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12:30 AM
are you tired?
@Cerberus No idea about the fingerprints. I don't use them except to get into my phone.
1:06 AM
Rogozin (head of Russian Space Agency) and Dmitry Medvedev, former Prime Minister
1:21 AM
@CowperKettle cute
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3:41 AM
We had a million new cases in September, two million new cases in October, and four million new cases in November. Pretty sure Christmas will be a disaster.
And that's already locked in now, thanks to Thanksgiving foolishness.
Hmm that is not good.
Perhaps the closing of schools will help a bit.
They're talking about adding a week to Christmas vacation (from two to three weeks) here.
@Robusto I use them to log into Lastpass, and to confirm sensitive log-ins (that normally require typing my master password).
@Cerberus The kids in the dorms won't be returning. They're home for the rest of the term.
@Robusto Does it work well when filling in passwords in your browser?
@tchrist They are not at home now?
@Cerberus They had not been. They are now.
College freshmen.
Since when?
Our kids don't live in dorms anyway, and universities have been online only, for the most past, since March.
3:48 AM
Well, they haven't had in-person classes for quite a while, but they still lived in their freshman dorms. Till this past week.
I see.
What changed?
They always planned this. They knew that they couldn't trust them.
Many universities require freshmen to live in the dorms.
@Cerberus There is no such thing as national policy here.
@tchrist Why?
@tchrist Poor Trump.
Universities are not seen as schools here.
But no schools require boarding here anyway, I think.
3:52 AM
@Cerberus What do you mean?
No students?
What are they then?
Universities and schools are seen as different types of institutions.
A college is a school. A university is a school.
Schools have pupils, universities students.
You're misfocusing.
Not here, is what I'm talking about.
3:54 AM
> in all of a school’s activities
So the idea of a university here is that you attend classes, but are otherwise independent.
I'm sure you can translate that to Dutch however makes sense.
Our universities do have some extracurricular activities, but they are not important.
Incidentally, we don't use the word class with universities either, but rather college.
Which is why you send your kids here. :)
> Like many universities, Georgetown requires freshmen to live in the dorms.
I'm not sending anyone...
3:55 AM
Honestly, this is the most common case: if it's a big school with plenty of dorms, freshmen simply must live there. It's the rule.
When my Dutch friend attended an American university, he actually told me it felt rather schools in some ways.
College life is its own thing. You can't be part of it out of a suitcase or a computer screen.
It's not a 'life' here.
If you want to go to some night school, enjoy.
It's just a place where you learn and research.
3:57 AM
Sounds like that terrible crap they call adult education, stuff at the county level.
"Community colleges".
Which aren't.
No community there.
Guess you don't have school spirit. What a shame.
We don't because we don't consider them schools, I suppose.
An entirely different philosophy of higher education.
Fuck that school noise.
No, I think it may stand for something.
It's not about that. You're fixating on stoodid werd.
We separate schools with pupils and classes from universities with students and colleges.
Whereas your universities and high schools share some aspects of community.
4:00 AM
Any place you receive instruction is by definition a school.
To you!
Not to us!
You've completely missed everything.
So have you.
So there we are.
Ready to change the subject.
4:01 AM
You have no idea what you are talking about.
That's not polite.
I'm going to make borstplaat, I think.
And it is slightly insulting.
That is a phantom.
But I've already changed the subject.
You are belittling an American institution that means a great deal to a lot of people but which you know nothing about and think even less than nothing of.
So yes, it's made me cross.
I didn't.
Just said there were different philosophies.
4:03 AM
"Oh it's just a big high school."
That is not at all what I said.
But, yeah, whatever.
4:15 AM
Europe doesn't have the same strong connection to college sports that America has.
And that^ is where most of the "school spirit" comes from
@skillpatrol Naw. Student unions aren't about that, although perhaps the Greek system is; can't say.
> Broadly speaking, the facility is devoted to student recreation and socialization. A student center or student union is the community center of the college, serving students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. A student activity center might offer a variety of programs, activities, services, and facilities.[11]

