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!!! 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.

youtube.com/watch?v=nkFsz_7QQq
Barton Aqueduct - In Operation

Huh. Maybe even with ill intent you can usually only do thousands of pounds of damage?

expressandstar.com/news/local-
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.

Very cool effect. Very entertaining / interesting pair of videos that reference each other. Two different YouTube styles:

youtube.com/watch?v=_bgUy6zA0t
Why Cheap LED Lights Keep Glowing

youtube.com/watch?v=1uEmX5XClP
The cheap Chinese bulb that won't turn off

Holy crap "London’s canal system currently holds around 5000 boats, 60 per cent of them permanent homes."

citymetric.com/transport/how-b
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."

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Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic By Matt McCarthy

samharris.org/podcasts/166-pla
Making Sense w/ Sam Harris #166 - The Plague Years (at 35m 30s)

Me: Formerly a 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.

youtube.com/watch?v=z-xIbX3wIb
Sam Harris - The Bestest Podcast Ever - A conversation with a chicken

veganism 

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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.

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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.

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Cicada 3301: An Internet Mystery

Holy crap! Sumo robots are amazing! They have clubs in Ohio, now I'm super jealous.

youtube.com/watch?v=mS-L2fpV1I

TIL "sea lioning" is a thing.

wondermark.com/1k62/

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".

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sealioni

"We've gone from 'humans being' to 'humans doing'."

"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)

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?

telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/0

£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.

LOL omg 2 minutes later

Shawn: Who else knows about this eleged Fozi scheme?

None of the characters acknowledge it. The show just keeps flowing.

This show is packed with these moments.

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