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Certainly agree, but It's not yet clear to me that our particular flavor of democracy will survive the repercussions of Trump's first term.

"Wouldn't it be pretty cool to have that power, though?"

I'm conflicted about Milley. I don't really want to sacrifice him on the altar of the unitary executive for having the (imho) correct perception of the dangers posed by Trump, but it might be the right thing to do. And it's a cryin' shame, because it's always entertaining to see the GOP whine about top military brass when it suits their immediate political needs.

Edit: I just read a little more about it, and by all means, investigate Milley's actions. Doesn't sound like we have all the facts yet, and the media ecosystem is already poisoning my perceptions.

am_Unition  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Norm

He was your favorite comedian's favorite comedian.

His relentless pursuit of amusement often trampled on social Norms (oops), and I think too many folks considered him an ass for it. Note that immediately at the beginning, the camera had to take Conan out of center shot to keep Norm out of frame. edit: OK, maybe sometimes he was kind of an ass.

He didn't care. He seemed to do comedy mostly for himself. I dig that. Comedy is one of my central coping mechanisms.

He was diagnosed with cancer nine years ago, three years before the 2015 Letterman appearance, but kept it almost completely to himself.

I will miss him.

am_Unition  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 450th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately

Mr. Bill's new album is dropping as I type this. The collab track "2020" with Skope was wild (see video description). I dunno where ear-candy production techniques go from here. Surely this is the end of the road.

I definitely appreciate and respect Animals as Friends, and my bestie's a big fan, but it's a little too technical for 2021 am_U. 2005 am_U was listening to Meshuggah, though, so I could possibly meander back towards math prog/metal, ya never know.

am_Unition  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Are We Wearing the Wrong Masks?

Yeah, a pretty terrible interval of time to conduct this study in Bangladesh. From Nov. 2020 to April 2021, only about the last third of that interval (mid-March to May 1st) might give you some good statistics. I understand choosing Bangladesh because of how relatively inexpensive it is to pay people there, but there aren't many large countries with lower per capita infections, to date, and most of Bangladesh's cases are more recent than the study's time frame. Of course, Bangladesh is also assuredly not testing as much per capita, so this all just sucks. To me, the study says "Hey, our error bars are small enough to be on the same order of magnitude as the measurement for only one deduction we were trying to make".

Muh physics says that a decent cloth mask should at least somewhat hinder the propagation of aerosols. I hated agreeing with Bill Nye (because he's notoriously a dick off camera), but it really is about as simple as holding out a candle in front of your masked face and trying to blow it out. Candle stays lit? Good. If you're emitting covid, it's got a better chance of falling closer to the floor instead of reaching someone else's face than if you were maskless. If covid is already in the air near your face, though, surely a cloth mask will do little, if anything, to filter it out.

Accusing pro-maskers of virtue signaling isn't completely without merit, but at this point, masking is pretty much also vaccine signaling in the US. Ironically, the people masking up are probably more likely to also be vaccinated.


    ... a big delta to work with

Careful ;). Not as bad as "Delta Air Lines", though.

am_Unition  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Cars and trucks of Max Max: Fury Road up for sale

6000 SUCKS gettin' 8 miles/gallon in a (now considered) small sedan, lol. Hellz yeah for engine efficiency improvements.

Recent encounter of mine w/ the Wraith (I hate loving that YouTubb channel).

Even for new flicks, I now spend a fair bit of time dissecting movie production instead of following every plotline detail, so thanks, that was interesting. Trolling gearheads is great, makes me wonder if physicists get some of the same treatment. Begins watching The Core to become intentionally angry

Some of the props in MoPop were pretty cool, btw.

Is your friend (think you said he was a boom hand) gonna pass on Max Max, too (the sequel is now forever called that, for me)? LOL you were like "Look who he could have worked with!" and I said "Tom Hardy? Yeah, I know, right?" and you go "No, dumbass, Charlize!", and I was all "Oh. Yeah."

