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What’s on your mind?  What are you just dyyyyyyying to mention to a million of your closest friends?

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  1. One of my granddaughters, her husband and 2 of her boys are coming to visit in Montana. I don’t have a current photo of them. Older boy, 17, is recovering from Hodgkin’s lymphoma and has missed quite a bit of schooling. His mom is crash course home schooling him, so he can graduate this coming year with from high school with a diploma. I just read about a number of conditions that can set off this cancer, and one of them is Celiac Disease.

    Younger child is 7, a brainiac, and a bit of a fire ball. He wakes up talking and doesn’t stop until he falls asleep at night. He is also home schooled. Looking forward to getting to know my great grandsons.

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  2. KayofMT:
    I just read about a number of conditions that can set off this cancer, and one of them is Celiac Disease.

    Can you tell us where you read this? Was it a reliable source?

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  3. Haakon Dahl:
    What are you just dyyyyyyying to mention to a million of your closest friends?

    -80538738812075974^3 + 80435758145817515^3 + 12602123297335631^3 = 42

    This solution, which completes the quest to resolve the sum of three cubes conjecture for all values less than or equal to 100, was just found after a total of more than a million hours of compute time on a parallel network of over half a million volunteer personal computers running the search in the background.

    The conjecture is that all numbers between 0 and 100, excluding those which can be trivially proved to be impossible to so express, can be written as the sum of the cubes of three integers.  This puzzle was originally posed in 1954 and most numbers quickly fell to numerical investigations, but 33 and 42 held out for more than six decades.  In the last year, solutions for both were found, leaving the smallest number without a known expression as the sum of three cubes as 114.

    So, in summary, a planetary-scale computer worked mightily to find an answer, which evaluated to 42.

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  4. 10 Cents:
    What if you only have 999,999 close friends?

    Post on a mildly controversial topic at a legacy subscription site and you can cut that number in half in no time!

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  5. John Walker:

    10 Cents:
    What if you only have 999,999 close friends?

    Post on a mildly controversial topic at a legacy subscription site and you can cut that number in half in no time!

    I don’t need a subscription site to do that!

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  6. Well, since you ask….we’re going to Poland late Sept -early Oct.  I hate traveling at that time-of year, because…whaddya pack?  I’m informed by one of our Polish hostesses that the weather is “just like here”.  Great, so, it could be 80 or it could be 50.

    But all this by way of telling you that this prompted me to get out  a selection of autumn clothes ( instead of blindly grabbing great armfuls of long skirts, heavy dresses, jackets, etc, and struggling on the stairs with them when the weather definitively turns) —

    And I was enchanted by the sight of these bold coloured dresses,  winter scarves, jackets, velvets! ,  lying on the bed!  I can’t wait to don them, to feel their substantial,  weighty fabrics swirling around my legs  when I walk!   (And yes, I’m thinking of wearing a lot of skirts/dresses this trip, whereas usually I only take one dress and end up never wearing it! ) Skirts are— flamboyant!  And I won’t have to buy ONE thing—these dresses are all ones I’ve had for years now, didn’t need them when I began working from home.)

    I thought, I’m like an animal, I know when to shed the light summer fur and acquire the winter integument!   And I welcome  the  molt and the accumulation of more vivid plumage!

    Am I ashamed to post this in the company of comments like #3?  No not really.  You did ask….

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  7. Hypatia:
    Well, since you ask….we’re going to Poland late Sept -early Oct.  I hate traveling at that time-of year, because…whaddya pack?  I’m informed by one of our Polish hostesses that the weather is “just like here”.  Great, so, it could be 80 or it could be 50.

