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  1. Comment on Something in the Air by Marc Fisher - an ode to radio in ~books

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    When I was younger and being driven to school there was a segment on the local station called "Lin's Bin", where the DJ Lin Brehmer would respond to listener mail with a short spoken essay. He...

    When I was younger and being driven to school there was a segment on the local station called "Lin's Bin", where the DJ Lin Brehmer would respond to listener mail with a short spoken essay. He writing was fantastic and of course his voice was commanding - you would get drawn in. Topics would range from the White Sox, summer barbeques, the post office, etc. But somehow he always made each topic feel like an epic. I miss that.

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  2. Comment on President Biden's COVID-19 plan - Includes a requirement for all employers with 100+ employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly in ~health.coronavirus

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    It’s possible, but I doubt it would happen. I don’t think a majority of those Republican justices have any ideological opposition to vaccines, while they do actually have a pretty expansive view...

    It’s possible, but I doubt it would happen. I don’t think a majority of those Republican justices have any ideological opposition to vaccines, while they do actually have a pretty expansive view of presidential power (which was the issue under Trump).

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  3. Comment on President Biden's COVID-19 plan - Includes a requirement for all employers with 100+ employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly in ~health.coronavirus

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    There is at least some precedence for this, too. In a 7-2 decision in 1905, the court found that vaccine mandates did not violate the 4th amendment: The main difference here, as far as I can tell,...

    There is at least some precedence for this, too. In a 7-2 decision in 1905, the court found that vaccine mandates did not violate the 4th amendment:

    Facts of the case
    A Massachusetts law allowed cities to require residents to be vaccinated against smallpox. Cambridge adopted such an ordinance, with some exceptions. Jacobson refused to comply with the requirement and was fined five dollars.
    Question
    Did the mandatory vaccination law violate Jacobson's Fourteenth Amendment right to liberty?
    Conclusion
    The Court held that the law was a legitimate exercise of the state's police power to protect the public health and safety of its citizens. Local boards of health determined when mandatory vaccinations were needed, thus making the requirement neither unreasonable nor arbitrarily imposed.

    The main difference here, as far as I can tell, is that this is a Federal policy and might fall under "arbitrarily imposed" if it can't properly account for edge cases. It's also not directly a vaccine mandate in the way the 1905 ordinance was. So it probably will end up at the Supreme Court, but I think it stands a good chance of being upheld. I am, like, totally not a lawyer though so I have no clue what I'm on about.

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  4. Comment on How far do you live from the place you were born? in ~talk

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    Around 2,000 miles. Up until a year ago, around 20 miles.

    Around 2,000 miles. Up until a year ago, around 20 miles.

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  5. Comment on After data is posted on conspiracy site, Colorado county's voting machines are banned in ~news

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    Wait, wouldn’t it actually be preferable if physical access was the only way there could be security compromises?

    Wait, wouldn’t it actually be preferable if physical access was the only way there could be security compromises?

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  6. Comment on What's something that is, surprisingly, made with animal products? in ~enviro

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    Haha, I just posted about rennet before seeing this! That was one of those facts that blew my mind.

    Haha, I just posted about rennet before seeing this! That was one of those facts that blew my mind.

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  7. Comment on What's something that is, surprisingly, made with animal products? in ~enviro

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    Cheese is obviously made with animal products, but I was surprised to learn that many cheeses aren't even vegetarian. In order to start the curdling process, historically a mix of enzymes called...

    Cheese is obviously made with animal products, but I was surprised to learn that many cheeses aren't even vegetarian. In order to start the curdling process, historically a mix of enzymes called rennet has been used, which comes from animal stomachs. In fact, one of the hypotheses regarding the invention of cheese is essentially that humans used animal stomachs to store leftover milk and, when exposed to periods of heat during migration, the milk would curdle. Anyway, I was surprised to learn that a lot of cheese is still made using rennet from the butchering process, even though alternatives exist.

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  8. Comment on Duck eggs in ~food

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    This just reminded me that I have enough eggs for a fritata. Might try to use some leftover veggies up!

    This just reminded me that I have enough eggs for a fritata. Might try to use some leftover veggies up!

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  9. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    *Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?* spoilers My understanding of that scene is that it was a relatively isolated instance. The parallel police station was out of sight for the humans living in...
    *Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?* spoilers

    My understanding of that scene is that it was a relatively isolated instance. The parallel police station was out of sight for the humans living in the city, but the androids working there certainly knew of the humans in the city. I think the only android that human that didn't realize was Phil Resch.

