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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby erti » 2 January 2022, 00:35

Made it below 150. Yesterday I weighed around 148.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby René » 8 January 2022, 19:12

Successfully tricking my Windows 10 Home Edition laptop into functioning as a terminal server so Brenden can have a remote session going on it for running his university math software that doesn't run on Mac.
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Unread postby PopTart » 8 January 2022, 20:00

René wrote:Successfully tricking my Windows 10 Home Edition laptop into functioning as a terminal server so Brenden can have a remote session going on it for running his university math software that doesn't run on Mac.


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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Brenden » 8 January 2022, 20:07

To be fair, the software barely runs on Windows. I can't believe universities and businesses pay thousands and thousands to licence it.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby PopTart » 8 January 2022, 20:21

Brenden wrote:To be fair, the software barely runs on Windows. I can't believe universities and businesses pay thousands and thousands to licence it.

It's always the way! It seems like the crappest software gets the best, or atleast most widespread distribution.

It has taken me ages to learn the obscure and enigmatic idiocies of an old DOS based program called Kermit, we use for legacy stuff at work. No-one is actually trained in it's use, everyone who once was, has either left or died. The software we use for non legacy customers is even more restrictive and God awful though so I stick with it.

The god awful, more restrictive software "upgrade" cost obscene amounts of money. It nevers works properly, requires constant calls to IT, is barely fit for purpose... we all wonder.. why? Just why?
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby René » 9 January 2022, 18:13

Had a bit of a Covid scare with Brenden and then the rest of us getting sick over the past week, but we used some of the free rapid tests the NHS sent us and it must be some other germ. So not feeling great, but at least it's not Covid. :P
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby PopTart » 9 January 2022, 19:34

René wrote:Had a bit of a Covid scare with Brenden and then the rest of us getting sick over the past week, but we used some of the free rapid tests the NHS sent us and it must be some other germ. So not feeling great, but at least it's not Covid. :P

That's good to hear. That said, a good few people I work with and talk too, have had this new Omicron variant and haven't actually been that bad. That's not to say it isn't still potentially really dangerous. But it is promising that the viral evolution is coming along (the one that says viruses evolve to be less life threatening, dead hosts make for poor hosts.)
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby René » 9 January 2022, 19:47

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René wrote:Had a bit of a Covid scare with Brenden and then the rest of us getting sick over the past week, but we used some of the free rapid tests the NHS sent us and it must be some other germ. So not feeling great, but at least it's not Covid. :P

That's good to hear. That said, a good few people I work with and talk too, have had this new Omicron variant and haven't actually been that bad. That's not to say it isn't still potentially really dangerous. But it is promising that the viral evolution is coming along (the one that says viruses evolve to be less life threatening, dead hosts make for poor hosts.)

My concern is that research apparently shows 100% of Covid patients (even with mild or asymptomatic infection) have elevated levels of autoantibodies when tested for those 6 months later, which would mean the virus basically gives you a chronic autoimmune disorder causing your immune system to attack your own tissues, possibly for the rest of your life. Probably something that happens with more viruses, but it definitely happens with this one and some ⅕ to ⅓ of patients are reporting long-term fatigue and/or cognitive problems, months after the initial infection itself has been cleared. It's pretty scary stuff. Dying isn't what I'm worried about.
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Unread postby PopTart » 9 January 2022, 20:14

René wrote:
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René wrote:Had a bit of a Covid scare with Brenden and then the rest of us getting sick over the past week, but we used some of the free rapid tests the NHS sent us and it must be some other germ. So not feeling great, but at least it's not Covid. :P

That's good to hear. That said, a good few people I work with and talk too, have had this new Omicron variant and haven't actually been that bad. That's not to say it isn't still potentially really dangerous. But it is promising that the viral evolution is coming along (the one that says viruses evolve to be less life threatening, dead hosts make for poor hosts.)

