Radius55 Soulless Warmonkey

23 years old
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from Houston, TX

    • Radius55 Soulless Warmonkey

      1 week ago

    • Radius55 Soulless Warmonkey

      Bye RT

      1 week ago

      So long and thanks for all the fish.

    • Radius55 Soulless Warmonkey

      What Every Mad Scientist Needs...

      1 month ago

      IS A GIANT LASER!!!

      After almost 6 months of waiting, I got my 1.4 W Blue Laser in today!

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      Some of you might be thinking "1.4 Watts? My flashlight is brighter than that!" Well, interesting bit of math. The beam diameter is about 0.3 cm (Or at least the aperture is). While it doesn't cover much area, the spec for the beam flux is right around 200 KW/m^2. To give you an idea of how much that is, the sun's flux is only a bit over 1 KW/m^2 at peak ground levels. Plus, according to the test results I've been sent, my diode has an extra 0.2 W of juice, giving me the ability to hit a spot with 225 time the power of the sun! BUHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

      *Cough* *Cough* Ahem, sorry.

      Anyway, it is a pretty dangerous piece of hardware. It can burn you (yes, I tried it, yes it gets hot), but that requires you to keep it very still. The scary part is that the light can and will blind you if you don't take precautions. See, the minimum safe distance for this laser is about 175 meters. Call it two football fields, across which if it hits your eye, it can cause damage. Even looking at the beam indirectly can be painful. Look at this:

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      That's the low power beam. And it nearly washed out my camera! Which is pretty insane. Thankfully, special glasses were included with it. They block out most of the blue light of the laser like so:

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      See that little dot in the middle? That's a full 1.6 W beam! And you can see some of the illumination from the laser on the table to the bottom.

      Anyway, I bought this way back in December when Wicked Lasers was having a massive sale. The reason for the discount was they're no longer selling these to the US. So, if you live in the states, you're out of luck. If not, or if you just want to see the specs, you can buy them here.

      Oh, and if you'd rather build one, might I remind you that there's no such thing as overkill?

    • Radius55 Soulless Warmonkey

      One for the Books

      1 month ago

      I've noticed a bunch of car trouble among members on the site recently. And it looks like I ran into it, too. Thankfully, mine had a happy ending.

      Yesterday I'm driving home from work, and I notice that my car is having trouble changing gears. It's an automatic, so it shouldn't have any trouble, but here it does. I resolve to take it to the mechanic to get looked at this weekend. And since I'm having a ton of expenses hit me at once, I wasn't looking forward to the bill. This morning rolls around and it's worse. I can't get the car above first gear, and the acceleration just feels funny. I figure from the shifting problems, it has to be a transmission. And, as I'm sure a lot of you know, transmission work runs from "Damn, that's expensive," to "But I liked that arm!". Then, on the way home from work, I stalled three times. It was a scary trip.

      Transmission fluids look good and I can't see anything wrong. As a last ditch effort, I look up some stuff on the internet. Who know, it might not be the transmission. Then I remember that the car stalled on a speed bump and during a couple of turns. That didn't make sense for a transmission issue. So I Google that.

      First hit I get says: Check your battery leads. And thinking back, yeah, there was a lot of corrosion on my terminal. But it couldn't be that simple, right? Well, I go down to my car with some cleaning supplies and a wrench. Sure enough, the terminal was covered in corrosion. Then, as I reach down with my wrench to undo the fastener, a shower of sparks spit out.

      Most people don't know that the negative terminal of the battery is grounded to the car body. So when I touched the bolt with my wrench, I also brushed the header that holds the battery in place. The METAL header! Seems that the header had been loose and brushing against the positive contact, shorting it out.

      So, good news was that 2 minutes with a paper towel and some sandpaper and the contact was good. I made sure that the terminal had its cover on and the header was in a better position, and drove it around the parking lot a few times. No issues. So now I'm coming off a massive stress induced adrenaline dump, and am frankly very glad I didn't have to go through the hassle of car repair. May have to change the battery sooner, but that's a Hell of a lot cheaper than transmission rebuild.

    • Radius55 Soulless Warmonkey

      So I Wrote a Story

      2 months ago

      Yeah, I write scifi. Been writing a lot these past few months, and surprisingly some people like it. But I thought a few of you may be interested in this one.

      Go give it a read here.

      Warning, this is a Feels story, so you may want a tissue handy.

    • Radius55 Soulless Warmonkey

      Two Great Causes

      2 months ago

      Because it's payday for many I thought I might mention two great places to send your checks that don't involve wasting it on booze, drugs, and other shenanigans.

      First, former @Burnie lookalike @Suppi is running a fundraiser for her dad. They're both long time community members and great people. But Suppi's dad has had some hard times and is close to being evicted from his home. It's also just about Suppi's birthday, so conciser giving her a bit of a gift! If you have some money to spare or want to see what it's all about, go here.

