Out of the Blue

Today is a special occasion here in the BlueTower as MrsBlue and I commemorate our wedding anniversary. And of course when I say here in the BlueTower I mean literally, as we are not actually going anywhere to celebrate the event amid the lockdown. But I don't want to complain about that because we are on-board with efforts to keep everyone safe and healthy amid the pandemic. I guess we'll try to make ourselves a special meal and hope the chance to go out to a restaurant to make up for this comes sooner, rather than later.

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Re: Out of the Blue
Apr 27, 2020, 10:23
Verno
 
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Re: Out of the Blue Apr 27, 2020, 10:23
Apr 27, 2020, 10:23
 Verno
 
Happy anniversary to you both!

We celebrated ours last week in the backyard with a BBQ and some beers. I can't say I missed the fancy meal out.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Apr 27, 2020, 10:36
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Re: Out of the Blue Apr 27, 2020, 10:36
Apr 27, 2020, 10:36
 
Happy socially distanced anniversary.
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Apr 27, 2020, 10:43
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Re: Out of the Blue Apr 27, 2020, 10:43
Apr 27, 2020, 10:43
 

Happy Anniversary to Mrs Blue and you.
Might I recommend the new UV-C equipped Roomba as an anniversary gift, but only if your couch is comfortable.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Apr 27, 2020, 11:09
PHJF
 
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Re: Out of the Blue Apr 27, 2020, 11:09
Apr 27, 2020, 11:09
 PHJF
 
Always celebrate our anniversary by cooking.

I started playing Bannerlord (having never played much of the original M&B) and am having quite a good time. Game is still very much early access (which I'd previously sworn off of, but desperate times...) but I knew I was going to enjoy myself as soon as the Conan-esque intensely manly title music started playing.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Apr 27, 2020, 12:09
Cutter
 
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Re: Out of the Blue Apr 27, 2020, 12:09
Apr 27, 2020, 12:09
 Cutter
 
Good Wired article that clearly demonstrates why going to Mars anytime soon is a pipe dream. And that's just the journey. Doesn't even account for all the actual problems we'd have to deal with on Mars itself. Focus on fixing this planet, thanks.

"If you're going through Hell...keep going."
- Winston Churchill
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Re: Out of the Blue
Apr 27, 2020, 12:22
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Re: Out of the Blue Apr 27, 2020, 12:22
Apr 27, 2020, 12:22
 
Actually, it isn't much of an article. But yeah going to Mars is currently crazy talk. We need some serious technology advances before that is going to happen.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Apr 27, 2020, 12:39
Verno
 
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Re: Out of the Blue Apr 27, 2020, 12:39
Apr 27, 2020, 12:39
 Verno
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Apr 27, 2020, 12:22:
Actually, it isn't much of an article. But yeah going to Mars is currently crazy talk. We need some serious technology advances before that is going to happen.

Not to mention we current live on a planet perfectly adapted for our survival and that's what we need to make the most of. Spreading to the stars only makes sense if we can actually attain it and won't just bring the same problems with us.

Heavy stuff for a Monday morning
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Re: Out of the Blue
Apr 27, 2020, 12:56
Jivaro
 
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Re: Out of the Blue Apr 27, 2020, 12:56
Apr 27, 2020, 12:56
 Jivaro
 
Happy Anniversary Blue!
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Re: Out of the Blue
Apr 27, 2020, 13:16
g-man
 
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Re: Out of the Blue Apr 27, 2020, 13:16
Apr 27, 2020, 13:16
 g-man
 
Happy anniversary Blue and Mrs. Blue!!
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Re: Out of the Blue
Apr 27, 2020, 13:37
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Re: Out of the Blue Apr 27, 2020, 13:37
Apr 27, 2020, 13:37
 
Happy Anniversary!
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Re: Out of the Blue
Apr 27, 2020, 13:42
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Re: Out of the Blue Apr 27, 2020, 13:42
Apr 27, 2020, 13:42
 
Happy anniversary. Obligatory link.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Apr 27, 2020, 13:45
Cax
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Re: Out of the Blue Apr 27, 2020, 13:45
Apr 27, 2020, 13:45
Cax
 
Happy anniversary blues :-)
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Re: Out of the Blue
Apr 27, 2020, 13:48
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Re: Out of the Blue Apr 27, 2020, 13:48
Apr 27, 2020, 13:48
 
Happy Anniversary, you crazy kids!
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Apr 27, 2020, 15:06
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Re: Out of the Blue Apr 27, 2020, 15:06
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Cutter wrote on Apr 27, 2020, 12:09:
Good Wired article that clearly demonstrates why going to Mars anytime soon is a pipe dream. And that's just the journey. Doesn't even account for all the actual problems we'd have to deal with on Mars itself. Focus on fixing this planet, thanks.


