Some Stuff to Think About on a Slow News Day

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Given the slow news day, I wanted to highlight a few things I think are worth your look.

One of the longtime members of our forum community, nohandstoholdonto, is raising money for surgery:

My name is Audrey, I’m 25 years old, and I’m a transgender woman. I’ve been medically transitioning for just about three years now, and while being on hormones has greatly helped me get closer to feeling more like the woman I know myself to be on the inside, I still frequently wrestle with gender dysphoria due to my current genitals… to put it bluntly. Unfortunately, the costs to actually surgically correct this issue are prohibitively expensive.

Our Comic Book thread continues to be a great resource if you like, or want to get into, comic books. I recently asked what the best book people have read in the past three months is, and I’m looking forward to going through the recommendations.

I also asked on Twitter who the most underrated pop-punk band of the early 2000’s was. I posited FenixTX and I’ve been having a blast reading the mentions and seeing all these other bands that could take the crown. If you’ve got a vote, let me hear it, I’ll be making a playlist of the most popular in the next few days.

And, lastly, I found this article by The Washington Post, asking if the Billboard music charts are meaningless in the streaming age, thought provoking:

All these headlines spark a few questions: If records are being broken every time the chart-bearers change the rules, then do they mean anything? Is it fair to compare Beyoncé and the Beatles? It was harder to purchase “The White Album” than to put a stream of “Lemonade” on repeat, after all. And if not, what happens to the way we conceive of the history of popular music? Meanwhile, are those shifting metrics altering the actual music we, the consumers, are receiving?

Various Approaches to Time Travel in Fiction


A new video from Minutephysics goes over the various types of time travel used in movies and books:

This video is an explanation of how time travel functions in different popular movies, books, & shows – not how it works “under the hood”, but how it causally affects the perspective of characters’ timelines (who has free will? can you change things by going back to the past or forwards into the future?). In particular, I explain Ender’s Game, Planet of the Apes, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Primer, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Back to the Future, Groundhog Day, Looper, the video game “Braid”, and Lifeline.

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We’ve Got Some New Clouds


The world’s cloud authority has classified a dozen new types of clouds:

The existing classifications have been reviewed and all have been retained. Several new, formal cloud classifications have been introduced. These include one new species (volutus), five new supplementary features (asperitas, cauda, cavum, fluctus and murus), and one new accessory cloud (flumen). The species floccus has been formally recognized as being able to occur in association with stratocumulus. The separate section on Special Clouds has been removed, and the cloud and meteor types previously discussed within this section have been integrated into the cloud classification scheme as cataractagenitus, flammagenitus, homogenitus, silvagenitus, and homomutatus.

This is the first time this has happened in thirty years, and I learned today there’s a cloud authority.