Funniest Lab Glassware

2020/05/27

The short path distillation condenser, affectionately abbreviated by chemists as the MFP, is a very useful piece of lab glassware if you are distilling small amounts of sample. It has a ground glass joints to be attached to round-bottom flasks and a ground glass joint for a thermometer. There are two hose prongs for cooling water (in and out), and a third hose prong which can be attached to a vacuum line or left open to atmospheric pressure. The short path distillation condenser takes the place of three pieces in a traditional distillation apparatus: the distillation adapter, condenser, and receiving adapter. This gives it the advantages over a traditional distillation setup of having less points that need clamps and less points that could come open and release the (often preciously created) sample out of the distillation pathway.

Why is this the funniest piece of lab glassware? Well, you have to hold it upside down, as shown below, and then you will see. Of course, MFP is short for Man F---ing Pig, because that is what it looks like.

The MFP

The MFP, inverted

Primorials

2020/05/02

When one is generating primes, the first step people usually take to see if a candidate number is prime is to see if is divisible by some small primes. You could try dividing it by a selection of small primes (which requires a number of divisions, which are generally computationally demanding operations). Or you could do it in one operation by calculating the greatest common denominator (GCD) with a primorial, which is the product of a number of primes, and the GCD will necessarily be 1 for any prime not used to make the primorial. To be computationally efficient you would want the largest primorial that fits in the number of bits your computer is working with, for example with FFA you want the largest primorial that fits in the FZ field size. So I went ahead and calculated some primorials, it just took a short time using FFA and the peh tape example in FFA Chapter 18C.

The largest primorials of power of 2 bits from 256 to 5196 bits are (in hexadecimal notation):

256 bits:
024776FFD3CBD21C872ECCD26AD078C5BA0586E2E57CF68515E3C4828A673A6E

512 bits:
20D553F6EC8DF4DD610278518BABE13E0EFD87744717F733836C634407D0230E
467B622F9787080ADDE08CB349423BC93EFD965375B51F301BD9D9D25C61891E

1024 bits:
0590BFF0E1E497D01EC56374D8417AE5706FDFBE24240DB0FB6AD6FAD3F49804
3820F879440DFD1F4E101DEAEDDFF905F3621EAEA0CAD6EF2962D5FAE132DD23
5DEDC15A2BD2360E3593649B3164675B0DDC0AAA31CB1CACC71DE31758B8E996
6B776DCBB5C4F07BA3819CFBD89F8E1CA30DA823BE6C6D1E0C3546C023E602F2

2048 bits: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4096 bits: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8196 bits: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16384 bits (this one took about 10 minutes to compute on my computer):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8D560FE77CF72182345E37084CB1680F1F3A48C8E8A1227397C2DB4708367708
5DD15A2C59D4DF6CDADA456E17D08D96B366E4B8415F6BF70CD3A30F9AA46ADF
FB60DED2D09AB4840ED7A0189EF3EDFA4205CA1FA5B31D75A33D136DAA8F5E42
BA96119F66FDAF64A0EE4E293802F77F50315CC8B1845F9846462639F87C8BCE
5D83014EA238002FA238919E91187D8BC547FE17AB24E2EE7041672BFFFAE649
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0FA558D5EC9BBC4B6B5FC7AB7D416A26A55DDFE990BEA7B4F8A99D3DEA9B04F0
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80F6118244F1FE49743B761C6D1C514258DE356246FF0037D401FA7386A2C252

Time Formatting

2020/04/06

In most numbers we write, the largest value comes first. So if I want to write ten plus two hundred, I write 210. Most significant value comes first. If I want to write a time of day, there is a standard format that everybody uses1, so 10:15 means ten hours and fifteen minutes while 15:10 means fifteen hours and ten minutes. Everybody understands it and it is easy to use. If I want to add in seconds, since they are smaller than minutes I put them to the right, so 10:15:20 means 10 hours, fifteen minutes, and twenty seconds.

