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12:04 AM
I had a dream that I had to fly on a powered parawing kite, but nobody instructed me on how to steer or do anything.
It was kind of part of what I had to do in a school.
 
@CowperKettle Supposedly dreams about flying are really about sex. And you don't get any instructions on that, either.
 
The whole dream concerned the runup to the flight, and I woke up earlier than I took off.
"You don't get instructions on sex?" I thought the Internet was invented for this purpose.
Heh
 
That's too much information. And you don't know how to sort it out.
 
Hi folks, I got a bit confused in parsing the following sentence.
It then briefly introduces the relationship between activity state and a process’s vulnerability to being killed by the system.
What is the correct fragmentation for this sentence?
(It then briefly) (introduces) (the relationship between activity state and a process’s vulnerability) to (being killed by the system).
 
> It then briefly introduces the relationship between [1. activity state] and [2. a process’s vulnerability [to being killed by the system]].
That is how I would read it.
Because one cannot really introduce a relationship to an event (being killed).
Does that make sense to you?
 
12:16 AM
Sure. Make sense.
 
Great.
 
What kind of grammar is it [2. a process’s vulnerability [to being killed by the system]]? Noun+To+Being+PastParticiple?
 
The word vulnerable normally goes with the preposition to.
A thatches roof is vulnerable to fire.
This can be extended to the noun vulnerability, e.g. vulnerability to fire.
 
Oh my ghost. You are a good teacher. Now it is clear. Thank you very very much. :-)
 
Instead of a noun, a gerund is used here: being killed is a gerund (being) + past participle.
Good!
 
 
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2:35 AM
Eternal Change for No Energy: A Time Crystal Finally Made Real -- from Quanta, a magazine I love to read
 
> No less than two people have left.
Two people have left.
Less than two people have left.

No less than two people are left.
Two people are left.
Less than two people are left.
> One person is left.
Less than one person is left.
More than one person is left.
No more than one person is left.
Not more than one person is left.
Not a single person is left.
 
 
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5:22 AM
@Araucaria-Nothereanymore. Hi! Just a few days ago unfortunately. Well, she hasn't really been around for a couple of years at least.
@CowperKettle yes but the dose is low this long after the transplant. My face has changed shape forever though
@Robusto oooh exciting
 
 
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6:40 AM
@tchrist What percentage has been vaccinated, and why isn't it 100%?
 
 
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9:07 AM
@M.A.R. When I was having a recurrent pain in the eye with the transplanted cornea, my eye surgeon told me to dilute dexamethazone eye drops 10-fold with sterile saline solution and use them, in order not to affect my body too much.
Sadly, with kidneys one needs a stonger dose. Cornea is very forgiving in this regard.
Although I had several rejection reactions, and was even hospitalized once. My eye ceased to see, all was white. THen it cleared, after big doses of corticoids.
 
@CowperKettle You had a corneal transplant?! That sounds terrifying.
 
9:47 AM
Number of patients on ventilator support in Sverdlovsk Oblast
 
10:28 AM
 
10:49 AM
 
 
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1:07 PM
@CowperKettle Yeah I do not think those two are comparable.
 
 
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2:29 PM
@FaheemMitha In Florida, about 60% of those eligible (age 12 and above) have been vaccinated. Reasons for resistance are many, but often include "you can't tell me what to do" bullshit, lack of reading competence, and grievous conspiracy-nut messaging making them think the disease is harmless and its vaccine harmful.
 
@FaheemMitha Two transplants, one for each eye, due to keratoconus
 
3:02 PM
@tchrist Is this a poem?
 
3:45 PM
@tchrist That's incredibly stupid and dangerous. Then again, that will likely be the epitaph of the human race. Something like this, perhaps:
Here lies Homo Sapiens Sapiens
100,000 BC - 2100 AD
Stupid and Dangerous
@CowperKettle Oh. I have a more than passing interest in eye surgery, because I have cataracts in both eyes of fairly long standing.
I didn't even know one could transplant a cornea.
How was the experience, medically speaking? And did you have it done in your town?
 
4:36 PM
@FaheemMitha I really don't understand how rational people can think that the human race is at risk of extinction.
That makes absolutely no sense.
Completely irrational.
 
