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Science fantasy.

You know, I believe that. I believe that the human race belongs in space. It might be silly, it might be naïve, but I know people who believe all sorts of ridiculous things that do a lot more damage. I don’t acknowledge any vengeful God the Father. I don’t believe in a great Rapture to come. I do believe that if we are spared, if we spare one another, we will make it to the stars.

Not you and me personally, of course. By the time the species sorts its shit out enough to think about sending starships full of adventurers to distant planets, we’ll be too old to get on them, but I’ve met some kids recently who might not be.

Laurie Penny on being lost on space.

2018-04-19T11:59:04+10:009th October, 2018|Tags: pop culture, science, sff|

Game theory is still terrible, tho.

On why sociological/psychological/economic studies on white Westerners in general, and American white Westerners in particular, are ruining our understanding of human nature.

2018-03-01T08:58:09+11:0016th August, 2018|Tags: culture, science|


So no matter how many times I listen to this, and on what device, all I can ever hear is “Yanny”. I even fiddled around with the equalizer; still only Yannies. It’s only on the “extreme” edits, i.e. when people delete the entire upper tone range, that the Laurel emerges.

Interestingly, I played this for my husband, who is deaf enough to wear hearing aids, and has particular difficulty with high tones, and he apparently hears… a weird combination of both words. So go figure, I guess.

2018-05-17T08:50:18+10:0017th May, 2018|Tags: meme, science|

The Kilogram is getting lighter.

Not, like, “the kilogram” as in the unit of weight. But rather The Kilogram, i.e the physical object on which that unit is based.

Incidentally, Americans, the fact that metric units are based on internationally standardized and scientifically determined physical objects is the reason the rest of the world—and everyone in STEM fields—uses it instead of the Imperial system.1 Even Celsius falls under this, since a single “degree” in Celsius represents the same difference in temperature as a single degree in Kelvin—as opposed to a single degree in Fahrenheit, which is its own thing—just with the number labels jiggled around to make it more comprehensible to humans (an average “nice warm day” is approaching 300K).

The more you know, etc.

  1. It’s actually not even that: the US “Imperial” system is actually its own system that’s both, a) different to the original English Imperial system, and b) is used by literally no one else in the world. Oh, and it’s defined based on overly complex conversion formulae from SI units anyway. Go figure. []
2018-11-26T08:21:08+11:002nd May, 2018|Tags: science|