It may contain lounges, wellness centers, dining facilities or vendors, and entertainment venues. The student center is often the center of student affairs and activities and may house the offices of the student government or other student groups. It may also act as a small confe
Sure, there is a certain student unity in being apart of a student union :-)
But, America is about business and sports sells.
4:32 AM
@Cerberus What's bortsplaat?
Just look at the so called "lockdown" attempt of the NCAA.
a plate of borscht?
In fact, America is among the few countries that offer MBAs in the world!
in other news, I only recently found out that 'in-box' zero meant only having all emails in your inbox as -not- unread, as opposed to having all emails deleted by end of day.
I think that means I'm old.
like living in the last millenium
@skillpatrol The US -invented- business
the business of the US is business
4:36 AM
Is there a PhD of MBA-ness?
@Mitch mille anus ≠ mille annus
like a DBA?
PhD in commerce
then what credential do you need to be a prof at an MBA school?
economics is not the same as BA
4:37 AM
it's like saying you need a PhD in math to teach physics
@skillpatrol what is that?
They're all business schools
You can do business law too
@tchrist A thousand aunts bellowing across primeval swamps.
@skillpatrol I've never heard of that in the US
...and battery down to 1%
> Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) said Saturday night that he and his partner have tested positive for the coronavirus and are isolating at home but “feeling well.” Polis said in a tweet that he and Marlon Reis are both asymptomatic. They learned of the results Saturday evening, according to the governor’s office.
A business school is a university-level institution that confers degrees in business administration or management. According to Kaplan, business schools are "educational institutions that specialize in teaching courses and programs related to business and/or management". Such a school can also be known as school of management, management school, school of business administration, or colloquially b-school or biz school. A business school teaches topics such as accounting, administration, business analytics, strategy, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, human resource management, management science...
4:53 AM
@Cerberus It is very slightly harder than saving passwords in your browser, since you have to hit the BW extension button in the address bar. But it remember which login is appropriate for which address so you don't have to go searching. Just click to proceed filling in the authentication.
AAhh Choo
I always knew that whole six-feet thing was useless.
Wonder what it looks like while wearing a mask?
5:59 AM
Q: Is there a term for a blood pressure level that is too high but which is typical for the patient and causes no symptoms?

CopperKettleIn Russian, there is a semi-colloquial medical term "рабочее давление" (working pressure) - the blood pressure that is excessive, but is typical for this particular patient and causes no symptoms in him/her. For instance, a person may have a blood pressure of 140/90 chronically yet feel nothing o...

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9:52 AM
The philtrum (Latin: philtrum from Ancient Greek φίλτρον phíltron, lit. "love charm"), or medial cleft, is a vertical indentation in the middle area of the upper lip, common to many mammals, extending in humans from the nasal septum to the tubercle of the upper lip. Together with a glandular rhinarium and slit-like nostrils, it is believed to constitute the primitive condition for at least therian mammals. Monotremes lack a philtrum, though this could be due to the specialised, beak-like jaws in living species. == Function == In most mammals, the philtrum is a narrow groove that may carry dissolved...
How charming
Pluralized as philtrums? Philtra?
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12:30 PM
Q: Is the "Kundalini awakening" a real neurophysiological phenomenon?

Spirit Realm InvestigatorLots of people have been uploading videos and sharing testimonials describing the symptoms they have experienced during episodes of what they commonly call the "Kundalini awakening". The Wikipedia article on Kundalini says the following on the matter: The Kuṇḍalinī experience is frequently repor...

