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b_b  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I built this room and decided I should attempt to appreciate the work I did.

So the answer is just buy cheap and fix as you go?

b_b  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I built this room and decided I should attempt to appreciate the work I did.

You know any reputable national dealers or refurbished ones? Just googling gives an impressive array of sellers, many of whom have tons of negative reviews that I have no idea are real of fake. Also, I'm 5'8", so I'd think a B, but no basis on which to judge.

Edit: also I just realized this is a really old thread. I Hubski searched "Aeron" to pick up a conversation from the other day, and just clicked the first link!

b_b  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: In other news, Rich gotta Rich

Thanks!

b_b  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: In other news, Rich gotta Rich

Yeah, for real. It took me like a day to get a scratch in the crystal. They also have this cool looking but moronic design on the chronoscope buttons (if there's a technical term for them, I don't know it) where they're wide at the very end and very skinny on the shaft. This makes them get caught on your sleeve pretty much every time you move your arm.

The thing I think I like about Breitling is that they're like driving a $50,000 pickup truck with leather interior. It says, "Yes I can do a lot, but will I? Probably not."

b_b  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: In other news, Rich gotta Rich

    Whatever you do, don't run the numbers on a birkin.

Thanks, I won't.

I will say that I ogle several watches from afar, though I doubt I'll even pull the trigger unless I become significantly richer. I have a Junghans Max Bill, which is really pretty, but basically a piece crap in terms of durability. I also have a Seiko 7S26, which is less pretty, but way more durable. I have a boner for a Breitling Chronomat, but please tell me how cheap it is so I'm not tempted every time I see a deal on one on Crown and Caliber xD

b_b  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 25, 2020

I bought skullcap like 3 weeks ago :)

I just had a call from a doc asking me if I wanted to manufacture some experimental drug (EV-based) to treat severe patients. It took me like 1 second to say yes. Now I'm gonna spend the rest of the day trying to write an emergency research IND.

b_b  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: In other news, Rich gotta Rich

Sure was. Thanks.

b_b  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: In other news, Rich gotta Rich

You'd think that a grand should buy you a decent watch. I guess the logo counts for 3/4 of the price.

b_b  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: More Reits warn they are unable to meet cash calls

And then someone else said, "Oooh, let's do that plus fees!"

b_b  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: FDIC: Forget the mattress!

    Still can't believe we haven't subsidized medical equipment production, emergency hospital construction, and training of personnel. I don't really give a shit how the needs are met, but whatever's not transpiring right now is making me very, very upset. If invoking wartime production legal precedent is required, do it.

Some people have floated the idea of letting military trained medics help out. One aspect of law that I don't personally understand is that if you're a military medic, even a battle hardened one who field dresses blown-up legs and the like, none--zip, zero, zilch--of that training counts toward shit to even become a civilian EMT, let alone a nurse or physician assistant. I have a buddy who was a Navy corpsman, who while enlisted was allowed to more or less treat disease (under a doctor's supervision, of course), but who could only find work as a transport person in an ER when he returned from active duty. There are some ideas out there of passing laws that temporarily remove some of those restrictions. I don't know how much that could increase the supply of providers, but it sure couldn't hurt.

b_b  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: More Reits warn they are unable to meet cash calls

Thanks for the tip. After reading, the takeaway is "Vampires have sucked humans dry and they need a government bailout to buy more blood," which is what I figured the news was before reading. The only bailout that should be forthcoming is one in which the government loans people money at normal interest rates to buy back their mortgages from these REITs at pennies on the dollar. It's a win-win for the gov't and the people who live in these homes, and investors take a haircut.

On the other hand, who could have ever predicted that there could ever be turmoil in subprime mortgages. It's a one-in-a-million.

b_b  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: More Reits warn they are unable to meet cash calls

Paywalled. But I can assure you I'm shedding a tear for them.

b_b  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Joe Biden, Architect of Mass Incarceration

Oh I see. You were correcting me! I guess I just assumed! Too old either way. Clinton would have been the oldest person to run for president in 2016, except Trump beat her. Now he's the young one in the race

b_b  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Joe Biden, Architect of Mass Incarceration

That's like pre-boomer, right? Not sure there's any who could make it through a whole term! Although I have a soft spot for my former senator, Carl Levin. Would have been a fantastic president.

b_b  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Joe Biden, Architect of Mass Incarceration

Joe Biden, you'll remember, is the sole reason Obama's thinking on gay marriage "evolved". He was the liberal one in that relationship. Just because we've let know-nothing, do-nothing commies redefine what it means to be a liberal doesn't mean that Biden isn't one. Also, the majority of leaders in the black community supported the crime bill (and attempts to make that not true are just dishonest and historically wrong), so Biden thought he was doing what was right at the time. After all, it was black communities who were suffering under an oppressive amount of crime in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. The crime bill turned out to be a bad piece of legislation, but them's the breaks. My biggest problem with Biden is his age. I'm sort of sick of Boomers on the one hand, but I REALLY don't want Kamala Harris being one breath from the presidency when the president is a senile septuagenarian. If you think he's bad on crime...

b_b  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 25, 2020

    now is the time for the generalists.

