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Three careers. First was in engineering, second was in TSE species work, and third as a writer.

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  1. 24 days ago on Off the Mark

    No worries. It doesn’t bug most of us.

    If a book or comic or movie or present is “ruined” by hearing about it beforehand, there wasn’t any real point in it to start with. A diamond or ball of dirt each have their own value and their values don’t change whether it’s a surprise or not.

  2. 24 days ago on Off the Mark

    Where’s Delenn?

  3. 24 days ago on MythTickle

    What flavor would an umpire, er, vampire want?

  4. 24 days ago on Liberty Meadows

    It’s like a lady I know and her mom. G vs. HH.

  5. 24 days ago on Liberty Meadows

    Could be either.

    J.D. Rockefeller’s son David spent his life trying to make up for the awful things that his dad did. It may be that Brandy didn’t want anything to do with her mom’s ways and so chose to be different from her.

  6. 24 days ago on Kliban

    It’s interesting that Three Mile Island had such an effect on public thought, despite no radiation or radioisotopes being released. When the ecoterrorist shut down the cooling water, the metal rods of the core melted down, but all was contained by the 3’ thick cast iron dome. No study from that county or the surrounding counties ever showed an anomaly, further proving that no radiation or radioisotopes were released.

    On the flip side, the military application of nuclear power has been pretty nasty. People downwind from the tests in Nevada in the midwest had plenty of problems.

    Even worse, Hanford got a lot of people killed and maimed. Nothing’s ever been done for the people affected. I took more than 310 rads by the time I was one and quite frankly, my childhood was a living h—- from sickness. Being an adult has been no picnic, healthwise, either. The body has 11 systems and at least 9 of mine are messed up. The docs joke that I’m teaching them. A decade ago, my endocrinologist flatly said he’d been treating Hanford victims for 30 years.

  7. 24 days ago on Pickles

    I have to wash my hands off every time I pet the cat. And so I do a lot of handwashing.

  8. 24 days ago on Peanuts Begins

    Some of the local lakes would get fished out the first weekend of fishing season here in central Oregon. A fleet of fishermen and boats.

    Not near as much tourism in the outdoors in Oregon as there used to be. ODFW has just about ruined fishing and hunting with regulations that do little to conserve species but put incredible burdens on anyone wanting to hunt or fish.

  9. 24 days ago on Peanuts

    I’ve actually tried to get my books banned for that reason.

  10. 24 days ago on Peanuts

    Some is and some isn’t.

    The problem with a lot of math is that we don’t know all the variables. When I took Thermodynamics (got the highest score on all four tests), it all came down to inputs and outputs of energy. Input must equal output. Heat sources, heat removals, enthalpy, entropy, friction, and other variables.

    But what if you only know half the actual variables involved in something? Whenever we make something new or improve something old, it’s common for variables that we didn’t know to crop up. That is one of the reasons why I take a lot of what the media laughingly calls “science reporting” with a pillar of proverbial salt. Some “scientist” trying to make a big splash puts something in the media that gets disproven later because it didn’t take everything into account. Solar, and wind energy are classic examples. Both are very inefficient and will never come even close to producing the energy required to manufacture them.

    Speaking of big splashes, I knew a retired electrical engineer who worked on the Grande Teton dam. Not only was the dam situated improperly, but a congressman insisted it be filled in 3 days. And it blew out. The congressman got a big splash, but not the one he wanted.