Now, for some reason, when it comes to dates nobody can agree on ordering. If I say I was born 03-04-05 and my sister was born 06-02-01, which of us is older? Does 01-02-03 come before or after 02-01-03? It depends on where you come from, in the US they tend to list the month and then the day, while Europeans tend to put the day first and then the month. (Correct answer: they are both wrong.) Obviously we can make things clearer by including the four-digit year, which narrows it down since days and months cannot be four digits. The best way to write a date is year-month-day, since that puts the most significant number first. So the date should be written 2020-04-06, that is year 2020, month 04, day 06.

Have you ever been looking at dates sorted alphabetically, such as a list of files where the date is part of the filename? Of course you want things sorted as August, December, February, January, October, ... right? Or would you rather have things sorted first by the day of the month, and then by month? When would that ever be useful? When you use YYYYMMDD, the files get sorted by date automatically. So much easier.

On a slightly related topic, today I found out that Wordpress has a setting to indicate the format of the date that you want, but that setting can be over-ridden each time the date is called using a formatting string. So if you change the date setting, you also have to go to each place the date is used in the theme and check if it is using a formatting string. Because that makes sense, let's have a user settable value that does not actually change anything (/sarc).

Bug report (low priority)/To Do item: On the Wordpress settings page, by the time and date section, there is a link to https://codex.wordpress.org/Formatting_Date_and_Time, this should be updated to https://wordpress.org/support/article/formatting-date-and-time/. The linked help page and the other associated documentation pages should be mirrored/archived in a safe place.

  1. Ignoring for the moment the difference between a 12 hour clock with AM and PM compared to a 24 hour clock []

Sakura

2020/03/30

By Raelani Lambert

The park is still, silent. The sakura trees sway in the breeze. How beautiful, the sakura looks, dancing in the wind. Beautiful. My sweet Ichika was beautiful. The most beautiful woman in Japan. When she smiled, she lit up the room. Her eyes shone for miles, and her hair fell perfectly without her trying. To compare the sakura to her, she was twice as beautiful as the pink flowers; and I have lost such beauty.

I absently walk along the stone path leading my way and come across a pool of water. I kneel down and run my hand through the liquid. The water is so clear and refreshing, but when I try to scoop it up into my hand, it slips away. Ichika. She is like this water. Clear and beautiful, but she slips away so easily. I lost her, she has slipped away from me.

I get up and keep walking, almost blindly. The path starts curving up into a bridge. Ichika was my bridge. She was my way, my passage over the water. The bridge ends, but there is no more stone path. Ichika was my bridge, my path, but I lost her. I lost my path. I lost my wife. What do I do now?

I close my eyes. The wind is blowing, gently, softly, ever so sweetly. There seems to be some sort of melody, a song, sung by the wind. I remember how much Ichika loved the wind. She would dance with it, and whisper it her secrets. I smile slightly. Slowly, I begin to perform the movements that she had rehearsed every day for as long as I can remember. My limbs move along with the wind, while my body twirls around the grassy clearing. I begin to speed up, along with the tempo of the wind’s song. Then the song begins to slow, becoming nothing more than a hum. I stop moving and open my eyes.

The wind blows again, brushing a small sakura flower from her tree. The flower drifts through the wind and lands in the palm of my hand. I stare at it. The small pink flower is so beautiful, and pure. It reminds me of Ichika. Ichika was a flower. My flower. My beautiful, clear, absent minded flower. Another gust of wind blows the sakura out of my hand. I long to jump up and grab her, but my mind says not to. She is already long gone. It hurts my heart to lose Ichika, but I will see her soon. I watch as the small flower drifts away and into the sky. I close my eyes and let out a breath. Goodbye Ichika, I think. I open my eyes and the flower is out of sight. I have let her go.

A Time to Kill

2020/02/19

I recently finished reading "A Time to Kill", one of the first novels written by John Grisham.

