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Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

Post by l82start » Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:13 pm

I’m going to give you a little advice. There’s a force in the universe that makes things happen. And all you have to do is get in touch with it, stop thinking, let things happen, and be the ball.
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Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

Post by dualstow » Sun Jun 21, 2020 9:10 pm

l82start wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:13 pm
I’m going to give you a little advice. There’s a force in the universe that makes things happen. And all you have to do is get in touch with it, stop thinking, let things happen, and be the ball.
Caddyshack! I thought it was going to be a paraphrase of a Star Wars quote, like when Luke had to try to slice that floating sphere. I was all set to point out that some Star Wars themes were lifted from Akira Kurosawa’s ‘The Hidden Fortress.’ As far as I know, no Caddyshack elements were born there. Too bad.

I like the mental image of Kriegs golfing with his Dad.
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Post by l82start » Sun Jun 21, 2020 10:54 pm

big fan of Akira Kurosawa’s movies.. ;)
the volume of things copied from his movies for other movies is huge..
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Post by dualstow » Mon Jun 22, 2020 1:38 pm

l82start wrote:
Sun Jun 21, 2020 10:54 pm
big fan of Akira Kurosawa’s movies.. ;)
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Never would have guessed. O0
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Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

Post by l82start » Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:15 am

vnatale wrote:
Fri Jun 12, 2020 9:35 pm
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Believe me, I hear you. I have a friend who can do over 20. I can do about 5. So I know the frustration. Different body types work better for different exercises.

Here are a couple more alternatives for pulling exercises:

https://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/invert ... -exercise/

https://www.coachmag.co.uk/dumbbell-exe ... ed%20again.
The first one definitely looks it could possibly definitely build me up to do the real thing more successfully.

Over thirty years ago - the only other time I did weights - and for not that long, I think I shocked myself by doing 8 chinups. Still, though, did not seem to hit that softball any farther!

Vinny
pull ups
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AKLXc5 ... e=youtu.be
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Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

Post by sophie » Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:47 am

I took a quick trip to my community garden at 6:30 this morning, to water it and harvest a handful of peas (yum). Since it was that early, I kept my mask in my pocket for most of the trip, just put it on in the bus. Felt great!!

The whole mask thing really drives me nuts. I get that they are probably a good idea because they theoretically cut down the viral load if you get exposed, but they've actually become something of a marker that says "I am cool, I am with the liberal-media and the city government" meaning it's the equivalent of the BLM tattoo that some of you were considering by way of protection.

So now I'm wondering, when will the mask wearing thing stop? My guess is: never. The first rule of Democratic governing is that once a restriction on freedom is put in place, it will never, ever be rescinded. I can't imagine them ever 100% relaxing all the rules on social distancing, mask wearing etc. COVID is a permanent addition to our laundry list of respiratory viruses, and even after a vaccine is available this will not change. I mean, there's a flu vaccine every year and we still get up to 80K deaths a year from flu, right? I have no reason to think that a COVID vaccine will be any different, because it's been demonstrated to mutate just like flu does (and like all coronaviruses do). And, it's only a matter of time before someone decides that the flu should be treated the same way as COVID - certainly with the mask and social distancing measures, and perhaps even with temporary lockdowns.

Wondering what you all think. I'm thinking that my workplace is going to make the mask wearing a permanent requirement while on campus, which means that by default I'm going to be working from home, and only going in when it's absolutely necessary (e.g. inpatient service or a lab experiment) and only as long as I absolutely need to be physically present. I'm actually quite happy with this plan.
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Post by Tortoise » Tue Jun 23, 2020 1:05 pm

sophie wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:47 am
Wondering what you all think. I'm thinking that my workplace is going to make the mask wearing a permanent requirement while on campus, which means that by default I'm going to be working from home, and only going in when it's absolutely necessary (e.g. inpatient service or a lab experiment) and only as long as I absolutely need to be physically present. I'm actually quite happy with this plan.
Most of the employees at my Big Tech company will be working from home for the rest of this year, and the small number who have to work at the office are required to wear masks anytime they're not sitting alone at their own desk. That mask rule will apply to all of us when we eventually return to the office next year.