    But all this by way of telling you that this prompted me to get out  a selection of autumn clothes ( instead of blindly grabbing great armfuls of long skirts, heavy dresses, jackets, etc, and struggling on the stairs with them when the weather definitively turns) —

    And I was enchanted by the sight of these bold coloured dresses,  winter scarves, jackets, velvets! ,  lying on the bed!  I can’t wait to don them, to feel their substantial,  weighty fabrics swirling around my legs  when I walk!   (And yes, I’m thinking of wearing a lot of skirts/dresses this trip, whereas usually I only take one dress and end up never wearing it! ) Skirts are— flamboyant!  And I won’t have to buy ONE thing—these dresses are all ones I’ve had for years now, didn’t need them when I began working from home.)

    I thought, I’m like an animal, I know when to shed the light summer fur and acquire the winter integument!   And I welcome  the  molt and the accumulation of more vivid plumage!

    Am I ashamed to post this in the company of comments like #3?  No not really.  You did ask….

    Are you  identifying as female now?

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  8. Haakon Dahl:
    What’s on your mind?  What are you just dyyyyyyying to mention to a million of your closest friends?

    That there is compelling evidence that we live in a simulation.

    This came to me recently, whilst on the receiving end of a lecture from one of my “progressive” friends on the topics of diversity, inclusion, and tolerance.  Not only did this appear to be as evidence of the simulation hypothesis, but also indicated to me that our Programmers have a wicked sense of humor.

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  9. Cyrano:

    Haakon Dahl:
    What’s on your mind?  What are you just dyyyyyyying to mention to a million of your closest friends?

    That there is compelling evidence that we live in a simulation.

    This came to me recently, whilst on the receiving end of a lecture from one of my “progressive” friends on the topics of diversity, inclusion, and tolerance.  Not only did this appear to be as evidence of the simulation hypothesis, but also indicated to me that our Programmers have a wicked sense of humor.

    Where is the Ctrl+Alt+Del, Cyrano?

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  10. 10 Cents:

    Cyrano:

    Haakon Dahl:
    What’s on your mind?  What are you just dyyyyyyying to mention to a million of your closest friends?

    That there is compelling evidence that we live in a simulation.

    This came to me recently, whilst on the receiving end of a lecture from one of my “progressive” friends on the topics of diversity, inclusion, and tolerance.  Not only did this appear to be as evidence of the simulation hypothesis, but also indicated to me that our Programmers have a wicked sense of humor.

    Where is the Ctrl+Alt+Del, Cyrano?

    Don’t ask me, I use a Mac!

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  11. Cyrano:
    Not only did this appear to be as evidence of the simulation hypothesis, but also indicated to me that our Programmers have a wicked sense of humor.

    I’ve been on the record since 2006 saying it’s more likely than not we’re living in a simulation.  The concept as whole doesn’t bother me, and in a way I find it kind of liberating, and it explains so many otherwise apparent enigmas.  The nightmare that keeps me awake at night is thinking that it might have been implemented by Microsoft.  (But then, that explains lots of things as well.)

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  12. Cyrano:

    10 Cents:

    Cyrano:

    Haakon Dahl:
    What’s on your mind?  What are you just dyyyyyyying to mention to a million of your closest friends?

    That there is compelling evidence that we live in a simulation.

    This came to me recently, whilst on the receiving end of a lecture from one of my “progressive” friends on the topics of diversity, inclusion, and tolerance.  Not only did this appear to be as evidence of the simulation hypothesis, but also indicated to me that our Programmers have a wicked sense of humor.

    Where is the Ctrl+Alt+Del, Cyrano?

    Don’t ask me, I use a Mac!

    True conservatives have Windows  because it allows us to Right Click, Cyr.

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  13. John Walker:

    Cyrano:
    Not only did this appear to be as evidence of the simulation hypothesis, but also indicated to me that our Programmers have a wicked sense of humor.

    I’ve been on the record since 2006 saying it’s more likely than not we’re living in a simulation.  The concept as whole doesn’t bother me, and in a way I find it kind of liberating, and it explains so many otherwise apparent enigmas.  The nightmare that keeps me awake at night is thinking that it might have been implemented by Microsoft.  (But then, that explains lots of things as well.)

    Does this mean you believe in Intelligent Design? I take it the Simulation was made by a programmer and I am making a giant assumption that the programmer is intelligent.

