I keep reading things like «In times of crisis you see who your true friends are». That is toxic and wrong.
Your real friends may be the ones that really need your help right now but can't find the courage or the energy to ask for it. So they don't say anything.
In times of crisis you can only tell which people are willing and able to give, and for everyone else you don't know, they might need you.
So if you can, go be a friend, and maybe make new great friends. People need it.
Vitamin D might help limit Covid19 damage
I saw research recently suggesting that Vitamin D may help reduce the seriousness of Covid19 infection. Scientifically plausible, as D is known to help modulate the immune system, so perhaps it helps prevent the cytokine storm that causes so much damage. We also know that many people are deficient because we don't work outside so much anymore and fortified milk has fallen out of fashion.
I don't want to sound like I'm recommending a miracle drug, but hey, it's a vitamin for goodness sakes! A "vital amine." It won't hurt! It's not like I'm suggesting you take some bizarre malaria drug or something!
Vitamin D isn't water soluble so don't overuse it. I'm taking a 50 microgram pill (2000 IU) every other day.
p.s. the research I saw found that people with serious outcomes were more likely to be D deficient than those with less-serious outcomes. Hardly a controlled randomized trial.
US pol, "This Modern World"
I just saw the latest installment of the comic and one panel's dialog absolutely nails it:
Tom: Oh look, the president's latest tweet is both horrifyingly authoritarian and appallingly stupid.
Sparky: This must be a day ending in 'y'.
Tom: As if anyone still keeps track of "days".
(Subscribe, if you still remember what money is, it keeps him going.)
COVID, climate, -
So I guess this is a preview about how the ruling classes are going to handle climate change.
Sacrifice the most vulnerable/important essential folks to prop up the economy as long as possible, withhold healthcare and disability benefits, and go hide in luxury accommodations while funding a corporate propaganda machine.
The political satire comic "First Dog on the Moon" has just released its first comic in a video format.
Lockdowns have caused such a drop in air pollution levels over Nepal that Sagarmatha (Mount Everest) can be seen from Kathmandu for the first time in decades.
i have made contributions to several widely released video games across multiple platforms and a fairly prominent game engine and i still wake up every day having to shush an internal voice that says "you're not a real creative person, you have no talent, you're faking it and you don't deserve anything". you can never quiet that voice via achievement, it comes from something much deeper
Every year during #Ramadan, for the last 3 years, our town has had a public iftar, and I organized some music. This year, of course, we have no such gathering, so some of us made a virtual ensemble. Check it out!
(This has been a little monster of production that has been my life for the last 3 weeks or so.)
Mathematical non-mathematician, Middle Eastern music, amateur musician, anti-imperialist, Software Freedom advocate, environmentalist. White cis male >50. Completely out of step.
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