Glad I finally semi-gotchu back for that meal and 'rita. Can't impress on you enough what a harrowing day that'd been for me, but it was also the day I made my name. Hopefully it's less than five years 'til next time. Now, to truly break even, I just need to get a Porsche and take you and yours out for a spin after driving an hour each way. Damn, I'm wayyyy in the hole. :)

am_Unition  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Cars and trucks of Max Max: Fury Road up for sale

Hah, my brain generously autocorrected the title twice. I had to re-read your comment for it to finally register. If "Fury Road" wasn't adjacent to it, I doubt I'd have misread it. Stupid brain, always image scanning (<3 u, brain).

No idea why they'd sell these when they're still working on a sequel.

am_Unition  ·  13 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: In the Span of a Winking Eye -- Song I made tonight

I'm very dismayed to hear about your fam's breakthrough infections, tng. I hope you all stay in great health.

I've been much more social since vaxx, but it's about time to clamp down. I have one more planned commitment with more than five people in a couple of days, and then it's back to a seemingly endless stretch of social isolation.

Things are not fine, but it's inspiring to see a working father able to churn out creative artistry in this moment. Very inspiring.

Thank you.

am_Unition  ·  23 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Virtual Meetup No. 11, featuring a concert by am_Unition!



am_Unition  ·  23 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Virtual Meetup No. 11, featuring a concert by am_Unition!

This is so lame, but I hafta bail. The week's backlog has only intensified, and I've got some hard deadlines looming.

So lame.

I'm sorry!

I might make a little demo movie of some of the setlist. We'll see.

am_Unition  ·  25 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y'all. Stop it.

No one could convince me that the FDA and CDC are functioning anywhere near optimally, and maybe their biggest failure is a lack of effective messaging. They should very clearly (and repeatedly) discuss the common theme of needing to adjust their directives in response to the US's changing covid environment. Their directions keep changing because so does the virus, and vaccine effectiveness, too, in fairly complex and unpredictable ways. Attempts at messaging have been made, but nah. Nah. Not sure who to blame.

Pretty weird that some of the establishment still chooses to die on the hill of "definitely 100% NOT from The Wuhan Laboratory for Coronaviruses", seemingly in large part simply because Trump suggested it. The more important plot line is that Trump had the intel warning of grave danger, but played covid as a threat he should try to minimize, for political gain, yet he also weaponized covid against China to project a strongman image and deflect blame. I wished his voting base wouldn't let him have it both ways. The uptick in hate crimes against Asian Americans since his rhetoric should also hover over him. Luckily, Biden's first big foreign policy move went off without a hitch!! #1 BEST PULLOUT SINCE 'NAM

'K sorry. CDC and FDA have probably interfaced less, of lately, with international organizations like the WHO (see: Trump hated WHO), but most foreign Western government health policy recommendations for covid-19 have a lot in common. The general understanding of covid-19 is even less in dispute. What drives any differing policies right now, the top three things: case numbers, vaccine availability, and vaccine uptake.

The US needs more vaccine uptake. It's available. Pretty much anyone else around the world without it wants it. Demonstrably, case numbers are bad in areas with low vaccine uptake right now. The vaccines also make you at least 90% on average less likely to die if you are exposed, currently. I've taken it, I'm fine. Wellllllll, no, but I was always like this.

Abroad is my only sibling. They're on a 9 pm to 5 am curfew, mask mandates, even outdoor exercise limitations now. They've been on three separate month-ish sets of something like this, because the gov't figured that was their best strategy. The most recent one comes as the vaccine is finally becoming available. They're gonna reach higher vaccination rates (total % vaxx'd) than us (US) within a few weeks, looks like. Drives home how conditions are evolving in different phases and social climates of this virus everywhere in the world right now.

I don't think most anti-vaxx folks are saying "straight to the googles for an hour to check UK's Ministry of Health against Germany's _________ to learn about foreign state health recommendations". I think anti-vaxx America is on Insta, Fbook, Tweeters, etc. where they choose their preferred narratives, subconsciously or not, notably with the gratuitous help of big tech's algorithms. I don't think it's going well.

So: IN A WORLD, where covid was used by state actors to seed social division on the internet, with both of us each the victim but also both to blame, in a complex web of meme referencings and "harmless" pranks, directed by (and starring!) Hubskiteer, the lovable Hubski K9 and Three Quarters Mascot™ (don't re-read it, it's not a sentence). That's four people roles played by two people, primarily featuring a dog, set in the Golden Retriever Potterverse, and it's our movie plot. See you guys there.