Made the snowy trek to Toronto. I turned off of the 416 to take a familiar short-cut, but it wound up being slower due to blown snow that hadnt melted or been dealt with yet.

I guess there was a lot of snow last night. Back on the 401, the highway was strewn with various wreckage from a night of low friction road surfaces. Low friction makes vehicles stressed. One truck was so stressed, it was lying on its side in the ditch, in a fetal position. I never thought I would see a huge truck like that in a fetal position. I guess everybody gets traumatized from time to time. A few police and other support workers were on site, providing therapy to the truck - telling it everything would be alright, and that lying down on ones side was a perfectly reasonable act considering the snowy road.

Of course, the police were lying to the truck. Soon after I drove by, I am sure a larger truck hauled the truck away to be slaughtered and fed to some hungry industry. Thats what happens when you disobey orders to carry goods across the country. Theres never an excuse for lying in a ditch in a fetal position - whether you are an 18 wheeler or merely a grocery cart. Either way, the penalty is towing, and death.

After getting to Toronto, I found a rather expensive steak house, and enjoyed a greasy steak. Probably I shouldn't have, but it seems to be a typical human custom to celebrate major landmarks (like selling ones house) with dinners like this. I wont be eating steak like that again for a while. Not without help.

I wonder when the day will come when terrorist-engineered human viruses get released into the wild as often as computer viruses do today. I expect such a scenario is unlikely, if only because that kind of release schedule would require a continuously existing infrastructure to support the terrorists in their efforts. Like as not, what would happen is that by the time they got their second or third virus released, the whole world would have either died, collapsed, or gone completely turtle, which would make it impossible to really go on with such an iterative process.

Interesting fact. It takes tens of thousands (more than 120K) years for energy released from thermonuclear fusion in the core of the sun to percolate its way to the suns photosphere where it can actually escape and "Shine". The sun is so dense, that the photons move at a snails pace until they get to the convective zone. At this spot, it is cool enough and not-dense enough for things to speed up, but then, its also loosey goosey enough for protons to capture and hold electrons too, and that kind of hydrogen is opaqueish to photons, so the final 70% of the suns radii is forced to transmit energy via convection. None of this applies to neutrinos, as they seem to have backstage passes to wherever the fuck they want to go. If we could build a square metre sail that stopped neutrinos dead in their tracks, it would probably explode or carry away half a building in a milisecond once it was turned on. Id love to see a youtube video of that.


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