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Matt the Engineer
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9:42 AM Matt the Engineer commented on There Was "a Large Sewage Spill" in Lake Washington This Morning.
I love the inflation going on in this thread. Lake WA holds:
@1 800 BILLION gallons
@2 over seven hundred eighty-two. Trillion. Gallons.
@7 478 quadrillion gallons
@9 756 septillion gallons. That's a quarter of a cubic lightyear. (thanks for that @9, you win)

Then @10 goes completely crazy and claims that 20% of the entire lake is emptied out every time the locks open. We need some quality control in this thread.
10:20 AM yesterday Matt the Engineer commented on Guest Editorial: Today Is Women’s Equality Day, but in Washington, Women Still Don’t Have Equal Rights.
Although I support most/all of those things, I hate headlines that are wrong in order to attract readership. None of the issues listed indicate a "right" that men have that women don't. "Equality" is closer, though I still don't think achieving the list mentioned will make men and women equal in economic terms or otherwise.

It's ok to want these benefits for women because we all agree they're a good idea without propping up false ideas about "rights" or some undefined measurement of equality.
Aug 25 Matt the Engineer commented on Soldiers Are Fighting Climate Change in Central Washington.
Of course forests contain a massive amount of stored carbon, which is released in these fires. So those firefighters are literally reducing the impact of climate change with every tree they extinguish.
Aug 25 Matt the Engineer commented on The Morning News: The NRA Sues Seattle, Amazon Launches One-Hour Delivery, and Okanogan Wildfires Break State Record.
Oh, and 19 feet wouldn't be the record. "Corps officials are recommending floating home owners, others with floating structures and vessels moored on Lakes Washington and Union and along the Ship Canal prepare for lower water levels. A recommended preparation level is 18.5 to 19 feet. The record low lake level is 18.35 feet, reached in 1958."
Aug 25 Matt the Engineer commented on The Morning News: The NRA Sues Seattle, Amazon Launches One-Hour Delivery, and Okanogan Wildfires Break State Record.
Hey look, I found my answer.

They've gone from 4 salmon flumes to 1, and are making recreation boats wait up to an hour to cram more into each lock opening. "As lake levels change, additional measures could be implemented."
Aug 25 Matt the Engineer commented on The Morning News: The NRA Sues Seattle, Amazon Launches One-Hour Delivery, and Okanogan Wildfires Break State Record.
I'm curious. Are we still dumping water through the locks for the salmon and boats? Interesting how issues get ranked by importance when resources are low. Salmon > house boats makes sense. Fishing boats > house boats is a little iffy. Pleasure yachts > house boats?
Aug 12 Matt the Engineer commented on The Morning News: Building Boom Leads to Sky-High Rents, Drought Conditions Prompt Officials to Enact Water Shortage Plan.
Can we get a correction on the subhead? People are confused enough about construction demand and supply in this city.

This just in: umbrella use causes rain.
Aug 4 Matt the Engineer commented on Are Office Temperatures Sexist?.
@21 gets it. We generally design buildings to have the ability to cool spaces down to 72 on the hottest days. But it's not an engineer's choice of what the thermostat gets set to - it's whoever has the thermostat, or the building manager if they have control.

The obvious solution to this problem is to set the temperature to 75 and foster an office culture that allows men to remove their shirts. Hey everyone, it's clothing optional Tuesday!
Aug 4 Matt the Engineer commented on If You Don’t Want to Live Inside the Fossil Fuel Industry’s Butthole, Make Sure You Pick the Right Port Commissioner!.
Wait. You're giving recommendations the day of a mail-in election? Would this not have had a bit more impact yesterday, or two weeks ago?
Jul 24 Matt the Engineer commented on Jeff Bezos Makes $7 Billion in Less Than 45 minutes.
Why do you think this is a bubble? Do you buy more products from Amazon or Walmart?
 

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