Huge meteorite strikes, historical

One of the things I find fascinating about Tunguska vs Chelyabinsk is that in one case it took decades of scientific research and multiple theories to settle on what probably caused it, while in the other we have video footage and the actual meteorite.

But there were eyewitnesses to Tunguska despite its remoteness, and somehow I’d never read their reports before.

#tunguska #meteorite

Tunguska event – Wikipedia

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As for the debate about what caused the Tunguska event: it was clearly something from space, but they never found an impact crater or an actual meteorite, just damaged forest. Plus the scientific expeditions weren’t carried out until years later. Current consensus is that it was a meteor, but it exploded in the air before impact, causing the visible fireball across the sky, intense heat, shock waves, atmospheric disturbances and so on but no crater.

If I had more time, I would have written a shorter stylesheet.

If I had more time, I would have written a shorter stylesheet.

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That said, 3.6K is awfully short by today’s standards.

And it automatically adjusts for display sizes from phone portrait to widescreen monitor, light and dark themes (so it doesn’t blast your eyes out if you open it on a dark themed desktop), and switches the main font between serif on high-density displays and sans-serif on low density displays for maximum readability.

This stuff doesn’t require half a megabyte of frameworks and JavaScript to implement.

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Oh yeah, link so you can see it actually works https://hyperborea.org/tech-tips/
At least on modern browsers.

I guess the next step is to test in older ones to see how they handle the mix of media queries. I don’t care if it doesn’t look perfect on the older browsers, but I do want it to be readable!

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Photos of a local park that doubles as a flood control basin…

A recent news article with photos of a local park that doubles as a flood control basin.

Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach protects homes by collecting rain runoff
Polliwog Park did what it is designed to do during Thursday’s heavy rain, by collecting rain runoff, and providing food and a resting place for local and migratory water birds.

And some photos I took after storms in 2017 and 2019 (since I can’t exactly go out right now)

Flickr album: Flooded Park

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An outdoor mall extension completed in 2020. Which wasn’t exactly ideal timing…

An outdoor mall extension completed in 2020. Which wasn’t exactly ideal timing.

The courtyard was at least someplace they could set up chairs and signs reminding you to keep your distance. I saw a few people walking through on their way to somewhere else (like I was), and could hear an exercise class running in the parking structure next door.

#mall #empty #reflection #fountain #photo

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Found the ancient G2 (HTC Desire) phone (back when there were Android phones with actual …

Found the ancient G2 (HTC Desire) phone (back when there were Android phones with actual KEYBOARDS!). It still runs. Wondering if there’s something I can put on there that’s newer than the ancient version of Android it has, but it’s too old for LineageOS.

Anyone know what might run on it?

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In response to a complaint by InvaderXan about in-your-face recommendation engines

Ugh, yes! It’s like starting up my coffee maker in the morning and having it ask me if I’d like to order an iced tea.

No I don’t want iced tea right now, that’s why I’m starting up the coffee maker!

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There’s a cloud-based music player that I keep getting mad at because we have different ideas of what it’s for. To me, it’s a way of listening to music I’ve already chosen. To the publisher, it’s a way for them to sell me additional subscriptions.

%&^% Microsoft app store

As if I didn’t already have enough reason to distrust the MS app store, it spontaneously uninstalled the kid’s copy of Minecraft. Which also deleted all of his local worlds.

Fortunately most of the persistent worlds he plays are either on Java Edition or on a realm, and we had a backup of the local Win10 worlds from a couple weeks ago, but WTF, MS – you don’t fucking DO that!

Best guess is it downloaded the latest update overnight, failed to install, and messed up the rollback.

When we were trying out the Minecraft beta a few weeks ago, we noticed there’s this weird thing where the MS store thinks he doesn’t own a copy of MC until you click on “Buy” at which point it realizes he does and starts downloading it. It could be a problem with that.

Or it could be a mismatch with Xbox Game Pass, which we just got.

