Random Thread 2017.1
Happy New Year, MuseBlog!
Tuesday, 24 January 2017
Life, the universe, pies, hot-pink bunnies, world domination, and everything
Happy New Year, MuseBlog!
Happy New Year!
I didn’t find another skeet-shooting target on the beach today, but I *did* find several clear sea jellies, despite how cold it’s been. We see their species around here all the time in the summer, but I’ve never seen any washed up in the winter before. They don’t sting, though, so I just picked them up and threw them back in anyway.
Happy New Year everyone.
Is/was ever legal to challenge the President of the United States of America to a duel? (asking, *erm*, for a friend)
That depends on where both parties are at the time the challenge is made and where you intend to fight. I don’t know about Austria, but dueling with deadly weapons is illegal in many states in the US, including my home state of New York, and in Washington DC. In Rhode Island, you can go to jail just for challenging someone to a duel. It’s also illegal for members of the US military to duel or challenge people to duels, which might include the President as Commander-in-Chief.
There are some places, like the city of Seattle, that allow “mutual combat”, where two consenting adults can fight each other unarmed without being prosecuted for assault or battery as long as it’s not in a public place and no third parties will be hurt, however.
As to when if ever it *was* legal, I don’t know of any laws specifically forbidding challenging the President to a duel but the law against challenging people to duels or accepting challenges in DC was passed in 1839, and since the President spends most of their time in Washington DC, that would be a big wrinkle in one’s plans. At least two 19th-century presidents fought duels before taking office (Andrew Jackson fought several in the early 1800s, Abraham Lincoln accepted a challenge to a duel in the 1840s but they didn’t actually fight because Lincoln’s opponent took one look at the big sword he brought and decided to make peace instead), but I don’t think any did so while serving as President.
So, all in all, I think you friend’s best bet is to dig around in your closet, find those old Yu-Gi-Oh cards, and challenge the President to a d-d-d-DUEL!
Does anyone have any New Year’s resolutions? I’ve never been a big “resolutions” guy, but this year I’d like to:
– buy fewer things
– eat less meat and more vegetables
– exercise more
– be more diligent about noticing/avoiding advertisements
– learn more Python
– write more poetry
– do more charitable work
– be more helpful
– Spend more time outside
– Go rock climbing at the gym more
– Go to bed earlier
– Spend my free time working on the things I want to improve at (learning to juggle, studying French, improving my writing and drawing, etc.) instead of doing silly things
– Be more helpful
Today my brothers and their girlfriends went to visit one of our other friends and play some video games. I’d never played “Mario Party” before and I wasn’t very good, but I still enjoyed it. We had a lot of fun and got to meet their dog, Nova, who was a puppy when I left for college.
I saw the end of “Zootopia” with P. and his girlfriend. What a powerful movie and a great mystery plot.
Mom and Dad were at a meeting about planning for Dad’s retirement and we didn’t have any leftovers, so I got to cook for the first time in 2017! I made pasta and peeled large carrots, both with olive oil. It tasted great and I didn’t set anything on fire.
I’ve just started reading this essay on history and progress, but it seems very relevant to the current moment and some of the thoughts I’ve expressed here. www . exurbe . com / ?p=4041
Thank you, POSOC. I needed that.
Isn’t she great? I’m going to be meeting her irl soon /brag
I’m so envious. I need to get my hands on Too Like The Lightning ASAP.
Such a good book.
I have joined the army of Americans who have phones.
Charged it. And that’s all.
Mom and I made salmon-Gouda-and-spinach crepes, yum!
That sounds good! I’m hoping to make a spinach quiche or something this week.
Our supermarket has been offering a free magazine with recipes since it reopened under new management last year, and the January issue starts with a recipe for rice noodles with spring roll veggies that Mom and I want to try.
We got to make it tonight, with peanut sauce! It tasted really good and my Mom actually ate half of it even though we made enough for four people.
(Yeah, I don’t really do much on break after my brothers go home because my parents don’t really want to drive anywhere. So cooking is the highlight of my day.)
Does anyone know how I could find 50-year-old seismographic records for Barbados?
You know, I think I’m going to find the geology department anyway just because that website is so hard to navigate and someone there will probably be familiar with it.
Knock on wood!
My mantra for the next week: think of sharks, think of sharks,…
I swear, if I manage to get through the whole presentation without calling it Svarovski’s theorem, I’ll buy myself a cookie.
A crystal shark would be a cool monster design, though. Maybe its mouth looks like a pointy geode cave, and it has countershading like a real shark with dark rock on top and shiny gemstones on its belly. And glossy black rock eyes.
I think I saw a drawing of a shark with an amethyst geode mouth once.
Yo GAPAs, did we ever have an “advice column” thread around November 2008? I want to find something I posted there (maybe under a fake name) for reasons. Thank you!
Also, while digging through old threads trying to find it I remembered we used to have virtual Muse Academy dances. Would anyone be interested in doing that again? Maybe a Spring Fling type event? Possible themes:
– Mystery theme, with secret codes in the music and decorations and everyone knowing different bits of the puzzle and having to put them together. Maybe someone gets fake-murdered or something gets fake-stolen and we have to solve the crime?
