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86944 wrote

It does kinda suck, but I don't really feel any responsible org should be holding large in person meetings at the moment.

A lot of smaller left facing gun groups have come and gone. I feel it's mainly because even if their are pro gun leftists, it's not a part of their daily culture like it is for those on the right. Guns aren't a central part of our identify, they're a tool that while often practiced may never be actually used.

I would check in again once the pandemic is mostly under control. Joining at the start of a pandemic was bad timing.

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Using batteries as structural components. Interesting concept, but how well does it hold up? And what are the results of it getting damaged?

Is the car going to need scrapped if it gets in a fender bender?

Also, popular mechanics/science has really gone downhill from what I remember.

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The company that owns the ever given has started diverting it's other ships around Africa. It'll probably be a couple weeks.

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I'm fully aware it is, but we'd still have to rewire every single house and replace most appliances to make use of that 240v.

It'd be nice if we were allowed to have a house wired for 240v. But I'd settle for a provision in the NEC allowing a lower amperage 240v breaker. That way I could have a faster water kettle at least.

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I can order food and ask where the toilet is in Spanish. I can also make certain that the food isn't just meatless but also without pollo and pescado. Because a lot of people from South America think that chicken and fish isn't meat for some reason.

I found an article recently about communicating during a disaster, and how translating tornado to Spanish doesn't always convey the urgency of the situation.

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Why not decentralize the power grid?

Why doesn't the US just switch to 240v? Why doesn't Japan just choose one grid frequency and stick with it? The answer is the equipment is already there and very expensive to replace. The grid today was based around large central power stations and the transmission network steps down in capacity the farther you are from the power plant. If you're far from a plant the power lines to your house can only handle so much and weren't meant to feed large amounts of power in reverse.

It will probably be more decentralized going forward. But a completely decentralized grid isn't necessarily desirable.

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