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The Fascinating Physics of Bowling

moonsammy says...

It really is a solid video. Even as a fan of Veritasium I wasn't expecting to watch the whole thing ("a half hour about frickin' bowling?!"), but sure enough...

The Fascinating Physics of Bowling

Why I Give Abortions

moonsammy says...

Really solid video. Abortion is a medical procedure which has to be available to those who need it. Until a pregnancy reaches the point of viability outside the parent, I don't see any room for debate as to whether abortion of that embryo / fetus should be legal, and entirely the choice of the pregnant person.

What *shouldn't* be legal is harassing anyone trying to access healthcare, in any context. But of course, there *isn't* any other context that I can think of where people are regularly harassed. I suppose it's been happening to some degree lately with vaccine stuff, but that's likely to be temporary (and the Venn diagram between anyone willing to harass people over vaccines and over abortions seems likely to have a LOT of overlap).

How Road Barriers Stopped Killing Drivers

moonsammy says...

Interesting - thanks for sharing! Shame it didn't work out better, and I have to wonder if the outcome would be different now with the increased focus on fuel economy / climate change mitigation.

newtboy said:

The technical term is a rear crash attenuator.
I worked for a friend with a patent on foam cured carbon fiber manufacturing, using the heat and pressure of an expanding foam core to cure the carbon fiber without vacuum bagging or autoclaving....I helped with designing, and personally designed and built the molds, and built a number of test attenuators meant to replace the huge yellow plastic boxes on cal trans trucks. Basically an approximately 3x4x6' carbon fiber box with a dense foam core containing multiple tuned air chambers. We had to tune the chambers to stop vehicles at 60 mph without exceeding certain g forces. In the end, he lost the contract, but not because the device didn't work, I think it was too expensive, and my friend was not a great businessman. Ours was far lighter than the plastic versions, and was meant to pay for itself in fuel savings hauling it around.

How Road Barriers Stopped Killing Drivers

moonsammy says...

It was quick, but I'm pretty sure 11:56 answers a question I'd had for years, but never actually bothered to look up. Every so often I'd see a parked highway dept vehicle with a big, fairly flat object lowered to a horizontal position behind it. Barrier makes *way* more sense than any of the hypotheses I'd imagined.

There is a Hole at the Bottom of Math

moonsammy says...

I do NOT want to see what building Minecraft in Minecraft would look like. I've seen some of the redstone calculators and such and those are already bonkers.

vil said:

Minecraft is Turing complete.

Radiohead's "Videotape" is weird and amazing

Ask a Psychopath - What is your background?

moonsammy says...

Very interesting. Wish they'd put a little more effort into the music selection though, feels like I should be watching an inspirational video of some neglected animal being brought back to health.

‘This is not a zoo’: Biden administration blocks filming

moonsammy says...

See, my distinct impression of the Trump administration's policies and actions surrounding immigrants at our southern border was that it... wanted them to fuck off and/or die. "Remain in Mexico" was abhorrent. Family separation was a humanitarian disaster.

What *specific* policies or actions did the Trump administration take or promote which should make me believe they cared? That they had even the tiniest shred of humanity regarding people who've suffered enormously and struggled to reach what they hoped *might be* a less shitty life for themselves and their children?

"Come in legally" is fine, so long as we live up to being the beacon of hope and freedom that we like to think we are. Which would require allowing in a LOT more refugees than the Trump admin tolerated.

Ever read the poem on the base of the Statue of Liberty? It is beautiful, and if the US can manage to live up to it for a change then perhaps we'll have made America great, for the first time.

bobknight33 said:

Trump cared more than Biden.

I've always cared. Come in legally, so you wont end up trafficked and or packed in Covid infected cages.

So are you finally realizing Trump had a better plan?

‘This is not a zoo’: Biden administration blocks filming

moonsammy says...

Have you decided you give a shit about kids at the US southern border, Bob? That's fantastic, if perhaps suspiciously late...

IS CORN GRASS? RiffTrax

The State Birds are Garbage

moonsammy says...

This is so much better than I'd anticipated. Go Conchy!

Also, I really like how the information was presented. It was clear, concise, and weird as hell.

Pissed Physicist says "Follow the Science" is nonsense

moonsammy says...

I think it's more a matter of pointing out that science doesn't provide guidance, only understanding. We should use information provided by scientific research to guide policy, but policy won't always 100% follow that guidance. As an example, if research indicated the best way to solve Problem X is using Solution A, but Solution A is exceedingly expensive, or will cause public outcry, or requires materials from a hostile region, then Solution B might be what you opt for instead. Practicalities may make "follow the science" a poor, or at least less viable option.

newtboy said:

Isn't she saying we should actually follow the science to achieve desired results and ignore the uninformed opinions that twist it?

Larnell Lewis Hears "Enter Sandman" For The First Time

These Ponds Help Support Half The People On Earth

moonsammy says...

This "Pindrop" thing is new on his part, right? This feels like the first in a series, and I'm already pretty sold on it.



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