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  1. Comment on Do Ask, Tell, and Show: Contextual Factors Affecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Disclosure for Sexual and Gender Minority People in ~lgbt

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    So, it's a study to tell researchers how to write better questions so people will answer their questions in future studies. sigh And when did "SGM" become a thing? I thought it was "GSM".

    Reasons for SOGI data collection and relevance to context were important and influenced responses. Participants looked for environmental and relational cues that communicated inclusion and safety. Researchers should consider these factors when designing studies to improve research experiences for SGM individuals and increase the likelihood of participation.

    So, it's a study to tell researchers how to write better questions so people will answer their questions in future studies. sigh

    And when did "SGM" become a thing? I thought it was "GSM".

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  2. Comment on What's the coronavirus like where you are? in ~health.coronavirus

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    Helloooo, Omicron! Just when we think there's light at the end of the tunnel, the coronavirus comes up with a plot twist from Hell. On the plus side, a lot of Aussies are vaccinated. Like I said...

    Helloooo, Omicron!

    Just when we think there's light at the end of the tunnel, the coronavirus comes up with a plot twist from Hell.

    On the plus side, a lot of Aussies are vaccinated. Like I said earlier this week, 95% of Australians aged 16 and over have received their first dose of a COVID vaccine. My preferred news website has a little vaccine tracker on the home page. According to that:

    • 91.7% of Australians aged 12 and over have had their second dose of a COVID vaccine;

    • 25.4% of Australians aged 12 and over have had their third dose (booster) of a COVID vaccine.

    (And children aged 5 to 11 have just started being vaccinated.)

    We're one of the most highly vaccinated populations on the planet.

    Meanwhile, Omicron is running wild. It got loose in our major cities just before Christmas and New Year, and no state government in the country saw fit to impose any restrictions over the holiday period at all. Naturally, many gatherings over the holidays turned into super-spreader events with this highly infectious variant.

    It's reported that there are about 500,000 active coronavirus cases right now (about 2% of the Australian population) - and that number is known to be understated because our testing system has collapsed under the load, and many people just can't get tested.

    All PCR tests have to be processed individually now, rather than in batches, because the positivity rate on tests right now is about 10x what it was at the height of previous outbreaks - so that's slowing things up. Last week, about 90,000 people in my state got notified that they had no test results, because their test samples had reached 7 days old without being processed, and could no longer be used. And rapid antigen tests are impossible to get. Noone planned ahead for the possibility that we might need a supply of rapid tests, so the limited supply sold out weeks ago, and new orders are taking a while to arrive in the country.

    I read an article yesterday which said that about 1,000,000 workers are currently isolating, either because they have the coronavirus, or because they've been deemed a close contact of someone with the coronavirus. That's about 7.5% of our national workforce. Supermarket shelves are empty because there aren't enough truck drivers to deliver stock or enough staff to stack shelves. Farmers are throwing out fresh produce because there aren't enough truck drivers to pick it up. Restaurants, cafes, and pubs are closing because they don't have enough staff to open. And so on.

    Also, thousands of healthcare workers are in isolation, just when the case load for hospitals is about to approach its highest level during the pandemic. There are over 1,100 people in hospital with COVID in this state alone, and that number will continue to increase over the next few weeks. My state government has just declared a "code brown" for all hospitals, meaning that staff can be recalled from leave, and non-essential surgery won't take place, and so on. The federal government is supplying defence personnel to drive ambulances because we've had two days in the past few weeks where the ambulance service simply couldn't meet demand, and people were waiting over an hour for an ambulance to arrive.

    On the news last night, they showed a graph of mobility data which demonstrated that movement in Australia has dropped to levels similar to what was seen during our lockdowns. People are staying home in droves.

    Life is fun!

    11 votes
  3. Comment on Prince Andrew loses military titles and use of HRH in ~news

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    But you asked why Prince Andrew and the Queen agreed to him relinquishing his titles and honours now, rather than earlier. It's because now they've reached the point of no return in his court...

    Yes, I thought it was obvious to everyone that this was simply a delaying tactic.