12:41 PM
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12:56 PM
@Færd I first came across this word 20 years ago in the title of a story. "The Love-philtre of Ikey Schoenstein"
Word of the day: vortilon
Looks like there is a plateau of new cases in the USA. This is good, if true.
1:23 PM
> BBV152 is comprised of a whole, inactive SARS-CoV-2 virus particles. Inactive viral vaccines are created by propagating viruses in cell culture (such as in Vero cells) and/or by inactivation using a chemical reagent (such as beta-propiolactone or formaldehyde). Upon vaccination, this allows the body to generate a diverse immune response against numerous viral antigens while having no threat of actually being infected because the virus is inactive.
Indian vaccine entered a phase III trial
Looks like there will be new results on two or three vaccines every month starting in December
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2:42 PM
The "Revolutionary Fasces of International Action", a manifest that gave birth to the fascist movement, was written by Olivetti, a Jew. The twists of fate.
3:15 PM
3:46 PM
@Robusto Hmm are you talking about the Windows browser or Android?
In Windows, does it automatically fill in passwords, or do you need to press this button?
In Android, do you have to press this button inside Chrome? Or what browser do you use?
@Mitch A very sweet confectionery, made of sugar and water or cream.
Borstplaat (ook: suikergoed) is een snoepgoed gemaakt uit water of melk, suiker en een smaakstof, zoals vanille of cacao. Borstplaat wordt voornamelijk gegeten in de periode rond Sinterklaas. In de tijd dat suiker in Nederland alleen nog gemaakt werd van suikerriet, dat ver weg groeide en met schepen opgehaald moest worden, was suiker een duur product. Het werd dan ook alleen gebruikt bij groots gevierde feesten, zoals bruiloften of het sinterklaasfeest. Gespecialiseerde banketbakkers zorgden ervoor dat de suiker verwerkt werd tot suikerbeesten, hartjes enzovoort. == Oorsprong == De allereerste...
4:26 PM
The adjective for Metal is metallic. But not so for Iron, which is ironic.
5:13 PM
@CowperKettle What's with the dip around Christmas?
5:36 PM
@CowperKettle Well, that's a close cognate.
Actually I have no idea what the dimple has to do with love potions.
@NiharKarve I'd guess (because I don't know) that it's because it is one holiday that everybody consistently gets in the UK and usually with family, and even if you're feeling bad you tend not to go to the emergency room or you deny there is a problem... until early January once family has left.
Sort of the same as in the US. Also in the US, emergency room visits plummet on the day of the Super Bowl until right after the game ends, when visits skyrocket.
The dip in the graph is very consistent so there is very likely a consistent cause. But I'm just guessing.
Hello guys. Nice to meet you
5:55 PM
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I am sleepy
6:51 PM
I am creepy
7:06 PM
> Little Mermaid needed a tutor because her grades were under the C
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8:16 PM
Hi sleepy and creepy!
audience laughter
@Pythoniscool Howdy, welcome to the Multi-discourse layered room
Started reading Dune
It's pretty great, just finished book 1 one book one.
But can't say it doesn't feel weird with all the mingled labels I always associated with very different things.
Lisan Al Gaib is Hafez, one of the most renowned Iranians poets
But Mahdi is a religious figure, the 12th Imam, that Shia believe will rise when the world is so corrupt people have lost faith in all the other ways they could fix humanity
Something like that.
And, till now, some of the Arrakeen sayings are eerily close to Quran verses, and some are just pseudo-profound spiritual rants
It feels, not inconsistent, because of course it's just labels, but something like it.
Or maybe I would feel the same unease if I read interstellar fiction with very different people named Merkel and Macron
@M.A.R. book 1 of book one
Self-ruined joke
9:00 PM
@CowperKettle There's most likely going to be a 'Thanksgiving bump' in a couple weeks in the US (because of families getting together despite public health recommendations).
Also, there are individual states (at least Arizona) in the US that will have within the next two weeks a public health crisis because at the moment ICU beds are filled and any increase in corona will overflow the hospital, not only making it harder to treat corona virus patients, but patients of all kinds.
The statement I heard was that imminently it will be like a forest fire going through a populated area with no evacuation. (not 'no evacuation plan' of which there have always been plans, but 'no evacuation done')
@M.A.R. I think that was all entirely intentional. Supposedly Herbert had been involved in some ecological research (?) in Algeria, and picked up a lot of Islamic things.
But the pseudo-profound anything is par for the course in scifi.
9:51 PM
@Mitch it probably will never stop feeling unusual for me. Is this what Africans and East Asians feel when western authors grab random cool-sounding names from their languages to incorporate in a sci-fi novel? shrug
10:25 PM
@M.A.R. Yes.
It's like hearing a foreigner imitate your accent in their language. It's this cringe inducing 'I sort of recognize that but it sounds awful when it's wrong and it sounds awful when it's right'
@M.A.R. That said, I think Black Panther was an exception in that they tried really hard to be authentic East African (as much as the prior Stan Lee invented vocab would allow).
For English, maybe that's why cribbing from Germanic sources (like for LotR and Game of Thrones) is 'ok' because no one is around to complain, and if any fun of is being made, it's of ancestors?
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11:42 PM
@M.A.R. I understand the feeling.
When you know enough about a certain culture, borrowings from it may appear hideously incongurous.

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