@Cerberus No sense whatsoever.
 
I'm glad.
 
 
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7:43 PM
@FaheemMitha Can't you get a lens replacement? My wife had that done on both eyes and she sees great now.
 
7:54 PM
Or just a regular cataract procedure?
 
@Cerberus That is the regular cataract procedure.
 
I thought they extracted cloudy bits?
 
The lens is the cloudy bit.
They replace it with a plastic lens.
The downside is that you can't see up close without glasses. But it's better than not being able to see at all.
 
Hmm I see.
I must have confused it with some other visual problem.
> De afgelopen jaren is een implantlens ontwikkeld, waarmee het oog kan accommoderen (dichtbij scherpstellen). Hierdoor is de kans groot dat men na een staaroperatie geen bril meer voor veraf en dichtbij nodig heeft. Deze lens is inmiddels in verschillende Europese landen geïmplanteerd.
Look, they now have lenses that allow accommodation!
 
8:10 PM
Will wonders never cease?
 
Never!
The future is bright.
 
The future is so bright it is giving me cataracts
 
Just sit still and I'll come with the scalpel.
Would you like the entire eye removed, or just the lens pushed into your eyeball as the ancient Egyptians did?
 
I am very disturbed right now
With your eye gouging and scalpel pointing
 
8:19 PM
For the record, I will not consent to any kind of surgery, much less on my eyes, from any Dog of Hades.
 
Boil lancing?
He sounds pretty good at that
You know what's really awful?
Taking a dog for a walk
 
Tell me about it.
 
And having to pick up their poop
 
Ugh.
 
And you have a bag for it
 
8:22 PM
I just don't get why people have dogs.
 
But
 
It tears.
 
It's a bit ... loose
And it's on pavement
Wait... Not on pavement, on someone's yard
 
@Cerberus Not even Hades?
 
And
 
8:23 PM
He doesn't 'have' me!
I'm wild.
 
He fucking owns your ass.
 
And it's nighttime and it's really hard to tell where it is, or if you've found it if you've gotten it all
 
Just have a cat instead.
 
And it's winter
 
Problem solved.
Now you have your life back.
 
8:24 PM
You still have to clean up cat poop.
It's just all in a box.
 
So you have to take off a glove to pick it up (with the bag of course)
It could be worse
And 'ir could be raining' is not it
 
@Robusto They go outside.
 
That's how bad it is
 
I wouldn't want a litterbox.
 
@Cerberus If they go outside, then technically you are honor-bound to find them and pick them up.
 
8:26 PM
Nah.
 
It could be next to a road where the cars are going by fast
I think that's the worst
Unless of course you can think of anything
 
They just poop anywhere, by the road or in the bushes or in the garden or wherever, and they bury it.
Just don't dig in random places.
 
Poop in the snow is actual better because you can see where the poop is at night
 
I have heard, by the way, that one can train a cat to use the loo.
 
@Cerberus I wouldn't want to hang from a rope until our cats learned to do that.
 
8:29 PM
Some assert that any cat could learn it.
 
My hesitancy still applies.
 
I don't know anyone who has tried it.
 
They're probably all still hanging from ropes.
 
When the seasons are changing and the Canadian geese are flying through and hanging out en masses in freshly cut fields it looks so great and then the geese fly off and you think wow what a beautiful field is now available and you go to the field and close up you see that it was one big Canadian goose toilet.
Covered, I mean -covered- in shit.
Ok that's an exaggeration
 
By shit I presume you mean fertilizer?
 
8:31 PM
A deposit every yard in all directions
@Robusto before it becomes fertilizer it is really shitty
 
Fertilizer sounds like a shitty business all around.
 
And there ends my shit stories
Has anybody seen Black Widow?
 
Thanks. Will wait for it on Netflix or whatever
Ok next question.
Oh
I have no next question
That was it
I know everything now
Or at least everything that I care to know
What's for dinner?
At the moment I don't care. I know I'm going to have it and I hope it's something good, I haven't figured that out yet. But I'm ok with not knowing for just a little bit longer
 
My friends and family.
 
