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Heteromeles

  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Hunh? Ceres is a bit over 100 times smaller than Titan, and around 600 times smaller than Mars. Moreover, it's stuck in a rather deep gravity well, rather further from Mars than Jupiter is. Ceres is closer, and not bound...
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    Do forget ye olde Polynesian Earth Oven (aka imu) is effectively barbacoa, and it's mostly southern hemisphere. There's no barbecue sauce involved. However, the Polynesians make puddings in their ovens. I'd like to see the pit masters around the US...
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    Ooooh, you'll have fun playing with all that nice radiation around Jupiter. What fun! Seriously, why not collide Ceres with Mars while you're at it? You could do a bit of precision aerobraking to slow down Ceres so it doesn't...
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    Mar's orbital eccentricity is over 6 times that of Earth, so yes, the weather varies. And there's no radiation shielding. And the atmosphere is unbreathable. And it's lethally cold except during equatorial summers. So here's the bottom line: if we...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I was wondering when someone was going to mention McCain. He was born in Panama to American citizens, but he was definitely not born in the US, unlike Obama....
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    I think my most treasured mushroom recipe comes from Arora's Mushrooms Demystified, for Fomitopsis pinicola: “This woody conk is not often eaten, but in a pinch you can use the following recipe developed by my wife. Saw into 2-inch cubes,...
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    Make them the knowledge keepers and certain functions of administrators. You've just reinvented Elders. Really? Do tell. I didn't reinvent them at all, just relabeled them to get around ageist prejudices. My take is that someone who survived 20 years...
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    It's worth remembering that, in liberal California: --We have a current recall effort aimed at Newsom. Not sure if it's going to work, but it's being funded and run by the rabid right. --We've got Devin Nunes and Darrel Issa,...
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    AI admin would help with accurate, more detailed, non-fudgable record-keeping which could then be mined to better understand what happened - including more in-depth examination of both what works and what doesn't work and why based on which data points...
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    Remember, kim chi is a folk religion on the Korean peninsula. There are A LOT of people in the world who eat brassicas, and a lot depends on the preparation. Thing is, they're stereotypical poor peasants' food, so saying you...
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    I'll be a timid optimist on this. Each party is multiple groups, held together by having more common interest with each other than with some group in the other party. A good example is many middle class white environmentalists. They're...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    I'm enjoying this conversation. I'd point out, from a conservation biology point of view, that much of the misery we're in today, with regards to biodiversity loss and climate change, is because few in our capitalist societies follow these procedures...
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    As noted above, the mRNA vaccines go intramuscular, not intravenous. If you put the liposome into a vein, it ends up in the liver and doesn't stay there very long. If it goes into muscle, it stays there about a...
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    I'm unsure how the mRNA vaccines are delivered, but the logic for an intramuscular vaccination shot -- you're delivering a virus capsid payload, it'll diffuse gradually -- doesn't necessarily apply to fragile mRNA strands in liposomes. So I'm assuming it's...
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    Space 1889 is one of the seminal steampunk RPGs. I don't think it's aged all that well, especially post Black Lives Matter, but it definitely added something to the original Steampunk movement. You can still get pdfs of the books...
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    Sorry, I wasn't translating 4 mph into kph. You're right....
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    You're both right. If you look at most popular music, it's in 4 or 8 beats per measure. Other times certainly exist and get used, even famously, but 4 on the floor is the basic. That said, the powers of...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    "The main function of humanity is to use fire and fire-derived technology as our species' special adaptation for maintaining Gaia* on Earth." What, with carbon-based fuels? There are two levels here. One is that a lot of aboriginal societies used...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    I think Gaia (the biosphere) is a reasonable approximation of a deity for humans, even atheists. Without the biosphere, it's really hard to keep us alive. Is Gaia an organism? Not really, because there's no hard membrane separating Gaia from...
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    I happen to agree about momentum or inertia. Full disclosure, I've been developing a story partly set on Mars, so I've been reading up on this. Anyway... There are a couple of reasons for slow movement in freefall and on...
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    Islam ... I don't know: I don't think they've got the same hang-up on apocalypse/resurrection/day of judgement as the Christians? If I'm wrong, though, a distinctly muslim strain of Singularitarianism might emerge in due course. IIRC, Islam has pretty much...
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    Oddly, Iceland is also exemplary in this regard. There's a (at least partly) written history of its settlement as a bunch of small independent homesteads which experiment with a couple of forms of legal amalgamation before becoming a Norwegian dependency....
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    I expect "security" will have projectile weapons of some sort....Tasers and/or tranquiliser dart guns....If nobody has got firearms, security don't need firearms to have a leg up on troublemakers. And there's also de-escalation. I happen to agree that de-escalation is...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Could Trump (get others to) organise his own political party, no doubt diverting some public contributions away from the Republicans, but still challenge for the Republican presidential nomination for 2024 ? If not, I can still see him trying to...
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    Beat me to it. I was going to string it out by asking if the author had had seven films made off their books, the first of which was modestly successful and had mixed reviews....
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    DO not, whatever you do, allow your children to google "shaolin hidden weapons." The list of thrown stuff that can put an eye out once thrown is tediously long (steel toads?). There are whole classes of new bows and rubber...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    I should clarify that I'm thinking about whether someone will import gun culture from the US and insist it be instantiated on Mars, or whether kids will fool around and improvise. I think we all agree on the later, and...
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    Thing is, most industrial activity is in the northern hemisphere. See sleepingroutine's post up there, for example. If we want to get from industrial cities to space, then traveling south via New Zealand or Chile through the Roaring 40s is...
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    Makes me contemplate parallels between Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein, quite honestly. Anyway, Trump didn't pardon himself or any in the January 6 crowd. As someone pointed out, if you're pardoned, you can no longer claim the 5th amendment or...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    I'd forgot about the Dorset culture, but you're right, especially about the geopolitics. Guess we abrogate the Antarctic Treaty... ...Or, thinking more about that, since we're talking about a new round of capitalist imperialism (hold your nose)... ...There actually is...
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