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As we journey through life, discarding baggage along the way, we should keep an iron grip, to the very end, on the capacity for silliness. It preserves the soul from desiccation. - Humphrey Lyttelton
As we journey through life, discarding baggage along the way, we should keep an iron grip, to the very end, on the capacity for silliness. It preserves the soul from desiccation. - Humphrey Lyttelton

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Post Index (about 89% done)

The linked index files make it easier to browse through, find and refind my posts. It's all maintained manually because G+ doesn't provide the elementary tools to do that automatically.

Amusing, or Pleasing (last updated May 2018)
Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/4_2QcB
Index: https://plus.google.com/104879277024913363852/posts/h1mCdmuRbXV

Animated GIFs (last updated January 2017)
Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/cm_OfB
Index: https://plus.google.com/104879277024913363852/posts/7dKDfKXWVQn

Artists - Original Content (last updated March 2018)
Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/QUXV9
Index: https://plus.google.com/104879277024913363852/posts/7sFL4owwCqJ

Books and Writing (last updated May 2018)
Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/AzsTsB
Index: https://plus.google.com/104879277024913363852/posts/LYmC6QDRhms

Capharnum Steampunk (community) (last updated May 2017)
Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/112017613082573474975
Index: https://plus.google.com/104879277024913363852/posts/3oF8WaD7EFH

Dwarf Fortress (community) (last updated March 2018)
Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/102372568857661710142
Index: https://plus.google.com/104879277024913363852/posts/N33ZzynWdgJ

eBook Publishing (community) (last updated March 2017)
Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/111687849164110924461
Index: https://plus.google.com/104879277024913363852/posts/JHYP1ZUSUg7

External Collections (last updated June 2017)
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Index: https://plus.google.com/104879277024913363852/posts/2EbSZggtSjr

Fantasy Writers (community) (last updated August 2016)
Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/101646669930905300681
Index: https://plus.google.com/104879277024913363852/posts/Jd2XxLeYZWc

Fantasy Writing (community) (last updated October 2016)
Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/111201574037887227476
Index: https://plus.google.com/104879277024913363852/posts/GL66KnCz8VN

Food and Drink (last updated May 2018)
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Index: https://plus.google.com/104879277024913363852/posts/FSemy7uAHqK

Game Master Tips (community) (last updated January 2018)
Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/115293460193268073217
Index: https://plus.google.com/104879277024913363852/posts/UQvvhaEEiwP

Glorantha (community) (last updated May 2018)
Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/102577244714186267235
Index: https://plus.google.com/104879277024913363852/posts/6EGFLYL5zPy

Google+ User Feedback Archive (last updated July 2017)
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Index: https://plus.google.com/104879277024913363852/posts/DUanxsc7ya1

Interesting... (last updated February 2018)
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Index: https://plus.google.com/104879277024913363852/posts/NVFimsHMTzo

Map Making in Games (community) (last updated May 2017)
Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/105897774940532146183
Index: https://plus.google.com/104879277024913363852/posts/Jg6qkG7ekCP

Mathematics and Computing (last updated May 2018)
Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/giwS9
Index: https://plus.google.com/104879277024913363852/posts/YSqKoBKn289

Memes and Text in Images (last updated March 2018)
Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/EEQQ9
Index: https://plus.google.com/104879277024913363852/posts/iFQtvYCqG7M

Mostly Astronomy (last updated May 2018)
Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/E5JWsB
Index: https://plus.google.com/104879277024913363852/posts/JRX4xzQiqix

Music and Videos (last updated March 2018)
Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/wzPQ9
Index: https://plus.google.com/104879277024913363852/posts/GQMBmyFc283

Pictures and Picture Flurries (WIP, last updated May 2018)
Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/EN61o
Index: https://plus.google.com/104879277024913363852/posts/cqRpmgbK1f1

Pinned Posts (last updated January 2018)
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Index: https://plus.google.com/104879277024913363852/posts/FLyabAJWHgG

Star Wars D6 (community) (last updated May 2018)
Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/109192465386999311385
Index: https://plus.google.com/104879277024913363852/posts/jG8ihFhFw11

Tentacles (community) (last updated February 2018)
Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/101020318633787162036
Index: https://plus.google.com/104879277024913363852/posts/4v9phnvfLU9
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More than 600 New Periodic Orbits for the Three-body Problem (for three non-rotating bodies of equal mass)

via +Jenny Winder
I found +Jake Heuft's comment intriguing. I hadn't appreciated that rotating the bodies could make a difference. Yeah, if they're non-symmetrical, that seems reasonable, but I don't see why it would matter for a uniform sphere. Must investigate further. Before I go look, is it because the bodies are permitted to touch? I didn't think that was part of the 'rules' either.
Scientists discover more than 600 new periodic orbits of the famous three-body problem
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Terraforming/Atmospheric Composition

It's more detailed than Star Wars needs, but a spreadsheet like this gives a usable summary you can boil down to Star Wars levels of detail and know you're not being too outre. I usually think it's easier to take something a bit too complex and simplify it down rather than trying to add invented stuff to a more basic model.

