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  1. Must every thread be made ugly? Why not just let people have their fun?
  2. laripu

    Do you believe in doctors?

    Many people don't get enough sleep. There are many stimulating inputs, stressful lives and brains spinning at high velocity from it all. It turns out that relaxation is becoming a lost talent.
  3. This one: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Measure_of_a_Man_(Star_Trek:_The_Next_Generation) The question considered in a trial is whether Data, an android machine, can have rights. I remember the first time I saw it. When it was over I thought about slavery. For several minutes my eyes were moist with sadness for all conscious living things.
  4. I find this very interesting, from the article: “Now for the first time, we can directly create and then measure the quantum properties of vacuum on earth using the laser,” Li said. Quantum level stuff is weird to begin with. Given the above, coupled with this: https://m.phys.org/news/2019-03-physicists-reverse-quantum.html I can imagine a sci-fi novel in which experimenting with the quantum properties of the vacuum makes history start disappearing ... and then that tech becoming weaponized to destroy the national founding events of competitor countries. I'm not serious, just BS-ing.
  5. laripu


    I do find it interesting, but like a lot of stuff from NYC, it's very expensive. I also wonder about the health of bees in that environment. Here's an old story. Back in 1996, an old friend was going to get married. I made a batch of ginger/galangal mead for her and her husband, which I called Honeymoonition. It had the following bit of doggerel on the label: The Mead Maker's Advice If you dance at your wedding and trip on your feet your bride's family will take no offense. And if you leave early in a shower of rice all will say "that makes very good sense". You can plaster the groom's face with wedding cake and your in-laws will not start a fight. But it's very bad form in all cultures and lands to get puke-drunk first honeymoon night. They soon had a son ... so maybe it was effective ... but later got divorced, so no long-term effects ... but the son is now studying theoretical physics, so that's a win. 😆
  6. laripu


    It depends on the honey and the type of mead. For ginger mead, the honey isn't the point, so I use 10 lb Sam's Club honey, about $28. Also 3 lb if DME, $15 and a couple of gallons of Sam's apple juice, $5. Ginger, about $5. Other minor ingredients, maybe $2. So that's $55 for 65 12-oz bottles. For a traditional mead I'd use 12 to 14 lbs of some varietal honey, but no other ingredients. The Canadian buckwheat honey is very high quality and inexpensive due to the exchange rate and the fact that they're way out in the country, so low rent. Cost is 3kg for CAD $26. I buy two, so 13.2 lbs for CAD $52 = US $39 ... an insanely good price for excellent varietal honey. But I can't depend on business trips to Montreal. Florida orange blossom honey, in the 1 gallon = 12 pound size, runs around $60, but to get that size and price you have to drive to the beekeeper. More expensive than Bug-geyser. ☺️ But all that is the wrong comparison. It's a hobby, so the point is doing it, not what it costs. It takes about a year to mature in bulk, then another 3 to 6 months in the bottle. So 15 to 18 months before I drink it.
  7. It's traditional, and goes back at least as far as Martin Luther, a genuine scumbag. Some of his quotes: "The damned whore Reason...." "Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has: it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but--more frequently than not --struggles against the Divine Word...." "Reason must be deluded, blinded, and destroyed. Faith must trample underfoot all reason, sense, and understanding, and whatever it sees must be put out of sight and ... know nothing but the word of God." "Whoever wants to be a Christian should tear the eyes out of his reason." I take it personally. More Luther quotes: "What shall we do with...the Jews?...I advise that all their prayer books and Talmudic writings...are to be taken from them." "What shall we do with...the Jews?...I advise that safe-conduct on the highways be abolished completely for the Jews." "What shall we do with...the Jews? I advise that their rabbis be forbidden to teach on pain of loss of life and limb." "What shall we do with...the Jews?...set fire to their synagogues or schools and bury and cover with dirt whatever will not burn, so that no man will ever again see a stone or cinder of them." "What shall we do with...the Jews?...their homes also should be razed and destroyed."
  8. laripu


