October 19, 2022
Oh. One of the Brickmuppet's Crack Team of Science Babes brings us news from the world of epidemiology.
"I have thoughts on this matter. Let me spell them out for you:
Pound sign, lightning emote, question mark, star, treble clef icon, poop emote, "at"symbol, exclamation point."
"I...uh...concur with your analysis"
Well... it seems that Boston University has taken the highly vaccine-resistant and super-contagious Omicron variant of Coronachan/The Pinko Pox/ Winnie the Flu/The Commie Cough/Kung-Flu-of-Dying/The 2020 Gain-Of-Function-Award-Winner/...better known as COVID-19 and crossed it via gain of function techniques with the original Wuhan variant and developed a strain of Xi's Disease that kills 80% of it's victims (at least in mice).
For further thoughts on the matter, let's go to one of our crack team of science bobcats...
Thank you Busby.
According to the Live Science article, Boston claims that this was not "gain of function research" and that they made the original Wuhan strain slightly less lethal by giving it the higher transmissibility of the Omicron variant, and that they successfully discovered that Omicron's spike protein did not cause a lack of lethality.
This seems to be quite the semantic argument, at least from a layman's perspective. While the original, hyper-deadly variant was indeed made slightly less lethal by this research, the much less dangerous but far more transmissible variant was made vastly more so.
An argument can be made that there is a need for this kind of research, but the place for that research is not in the middle of Boston (or Wuhan) it's in a secure facility in a dry valley in Antarctica, or preferably, in a crater on the moon.
I can't imagine, after the disaster we have been through the last three years, what combination of addle-mindedness, arrogance and autism compelled some of the smartest (albeit obviously not wisest) minds in the country to perpetrate this act of asininity.
There is a hubris and lack of self awareness that seems to permeate our expert class, one that may well be our downfall if we don't reign in these over-credentialed ding-a-lings.
June 28, 2022
Thought on the Timeline in Which We Reside We are living in the future...but not the future that I'd hoped for.
Say you wanted to have a company that specialized in Terraforming. That requires a set of expertise that don't exist now, especially in the same organization. However, you could combine through mergers, companies with different skillsets such as heavy machinery air-tools and gas manipulation technologies or "multi disciplinary real estate"`and then you'd have a corporation that could get down to the lucrative business of " Building Better Worlds".
One might think this would have PR issues if a degree of creativity was not taken in renaming the merged companies, but it should be remembered that certain companies are really leaning into this aesthetic.
February 11, 2022
Here's the Headline of the Week
Of course we now know that Dr. Who is just going to pass Omicron on to the Movellans. And you know what?
I'm OK with that, 'cause the Daleks have it coming.
My issue is rather...
We're living in 2022.
The news ought not to be
filling out plot holes
in classic Dr. Who
(Of course the authorities cynically trying to extend the panic even further is bad too.)
February 01, 2022
Meanwhile: Near Bajor
November 05, 2021
Well, Here's a Commercial
October 31, 2021
Art by Catzz.
Happy Halloween everybody!
Current events are like a horror movie, so instead of looking at the news, go play Genshin Impact instead.
October 21, 2021
To All of My Altitudinally Challenged Readers
I hope your hang-time was long and your landings were soft.
September 10, 2021
Adventures in Algorithims Again This evening, after a day of doctor visits and other annoyances, I sat down and watched a V-tuber named Hyasynth finishing up a Resident Evil 4 run. She'd sent out notifications and members of her chat with Facebook accounts were congratulating her on her apparent new sponsorship...or were complaining about the sponsors aggressive marketing.
She was a tad confused, not having any sponsorships yet, but the matter was soon clarified. Her announcements of her Resident Evil 4 play-thru's have, on Facebook, been helpfully accompanied by ads for a pharmaceutical company.
I have questions.
Not so much about how the advertising algorithm decided that weebs on Twitch were the target audience for the distribution of peptides and selective androgen receptor modulators, that is obvious.
Rather I find myself wondering why in the name of Mercury, Greek god of messaging and commerce, someone actually thought the name Umbrella Labs would be a good one, especially for a medical supply company and even more especially since their logo indicates that they not unfamiliar with the potential downsides of that decision.
August 04, 2021
Meanwhile: Over at In-Range TV In-Range TV is a You Tube channel that focuses on firearms equipment reviews, interviews, historical vignettes regarding uses of firearms, and practical applications for firearms owners including tactics and firearms maintenance , from an essentially Libertarian perspective.
Karl Kasarda, the showrunner, is, as we've noted before, generally pretty grounded and reasonable, not at all one of those crazy Big-L-libertarian-boogaloo-boys. He is very safety minded and gives a lot of attention to less discussed firearms/safety/preparedness topics like the importance of always having trauma kits.