For example, clearly you can have atmospheres of Oxygen, Nitrogen, CO2, Hydrogen or Helium in varying proportions, depending on whether you're describing a rocky world or a gas giant, and the most probable trace gases likely to show up are also listed.

This spreadsheet also tells you roughly what percentages you can get away with for the varying components. It looks like 0.1% ammonia is OK if you want it, but 10% ammonia is probably beyond what's reasonable.

And IMC that's just the right level of information to add a bit of scientific flavour to a Star Wars planet.

via +Winchell Chung
Atmospheric Terraforming Datasheet

After some discussion of terraforming, I decided to figure out what the relative balance of compounds and elements are for each planet quantitatively instead of relying on my intuition, which can be problematic for such cases.

For example, we know that Venus's atmosphere is 3.5% N₂ and Earth's is 78.08% N₂. Do we need to import nitrogen to Venus? (Answer: no, we need to export it because Venus's atmosphere is so pressurized we actually have twice too much.)

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Here's the prototype spreadsheet:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1be3BjSfR5S6PngxeUGxWv7zrwDupy78U6PbPrFAfGEc/edit?usp=sharing

Worked example using spreadsheet:
https://plus.google.com/+IanMallett/posts/j8RD4hKhwdA

It's rather difficult to find complete information about atmospheres of anything besides Venus, Earth, Mars, and Titan—and almost impossible to find anything about surface compositions (hence I'm only covering atmosphere for now).

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If you'd like to help:

• I need a formula for calculating the mass of an Earth-like atmosphere given a celestial object's radius and mass. Extrapolating it from that body's current atmosphere seems to produce only-partly-plausible results.
• Proofread the formulae, though it seems to pass the sanity check, mostly.
• I need data for more atmospheres. It would also be nice to have crust data eventually.
• I can send edit links.

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University of Life Under Ofsted Investigation

Yeah, it's due I'd say. H/T to Joerg for finding this.
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Satirical enough for the Onion? Yes, if barely:

Fundraising Drive for NRA in Middle East Breaks All Records

Enthusiastic Endorsements from Locals:
"If you want as many American children dead as Americans kill of us, there's no better place to send your money."
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Black Panther Cosplay

via +Irreverent Monk

Funny AND awesome.
Wakanda forever
The best cosplay of Black Panther yet.
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+Edward Morbius, the Algorithm is not a Fucking Idiot

In fact, the Algorithm is actively dishonest.

It's not stupid, it is not broken, it is Working as Intended. Of course, it is not designed for the benefit of people seeking intelligent conversation. Instead it is intended to encourage the passive consumption of media of Google's or Facebook's choosing. The way it obstructs intelligent conversation by fragmenting it and by distracting from it is a bonus.

From the companies' viewpoints, you are consuming social media wrong if you take it as anything more than isolated soundbites. You are not supposed to join any dots or make any of your own connections. That is what makes social media so pernicious. The companies want to control it, so that their audience will gobble up the little nuggets of material they are provided with, but without connecting today's hot posts about corporate dishonesty with next week's hot paid posts about the same corporations' new product range.

Features that facilitate cross-checking, or that help people refind potentially damaging past information are not really in the social media companies' interests, so whenever such features do arise they are neglected, or actively lobotomised if they turn out to be especially effective. They don't want you to refind old stuff. Only new material should be readily accessible. That way anything old and damaging can be buried more easily. How can dishonest companies reinvent themselves if people keep reminding one another of their current shitty practices?
This One Trick Will Revolutionize Your Use of Social Media

Block fuckwits.

On G+ and Facebook:  the advantage is that each has a fairly large userbase and participation.  The disadvantage is that it's about 99.9999% crap.

What's working somewhat well for me on G+ is to filter ruthlessly.  If someone's not posting quality, interesting, or useful content to my Streams, I uncircle them.  If their comments aren't up to snuff on my posts, I cut their voice (I limit who's got comment privs).  If they are disruptive, ideological, insane, disruptive, or are crazy-making, I'll block them without much thought (I used to agonize over that, I don't any more).

The really high signal is hard to find, but odds of missing something by blocking an idiot are quite low.

If someone's discussions keep getting derailed, I uncircle them (or move them to non-Stream circles).  If you can't maintain discussion discipline, you're not worth following.

The really voluble people who occasionally post interesting stuff?  Uncircle them -- their good shit tends to get re-shared by the interesting people you are following who're not handicapped by lack of an egress filter.

And:  use search rather than your Stream.  The Algorithm is a fucking idiot.

(Hoisted from an earlier private discussion on finding useful shit online.)

#BlockFuckwits
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TIL communal teaspoons have a half-life of 42 days

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1322240/

'The case of the disappearing teaspoons: longitudinal cohort study of the displacement of teaspoons in an Australian research institute'

via +Miss Cellania
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Fancy!

-- Drinking Irn Bru from a wine glass

(A bit less fancy)
... because all my other glasses were dirty and I was too lazy to wash any.
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The Baby Jesus Butt Plug

This is not a book I thought would exist.

https://www.amazon.com/Baby-Jesus-Butt-Plug/dp/0972959823

See also the 'Frequently Bought Together' section.

via thebloggess.com
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