    It was. (Doesn't seem to help with arthritic pain, though, unfortunately.) I drank one 12 oz bottle, and cooked a pound of spinach with another bottle, along with salt, pepper, garlic, onion, sour cream, and grated parmesan. Some herbed & spiced turkey meatballs on top. I wanted to do some shopping and cooking tonight, something different than my all-day software engineering. Cooking/brewing is my go-to relaxation. My "leaves and balls" in ginger mead was praised by SWMBO. 😊 I have about another dozen bottles of that left. I'll be bottling another 6 gallons in May or June. In the meantime, there's so much backlog of mead and beer that when I eventually get too old and stop brewing, I'll have two years left. (I typically gave one drink a day.) Sometime in May I'll start a batch of traditional mead from buckwheat honey, bought here last August during a business trip to Montreal. To be first drunk when I retire. I started my software engineering career with a buckwheat mead in 1991, and there's one bottle of that left. This next one will be the closing parenthesis.
  9. laripu


    Here's my use for honey: damn good mead. Unpasteurized, fermented with Champagne yeast and naturally carbonated. I think I'll have some tonight with dinner. ☺️
  10. laripu


    I didn't post links from big pharma. I posted a variety of links and suggested that people do a lot of reading first, to evaluate for themselves the benefits and risks. These are the players in big pharma: Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Pfizer, Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, Eli Lilly. None of my links are from them. Moreover the refiners and sellers of apitoxin (bee venom) are also ... guess what ... companies, that operate for profit. But maybe you don't want your venom refined. Maybe you want it straight from the bee, in the form of stings. Okie dokie, but I suggest there's an inherent risk in that too. People should evaluate for themselves whether getting bee stings carries a greater risk than getting it from a refined source.... or not getting it at all. Notice, I'm not saying it's bad. I'm saying that people should read, learn and evaluate for themselves.
  11. laripu


    Some impressive statistics, even though they discourage it: https://www.clinicaladvisor.com/home/features/alternative-meds-update/bee-venom-therapy-too-risky-for-treating-osteoarthritis-ra-inflammation/ This site says ours possibly ineffective: https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-972/bee-venom Other sites say it's effective. One side effect that it's an anti coagulant. If someone wants this therapy, they should do a lot of reading first, to evaluate. I prefer the long story. https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/bee-venom-is-snake-oil/ https://texasorthopedic.com/hl/?/13504/Medicinal-Uses-of-Bee-Venom
  12. So you mean that common sense is wrong about the world being 6000 years old, the first people being Adam and Eve and the creator being an ancient dude with a beard? Oh, c'mon, now I've heard everything. Better watch out, he'll get angry and throw a lightning bolt at you. Or Katrina.
  13. Plus, common sense is often dead wrong. Almost everything about quantum mechanics defies common sense, which I'm learning with difficulty as I inch my way through chapter 2 in a book on quantum computing. Common sense would tell people who hate homosexuality that there cannot be a genetics cause for homosexuality, the gene would not reproduce. They never think that 1) there may be multiple genetic causes, and 2) the causes may not be "a gene" but rather a collection of, (say, for example) 50 genes, each of which individually has survival benefit but when expressed in a some variant combinations result in varying levels of homosexuality. Common sense told everyone everywhere, 2000 years ago, that the earth is flat. Believe your eyes, sandgrain? That's common sense! Common sense told people that there must be an intelligent designer because of how fit the world is for life. More sophisticated knowledge of evolution tells us how fit millions of years of evolution have made life become for the world. Common sense is folklore. It's how the great mass of common people manage get along. Geniuses know more and know better.
  14. That's pretty much incontrovertible. I do have a quibble: In #4 you used the term "free health care". There's no such thing. What you mean is tax-supported health care that's free at the point of service. One other thing to point out, using IQ as an imperfect (but adequate) proxy for intelligence and this table, with standard deviation of 16 (i.e. Stanford-Binet). The percent of people with mediocre IQ (80 to 105) is, roughly, 62.3-10.6 = 51.7. This shows that you can get a majority of votes by appealing to people who aren't that bright. Moreover, that mediocre range can be and has been manipulated by slightly smarter group: IQ 120 to 130, which make up roughly 7.6% of the population. (97-89.4) Call them medium smart. Really smart people, IQ at least 140, make up about 0.06% of the population. They're the ones that have heretofore run the country, not perfectly, but made it the richest country in the world since its inception. They're also the "elites" that the medium smart have convinced the mediocre to disdain. Donald Trump represents an attempt at a grab of control by the medium-smart over the elite, by manipulating the mediocre. Caveats: 1. All numbers are to be taken as roughly indicative, not as precise. 2. Intelligence is not the same scale as morality. Smart people can be evil. Idiots can be good.
  15. laripu

    Yes, I drive a hydroelectric car

    Heh heh, I particularly liked "Hoover Damn". 😊