Heteromeles

Heteromeles

  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Nassim "Black Swan Theory" Taleb is very much not just a popular author, indeed. I'd give him some respect for not just writing about his topic, but making (apparently) a fair amount of money off using it in financial situations....
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    Apropos of nothing, but a real unicorn turned up in a listicle on my Facepalm feed. It was an Elasmotherium, a single-horned ice age rhinoceros from the steppes of central Asia. Here's my question. I know OGH has had a...
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    Well, by deductive logic: --Rats will eat almost anything humans will eat. There are lots of yummy recipes for cicadas ("they're low calorie and gluten free"). Therefore I think we can infer that rats would eat cicadas if given a...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Hmmm. What I'd suggest, without almost no sarcasm, is instead of a rubber bullet, use a drone with caged propellers and some sort of bumper to focus the force without penetrating. If the technology exists to do swarmbots, then for...
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    They are good at climbing the ladder and ripping people off. The people who are good at getting things done are handicapped, and IMHO would tend to top out in middle management. Remember when Obama lost 90,000 Americans to Ebola...
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    Hmmm? I figured he was tweeting about how Covid19 cases in Brazil and perhaps Russia might eventually surpass the US. Leaving us as the world's #2 (sarcastic pun intended) if not #3. There's something about lying authoritarians which just doesn't...
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    Here's a video from Discovery UK of a shotgun that does just that. This was a kinetic weapon (not a pepperball or taser), and the gun was designed to basically punch someone hard with a bullet without penetrating. Anyway, the...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Yes, not for piling on, but my limited knowledge of Aspergers doesn't suggest someone who'd bullshit at the drop of a hat. Psychopath? here's a test for psychopathy, for what it's worth. There's been at least one pop-sci book on...
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    don't want to meet with him and his family. I don't want him to go on this trip. I don't want to risk the chance of infection. But I don't see how I can tell him this without him...
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    But health care in most places isn't free, it's paid for in taxes. The American health care system is an example of what happens when you disintermediate the government between the people and the health care providers, and do it...
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    Probably right, but you've got a witch's brew of carefully curated different uses to justify your comments that I don't know what I'm talking about. Here's where I'm coming from. At one point over a decade ago, I was seriously...
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    I'd gently suggest that, given that our main identity here is as ravening consumer's of OGH's computer bandwidth and publications, it might behoove us to make sure that Our Generous Host can remain a generous host for a very long...
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    Depression has its own set of risk factors, so the point is not to just minimize one risk, but to find a way to function while minimizing multiple risks....
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    I know you like to argue, but here's the thing: they do help, in multiple ways. One way is that they decrease the amounts of droplets reaching your noise and mouth. There's an ongoing fight over whether SARS-COV-2 can be...
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    Another thought, if someone happens to know a djinn with an untapped wish. This one would not hurt anyone: My wish would be that all people who claim to own or control more than US$10 million in assets would be...
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    Sadly, the best direction I got for the treatment of depression was 30 minutes outside walking, daily. If you can find a way to do that, it does help immeasurably. Indeed, I think we'd all be happy to pitch in...
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    Sounds like you're thinking that maybe the best course of action is to set up a traditional Wicker Man on Primrose Hill? Who would go in it, I wonder?...
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    I feel a strange urge to offer a G and T (using a recipe no younger than 150 years) to wash down the hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin he's doubtless taking. Is it a pity that he wasn't part of the 1%...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Is making yogurt depend on bacteria IN the milk? Usually I add cultures. You can buy them online, or you can get cultures off your favorite plain yogurt. I've made my own for years, because a yogurt maker pays for...
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    I've seen a fair bit of mention about using a particular very low UV light to disinfect surfaces in hosps, etc. My question: If this works, why are folks here talking about 'radiation' and not ultra low UV wavelength light?...
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    Keithmasterson @ 1240Unfortunately, that's already been thought of by "James Tiptree Jnr" ( Ms SHeldon ) Also Childhood's End. In a non-SF version, we've also got Teilhard de Chardin and Vernadsky's noosphere. Unfortunately, we have an instantiation of the noosphere...
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    Nope. Lead's toxic, so you have to buy these new tungsten/steel/copper/whatever bullets. But since these are less dense, the bullet is bigger, so the chamber has to be *longer* not wider, and probably the barrel has to be tougher because...
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    One possibility: autoclavable fabric. If you make 'em out of that, you can run dirties in a skip straight into an autoclave for a brisk pulse of 3 bars/120 celsius saturated steam before it is cooled down and shoved in...
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    And then there's climate change. 30 years out, with business as usual, is when the mass extinction event that starts this decade reaches the temperate zone... There are multiple issues at work here. One is that it's a mistake to...
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    Being prepared for this sort of thing needs a particular type of mindset that's not suited to a profit-motive type of person. Unfortunately, current dogma seems to favour putting profit-motive people in charge. You reap what you sow. Not sure...
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    Actually, you've got to defenestrate the urban planners of 50 years ago. I'll get you a time machine any day now. The problem is that it was fashionable decades ago to have single use zones: industrial, commercial, mercantile, residential. Because...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Thank you! It's at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d02A9nmJxcM I'll put that up there with an old favorite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CK0fhl00QjY...
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    (But then, the entire US electoral/civil service system is hopelessly compromised by corrupt lobbying money and party politics.) The general problem is that we want a system, any system, that promotes virtuous behavior and punishes corruption. There are three general...
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    There must be SOME ecological mechanism for breaking down sporopollenin, or else we would be up to our necks in it! My impression of pollen allergies is that it's not the material, but the structure/shape, though I don't know for...
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    Yeah, HF is why I never went into palynology, even though I worked on arbuscular mycorrhizae. I had enough horror stories from using 30% H2O2 on soil particle size analysis. Changing the subject slightly to palynology, I've got to sing...
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