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Fatwa Arbuckle: Unperson
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Arachnid Thursday greetings, Wheelizens!

Just noticed the change to the left sidebar; heee!

BBL.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Unperson
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Thread pic caption:

“Where’s my damned curds and whey, Muffet?”

Sven
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Sven
3 years ago

Good morning and happy Thursday! Hi, Fatwa!

Sven
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Sven
3 years ago

June 1: the day Donald Trump killed teh planet.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Unperson
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Hai, Sven!

June 1: the day Donald Trump killed teh planet.

In related news, researchers at Kansas State University say they created a “molecular black hole”:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4562108/Scientists-create-molecular-black-hole.html?ito=social-twitter_mailonline

Actually pretty interesting; they got different results than they expected from the experiment.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Unperson
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Reply to  Machinist

Hi, Mac!

I agree that was sort of Nivenesque…cool! 😉

What amazed me the most was that 1) they can target a laser with that sort of precision (plus observe the results), and 2) the iodine atom “stole” electrons from adjoining atoms.

Unexpectedly!

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
3 years ago
Reply to  Machinist

The iodine atom had covalent bonds with other atoms, so there was “sharing” going on. The electron orbitals from the different atoms overlap, forming a new shape of electron cloud. When the iodine atom lost some electrons, it exerted a greater than normal pull on the electrons involved in the covalent bond, pulling them away from where they normally would be, breaking the bond, resulting in the entire molecule falling apart as the bonds were broken.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
3 years ago

Sure Happy It’s Thursday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa, Sven, and Mac!

Pretty interesting article, Fatwa. Even though the x-ray pulse was concentrated in a very small spot, it was still 500 times larger than the Iodine atom they hit, yet the outer, most loosely held electrons weren’t stripped away, the inner, more tightly held ones were.

Actually pretty interesting; they got different results than they expected from the experiment.

Which is what sometimes happens when you actually #science.

Sven -- I haven’t heard any pining for the fjords, yet.

Mac -- that sucks about your roof! Hopefully it can get repaired without too much additional effort on your part and before more rains hit.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Unperson
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Paddy --

Thanks for your explanation; you need a TV show of your own! 😉

Mac --

Bummer about your roof; if you have any questions or I can provide any info / assistance, call me. (Just emailed you my cell #.)

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Jim went to the City of Satan [sic] Monica today to pull a permit for the job we’re starting Tuesday. He was told they can’t issue the permit without a letter from the HOA Board President clearly stating the address of the property and the approved scope-of-work. They also require a copy of the minutes from the Board meeting wherein the work was approved.

God. Damned. Commie. Rat. Fascist. Fookin’. Bastards.

We’ll be instituting a surcharge for any work we’re asked to bid in Santa Monica and tell the property owners upfront about it…and why we do it. If they’d prefer we don’t bid the work, that’s fine with us.

But they ought to be told about this garbage.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
3 years ago

you need a TV show of your own!

What’s ‘splodey and stays outside all winter?
Paddy O’Furnijur!

Jim went to the City of Satan [sic] Monica today to pull a permit

Is that what the cool kids are calling it these days?

Fatwa Arbuckle: Unperson
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Dunno; I still refer to it as The Peoples’ Republic of Santa Monica (which I first heard when I moved to L.A. in ’85; it’s gotten far more accurate since then).

Still have the radio promo for “The Paddy O’Furnijur Show” if you ever do a pilot. 👿

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
3 years ago

I meant “pull a permit” -- that also seems appropriate given what Jim has to go through.

I should probably get a copy of that promo one of these days.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Unperson
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That day is today; you haz email, Paddy.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
3 years ago

Thank you, Sir!

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
3 years ago

I’m not sure how you got Don LeFontaine to do that, but that’s why you’re Fatwa Arbuckle!

Fatwa Arbuckle: Unperson
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Oh, you big ol’ flatterer. (Wouldn’t suck to have pipes like his.)

Olive this:

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
3 years ago

Love it!