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“Waste no more time arguing what a good man is like. Be one.” - Marcus Aurelius

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Dala  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 8, 2020

Mmmm hm. I'll be sure to get right on that. ;)

Dala  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 8, 2020

    Is anyone afraid of change? Why? What can take place

    without change? What is more pleasing or more suitable to the universal

    nature? Can you take a bath unless the wood is set afire and undergoes a

    change? Can you be nourished unless the food undergoes a change? And

    can anything else that is useful be accomplished without change? Do you

    not see then that changes in yourself are just the same and equally

    necessary for the universal nature?

-Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 7.18

This seemed fitting for the time, both in the world at large and here on Hubski. You're all good people. Let's continue to be agents of change and good in the world together. <3

Dala  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 8, 2020

I started reading it once. Don't think I ever finished. Still have the copy though I think.

Dala  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ennio Morricone died

Well, as if 2020 didn’t suck enough, although honestly, as much as I keep hearing Ecstasy of Gold in every other commercial I kind of assumed he was already gone and his estate was raking it in.

Dala  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How to be happy? Most people have it backwards.

    Overcoming destructive emotions doesn't mean not feeling them, it means knowing that they're there, that they make you vulnerable, that they can cause harm, etc. It means empowering you to make the right choices not because they're absent, but because you can handle their presence.

I don’t know, it seems like you have a pretty good grasp on what a Stoic is supposed to be like. This reminds me a bit of one of Marcus Aurelius’ writings (don’t have my books handy so I can’t give a verbatim quote, but here’s the essentials of what I remember) about “It’s unfortunate that this happened. No, it’s fortunate that this happened and that I remained unharmed by it. It could have been anyone, but not everyone could have remained unharmed. Does what’s happened keep you from acting justly and with self control, honesty, and all the other qualities that allow one’s nature to fulfill itself? Then remember this principle when something threatens you: the thing itself is no misfortune, to endure and prevail is great fortune.”

I am fairly certain I am missing a bunch of that passage but really, the only quote out of that book we all need right now (not really) is this:

    Waste no more time arguing what a good man is like. Be one.

I knew that the North Star changes, but I never really thought about there not being one. So now I am curious to know if this would have been a time when there was just no good candidate for North Star or was this prior to the adoption of concept?

Dala  ·  53 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Sci-Fi club no. 43: The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate Discussion

    I don't know if there's really a moral - but being framed the way it is, I did feel it was a call for virtue - feel free to pick your favourite synonym here. I did also feel like it was a study on the Serenity Prayer.

...never thought of it quite this way, but I would definitely agree with the idea of the story being a study on the Serenity Prayer.

Dala  ·  53 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Sci-Fi club no. 43: The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate Discussion

    If there is a moral behind the story, what would you say it is?

Don't steal from your future self, dummy. :)

Would I go through? Probably, although I don't have a very good reason why, other than stupid curiosity.

Dala  ·  61 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Obamagate was the worst crime ever committed and here is what it was

I get the feeling I might have liked this tv show. Unfortunately for tv shows, I don’t watch them. Perhaps my library has streaming episodes available (or dvds once they open back up.) But of course that would mean I would have to actually watch it. TV and movies make me sleep.

Dala  ·  62 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Obamagate was the worst crime ever committed and here is what it was

Read this article in Cecil Palmer’s voice. Giggled harder than I really should have. How long have we been citizens of Night Vale?

Dala  ·  62 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Sci-Fi club no. 43: The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate

The original links were, in fact, dead. These should work though. Sorry!

Dala  ·  74 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Craft Fair v4.5 - April 17, 2020

I thought the pics you posted before looked great but I do see the difference between those prints and the detail here so there's definitely a difference happening with that paper that is detracting from your design. I don't know enough (read anything) about printmaking to give any advice but it looks like smoother paper is better?

That stated, I freaking love this design!

Dala  ·  74 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I'm helping with disease investigation in this pandemic. AMA!

    I never put this in Chat, but one of the concepts of death I want people to consider -- Someone has a heart attack while driving. They crash their car. They die. Did they die from the heart attack or the car crash? Is this person's cause of death heart disease, or accident? How do we keep statistics as accurate as possible? There's no right or wrong answer, it's simply a though-experiment to ponder.

Not sure if this is true in all states but in my state, if someone has a heart attack while driving and and crash their car, the crash is not considered a fatal car crash if they are determined to have died from the heart attack and not the crash. That is, unless someone else dies in the accident. So this part about is the cause of death COVID-19 or whatever had the person in hospice in the first place, while being news, is not particularly surprising now that I think about it.

I didn't realize that there was no CDC definition yet. So as far as you know your region is using the CSTE standard but I wonder how widespread the adoption of that standard is, or if there are other, competing standards, and if so, what the differences might be.

That whole thing with the tests and EUA labs... wow. This is going to be a mess for awhile, isn't it?