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tkdguy

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    tkdguy reacted to Cancer in More space news!   
    Another take on the black hole merger exposing things in the "mass gap", from the American Astronomical Society.  No video here.  Not technical journal grade reading, either.
     
    https://aasnova.org/2020/09/02/ligo-virgos-newest-merger/
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    tkdguy got a reaction from Cancer in A Thread for Random Videos   
    I told you about the orange sky in the SF Bay Area right? Here are a couple of views from drones with a certain sound track added.
     
     
     
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    tkdguy reacted to dmjalund in Small Humanoids and Bonuses   
    Your feet
     are considered area affect attacks against worms
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    tkdguy reacted to Pariah in A DC Animated-style HeroMachine   
    This is my first hero image using the Factory of Heroes app for Android. Naturally, it's my old standby, Morningstar.
     

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    tkdguy reacted to Chris Goodwin in Star Hero Complete ?   
    I myself have a large stack of GURPS books that I've used at least some of with Hero.  If you don't mind doing some translation, Champions Complete would do you just fine.   
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    tkdguy reacted to Mathew Robert Ignash in Gamma World HERO Revisited   
    The Gamma World racial and occupational packages I created are archived here: 

    http://mattcave.mypressonline.com/champions.html#packages
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    tkdguy reacted to archer in Genre-crossover nightmares   
    I can picture them tying up a Nazgul, unmasking him, and saying in unison, "Old Man Smithers??!!"
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    tkdguy reacted to Ragitsu in Ctrl+V   
    http://towerofzenopus.blogspot.com/2011/08/awesomeness-of-fightermagic-user.html
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
     
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    tkdguy reacted to Cancer in The Non Sequitor Thread   
    Neutrinos and antineutrinos cannot shake hands, because they have opposite handednesses.
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    tkdguy reacted to dmjalund in Funny Pics II: The Revenge   
    More like Miss Alpha+Beta Quadrant 
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    tkdguy reacted to Ragitsu in Ctrl+V   
    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Sisyphean
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    tkdguy reacted to Cancer in Ctrl+V   
    Terrestrial biology does produce phosphine at a rate adequate to make the feature seen in the millimeter spectra.  Other known photochemical and geochemical processes don't.  That's as strong a statement in favor of life as can be made from these data, IMO.  OTOH, I am not convinced that the identification of this single spectral line as being due to phosphine is bulletproof; and even if it is, while a particularly implausible assumption about a biosphere producing PH3 can produce the observed feature, that's a really bad reason to think of this as evidence for life there.
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    tkdguy reacted to Cancer in More space news!   
    The technical paper in Nature Astronomy is here.  I managed to get to it this morning without a subscription, so I don't think it's behind a paywall, but YMMV.
     
    This is based on spectroscopic observations of an absorption line at about 1 millimeter wavelength.  The first observation was done with the James Clerke Maxwell Telescope in 2017, and I would call that spectrum suggestive but not compelling that an absorption line was actually present.  The 2019 ALMA spectrum is better but I would still hesitate to make a claim based on that.  The two data sets jointly make something worth putting into the literature.  Even so, it fairly cries out for confirming evidence, which probably will have to come from an atmospheric probe: I don't think it'll be possible to do better with Earthbased data for quite some time.
     
    The best takeaway from this is the whole of their main-text final paragraph ("PH3" here means PH[sub]3[/sub]: the chemical formula for phosphine. )
     
    Terrestrial biology does produce phosphine at a rate adequate to make the feature seen in the millimeter spectra.  Other known photochemical and geochemical processes don't.  That's as strong a statement in favor of life as can be made from these data, IMO.  OTOH, I am not convinced that the identification of this single spectral line as being due to phosphine is bulletproof; and even if it is, while a particularly implausible assumption about a biosphere producing PH3 can produce the observed feature, that's a really bad reason to think of this as evidence for life there.
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    tkdguy reacted to wcw43921 in Funny Pics II: The Revenge   
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    tkdguy reacted to Grailknight in Coronavirus   
    I could get behind implementing this.
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    tkdguy reacted to archer in Coronavirus   
    Anti-maskers forced to dig graves for covid victims in East Java, Indonesia.
     
    https://gizmodo.com/anti-maskers-forced-to-dig-graves-for-covid-19-victims-1845046526
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    tkdguy reacted to Michael Hopcroft in In other news...   
    It's all fun and games until COBRA uses dictator DNA to create Serpentor...
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    tkdguy reacted to Cancer in Quote of the Week From My Life.   
    "I am NOT a drama queen!" screamed my daughter.
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    tkdguy reacted to Ternaugh in The "Nice Happy" Thread   
    I was about 255 lbs back in April. This morning, I'm at 235 lbs, which is the lowest that I've been since college.
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    tkdguy reacted to Old Man in Funny Pics II: The Revenge   
    I explained to a younger coworker once that one day he would wake up and realize he was probably closer to the end than the beginning. The look on his face was priceless. 
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    tkdguy reacted to Cancer in Ctrl+V   
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