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rene  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ezekiel 1 is fantastic.

I believe Ezekiel 1:28 is a description of a coronal mass ejection striking our earth, initiating massive auroras from solar radiation having dumped energy into the atmosphere. The angelic descriptions in Ezekiel correspond to images produced in plasma experiments by Dr. Anthony Perrat, as well as ancient art depictions. Imagine waves of supercharged particles hitting our atmosphere every which way and what that might look like.

Searching for Rock Art Evidence for an Ancient Super Aurora

    The so-called “Stickman” is the world’s most prevalent petroglyph. Found everywhere, the stickman can be carved as a stick-like figure with a head, two arms stretched out and up, and two legs stretched out and down. The figure is distinguished by a male anatomy. The stickman has several variations: with a belly, “an inner tube” around the belly, and variations in the arms (such as one or two, up or down). The head is usually bulbous but can also be a cup, a bird, or two horns. A rarer variety of stickman has two dots on either side of the belly. All of these varieties have been produced in a single plasma column, a result of a time-evolving nonlinear evolution of toroids pinched in the column.

More Comprehensive Paper: Characteristics for the Occurrence of a High-Current, Z-Pinch Aurora as Recorded in Antiquity

    This paper directly compares the graphical and radiation data from high-current Z-pinches to these patterns. The paper focuses primarily, but not exclusively, on petroglyphs. It is found that a great many archaic petroglyphs can be classified according to plasma stability and instability data.

Plasma, Solar Outbursts, and the End of the Last Ice Age

    Familiar plasma phenomena on Earth today include lightning and auroras, the northern and southern lights, and upper atmospheric phenomena known as sprites. In the past, much more powerful plasma events sometimes took place, due to solar outbursts and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) from the Sun, or possibly emissions from other celestial objects. Powerful plasma phenomena could cause strong electrical discharges to hit Earth, burning and incinerating materials on our planet's surface.

Solar Activity Could Cause Lightning Storms On Earth

    The arrival of bursts of particles trigger the aurora borealis and australis, but Scott has found a correlation with lightning strikes as well, revealed in Environmental Research Letters. The connection may not been spotted before because electrical activity can last for more than a month after the arrival of a large dose of particles.

Image of "The Squatter Man"

rene  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: mk's senolytic smoothie

Found some curious articles. Seems like cooking at moderate temperatures releases compounds from cell material without degrading them.

Key takeaways are:

1) don't heat fats/oils to smoking point (150+C/302+°F) while cooking vegetables

2) if you're making soup, add acid (vinegar, tomato/tomato paste, lemon, yogurt, creme fraiche, etc.) to preserve phenolic compounds (particularly fisetin).

Temperature-dependent studies on the total phenolics, flavonoids, antioxidant activities, and sugar content in six onion varieties

    In general, heating had a positive effect on all four flavonoids. For instance, the total flavonoid content in the red onion variety (Q + QMG + QDG + IMG) increased from 9.34 μmol/g DW to 9.70 μmol/g DW on heating at 120°C for 30 minutes and then decreased to 5.40 μmol/g DW at 150°C. In all the studied onion varieties, the total flavonoid content increased up to 120°C, and then decreased at 150°C...

    Table 2

    The total phenolic content was significantly increased after heating at 80°C, 100°C, and 120°C for 30 minutes each...

    Heating at 150°C for 30 minutes decreased the total phenolic content for all of these onion varieties. Different processing steps such as boiling, sauteing, frying, and roasting can be used to liberate phenolic compounds from various plants...

    However, simple heating reportedly cannot cleave covalently bound phenolic compounds; however, far-infrared treatment can cleave the bond;

Degradation kinetics of fisetin and quercetin in solutions affected by medium pH, temperature and co-existing proteins

    Some results were obtained based on the changes in the k values under different pH values and temperatures. The first is that fisetin was more stable than quercetin, giving smaller k values in all cases. The second is that the degradations of fisetin and quercetin were sensitive to medium pH, especially at alkaline pH values.