8:39 PM
Nice.
 
@Mitch Should wash away the next time it rains?
 
Dec 25 '20 at 16:53, by CowperKettle
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They have more style in Russia, I guess.
 
Also impressive.
 
@Cerberus in the spring when the snow thaws you find little 'presents' appearing
 
@Mitch If the snow should thaw around Easter, what fun the children may have.
 
8:52 PM
Oh the memories of childhood!
> Where do bad rainbows go?

Prism.

Only a light sentence.
Now that's the worst thing. You're picking up dog poop in the cold at night and then someone says that.
> Heard its ultra violent in there
groan
 
@FaheemMitha nothing terrifying about the surgery itself. You black out for a couple of hours and then treated like a king for a month, albeit in a pretty shitty place. The walking on the eggshells after the transplant gets really tiring though
@Mitch at least these puns are illuminating about who makes them
 
What kinds of eggshells?
 
@Cerberus routine checkups and lots of things can go wrong. Then you're wondering if something is wrong with you or if the transplant drugs are too effective, because their side effects mimic the very things that can go wrong
 
Ah, a terrible kind of not-quite-hypochondria.
 
Say, they increase your potassium levels, and that's what the test result shows, and now you can't know if it's the drugs or you ate something that caused it or if it's something more serious
They make you prediabetic at the very least, then you're wondering if you need to go unreasonably green and whether that'd change anything.
Random parts of your body hurt. You don't know if it's the drugs that cause it or you're developing bone-related problems
So on and so forth
 
9:03 PM
Sounds quite frustrating and frightening.
How is it now?
 
Well my creatinine levels are too too high, and they're not going down, and we can't pin down what's causing it.
 
How long has that been happening?
 
The doppler sonogram didn't show anything, so it's not immediately serious. I'm thinking it might be a side effect of Sputnik V's second dose
@Cerberus 3 months
 
Hmm.
I hope it will go down again.
Does Sputnik have any similar effects, that we know?
 
So I dunno if it's tacrolimus, or that I consume too much protein, or the vaccine, or something else
 
9:06 PM
 
@Cerberus an uncommon side effect is raising serum creatinine, yeah
 
So what do you do now: wait and see?
I see.
 
Yep
@Cerberus it's pretty familiar, but I can't pinpoint where I've seen it
Old Star Trek? A Space Odyssey?
 
I don't know, but it's Sputnik!
I think Sputnik I.
 
Ding ding ding!
Winner winner, chicken dinner!
 
9:09 PM
Ha well, I'm not a communist yet
There's hope
 
But the commies have chipped you.
You're not allowed to say that any more.
 
What do you mean they have chi- OVERRIDE
WHAT'S HAPPENI- PROTOCOL DICTATORSHIP OF THE PROLETARIAT
 
@Robusto yes! That's the answer! We're having chicken for dinner!
so relieved
 
I think the Sputnik vaccine only requires allegiance to Putin these days. It couldn't care less about workers of the world uniting and losing their chains.
 
Where is the god damn 'so relieved' emoji?
 
9:13 PM
😅
You made me do it
I have desecrated the chat
 
The vaccine seems to be effective.
I had a beet salad for dinner.
And some chocolate...
 
I have a sudden hankering to watch Team America: World Police
 
But let's stick with beet salad.
 
There is a squirrel less the five yards from me and my inner eight year old has the most intense desire to throw a water balloon at him
 
Aww.
Why the squirrel hate?
They're so cute.
 
9:16 PM
@Mitch on Skyrim I discovered I really enjoy chasing foxes and hunting them by punching them
 
@Cerberus nice... I have some tiramisu waiting for me
@M.A.R. I have a hankering to see Memento again
 
Good for you.
Hmm I should probably play a computer game.
 
Watch Better Call Saul instead
 
I have a full Steam library.
But which game?
 
I dunno why I associate the two
@Cerberus planescape torment
 
9:17 PM
Is that about the concentration camp?
 
@Cerberus no hate, just intense water balloon targeting feeling
 
@M.A.R. Oh, I played that one twenty years ago!
 
It's be hilarious to watch them freak out
 
@M.A.R. Bob Odenkirk had a heart attack while filming the final season. Just FYI.
 
