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By ana (Wed Jan 04, 2012 at 02:47:04 PM EST) grist (all tags)
and maybe some even ones.

So being an editor at the renowned cough literary journal, Toasted Cheese, I naturally follow @toasted_cheese on twitter. Using Tweetdeck, I can have a column open that shows all toasted_cheese related tweetage.

Until recently, when Tweetdeck's search facility decided that underscores are really spaces in disguise, so the above search gets a hit any time somebody talks about a toasted cheese sandwich. Which, oddly enough, is kind of a lot. Certainly lots more than business to do with the Journal.

I'm pretty sure I had another one... But now, here I am in the (html-metaphorical) kitchen and I can't remember why I came in here. Don't you hate it when that happens?

There's an off-by-one "feature" built into spectroscopic nomenclature. I guess, like a lot of these things, it kinda made sense to somebody in 1930, but we never throw anything out, so there you go.

A few colleagues and I were talking recently about measuring x-ray lines that come from the recombination of 8-times-ionized neon ions, naturally enough denoted Ne8+, or by old fashioned folks like me, Ne+8. Same diff.

Back in the '30s, or even before, somebody decided that the First Spectrum of Neon should be that of the neutral atom, the 2nd for Ne+, and so forth. One writes these things with Roman numerals. So we're talking about a reaction like this:

Ne8+ + $stuff --> Ne7+ + $stuff+.

For those who are paying attention, we're interested in the radiative decay of the neon ion on the right side, the 7+ one, which emits x-rays in the spectrum denoted Ne VIII.

I think at least five times in the last couple weeks, each and every one of us has slipped up and gotten confused due to the opaque nomenclature.

MLP time: mountain gorillas come touristing to the camp of some people who are there hoping to see mountain gorillas: Clickety.

Actually, I recommend following on rss or whatever; they have videos that are sorta science related several times a week, and often they're very cool things.

Oh well. If it comes to me, I'll have grist for another diary.

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I remember now! by ana (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Jan 04, 2012 at 04:12:49 PM EST
Every year Sky & Telescope magazine puts out a funky chart. Time of night runs horizontally (with midnight down the center); date runs vertically. The various diagonal lines are transits of planets and stars, and the wavy edges are sunset (on the left) and sunrise (on the right). I like having one of these on my kitchen wall, and consult it from time to time to see what's up.

So working here in close physical proximity to the publishers, the staff get the production ends of the magazine for minimal-to-zero cost. I can never remember when the magazine comes out. The editors have kept it such that the January issue describes the sky in January, which I think means news-stand owners return unsold copies by 1 Jan in favor of selling the February issue.

Which is kind of like buying clothes: you can't buy anything you can actually wear the same day; it's all off-season stuff.

Anyway, said chart comes bundled each year with the January issue. And each year my existing chart expires and I wonder if I missed the new one or what, so I order one from the publisher for $5 or whatever (plus shipping, tax, etc). And each year the January issue of the magazine, shrink-wrapped with the chart, appears in my box a few days later.

I now know what the noise that is usually spelled "lolwhut" sounds like. --Kellnerin

I think it's actually Twitter doing that by fluffy (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu Jan 05, 2012 at 03:26:46 PM EST
They "improved" search.

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Isn't Tweetdeck... by ana (2.00 / 0) #3 Thu Jan 05, 2012 at 03:48:21 PM EST
a wholly owned (or should that be pwned?) subsidiary nowadays?

I now know what the noise that is usually spelled "lolwhut" sounds like. --Kellnerin

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Probably by fluffy (2.00 / 0) #4 Thu Jan 05, 2012 at 07:24:45 PM EST
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