My concern is that research apparently shows 100% of Covid patients (even with mild or asymptomatic infection) have elevated levels of autoantibodies when tested for those 6 months later, which would mean the virus basically gives you a chronic autoimmune disorder causing your immune system to attack your own tissues, possibly for the rest of your life. Probably something that happens with more viruses, but it definitely happens with this one and some ⅕ to ⅓ of patients are reporting long-term fatigue and/or cognitive problems, months after the initial infection itself has been cleared. It's pretty scary stuff. Dying isn't what I'm worried about.

Impairment does have it's draw backs too. ;)
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby René » 9 January 2022, 20:31

PopTart wrote:
René wrote:
PopTart wrote:
René wrote:Had a bit of a Covid scare with Brenden and then the rest of us getting sick over the past week, but we used some of the free rapid tests the NHS sent us and it must be some other germ. So not feeling great, but at least it's not Covid. :P

That's good to hear. That said, a good few people I work with and talk too, have had this new Omicron variant and haven't actually been that bad. That's not to say it isn't still potentially really dangerous. But it is promising that the viral evolution is coming along (the one that says viruses evolve to be less life threatening, dead hosts make for poor hosts.)

My concern is that research apparently shows 100% of Covid patients (even with mild or asymptomatic infection) have elevated levels of autoantibodies when tested for those 6 months later, which would mean the virus basically gives you a chronic autoimmune disorder causing your immune system to attack your own tissues, possibly for the rest of your life. Probably something that happens with more viruses, but it definitely happens with this one and some ⅕ to ⅓ of patients are reporting long-term fatigue and/or cognitive problems, months after the initial infection itself has been cleared. It's pretty scary stuff. Dying isn't what I'm worried about.

Impairment does have it's draw backs too. ;)

I'm confused. Impairment is indeed undesirable.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby rogonandi » 10 January 2022, 15:50

The plumbers that came to fix the issue with the bathtub are both hot and young. :keke:
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby René » 10 January 2022, 16:02

rogonandi wrote:The plumbers that came to fix the issue with the bathtub are both hot and young. :keke:

Surprise eye candy is always nice. :keke:
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby PopTart » 14 January 2022, 18:08

Geneticists have used a tailor made retrovirus (or VLP) to insert gene-editing material into the genes responsible for 'at birth blindness' in mice, curing said blindness.

While not especially impressive in itself, as a proof of concept for what can be done both with gene editing and with synthetic viral like particles, I think we can expect to see a lot more of this sort of thing with far reaching consequences. It's pretty awesome.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby erti » 16 January 2022, 18:09

Welp I lost a couple pounds. Down to 146. I hope I’m not losing it too fast.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby rogonandi » 16 January 2022, 21:43

René wrote:
rogonandi wrote:The plumbers that came to fix the issue with the bathtub are both hot and young. :keke:

Surprise eye candy is always nice. :keke:

They did not fix our plumbing issues though. A Smokey, somewhat homely middle aged handyman who works with the landlady fixed our problem.

It appears sexy looking men have failed me once again. :lol:
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby McTaggartfan » 17 January 2022, 08:16

René wrote:
rogonandi wrote:The plumbers that came to fix the issue with the bathtub are both hot and young. :keke:

Surprise eye candy is always nice. :keke:

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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby Severelius » Today, 00:20

I spent the day at the British Museum like a total nerd and loving every second of it.
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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby pozzie » Today, 00:42

Severelius wrote:I spent the day at the British Museum like a total nerd and loving every second of it.


Did you have a favourite part? Not that I've been, mind.
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Unread postby Severelius » Today, 01:10

pozzie wrote:
Severelius wrote:I spent the day at the British Museum like a total nerd and loving every second of it.


Did you have a favourite part? Not that I've been, mind.

The burgeoning classics nerd I seem desperate to become was very much at home in the Ancient Greek stuff. I did also form a weird obsession with the Assyrian winged bull statues because they're just so weird and awesome in equal measure.

I mean look at this nonsense. It's incredible.

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Re: What made your day / made you smile today?

Unread postby PopTart » Today, 05:44

You should check out the Victoria Albert too, if you haven't done so already.

Not quite as grand as some of the British Museum exhibits. But some good stuff there too.
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