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  10. Comment on NBC still really wants a reboot of The Office in ~tv

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    Ugh. When will networks learn that love for an iconic TV series or franchise doesn't mean people are clamoring for a reboot. They are never as good and end up cheapening the original as well. Why...

    Ugh. When will networks learn that love for an iconic TV series or franchise doesn't mean people are clamoring for a reboot. They are never as good and end up cheapening the original as well. Why not spend that money on developing new series that will be the next "The Office".

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  11. Comment on Maersk is investing £1bn to speed up its switch to carbon neutral operations – eight methanol fuelled vessels could help save more than 1m tonnes of carbon emissions a year in ~enviro

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    This is a bit tangential, but the time deficit isn't really what matters, its the usable energy density. Nuclear doesn't have a great time deficit either, in that it takes ~10s of years to burn...

    This is a bit tangential, but the time deficit isn't really what matters, its the usable energy density. Nuclear doesn't have a great time deficit either, in that it takes ~10s of years to burn but creates waste that will last thousands. The difference is you need a lot less nuke fuel to keep things running so you win out in the end.

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  12. Comment on I bought an engagement ring today in ~life

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    Thanks :) She's probably more excited than me, so she knows it's coming. Just not when, where, or how (some of which I still need to figure out).

    Thanks :) She's probably more excited than me, so she knows it's coming. Just not when, where, or how (some of which I still need to figure out).

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  13. I bought an engagement ring today

    I bought an engagement ring for my girlfriend as I plan on proposing to her later this year. I haven't told too many people yet outside of my family, so I wanted to just post this somewhere...

    I bought an engagement ring for my girlfriend as I plan on proposing to her later this year. I haven't told too many people yet outside of my family, so I wanted to just post this somewhere because I'm super excited but have no where else to post. It was a good chunk of money but I had budgeted for it and it felt good to finally pull the trigger!

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  14. Comment on What would you do with 30+ kg of fresh tomatoes, and counting? in ~food

  15. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Back on bit of a reading kick. I recently finished Dune, which as expected was fantastic science fiction. It was my 3rd time trying to read it and this time I managed to power through the...

    Back on bit of a reading kick.

    I recently finished Dune, which as expected was fantastic science fiction. It was my 3rd time trying to read it and this time I managed to power through the beginning (which I found confusing, dry, and slow) and get sucked in to it. Fantastic world building, probably the best in any science fiction I've read, or at least read recently. It was a big commitment but I'm happy I read it and especially so before the movie comes out.

    I also read The Disconnect: A Personal Journey Through The Internet. This was a collection of essays about the internet and internet culture from a very personal perspective, and I thought it was fantastic. Essay topics include Bumble dates with tech bros, Monster Energy drinks, vaporwave albums, and more. I read a lot of books on the internet and its affect on us and on culture, and this was one of the better ones. I really do recommend it.

    Finally, on a long plane ride the other day I finally read Do Androids Dreams of Electric Sheep? I thought it was a good book and I definitely got sucked it. I was surprised how different it was from Blade Runner, but not necessarily in a good or bad way. In a sense it was telling a different story in a different world, but with the core ideas the same. I can't tell if the final outlook of the story was bleak or not but I'll definitely be thinking about it for a while.

    Now I'm deciding what to read next!

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  16. Comment on The spring paradox in ~science

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    I really love Steve's science videos. As a scientist I can often get a bit jaded with 'popular' science videos that I feel really over simplify complex things to the point of no longer even...

    I really love Steve's science videos. As a scientist I can often get a bit jaded with 'popular' science videos that I feel really over simplify complex things to the point of no longer even explaining that thing in the first place. His videos on the other hand take things that seem simple at first and follow them through their often counterintuitive consequences. I always manage to learn something new watching them.

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  17. Comment on Writing a best man speech for my brother’s wedding, any advice? in ~talk

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    Update: The speech is written and rehearsed and I'm feeling pretty good about it. All of the advice here is very much appreciated and really helped me to settle in and write. I have some...

    Update: The speech is written and rehearsed and I'm feeling pretty good about it. All of the advice here is very much appreciated and really helped me to settle in and write. I have some experience from theater and scientific conferences so the delivery doesn't really phase me, but content-wise you all were super helpful. Thanks!

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