Intel's Ronler Acres Plant

Silicon Forest

Monday, May 15, 2017

Another Example of Why Mass Media is the Shitz

I've heard of the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) trade agreement, but that is all I've really heard, there's a proposed trade agreement, some people are in favor or it, and some are opposed, but I never got a clear understanding of why before today. Marcel posts a link to an article that contains this bit, that does:
Of the countries geographically able to join the value-chain revolution, the ones that succeeded have agreed to low tariffs, introduction of Western-style peripheral services (express delivery, broadband, etc.), and a business-friendly legal regime, including submission to the Investor-State Dispute Settlement, which permits corporations to seek arbitration before multi-national bodies. (The prospect that the United States would wind up answerable to these bodies was the strongest argument against the Obama Administration’s Trans-Pacific Partnership [TPP], which the Trump Administration has now scuttled.) - SENDING JOBS OVERSEAS By: Christopher Caldwell (emphasis mine).

Friday, May 12, 2017

Turkey Point?

View from the Balcony
I am in Miami this week helping my daughter get settled. We are staying at a high rise in Coral Gables. Looking out from our balcony on the 17th floor, I see what looks like some buildings on the horizon, but out in the ocean. Looking at a map it doesn't seem like there should be anything there, but there it is.

Condo at top, Power Plant at bottom
Distance is about 20 miles
Since the only thing in that direction that could be big enough to seen at this distance is the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant, I think that's what it must be.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Mirror Images

Dustbury rightly complains about Xyzal. How do you pronounce that anyway? Seems to me that most words that start with X, like Chinese Names, not techo-terms like X-Ray, are pronounced like they start with a Z, so why couldn't they name Zyzal? Probably because X is the new Z.

Anyway, this Xyzal sounds a whole lot like Zyrtec (which I take), so why would I want to change? Well, maybe because it works better. Claritin, like Zyrtec, is supposed to help with allergies, but it doesn't work for me.

Now we get into the chemical structure and David W. comments:
A slight error in your post: Zyrtec is actually both enantiomers while Xyzal is just the biologically active one. 10 mg of Zyrtec contains 5 mg of Xyzal and 5 mg of mirror-Xyzal. It’s a patent ploy. Although theoretically the non-active component could have side effects with no corresponding benefit, if that were the case here we’d have seen Xyzal much earlier.
D/L vs R/S is explained by Wikipedia, it’s a question of whether you’re looking at the whole molecule or just the chirality center:
What's an enantimomer? Google fills us in:
In chemistry, an enantiomer, also known as an optical isomer, is one of two stereoisomers that are mirror images of each other that are non-superposable, much as one's left and right hands are the same except for being reversed along one axis. Wikipedia

Compelling Entertainment

Plate spinning routine by Henrik Bothe

The Z Man linked to a plate spinning video, which segued into this one. Both were totally compelling, I could not stop watching them. This one turns his near catastrophes in comedy. The introduction features an imitation Ed Sullivan. I don't know what Ed's life was like, but I like to imagine it was pretty great, hanging out in nightclubs, drinking cocktails and watching some really great acts. Yeah, okay, you have to put together a show once a week, but that should be easy, right? I mean everyone wanted to be on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Via Dustbury.

Sunday, May 7, 2017


Homer, chalk drawing on Harvard Square
Via Iaman.

The Brave Little Tailor

The Tailor provokes sleeping giants - Alexander Zick
This story popped up while I was talking to some friends this afternoon. They had never heard of it. I remembered it distinctly from my childhood. Did we share it with our kids when they were growing up? Maybe. Anyway, I thought I should post this, just in case someone else who isn't familiar with 'Seven At One Blow' might stumble across this page.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


The Donald launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at an airbase in Syria. Rumor has it that only 23 hit their target. What happened to the other 36?

There was a big fire under a section of an Interstate highway in Atlanta not too long ago. What the heck was it that caught fire? And who put it there?