      If you still have a few dollars left over, consider giving some money to Vet Ranch Rescue. It's a charity run by Dr. Matt of Demolition Ranch Youtube fame. He's also a veterinarian and Vet Ranch was started to help out animals with treatable conditions that would otherwise be euthanized. They've posted videos of quite a few rescues on their Youtube Channel. Careful, though, some involve videos of surgery, so pay attention to the tags. Here's a few of their recent rescues. For more information, or to donate, go here.

    • Radius55 Soulless Warmonkey

      Getting this in before the Rush

      3 months ago

      Got a hotel room at the Hilton for RTX. Stay is from Wednesday the 5th checking out Monday the 10th. The room has two queen beds. Anyone interested in rooming? I'm charging $90 a night, with preference to Guardians and people staying all 5 nights.

      If you have a friend willing to use and provide an air mattress, talk to me and we can renegotiate pricing. But I don't want to have 4 people in one hotel room.


      Filled the spot.

    • Radius55 Soulless Warmonkey

      CAH Tonight?

      3 months ago

      Been quite a while since I did a Cards Against Humanity night. Anyone interested in joining in at about 9:30 CST? If so, message me with your Skype username.

      Over now. Thanks for coming out!

    • Radius55 Soulless Warmonkey

      Why I Stick Arround this Joint

      3 months ago

      Yet again, yay peer pressure!

      I generally stick around because you all would be lost without me. Or something like that. But, seriously, I'm the only thing keeping this place together.

      ...what?

      ...really?

      ...you're sure?

      Okay, then. I've just been told that @Adam more or less keeps the website running, @Dimono has been Admining since there were only mods, @Barbara and @caleb keep the community running, and you're all are strong, independent fans who don't need no help. So I guess I stay because... dick jokes?

      @RTContests

    • Radius55 Soulless Warmonkey

      What Does RT Look Like?

      4 months ago

      An interesting question. I'm not talking about in terms of the layout or coding or anything visual. I'm talking in terms of relationships.

      Many of you may have seen the Internet Map It's an interesting application of network theory and web scraping. Basically, it takes a huge percentage of the major websites on the planet and groups them by a number of metrics.

      Well, I don't have access to an internet trunk line and I'm a bit impatient. But it's still possible to do something similar on a small scale. So when I started a job that required me to learn Python and saw some of @Desayjin's Ask an Economist journals, I decided to write my own site scraper for RT.

      How does a scraper work, you might ask. Well, hold on. I was just getting to that. A scraper is a term for a program that visits a number of webpages based on certain criteria and "scrapes" information off of them. I built mine of of the urlLib2 module in python. It starts with one or more seeds, in this case users with lots of friends, and gathers their data. Then it records a list of their friends and adds all of those friends to a queue. After each user is processed, their pages are scraped. If the scrape finds they have more friends than a certain threshold (in my case, 500), it adds their data to a list and then puts all their friends on the queue. If not, they're ignored. You have to ignore a bunch of people, otherwise you'll be running the program for a week. As it is, I processed about 75,000 users in 18 hours for a list of 319 users of over 500 friends. It's not necessarily complete, but it would have been difficult to be missed. As it is, the data takes up about 7 MB, which doesn't sound like much until you realize that an average ebook is less than half a megabyte.

      But plaintext is difficult to to visualize, and they say a picture is worth a thousand words. So I used the module NetworkX to start manipulating the data. The results look a bit like this:

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      Pretty, huh? Well, this one is lowres. Turns out there aren't many sites that support hosting 40 MB images. Here's a link to the full thing.

      You'll also notice that there's a lot of connections and colors. Here's the outline of what they mean:

      Node Colors:
      smiley11.gif Red - Cast and Crew
      smiley11.gif Blue - Male
      smiley11.gif Pink - Female
      smiley11.gif Grey - Gender not Available

      Edge Colors:
      smiley11.gif Red - Friendship between two Cast and Crew
      smiley11.gif Blue - Friendship between two Males
      smiley11.gif Pink - Friendship between two Females
      smiley11.gif Grey - Friendship between two users of unspecified gender
      smiley11.gif Purple - Friendship between user and staff
      smiley11.gif Green - Friendship between users of different genders

      Edge Weights:
      smiley11.gif Heavy - Friendship between two staff
      smiley11.gif Medium - Friendship between staff and user
      smiley11.gif Light - Friendship between two users

      You'll also notice the connections are pretty dense. The network graph isn't the best way to visualize those, though. Instead, I made a histogram:

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      The X axis is just the ranking of that user in terms of number of friends in the graph. The y-axis, though, is the number of connections a user has. You can see that out of 319 users, most have about 55 connections in this group. In short, it's a pretty dense mapping. But there are a few things I did notice.

      First, however I filtered the data, there were always two major clusters. The first was made up of Cast and Crew as well as people who do send friend requests to all of them. The second group is made up of people who don't feel the need to friend every member of the staff, or who actively do not friend them. The positioning algorithm I used tended to push people who had few friends in one of the two groups further towards the far side of the other, which explains some of the outliers.

