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Messages - Midnight Breeze

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Off-Topic / Re: Dumb things that annoy you
« on: 2017 Jun 17, 19:15:58 »
I swore I wasn't going to be like a typical fiscally irresponsible A1C, but you could say that having such an enormous income surplus has made me a liiiiiiittle looser with my money. And by that I mean I'm sitting on $8000 in credit card debt. I'm not in any trouble or anything, since I'm having no problem making payments, but still. It's embarrassing that I let myself get so deep on frivolous spending, especially after I've been smack-talking financially undisciplined people for years.

I remember 5 years ago when I was broke as a joke and pinched pennies like a madman. I remember one time when I had a mini-panic attack after I realized that I owed $15 for a meal, and I couldn't believe I had allowed myself to go out and spend such an exorbitant amount of money. Now I don't fret over even the most egregious purchases. In tech school I dropped 2 grand on a laptop that I don't even use anymore. I bought it for 2 reasons : Because I wanted it, and because I could.

That was exactly the hellish path my father lived on his entire life. He was a rich oil rig supervisor who made a $90k+ salary (in 2017 dollars) for 40 years, but he spent money like it was water and never saved a dime. Long story short, he's now dirt poor and lives with his mom at the age of 64. I've always been way better with money than him and managed my finances incredibly well, I'll be darned if I'm gonna let that change now.

Well, at least I don't drive a A1C Mobile Ford Mustang GT like everyone else my rank. Indeed, the only reason I can afford to spend like I have been is cause I'm not paying $1000+ a month for car payment + insurance.

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Off-Topic / Re: Today's Smile
« on: 2017 Jun 11, 00:44:48 »
Earlier this week,  Stephen Hawking announced that my hero Neil deGrasse Tyson won this year's Hawking medal for writing. He's the first American to win the award.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBnU2pKEGwg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBnU2pKEGwg</a>

It's too bad I  can't see him in Charlotte tomorrow. It's only a 2 hour drive from my base, but the tickets were sold out before I discovered it. Bummer. I hope he comes back to my area soon, I definitely want to meet him.

Yes, my idolization of Tyson boarders on creepy. What can i say, he's the one who originally inspired me to open my mind and embrace logical thinking over ideology.

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Off-Topic / Re: Dumb things that annoy you
« on: 2017 May 27, 00:05:22 »
I'm finally getting a chance to play Final Fantasy 15. Literally the first thing I did was sold my engine blade, now 20 hours in and I realize that the engine blade was kinda important for progression, right up to being needed to make the best sword in the game. What's more it can't be replaced so the only way to get it back is to start the game over.

Fuuuuuuuuuu....

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Off-Topic / Re: Dumb things that annoy you
« on: 2017 May 17, 20:57:10 »
Ooooh, I am so triggered right now. I ran into an old BMT buddy today and he took me back to his palace...err, I mean dorm. His dorm is soooooo much nicer than mine it's sad. It literally looks like something straight off of HGTV - crown molding, recessed lighting, over-the-range microwave, full private bathroom, personal wash/dryer, the freakin' works!

Meanwhile I'm in the 1970s 1-room studios with a shared bathroom/kitchenette, and 2 freaking washers shared by the entire floor.

Those spoiled nonners, man, I swear. Well...We'll see who gets the last laugh when I get my own house in 9 months and he's stuck living with 3 roommates for 3 years, muahaha.

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Off-Topic / Re: Today's Smile
« on: 2017 May 15, 18:53:53 »
My first sergeant says because of my age I'm getting kicked out of my dorm in 6-9 months, which is great. I'll be moving out way early than everyone else.

My suitemate leaves old food out in our kitchen and dirty towels on our bathroom floor. It'll be great to have my own place again and not have to share a kitchen and bathroom with a teenager. I am definitely enjoying not sharing a bedroom with 2 other dudes anymore, though, can't complain much all things considered.