The book begins with a brutal rape of a little girl. Not long thereafter, the girl's father takes matters into his own hands and kills the two rapists. The rest of the book follows the legal battle as the main character, a small-town lawyer, tries to build a defense to get the father off. The first chapter is rather graphic, but the rest of the book is pretty tame.

In the forward of the book, Grisham admits that he based the main character on himself. Grisham was a lawyer before becoming an author, and he gives a very vivid, detailed look into the inner workings of the American criminal justice system that can only be written by one who has experienced these things first hand.

The book is set in rural Mississippi in the 1980's. Racial tensions between the blacks and whites in the American South forms a major theme of the book. Several characters in the book pose the question of whether the defendant would have a different sort of trial if he was black or white. Overall, Grisham shows some charachters with deep-seated racial prejudices, both on the black and white sides, and other characters who work to get past those prejudices, some fighting against there own biases and some fighting against the societal structure that they live in.

Overall, this was an entertaining book. There are some funny characters, some drama, some tension over what the outcome will be, but not too much, you can pretty much guess that the goog guy is going to win from the beginning.

Web Crawler for Finding Commentable Blogs

In response to the idea of a web crawler described by BingoBoingo, I threw together a quick script in Python which follows his specification, I think.

The script loads data from a "churn" file. This should be a list of valid websites, one per line. It then goes through the list, looks for any links, which it adds to the todo list, and saves any sites that it finds a comment box into the "targets" file. I added comments to make the whole thing readable, let me know if there is anything confusing.

http://peterl.xyz/wp-content/uploads/crawler.py

Why am I a Parent?

2019/12/27

Me, cleaning up the house: "Ugh, kids are so messy. Why do I even have kids?"

8-year-old: "Well, when you were younger you met Mom and got married and kissed each other a lot and had sex. You have kids because you had sex."

I suppose he is not wrong.

Disneyfication to ruin a good story: Frozen 2

2019/12/13

I took my kids to see the new Disney movie, "Frozen 2". Why can't they at least try to come up with a creative name? Just putting a "2" at the end is the most boring possible way of naming a sequel.

If you liked the first "Frozen" then you will probably like this one too. It had the same colorful animation style and great musical numbers, with the downside of the annoying snowman character and plot holes you could drive an iceberg through. The story is set in a "Kingdom" that has a population of about 50 people. And apparently people who have been cut off from civilization for 30 years will still be wearing the same uniform they were last seen in.

Despite the plot holes, this could have been a great story about making sacrifices. Elsa (the queen) sacrifices herself and dies to send a message to her sister, Anna, of how to save everybody. Anna then has to make the hard choice, the only way to save the day will destroy their city and castle; although, this is slightly lessened by the fact that everybody has already evacuated the premises. Elsa then takes her place as the queen of the magical spirits, and Anna has to work together with her former enemies to rebuild the capital. - Oh, wait, this is Disney, so there has to be a way to deus ex machina magically save the day. So Elsa isn't really dead, the love of her sister brings her back, or something? That part didn't make sense to me while I was watching the movie. Anyway, Elsa is totally OK after having been turned into an ice statue, so she hurries instantly back the way that had taken a montaged trek previously in the movie and uses her magic to save the castle. You thought both characters were making hard sacrifices, but it's OK, nothing bad really happens.

So my conclusion is, this was fun to watch but left me a little bit unfulfilled in the end. Now I want to go watch "Star Wars: Rogue One" again so I can see a movie where everybody dies like they are supposed to.

Family Dynamics - The most sexist quiz ever

2019/11/26

Take this quiz with your significant other to make sure you are on the same page where family dynamics are concerned, so that you can identify where she needs to improve so that you will be happier together.

