i come from zueleekeewan, a planet 99 dimensions from the center of the multiverse
Where did you grow up?
i just told you sir
Where do you live now?
What is the highest level of education you have attained?
master of mirror shining and floor sweeping
What subjects did/do you enjoy most at school?
mirror shining and floor sweeping
What's your favorite sport or sports?
climbing mountains, drinking juice i made from vegetables and eating vegetables fruits and nuts, and i love little baby ducks, old dump trucks and singing in the rain.
What kind of jobs have you held? Industries too!
spaceshipjacker, riverboat captain, spaceshuttle door gunner.
What hobbies are you into?
hijacking spaceships and eating grapes, once i ate 75 pounds of grapes in one week.
What causes are you concerned about today?
very few spaceships to hijack left
If you claim a political party affiliation, which is it?
Which religion (if any) do you follow?
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Cool Memorieswritten () ago
“The futility of everything that comes to us from the media is the inescapable consequence of the absolute inability of that particular stage to remain silent. Music, commercial breaks, news flashes, adverts, news broadcasts, movies, presenters—there is no alternative but to fill the screen; otherwise there would be an irremediable void.... That’s why the slightest technical hitch, the slightest slip on the part of the presenter becomes so exciting, for it reveals the depth of the emptiness...
starting small businesswritten () ago
trying to start my own power washing business but all i keep getting is phone calls calling me a racist, wtf i dont understand, the name of my business is, WHITE POWER WASHING INC...
they say drug addiction and alcoholism is a disease, i call bullshit.written () ago
try curing cancer or leukemia with counseling and ping pong.
A forgotten flower blossoms in the day, no one saw it sparkle and die in decay.written () ago
yet it rose with beauty elegance and transpired. and died alone, in an all consuming lonesome fire.
from now on i'm going to answer questions like a presidential candidatewritten () ago
"Jim, what are you gonna do this weekend?"
sometimes in life we have to go through heartbreak and hopelessness to realize that life is about going through all those things and more to make us embrace who we are even though who we are might not be what we want. its all we have and sooner or later you'll look back and realize it wasnt that bad and youre a better person for having gone through it.- written - voted for by verge, smiley, Rockster160
Wu-Tang Clan rapper Method Man once said the following about fellow member Inspectah Deck: “He’s like that dude thatta sit back and watch you play yourself … and see you sit and know you lyin’, and he’ll take you to court after that.”
The same can probably be said of Mercury, the best planet in the solar system .
Mercury puts up with more crap than anyone else, so I stayed quiet while others incorrectly suggested that Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, or Uranus were any better. Few pay any attention to it: Astronomers researching the tiny rock often see their results smothered by the hype surrounding far lamer bodies like Pluto and Europa. And Mercury fans have to put up with shade like this quote from Ross Andersen: “Tiny thing, Sun-blasted and crater-pocked, more moon than planet.” But Mercury’s been the best planet all along. You just haven’t been paying any attention.
What's the Best Planet?
I get it. Mercury looks straight-up ragged. It lacks a real atmosphere, so there’s nothing preventing asteroids from hitting the surface, and the planet has billions of years worth of craters to show for it. Its only shield is a so-called exosphere, a thin layer of atoms kicked up by the constant onslaught of radiation from the nearby Sun. Mercury was raised in the solar system’s toughest neighborhood. Its temperature swings 600 degrees Celsius from day to night, negative-170 to positive-430 degrees.
Mercury once received the respect it deserved. The ancient Babylonians called it Nabou, ruler of the universe who woke the Sun up each morning, according to Robert G. Strom’s Mercury, The Elusive Planet. The Scandinavians and Teutonic people called it Odin and Woden—god of war, father of Thor. To them, it looked like a bright star that appeared sometimes just before dawn, sometimes just after sunset, heralding or retiring the Sun. That’s right, they named the planet after their best gods. The Greeks originally thought the planet was two stars and gave it two names, musical god Apollo for the morning appearance and his brother, messenger god Hermes in the evening. They eventually figured out the two stars were one, and stuck with Hermes. “Mercury” is the Roman version of Hermes.
The planet took the messenger god’s name likely for the way it heralded the Sun. But Hermes was also a mischief maker, a trickster, and kind of a badass (he killed the hundred-eyed monster, Argos). As it turns out, the name is way more appropriate than the Greeks and Romans probably thought. If you look at Mercury the wrong way, it could tear apart the solar system.