      Second, there were people who always appeared in between the two clusters. For some reason, @Kzuelch was always in that position. I can only guess that she is so beloved by both the people who make a point of friending staff as well as the rest of the population she acts as a bridge. There are a few other people like that, but Kathleen stands out.

      There were also a few outliers that often popped up. These people were usually friends with none of the staff being displayed, for one reason or another. They also often weren't friends with may in the main group. These tended to be users with a low degree (to use the mathematical term) in the graph. I really don't have a good explanation for why they're not connected within the group of normal users.

      I also want to give a shout-out to @buckeyedon, who was consistently right next to me on every graph we were both present in. I think he's stalking me.

      If anyone's interested, here's a repo of my code. Feel free to look at it or clone it and do with it as you see fit. If you'd like a copy of the user data I ripped, I can probably get it to you as well.

      Now I'll leave you with a few other interesting images. Links to all the ones I took are in the comments below. And if you have an idea for a subset of users you'd like to see, let me know.

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      This graph is purely Cast and Crew. Color schemes are standard Male/Female.

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      Here's all the users I pulled with a karma over 50

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      These are the originals, the Old Guard, the users who signed up in 2004.

  • Comments (1046)

    • MASH1778

      MASH1778 Old but still witty

      1 week ago

      Seems the new site did not carry over the last 2 weeks of info to a Tee. But I am diging the new site so far bugs and all.

    • gi_goku

      gi_goku Anime Fan

      1 month ago

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    • Desayjin

      Desayjin RTX Guardian x3

      1 month ago

      It would figure that as soon as I post my answer to your Australian v American con-going advantage, Mary posts the list and the BAR explodes. In case you didn't catch the answer, you were correct though not definitively correct. smiley8.gif

    • BackupSalmon

      BackupSalmon

      2 months ago

      Kudos on the sponsor forum! You've made it a blast to hang out on.

    • Desayjin

      Desayjin RTX Guardian x3

      2 months ago

      Well there appears to be a cluster going on in Barb's comments. Looks like you and Daniel have taken care of that. It got me wondering, between Jack's Clap-Trap give away and Barb's, what percentage of users follow directions. I can see how many comments the original post got. I suppose I could count each comment on Barb's profile to figure out its percentage relative to the journal post comments. Do you think it's fair to say that for each user who posted on Barb's profile, they would have gone ahead and posted in the journal once either of you two corrected them?

      • Desayjin

        Desayjin RTX Guardian x3

        2 months ago

        Cool!

      • Radius55

        Radius55 Soulless Warmonkey

        2 months ago

        Something similar has been discussed.

      • Desayjin

        Desayjin RTX Guardian x3

        2 months ago

        I noticed that too, concerning newer or rarely used accounts. Maybe the new site will immediately take newly created accounts to something like the "First Stop" topic on the forums.

      • Radius55

        Radius55 Soulless Warmonkey

        2 months ago

        Rough guess is 99+% follow directions based on the number of journal comments vs number of user comments. I'll also note boost of the user comments were by new our rarely used profiles that probably didn't know their way around the site and thought the comment tab was the same as the journal comment link.

    • jegsimmons1

      jegsimmons1

      3 months ago

      Did RT not warn people about this color change? Fuck this shit actually gave me a head ache!

      • jegsimmons1

        jegsimmons1

        3 months ago

        excuse while i remove all color from my monitor.

      • Radius55

        Radius55 Soulless Warmonkey

        3 months ago

        It will be gone after Sunday.

    • Zolin

      Zolin

      4 months ago

      Want to make some plans for rtx?

      • Radius55

        Radius55 Soulless Warmonkey

        4 months ago

        I get lunch breaks?
        O.o

      • Zolin

        Zolin

        4 months ago

        I'll buy you a lunch then.

      • Radius55

        Radius55 Soulless Warmonkey

        4 months ago

        I'm a Guardian. Not a lot of plans I can make.

    • Felix

      Felix

      5 months ago

      Incoming Warm Fuzzy

      Thank you for being a friend
      Traveled down the road and back again
      Your heart is true you're a pal and a confidant.

      And if you threw a party
      Invited everyone you ever knew
      You would see the biggest gift would be from me
      And the card attached would say thank you for being a friend!!!

      PS...Thank You for not dying on us at PAX South

    • Desayjin

      Desayjin RTX Guardian x3

      5 months ago

      As it is technically the 14th, you can enjoy your Valentine's Warm Fuzzies now!

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      Happy Warm and Fuzzies to our favorite Admin/AH Lounge Owner/ "Stay on Topic in this forum" guy!

      Your Neighborhood RT Community Economist:
      -James

    • DRosales

      DRosales

      5 months ago

      Hi there! In the spirit of the Warm Fuzzies event going on this Saturday, I just wanted to say that you're doing an awesome job as a new Admin and I won't be forgetting my first online Mafia game any time soon! :) thanks again for the add back!

      Stay awesome!
      @}-;--
      Event link here: https://roosterteeth.com/events/event.php?id=632

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