Q. How should a woman dress while doing the housework?
A. Heels and Pearls
B. Barefoot

Q. When should a woman have dinner on the table?
A. 5:00 sharp every night
B. Whenever the man comes home at night

Q. How frequently should a couple have sex?
A. Whenever the man asks
B. Every night

Q. After the woman serves dinner, who should wash the dishes?
A. The woman
B. The kids
C. The servants

Q. When a woman has emotional troubles, who should she talk to?
A. Her mom
B. Her girl friends
C. The dog

Q. When a man has emotional troubles, he should:
A. Drink a beer
B. Work out
C. Get laid

Q. If the kids get in trouble at school, a woman should:
A. Take care of it so as not to bother the man
B. Tell the kids "Just wait till your father gets home"

Q. The man needs pants. The woman should:
A. Buy nice pants and keep them ironed for the man
B. Buy care-free pants that don't need ironing

Q. Everybody gets in the car. Who is driving?
A. The man

Q. Everybody sits in front of the TV, what should happen next?
A. The man uses the remote to select the show the man wants
B. The man uses the remote to select the show the woman wants

Post vs Article

2019/11/25

Sometimes when people read your writings they see things you take for granted. For example, my previous article begins "In this post ..." which prompted this discusion in #trilema:

mp_en_viaje: peterl & all : would you mind terribly if you referred to your articles, on your blogs, as articles ? it's what they are, i get it, you post them, but calling them "posts" makes about as much sense as calling cars "a drived" and girls "a fucked". you don't go about bars with a "hey, fucked! wanna do shots ?", do you ?
mp_en_viaje: it's bad grammar to begin with, what desophistication is this!
spyked: mp_en_viaje, it's "post"<->"fuck" tho, innit? so "she was a good fuck" is a closer analogy
mp_en_viaje: heh, i guess that's true huh
mp_en_viaje: i dunno, it fucking grates, on the level of wow kiddos saying "rouge" for rogue and midwesterner 15yos saying "scratch" for "itch".
spyked: tbf, I can see the argument. "article" was already there, so adding the "post" slang is somewhat similar to how romanians added the new meaning for "locatie" in the lang. what's wrong with "loc" anyway
diana_coman: http://logs.ossasepia.com/log/trilema/2019-11-05#1949532 - technically it was "a blog post"; going for correctness there, I would even question wtf is "blog" anyway, since I get it, binary log except I don't write in binary, what.
ossabot: Logged on 2019-11-05 04:46:58 mp_en_viaje: peterl & all : would you mind terribly if you referred to your articles, on your blogs, as articles ? it's what they are, i get it, you post them, but calling them "posts" makes about as much sense as calling cars "a drived" and girls "a fucked". you don't go about bars with a "hey, fucked! wanna do shots ?", do you ?
diana_coman: so yeah, it is correct to call them articles and to call the "blog" a book I suppose.
diana_coman: or what, gazette
mp_en_viaje: what's wrong with having a blog fulla articles ?
mp_en_viaje: moreover, what we do has so little in common with what the bleaters call posts... the facebook items are properly called posts. dozen-charactger gibberish.
diana_coman: yes, but "post" there for all its similarity to "to post to the blog" is just as made up, as far as I can see; a blog post, as there is a newspaper article, dunno; and in the vein of "just as much to do with what they are doing otherwise", wouldn't that hold for articles too?
diana_coman: what, those articles they write in the new yorker or the wired or what
mp_en_viaje: seems to me article's exactly what we're doing.
mp_en_viaje: nah, article is a wider word than that. "articles of incorporation" predates the newspaper / tin alley morti di fame trying to steal it.
diana_coman: ah, in that sense; yes, that would be it indeed.
diana_coman: all right, articles it is!
mp_en_viaje: was my thinking
mp_en_viaje: article (n.)
mp_en_viaje: c. 1200, "separate parts of anything written" (such as the statements in the Apostles' Creed, the clauses of a statute or contract), from Old French article (13c.), from Latin articulus "a part, a member," also "a knuckle; the article in grammar," diminutive of artus "a joint," from PIE *ar(ə)-tu-, suffixed form of root *ar- "to fit together."