@Robusto yeah taking method acting to heart
 
9:18 PM
@M.A.R. when is the next season coming out?
 
I heard he's fine
 
I found the atmosphere and dialogues cool, but the gameplay itself (combat?) seemed underwhelming, so I never finished it.
 
@M.A.R. As fine as you can be having had a heart attack.
@Mitch Next year.
 
@Cerberus well the story was great. It was my first ever PC game I tried.
I still wanna go back and do it again. The combat sucks yeah, but the story is just too great
 
@M.A.R. I know it's a game but if I were a fox I'd be pretty surprised if someone punched me. It's just not done.
 
9:20 PM
@Mitch well the way they look at you, something about it triggers me
 
@Robusto 2022 next year? Because me tally I can't tell if it's 2021 or 2020 or something else
 
2016
 
@M.A.R. How about watching a play-through on Youtube?
 
2016 will always be the next year
 
I've had fun watching other play-throughs.
 
9:21 PM
@Mitch Next year counting from today.
 
(I kinda did think it was 2022 the other day. Time travel really messes with you)
 
@Cerberus well it needs a lot of reading, so if a playthrough allows for that, sure
 
@M.A.R. oh the youth of today. I'm still feeling like 1995 is in the future.
 
I mean even a side story for 750 XP is great.
 
@Robusto nice. Thanks for clarifying.
It's been a long time
 
9:23 PM
@M.A.R. Perhaps there is one where the players reads it out loud.
 
@Mitch hashtag ok boomer purses lips for selfie
takes a selfie of taking a selfie
 
Nice purse.
cycles into your selfie-stick, flooring you
 
Ew, ur so mean 😞😞😞😣😣😣😣
 
Vlog about it.
Influence me.
2
 
Vlogs are so 10s
Laaaaaime
 
9:28 PM
Anti-Vaxxer: I refuse to get vaccinated because I don't want to be part of a giant medical expirement.
Science: Those who don't get vaccinated are still part of the experiment. It's called the control group.
 
@M.A.R. that's hard to do right
 
@M.A.R. Then what do you post? Insta stories?
@Robusto True.
 
@Cerberus the real me or the roleplay me?
 
@Cerberus yeah I'd like to know. What are the kids these days doing? Are they wearing their underwear on the inside again?
 
@M.A.R. The latter.
 
9:33 PM
Onlyfans
 
I love RPGs where you can play an Instagram millennial.
Oh, of course.
 
What is...
 
How could I not have guessed.
 
Don't tell me
 
You don't want to know!
 
9:33 PM
Its probably best I don't know
 
Yeah.
 
It's just full of ceiling fans
Fetishes get out of hand these days
 
So very monomaniac.
Mitch is Googling
 
@M.A.R. I don't understand that and I don't want to
@Cerberus I'm googling for safe things like a plot summary of Tenet
 
Wise.
 
9:35 PM
I come from the past to tell you of the future. Cliff Notes Instagram version: It's gonna suck.
 
I wonder when Instagram will pass.
I do think it is somewhat less toxic than Facebook was.
Oh, and I long for the day when Twitter has passed.
 
@Cerberus It's kinda owned by Facebook, innit?
 
Yes.
 
So any way you interact with it, you're interacting with FB, and getting your data Hoovered up by them.
 
That is not about toxicity
 
9:42 PM
It partakes of toxicity.
 
10:09 PM
Yes, there is a relation between toxicity and profitability.
But I think Instagram is less toxic than Facebook and Twitter are.
 
10:44 PM
> Gonorrhoea and syphilis data have been collected in the UK for a century, ever since the Venereal Disease Act of 1917 set up the country’s network of specialist, anonymous STI clinics.
Interesting.
 
 
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11:55 PM
Alex Zverev won the Olympic gold for Germany in tennis. His parents are Russian; he was born in Hamburg. Speaks Russian, German, and English. He was once asked (in English) how he got the nickname Sasha, and replied, diplomatically and after a second of thought, “It’s a Russian word for Alexander.” He speaks English well except for using d for th some of the time. I imagine Germans are pleased? @RegDwight
 

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