– Under the sea theme, with ocean life-inspired outfits and food, big coral reef-looking structures around the walls and projections of sharks and fish swimming overhead on the ceiling in a dim watery light. Johnny B. Goode has to be on the playlist.
– Futuristic theme – neon lasers, shiny spacey outfits, floating antigravity platforms, big metal automatic doors and robots serving the food.
I would love an “under the sea” party. We had an “in-space” party, why not an underwater one?
Yes, that’s it. Thank you!
Yeah, since we haven’t had the magazine as a source of neophytes for some time, and the blog can’t be found on Google, it seems to be just a dwindling group of old bloggers now. I’ve thought about telling my friends about it but “Hey would you like to join a family-friendly science magazine forum with around 20 active members that’s completely secluded from all other websites and has a number of impenetrable customs and in-jokes dating back to 2006” doesn’t seem like it would sell them.
I am quite prepared to fight for my right to party.
We have a Slack group now??
Yes, and it’s wonderful!
Since I haven’t been on here lately, there’s a good chance someone has brought this up already, but… suddenly I’m getting emails about people replying to posts I made years ago. There wasn’t any link to stop getting email notifications from MuseBlog, either. It’s annoying & it could be worse than annoying for someone using a parent’s email, so… something should be done about that. I expect this is a general wordpress thing that nobody here chose, but if it can’t be fixed right away I also feel like it’d be good to have some kind of big prominent warning about this.
Okay, so I have to finish my summary of what I plan to do in the future before term starts on the 23rd and I’m going to be TAing and writing my Master’s thesis equivalent this semester, but then there’s going to be the summer and the America’s Cup and I’ll get to be Professor Crabtree’s lab assistant and hopefully go to Turkey with her and maybe Israel, and then there’ll be the eclipse in August.
I think the Southeast is the region most heavily represented in the military, but don’t quote me on that. I’ve texted my brother to ask his opinion, although the service academies might have different patterns than general enlistment.
Wait, he just wrote back! For West Point, he says:
“Virginia has the highest number of applicants and cadets at the academy, followed by Texas, generally Midwest follows with the least coming from the north eastern portion of the country.”
I think a few people from my graduating High School class (New York) did join the military, but only about a handful and none I knew well.
Mel doesn’t post here much anymore, but a number of us have kept in touch. She’s in the Navy at present, though she didn’t go in till after undergrad.
With my lack of direction, I’ve been tempted, but I don’t think it’d be a good fit for me even if I wasn’t medically disqualified.
I agree, and getting tougher every year. I do have the advantage of graduating with minimal debt, which makes me luckier than a lot of people. I don’t have to pile that anxiety on top of everything else.
I don’t think I could have handled the strictness.
Quite a few people from my high school class are in the military as well. We have an air force base nearby, so there are number of military families. I also suspect that military service is generally more valued in more conservative areas.
Poverty’s also a factor, I think. When you can’t afford college, military service is often the best option for a guaranteed job with health benefits and an opportunity for higher education (through the GI Bill) or better employment afterwards.
Yes, very true. Thanks for pointing that out.
Wooo! Armel Le Cleac’h is the winner of the Vendée Globe 2016-2017, circling the world in only 75 days!
Alex Thomson’s impressive second-place finish makes him a rare male holder of a gender-qualified record– he is the first British man to finish second, but the first Brit overall was Dame Ellen MacArthur 15 years ago.
Yeah, a few people are talking about it on the Geeky TV Shows thread! Really fun, quirky, dark show that’s a very faithful dramatization for fans of the books, but also easy to get into for people who haven’t. I highly recommend people watch it tomorrow, since there won’t be anything else worth watching on TV.
That was meant to be the words “Geeky TV Shows thread” linked, sorry. Link still works though.
In other apocalypse news, Google’s AI software is starting to design AI software. Singularity, here we come!
Have they tried not ushering in the apocalypse?
There are many of whom it applies far more than Google.
I think I’ll be okay with keeping most of my biological parts but I would like to replace my inner ears with gyroscopes to prevent ever getting travel sick again and tweak my stomach to be able to digest anything easily so nothing I eat can ever disagree with me again.
I’m fine with being half robot or more. I would upload my consciousness into an entirely metal body GLaDOS style if I could.
Hey Kai (and other space-interested ‘bloggers): My boyfriend and I just decided that we’re going to teach high schoolers a ~2 hour class on space exploration. Topics, depending on class interest, may include biological effects and limitations of space travel, current and futuristic propulsion technologies, potential targets for exploration, reasons to explore, and more. He’s in astrophysics and I’m in biology, so we partly know what we’re talking about, but I was wondering if you might suggest any top-notch resources (especially online) for learning more about such topics. Especially resources which have activities that we might be able to do with the students!
I’m a bit overwhelmed by first-day-of-term stuff at the moment but I will make a nice long post on this tonight to help you.
Thank you! Take your time, though! We’ve got almost a month to plan it, so you can focus on first-day-of-term stuff as much as necessary.