2163: "Chernobyl"

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2163: "Chernobyl"

Postby cheweytoo » Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:03 pm UTC

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Title text: "You know when you can't hear your speakers, and you keep turning various volume controls up higher and higher in confusion, and then someone hits the mute button and there's a deafening blast of sound? That's basically what happened at Chernobyl."


That's… a surprisingly good analogy: Create all preconditions for a loud blast by exceeding limits on lots of settings, achieving just a very, very quiet hum – and then trigger the blast when things get inexplicably loud, by pressing what you think is the "always mute everything" button.

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Re: 2163: "Chernobyl"

Postby irino » Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:09 pm UTC

Coincidentally, Hank Green just posted (about an hour before the comic) an explanation of the Chernobyl disaster on YouTube.

It's likely that both of these are motivated by the HBO series of the same name. Hank's definitely was as he says so in the description. I haven't watched it (the HBO one) but it seems quite internet popular at the moment.

Also, if you're looking for another explanation, check out the Wikipedia page.

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Re: 2163: "Chernobyl"

Postby Sableagle » Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:40 pm UTC

irino wrote:Coincidentally, Hank Green just posted (about an hour before the comic) an explanation of the Chernobyl disaster on YouTube.
So did Scott Manley
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Re: 2163: "Chernobyl"

Postby Flumble » Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:42 pm UTC

The answer to "Did you like Chernobyl?" should not be "Yeah!". :roll:

irino wrote:it seems quite internet popular at the moment.

The marketing has worked superbly, because I have no idea how multiple people suddenly told be about its existence last week (just when the ...last episode was it(?), was released). Was it a trailer that trended on youtube in multiple countries? Did people feel the urge to watch anything HBO to fill the void left by game of thrones and the only good series they found was chernobyl? Did HBO advertise the series everywhere?

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Re: 2163: "Chernobyl"

Postby speising » Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:00 pm UTC

That put me off as well for a moment, until I noticed the italics. But those are a bit hard to pronounce.

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Re: 2163: "Chernobyl"

Postby somitomi » Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:03 pm UTC

cheweytoo wrote:That's… a surprisingly good analogy: Create all preconditions for a loud blast by exceeding limits on lots of settings, achieving just a very, very quiet hum – and then trigger the blast when things get inexplicably loud, by pressing what you think is the "always mute everything" button.

As much as I like the analogy, it doesn't mention the effect that slowly decreases volume if you have it turned down for a long time or the design flaw that makes the mute button work the other way around.
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Re: 2163: "Chernobyl"

Postby Reka » Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:59 pm UTC

One of my coworkers recommended Chernobyl to another coworker. He did his best to watch it, but kept falling asleep. I keep telling him, there's no law that requires you to finish watching a series just because you started watching it.

Personally, I have absolutely no interest in watching this documentary. Of course, unlike both coworkers mentioned, I'm old enough to remember Chernobyl when it happened. (The one who recommended it was alive when it happened, but was all of 4 or 5 years old - so [morbid thought alert!] if she gets cancer later in life, she can probably blame the disaster[/morbid]. The other coworker is a snot-nosed brat, ahem, sorry, is under 30.)

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Re: 2163: "Chernobyl"

Postby Jorpho » Sat Jun 15, 2019 4:20 am UTC

There are some real top-notch galleries on Imgur that probably did a lot to keep interest percolating to the point that a series seemed like a great idea. This one is from 2015: https://imgur.com/a/TwY6q .

Pumps driving the flow of water rely on electricity generated by the plant’s own turbines, but in the event of a blackout the electrical supply can be switched to the national grid. If that fails, diesel generators on site will automatically start up to power the water pumps, but these take about 50 seconds to gather enough energy to operate the massive pumps. [...]

In the early morning of April 26th 1986, a team of men at the power station were testing a safety feature of the RBMK design that allowed the system to power the pumps by itself for that vital minute before the diesel engines took over. If a power failure occurred, the fission reaction would still be producing heat, while the remaining water in the pipes would continue its momentum for a short time and therefore steam would still be produced. In turn, the turbines would still rotate and generate electricity, albeit at an exponentially falling capacity. This residual electricity could be used to drive the water pumps for a few vital moments, giving the diesel generators sufficient time to get up to speed and take over, and it’s the hardware behind this that was being tested.

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Re: 2163: "Chernobyl"

Postby xtifr » Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:26 am UTC

Since I had no idea there was a show named Chernobyl, I figured that the two had just visited the actual Chernobyl, which seemed like an odd holiday destination...
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Re: 2163: "Chernobyl"

Postby somitomi » Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:12 am UTC

Reka wrote:Personally, I have absolutely no interest in watching this documentary. Of course, unlike both coworkers mentioned, I'm old enough to remember Chernobyl when it happened. (The one who recommended it was alive when it happened, but was all of 4 or 5 years old - so [morbid thought alert!] if she gets cancer later in life, she can probably blame the disaster[/morbid]. The other coworker is a snot-nosed brat, ahem, sorry, is under 30.)

It's more of a dramatization than a documentary, but I can understand that. A similar conversation took place between my father and my older sister.
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Re: 2163: "Chernobyl"

Postby Mabuse7 » Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:32 pm UTC

Reka wrote:[morbid thought alert!] if she gets cancer later in life, she can probably blame the disaster[/morbid]


Unless she lived in the Ukraine/Belarus/Western Russia area at the time of the disaster and that cancer is thyroid cancer then no, she probably can't.


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