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February 21st, 2013

Yeah, Oh Yeah! [Feb. 21st, 2013|07:25 am]
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What time is it? Adve...well, okay, actually, yeah, Adventure Time! I was just going to say "time for the cool t-shirt that Terra got me as a present in the wrong size that I had to exchange to finally arrive," which is true (see above) but it is also time for "Bad Little Boy"! Donald Glover as Marshall Lee, the gender-swapped Marceline. In the first episode, the Fiona & Cake universe was the Ice King's fanfiction; this time it was Marceline's critique of herself. Um, that is a really great frame story? Sliding it from side character to side character really gives them a way to rotate that meta-story in a lot of smart, interesting ways. Neil Patrick Harris is Prince Gumball; maybe his story will be next? Oh which-- the escalation of "Bubbline" shipping was a nice touch. I guess there is a possibility that they are pseudosiblings, but it is looking more & more like they are exes. Plus also Childish Gambino raps about being a vampire, so yeah, as Finn would say, "yeah, yeah, yeah!"

Oh so I'm at a point in my life where (#HumbleBrag) I might just be at a party where Andrew WK shows up? I'm not super starstruck by nature, because I'm smug & vain, then on top of that living in New York City takes the veneer off celebrities, then on top of that working with famous people on their books pretty much nullifies it...which is actually all my roundabout way of saying that no, actually Andrew WK made me fanboy a little. Not a lot of people could do that, like, Cate Blanchett I guess? Gene Wolfe (who I've never met but had a dream about meeting last night!) probably. Not Kurt Loder, he was there too but shrug. Maybe Andrew WK is just like, a personal celebrity? He's not like, famous, unless he is famous to you, right? Anyhow um, the real moral of the story is he arrived just as Jenny & I were leaving, so I guess we sort of failed at "party hard" as an ethos.

Um, I know I've been terrible at blogging; here & there both. Partly it was having to work through my lunch breaks; I am pretty good about using my lunch breaks "productively" to document my life or muse about role-playing games. I'd be lying if I didn't admit that playing Skyrim wasn't also a big factor. I got the Dragonborn downloadable content; it is really gorgeous. Anyhow, I really don't do much of anything, I just cancel plans to play video games. Yesterday Jennifer built a new television cabinet, sprucing up the place a little bit. Monday was a holiday, but all my friends were working or out of town, so I just worked out &, you guessed it, played Skyrim. Which, like, come on, I'm seriously not kidding, what do you think I did all weekend? The same exact thing. I'm not quite an addict, because it isn't ruining my life, but I'm mainlining it pretty hard. Still, I'm level 70 so grinding for experience is getting much harder; I am going to have to start finishing off quests. Even with the DLCs, I'm on the waning edge, which is good news; I'm not going to mess around with Elder Scrolls Online though, because...that way lies peril.
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You'd have to fart 29574309200 an hour to create 1.21 gigawatts to active the flux capacitor. [Feb. 21st, 2013|12:23 pm]
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I decided to freak out & try to do some fact checking on my own. I don't know really anything about math or chemistry, so I may be drastically off. I tried not to drop a decimal anywhere, but I don't really know enough about the dynamics of stoichiometry in practice to know if I didn't like, miss a big important step or whatever. I just wanted to flex a part of my brain I don't use very often, so I thought I'd give it a whirl. It was in an email chain I have with some friends; the above image comes up & I wanted to Mythbusters it. Having done so, I wanted to #HumbleBrag about it, since I don't do chemistry ever, but more to the point I know I have science & engineer nerds around, & maybe they could tell me where I went wrong or if I somehow managed to do it correctly?

Stoichiometry is hard!

Cows fart 100 liters a day. (or as much as 200, I am using 100 because it is nice & round)
100 liters = 3.5 cubic feet, ish.
1 therm= 100,000 BTUs
1 therm is approximately = to 100 cubic feet of natural gas (methane) at 59F
So 28.5 days of farting make a Therm.
100,000 BTUs = 105505585 joules.
A Ton of TNT is a unit of energy equal to 4.184 gigajoules
105505585 joules.= 2.52164.4000956 x 10^-5 kilotons of TNT
Um crap I am getting lost in numbers hold on.
105505585 joules = 0.02521644 tons of TNT
Okay base units that is better.
Okay, Little Boy was 16,000 tons of TNT

That means it would take a cow 634507 days to fart that much. Or cut it in half if you think cows fart 200 liters. 1737 years & 80 days. If my math is right. It may not be. I dunno about fucking chemistry at all. That is for a cow; humans I'm guessing fart much less, but I couldn't find a reliable number.

It was then pointed out to me by Blaine that the keyword is "continuous." That is...harder to figure out, though in the looking I found that the normal human range is like .5 to 1.5 liters so like, a hundred times longer than a cow. Anyhow I'm sure I'm doing this backwards by not knowing real equations & having to rely on sources online that don't use consistent units.

The caveat "continuous" is a weird one; I don't know how you would define it. Also, not all of a fart is methane; actually only a pretty small part of it it, 7%. So that there is probably another couple of decimal places, huh? Though you can burn the 21% hydrogen too, I guess. Oh, this has a lot of the same calculations. 147.29 joules per fart, they say. There are 86400 seconds in a day. Estimating a fart a second, that is 12725856 joules per day. 0.00304155 tons of TNT. 5401 years.
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