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Metals you've never heard of

Reality is stranger than fiction. I was writing some short fiction and needed to know the relative melting points of metals.

Ever heard of "incoloy" or "hastelloy"?  Yeah, me neither. I swear those names were made up by Asimov or Tolkien, right?

Nope. Turns out those particular metals came out of a lab, and have industrial uses.

Although, I'm undecided if "Special Metals Corporation" was named by a very unimaginative paper pusher, or some genius with the same sense of ironic humor that came up with"Umbrella Corporation."



(image source - it's Gallium melting at body temp)

Alyson Tabbitha - Stunning Brilliant Cosplayer

Is it wrong that I'm turned on by Alyson's incredible skill level and passion for cosplay? I love cosplay. I've dabbled a bit, but I'm a rank amateur. Mostly, I'm a gamer by day, and dabble with a bit of convention cosplay in the evenings when it's dark, I've had a drink or two, and no one really cares, anyway. (And yah, I've still got a male friend not far away, because.)



Anyway, ran across Alyison Tabitha when looking for Final Fantasy cosplay, just because. Check out her incredible work at her gallery. And gender-bending! 


And she nails Jack Sparrow's body language! Freaky Wow!




MacOS - you need new keys to the kingdom

Something about MacOS Sierra and 2048-bit encryption on ssh and a work around until you generate new keys. Smart stuff and probably important of you use MacOS.
I don't know. As a nerd, it was interesting to learn, but I don't use a Mac (or ssh, that I know of).
If you've got a Mac, you might want to read this thread by Cindy Brown.

I can play with the Pinkest Pink, because I'm special

As a general rule, I'm a fan of intellectual property rights,  so that inventors and creators can be sure to get fair compensation for their works, but I'm not a fan of locking up the IP, making it impossible for people to use.

The idea that an artist got "an exclusive right" to "the blackest black" is just absurd.  I have to imagine it was as much publicity stunt by the creators of Vantablack as it was anything else.

I applaud Stuart Semple for thumbing his nose back the Vantablack people by saying "your pet artist can't have my pinkest pink."

The root IP lockup is very silly, so the resultant "IP war" is absolutely silly.

Plus, it's kind of a gorgeous shade of pink.  For a few bucks, I might buy myself some and see if I can finger paint with it :-)


Tangentially, here is a really good primer on Intellectual Property.
And finally, yeah, being allowed to play with the Pinkest Pink doesn't exactly make me special - it just make…