xjpalma

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from San Antonio, TX

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    • More Bad Podcast Science

      1 year ago

      xjpalma

      Here we go again, podcast 905 509 with @burnie @Barbara @Gavino and @Chris gave us 3 close but no cigar situations with element name readings, quantum computing, and Schrodinger's cat


      when discussing the synthesized elements the crew did well in deciphering the numbers in the names, until they didn't. So in the case of element 115 ununpentium(since named moscovium) they saw that pent was 5, unfortunately they didn't see that "un" in this context is "one", so considering  the suffix "ium" is used to denote metallic elements, ununpentium roughly translates to "element 115"


      In the talk about quantum computing Burnie made a great analogy of conventional computing as a series of switches, but couldn't put the pieces together to figure out what quantum computing could be. So, sticking with the analogy lets say we have a bank of 16 switches that can be either on or off, the amount of unique on-off combinations is 2^16(65,536), now let's say you need something more, so instead of switches you install dials(these dials go to 16), but since they're larger than the switches you can only install 8(this ratio however is just for the sake of even numbers and not necessarily indicative of actual size ratios). You sacrifice a bit of space in order to increase individual state capacity. So in the space of 16 switches you get a dial bank that allows for 16^8(4,294,967,296 or 65536 squared) unique combinations.


      And finally we get to Schrodinger's cat. In 1935 physicist Erwin Schrodinger presented a thought experiment that went something like this:


      You have a cat in a box(the crew was right so far), also in the box is a vial of poison, a small amount of a radioactive element, and some sort of detection object that is set to destroy the vial if it detects the decay of the radioactive element. Then because we do not know when the element will decay we cannot state with confidence that the cat is either alive or dead unless we open the box and observe the state of the system. Because of this we can say that between being placed in the box and being observed, the cat is in a superposition of being both alive and dead at the same time.


      Now the most interesting thing about this is that at the time Schrodinger was pretty tired of the things people were coming up with concerning quantum states that he satirically put out the most asinine thing he could think of, a cat that was both alive and dead at the same time. As an aside I immediately think less of someone who uses the Schrodinger's Cat analogy unironically.

    • Bad podcast science

      1 year ago

      xjpalma

      What a surprise, this week we are presented with the question of why, like some animals adapted tree like comouflage, trees did not take on flesh colored foliage.


      ok


      so


      first lets look at why green, plants use the process of photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide(CO2) and water(H2O) into glucose(C6H12O6) and oxygen(O2) at a 6:6:1:6 ratio. unlike our digestion this is an endothermic reaction, meaning the process needs energy added to the system to function. plants get that from sunlight, now the sun emits light based on its temperature and despite what we may think the most released wavelength is green so plants evolved in a manner that those with green leaves tended to survive as they tended to absorb sunlight more readily, and any flesh colored plants probably didn't pass muster


      so now that we know why green we need to look at the camouflage aspect. animals that blended into their enviroment tended to be less observable and thus less often were eaten, so instead of survival of the fittest we have a case of a fitting of the survivors, so before humans propogated on God's green earth, flora had already spent eons doing the afore mentioned greening of the earth and as humans are much more mobile than trees there hasn't been much opportunity for trees to hide among humans in order to avoid their many natural predators...

    • this is a test

      1 year ago

      xjpalma

      it seems like I cannot comment on people's posts so this is a test of my ability to post a journal, if this were a real journal it would be funnier, again this is only a test

    • hmmmm

      1 year ago

      xjpalma

      I will be jumping into monster hunter world on ps4 coming up here, any one interested in grouping up let me know

    • And so it starts

      2 years ago

      xjpalma

      Hurricanes are much less exciting if you're 200+ miles inland, outside the ACC, or out of rum

    • For honor beta

      2 years ago

      xjpalma

      anyone playing this weekend need a battle buddy on ps4? also, I recently entered the current gen of gaming with a ps4.

    • well then

      3 years ago

      xjpalma

      that's another building I had to evac because of bomb threat. How's your day...

    • suggestions wanted

      3 years ago

      xjpalma

      I've got $5 to spend on steam, anything good?

    • On the Road again

      3 years ago

      xjpalma

      San Antonio to Dallas and back, tomorrow is gonna be a fun day.

    • If you were an internet company focused on videos...

      3 years ago

      xjpalma

      ...you would think you'd try to have a player that wasn't a steaming turd, get your shit together twitch.

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      3 years ago

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      • xjpalma

        3 years ago

        Line Line Line LIne!!

      • ChaosKrys FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RT Store Team Lead

        3 years ago

        COKE COKE COKE COK

    • TimeWasJustADream FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      5 years ago

      Pretty good. I had a somewhat productive day at campus today. I'm even going to go bowling tomorrow night with friends. How is your recovery going?

      • xjpalma

        5 years ago

        went a whole day before I realized I had a medicine cabinet full of pain relievers.

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