A thread of optimistic science/fiction art.
First up, Bryan Larsen's joyful inspiration: https://www.bryanlarsen.com/gallery/
My brother asked if a siphon works in a vacuum. My best guess said yes, assuming you can find a vacuum-stable liquid.
Of course, someone already has done it and made a video. (I'd love more explorations of things that stay liquid in a vacuum.)
covid testing local
A friend was told by their doctor to get tested for COVID-19, but found out there were no tests available.
My initial reaction was to be pissed off at our systemically mismanaged health system.
Thinking more about it, I'm a little more calm. We should not be hoarding tests, we should be using every test that we have.
I'm saving my righteous indignation until I see how long they have to wait for a test. Locally, we're ahead of the US rate of testing. *sigh*
Margaret Burbidge, the astronomer who's work demonstrated how we are all made of "star-stuff," has passed at the age of 100. Here's a celebration of her life and work from last year in Sky & Telescope.
covid, the curve headspace
The curve is clearly flattening, at least in my state.
Intellectually I know that (only) means fewer new cases day-over-day. This is a good thing, but the *total* concurrent case count is still climbing, which means things like the pressure on hospitals is still rising. What we're doing it working, but their end is not near.
Yet I've been looking at that goddamned curve every day, pining so many hopes on it. It's hard to not credit it for a whole lot more.
Sewing several different mask patterns today to see whats up.
As predicted, the mask from an anonymous makerdude fits only that guy's face. (Wouldn't even cover both my nose and mouth.)
The one from medical professionals looks less fancy, but has a lot of thought put into how it can be effective and produced quickly. eg: https://psjh.blob.core.windows.net/covid/2020-%20PSJH_CLINICALFACEMASK_%20Instructions%20-%20Final.pdf
(Video tutorial here: https://vimeo.com/399324367 )
One of the most bonkers things I’ve stumbled across. Rockwell International’s “Integrated Space Plan” from 1989, starts with the Space Shuttle and ends with interstellar flight. (By now we were supposed to be mining the moons of Mars.)
#mastoart folks: Affinity is commissioning† work from 100 artists over the next 100 days. https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/100-days-100-commissions
† They pay $1,500. You retain copyright. It does need to be made in their software. Right now it's half-price (pay once, no subscription) with a 90-day free trial.
H just told me that she reads this story when she needs a positive pick me up.† I'd completely forgotten I'd won a contest with it.
It's called Rebuilding. It's short.
†She is biased.
Vintage Japanese train tickets.
(cc @tsturm )
How to fit a face mask
This is how I was taught to fit a face mask (esp. masks with a metal strip across the nose):
- Put it on and secure it.
- Shape your hands like you're making a hand megaphone, and place them just behind where the mask touches your face.
- Huff or blow like you're trying to blow some dust off something.
- If you feel air escaping, make adjustments and repeat. (Either side of the nose is the most common.)
NASA is bringing back the "worm" logo to celebrate the returned to crewed spaceflight.
Trouble with words. Writing Speculative Fiction, Exploration Non-Fiction. Pragmatic optimism.
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