One thing this book does well is provide a logic for the diversity of sauropods— Brachiosaurus, Brontosaurus, Diplodocus, Camarasaurus, etc— a branch of dinosaur evolution that often gets boiled down into a slurry of long necks and flat teeth. The notion is that different species of sauropod are specially adapted to eat certain types of plants, and the traits that differentiate them are, to a large degree, bound to their differences in diet.
"The sauropods weren't competing for the same plants, but dividing the resources among themselves. The scientific term for this is niche partitioning—when coexisting species avoid competing with each other by behaving or feeding in slightly different ways. The Morrison world was highly partitioned, which is a sign of how successful these dinosaurs were. They were carving up almost every square inch of the ecosystem, a dizzying array of species flourishing alongside each other…"
The C Standard Does Not Protect You
"...the behavior of C’s governing body is very clear. We will not introduce warnings into your old code, even if that old code could be doing something dangerous. We will not steer you away from mistakes, because that could shake the veneer that what your old code does is, in fact, wrong. We will not make it easier for new programmers to write better C code."
@strangeattractor 1. I like that I'm adjacent to undeveloped land. 2. I would/will repair/replace all the stuff the previous owner neglected. 3. I would include a soundproof office.
1- I lived in several places this year, and I'm moving again tomorrow. The best part of any of them was size (except for cleaning).
2- Full rebuilds. They all have serious structural issues.
3- Avoid yards. Too much maintenance. Avoid ground floor windows. Include decent drainage, sound proofing, and design everything for my height instead of my hobbit sized relatives.
How about a new discussion topic?
I think most people have been spending more time at home lately, and so have had more time to notice design issues.
1) What is something you like about the place where you live?
2) What is something you've noticed about the built environment of your home that you would change, given the resources and opportunity to do so?
3) If you were building a house from scratch, what is something you would include? Something you would avoid?
Narnia is an isekai, right?
Isekai anime is what you get if you take Narnia and replace "Love for Lion Jesus" with "Being Good at MMORPG Mechanics"?
Summary of new developments in geothermal energy:
The potential for scaling up is very exciting. Geothermal would be a great source of baseline load to supplement solar and wind, replacing natural gas or nuclear in the mix.
Also, geothermal involves a skill set (drilling) that fossil fuel companies have expertise in. It gives them a way to use their powers for good, possibly making it easier to get them into a green energy political coalition?
I went ahead and upgraded it further to 3.2.1. It looks like it is working to me, but please let me know.
A Phasey Bean (Macroptilium lathyroides) spotted at Sungei Tengah, Singapore, on 24 Oct. 2020.
Phasey Beans are tropical American plants now found in many area of the tropics. It's bright red flowers caught my attention.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/63378043 ].
I've been thinking about creative pivots. Discontinuous reorientations in your
pattern of creative production, possibly accompanied by a change in the
audience for your creative work (lose one kind of reader, gain a new kind of
reader). I don't think I've ever really executed a true creative pivot. The
kind that's an abrupt, lossy, high-entropy […]
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