[ExI] Update on the Hawaiian observatory shutdown

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 23 16:38:38 UTC 2019

I heard decades ago that wool doesn’t burn.  A few months ago, the same day
I was testing that burning lint experiment (which I posted about here) I
tried wool and discovered it is true.  As soon as you take away the heat
source, the wool fails to sustain a flame.  spike

But maybe you are wrong.  Long ago I took a tip from an artist and created
a textural effect on pine wood by burning it with an acetylene torch.  It
takes the soft wood out and leaves the grain.  Beautiful.  Then you brush
it, and put lots of Johnson's wax on it and buff it with a machine.  I have
built several things like that including an 8" x 12' book case.  However, I
learned to my astonishment that that torch would not start a fire on the
untreated wood.  Hitting the oxygen button to blow out the burned parts
yielded a brief flame which extinguished when I removed the torch.  I still
wonder about that.  If you can't start a fire with a torch on soft wood,
what does it take?

BTW - 38" length?  Koreans?  27" waist?  Nah.  You must have been kidding.
That would make them about 6' 9" on average.   bill w

bill w

On Fri, Aug 23, 2019 at 11:20 AM Adrian Tymes via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> On Fri, Aug 23, 2019 at 8:55 AM spike jones via extropy-chat <
> extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
>> *From:* spike at rainier66.com <spike at rainier66.com>
>> >…Failing that, we could make a closed system oxygen-enriched
>> office/sleeping space.  It would not be pressurized but more like a warm
>> car on a cold day, with that kind of doors, a rubber seal but at ambient
>> pressure.  Instead of about 20% oxygen in there it would be about 33%, so
>> that the oxygen level is about the same as down at the women’s locker room
>> where the invisible man lives.   spike
>> Another idea: to compensate for the elevated fire risk in an
>> oxygen-enriched chamber, the proles could wear wool clothing.
> Or, y'know, just don't enrich the oxygen.  Add nitrogen as well as oxygen,
> keeping the fraction of oxygen the same as at ground level and making it 1
> atmosphere pressure, similar to the ISS and Shuttle.  The airlock
> environment itself could be useful for science, in addition to the
> observatory.
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