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Off-Topic / Re: Dumb things that annoy you
« on: 2017 May 13, 23:34:32 »
Getting kicked out of the mall for running up the down escalator...doh.

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Off-Topic / Re: Dumb things that annoy you
« on: 2017 May 10, 03:04:37 »
This anti-GMO fear mongering propaganda is getting way out of hand. Everyone and their mother is slapping non-GMO labels on anything they can get away with. I've actually seen such outlandish nonsense as SALT being labeled non-GMO. I've gotta admit, GM salt would be the one GMO I'd genuinely be afraid of...seeing as salt is an inorganic compound that doesn't even have DNA that can be modified.

Trash like that should be regulated as deceptive advertising, but at least it helps informed people like me know which anti-science companies I shouldn't support.

Non-GMO = Non-sale. Take your pseudoscience some place else.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to enjoy my delicious dinner of AquAdvantage salmon with a side of Golden Rice and Roundup Ready corn, an Arctic Apple for dessert, and a nice tall glass of GM rainbow papaya juice.

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Off-Topic / Re: Today's Smile
« on: 2017 May 07, 13:31:33 »
I'm excited about Tesla's new affordable Model 3 starting production soon. I've always wanted a Model S, but...let's be realistic, the only way I could afford one of those is if I inherited a small loan of a million dollars.

The Model 3 on the other hand is only $35,000 before incentives! After incentives it will be affordable to almost all American families, cheaper than many affordable gas-powered cars.

An affordable, high-tech, all-electric modern car? Yes, please! Thank you, Tesla.

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Music / Re: What are you listening to?
« on: 2017 Apr 18, 21:27:07 »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTXTeAt2mpg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTXTeAt2mpg</a>

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Off-Topic / Re: Today's Smile
« on: 2017 Apr 16, 00:53:21 »
I have just 10 days left and then I'm outta here, after 8 months I'm finally done with the AETC cancer.

I can't wait, I'm ready to leave this heinous, drama-filled base for good. I will not miss the place one bit.


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Off-Topic / Re: Today's Smile
« on: 2017 Mar 31, 23:54:58 »
I'm very surprised that most the organic food and drug crowd isn't railing against synthetic meat. I thought for sure they'd fanatically oppose  it and try to get it banned just like they do with genetic engineering, vertical farming, artificial sweeteners, and vaccines. I guess they see the animal welfare benefits and lesser strain on farmland as a fair trade for less 'natural' food. Fine by me, if we in the science-based community can find common ground with them on something then I'll roll with it.

I really hope synthetic meat takes off, I'd gladly pay a premium for it out of principle.

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Off-Topic / Re: Dumb things that annoy you
« on: 2017 Mar 29, 22:23:20 »
Elite: Dangerous actually bothers with realistic limitations? Colour me interested.

Right up until you run out of fuel, deplete all your oxygen, and explode spectacularly.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhOVh69Osu8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhOVh69Osu8</a>

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Off-Topic / Re: Dumb things that annoy you
« on: 2017 Mar 28, 21:56:28 »
Yup, I understand all of that for traveling faster then light speed. Its just FTL sensors and communications that bother me. That and the majority of sci-fi sensors are all active sensors that function like some futuristic space radar, and radar is pretty useless because it has to bounce off something then come back, doubling the amount of time for information to reach you then if you just looked out a window.

That's actually what baffled me more than anything about Elite Dangerous. With a top-level scanner you can't scan every object in a star system in a few seconds. RF current travels at exactly light speed (since they are essentially the same thing), so it should take hours to scan an entire star system, unless the radar current somehow utilizes the FSD.

Also, plotting course for a star 10s of light years away is a more subtle oddity. You plot course for right where you see the star, which is where it was 17 years ago, not where it is now. Plotting course for where a star appears to be should spit you out in the middle of nowhere, since the star is long gone.

Curious I dare say, curious...


