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Personal Pandemic Preparedness Plan
— via [livejournal.com profile] sebab

I've heard it claimed that the current excitement over the avian flu is primarily driven by researchers who need money, and not by immediate threat, but sometimes you get a Y2K and sometimes you get a Katrina.
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Personal Pandemic Preparedness Plan
— via [livejournal.com profile] sebab

I've heard it claimed that the current excitement over the avian flu is primarily driven by researchers who need money, and not by immediate threat, but sometimes you get a Y2K and sometimes you get a Katrina.
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The editor of an Afghan women's rights magazine was jailed after a presidential adviser accused him of publishing un-Islamic material — including an article critical of the practice of punishing adultery with 100 lashes, officials said Friday. ...

Afghanistan is a conservative Islamic country. Under a revised March 2004 media law signed by Karzai, content deemed insulting to Islam is banned. Criminal penalties were left vaguely worded, leaving open the possibility of punishment in accordance with Shariah, or Islamic law



"They used these pieces to make a replica of the 1918 virus, and brought it back to "life" -- viruses are not truly alive like other microbes -- by combining it with modern influenza virus pieces and growing it in bacteria."
I get so annoyed when it is claimed that life is not life.
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The editor of an Afghan women's rights magazine was jailed after a presidential adviser accused him of publishing un-Islamic material — including an article critical of the practice of punishing adultery with 100 lashes, officials said Friday. ...

Afghanistan is a conservative Islamic country. Under a revised March 2004 media law signed by Karzai, content deemed insulting to Islam is banned. Criminal penalties were left vaguely worded, leaving open the possibility of punishment in accordance with Shariah, or Islamic law



"They used these pieces to make a replica of the 1918 virus, and brought it back to "life" -- viruses are not truly alive like other microbes -- by combining it with modern influenza virus pieces and growing it in bacteria."
I get so annoyed when it is claimed that life is not life.
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Why did early Mesoamerican skywatchers pick a date some 2300 years into the future and, in fact, how did they pinpoint an accurate winter solstice? With all these considerations one begins to suspect that, for some reason, the ancient New World astronomers were tracking precession.
(Note: I haven't actually reviewed any of the logic or facts.)

Maya Date Calculators and links

7 Etznab 16 Mol / 12.19.12.10.18

what i wants is mayan (and any other) calendars that i can put in user info or web page and have automagically display dates in all formats and/or countdown to 13.0.0.0.0. no time to look for or code tho.

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Why did early Mesoamerican skywatchers pick a date some 2300 years into the future and, in fact, how did they pinpoint an accurate winter solstice? With all these considerations one begins to suspect that, for some reason, the ancient New World astronomers were tracking precession.
(Note: I haven't actually reviewed any of the logic or facts.)

Maya Date Calculators and links

7 Etznab 16 Mol / 12.19.12.10.18

what i wants is mayan (and any other) calendars that i can put in user info or web page and have automagically display dates in all formats and/or countdown to 13.0.0.0.0. no time to look for or code tho.

jodawi: (lunar eclipse)
solstice today
full moon tomorrow

Time

Jun. 18th, 2005 12:24 am
jodawi: (persistence of nanowrimo)
I don't think I've ever read a satisfactory time travel story, and I'm tired of lame uses of the butterfly effect where the effect only changes things the author wants to change while leaving other things magically unchanged.

Also, is it a sign of a midlife crisis if this keeps going through my head?:
Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way

Tired of lying in the sunshine, staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find, ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but it's sinking
And racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in a relative way, but you're older
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death

Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time
Plans that either come to nought,
or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
The time is gone the song is over,
Thought I'd something more to say

Home, home again
I like to be here when I can
When I come home cold and tired
It's good to warm my bones beside the fire
Far away across the fields
The tolling of an iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spells

Time

Jun. 18th, 2005 12:24 am
jodawi: (persistence of nanowrimo)
I don't think I've ever read a satisfactory time travel story, and I'm tired of lame uses of the butterfly effect where the effect only changes things the author wants to change while leaving other things magically unchanged.

Also, is it a sign of a midlife crisis if this keeps going through my head?:
Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way

Tired of lying in the sunshine, staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find, ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but it's sinking
And racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in a relative way, but you're older
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death

Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time
Plans that either come to nought,
or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
The time is gone the song is over,
Thought I'd something more to say

Home, home again
I like to be here when I can
When I come home cold and tired
It's good to warm my bones beside the fire
Far away across the fields
The tolling of an iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spells
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This morning it is suddenly terrifying that the universe of 125 billion galaxies with hundreds of billion stars each with thinking creatures billions of times smaller composed of things billions of times smaller still all started about 13-15 billion years ago in a single flash of physics with precisely tuned fundamental constants to make it all work out.

This is what happens when you're very nearsighted and can see lots of tiny details up close and wake up seeing little hairs and specks on the sheet.
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This morning it is suddenly terrifying that the universe of 125 billion galaxies with hundreds of billion stars each with thinking creatures billions of times smaller composed of things billions of times smaller still all started about 13-15 billion years ago in a single flash of physics with precisely tuned fundamental constants to make it all work out.

This is what happens when you're very nearsighted and can see lots of tiny details up close and wake up seeing little hairs and specks on the sheet.
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Ugh. The only thing worse than bad nanobot stories is bad VR stories.

Aside from, you know, real bad things.
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Ugh. The only thing worse than bad nanobot stories is bad VR stories.

Aside from, you know, real bad things.

nanomancy

Apr. 11th, 2005 11:36 am
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I irk at stories treating nanotechnology as magic, where little bots can do anything at all with seemingly unlimited power. This ignores the fact that nanotechnology already exists and is quite constrained: it's called life. If you don't see living things doing what you want your nanobots doing, and doing it as quickly as you want your nanobots doing it, then you're probably misunderstanding how powerful your nanobots can be.

nanomancy

Apr. 11th, 2005 11:36 am
jodawi: (shiny toaster)
I irk at stories treating nanotechnology as magic, where little bots can do anything at all with seemingly unlimited power. This ignores the fact that nanotechnology already exists and is quite constrained: it's called life. If you don't see living things doing what you want your nanobots doing, and doing it as quickly as you want your nanobots doing it, then you're probably misunderstanding how powerful your nanobots can be.

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