    Flavonoids in aqueous solutions show instability, resulting in concentration loss (i.e., degradation)....These mentioned studies shared similar conclusion to the present data, supporting that fisetin and quercetin were more stable (but instable) under acidic (and alkaline) conditions.

rene  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: mk's senolytic smoothie

Are these heat-stable compounds? Do you have any idea what proportion decomposes after cooking at high temperatures?

mk  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·  

No idea. I assume it could only decrease them, so went raw.

rene  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·  

Found some curious articles. Seems like cooking at moderate temperatures releases compounds from cell material without degrading them.

Key takeaways are:

1) don't heat fats/oils to smoking point (150+C/302+°F) while cooking vegetables

2) if you're making soup, add acid (vinegar, tomato/tomato paste, lemon, yogurt, creme fraiche, etc.) to preserve phenolic compounds (particularly fisetin).

Temperature-dependent studies on the total phenolics, flavonoids, antioxidant activities, and sugar content in six onion varieties

    In general, heating had a positive effect on all four flavonoids. For instance, the total flavonoid content in the red onion variety (Q + QMG + QDG + IMG) increased from 9.34 μmol/g DW to 9.70 μmol/g DW on heating at 120°C for 30 minutes and then decreased to 5.40 μmol/g DW at 150°C. In all the studied onion varieties, the total flavonoid content increased up to 120°C, and then decreased at 150°C...

    Table 2

    The total phenolic content was significantly increased after heating at 80°C, 100°C, and 120°C for 30 minutes each...

    Heating at 150°C for 30 minutes decreased the total phenolic content for all of these onion varieties. Different processing steps such as boiling, sauteing, frying, and roasting can be used to liberate phenolic compounds from various plants...

    However, simple heating reportedly cannot cleave covalently bound phenolic compounds; however, far-infrared treatment can cleave the bond;

Degradation kinetics of fisetin and quercetin in solutions affected by medium pH, temperature and co-existing proteins

    Some results were obtained based on the changes in the k values under different pH values and temperatures. The first is that fisetin was more stable than quercetin, giving smaller k values in all cases. The second is that the degradations of fisetin and quercetin were sensitive to medium pH, especially at alkaline pH values.

    Flavonoids in aqueous solutions show instability, resulting in concentration loss (i.e., degradation)....These mentioned studies shared similar conclusion to the present data, supporting that fisetin and quercetin were more stable (but instable) under acidic (and alkaline) conditions.

rene  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: QUICK! What's the last poem you wrote?

Oh poetry, I love you, the many faced muse. No insight just some syllables to stumble through and use.

........

Poetry is knowledge, for those without a clue

no chance at making sense at all, the written word's obtuse

grasp at meaning, hit a wall, the thickness makes it true

men of clay seek vainly with no veins to lead them to

the fundamental truth is it grey or amber hued

ensure words of meaning baked in you reflect the common view

my rainbow is a fount of knowledge little known to you

no foundation just the brilliance of meaning in situ

........

........

I noticed once the lord Almighty

in patterns deep and thick so naughty

had made upon his plan that day

lines of meaning washed away

in sand so broken no colors show

just tan and khaki who could know

what caused the wave that shook the flow

symbols, knowledge, I sound crazy I know

........

rene  ·  21 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: True Morality: Rational Principles for Optimal Living

I once visited a mountain and was stunned. Mt. Fuji stood 12,000 feet high in a refined pose, pinning the blue sky with its white cap. Climbing outside a few summer months is very dangerous and I was lucky to be led from my path. God spoke from the mountain and Lucifer fell, banished, from the high kingdom, thus man finds his own rise and fall in the climb. I wanted to do it with a friend anyway, we could have had a picnic. Can you bring the sandwiches? Maybe we’ll go swimming instead, your choice. I like it when you pay attention to me.

rene  ·  136 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A question regarding perception.

A seed a seed it twists and turns up towards the sun

Before it starts it is an orb not nothing else to no one

To grow is to take a stand, to make a choice, to branch

To choose a path, adopt a form and draw into a stance

If you ask a tree how it came to be you would get a whisper

I struggled to find myself then I got an answer

Dig in, dig in, your roots are your strength

Knowledge is choice, life is a chance

rene  ·  202 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Drew Cloud Is a Well-Known Expert on Student Loans. He’s Not Real.