Fixing this planet is way harder than going to Mars
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Apr 27, 2020, 16:13
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Re: Out of the Blue Apr 27, 2020, 16:13
Apr 27, 2020, 16:13
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 27, 2020, 12:09:
Good Wired article that clearly demonstrates why going to Mars anytime soon is a pipe dream. And that's just the journey. Doesn't even account for all the actual problems we'd have to deal with on Mars itself. Focus on fixing this planet, thanks.

Yeah, I've posted here before that Venus is probably a better option. You can build floating stations 30 miles above the surface, and the temps are around 20-30 deg C, perfect temp for humans even if the atmosphere isn't. Also, Venus has a Van Allen belt which protects against radiation. Venus is also closer. And Venus' gravity is basically the same as Earth, whereas Mars has much less gravity.
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Apr 27, 2020, 16:14
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Apr 27, 2020, 16:14
 
PhysicalEd wrote on Apr 27, 2020, 13:37:
Happy Anniversary!

Ditto

Does that make me a dittohead?
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Apr 27, 2020, 16:15
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Apr 27, 2020, 16:15
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Apr 27, 2020, 15:06:
Cutter wrote on Apr 27, 2020, 12:09:
Good Wired article that clearly demonstrates why going to Mars anytime soon is a pipe dream. And that's just the journey. Doesn't even account for all the actual problems we'd have to deal with on Mars itself. Focus on fixing this planet, thanks.


Fixing this planet is way harder than going to Mars

Fixing humans so they don't destroy the planet is harder than going to Mars.
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Apr 27, 2020, 16:20
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Re: Out of the Blue Apr 27, 2020, 16:20
Apr 27, 2020, 16:20
 
Off the coast of LA its become a parking lot for oil tankers.

Usually I fill the tank once a week: driving kids to school (no busing here), wife going to work, shopping a few times a week, etc.

Now we only use it once a week. I filled it over a month ago, and went out yesterday. Still more than 3/4 left.
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Apr 27, 2020, 16:22
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Apr 27, 2020, 16:22
 
Vanquish the Virus? Australia and New Zealand Aim to Show the Way.

Whether they get to zero or not, what Australia and New Zealand have already accomplished is a remarkable cause for hope. Scott Morrison of Australia, a conservative Christian, and Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s darling of the left, are both succeeding with throwback democracy — in which partisanship recedes, experts lead, and quiet coordination matters more than firing up the base.

Lucky bastards.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Apr 27, 2020, 16:38
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Apr 27, 2020, 16:38
 Cutter
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 27, 2020, 16:15:
eRe4s3r wrote on Apr 27, 2020, 15:06:
Cutter wrote on Apr 27, 2020, 12:09:
Good Wired article that clearly demonstrates why going to Mars anytime soon is a pipe dream. And that's just the journey. Doesn't even account for all the actual problems we'd have to deal with on Mars itself. Focus on fixing this planet, thanks.


Fixing this planet is way harder than going to Mars

Fixing humans so they don't destroy the planet is harder than going to Mars.

Who knows? If there's one good thing that *may* come out of this fucking thing it's people have really had their eyes opened to just how unequal this world is and that things are a lot worse for most than most people imagined. Just watching Euronews and looking at the lines for foodbanks in Europe and it's something I didn't even really imagine was a thing there as they're much more socially-democratized than we are. I can see movements like Occupy ramping back up at some point soon. I see more people on the left demanding that the Dems start moving left and start making progressive policies if they want their support. That people are done with politicians like Status Quo Joe who talk a good game but never actually do anything to make the lives of the 95% better.

And while I'm not shocked to see the amount of it in the US I think a lot of Americans are. Just like they were shocked to find, no, they don't actually have the best medical system or this, that, or the other thing in the world. I think it's been a good kick in the complacency and shock to those who have always just assumed American exceptionalism was an actual thing.
That social democracy may not quite be the evil they've been led to believe it is - by those who exploit the masses the most.
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