Teh Squeaky Wheel
Arachnid Thursday greetings, Wheelizens!
Just noticed the change to the left sidebar; heee!
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“Where’s my damned curds and whey, Muffet?”
Good morning and happy Thursday! Hi, Fatwa!
June 1: the day Donald Trump killed teh planet.
In related news, researchers at Kansas State University say they created a “molecular black hole”:
Actually pretty interesting; they got different results than they expected from the experiment.
Interesting article! X-ray lasers and quantum black holes, it sounds live a Larry Niven story. I do wonder how stable these “voids” are and if they literally mean a black hole. I hope more comes out on this.
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.
--“2) the iodine atom “stole” electrons from adjoining atoms. “--
I think in a molecule atoms are already “sharing” electrons so that might not be so surprising, though the others following them after, is. Paddy can correct me if I am wrong. It has been a long time since I scienced and I never was much edumacated in the first place.
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.
Thank you, Sir.
Sounds a bit like me when my internet goes down.
April hailstorms did in my roof. I had a hard time getting through to AAA, 1 1/2 hour on hold last Friday before giving up, half hour yesterday. I finally got through at a little after 1:15 this morning. Now things are moving fast. I got up early this morning (what is this AM you speak of?) and found an e-mail from the adjuster who will handle it. I was just writing down his name when he called (that was why I got up at 8:00 OMG oclock) and he was very helpful and gave me the name of the field adjuster. Minutes after that call the Field adjusters wife calls to make an appointment for the 8th. Hard to get in but now things seem well greased.
Thought of you, Fatwa. Wish you were here. At least the roofer is well recommended by a family friend and seems good. I told all the door knockers to get lost (politely).
Why do people want to be awake at these ungodly hours? More COFFEE!!!!
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.
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.
Thank you, Paddy. The roof needs replacement but there are no leaks now so it isn’t an emergency. Many of the roofs around us have already been replaced so everyone is used to the day or two of hammering involved.
It should end up being a better roof than the original. I wanted to upgrade when the house was built but there was no option offered. We have had a problem with wind damage since it was new and I already had the 14 cheap garbage plastic vents replaced with aluminum ones of much better quality.
Thanks for your explanation; you need a TV show of your own! 😉
Bummer about your roof; if you have any questions or I can provide any info / assistance, call me. (Just emailed you my cell #.)
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.
you need a TV show of your own!
What’s ‘splodey and stays outside all winter?
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?
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. 👿
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.
That day is today; you haz email, Paddy.
Thank you, Sir!
I’m not sure how you got Don LeFontaine to do that, but that’s why you’re Fatwa Arbuckle!
Oh, you big ol’ flatterer. (Wouldn’t suck to have pipes like his.)