Is Hubski open source? Is it possible to fork?

mk  ·  202 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Only partially, so not so much. I forked the news.arc code about 7 years ago. That can still be done:

https://github.com/arclanguage/anarki

rene  ·  202 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Drew Cloud Is a Well-Known Expert on Student Loans. He’s Not Real.

Nate Matherson, CEO of LendEdu, graduated from the University of Delaware in 2016.

    LendEDU was Co-Founded by Nate Matherson and Matt Lenhard in 2014. LendEDU is a personal finance comparison website. Our goal is to create transparency in a number of markets including student lending, unsecured lending, auto lending, banking, credit cards, and some misc. insurance products. LendEDU participated in Y Combinator's W16 program in Mountain View California.
mk  ·  202 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Really strange. I'm not sure why his own persona wouldn't suffice.

rene  ·  202 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Is Hubski open source? Is it possible to fork?

mk  ·  202 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Only partially, so not so much. I forked the news.arc code about 7 years ago. That can still be done:

https://github.com/arclanguage/anarki

rene  ·  273 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A single atom has been photographed.
francopoli  ·  273 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    These events give me hope for the future as I ignore the present

The present is pretty freaking awesome, honestly. Good news does not sell ad copy so it all gets buried into sites like this one where we post and comment on happy nerd shit like this. They just discovered a whole new family of antibiotics in dirt and the FDA approved a slew of new cancer treatments just in the last month or so. And the whole Falcon Heavy thing, we are going to see astronauts leave for space from US soil again this year, the TESS mission is going to launch, etc.

The fucked up shit is important to know about and fight, but remember there is a bias towards doom and outrage in media coverage due to the way that the news is funded.

rene  ·  276 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Everything Easy Is Hard Again

I was where you are a few months ago. I recommend playing around with Digital Ocean droplets to understand web servers, they make it very easy (and their documentation is excellent). With nginx you can have a static site up in <15 min.

I have a peripatetic posting style....Let me know if you have any questions about web frameworks, I had several conversations with friends that led to eureka moments.

rene  ·  276 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Everything Easy Is Hard Again

    simply npm your webpack via grunt with vue babel or bower to react asdfjkl;lkdhgxdlciuhw

This is about the level of detail a lot of online guides/tutorials have for most of these packages/workflows/tools/watchamacallitnow. The next step is to read through the documentation, which is often verbose, not pedagogically structured, and sometimes non-existent. The method of last resort is to attack the source code: akin to reading someone's notebook written in a foreign language. You have to get used to their style and shorthand.

"Remember, we're just manipulating text" is what I repeat to keep me sane when troubleshooting tooling issues. It's a big time investment to understand the full-stack; a bigger one to keep on top of it. This issue will only grow exponentially as more code is written and more individuals become developers.

If anybody is interested in learning web development, Full Stack Python is a great resource that places lots of different web technologies in proper context, it helped me a lot in the past. I can also recommend Mozilla's Documentation Pages for HTML/CSS/Javascript as it relates to webpages, although the quality can be inconsistent.

(If you want an example of atrocious documentation, check out the Galago Search Engine/Lemur Project. It's so opaque a research paper dedicated a section to how hard it is for phd's to understand the source code)

veen  ·  276 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Bookmarked your Python link!

(Welcome back by the way.)

I have had multiple goes at teaching myself some web frameworks but have frustratedly quit almost every time. Last web project I just resorted to HTML/CSS with only the bare minimum JS/jQuery, outsourcing the hosting to Github Pages. But then again I wouldn't call myself good at any of those things.

rene  ·  276 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I was where you are a few months ago. I recommend playing around with Digital Ocean droplets to understand web servers, they make it very easy (and their documentation is excellent). With nginx you can have a static site up in <15 min.

