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The Antibody by Christopher Lukas June 28, 2015

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I haven’t been able to find it on Amazon1, but The Antibody by Christopher Lukas is a gripping tale of a man’s struggle with suicide, depression, cancer and loss.  Written, directed and starring only himself, it is hilarious, tragic and real. I cried at the end, and I don’t cry for much. Watch it at the link above; no telling how long it will last.


1. Seriously, Amazon?

Peel Away 7 June 27, 2015

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Peel Away 7 is a non-toxic paint remover which is supposed to remove paint after applying, covering with butcher paper to keep it wet and active and waiting for an indeterminate amount of time before magically peeling away multiple layers of paint.

Hmm.  Your mileage may vary.  Our first test of this consisted of applying a thin layer (1/8" or so–more just drips down the wall) and waiting 48+ hours.  It peeled away down to a yellow layer that may be of a different type (I should explain that our house is a hundred years old and could have lead paint or whatever those folks in the caves at Lascaux used, and might require the high-octane solution known as Peel Away 1 . Or a jackhammer).  In any case, we are now on our second 48-hour test with thicker application and hope for the best.

Things to note for future victims users: put on as much as does not drip off.  Use butcher paper to cover.  Wait 48 hours, since it does not seem to destroy the wood.  Pray that the house burns down before you have to actually work.

I promise to update this exciting chemistry experiment as results become available.

Exciting update:


This is with the thicker coat and full coverage of the paper.  And it’s the second try on the same spot.

Justice Considered as a Symplectic Manifold: June 18, 2015

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Alternating symmetry, no local invariants but everywhere orientable. And mercy?  Not lumpy but curly.

From The List That Cannot Be Named:

> But if the quality of mercy is not strained, how is it prevented   from being lumpy?

Weren’t we just discussing this?  Let justice be a mapping from  aggravations to retributions. Recall that Exodus tells us "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a 
tooth".  This suggests the mapping is structure-preserving.  (Q. does  Mos have coproducts?)
Legal systems generally recognize that injuries are asymmetric. This  suggests the mapping is alternating.  (Ex. verify the difficulty of  recovering damages from oneself)
The Battle Hymn of the Republic mentions the Groups of Wrath.  This  suggests we can come up with a basis for the mapping.  (Q. the Groups  of Wrath are often depicted as purple; are they in fact abelian?)
Under the exponential, we can then examine a range of justices, from  the Mikado’s (retribution-increasing) through the Mosaic (unital) and  the Nazaretic ("turn at least one other cheek") to the Epitectic  ("didn’t I tell you, if you kept that up, you were going to break my  leg?"), and we call the retribution-decreasing cone in this space  "mercy".  But due to the structure-preservation, all these justices  are scalar multiples of each other.  (Ex. check that mercy is well- defined)
Mercy is not lumpy, by definition.

Cute Attack!! June 16, 2015

Posted by stuffilikenet in Awesome, Hello Kitty, Mutants, Octopus, Photography, Science.
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Wild flapjack octopus (Opisthoteuthis sp.), a deep sea octopus, spotted on a dive made by the ROV Doc Ricketts. This species is on display in the special exhibit "Tentacles" at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

ROV Doc Ricketts, ©2013 MBARI / Monterey Bay Aquarium

"As someone that’s describing the species you get to pick what the specific name is," researcher Stephanie Bush told Science Friday. "One of the thoughts I had was making it Opisthoteuthis adorabilis — because they’re really cute."

BeerCam June 13, 2015

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Taylorsville is the home of a number of, um, colorful characters. This fellow had a unique approach to the self-documented life.