!!! Oh ya, that aqueduct for boats to bridge OVER the Manchester Ship Canal? Ya. Impressive right? But we'll also open it. Ya. All that water. We'll just pivot it all 90 degrees. Whenever. No big deal.
Barton Aqueduct - In Operation
Huh. Maybe even with ill intent you can usually only do thousands of pounds of damage?
Canal locks targeted over and over again by vandals
Some of these from the Amazon Prime video look crazy dangerous to me as targets...
Whoah. Click the Twitter links in that article for some interesting dam failure emergency management stuff.
It's really blowing my mind that any jackass could walk up to many of these canal locks at any time with a common tool and trigger millions of dollars of damage up and down stream from that lock.
America's security theatre attempts to enforce jillions of rules "blocking" such actions.
e.g. our dirt bike park and rules about "access under the interstate bridge" ostensibly because "bombs / terrorists" while the other side of the bridge has open 24/7 vehicle parking.
Big data / AI is actually quite simple. You just install a couple tools and Bob's your uncle!
Holy crap "London’s canal system currently holds around 5000 boats, 60 per cent of them permanent homes."
How the big freeze of 1962-3 killed off Britain’s canals (for industry)
These liveaboards, driven there by the desire for the slow life or the rest of the city’s crippling property prices, are changing the face of London’s waterways.
The water dwellers, along with those drawn to these lateral parks for leisure, have brought business back to the city’s canals.
"A decade after the first bacterial genome was sequenced, not a single drug in development was derived from that approach. The debacle set drug discovery back a generation, if not more, and the field still hasn't recovered."
Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic By Matt McCarthy
Making Sense w/ Sam Harris #166 - The Plague Years (at 35m 30s)
Me: Formerly a #bioinformatics student, cringing in pain that my beloved computer stuff did not help.
Hate long form interviews? That's cool. All you really need is encapsulated here in 4.5 minutes.
Sam Harris - The Bestest Podcast Ever - A conversation with a chicken
Yes, I'm intellectually and morally convinced that factory farming is evil.
Sam Harris argues no matter how idyllic the life of animals on small farms, he still wouldn't kill those animals by proxy. So he's a vegan.
But watching this series on canal boating there appear to be shitloads of super happy farm animals doing their thing. Assuming their deaths are humane I'm having a really hard time thinking their net happiness over their lifetime is below zero. So ... eat them?
My gf's learning html. Nobody told her that vim's a strange tool for genius programmers, so I just told her it was a normal tool, showed her insert and escape, then let her get on with it.
Half an hour later, I showed her another vim command.
Someone with almost zero education, who can't type properly, is programming in vim because nobody told her it was difficult. I know people who can program in Haskell who aren't sure if they can do vim.
Ha. 24 hour trading volume:
Blackcoin BLK: $3K
Bitcoin BTC: $24B
Oh no. I can feel the pull of this Discord and IRC bridge sucking me into a puzzle that any reasonable person would consider dead since 2017.
Cicada 3301: An Internet Mystery
Holy crap! Sumo robots are amazing! They have clubs in Ohio, now I'm super jealous.
TIL "sea lioning" is a thing.
A type of trolling or harassment which consists of pursuing people with persistent requests for evidence or repeated questions, while maintaining a pretense of civility. It may take the form of "incessant, bad-faith invitations to engage in debate".
"After 1.5 hours talking to a gentlemen... I politely asked that he be kind enough to at least leave me with a few surprises. He was taken aback by this. He couldn't understand why I would want surprises.
I'm not on the canals to know where I'm going. I'm on the canals to head into the unknown. For me it's the journey, not the destination. Everywhere I'm going has already been discovered by millions of people. But it hasn't been discovered by me."
Travels by Narrowboat S1E5 (Amazon Video)
Bacon grease as engine oil :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzHRYxRiboc
Watching this documentary series about England narrow boats. Dude operating canals for the first time. I'm wondering... damn, what if he does this wrong / maliciously?
£3m worth of damage. That's what happens. ($3.7M)
Makes RV life look super low risk. Generally I can only destroy MY RV and truck. Maybe take 1 other out with me if I screw up bad enough.