Cydonian Monk

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  • Location Houston, TX, USA
  • Interests Model Railroading (Operations), Languages, Space Stuff, Engineering

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  1. Was traffic heavy today in Utah and Wyoming? I have no idea. Compared to my normal Houston commute it seemed to be sparse to no traffic. Locals were describing it as "bumper to bumper." ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Everybody seems to be a tad bit on edge, so..... Eclipsepocalypse? We'll see. Or not see. All I know is I'm driving north through Casper, Wyoming tomorrow, and don't really expect to have any issues once I'm on the north side of the totality. Forecast in both of my target destinations is calling for Scattered Thunderstorms, so I might just get to watch a lightning storm in the dark. Nothing wrong with that at all, provided I don't get flooded into a corner. There's always 2024 if I miss the interesting parts of this one.
  2. Somewhere in Wyoming. Maybe. Looks like rain, but that's still a week out. If it's raining or 100% cloudy I probably won't bother with getting into the path of totality. Or maybe I will. Or maybe I'll drive to Nebraska. Or go hiking at Bighorn. Who knows.
  3. The Mojave is hot, and not in a good way.
  4. Not a bad deal. I'm going through Idaho Falls and Pocatello the week before the eclipse, heading over to Craters of the Moon and a couple other parks before I pay my respects to the Golden Spike in Utah and then head across southern Wyoming. Only real concern I have is getting through (and fueling up in) Casper the day before the eclipse. Once I'm beyond Casper the path is basically clear - I can get wherever I need through the mostly empty northern/eastern parts of the state. (Except obviously Shoshoni (which needs a permit) and anywhere west of Casper, but I seriously doubt the weather will be bad enough in both Lusk and Douglas that I'll need to travel that far west.) [Edit: The more I think about this the more I'm considering bumping up my trip from Southern WY to Northern WY by a day. Maybe go to Bighorn the day before the eclipse instead of Craters several days before. I hate having to actually plan stuff like this instead of just hitting the road with a vague idea and a bunch of free time.] It'll be an interesting adventure, to say the least. I expect chaos.
  5. I'm actually a bit annoyed by the eclipse right now because 8 million extra people are going to be in Wyoming the weekend prior to it. I had to tweak my plans twice just to avoid $1,000/night hotels that are all hundreds of miles from the path of totality. That said, I'm now extra person 8,000,001, so I don't have much room to complain. Depending on weather the morning of, I'll be anywhere from Shoshoni to Douglas (or Lusk), all in Wyoming. I'm not planning to photograph it, so I don't particularly need to be anywhere scenic. Just need there to not be clouds. I've had the glasses for two years already just for this eclipse.
  6. An update: I was hoping to have the next post up by now, and to have completed some Jool mission stuff too, but as it turns out planning and kitting out for a 24-day, 8000-mile-plus road trip across the western US is complicated. (Who knew?) Probably, and if all goes well, I'll have that post up this weekend. After this weekend however I'll be gone for basically all of August. (And in all likelihood I'll be offline for most of it, considering the only major metro area I'll be in for most of the trip is San Diego, and then only for a couple days.) I want to see mountains again. Mountains. And then find somewhere where I can rest. In peace and quiet, without a lot of relatives prying around, and a string of confounded visitors hanging on the bell. I might find somewhere where I can finish my story. I have thought of a nice ending for it: The krakens ate everything and they lived miserably ever after to the ends of their days.
  7. Kerbals are actually the reptillian Visitors from the original V TV series - thus the yellow glass in the helmets they always wear when outside. Kerbin is their version of day care, so we only ever see the Visitor children playing with their toy spaceships and not the full grown adults.
  8. It's been nicely mild this month in Lake Woebehere Houston, and I've been pleasantly surprised at the consistency. Sure, it's hot, but it's not HOT hot. Just hot. I can handle five months of ~95 °F. Of course it's as humid as an excited whale at the bottom of the ocean, but that's just how we roll.
  9. We weren't the only school that did these drills - every school in the valley did the same thing. After Bhopal, every school in the county did it. This isn't an exaggeration - people were scared. Scared people do strange things. Though admitedly they didn't tell us (the kids) the gritty details as to why they did these things - I didn't find most of those out until years later. Gas masks don't protect against chemicals that are made to force rubber to decompose. Not really. One of the assumption was that in a low-count strategic exchange, the larger population centers and military targets would be removed while occupation forces would move in and seize local fuel sources (coal, oil, gas), which is basically all WV has. Of course we didn't know at the time we were on the list even for the smaller exchanges, and would've been among the first to be hit. And it wasn't like all the above occupied 100% of everybody's anxiety. Most folks were more concerned that kids might be influenced by deviant English literature or that "evil" rock'n'roll stuff. Some of them probably even would've welcomed the cleansing fires of nuclear rain. They still would've had to get up and go to work after the appocalypse though. (Just like I need to do right now.....)
  10. I did, and many times over. Grew up in Charleston, WV in the 80s. We had your usual "duck and cover / hide under your desks" drills for nukes (and other Soviet attack/invasion scenarios), and then several different drills for chemical leaks. One chemleak drill we all lined up in the hallways in alphabetical order by teacher (so it'd be easier to ID the bodies). In another we did the same, but on the second floor. I always assumed the second floor one was for heavier-than-air leaks that might have been survivable. The first was pretty much for guaranteed fatalities (we made some potent Bhopal-grade stuff in Chucktown). Every room in that school had a window or door, so Shelter in Place was never goimg to be a survivable option. The nuke drills were gone by the time I was in Junior High (as were the Soviets, mostly), but we practiced a variant of the SiP drills every year I was in school. Only had a real, not-a-drill event once that I remember, and that was for a lighter-than-air release that went the other way.
  11. It's a bit of a campy sci fi movie (I guess that goes without saying as most 70s SciFi is campy by design), but worth watching at least once if you can stream it or catch it on TV somewhere. I'm of a mixed opinion on the "sequel" film. The new series is a different story than the original, in much the same way that "Blade Runner" is a new story when compared to "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep." Similar concepts, completely different themes. Also - This thread hit the official 100,000 views point sometime last week. I know it's just a number, but it's a big round one with an extra digit. Thanks for reading! This wouldn't be here and wouldn't still be going without you folks.
  12. Where else you gonna put it? Not much room on top of the dashboard.
  13. Yep. A couple of my model railroad friends got burned by that. And it's exactly the reason I self host most things. I do occasionally drop an image on Flickr or Imgur if I'm on mobile, or if I'm sharing to some super-high-traffic site, but only rarely.
  14. They're self hosted on a server and domain I rent. Seemed the simplest and most reliable approach.
  15. Me? I'd probably just shrug, get dressed (again, if my clothes were just burned off by the explosion), and head in to work. A little thing like Houston being reduced to a burning ashpile is unlikely to cause us to close the office.