ONI: It's c423. I'm nearly done with this wavy space frame from Tony Advanced. This is a quarter of the sky.
The concept: have a thin layer of petroleum constantly running down that staircase. When the doors open, the regolith drops at 300c, and rapidly dumps its heat into the petroleum and the tempshift plates.
The now very hot petroleum is pumped into a steam turbine chamber, which gives some power, but also deletes the heat. Unusually, this is a pure heat-deletion rig, no active cooling.
The heat is dropped quickly enough that we get to below 275c, which is what we need for all the stuff above the wall, which is made of steel.
I have *zero* idea whether this is going to work. :)

Prolly turn it on in about fifteen cycles or so.
The secret beauty: Nothing above that staircase blocks light, so my scanners and telescope work quite well below it.
Only small changes otherwise since the last tweetstorm: I now have an infinite natural gas reservoir and an infinite petroleum reservoir. I'm also making an infinite h2 reservoir as I work on this space thing. After it's running, I'm probably going to go for a petroleum boiler.
Oh, and one more side project: shove vole ranch, not so much cuz I need meat or eggs, as cuz if you leave them alone they'll chew through everything up there.
Change of plans: I studied some shove vole rigs and math, and those little bastards are golden. Just *one* breeder stable will feed my entire population at almost zero labor cost. I'm going to make that a higher priority. Once it's going, I can gradually shut down my hatches.
I have 250 tons of coal, and ultimately coal isn't going to be a main power source, so I'm going to jiggle the energy distribution to start using it heavily.
(One of the positive aspects of the big industrial brick + power plant rig is that the batteries let me set generator priority rules.)

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17 Jan
Microtest TDD is an effective change strategy because it dramatically improves our performance at comprehension, confirmation, and regression detection, all critical factors in handling change quickly & safely.
I know how comparatively little geekery matters right now. Sometimes I need a break, and maybe you do, too, so I share.

Black lives matter.

We can fix this. We're the only thing that can.

Stay safe. Stay strong. Stay angry. Stay kind.
We've covered a lot of ground in considering TDD recently. The five premises, the need for a change strategy, the increasing collaboration, complication, and continuity of modern software, and some high-level less-obvious aspects of the practice itself.
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11 Jan
I got one of those messages I sometimes get from a reader, telling me that including my politics in my muses/blogs is off-putting.
As a general rule, I don't bother to respond to these. I gain and lose followers all the time, everyoen who makes content does, for all sorts of reasons, and that's just one more.
Today, though, surrounded by <waves hands> all of this, I feel like I want to give a more full statement on the matter.

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ONI: Off to bed at 11, so I gotta little bit of time, and doomscrolling is breaking my heart. I accidentally walked away and left things running for five hours, so we're back at c380. <sigh>.
Well, glass half full and all: I wasn't happy with the oil wells anyway. I need a rig that doesn't dump steam. I thought this was a matter of gas pressure, but I misunderstood: It's actual cooling. Since I get a free do-over anyway, I'm going to finally use that cold ph2o cache.
I am going to use a switching loop this time: run a pipe through all three wells with the cold ph2o, but have it on an inline thermo sensor, and let it loop through them until around 80c, then dump it to o2 supply. That oughta do it, but it may take a while.
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Before we can make the case that microtest TDD is an effective change strategy, there's a few high-level aspects of it that we need to highlight. We tend to take these for granted in our case, but newcomers won't already know them.
More even than before, geekery seems irrelevant. We're living the natural outcome of a politics of hatred & deceit. This content is one way I find respite, and maybe it will help you a little, but...

Stay safe. Stay strong. Stay anrgy. Stay kind.

Black Lives Matter.
Today, I'm writing for the newcomer. It's going to be a little rambly, because the ideas aren't partitioning a single conceptual level into its component parts. Think of me as going over a text with a yellow highlighter, bringing out some points newcomers might not readily see.
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Sippie Wallace, w/Albert Ammons and his Rhythm Kings, "Bedroom Blues".

Wallace was famous at the time, but was made more famous by Bonnie Raitt's covers of her. Ammons was not just a *killer* pianist, he was also an excellent band-leader, who wanted his players to shine.
I sometimes admire a pianist for having a left hand as strong as the right, but with Ammons his gift was that his right hand was as strong as his left. I got takes, kids, serious takes, that make a person gasp.
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This is called "Life in a Northern Town". It's by Dream Academy.

I mean, idunno, sometimes ya ring a bell. And if you ring the bell one time in your whole career? Well. You know what, you rang the fucking bell, dint you?
I bought the collected William Carlos Williams, and I put it in the bathroom. And I read it, all of it.

He rang the bell a dozen times.

Can you imagine that? To ring it *twice*, to ring it more, to ring it and ring it?

I can't.
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