With that in mind it will be interesting to see what In-Range sees as practical firearms training for current year.
Here is their most rec....
Kaaaarl... Apocolypses Kiilll people!
June 11, 2021
The Mohs Scale of Science Fiction Hardness From hard to soft in Amazon recommendations.
Recommended when I looked up this book trying to track down if the following quote was, in fact, really from a science textbook.
May 20, 2021
In the Intrests of Evironmental Awareness, Food Security, and Economic Prosperity ... The Brickmuppet's Crack Team of Science Babes are celebrating WORLD BEE DAY!
Bees are vital to the ecosystem but vulnerable to environmental toxins. Bees can be a sign of environmental problems much like a canary in a mine.
Bees provide pollination for many plants including primary and secondary food crops.
Bees have an exoskeleton and no bones. But, unlike me, they have all the other organs
Commercial beekeepers alone produced 37,830,000 pounds of honey which at 207.5 cents a pound comes to a contribution of $78,497,250.00 dollars to the economy irrespective of their secondary benefits to other types of agriculture.
However, bees are threatened by Colony Collapse Disorder which is kind of like Coronachan for bees, but worse.
It's unclear what causes it, and since bees don't wear masks, the government is banning certain pesticides and beekeepers are applying medications like menthol, which is used to treat certain bee parasites.
Random Non-contextual facts; mostly from Wikipedia
This post has determined by this blog's office of standards and practices to bee educational in nature and not appeal to the prurient interest of normal Americans which we are defining as "those people who do not want to have conjugal relations with bees".
May 05, 2021
A Question for You, Gentle Reader Has "Minecraft" become the latest code word for what was previously referred to as a b00g@L00? 'Cause I just blundered into some discussion concerning the relative merits of .308 versus .223/5.56 caliber ammunition in the context of.... "Minecraft". This was not a video game board.
Minecraft LARPing sounds like it could get out of hand.
April 12, 2021
"Compare yourself with who you were yesterday, not with who someone else is today."
-The Red Skull
March 22, 2021
This is One of Many Reasons.... ...that I shop at O'Reilly. I have a much older vehicle and they carry some of the most obscure auto parts.
March 07, 2021
Whut I honestly don't know what Boston Dynamics is going for with regards to customer perceptions of the firm or product messaging. But they may wish to reassess their customer relationship management.
February 24, 2021
A Critique of the First Few Episodes ...of 2021.
After the Gatling gut punch and cliffhanger that was the prequel, I was expecting some respite for the characters and none has been forthcoming. There really needs to be SOMETHING to break the tension, a tender moment, perhaps some comedy relief.
A beach episode would be nice.
However, the writers seem to be a bunch of disaffected boughie boys who think that the unrelenting misery and depravity of iron age comics is the hight of literary accomplishment.
The writers are also hacks because this show is not a medical procedural, the last cour was not entertaining, and this particular emerging plotline is derivative, unoriginal, unappealing and has been done to death.
February 23, 2021
I Hope None of My Audience Speak Swedish
'cause this is probably lewd or something.
February 22, 2021
Do You Have Too Many Brain Cells? In these trying times, do you need to free up cranial space for some other purpose like like a concealed weapon, toolkit, or emergency food supply?
Well, Luna the MagiKarp can help you with that problem!
You see, she's a pretty good V-Tuber....buuuut... on Saturdays she's been doing a dramatic readings of what may be the most [ ADJECTIVES GO HERE ] RWBY / High School DxD / Sonic the Hedgehog / Harem / Gary Stu / Hentai Fanfic in the history of ever.
The pain begins at minute 28 with an overview of what has gone before and a brief explanation of the "stylistic quirks" that she has to cope with during her reading. The actual reading begins 41.5 minutes in and if you play it in the background will provide your day with 5 hours of pure, distilled, concentrated, and unadulterated cringe guaranteed to make you dumber. I caught the last two hours and when I got in from work today I burned my sausage biscuit in the microwave because I'm that stupid now.
This is epically abominable.
Luna is not responsible for writing this travesty, and her voice box suffered greatly from it.
February 19, 2021
Well This is Completely Unhelpful Gallows humor is important for getting through dark times, but sometimes...just don't.
Don't give them any more excuses.
Today in Journaism Yesterday, Shanon Melero at Jezebel did a piece on the disgraceful decision to omit the iconic Chun-Li from the new Mortal Combat re-boot and inquired as to how such a travesty was allowed to happen.
19 minutes later, the layers of researchers and fact checkers who are assigned the sisyphean task of preventing Jezebel's writers from publishing moronic merde, chimed in with an answer to her inquiry.
"Cleanup on aisle 5. "
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