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An intriguing week.

The first thing that happened was my gym making the news. 

For those not in the know, weightlifting is a sport that requires specific equipment, namely bars with "life" or "spring" and rubber plates that can be dropped from overhead. You have to drive the weight up quickly and dive underneath it, and you're never, ever, ever, ever, ever going to be doing that at Planet Fitness or the YMCA, who were convinced by the lawyer brigade years and years and years ago that the best way to safe profit without risk of ambulance chasing lawsuit is to have nothing but rows of Nautilus machines.

There were two gyms where you could do this, and one closed when the owner had a stroke in his 70s and was carried out in an ambulance, never to return. The man had said that was the only way you'd ever get him to leave the gym, and his prediction proved right.

This left only the one gym. It's owned by a local trust fund baby, a man worth millions and whose…


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Week three under the power of the plodding mules saw another change in the landscape. The forest waned until flat grassland took over. Evidence of a large migration was everywhere. Boot prints were so common that the grass evaporated near the road into clumps of muddy depressions, strewn with debris such as coins, buckles, strips…

Most of what we see around us is made up of molecules, in various forms. Molecules form when atoms share electrons. There are different types of atomic bonds, some in which one atom forms a discrete bond to another atom, (covalent bond) or, ones in which they form a general shared pool of electrons (metallic bond). The physics and chemistry of how and why atoms form bonds is a fascinating subject, but the short story is: everything we see around is in the form of a…

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July 1: Brevity Quest 2017 begins!

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June 25 SciFiQuest 3017: The Frontier that Wouldn't End has ended.

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As you can see in your URL bar, TLS (https://) is live!

What does this mean for you?

We are on the lookout for various browser warnings. All of the themes have all been ported over. There are some http assets in some of the second-tier superdocs, but we'll clean those up as we find them. If you are seeing crazy browser warnings or can't access the site, please drop me an email. On-site messages or Github issues are also good for keeping track of broken things.

We should see an increase in search engine traffic as they tend to penalize non-https sites. This is one of the steps to continue to secure the future of the site, and I'm very pleased we're able to get it done.

Additionally, the load on the server is considerably higher. I've pushed some changes to stabilize it, but we may experience some choppiness. Please let me know if you get connection errors

A lot of really old features or features that won't handle the 301 redirect properly may break. We'll do what we can to support them, but this is one of the instances where old broken stuff might just end up staying broken.