I have a peripatetic posting style....Let me know if you have any questions about web frameworks, I had several conversations with friends that led to eureka moments.

rene  ·  497 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Bill Gates warns Germany's open-door migrant policy will overwhelm Europe

True. To be fair, the meat of the information is Gates's comment rather than any editorialization around that. I think he makes a sharp point by implying that the costs over time of sheltering further refugees will be greater than increasing foreign aid to the African continent to alleviate suffering. Especially considering the numbers of refugees and Europe's history in affected regions.

rene  ·  576 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Machine learning algorithms exhibit racial and gender biases, research reveals

Link to Paper (ScienceMag Paywall): http://science.sciencemag.org/content/356/6334/133

Author's Homepage: Anthony G. Greenwald, PhD

Algorithm used for analysis: GloVe - Global Vectors for Word Representation

    GloVe is an unsupervised learning algorithm for obtaining vector representations for words. Training is performed on aggregated global word-word co-occurrence statistics from a corpus, and the resulting representations showcase interesting linear substructures of the word vector space.

    GloVe is essentially a log-bilinear model with a weighted least-squares objective. The main intuition underlying the model is the simple observation that ratios of word-word co-occurrence probabilities have the potential for encoding some form of meaning . . . The training objective of GloVe is to learn word vectors such that their dot product equals the logarithm of the words' probability of co-occurrence. Owing to the fact that the logarithm of a ratio equals the difference of logarithms, this objective associates (the logarithm of) ratios of co-occurrence probabilities with vector differences in the word vector space. Because these ratios can encode some form of meaning, this information gets encoded as vector differences as well. For this reason, the resulting word vectors perform very well on word analogy tasks, such as those examined in the word2vec package.

Perhaps more interestingly, Extended Reading:

Implicit Bias: How Should Psychological Science Inform the Law?

Statistically Small Effects of the Implicit Association Test Can Have Societally Large Effects

    OMBJT characterized their average correlation finding for IAT measures (which they estimated as r .148, in the domain of

    intergroup behavior) as indicating that the IAT was a “poor” predictor (pp. 171, 182, 183). This section’s analysis reaches a very different

    conclusion by applying well-established statistical reasoning to understand the societal consequences of small-to-moderate correlational

    effect sizes. The first step of this analysis shows that OMBJT’s and GPUB’s meta-analytic findings had very similar implications for the

    average percentage of criterion-measure variance explained by IAT measures. The second step explains how statistically small effects can

    have societally important effects under two conditions—if they apply to many people or if they apply repeatedly to the same person. In

    combination, the two steps of this analysis indicate how conventionally small (and even subsmall) effect sizes can have substantial

    societal significance . . .

    Small effect sizes comprise significant discrimination. For most of the time since the passage of the United States’ civil rights

    laws in the 1960s, U.S. courts have used a statistical criterion of discrimination that translates to correlational effect sizes that are

    often smaller than r .10. This criterion is the “four-fifths rule,” which tests whether a protected class (identified by race, color,

    religion, national origin, gender, or disability status) has been treated in discriminatory fashion. A protected class’s members

    receiving some favorable outcome less than 80% as often as a comparison class can be treated by courts as indicating an “adverse

    impact” that merits consideration as illegal discrimination (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 1978, §1607.4.D).

rene  ·  1219 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Greece signs up to a painful, humiliating agreement with Europe

Tsipras never wanted the referendum to succeed in the first place - Syriza mismanaged negotiations, the Germans have been ferociously harsh with the terms of the bailout - this crisis is everyone's fault (some more than others though)

rene  ·  1246 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Bizarre ruling with far-reaching consequences in AIG government bailout case

the key here is that AIG has already been awarded monetary damages several years ago in the form of a bailout (although with harsher terms, hence the lawsuit). Why would you give them more? The judge is reprimanding both plaintiff and defendant in this ruling, which is appropriate given the situation

flagamuffin  ·  1246 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Indeed. And I am happy to agree with anyone who is worried about the government stepping and controlling a company. Obama famously fired the CEO of General Motors.

However, I've spent a good bit of time examining the economics of the bailout and my conclusion is: it had to happen, and while there are steps available to curtail its happening again, this ruling is not the best of them.