Wet Bulb Temperature


"Wet bulb" temperature is the temperature + relative humidity at which water stops evaporating off a "wet" thermometer bulb. If air is sufficiently humid (saturated w/ water vapor), evaporation will no longer cool the bulb, and it gets continuously hotter. [...]

Dry air has essentially infinite capacity to absorb moisture, so, humans can survive in very high temps if the air is dry [...] But, the wet bulb is not about heat, per se. It's about the absorptive capacity of air. A wet bulb temperature in the mid-80s F can, and does, kill humans. Heat waves in the EU & Russia in 2003 and 2010 killed over a hundred thousand people at ~ 82 F. [...]

If sweat won't evaporate, our body temp rises, continuously. And when body temp hits ~108, we're dead. For a vulnerable person in wet bulb temp, this takes much less than an hour. Naked. In the shade. [...]

So, what does this have to do with you? Well, up until last ~ 40 years, wet bulb temperatures were extremely rare on this planet. But that's over, now. We're already seeing multiple wet bulb temperatures per year in multiple locations. By mid-century, parts of the Southeastern U.S will see weeks of wet bulbs every year.

This is quite bad. Thousands of people will die on each of those days.

This has ... implications. Human habitations get very difficult to manage when thousands and thousands of people are dying every day, for weeks, every year.

This is actually an active area of climate science and resilience study.

So, the moral of the story: Many of the places humans currently live on the planet are on their way to being functionally uninhabitable by humans. They will have to move. Some may try to "adapt," and some may pull it off. But this will be exceptionally difficult.

If we do everything right, starting now, there's a chance we could return some of those places to habitability for future generations, in the 3rd millenium or so. But as of today, we've already roasted most of them. Carbon emissions have a very long life in the atmosphere.

So please, help your city prepare for the refugees. Depose the NIMBYs in your city government. Defeat the car-stans who deny that all of this is happening.

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Worst issue of "Marvel Team-Up" Ever.

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Lowjack Lockjaw

"Wilma! Where'd you put my electric drill!"

DentalSlim Diet Control is an intra-oral device fitted by a dental professional to the upper and lower back teeth. It uses magnetic devices with unique custom-manufactured locking bolts. It allows the wearer to open their mouths only about 2mm, restricting them to a liquid diet, but it allows free speech and doesn't restrict breathing. [...]

The practice of surgically wiring people's jaws shut became popular in the 1980s, but it came with risks; vomiting brought with it the risk of choking and after 9 to 12 months the patients developed gum disease. In some cases, there were continuing issues with restriction of jaw movement and some developed acute psychiatric conditions. [...]

"The beauty of it is that once patients are fitted with the device, after two or three weeks they can have the magnets disengaged. They could then have a period with a less restricted diet and then go back into treatment," he says. [...]

Patients are given a tool to open the device in an emergency, but none of the study participants needed to use it.

Can't wait until these get 0wnz0red like the internet dick cage.

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This Place is not a Place of Honor

When everybody gets to be a princess:

Located approximately halfway between Istanbul and Ankara, the empty town consists of hundreds of almost identical castles in various states of completion. Developers meant for these uniform villas to be luxury vacation homes for wealthy tourists when they began construction in 2014. However, when the company went bankrupt in 2018, investors pulled out of the deal which put construction on hold. The development cost a cool $200 million to build thus far. But instead of a grandiose, multi-million dollar retreat, Burj al Babas has become something out of a dystopian novel. [...]

"We only need to sell 100 villas to pay off our debt," said Mezher Yerdelen, deputy chair of the Sarot Property Group. "I believe we can get over this crisis in four to five months and partially inaugurate the project in 2019."

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Great moments in autocomplete

Sometimes autocomplete makes you really feel seen:

And sometimes it's nothing but WTF:

The primary completion, "Lisa R", is someone I have not exchanged email with in probably 15 years. "Lisa H" is someone I email multiple times a day. They're not even alphabetical!!

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Today in Nut Heist News

California man stole 42,000 pounds of pistachios:

Nuts are an ideal high-priced items to steal and resell because unlike electronic devices, pistachios don't have serial numbers -- making them virtually untraceable. [...]

Thieves have used forged documents, fake companies and computer hacking to pose as legitimate truckers. Similarly, the thieves are also able to sell off the product to retailers, who are none the wiser about who is actually receiving the money. [...]

When detectives inspected the truck, they found the pistachios siphoned into 2,000-pound sacks -- making it easier for resale, police said.


Spider monkeys flee the crime scene after committing what we can only assume is some sort of high-rise fruit heist.

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DNA Lounge: Wherein we did the thing

Our opening weekend was amazing! All of the events were really fun, and packed. It's nice to be back.

The thing that struck me most about our Friday night re-opening party, Turbo Drive, was that it wasn't the usual Turbo Drive crowd. I got the impression that a lot of people said to themselves, "I don't know what synthwave is, but I'm going anyway." And they stuck around, too! Also they all dressed up, but everyone dressed up for a different party. Here's a girl dressed for the symphony, here's a guy dressed for a punk show in 1977, here's Lara Croft swing dancing with Snake Plissken.

I very much hope that this wasn't a one-off and that people hold on to that attitude: "I don't know what this is, but let's check it out anyway". Nature is healing and you are allowed to try new things.

Then Saturday, we had three events: the early show was Hubba Hubba Revue, followed by Bootie in the main room and Lower Underground in Above DNA. The audiences for these parties were more traditional; it was the usual Hubba, Bootie and dubstep/rave crowds, but, there were nearly twice as many of them as in the Before Times, which was awesome.

I had wondered whether people would stil be skittish about being in crowds, and the answer to that is, NOPE. They were happy being absolutely packed in, sweating all over each other. Though all our staff are still wearing masks, I'd say that less than 1% of the customers were. No soft re-entry here: they have embraced the Full Florida.

I also very much expected to see some people getting seriously sloppy by about 1am, since everyone is out of practice at drinking in public, but nope again: they mostly held their shit together pretty well! Good form, SF.

Our crew were all pretty exhausted by the end. It's going to take a little while to get our sea legs back. And also we are still hiring -- bartenders, security, restaurant and floor. Email jobs@dnalounge.com.

Tonight: The Return of Death Guild! Bereft (I am reliably informed) in deathly bloom.

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Election Endorsements

See More Evil: "The sociopath sack race is important to me. To do my part, I left one or two of these around New York."

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Today in Dunning-Krugerrand news

I'm not going to link to the article, but I will just note that it is journalistic malpractice that this headline says "cow poo" instead of "bullshit".

I mean, the article that I am not linking to contains other acts of journalistic malpractice as well (credulity, publishing a company press release, pretending that the opinions of billionaire celebrities matter) but the headline is really the cherry on this bullshit sundae.

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iPads as signage

Dear Lazyweb,

As I've got a stack of otherwise-useless old iPads lying around, I'd like to use them for signage: load a web page playing an MP4, don't let the user click on anything. "Guided Access" sounds like it is made for this, but I keep coming back a day or two later and the screen is blanked. It's on wall power and battery is at 100%. Any ideas?

Also you can't hide the Safari title bar, which is slightly annoying. There are a ton of "digital signage" apps out there on the app store, but that's a spam-heavy SEO-poisoned concept to search for so I can't tell if any of them actually do anything that I care about that "Safari displaying a web page" doesn't already do.

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