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wasoxygen  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A guide to minced oaths

“Deuced odd, thought I, that I should find her prettiness so fascinating; as though, forsooth, she was the first sweet girl I had ever seen!”

An Ocean Tragedy, William Clark Russell

Seems he might have missed some.

wasoxygen  ·  16 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 27, 2019

Magpies, minarets, Roma, and cats all over. Holiday getaway where Thanksgiving is not observed but stores promote Mega Cuma discounts on Friday.

Ate brain for the first time, challenged by a friend to try söğüş. Not intolerable while I could avoid thinking about the ingredients, which also included (lamb) cheek, tongue, and “eye edges.”

Staying up nights with jet lag reading Ureneck’s book about the burning of Smyrna. Puts the challenge of eating gross food in perspective.

Edit: backup images; imgz trial to end Dec 27.

wasoxygen  ·  23 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "Why We Sleep" Is Riddled with Scientific and Factual Errors

That’s more than I was able to find after a lot of digging.

wasoxygen  ·  25 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "Why We Sleep" Is Riddled with Scientific and Factual Errors

It does seem like a narrow application, though 7.1% of U.S. adults is a lot of people, and sleep trouble is the first of five symptoms mentioned.

Even if it is a gotcha, Walker walked into it with his confident language claiming that "thousands of studies insist that no, there aren’t" "any biological functions that do not benefit by a good night’s sleep."

This is not the careful language that befits a scientist, certainly not a "Sleep Scientist at Google" as Walker styles himself.

Aside: In June 2018, Walker's Wikipedia entry described his work for Verily Life Sciences, an Alphabet subsidiary. In July 2018, a user named Remdreamer changed the name to "Google Life Sciences (Verily)", and changed the heading from "Verily" to "Google". Since 2015 the Verily article used the description "Verily (formerly 'Google Life Sciences')." The word "Google" does not appear on the Verily home page — nor, for that matter, can I find Walker mentioned on the team page or in the blog. Remdreamer has edited no other articles.

wasoxygen  ·  26 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "Why We Sleep" Is Riddled with Scientific and Factual Errors

I like the thorough approach, but I wonder if the big points get lost while providing so many small details for detractors to cling to.

Guzey quotes Walker claiming "Routinely sleeping less than six or seven hours a night demolishes your immune system, more than doubling your risk of cancer" without providing evidence.

Guzey also points out that Walker misspelled the name of the publisher of the Encyclopedia of Sleep.

These are both errors, and both are relevant to the argument that Walker is careless and unreliable, but they are not equally important.

Among many comments (with no word from Walker after two days) I have seen only one substantial critical response. Kinkajoe repeats Guzey's point about sleep-releated health studies showing only correlations, while also citing studies showing correlations e.g. between low sleep and obesity. Kinkajoe also neglects to mention the cancer quote, which is Guzey's very first example of an extraordinary claim.

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wasoxygen  ·  30 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How Airplanes Fly: A Physical Description of Lift

    If a plane were to fly over a very large scale, the scale would register the weight of the plane.

Reminds me of a puzzle. A farmer is carrying a truckload of chickens to market. He is stopped at a weighing station, and the truck is over the weight limit. So he arranges to be weighed again, and makes a loud noise to get the chickens to fly in the truck while it is on the scale.

wasoxygen  ·  32 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Amazon Warehouse tour

My last watch battery order came in a padded envelope. Perhaps the packer was out of envelopes and used the nearest substitute. If shipping is priced by weight it not make much difference.

I wonder if the added cardboard going to the landfill, now that many municipalities have given up on recycling, represents a net positive for carbon sequestration.

wasoxygen  ·  32 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trail Racing in Bhutan

So did you eat anything at the feeding station?

Great report, looking forward to Part 2.

Always a valid concern, and it looks like they made some effort to consider confounders.

wasoxygen  ·  38 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The 10,000 Year Clock Set for Installation in the West Texas Mountains

Here’s a source that is updated regularly; it’s another large-scale project that gets by without the profit motive.

Jeff Bezos is funding the clock.

The article mentions a new location in Nevada, as well as a great related Neal Stephenson book.

wasoxygen  ·  43 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 30, 2019

wasoxygen  ·  44 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Backwards Brain Bicycle

"I Spent 7 Days Upside-Down"

wasoxygen  ·  54 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 16, 2019

Enclaves and exclaves have all kinds of stories. A building in the Netherlands was once temporarily recognized as part of the U.K.

My image is a leftover fragment of an old railway.

wasoxygen  ·  54 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: DIY Gray-Hoverman antenna

Oops. I had the (Sony Bravia) TV set for “cable” reception. When I turned that off and ran the auto-tune, all the local channels came in.

Just in time for the World Series.

wasoxygen  ·  57 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 16, 2019

Europeans are weird.

wasoxygen  ·  57 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 16, 2019

Oh, the sink test sounds great; I'll use that. I was going by shape to pick a winner. Now I see mk went for safety in numbers.

New plan: collect a dozen of the heaviest acorns available. Plant some in an indoor pot, and chill the rest for a month or two before planting.

wasoxygen  ·  57 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Planning for Paris

You'd dig it the most.

The Louvre is huge, so I am sure there are many quiet corners where you could quietly contemplate the fine art, though it might be oil paintings of fruit and dead kings.

We stayed four nights. The main reason for the last-minute arrangements is that we travel standby, so we never know if we will even arrive. I also prefer to do more advance research, but many times we have changed the destination the day before based on flight loads.

On an earlier trip to Paris, we couldn't get on the JFK-CDG flight. We saw that there was a flight to London leaving in an hour, and figured that was close enough, got listed and got cleared. On arriving at Gatwick, we discovered that all the low-cost carriers flew out of Heathrow, or vice versa. A black cab was something crazy like £60, and the Underground was too slow and intimidating (without a smartphone).

We ended up taking the train, which wasn't cheap but worked out great. We arrived at the Gare du Nord and I booked a room using a pay phone and my prepared list of possible accommodations. Ready to settle in at last, we stepped outside to get a ride to the hotel and discovered a line around the block; the taxi drivers were on strike!

wasoxygen  ·  57 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 16, 2019

    Sucks for Hubski though...

Yes, how much of your relentless positive energy and failure to complain are we supposed to take? I enjoy your observations on the natural world, and I wouldn't mind some more comments on cars.

Maybe you could try the mk method and sprout your oaks indoors? It didn't work for me, but there are still acorns all over the sidewalk so I might try again.