively, however all of the actually synthesized Ds are deep within the “swamp of instability”.

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  3. Musical Interlude #1 —

    So…..I was in the grocery store about a year ago. I was wearing a T-shirt which had a large walrus on it, with a bunch of cartoonish eggs on stick-figure legs running away from it, and the 20-something-year-old bagger said, “I don’t get your shirt” just as I was collecting my change. So I said, “y’know — goo-goo-g’joob” and headed for the exit. It wasn’t until a couple of hours later, as I was quaffing an ale, that I realized how I must have looked like a complete jerk and/or insane to the bagger.

    Naturally, I managed to probably make things worse a couple of weeks later. I encountered the bagger and tried to explain to her that there was this 1967 television show starring the most famous rock band of the time and it had a song called, “I am the walrus” which featured the chorus, “goo-goo-g’joob” and verses about eggmen. I probably gained some empathy points against jerkdom, but lost some sanity points for trying to explain psychedelia to someone born in the ’90s.

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  4. Got called in for a drug test at work…

    They said I tested positive for opioids.

    I said “Oh yeah. There were poppy seeds on my bagel this morning.”

    They said “What about the THC, cocaine, and LSD?”

    “It was an everything bagel.”

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  5. A teenager gets home from school, goes to his room, and comes downstairs, puzzled. He thought he’d left something on his dresser but it wasn’t there now.

    He starts looking around. He’s got two sisters, but they’re not back from school yet; his parents are still at work — so he starts looking around for his grandmother, who lives with them. He finds her in the laundry room, sitting on the washing machine.

    “Hey, grams”, he says, “did you notice a little plastic baggie on my dresser labelled ‘LSD’?”

    “Fuck that”, she replies, “I want to know how we’re going to deal with the dragon in the kitchen.”

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  6. Another little confessional, here…..many Zeppers hate it, but I actually like the album, “Presence”. Even though it was the lowest-selling studio album during their active years — and the various issues that caused the group not to tour with it — I think it is fun.

    Unfortunately, with no tour, there is a dearth of live versions on youtube…, you’re getting boring visuals.

    …..and I don’t know if this is going to work. The album version has a peculiar “rhinoceros ramming a steel shed” solo at about 2:10 that most covers don’t even try and the reference mix downplays.

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  7. Well, so much for working properly. It’s supposed to be an excerpt from the album and references the full album and WordPress cycled through to the beginning. Here’s the reference mix.

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  8. I’m a drifter, a woman, and you don’t find that much, especially in England. I run a scam pretending to be a nanny. Too recently, I had to eliminate some competition for the job. I got in, and got in real good with the parents. Scared the kids. I gave them LSD and forced them to consort with a schizophrenic tea-shop owner and a crazy hobo and his gang. I intentionally got the father fired from his job because of a political disagreement, and ran off before blame could be cast on me.

    My name is Mary — Mary Poppins.

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