@ink_slinger my implicit assumption is that rich people are not necessary for the economy to function...
At some point, with enough people checking out, it won't be able to stand anymore and I guess looting ensues. I wonder if institutions would slowly decline and collapse or if it would be sudden, everything seems fine then out of the blue there's no longer a functional government or economy.
We might surprise ourselves and spontaneously form co-ops as we ride out the end times.
Ugh I'm having an infuriating autocorrect morning in which autocorrect corrects my correctly typed words into other, incorrect, words and I keep failing to notice.
Autocorrect and I are at this perfect nexus of hate. I'm a good enough typist that its corrections are mostly wrong, but not so good that I don't need help to fix the odd slipped thumb.
@ink_slinger I guess the immediate answer to the police question is that, in this scenario, we have 5 years of notice. Five years in which we all still want the lights to turn on and the store shelves to be shocked. The cops are motivated, much like us all, to keep some semblance of the good life of only for 5 years.
As for dying for the cause, nobody believes they're going to die for the cause, it's always the other guy whose not coming home.
@ink_slinger Homework question: how far distant does the end of times have to be before it materially changes our everyday lives? Would people still settle down and have kids if the world was going to end in 5 years? How about 10?
Is there a point where we just get used to it?
I mean to be pedantic we know there is an expiration date on the earth, it's just so far distant as to be beyond our day to day reckoning.
@ink_slinger Another question, how much of life and society depends on us believing in a future? Is this all a house of cards that would fall immediately once we lost all hope in the future? Or, more depressingly, would we continue on more or less as we are because we simply don't know what else to do?
@ink_slinger I think this is an interesting question. I also wonder if a revolution would happen at all, why bother fighting for a better world if that's no longer a possibility?
Perhaps I'm cynical but I think that the reason there isn't a workers revolt today is because of a learned helplessness, the end of the world doesn't seem like the obvious place to look for hope.
If the engines of capitalism keep turning at all. I imagine you would see the slow checking out of people from the real economy. Basically everyone goes on vacation in order of available funds.
By the end the rich and the middle class are just aggressively checking off their bucket lists while the working poor are still bagging groceries waiting for end of days.
I imagine the real estate market would do some exciting things. Lots of people (home owners) have very little in savings and most of their net worth is tied up in their homes. This 5 year deadline massively incentivizes having cash to spend, since suddenly there's no other time to spend it.
I was watching "Hard Sun" briefly this morning, and my mind wandered off to thinking about what our society would look like if we knew the end was seriously nigh.
Suppose we all knew there was only 5 years left. What then? Its not imminent enough that many of us could just stop working. We still need to put food on our plates.
Sometimes Firefox's "send to other device" feature takes a while, especially if its coming from mobile device that was in spotty reception when the tab was sent.
Right now a tab opened on my laptop, sent from my phone earlier this morning, for the biography of Sir William Congreve, 2nd Baronet and I legitimately have no idea why I sent it to myself.
This would require a lot of dialing in to get a good brew, and there are a lot of free variables to fiddle with.
...I kinda want to design and build this now?
I wonder if I can trick the folks in engineering solutions to do some simulations for me..
Also, when it comes to temperature, there's conventional brew at ~100C (coffee pedants: I know) or cold brew at about ~4C. If we're building an industrial strength coffee brewing monstrosity we aren't confined to use either a kettle or a fridge. We could use whatever temperature we please.
I'm imagining the system could operate at moderate temperatures with much higher grounds:water ratios and would probably work fine. The coffee taken out would have boiling water injected to make up volume.
If you suppose that coffee grounds have the same heat of combustion as wet wood (https://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/wood-biomass-combustion-heat-d_440.html) then the grounds coming out of the fluidized bed coffee brewer would be easily capable of producing all the heat necessary to brew the coffee and then some.
That would make it drastically more energy efficient than conventional coffee brewing.
With conventional coffee makers we have batch processes (french press) and semi-batch (pour over coffee, espresso makers), but has anyone thought of building a fluidized bed?
It probably wouldn't be worth it for individuals in homes, but at the rate my local Tim's goes through coffee they could probably handle a stainless steel industrial behemoth dispensing a firehose of steaming hot dark roast.
Runners are a good indicator of the weather. The density of runners on the sidewalk is highly correlated to how nice it is.
The old ladies who walk their dogs are better, in the depths of winter, because they're outside regardless but they also know how to dress for the weather.
I went for a walk, as I do every day, and passed a whole gaggle of runners running the other way who gave me that superior look, as they always do, and I couldn't help thinking "where were you last week?"