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Hey hi! When you call someone to learn a bit about what's new with them and such, do you think of that as keeping in touch, getting in touch or touching base, over the phone? If I'm trying to express that to the person I'm calling and I say something like "Just calling to..." would either sound as natural to you in that context?
Conceptually do you think of those as the same kind of "touch(ing)"?
 
 
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Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP), also known as Münchmeyer disease, is an extremely rare connective tissue disease. It is a severe, disabling disorder with no current cure or treatment. It is the only known medical condition where one organ system changes into another.Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva is caused by a mutation of the gene ACVR1. The mutation affects the body's repair mechanism, causing fibrous tissue including muscle, tendons, and ligaments to be ossified, either spontaneously or when damaged as the result of trauma. In many cases, otherwise minor injuries can cause...
Wow, a disease in which soft tissue turns to bone
 
 
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8:31 AM
I have met several persons who live in the Urals but went to fight in Putin's war of occupation in Ukraine.
One of such persons married a bicyclist girl I have known for a long time, we traveled on bicycled together in group.
He once bragged how he went scouting behind the enemy lines in Ukraine, pretending to be a local boy, because of his youngish looks.
 
 
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4:29 PM
This is a Cercis canadensis, also known as eastern redbud. Its leaves' shapes, positions and color graduation gives the effect of being out of focus
 
4:47 PM
@CowperKettle Cool.
I've replaced your link with a larger image, if you don't mind.
 
@Cerberus I don't mind!
This tree gives a general understanding of what a sufferer of keratoconus feels during the progression of his disease.
 
That doesn't sound like fun.
 
I first noticed that lights in the evening started to elongate and turn out of shape. But the opthalmologist said I was inventing things.
Yep, totally not fun. ))
 
Hmm.
Can it be treated?
> In most people the disease stabilizes after a few years without severe vision problems.[3] In a small number of people scarring of the cornea occurs and a corneal transplantation is required.
 
@Cerberus Yes, by transplantation of donor cornea
 
4:56 PM
Is it that bad yet?
 
After transplantation? No, it stops.
The donor cornea allows to see clearly
Well, there is some residual astigmatism because the donor cornea does not fit exactly right.
And the thickness of cornea keeps decreasing, because the underlying mechanisms keep gnawing at it.
For instance, the number of cells in the lowest level of cornea is very low
These cells pump out fluid from cornea, so when the number becomes too low, you will start waking up with hazy vision.
Once that happens, you go to the clinic and they graft some additional cells there. That's what they said to me.
The quantity of these cells generally declines in all people with age, but in me the quantity was at the level of a 80-year old at age 30
> The corneal endothelium is a single layer of hexagonal cells that do not have the ability to regenerate. The normal density of corneal endothelial cells in adults is approximately 2500 cells/mm2 and it is reduced by about 0.6% a year.
 
 
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@CowperKettle Hmm so you already know you need a transplantation?
 
@Cerberus I got the first transplant in 1997, the second in 2003
I would have been practically blind without transplants.
> Olga Misik, 19, became a symbol of Russia’s pro-democracy movement after she read the Constitution to a line of armored riot officers at a July 2019 protest against the barring of allies of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny from Moscow city council elections.
 
@CowperKettle Ooh I see.
 
No transplantation needed since 2003?
 
8:53 PM
@Cerberus Oh, thankfully, no. Because I've read that they do not perform it for the second time - the rejection reaction is severely exacerbated after the first time.
Probably the first transplant breaches the eye's "immune privilege".
 
Oh, 1997 was one eye, 2003 the other?
I see.
 
@Cerberus Yes
The ocular immune system protects the eye from infection and regulates healing processes following injuries. The interior of the eye lacks lymph vessels but is highly vascularized, and many immune cells reside in the uvea, including mostly macrophages, dendritic cells, and mast cells. These cells fight off intraocular infections, and intraocular inflammation can manifest as uveitis (including iritis) or retinitis. The cornea of the eye is immunologically a very special tissue. Its constant exposure to the exterior world means that it is vulnerable to a wide range of microorganisms while its moist...
The eye has its own immune system.
 
OK, I'm glad they are working well enough, then.
 
It's a huge issue for people who get corneal scars and damage from punctures.
There was a boy in the hospital, and his cornea on one eye was visibly distorted even after an operation.
So when a way will be found to grow corneas from stemm cells, it will be just wow.
I am sure Navalny has got a transplant too.
His eye was burned in a chemical attack.
He nearly lost vision in one eye.
And the guy who splashed the chemicals was captured on video, but since he was hired by Putin's henchmen, the video was censored and the important parts were cut out.
The guy's name is known and he is still taking part in provocations.
 
Yeah it's pretty terrible.
 
9:00 PM
The guy on the left, Alexandr Petrunko, member of the Kremlin-paid movement titled SERB
He first took part in provocations in Ukraine, and then moved to Moscow.
He is walking at large, no charges could be brought against him in a mafia state.
Here he is, splashing piss from a bottle during an art exhibition
Basically a paid thug.
 
Bleh.
 
@Mitch Is a program to simulate a voice of a particular person an application of machine learning?
 
 
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10:13 PM
@Xanne It's a possible application of machine learning. One could do it without ML but I expect it would take a lot of work. The nuance here is that the kind of thing you want to do, simulate someones voice, is an application, and ML is just one possible tool to implement it.
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Q: Is there a term for a child born after the death of its sibling?

CentaurusA couple loses their only child and some time later they have another child. Is there a term for that second child? I once heard a parent use a phrase to describe it, but can't remember anymore.

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10:39 PM
@Mitch Is it generally necessary to provide text as well as voice?
We're doing too much quick closing and deleting on questions and answers. Answers, I thought, are judged by up and down votes. They are in the cue so quickly the author has no time to respond to comments.
 
11:38 PM
@Xanne Conisder a specific application of a famous person reciting the advertising slogan of a company. One way to do it is to have a system that takes as input -any- person saying the slogan and then the system repeating it in the voice of the famous person. Or it could be engineered differently and the input is simply text and the output is the voice reciting that in the famous person's voice. I think both methods are possible n fairly easily nowadays with appropriate training data.
 
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@Mitch Thanks . . . I was trying to figure out the appropriate training data.
 

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