@robotfriend Either I'm uniquely bad at busses or we just need to destroy all cars and make bus systems that work

@robotfriend This time it was me waiting in the middle of Boston at 2:00am for a Greyhound bus that never showed up

Every time I try to take a bus it ends in me swearing I'll never try to take a bus again, which sucks cause I really like the concept of busses and survived off them for years

Anyways, here's another Katie who's an actual expert in this stuff to talk about cool that weird blurry image is youtube.com/watch?v=4IMhntBBAz

"See" is of course a strong word when it comes radio astronomy. The image shows radio waves, and the process is nonsense complicated (but this is a great explanation ted.com/talks/katie_bouman_wha

Point Being: We've known a lot about black holes. We know they exist, and we know how they work BUT NOW WE'VE ACTUALLY SEEN ONE IN THE WILD theguardian.com/science/2019/a

(that's a fun fact that I don't have a source for, but here's a neat article about how they developed that renderer fxguide.com/featured/interstel )

The vfx people for Interstellar wrote accurate enough simulations of the light around a black hole that scientific papers were written about it

(thanks Wikipedia for that reference so I sound like I know what I'm talking about)

Since then other evidence of black holes has been observed, including the gravitational waves from two of them smashing together, in 2015 nytimes.com/2016/02/12/science

(Apparently I was 8 when enough observations of the stars at the center of the Milky Way were collected to show that they all had to be orbiting SOMETHING)

So, people have known that black holes probably exist for almost 100 years, but I remember as a kid it all sounded very hypothetical

Omg, Margaret Hamilton's daughter discovered a bug in the Apollo guidance computer by mashing buttons until it crashed

I honestly love the bits of space history in KSP. Another favorite is a module called the Stayputnik, which was the impolite nickname for an early US rocket that didn't....rocket

(Presumably this is why one of the first pilots you get in Kerbal Space Program is named Valentina Kerman)

Valentina Tereshkova is a name I'd never heard before, but she was the first woman in space. Some 20 years before NASA had a woman astronaut

I often feel like I'm never getting any better at writing music, but I realized I can now write mediocre music much faster than I used to

I made a cake for my birthday and took it out of the oven at 12:10am the next day and that says everything you need to know about me

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Below the thunders of the upper deep,
Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides; above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous and secret cell
Unnumber'd and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant arms the lumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages, and will lie
Battening upon huge sea-worms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by man and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.
— "The Kraken" by Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1830

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It is not focused on any particular niche interest, however, I am a fountain pen user/collector, hence the semi-related "squid" name. (Squid. Ink. Get it?) Also... Cephalopods. Analog/digital photography, science. It’s all good. Everyone is welcome as long as you follow the code of conduct.

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