    But you asked why Prince Andrew and the Queen agreed to him relinquishing his titles and honours now, rather than earlier. It's because now they've reached the point of no return in his court case. Before now, there was a possibility this lawsuit might not end up in court. Now, it will end up in court. So, now, Prince Andrew has to give up his titles and honours.

    the queen came to with her brother

    Prince Andrew is the Queen's son, not her brother. He's Charles's younger brother.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of January 10 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Australia has reached a benchmark: 95% of people aged 16 and over have received their first dose of a COVID vaccine. https://covidlive.com.au/australia And we're rapidly vaccinating the 12-15...

    Australia has reached a benchmark: 95% of people aged 16 and over have received their first dose of a COVID vaccine.

    https://covidlive.com.au/australia

    And we're rapidly vaccinating the 12-15 years (commenced Sep 2021) and 5-11 years (commenced Jan 2022) age groups as well.

    Vaccinating 95% of a population is referred to as "full vaccination". We're on track to achieve that.

    Just wanted to share some positive news.

    (We're also in the midst of a significant outbreak of the Omicron variant, which is dwarfing all previous outbreaks we've had, and we're going through this outbreak without any significant restrictions, relying only on vaccines & masks.)

    9 votes
  5. Comment on Prince Andrew loses military titles and use of HRH in ~news

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    Because Prince Andrew's attempts to stop the court case reached their final failure a day before this. For months, Andrew's legal team has been raising one legal argument after another to stop...

    I wonder, why now?

    Because Prince Andrew's attempts to stop the court case reached their final failure a day before this. For months, Andrew's legal team has been raising one legal argument after another to stop this civil lawsuit proceeding to court - and, one by one, they've all been rejected by judges. This was the final one.

    Before this point, there was a possibility that this case would never go to court, and the whole thing would fade away.

    Now, Prince Andrew will have to appear in court and answer questions under oath about his behaviour.

    That's why now.

    14 votes
  6. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~talk

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    I'm not sure about that attribution. I've been hearing (and saying) this line for a long time. I looked for an actual instance of Desmond Tutu saying this, and the only one I could find is an...

    I'm not sure about that attribution. I've been hearing (and saying) this line for a long time.

    I looked for an actual instance of Desmond Tutu saying this, and the only one I could find is an interview that Tutu did in a documentary made in 2010.

    I know I was repeating this quote long before 2010. And it was old when I learned it.

    So I looked further. And I found this article, listing multiple times this saying has been repeated, back at least as far as 1921.

    Other sources say the origin of this proverb is unknown. I think it's by that great writer, A. Nonymous.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~talk

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    Jerome Lawrence & Robert E Lee ('Auntie Mame', the stageplay) Star Trek: The Next Generation Star Trek: The Next Generation Isaac Asimov ('Foundation') US President General Dwight D. Eisenhower,...

    Life is a banquet, and most poor sons-of-bitches are starving to death! Live!

    Jerome Lawrence & Robert E Lee ('Auntie Mame', the stageplay)


    The first duty of every Starfleet officer is to the truth, whether it's scientific truth or historical truth or personal truth.

    Star Trek: The Next Generation


    If we're going to be damned, let's be damned for what we really are.

    Star Trek: The Next Generation


    Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

    Isaac Asimov ('Foundation')


    Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.

    US President General Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953.


    Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.

    Albert Einstein


    12 votes
  8. Comment on What were your personal highlights for this year? in ~talk

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    I'll ignore anything pandemic-related. Pay rise My employer offered me a 20% pay rise this year. That's not a typo: 20%. And I'm a lowly office worker, at the bottom of the totem pole. I know why:...

    I'll ignore anything pandemic-related.

    Pay rise

    My employer offered me a 20% pay rise this year. That's not a typo: 20%. And I'm a lowly office worker, at the bottom of the totem pole.

    I know why: I told my manager I need to look for more money in the next few years, and she decided to be helpful and see if she could get me the money I needed without having to leave this company. And she succeeded!

    However, I still receive top-up payments from our welfare system while working (because of reasons far too long and complicated to explain here). The vagaries of that system mean that the headline 20% pay rise would have left me about 4% worse off in my nett income each fortnight. This left me in the awkward position of having to refuse that 20% pay rise!

    My employer is therefore looking into alternative ways to remunerate me.

    New man

    I met a new man this year.