Konstantin Batygin, the Caltech professor of Planet Nine fame and fellow Mercury fan, explains that as far back as the 1600s, Isaac Newton pondered a question that astrophysicists still wonder about—whether our solar system is immutable, whether the planets will orbit the Sun forever or fly away eventually. “If the solar system really interacts with the universal law of gravitation where planets pull on each other, intuitively such a system can’t be indefinitely stable. It must fall apart,” said Batygin. He entered the centuries-old argument with calculations showing there’s a one-percent chance that eventually, the other planets’ gravitational influence will send Mercury shooting out of the solar system, or maybe even crashing into Earth. Which other planet has the distinction of having a small, but measurable probability that it will literally destroy us?
“It’s like a gangsta that’s chillin’ next to the Sun,” said Batygin. “It looks harmless because it’s kind of small… but it has some bullets up its sleeve.”
Mercury taketh away, but it can also giveth: Mercury helped confirm Albert Einstein’s general relativity, the modern theory of gravity. Its eccentric orbit processes 43 arcseconds per century, meaning that rather than returning to the same spot every year, its orbit traces out a Spirograph around the Sun. Before general relativity, the only thing that could have explained this eccentric behavior would have been another planet’s gravity, an imaginary planet that Neptune predictor Urbain Le Verrier called Vulcan. Mercury, forever the Inspectah, took Le Verrier to court and Vulcan got the death penalty. Einstein’s theory of general relativity perfectly explained Mercury’s 43 arcsecond procession. I don’t see any other planets playing such a pivotal role in a theory as important as relativity.
Speaking of gravity, Mercury’s elongated orbit locks it into a unique trip around the Sun—one Mercury year equals one-and-a-half Mercury days. There’s only one New Year’s Eve every two Mercury years, but who can blame it? I’d also need a break if the night of New Year’s eve lasted two-thirds of a year.
Despite these revelations, Mercury has maintained an air of mystery, especially compared to our rocky neighbors. Scientists have successfully sent two dozen probes to fly by, orbit or land on Venus, another two dozen to Mars and just two, Mariner 10 and MESSENGER, the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging mission, to Mercury. Trying to stick a ship into Mercury’s orbit is difficult: MESSENGER needed to fly by Earth once, Venus twice, and Mercury three times so it wouldn’t fly into the Sun, said Sean Solomon, a professor at Columbia University and MESSENGER’s principal investigator. No one has ever dropped a lander on the planet, since the lack of a true atmosphere provides little cushioning to slow an approaching craft. Even orbiting the planet is a challenge, thanks to the Sun’s gravitational tug.
But when scientists do manage to send spacecraft to Mercury, they find a stranger planet than they could ever have imagined.
Mercury’s the gangsta planet. It’s gonna take more than a couple of probes to reveal its deepest secrets.
When Mariner 10 arrived at Mercury 40 years ago, it found that the little rock, unlike Mars and Venus, generates its own internal magnetic field. Mercury also has plate tectonics like the Earth, but rather than many plates, it has one massive plate cracking and contracting above its liquid outer core. “That puts Mercury in a special place with the Earth,” said Tom Watters, senior scientist at the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. “The two bodies are tectonically active today with active magnetic fields ... there’s no evidence that either Mars or Venus have active tectonics.”
There’s a reason for Mercury’s magnetic field. Its iron innards take up over 80 percent of its radius, or more than 60 percent of its volume. The Earth’s core, for comparison, only takes up a little over half its radius, less than a third of its volume. That means Mercury is a dense metal sphere—a lot more metal than rock, said Solomon. So scientists wondered: How do planet formation processes create a mostly metal ball? They had a few theories: Maybe Mercury formed in a metal-rich region around the Sun, or maybe the early Sun blasted some outer layer of rock away. Or, the most badass theory, maybe Mercury was once the size of Mars and took a major wallop from some giant unknown visitor, stripping away part of its diameter. None of these theories turned out to be correct. When MESSENGER arrived, the planet revealed way more volatile elements, those with low boiling-points like sulfur or potassium, than scientists expected to see. Any of the above scenarios would have vaporized these materials off of the planet, and yet they remained.- written - voted for by DocteurRalph, smiley, Rockster160
wasnt the culprit of my actual problems bout tho .. i will praise ur excellent
reasons on paving delays.
its all good, i work in construction and am always in the middle of the road working, what really pisses me off is when people blow their horn at me, its like, im working idiot, cant you see all the signs. (plus im not wearing all these bright colors for fashion sense) yesterday some old lady blew her horn at me and i screamed at her, have some patience you old *****bitch...
ps, we have deadlines on everything, in the long game we just ignore them and make up great excuses. one of them is just, couldnt finish because of extraordinary circumstances. extraordinary circumstances being any number of things including, blizzards, hurricanes tornadoes hail sleet, someone ****shit in my knickers etc...- written
I used to come here all the time, both when this new help started back up and also when the old help was around. I don't so much anymore; seems like I was sort of an "outsider" here, so I come once every couple months
Other than that, I had a great Thanksgiving. Had planned it for just the six of us (husb., me and 4 kids) and the NIGHT BEFORE, ended up realizing there would be 16 people....