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  14. John Walker:
    So, in summary, a planetary-scale computer worked mightily to find an answer, which evaluated to 42.

    Unlike the other case of a planetary-scale computer finding the answer of 42, in this case we know what the question was.

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  15. drlorentz:

    John Walker:
    So, in summary, a planetary-scale computer worked mightily to find an answer, which evaluated to 42.

    Unlike the other case of a planetary-scale computer finding the answer of 42, in this case we know that the question was.

    You would believe this because you have been prejudiced by your cis male predilection for even numbers. When will odd numbers get the respect they deserve?

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  16. KayofMT:
    One of my granddaughters, her husband and 2 of her boys are coming to visit in Montana. I don’t have a current photo of them. Older boy, 17, is recovering from Hodgkin’s lymphoma and has missed quite a bit of schooling. His mom is crash course home schooling him, so he can graduate this coming year with from high school with a diploma. I just read about a number of conditions that can set off this cancer, and one of them is Celiac Disease.

    Younger child is 7, a brainiac, and a bit of a fire ball. He wakes up talking and doesn’t stop until he falls asleep at night. He is also home schooled. Looking forward to getting to know my great grandsons.

    Go for it, Kay!  Have a blast!  I hope those two brothers are friends and help each other.  That is one of the primary perks of homeschooling.

    When I was a schoolkid, my brother and I were segregated on account of our age, by the school system and by family custom also.  What a shame.  He could have helped me with mathematics; I could have helped him with foreign language, for example.  We should not have had to wait 30 years to become friends.

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  17. I’m not a fan, nor even a viewer, of The Matrix  which I think was about a simulation, right?  But…what a horrible thought, that all our angst and joy, all our pain, everything—is not real.  Or is that the wrong formulation? It is “real”, it just ain’t alive (as one of my mountain friends said of a convincing-looking stuffed fish he was displaying in a fake aquarium.)

    And yuh, as 10Cents pointed out:  okay then, the simulators must’ve had some goal in mind.  There is  a meaning, there is  a purpose, to our lives!  That doesn’t bring us any closer to knowing what it is than if we just believed in an inscrutable Creator-God……or does it?     Who do you, JW and HD, think the simulator(s) is/are?  And if they are merely intelligent, finite beings like us—do you have a theory as to what their goals and purposes might be?   And: if we are living in a simulation, what does that mean for our consciousness after “death” ( which, in a simulation, obviously is not the same thing as mortal death)?

    (Or will you tell me, as I fear, that even asking these questions is part of the program of the simulations?)

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  18. John Walker:

    Haakon Dahl:
    What are you just dyyyyyyying to mention to a million of your closest friends?

    -80538738812075974^3 + 80435758145817515^3 + 12602123297335631^3 = 42

    This solution, which completes the quest to resolve the sum of three cubes conjecture

    Whoah!  So this conjecture was made in 1954?  Who is that old?  And the computation was done on computers people had left plugged in in the back of various closets but forgotten about and left running?  And the answer was 42?  No wonder people muse publicly about matrix simulations.

    Nevertheless if you are happy about this, confidence mounts as to veracity, and congratulatory expressions come to mind. Congratulations to everybody who has been waiting for this!

    Still, when time allows, and celebratory activities momentarily pause, thought could perhaps be given to the need for booster CDTs when weaning lambs, even though it is a little late to be considering this. Clostridium vaccinations, right? to ewes prior to lambing, then to lambs at weaning, and as I have learned most painfully this past summer, boostered to lambs as a second dose a couple of weeks post-lambing.  It is hard to imagine that the bacterium would behave so differently in a different part of the planet.  It is an old enemy, and unfortunately well-dispersed. I very much hope my warning is not needed, but the thought has been bothering me for a couple of months now, and I appreciate the opportunity to mention same.

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  19. jzdro:

    John Walker:

    Haakon Dahl:
    What are you just dyyyyyyying to mention to a million of your closest friends?