mp_en_viaje: Meaning "literary composition in a journal, etc." (independent and on a specific topic, but part of a larger work) is first recorded 1712. The older sense is preserved in Articles of War "military regulations" (1716), Articles of Confederation (U.S. history), etc. Extended meaning "piece of property, material thing, commodity" (clothing, etc.) first attested 1796, originally in rogue's cant. Grammatical sense of "word used
mp_en_viaje: attributively, to limit the application of a noun to one individual or set of individuals" is from 1530s, from this sense in Latin articulus, translating Greek arthron.
mp_en_viaje: in any case, the morphological description of the articulation of thought : a pile of articles, and the web of links tieing them together.
diana_coman: yes, that would be quite it (or it should better be it).
PeterL: The way I understand, on a blog (short for web log), a post refers to any item, which could be an article. Most posts are articles, I will try to refer to them as such in the future.
PeterL: But I wouldn't call a picture of my cat an article, even if it is a blog post.1
mircea_popescu: which is the problem : you belong on facebook.
mircea_popescu: intellectually, not yet matured enough to reach past infantile superficiality into adult interesting.
mircea_popescu: becauise i both would and do call a picture of my cat an article. and in my case, it also ~is~ an article.
PeterL: mircea_popescu: that is an article that contains a picture of a cat. My point is that you could post something other than an article.
mircea_popescu: yes, and you're cordially invited to do it on facebook. you could similarily cook using something other than a stove -- such as for instance, an open pit fire. you're cordially invited to do that with your berber brethren, rather than indoors. and so on.
BingoBoingo has thought of a blog post as being like a fence post. A structural piece holding together the larger blog as a whole. The poor labeling argument however does carry more weight than my previously private metaphor.
hanbot wonders what a writ really is, after all.
BingoBoingo: hanbot: A writ seems like something determined important enough that the order was issued to have the matter written into a writ.
mircea_popescu: traditionally, the notation behind legal proceedings.
hanbot: right, but is writ:written::post:posted ? does the act of ordering scrub 'writ' of its grating-ness? or is the seemingly obvious connection between written and writ wholly imagined?
PeterL: perhaps post (something posted) is analagous to toast (something toasted)?
mircea_popescu: i think "despatch" is more in the vein of what happened there.
BingoBoingo: English isn't a consistent enough language for me to want to save the noun "post" on blogs through comparison to other English language constructions.
BingoBoingo: If it's going to be saved by comparison, I'm inclined to favor comparison to physical posts. Fence posts, mile marker posts, "woe unto he that digs into this buried gas pipe" posts, etc
hanbot: lol, it occurs to me...should mp-wp backend change to reflect post --> article?
mircea_popescu: i thought it said "publish"
mircea_popescu: but, yes.
hanbot: left column, "posts", add new, etc.
mircea_popescu: ah, yeah. indeed it should.
hanbot: cool, that oughta cement it.
diana_coman: BingoBoingo: that "physical posts" image makes me think of a sort of haphazard hut-of-a-blog, lolz
BingoBoingo: diana_coman: The process of construction rarely focuses on the aesthetics of process regardless of how much aesthetics factor into the final product.
BingoBoingo: But that is a strong objection because... when is a blog ever finished?
BingoBoingo: Anyways, articles are the future. Noun posts need actual holes dug.
lobbes: I'm sold on 'articles', tho it dun help the cause any that the mp-wp database uses the 'posts' terminology everywhere (posts table, post_id, post_content, etc.)
mircea_popescu: indeed.
mircea_popescu: whatever, now i know i want it fixed.

So I guess the consensus is that a blog is a series of articles which are published. But if you say you posted a blog post to your blog people will understand what you meant, it just doesn't sound as formal.

  1. For example, see http://peterl.xyz/2019/10/meme-of-the-day-by-raelani/ []