Heteromeles

Heteromeles

  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    I do sincerely hope you're right, and I mean that non-cynically....
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Okay - what are your best bets for likely post-pandemic social change? Here are a couple, from a USian perspective: --The service industry is getting hammered, because most of the workers, the small business owners, and possibly even some landlords...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    So throw the mask in the washer, then throw it in the dryer with no dryer sheets, so that it gets a static charge if the air is dry enough. Alternatively, this is a chance for all those engineers out...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    If I had to guess, Agent Orange is operating under two heuristics at the moment: 1. Presidents who preside over a good economy get re-elected. Presidents who preside over an economic slump lose. B. Presidents who preside while their nation...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    The rest of your points are sadly likely accurate, and also don't account for PTSD causing medical personnel from leaving the profession over the next 5 years. You're probably right. I'll note that a local hospital is offering effectively hazard...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Actually, there are Mexicans protesting at the Nogales crossing into Mexico, trying to keep Americans out, for fear that we'll spread more coronavirus into Mexico. Turn about is fair play, I'm thinking. Canadians, your turn....
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    Please do not insult the Bozos by including that thing within their ranks!...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    ToC in Word isn't impossible (heck, I did an index in Word). However, if you're formatting chapters, it's best to start at the end and work backwards towards the front. Word does this weird thing, when you join two sections,...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    There are a bunch of ways to deal with a recalcitrant company. In the US, that's what the War Powers Act is about: the government will tell you to produce it at a reasonable cost. You produce it at a...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    I think the rather bigger point (FacePalmed to me by a friend who works as a molecular biologist) from I think the 3/17 article is that for a virus to be engineered, it has to be assembled from smaller sequences,...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Why is there a minimum size requirement for a yacht that you live on? The Polynesians managed on outrigger canoes to get to Hawaii. (Well, yes, much of the time they put mats over the outriggers and used that as...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Dude, RED STATES are called that because FOX NEWS chose that color years ago to depict them on their election maps. I think it's idiotic too, but they bought it, they own it, and quite honestly, I'd send the lot...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Such hoarding has already been reported in the US: https://www.propublica.org/article/doctors-are-hoarding-unproven-coronavirus-medicine-by-writing-prescriptions-for-themselves-and-their-families In some cases, the prescriptions were so far outside normal practice that the doctors may face fraud charges. Just goes to show that, behind those white coats are people that...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    I think you flipped red and blue. Red's the Republicans, blue's the democrats. Anyway, a friend of mine has been posting daily US maps on FacePalm, where he's mapped the reported new cases in the last 24 hours, plus state...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    Agreed on Weber. I'd add that inferring that a SF writer is drawing from their own life when they're writing can be fraught. For instance, David Weber was not an Olde Tyme captain in the British Royal Navy when he...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Another random tidbit, for those who like watching the actions of aristocratic totalitarian ruling families: Kim Jong-Un's sister is gaining power. Kim Jong-Un is away from Pyongyang at the moment, either touring the provinces or running from Covid19, depending on...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    You're probably right. On the other hand, small Caribbean islands might not be the safest thing either, since there's a wee little prediction that the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season will be as busy as the 2019 season was. That said,...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    I'm actually a little surprised a Peter Thiel type hasn't (yet, to my knowledge) chartered/bought a Cruise ship for a Prince Prospero attempt. I have heard that some rich folks have decamped for the duration to their private islands. Something...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    The vaccine problem isn't what Graydon thinks it is. There is some evidence with SOME corona viruses that immunity fades with time. These would be cold viruses, which also don't mutate much, but which for some reason are able to...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Well, there are multiple timeline issues here. One is the Covid19 timeline. I suspect that we're going to see a vaccine next year, and possibly a treatment this year, although I'd as soon bet on Chinese traditional medicine and Cuban...
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    Oh, I know. It's simply cancer logic, maximization of entropy through building dissipative structures of enormous size, while calling it progress. The evolutionary logic I speak of is the survivor's logic, which has a rather longer track record of proving...
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    Ah, yet another example of why Darwinian evolution and its descendants (especially mosaic theory of coevolution) are better strategies for future planning than economics is. In real life, I've even heard economists seriously argue about what the economic value of...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    My guess is that if you bought a used book through Amazon, where it was fulfilled by a third party (like, for instance, me), you'd get a more rapid shipment, since those of us selling off collections tend to use...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    Aren't these are the kind of games Jack is programming in Halting State? Not even close. Carse's Finite and Infinite Games is a book on philosophy. As far as I'm concerned, in practice the simple version of his infinite game...
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    Totally off topic, but this interesting article in phys.org. They used the Chandra X-Ray observatory to observe the big ol' black hole at the center of the Perseus galaxy. They're testing the theory that Axions (the best remaining candidate for...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    Nope, Aaronovitch is still turning chips into sand with waves of hands. In fact, he's had fun utilizing this effect in various and sundry ways (sacrificial fission chips, detectors of the unnatural, cool old cars and wind-up watches giving away...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    There are two things going on here. One is residents selling homes to other residents, using real estate agents as the intermediaries. But there's no reason someone can't buy a home as an investment, either to rent it out (by...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    The seller's agent gets 'x' percentage of the sales price. I don't think commissions for the buyer's agents are figured that way. It wouldn't make sense. If you're the buyer, why would you hire someone to make your costs go...
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    On the ??Good News?? front, I just saw this abstract (paywalled) Old carbon reservoirs were not important in the deglacial methane budget Small burden from old sources Methane is a potent greenhouse gas with large natural sources, reservoirs, and sinks....
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Don't bad mouth us X-ers. We barely exist for starters. And we have had to deal with Boomer idiocy for a lot longer than anyone else. The problem with us Xers (I'm one too) is that there's actually very little...
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