It all worked out wonderfully though :)
How was everyone else's TG?
i worked thanksgiving, and im an outsider also or actually im up in the eaves of the help house listening... before you think im crazy, where you think the term eavesdropping came from.- written
Usually, when planning a road construction, the “critical path” (that is, the activity that takes most time) is carrying materials from the quarry to the site.
It’s not like you can go the Home Depot and find everything in a place: the longer the project, the longer the carrying you have to confront.
Quarries are not abundant and, as times goes by, scarcer. In some places, finding rock is hard.
When building roads the first thought you have is “where can I find a good quarry that is not like 100 miles away from my project?”. At some places that is really HARD.
Thirdly and finally, road materials are built from scratch.
Road builders are like artists that paint. A professional artist, many times, produces his/her own paints because, if you paint professionally, it is expensive to buy paint already made.
Road constructors, like a painter, have to put together raw materials. Few professions work like that.
Asphalt concrete (or “pavement” as you call it) is made of rock primarily, because the amount of asphalt it contains is 5%. Almost 95 percent of the paving surface is entirely made of rock. The base and sub-base are, of course, 100% rock.
Those materials have to be created, duh, from rocks in the quarry. You have to dynamite them (and it takes forever to create the holes for the dynamite to be put into the rock), then crush them, sieve them, put them in place, hydrate them and compact them in carefully established procedures with recipes you have to follow to the detail, with materials that are far from being homogeneous and where acceptance depends on performance of the final product, not on how well you followed the recipe.
It’s like, when building your house, you could not buy the lumber and cement ready-made, but you had to build it from scratch. You would have to build or create the nails, the timber, the bricks, the cement, the kitchen, the fridge, the TV, etcetera. On top of that, the silicon you use for the TV is not produced in a factory that has been producing silicon for ages, but you have the circuits to work even if the silicon is “a tad weird”.
If you considered the time involved in putting together the materials you buy at Home Depot, and added that time to the one you take to actually build a house, you would think that building a house takes forever. That’s what a road engineer does every day without giving a second thought to it: a road is truly made from scratch.
That is why concrete roads are dramatically faster to build: the material (concrete and cement) is already made and delivered by a third party. Pavement or asphalt roads are not like that: you have to make from the raw rock everything, from paving surface to drainages.
Fourthly, I won’t delve into property management (buying the right of way) or environmental studies permits etc, but lemme tell you: they take more time than building the road.
When you build a house in a city, environmental studies take almost no time, because there is not much wild life in the middle of, let’s say, New York and the lot where you build the house is already acquired.
On the other hand (tongue in cheek, puhleeze), when you build a road it seems to me there is always some sanctuary for the Red-Yellow Bill North Aleutian Duck or the Rockie Mountain Half-Breed Spotted Mouse the designer decided to destroy. This comes along with the “Society for the Preservation of the Rockie Mountain Half Breed Spotted Mouse” that is staunchly opposed to anything that you could do to save the critter, because the standards that are enough for human babies to live by are not enough for this kind of mouse. This process is a nightmare.
Not to mention the proprietors of two meter wide property you absolutely need to build the freaking road that refuses to sell unless the lawyers of your company (and there are waaaay more lawyers in a construction company than engineers, believe me) finally, after you have lost all hope of going home to your wife and kids, agree to buy. This is an extortion process that takes time and leaves you exhausted.
That’s one way to understand why it takes time to build a road.
Some times you pass merrily in 20 seconds over a bridge that took someone one year of their life to build. Most people do not even notice the bridge. They have no idea how hard is to dam the freaking river or rivulet, the surges of water in spring, the working under rain and sun, the people hurt or even killed in the process, the many times they wandered around thinking “how in heaven am I going to do this alone with a crew of six people in time and in budget”?
Believe me, road engineers, notice it: only the road crews can understand the difficulties and the piece of your heart you put in things most people don't even see.- written
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