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Underrated Reasons To Be Thankful (#2)

  1. That when cyanobacteria arose 2 billion years ago and filled the atmosphere with oxygen which killed off most species and removed methane from the air so temperatures crashed and the entire planet was encased in ice, this didn’t quite extinguish all life but eventually led to the rise of eukaryotes that turn oxygen back into carbon dioxide and later those eukaryotes banded together into multicellular teams like you.
  2. That there’s been a 93% decline in stomach cancer deaths over the past 100 years—from by far the biggest killer among cancers to one of the smaller ones—and mostly this was an accident, it happened because better food refrigeration reduced infections of H. pylori, a bacterium that wasn’t even identified until 1982 after most of the decline had already happened.
  3. That the coefficient of thermal expansion for concrete is 1.1 × 10?5 / °C while the coefficient for carbon steel is 1.2 × 10?5 / °C which is close enough that steel-reinforced concrete buildings don’t crumble when the temperature changes although they won’t last for centuries like ancient Roman pure-concrete structures have.
  4. That we evolved to communicate mostly via sound which can mostly be stored and transmitted using simple technologies like ink on paper or etching in wax, meaning we didn’t have to bootstrap, like, capture and transmission of 3-D spatiotemporal fragrance patterns whilst having no way to exchange ideas other than direct person-to-person contact.
  5. That if I was a fish I would live in unending terror of getting eaten by a bigger fish, but presumably fish don’t feel that way because when evolution adapts a creature to an environment it would be counterproductive to wire them to experience life as torture, although it’s not clear this is true and I have no idea why or how evolution would set a hedonic baseline.
  6. That 85% of people in the world have toilets and that number has been improving by 1.5% per year for the last two decades.

It's Not The Figures Lyin'...

It's not the figures lyin'. It's the liars figurin'.

Happy Clock Day!

It's Time

It's that time of the year again! A time for festivities and feelgood sensation. For proclivities and peels off procrastination. To get stuff done! To get out: run! To get some blue skies and then some: sun.

Time's nigh. If your life is plain go fly.

It's Fry Day!

Feels like I've been burning both my candles lately.

No wait... that's not right. Just the one candle. Human candle. No nine lives here. *shout out newest Puss in Boots movie which was friggin' awesome*

Been burning my candle in both ends lately, I mean. And I mean that in both a good and a bad way. Good in that I'm progressing. Living. Accomplishing. Going through dues dutifully like there's no tomorrow! Watching movies after work. Getting home close to midnight. Getting up early to catch a train. Chew chew.

In a bad way since if you live like there's no tomorrow you'll feel a little worn out come tomorrow. Like if say you have a pretty prolific day and then stay up till 4:40 AM playing Golden Sun: The Lost Age.

It's such a good game though! Got back to it just recently. Two nights ago or so... I didn't want to sleep. I skimmed through my collection of GBA games in search of something I'd not yet played through fully or might want to go back to, and there it was. GS2:TGA. One of the best GBA RPGs ever.

I'm not sure I ever played through the first one fully either, but I'm not sure I have that one. Not with a functional save. They had some problems with such functionality on that one.

Seems I manage on less sleep occasionally at least. A sleepless night here and there's alright.

What bugs me is that I've been planning to up my exercise game for weeks at this point, but it's just not happening. I don't rest as required. I still eat too much. There's some kind of weird resistance I have in regard to working out consistently... or even generally just living healthily.

It's fine occasionally. I get a push and go tire myself out completely, and feel great after, but to actually make it a routine...?

Where's my discipline. How to attain that discipline. I've listened to a ton of podcasts on the topic already. Oughta know. I apply it to other areas of life but there's something strange about this one one. Endorphin-fueling and awesome though all exercise may be I just can't seem to get into it enough. Conflicting priorities? Some kind of strange martyr syndrome? Stress?

What is it. I need to figure this out. Tomorrow...

In better news though that theme song I've been occasionally speaking about for almost a year at this point is finally out there! You can catch it on NG or here. Shout out @Jabun - who probably put in way more work than he'd expected to put in when he first agreed to mixing/mastering this, and @ChordC on the awesome instrumental, and @Hania on obliging with her awesome voice on choruses and... other places.

It's been so long in the making I can't listen to it like I haven't already heard it a million times now and appreciate it fully, but I'm happy it's out! And it turned out great... I think I thought initially!

So far people seem to think so too. :) Woo.

Speaking of NG, they just killed General. Forum #1.

It was the one that started it all. The one forum there that's been thriving for soon twenty full years - even when activity on others waned - since the site was a mere baby.

I'm kinda bummed. Here's a petition to bring it back again.

I don't think it'll work - they have their reasons for closing - but it's worth a shot no? If it works it works, if no then oh...

And here's an Indiegogo for a project @littlbox's been working on for some four years now. Chip in if ya can/want to/feel generous punk (movie reference I realized I got wrong whilst writing - it's lucky).

Also had my music used in this a while back, meant to post a link to this game I also made some music for a while back, and here are six duplicate movie reviews.

Three newly posted, and three that got lost in a text file around summer.

If you wonder about that trip I took recently: it was awesome.

I can't ski - odd for a Swede I know - I didn't grow up in places with snow, but we rode up the mountain anyway and watched the people who did, walked along the shoreline of a frozen lake, toured the small town of Åre, saw the biggest waterfall in Sweden (Tännforsen), ate good, played games, tried the small but fully functional sauna in their rented cabin apartment on the third floor and had an I'd say pretty fun birthday party on the day my brother's girlfriend hit fifty (years not cents)!

I traveled back tired three days later on a late seven hour train - caught the last commuter train home with but a minute to spare - and since then life's been running again.

My brother's girlfriend fractured her shoulder the day after I'd left. :/ Whilst out walking the dog on what I'd assume was probably a pretty icy surface. They'll know if it'll heal itself or if she needs surgery in about a week. I hear it's painful. She already has some herniated discs. Debilitating addition.

What a way to end their one week celebration/vacation in the wild...

Reminds you that you do need to take care of yourself. Of your health. Stay light. Stay agile. Stay strong. If you can. I think I'll take at least a longer walk than usual today; work more on that tomorrow... after a somewhat shorter session of the-golden-age-of-gaming Golden Sun tonight.

That's all for now. It's Friday. The sky's veiled. Get out and fly.

The FDM Mosaic

The FDM Mosaic

That's me! In that masterful FDM medley, along with 10,000 other people.

Meant to post this like two years ago, when it was still open for additional inclusion. Oh well. It's immortalized now.

There may be similar ones currently in the works if you're looking to leave a similarly subtle imprint for the ages. Tis a cool thing.

Tradition Is Peer Pressure...

Tradition is peer pressure from dead people.

From the latest (at least it was when I first heard this quote) Hot Ones episode.

It's got some gems!

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