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  1. wegs Matter and Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    I don't doubt this at all. Accomplishing goals and refusing to give in to procrastination, provides such a rewarding feeling. In the moment, procrastination seems harmless, but as your unfinished tasks start piling up, you feel overwhelmed and anxious.. it's just a bad feeling, all around. Ask me how I know.

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    Interestingly enough, as the article states, procrastinators are not lazy. We really aren't. We just work better under pressure and we're busy doing other things that we deem important, but aren't as urgent as what we should be doing.

    I like the quote in the article ''we made a mistake and procrastinated...it's not the end of the world.''Behavioral scientist Fuschia Sirois, Durham University

    That's right, it's not the end of the world. However, if done often enough, procrastination can hurt your health...it's a helpful warning that procrastination is more than just a behavioral ''mistake.'' It has consequences in the long run.

    https://www.sciencenews.org/article/procrastination-harm-fix-resolution
     
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    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-right-words-are-crucial-to-solving-climate-change/

    WORDS MATTER

    To inspire people, we need to tell a story not of sacrifice and deprivation but of opportunity and improvement in our lives, our health and our well-being—a story of humans flourishing in a post-fossil-fuel age.

    Some of the language problems we face in presenting this story are inadvertent and innocent, such as how scientists use jargon and think the facts speak for themselves. Others are intentional and insidious, such as the well-funded disinformation campaign led by the fossil-fuel industry that is meant to confuse, obfuscate and mislead.


    It's important in my opinion, to speak directly and deliberately when it comes to climate change, but without tact and respect for your ''audience,'' no matter how valuable the message, it may fall on deaf ears. Although, people shouldn't have to be coddled and spoonfed when it comes to taking responsibility for their actions, and how those actions (or inactions) affect the planet. Do you agree that facts should speak for themselves, or do the methods by which we communicate those facts, play a significant part in climate change ''education''?


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    Not a story, but ran across this website while reading about the recent tsunami in Tonga, and thought it was worth sharing. So, we could monitor this website and have enough warning if a tsunami was approaching different parts of the US?

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  7. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldl Valued Senior Member

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    Watched Space-X launch biggest rocket built so far

    Minutes after a successful launch and awaiting stage separation, it experienced a failure, what SpaceX livestream hosts described as a "rapid unscheduled disassembly."

    The spacecraft on top would have eventually passed over the Atlantic before coming down near Hawaii. The flight was expected to last for just an hour and a half

    Unfortunately flight lasted only 4 minutes before it rapid unscheduled disassembly.

    Great turn of phrase

    rapid unscheduled disassembly



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    It's interesting an outsider looking in every now and then. Sort of like an extended reality TV show, except they don't have to vote somebody off the island every few days.

    This reminds me of the Biosphere 2 experiment.

    If we're going to send people to Mars for real, then it is important to do this kind of long-term study on the sorts of issues that might come up in a trip to Mars. Personally, though, I wouldn't want to give up a year of my life to live in a space about the size of an average house, with 3 of my work colleagues, no matter who they were.

    On the other hand, I did spend quite a lot of time effectively shut up in my house in 2020-21, as a result of Covid-19 lockdowns, so this might not be very different.
     
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    That’s so true, James. Thought that as well about being isolated for one year but if it’s as close as I could get to what living on Mars might feel like, it might be worth it.
     
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    I've only seen them once and that wasn't in Seattle. That was in Spokane and the really impressive part only lasted for 10 minutes or so but I'm glad that I did get to see them.

    I've been where there were total solar eclipses several times but it was cloudy all but once. That was when I was in NC as a teenager and that one was optimal, clear skies, I saw the corona at totality. Totally impressive.

    I really like these unusual natural events. I was in a 7.4 earthquake in Costa Rica and one in Seattle that shook my house pretty good. I was in Spokane when Mt. St. Helen's erupted and covered Spokane with ask. I also fly over Mt. St. Helen's two days before it erupted.

    It's supposed to be clear here on Thursday night so I'll try to see them but I'm not going to drive to dark skies but we'll see. Thanks for the heads up.
     
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  14. wegs Matter and Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    If you’re able to see them, take pics and post them here.

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    I'll try and I'll post them if they turn out. My impression in Spokane was like that of shining light on crumpled aluminum foil and wiggling it.

    You've got to reciprocate by taking a picture of your neighborhood alligator.
     
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    lol Okay.
     

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