They keep sending emails at the hospital I work for saying "All you non-essential staff who've been ordered home are free to come volunteer in other departments...please...anyone...anyone." I've yet to reply, although I do feel really bad about it.

b_b  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 25, 2020

In the doc that veen shared, they caution slightly against UV for the reason that it may degrade the masks after repeated exposure, although it was just as good for a single cleaning as heating.

b_b  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 25, 2020

A heartening email I received from a Emergency physician friend who spends half her time in the upper peninsula of Michigan, after I sent her the above info:

    How about the small rural communities. I came back last week to Iron River, MI and quarantained at home, distance myself at much as possible...RURAL COMMUNITIES are completely defenseless. We have currently, because it is winter around 3000-4000 people, but we have only 4 vents and one need to stay clean for emergency surgeries. There are 4 ICU beds only. They only can be staffed for 3-4 days as per federal rules, which have not changed. The monther (sic) hospital in Wisconsin says they will make room for 50 more patients.... but Aspirus Hospital cover the whole western UP, this are about 50.000 to 70.000 mostly elderly people with various co-morbities! THIS IS NOT ENOUGH! [Our large hospital system in Detroit] has sufficient resources and can actually overbid other systems when it come purchasing power, here we do not have this. I fear we will have worse case fatality numbers than other countries, but we won't test, so we won't know.
b_b  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: FT has opened their Coronavirus tracker

    I explain that I'm also working with the magnetic confinement fusion community to make progress towards clean energy, and then like 40% of the country hates me because "clean energy" is literally a trigger phrase...

Found your problem right there. You're working on "cheap" energy solutions, not "clean" energy! I literally say a pickup truck in northern Michigan that had a bumper sticker on it that was a picture of a windmill with one of those circle-crossed-out-no-smoking signs over it. So yeah, everyone hates clean energy (SOLYNDRA WHERE ARE THE INVESTIGATIONS), but everyone loves saving money. Frank Luntz (inventor of such phrases as "job creator" and "death tax") may be a a gigantic piece of shit, but he tapped into to somethings really really real.

b_b  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 25, 2020

My mom ordered some hand sanitizer from Target, and when it arrived it was just an empty box that had clearly been ripped open :D

b_b  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 25, 2020

Thanks for this. Passed it on to my ER buddies

b_b  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 10 tips for writing a truly terrible journal article

Plagiarizing yourself is sticky. Technically when you publish an article, you sign away the copyright on the text, but you own the know-how/IP. So if you've not published in a peer review journal where the copyright is no longer yours, then you're free to recycle text, so long as you're not purporting something to be new that isn't. However, if you've signed away a copyright, then you cannot use the same text, even if you're writing a paper about some data you already published another paper about, any thus the data collection method wasn't similar, but literally the same. Still need to figure out a new way to write up the methods. At least, that's the way I understand the rules.

b_b  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I bet I can do bread too.

Are you making a deliberate Princess Bride reference?

b_b  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: FT has opened their Coronavirus tracker

It's very easy to forget how much jargon, let alone knowledge, you accumulate when you work in the business of science. I have given many lectures to lay audiences. It's an experience I actually always enjoy. It's a different kind of challenge, because you need to figure out a way to say what you want to say without using nitty-gritty details, and also without using words that are field specific--things that are second nature to you but have never been heard by some members of the public. To give one example, I gave a talk to a group of American Heart Association employees three weeks ago (ah, three weeks ago seems so distant now!). I talked about some drug discovery work I do in stroke, and how the AHA is supportive in certain unique ways, etc, etc. At the end, when I asked if anyone had any questions, someone raised their hand and asked, "What does NIH mean?"

If you want a good analogy for the level on which people need to be talked to, just watch any (literally any) commercial advertising a drug. That pain medicine works by making flashing streaks in your arms turn not flashy anymore! And that antibiotic makes microbes implode and disappear!

The trick is to talk to people in a way that's simplified but not essentially wrong. There are many layers of understanding to any problem, so you have to find the one that your audience is going to most connect with, no matter whether your audience is scientists in your field, out of your field, lay educated adults, high school students, little kids, or the president. If you really understand what it is you're saying and you really respect your audience, you will find a way to connect. That's been my experience.

b_b  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: FT has opened their Coronavirus tracker

One thing to bear in mind is that people who don't understand how to do math also don't understand what math is for. Math is an unknown unknown for most people. The ones who get it at least think of math as a known unknown.

b_b  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Now that we're all working from home...what does your setup look like?

Part of the problem right now is that GM has aerons at every workstation in the design center, so for me a sayl is luxury, but for her it's majorly slumming it.

b_b  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Now that we're all working from home...what does your setup look like?

I heard her saying to nobody in particular (even though I'm the only one in earshot), "Man, I really need a decent mouse pad." If she comes for mine it's every man for himself.

I bought the Sayl because I was too chicken to spend the money on an Aeron. I don't regret it, per se, because it's a nice chair, but I also wish I would have just bought the thing I really wanted. You made a good choice.

b_b  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: FT has opened their Coronavirus tracker

I think that graph 3 provides solid evidence that strict intervention measures work, and the sooner the better. However, I have a lot of experience doing standardized test prep (I did a lot of that for $50/hr for rich kids whose parents couldn't stand the thought of their snowflake going to a state school when I was in grad school), so I have 100% confidence that the general public cannot comprehend it.