Like you, I don't enjoy wearing a mask, so I'll probably try to minimize the number of days I'm in the office. Ideally it would be something like one or two days a week in the office, the rest of the days working from home. We'll see if that flies.

As it becomes increasingly obvious over time that Covid-19 isn't the Black Death and severely affects only a tiny well-defined fraction of the population, people will increasingly stop complying with distancing and mask restrictions even if they remain in place forever. Efforts to enforce them will gradually dwindle to negligible levels. But we'll probably still see the most at-risk people wearing masks in public, and restaurant staff may never stop wearing masks since customers will discover (as Scott Adams recently did) it probably makes a lot of sanitary sense for a waiter's or manager's mouth to be covered when he's standing directly over your food while talking to you.

In other words, I suspect that over time we'll gradually converge, either officially or unofficially through noncompliance, on mask-wearing conventions that make a little bit more sense than the one-size-fits-all overkill approach we're currently burdened with.
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Post by Kriegsspiel » Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:31 pm

I could see the mask situation adhering to Taleb's Dictatorship Of The Small Minority concept. For instance, at my work, there are 3 people who constantly complain if they see people without masks on, whereas the rest of the office, maybe 20 people, talk about how much they hate them and can't wait until they don't have to wear them. Through the organization writ large, I suspect the ratio holds, and so policy-makers bow to the demands of the Small Minority.

If decisions could be made at the lowest level, we'd probably discontinue requiring masks in the office. The people who would quit are some of our worst employees.
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Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

Post by Mark Leavy » Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:53 pm

Taleb's dictatorship of the minority is a fascinating treatise. I see it everywhere after having read it.

On, the masks at work thing, I wonder if it will finally end when enough people have proven anti-bodies (or a vaccine). I got a test for anti-bodies last week, just for the hell of it, but no luck. I evidently have not yet been exposed despite my best efforts at mingling everywhere.

I wonder, if I had come back positive, could I get away not wearing a mask at, say, Santa Cruz Whole Foods? Suck it, I'm immune!

At this point, I wear a mask much like I wear shoes or a tie. I think it is all ridiculous cargo cult - but, it is easier to fit in socially and accomplish whatever it is I intend to accomplish if I have shoes/mask/tie on in places that expect it.

I was in Oregon and California over the weekend and, even there, you can see some people rebelling. I'm back in the midwest now and only service people are wearing masks - and usually very casually and disdainfully.
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Post by Kriegsspiel » Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:22 am

I'm a bit surprised at Oregon and California. I went to my parent's over the weekend, and where they live I don't recall seeing anyone in a mask. Life was back to normal and it was very pleasant. I haven't experienced that in months because I live in a silly state.
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Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

Post by pugchief » Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:06 am

Mark Leavy wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:53 pm
At this point, I wear a mask much like I wear shoes or a tie. I think it is all ridiculous cargo cult - but, it is easier to fit in socially and accomplish whatever it is I intend to accomplish if I have shoes/mask/tie on in places that expect it.
That's a great way of looking at it. I hate wearing a tie and anything other than flip flops, so I will have to borrow your philosophy. Thanks.
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I'm a bit surprised at Oregon and California. I went to my parent's over the weekend, and where they live I don't recall seeing anyone in a mask. Life was back to normal and it was very pleasant. I haven't experienced that in months because I live in a silly state.
Translation: Democratic Governor?
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Post by Kriegsspiel » Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:34 am

pugchief wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:06 am
Kriegsspiel wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:22 am
I'm a bit surprised at Oregon and California. I went to my parent's over the weekend, and where they live I don't recall seeing anyone in a mask. Life was back to normal and it was very pleasant. I haven't experienced that in months because I live in a silly state.
Translation: Democratic Governor?
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