    -80538738812075974^3 + 80435758145817515^3 + 12602123297335631^3 = 42

    This solution, which completes the quest to resolve the sum of three cubes conjecture

    Whoah!  So this conjecture was made in 1954?  Who is that old?  And the computation was done on computers people had left plugged in in the back of various closets but forgotten about and left running?  And the answer was 42?  No wonder people muse publicly about matrix simulations.

    Nevertheless if you are happy about this, confidence mounts as to veracity, and congratulatory expressions come to mind. Congratulations to everybody who has been waiting for this!

    Still, when time allows, and celebratory activities momentarily pause, thought could perhaps be given to the need for booster CDTs when weaning lambs, even though it is a little late to be considering this. Clostridium vaccinations, right? to ewes prior to lambing, then to lambs at weaning, and as I have learned most painfully this past summer, boostered to lambs as a second dose a couple of weeks post-lambing.  It is hard to imagine that the bacterium would behave so differently in a different part of the planet.  It is an old enemy, and unfortunately well-dispersed. I very much hope my warning is not needed, but the thought has been bothering me for a couple of months now, and I appreciate the opportunity to mention same.

    I don’t have a clue about the numbers part of this.  Zippo.

    ..but clostridium…yuh, the bacterium are free-floating everywhere, right?  In one of my horse magazines I read about a horse who expired  in agony after a B12 shot. At first I thought the owner had done something wrong, but no: one of thebacteria just happened to land on the needle, or on the skin, before the needle went in.  Later I read about a concert violinist who lost her arm after a routine flu shot.  Same thing; it wasn’t the fault of the technician who had used routine sterile technique.

    What a minefield!  In a way it would  almost be a relief to think this IS just a big computer game.

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  20. “living in a simulation”

    This is just another space-aliens theory of creation.

    It only makes any sense to people who have already decided that there is no such thing as a spiritual aspect to human existence.

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  21. Hypatia:
    What a minefield!

    I’m not an RD, but the fact is that tetanus vaccination is very reliable.  The stuff works, so if you keep up with your boosters as the docs tell you to, you will likely be all right and need not fear routine injections.

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  22. Hypatia:
    ..but clostridium…yuh, the bacterium are free-floating everywhere, right?

    The bacteria are pretty much everywhere on soil and some surfaces, but they like an environment of low oxygen tension.  Examples would be dirt; hay or silage contaminated with dirt packed tightly in bales; carcasses half-decomposed; non-acid vegetables inadequately canned; wounds that are not cleaned.  Perhaps you have read about the Civil War or Crimean War soldiers who assured their attendants that they would be all right because they had maggots in their wounds.  Well, yes!  The maggots ate the dead tissue, the tissue of low oxygen tension where Clostridium thrive.  They performed the deep debridement of wounds; surgeons even today occasionally resort to their use for this. The spores produced by the bacteria survive in such environments even longer than the active bacterial forms.  Spores are harder to kill; a short period of boiling of instruments will not kill them.  That is why instruments are sterilized under pressure as an alternative to hours of boiling.

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  23. MJBubba:
    “living in a simulation”

    This is just another space-aliens theory of creation.

    It only makes any sense to people who have already decided that there is no such thing as a spiritual aspect to human existence.

    Why do you say that?  We believe in a “Creator” whose nature is ineffable, don’t we?   (I’m still waiting for a response to my question about what the simulation theory means for the concept of an “immortal soul”. )

    About the soul:  if it isn’t “I”, who remembers, suffers, knows it is suffering—then, uh, why should we care about it?  Whatever happens to it, we the individuals aren’t going to know.

    But y’know: when you read the Creation story, isn’t it  actually consistent with the idea that we’re living in a Simulation?  If God wanted other sentient beings to keep Him company, why not create beings who coulda just, floated on the face of the great dark void, like God was doing before He created Eden?  I know you’ll think this is just flip or provocative, but really, I’m sincerely asking.

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