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by bearish
March 6th, 2021, 2:19 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: EV Battery/Motor Materials
Replies: 3
Views: 399

Re: EV Battery/Motor Materials

I think I read that they had made progress on a vaccine against dysprosium.
by bearish
March 5th, 2021, 6:33 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: A thread about OT threads: or the Meta OT thread
Replies: 370
Views: 22178

Re: A thread about OT threads: or the Meta OT thread

In fact, I fear that I may have to wear long pants again - even in summer!
by bearish
March 5th, 2021, 6:32 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: A thread about OT threads: or the Meta OT thread
Replies: 370
Views: 22178

Re: A thread about OT threads: or the Meta OT thread

Wait! Here I thought we were in agreement, and then you say “worse.” I’m thinking “better!”
by bearish
March 5th, 2021, 2:21 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: norway
Replies: 693
Views: 96094

Re: norway

Oh - just for the record, Norway did win the men’s relay race today, but in the immortal words of the Duke of Wellington (about the battle of Waterloo), it was a “damn close-run thing”.
by bearish
March 5th, 2021, 2:18 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: A thread about OT threads: or the Meta OT thread
Replies: 370
Views: 22178

Re: A thread about OT threads: or the Meta OT thread

I have not worn a tie for well over a year and frankly struggle to envision the circumstances under which I would wear one again. Although I guess this comment isn’t very meta.
by bearish
March 5th, 2021, 3:19 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: norway
Replies: 693
Views: 96094

Re: norway

Umm - you’re thinking December. This is March, they are about to overtake us. Separately, lovely picture! And while we’re on the topic of Norway and XC skiing, I’d be remiss not to point out that the Norwegian women won the relay race at the world championship in Oberstdorf, Germany, today. I have m...
by bearish
March 4th, 2021, 9:51 pm
Forum: Politics Forum
Topic: The vaccines
Replies: 106
Views: 5471

Re: The vaccines

The NY Times got with my program today. Their lead editorial called for Trump to be named vaccine ambassador. It was a slightly left handed compliment, since it was partially motivated by his total uselessness for other purposes, but still! They even suggested it might earn him that Nobel prize he s...
by bearish
March 3rd, 2021, 11:14 pm
Forum: Politics Forum
Topic: Trump -- the last 100 days
Replies: 4492
Views: 271140

Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

If another batch of militant Trump supporters attack the Capitol later this week, perhaps to celebrate his inauguration on the “true inauguration date” tomorrow, I sincerely hope we will have forces in place to obliterate them.
by bearish
March 3rd, 2021, 1:32 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Stupid question of the day
Replies: 2522
Views: 197850

Re: Stupid question of the day

You evidently have on your hands a thin-tailed snake. Much less dangerous than the black (swan) mamba!
by bearish
March 2nd, 2021, 4:40 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Martingale Correction
Replies: 15
Views: 1058

Re: Martingale Correction

Well, when doing a project that is ultimately motivated by regulatory considerations, it would be interesting to know what the regulators demand, as well as what they will not accept. That’s outside of my scope.
by bearish
March 2nd, 2021, 4:02 am
Forum: Forum and Website Bugs and Suggestions
Topic: Spam
Replies: 114
Views: 65797

Re: Spam

I just opened this in a fresh window and was met with a pop-up ad for (I kid you not) fresh sardines and a brand of Swiss Muesli. As it happens, I have recently bought both from our local on-line grocery store (valued customers since 2003) so I guess they must have decided I should urgently want it ...
by bearish
March 2nd, 2021, 2:59 am
Forum: Politics Forum
Topic: The vaccines
Replies: 106
Views: 5471

Re: The vaccines

OK, you saw it here first! I’m going to totally step out of character and say something nice about Trump. At the CPAC (a vermin infested bunch of... - wait, I’m trying to say something nice), he encouraged his followers to get vaccinated. That may be the most useful thing he has ever said. Achieving...
by bearish
March 1st, 2021, 3:28 pm
Forum: Programming and Software Forum
Topic: FIVE hundred years from now: can you predict the Software Landscape in anno 2525?
Replies: 789
Views: 271116

Re: FIVE hundred years from now: can you predict the Software Landscape in anno 2525?

Mr Zappa was nothing if not an equal opportunity offender. I don’t know that Catholic Girls charted as a single, but the album Joe’s Garage did moderately well. And yes, it is from the very late 70’s.
by bearish
March 1st, 2021, 1:48 am
Forum: Programming and Software Forum
Topic: FIVE hundred years from now: can you predict the Software Landscape in anno 2525?
Replies: 789
Views: 271116

Re: FIVE hundred years from now: can you predict the Software Landscape in anno 2525?

My instructor was Mr. Zappa... and he taught me to sing a song. If you'd like to hear it I can sing it for you. OK - I’ll bite. The three first Zappa songs that come to mind feature, respectively, the following lines: “I tell you people, I was not ready” “With a garlic aroma that could level Tacoma...
by bearish
February 28th, 2021, 3:54 pm
Forum: Programming and Software Forum
Topic: FIVE hundred years from now: can you predict the Software Landscape in anno 2525?
Replies: 789
Views: 271116

Re: FIVE hundred years from now: can you predict the Software Landscape in anno 2525?

One is reminded of the phrase “he filled a much needed gap.” Some of these language discussions tend to drift into variants of “What is a good drone to perform visual inspection of remote fields? ... No, you really want a sturdy tractor, and this is the best one!” Python obviously has a much larger ...