    Our relationship is almost entirely physical, but it's the most intense and pleasurable physical interaction I've ever had with any man ever. Ever! (And, considering my history, that's saying something!) And, from what he's said, I seem to be the best he's ever had, as well.

    To quote Frank N. Furter from 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show': "He's good for relieving my... mmm... tension."

    We've been meeting up regularly for the past 7 months, and I have no intention of letting him go any time soon.

    Birthday present

    For my birthday, a close friend bought me a T-shirt with Isaac Asimov's face printed on it.

    One day, I was raving to my friend about Isaac Asimov (triggered by watching the abominable new 'Foundation' television series). In my friend's words: "You've got a bit of a man-crush on him, don't you?" Well, I can't deny that!

    Long story short, I now have my very own Isaac Asimov T-shirt! It looks like this (I may have guided my friend to the exact design and colour I wanted).

    Because my friend is disorganised, and because the global supply chains are in disarray, the shirt arrived the week before Christmas - just in time for Isaac's birthday this Sunday.

    (If anyone wonders why I'm excited about this, check out my username and the bio on my user page.)

    3 votes
  9. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~health.coronavirus

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    Deadlier viruses tend not to spread as much, because corpses don't go out to parties and pubs and nightclubs as often as living people do. (Something about them no longer being "the life of the...

    Deadlier viruses tend not to spread as much, because corpses don't go out to parties and pubs and nightclubs as often as living people do. (Something about them no longer being "the life of the party".)

    8 votes
  10. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~health.coronavirus

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    I have to do the same. I used my last home test this morning. I need to go shopping for another pack tomorrow (they're sold in packs of 2).

    That's wise and I'll pick a couple of them up once they are restocked.

    I have to do the same. I used my last home test this morning. I need to go shopping for another pack tomorrow (they're sold in packs of 2).

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Reddit confidentially files to go public in ~tech

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    I've been on Reddit for over 10 years on my /u/Algernon_Asimov account. In that time, I moderated a lot of subreddits, including some high-profile ones. For example, I was a very active moderator...

    tbh I don’t get all the people who say “the day old.reddit is removed is the day I stop using it”.

    I've been on Reddit for over 10 years on my /u/Algernon_Asimov account. In that time, I moderated a lot of subreddits, including some high-profile ones. For example, I was a very active moderator of /r/Help for a few years.

    But, when the redesign happened a few years ago, it became more and more difficult for me to justify to users how and why Reddit worked the way it worked - so I stepped back from /r/Help, and a few other subreddits. These days, my footprint as "Algernon" is minimal.

    However, during my heyday, I created a second account for a niche purpose. And, using that account, I started up a subreddit as a personal project. I then got invited to moderate a few related subreddits. Then I inherited a subreddit when its founder had a meltdown. So I'm sort of stuck with these subreddits and subscribers that I feel responsible for. I still take a very active interest in the subreddit I started up. It has over 20,000 subscribers now, nearly 5 years on. I also feel responsible for the subreddit I inherited. I've got some fellow mods who help out in these subreddits, but there's noone I can hand them over to. If I leave, my "personal project" subreddit will die, and I don't like that idea after spending a few years building it up. It's my little oasis of quality amidst a bunch of mediocre subreddits about the same topic. Also, I've got the inherited running smoothly after the founder's meltdown 2 years ago, and I don't want to cause those disruptions again by leaving.

    So I'm still on Reddit, despite its new interface - which I avoid using as much as possible.

    8 votes
  12. Comment on Reddit confidentially files to go public in ~tech

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    That doesn't seem very confidential to me. "Hey! Major news organisation! Over here! We're doing a secret filing, but don't tell anyone!"

    said on Wednesday it had confidentially filed

    That doesn't seem very confidential to me. "Hey! Major news organisation! Over here! We're doing a secret filing, but don't tell anyone!"

    4 votes
  13. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~health.coronavirus

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    So, strictly speaking, the title of this post should read "my youngest son's ordeal with symptoms that we were scared might have been COVID but weren't". :) I've done 3 of those home tests in the...

    Today he had his test and the results came back negative!