Either way, though…

WTF…. apparently an interrupted update from the MS store translates to an uninstall

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/xbox/forum/all/game-just-uninstalled-itself/536072e1-b735-4af0-a8fe-e80815032597

WHAT IDIOT CAME UP WITH THAT DESIGN

wait, that’s in the xbox forum…not clear whether that applies to microsoft store apps on windows 10 too, but given the ridiculous folder structures, I’d guess it’s probably the same thing under the hood.

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AMD, Nvidia, compatibility

It’s weird, the Radeon card that was in the Windows 10 gaming PC worked great – no problems at all. I only took it out to get a more powerful one.

But when I moved it to my dual-boot system, it worked immediately on Linux, but it kept freezing Windows whenever I tried to update the driver or tools. And I’d get random crashes during games that had been totally stable on my old, less-powerful Nvidia.

Indications pointed to chipset compatibility problems with the mobo.

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Between all the crashes and knowing that I couldn’t update the drivers, ever, it became clear I’d need to either replace the motherboard & hope that fixed it, or just replace the card. Back to the old one? Not after a month of awesome graphics performance! So I looked for a comparable Nvidia. Not as good (or expensive) as the shiny new one, but a lot better than the old one.

Once it arrived, I think I had everything working on both operating systems within 30 minutes.

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Slightly related: Took the kid to meet-and-greet/supply pickup with the new teacher, which was all …

Slightly related: Took the kid to meet-and-greet/supply pickup with the new teacher, which was all done as drive-through in the school parking lot.

1.5-hour time slot per grade, with each teacher camping out under a different awning next to the parking lot with grocery bags of books & supplies for each student. Drive up wearing masks, go to the right teacher, roll down the windows, say hi, pick up the supplies, stop by the PTA awning on the way out & go.

Online classes start tomorrow.

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covid survival rate (+)

Infections are still high, but the LA/CA case-fatality rate has dropped since spring. Partly we’re spotting more of the mild cases, & younger people are a bigger % of cases now.

But also we’ve learned more about how to treat it:
– dexamethasone for patients on oxygen
– remdesivir shortens recovery time
– nasal oxygen turns out to be enough for many patients who would’ve been intubated
– we know about the clotting so we can jump on anti-coagulants

As COVID-19 cases surge, patients are dying at a lower rate. Here’s why

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Note that a certain high-profile Twitter user’s favorite covid drug treatment isn’t on that list because it doesn’t actually work on covid.

No surprise the same people who reject climate science because they don’t like policies to deal with climate change are rejecting epidemiology because they don’t like policies to deal with a pandemic. That’s not rationality, skepticism or critical thinking. It’s willful ignorance

No surprise the same people who reject climate science because they don’t like policies to deal with climate change are rejecting epidemiology because they don’t like policies to deal with a pandemic. That’s not rationality, skepticism or critical thinking. It’s willful ignorance

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I remember easily moving a Windows 10 system to an SSD using Acronis. Not this …

I remember easily moving a Windows 10 system to an SSD using Acronis. Not this time. The clone tool isn’t willing to clone *some* partitions instead of a whole disk, so I can’t use that, and the bootable restore tool can’t see the external drive where I put the backup file.

Looking into alternatives. For tomorrow. Or maybe Saturday.

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Next morning:

It’s my dual-boot system, so I’ve got a full Linux installation on there anyway. Last night I created an image of the Windows partition, saved it to the external drive (which Linux can see just fine, unlike the so-called universal restore image) and now I’m trying to restore it to the new drive.

Beginning to wonder if it *would* be easier to install Windows fresh and then figure out how to transfer all my saved games. All the other data is easy.

That evening:

I did a clean install, copied my AppData folders, got everything working…then discovered I couldn’t boot it without going through the BIOS screen. I’d accidentally booted the install image without UEFI, so it installed MBR. I couldn’t get GRUB2 to chain load it & the Windows UEFI boot loader could only see the old installation I wanted to remove.

So I did ANOTHER clean install, in UEFI mode, but this time set aside just the save files I wanted.

Bleah.

But it’s working now!

I’ve got UEFI loading GRUB2, which can boot Fedora or chain to the Windows UEFI menu, which will load the shiny new installation of Windows.

Now I just need to figure out how to tell the Windows boot menu that the alternate Windows installation isn’t there anymore & remove it from the list!