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    In this regard, I was fascinated to learn that Boris and Donald have been avoiding each other (well, mainly it's Boris avoiding Donald, and Donald acquiescing), because they know that any association of Boris with Donald will hurt the former's...
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    Bad Mexican restaurants in Germany was no surprise. The main thing I remember about restaurants in Germany was that the Germans had zero tolerance for spicy food (at least in Niedersachsen, where I spent most of my time). Thus any...
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    E.g. you won't usually get a "kung pow chicken" that is actually prepared with burnt hot peppers But when you do, watch out. When I was a student at Stanford, I took my visiting parents to my favorite Chinese restaurant...
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    My overall impression of math including stats is: it's all a game of (linearly and internally consistent) rules. Biology also follows rules, but its rules are jumbled, with different ones siting upon another, discontinuous and (quite often) playing favorites (dominance/precedence)....
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    Have read about some scientists spending their entire careers focusing on one or two critters and these do end up contributing a lot of understanding to their fields. But they seem to be in the minority. (emphasis added) Not sure...
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    Re: 'Pest resurgence' It's actually the same problem as antibiotic-resistant infectious disease, under another guise. We call them by different names because they are studied by different people (Ag specialists vs MDs), but people working on these things, particularly those...
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    Sorry, nope. Methanol is also called "wood alcohol", while ethanol is "grain alcohol". Methanol contamination in traditionally fermented alcoholic beverages: the microbial dimension...
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    That was good. But it contributed to the ongoing bloat of my too-rapidly-growing reading list....
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    According to Tom Standage, A History of the World in Six Glasses, coffee as served in the coffee houses was an absolutely vile drink. It was prepared and drunk the way it was because of licensing laws that didn't make...
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    And what is bbq (BBQ or barbecue) (and what ain't) is a whole 'nother argument. BBQ is what you get at Mike Anderson's or Sonny Bryan's in Dallas, TX. Any other answer you may hear from poorly informed responders is...
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    Coincidentally the in-story date of the events in Blade Runner has just passed. Yes. Deckard met Rachael Wednesday, November 20. (This info is not available in the first film, but in Bladerunner 2049 they play back a recording of that...
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    The US can do nothing. You should have this argument with @sleepingroutine (@335). (Who, I'm pretty sure, is not an American.)...
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    Thank you. You know, that is almost the only answer I've gotten here that supposes that the endgame will depend on what people in Hong Kong and China do, rather than on events happening on the eastern side of the...
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    LAvery@300 asks "any ideas about the likely endgame of the events in Hong Kong?" I notice you didn't answer the question....
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    Verlinde's entropic gravity requires anti-de Sitter space, which our space-time ain't. Consequently it is entirely unclear whether it has anything to do with what we know as gravity. For sure. But entropic gravity is still, IMHO, a fascinating idea....
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    Unless I can get them breaded & deep fried, I say the heck with them. Have you tried the Iowa State Fair?...
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    How many times do we need to repeat that they're not US financial interests? They're just financial interests that happen to have coopted the jurisdiction of the de facto planetary reserve currency, is all. There's nothing specifically American about them...
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    BTW, the estimable Sabine Hossenfelder just published a comment on dark energy and the possibility that it's an observational artifact. Interesting and plausible. I will be disappointed if this turns out to be true, though. You know, Martel, Shapiro, and...
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    There's a cool explanation for dark matter: Entropic Gravity. I heard Erik Verlinde give a seminar on this not long ago. To oversimplify: what "Entropic Gravity" theories propose is that there is so such force as gravity, really. Rather, that...
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    Nope. Dark energy is as real as dark matter - a placeholder name for "we don't understand these measurements". Proposed explanations for it are pure handwavium. The difficulty with explaining dark energy is not coming up with an explanation for...
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    And just to annoy the mathematicians, wouldn't it be ironic if it turned out that the universe behaves as if it has dark matter, simply because it runs on octonion math, and has so many imaginary dimensions? No, why on...
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    I don't want to be enlightened. I enjoy karma....
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    The next step is octonions, which have 7 imaginary axes. Octonion multiplication is neither commutative or associative. (Yuck!)...
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    I think you're thinking of quaternions, which have one real and three imaginary axes, usually called i, j, k. They are imaginary in the sense that i2 = i2 = k2 = -1. But there is a price to pay:...
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    the Hong Kong 'Human Rights Act' the US Senate passed a few days ago and which should appear on DT's desk any day now. He signed it 27-Nov. (My guess is he would rather not have, but since it passed...
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    So, since we're up to 300, here's something I've wanted to get thoughts on. Does anyone who knows more about the subject than me (which is pretty much anyone who actually KNOWS anything) have any ideas about the likely endgame...
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    the true axioms of mathematics are whatever gives us the most useful mathematics... Many mathematicians would disagree with that thought. For one thing, it is to some degree an absurdity to speak of "the true axioms". Axioms are just a...
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    Getting rid of the middle class, leaving a world of only the rich and the poor, might be therefore seen as a step towards saving the Earth... There are two (at least) distinct ways of doing this. You can either...
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    In fact, it was always my (possibly flawed) understanding that Mathematical Platonism is the fundamental basis of magic in the world of The Laundry Files. And that that goes some way to explain why the Laundry has need for certified...
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    And then there is Max Tegmark, who believes (or at least suggests) that all physics is fundamentally math....
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