    So, strictly speaking, the title of this post should read "my youngest son's ordeal with symptoms that we were scared might have been COVID but weren't". :)

    I've done 3 of those home tests in the past 10 days, because of two separate COVID scares (all negative). Since the rapid results tests became available to buy here, about 6 weeks ago, I always keep a COVID test in the house. You never know when you'll need one.

    12 votes
  14. Comment on What board games have you played recently? in ~games.tabletop

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    It's cool enough that I bought it a few years back. I only buy the best of the best (in my opinion), and I own less than 20 games, so that should tell you how much I like it.

    It's cool enough that I bought it a few years back. I only buy the best of the best (in my opinion), and I own less than 20 games, so that should tell you how much I like it.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on What board games have you played recently? in ~games.tabletop

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    Yeah, the theme is what sets Wingspan apart from similar games.

    Yeah, the theme is what sets Wingspan apart from similar games.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on What board games have you played recently? in ~games.tabletop

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    I suppose that's an interesting feature for people who are interested in birds. Unfortunately, I'm not one of them. Also, one of the reasons I play boardgames is to not use computers, phones,...

    I suppose that's an interesting feature for people who are interested in birds. Unfortunately, I'm not one of them. Also, one of the reasons I play boardgames is to not use computers, phones, software, apps, etc.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on What board games have you played recently? in ~games.tabletop

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    Oh. My. God. I hate Tabletop Simulator (or its website, www.tabletopia.com). We've had a lot of lockdowns where I live, so I've played a lot of boardgames online. As I mention in another comment...

    Oh. My. God. I hate Tabletop Simulator (or its website, www.tabletopia.com).

    We've had a lot of lockdowns where I live, so I've played a lot of boardgames online. As I mention in another comment here, I run a weekly boardgames group, so we had to investigate online alternatives to keep going.

    I get that Tabletop Simulator actually simulates tabletop gaming. You pick up a virtual 3D piece and place it on a virtual 3D board. You can even place one piece on top of another and watch it fall off! The three-dimensionality of pieces has been excellently replicated programmatically. One of the people I game with says he loves it because he feels like he's playing a boardgame.

    But I hate it, and so do a few of the people I tried it out with. It's too fiddly. It's over-engineered. It doesn't need to simulate the three-dimensionality of playing pieces. It makes it too difficult to work with. My favourite game happens to be on www.tabletopia.com, and I tried playing it there one day, and the extra mental effort involved in moving and placing pieces broke me. I was a bit tired that day, and by the time I'd played that game for a couple of hours, my brain started shutting down from the exertion.

    I've done almost all my online boardgaming on www.boardgamearena.com. It's much easier to use.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on What board games have you played recently? in ~games.tabletop

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    I played Wingspan a few weeks ago, for the first time. I'd read a few reviews of it, including one here, and was really looking forward to it. It was nothing special. Just another engine-building...

    I played Wingspan a few weeks ago, for the first time. I'd read a few reviews of it, including one here, and was really looking forward to it.

    It was nothing special. Just another engine-building game, but with pretty artwork. It was enjoyable, but I was hoping for more.

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  19. Comment on What board games have you played recently? in ~games.tabletop

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    I run a weekly boardgames group, so I play a lot of boardgames. Last week, I played Cyclades. You win by building cities on islands - but there aren't enough islands to go around, so winning...

    I run a weekly boardgames group, so I play a lot of boardgames.

    Last week, I played Cyclades. You win by building cities on islands - but there aren't enough islands to go around, so winning requires you to conquer someone else's island at some point. It's just the right mix of city-building and warfare. Plus there's an auction to start each turn which adds an extra layer of strategising and competition.

    Recently, I've also enjoyed playing:

    • Photosynthesis

    • Tang Garden

    • Nanty Narking

    • Libertalia

    I prefer boardgames where the gameplay forces interaction between players. I don't like games where each player's turn is about them placing workers, getting resources, playing cards, and so on, while all the other players sit around being bored until it's their turn.

    Also, I'm loving playing 3-D games like Photosynthesis and Tang Garden! It makes a nice change from all the on-screen boardgames I was forced to play on www.boardgamearena.com during our lockdowns.

    EDIT: Corrected the website.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of October 18 in ~health.coronavirus

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    There have been studies that show your protection is higher if you mix vaccines.

    There have been studies that show your protection is higher if you mix vaccines.

    3 votes