Come to think if it, why do we even call it the speed of light? Visible light is a relatively tiny frequency range on the electromagnetic spectrum, what makes light so special, eh? Why is it not called the speed of ECM? Discriminatory name, I tell you.

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Off-Topic / Re: Dumb things that annoy you
« on: 2017 Mar 27, 20:07:36 »
Something that actually has been bothering me more and more of late is how often the limit of light speed is disregarded by Sci-fi writers. They can and will happily hand over lots of explanations about faster then light travel, but they just about never explain, or are simply unaware, how the can send over information across star systems or see whats happening on the far side of solar system in real time. Im afraid hard sci-fi has ruined a decent amount of sci-fi for me.

It's my understanding that apparent faster-than-light travel is theoretically possible due to the flexibility of space. Your ship is not actually traveling through space that fast, but that you are actually traveling in a 'tunnel' or 'bubble' of warped space. Within said bubble you are not traveling anywhere close to the speed of light ('absolute' light speed), but the combination of forward momentum and space being warped toward the ship pushes the apparent travel speed above the speed of light. All very theoretical, but it doesn't violate general relativity.

Midnight, was it air force, army or navy pt test?



I'm Chair Force.

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Off-Topic / Re: Dumb things that annoy you
« on: 2017 Mar 26, 20:11:28 »
I hate the overuse of the adage "Life isn't fair". In response to completely legitimate complains. That saying serves little purpose other than to enrage its recipients. I consider it to be little more than a trollish brush-off, akin to "You mad, bro?"

I obviously already know that life isn't fair if I'm complaining about it being unfair. If something isn't fair then don't give me a pointless adage, FREAKING MAKE IT FAIR!

I'm not unrealistic, I don't expect everything to be 100% equitable all the time, but I DO expect the powers that be to at least make an honest effort to make things more equitable when it's within their power to do so, I hardly think that's an unreasonable request.

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Off-Topic / Re: Dumb things that annoy you
« on: 2017 Mar 15, 00:05:41 »

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Off-Topic / Re: Today's Smile
« on: 2017 Mar 10, 19:14:58 »
I aced another exam, that makes 3. If I get one more 100% I'll get an award from the flight chief for academic excellence. I've got 3 exams left, I just need to ace one of them.

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Off-Topic / Re: Dumb things that annoy you
« on: 2017 Mar 09, 19:17:48 »
Our power was knocked out for 14 hours all because they had to flip a switch, but it took them that long because they didn't want to pay their workers overtime.

Our power company sucks, they only have 6 workers for 14,000+ people.
We talked to these people and they just told us "That's the way it's always been and that if you don't like it then move."
Yet we got 9 outages in 2015 because they just had poor service, they also have the highest prices out here.

They're the only ones out here in this county too so they can pull whatever they want. lol

You must live out in the boonies. Rural vs urban power grids are light night and day in my experience.

When I was a teenager I remember having rolling blackouts almost daily during the summer, which is almost unheard of in this day and age outside the developing world. When I moved into town in my early 20s I only had outages during severe weather or PEBCAM issues at the power plant, then when I moved to DWF I only remember having one outages in 28 months due to a severe thunderstorm.

"If you don't like it then move." Yeah...and people wonder why younger generations are flocking to cities.

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Off-Topic / Re: It's not dumb, or a smile.
« on: 2017 Mar 03, 21:13:49 »
Every time I read articles or watch videos about bio-engineering, cryonics, transhumanism, or future technologies in general, I can't help but imagine this music nonstop:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKwJx1uf2X4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKwJx1uf2X4</a>

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Off-Topic / Re: Dumb things that annoy you
« on: 2017 Feb 28, 18:45:35 »
I got new ABUs because my old ones were insanely tight, now these new ones are super baggy.

There's a sweet spot somewhere between wearing trash bags and wearing the newest H&M slim-fit ABU print jeans. Unfortunately, I can't seem to hit that sweet spot very well.

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