Thursday, November 28, 2019

A Rust Centric Playlist




The embedded Youtube (if you can see it), is the first in a short playlist of five videos.

 As my viewers come to appreciate, I'm a bit Delphian in my delivery, meaning much is left to the imagination, including to other topics already mentioned, but out of the current scope.

For example, although Rust is in the foreground, in comparison with Python, I'm also showing how I participate in political processes (USA OS), using social media. Case study: what is RSS? In this context, it means Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.  See Wikipedia.

In a follow-up episode, I reflect on my methods and share them with my viewers.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Footnote About Buckyballs


Mysteries Behind Interstellar Buckyballs Finally Answered
Mimicking conditions thought to exist around dying stars, researchers discovered a mechanism that could explain why planetary nebulae are teeming with complex carbon molecules.
Rachel Abraham, NASA Space Grant Science Writing Intern, University Communications, Nov. 13, 2019
My understanding of the story is Sir Harold Kroto, astronomer, first detected C60 using telescopic spectroscopy. He hypothesized the buckyball structure, whereas others supposed chain polymers. The Rice University team was enlisted, as their lasers and mass spectrometers would help narrow it down. 

The verdict: buckyballs form naturally in soot. 

Getting pure C60 remained a major technical problem and cost more than gold by weight in the 1980s. In short: C60 was detected in interstellar space before anyone tried to synthesize and detect it in the lab. You can see how my story deviates from the story provided.

Tuesday, November 05, 2019