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Re: How should we deal with the coronavirus pandemic?

March 19th, 2020, 10:40 pm

Everyone has already noticed that, but what's your suspicion: they gained some immunity during previous SARS corona infections or just don't tell us the truth?
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BTW, I wrote a simple multi-agent RL program with a population of old and young players, who can move and wash their hands. Some of them are infected and spread a disease, while washing hands gives protection from catching it. Old players, who are more vulnerable, learnt to run away from the young ones, and young players obsessively wash their hands. It's exactly what I can see is happening: today when we went jogging an older man moved far away from our way and turned his back on us.
 
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Re: How should we deal with the coronavirus pandemic?

March 19th, 2020, 10:53 pm

I'm hearing that old people aren't too worried. And young people are still out partying. It's the ones in the middle (perhaps with children and old parents) that are worried and obsessively washing and self isolating.
 
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Re: How should we deal with the coronavirus pandemic?

March 20th, 2020, 12:41 am

Civilization is not breaking down in my house, dammit. We are eating Cheetos with knives and forks.
 
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Re: How should we deal with the coronavirus pandemic?

March 20th, 2020, 12:44 am

Civilization is not breaking down in my house, dammit. We are eating Cheetos with knives and forks.
Have you been watching any good movies? (Interested in everyone else's recommendations too).

I finished the Daniel Craig Bond series today: Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall.

And I will confess, I ate some Mesquite Barbeque potato chips, but back to healthy food now.

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Next up: a couple of the Bourne films and then a John Le Carre book-to-film marathon starting on the weekend.
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Re: How should we deal with the coronavirus pandemic?

March 20th, 2020, 12:59 am

On the serious side though, on top of the virus, the US is facing some dire weather warnings for the next few days.

So, just when quite a few places are trying to isolate and contain, there may be severe thunderstorms, flooding, tornadoes, which could mean emergency personnel needed, people grouping together at shelters, etc.

Severe thunderstorms to threaten nation's heartland Thursday - Accuweather March 19

"A multifaceted storm system slated to bring blizzard conditions to parts of the northern Plains and record-challenging heat to portions of the mid-Atlantic will continue to produce severe weather across the center of the country into Thursday night.
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The area at risk for severe weather into Thursday night includes approximately 50 million people and encompasses the major metropolitan areas of St. Louisiana Kansas City, MissouriDallasLittle Rock and Fort Smith, ArkansasMemphis, TennesseeDes Moines and Davenport, IowaShreveport, LouisianaTulsa, Oklahoma; and SpringfieldPeoriaChicago and Rockford, Illinois."

Not that all these places will be familiar to many of you, but just to show the scope and population in that central region.

It's supposed to be 72 degrees F here tomorrow (22 C), which sounds nice, except that this is March and so quite a record breaker. It was around 40 F today.
 
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Re: How should we deal with the coronavirus pandemic?

March 20th, 2020, 2:05 am

Things not bad enough to watch Daniel Craig.

Unfortunately nothing decent on Netflix from ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s.
 
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Re: How should we deal with the coronavirus pandemic?

March 20th, 2020, 2:18 am

Next year 5% of children will be taking their maths GCSE exams early. The rest will have gone feral.
 
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Re: How should we deal with the coronavirus pandemic?

March 20th, 2020, 2:55 am

Things not bad enough to watch Daniel Craig.

Unfortunately nothing decent on Netflix from ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s.
Well, I enjoyed Daniel Craig’s Bond thoroughly. A very guilty pleasure.

Maybe you can access movies on YouTube? Some Like It Hot (1959) https: //youtu.be/NeJ3r2iC5jU

And splash some Tabasco sauce on your Cheetos. : )
 
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Re: How should we deal with the coronavirus pandemic?

March 20th, 2020, 5:55 am

Does anyone else find themselves gorging on all the vast quantities of food they’ve panic bought? It’s like a court dining scene from Henry VIII times here.
 
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Re: How should we deal with the coronavirus pandemic?

March 20th, 2020, 10:44 am

Does anyone else find themselves gorging on all the vast quantities of food they’ve panic bought? It’s like a court dining scene from Henry VIII times here.
No. I have reorganized my cupboards and there is self discipline here.
 
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Re: How should we deal with the coronavirus pandemic?

March 20th, 2020, 11:30 am

Vienna Blood on BBC is nice, a detective thriller a la Hercules Poirot, set in Viena 1906 - social inequality and antisemitism shown realistically (but not obtrusively). The protagonist is a young British Jewish doctor, fascinated by Freud's emerging theories and funnelling them into the investigations of an old-school detective, whom he accompanies on the cases.

Paul, if you liked Black Mirror, Inside No 9 might be for you (IMHO, better - humours rather than pretentious).

I personally like old sci-fi movies, Aliens, John Carpenter. Electric Dreams, a movie from 1984 - not the new series which I haven't seen - is a sweet romantic sci-fi comedy (I think trackstar would like it).
Other genres:
Billy Wilder comedies with Marilyn Monroe.
Everything with Audrey Hepburn. Wait Until Dark is different, a serious thriller, but also good.
Comedies with Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey - a bit sexist, but won't bother a thrid-wave feminist.
My fav comedy of all time, Arsenide and Old Laces.
Speaking of the godly handsome Cary Grant, North by Northwest and
speaking of Alfred Hitchcock, all his classics.
Oh, and Read Window with James Stewart has a timely vibe.

(I've never eaten Cheetos, and I haven't watched Simpsons - do you think it's my last chance to try?)
 
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Re: How should we deal with the coronavirus pandemic?

March 20th, 2020, 12:08 pm

(I've never eaten Cheetos, and I haven't watched Simpsons - do you think it's my last chance to try?)
Thank you for all the nice recommendations. I think I will mix things up for the next few weeks - everything from Alien and Outbreak to Marilyn, Katherine, Sophia, Grace, and Raquel classics.  1 Million Years BC...they are a little off on the date there for that particular species, but that is funny. : )

Science quiz: what else is wrong with this movie?

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Not too late, but why waste your money and time on Cheetos and Simpsons? An amusing article yesterday that now, after initial panic stripping stores of rice, pasta, canned goods, and t-paper, people are now starting to horde ice cream, chocolate, popcorn, potato chips, and champagne.  The second wave and clearly in it for the long haul...  ; )
 
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Re: How should we deal with the coronavirus pandemic?

March 20th, 2020, 12:56 pm

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Re: How should we deal with the coronavirus pandemic?

March 20th, 2020, 2:39 pm

UK folk can help a bit here:
https://cov-clear.typeform.com/to/IGfHbk
 
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Re: How should we deal with the coronavirus pandemic?

March 20th, 2020, 2:44 pm

I'm hearing that old people aren't too worried. And young people are still out partying. It's the ones in the middle (perhaps with children and old parents) that are worried and obsessively washing and self isolating.
Not sure where such things are happenning. We went jogging along the river yesterday and it looked like it must have been before the first WW2 German bombings. Empty streets, almost no traffic on Tower bridge, closed cafes. In my area, we've already organised deliveries for self-isolating. Yesterday I queued in front of the supermarket - only a few persons in a shop allowed so that they can keep distance, etc.
Everybody acts responsibly and calmly.

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