Link. Child lacked functioning thymus, Hope is will work for all and for other than heart.
Author Archives: jgordon
1979 – a contagious meme outbreak in high school students: “people were yelling and screaming that they were possessed”
Link. Much of “Havana Syndrome”, and *some* Long COVID likely similar cause.
Major Oceans Treaty finalized, protects marine life.
Link. GA needs to vote on it.
‘Dark Matter Big Bang’: “… we found that dark matter formation could have occurred as long as one month after …”
Link. It might be testable.
The Unhealthiest Dog Breeds.
Link. 30y ago I wondered why there wasn’t more demand for long-lived dogs. Now I think I know why.
Connectome of fruit fly larva published.
Link. 12y work, but next one will be much faster. As befits an evolved system the connections don’t follow human logic. They do resemble artificial neural networks.
I ask ChatGPT about the next step: NLP and domain-specific knowledge modules.
Link. A better answer than 99% of the online comments on ChatGPT.
But don’t worry. It will be fine.
#AI #beAfraid #buckleUpButterCup
“There’s now serious doubt that you can do anything useful in macOS without access to the internet.”
In animal studies weight bearing treadmill exercise helps osteoarthritis.
Link. OA is NOT an overuse disorder.
“The truth on inflation has gotten harder to discern, and that fog isn’t something a clash of egos is going to clear away.”
Link. If economies are truly less flexible than we thought they were then trade disruptions will have a bigger than expected effect.
FBI “whistleblowers” are Trumpista conspiracy whackos likely fired for insurrection support.
Link. For the right accusation is confession.
“Fox board member and former House speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-WI) warned them “that Fox News should not be spreading conspiracy theories,” but they ignored him. “
Link. Paul Ryan is not utterly insane?!?
Railroad safety soberly explained.
Link. Improvement will be expensive. GOP will only make it harder.
Europe still has it: “half of the shortfall in gas supply was met simply by sourcing gas from various sources outside Europe, chartering tankers to bring it to Europe as LNG (liquid natural gas), and building huge new facilities in European ports …”
Link. An extraordinary win.
Link. There was hope for Israel once.
Machine learning “…. produced 40,000 deadly new virtual molecules within six hours. Some resembled VX and other existing nerve poisons, but “others occupied a region of molecular property space that was entirely separate …”
Link. Research for a group that does risk assessment on non-nuclear WMDs.
Nigeria update: lots of corruption.
Link. In the 70s there was optimism about Nigeria.
“if you looked at the returns since 1920 to all stocks ever traded, the return is only slightly above that of T-bills, very short-term and low-interest Treasury securities.”
Link. The starting point matters a lot.
Selma 58y ago: “That night, a white mob beat to death a Unitarian Universalist minister, James Reeb, who had come from Massachusetts to join the marchers …. Viola Liuzzo, a 39-year-old mother of five who had arrived from Michigan to help after Bloody
Link. DeSantis and the Christian Nationalists want to bury this history.
1995: “… how long the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 would take, from an optimistic six-month rapid cutover to a hopelessly pessimistic view of a protracted ten-year transition”
Link. About 1/3 of the way 28y later. Prediction is a mug’s game.
“women who used hormone therapy showed a small increased risk of ovarian cancer. I don’t know if that’s what caused my cancer, but I wish I’d seen this research earlier.”
Link. This is why, despite all the literature and pop articles saying we should do it, physicians are very reluctant to treat menopausal symptoms with estrogen. Because we will get blamed.
Common Misconceptions of US-China Competition
Link. An excellent framing and corrective.
Aaronson reassures about the near AI future: “I don’t yet know whether I’m on the humans’ side or the alien’s, or both, or neither!”
Link. This would not reassure most people. His further efforts are a leap of faith and, for worse and better, the greatest disruption since fire and language.
Silicon Valley Bank run: an odd bank, a normal run.
Link. Simpson reassures. My takeaway, however, was that it was Thiel and SV libertarian ideology.
Informed review of Cochrane mask analysis.
Link. 1. Cochrane found there wasn’t good trial data. That’s true. Very hard to study.
2. Jefferson, one of the article contributors, is a bit of a crackpot. (That happens.)
Secondary evidence suggests N95 do protect wearer if worn consistently.
“modern economies: They aren’t nearly as flexible as many people, myself included, had thought”
Link. Krugman surprised. This is important.
“Oklahoma has become the leading source of black-market marijuana for a number of states along the Eastern Seaboard.”
Link. No legalization but huge “medical” use and vast production.
Noah Simpson writes a technically correct but really dumb article reassuring people about LLMs.
Link. Yes, if we never couple LLMs to other knowledge models we’ll be ok. Except we did that last year. Who does he talk to?!
“what Chomsky and his followers are ultimately angry at is reality itself, for having the temerity to offer something up that they didn’t predict”
Link. Was Chomsky always dim? Maybe he just got lucky once and is good at bullshit.
GOP budget doc: “… titled “A Commitment to End Woke and Weaponized Government,” … manages to mention critical race theory …16 times.”
“McConnell (R-KY) appealed directly to Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch for political support on the Fox News Channel (FNC). Murdoch passed the requests on to FNC executives…”
Link. “Once they pass this bill we must tell our viewers again and again what they will get”
Biden won’t give Fox anything.
MindNode collaboration effort failed: “While iCloud seems to provide the required features to the iWork apps, we didn’t find a way from our side to access them.”
Link. Apple private API games. In my life Apple Notes sync also fails periodically. iCloud would embarrass most companies but Apple is shameless.
They are going to try again.
Medicare Advantage: Lack of medigap option means it’s a one way switch. Then when the payors have no competition …
Link. Cheaper … for the employer.
Kia/Hyundai thefts: “introducing free software upgrades for vulnerable cars — about 4.5 million Kias and 3.8 million Hyundais”
Link. They don’t have engine immobilizes. Other cars do. Meanwhile, lots of bored kids, maybe not in school or lost post-COVID.
“stolen Kias and Hyundais in Minneapolis were linked to five homicides, 13 shootings, 36 robberies and 265 vehicle accidents last year.”
TikTok driving fashion.
“… a hospital in Kunming … but only those taller than 5-foot-5 — who donated their sperm could receive 4,500 yuan…”
Link. China promoting fertility — within limits. (US market driven donor expectations are far more severe.)
China tries to influence Chinese-Canadian vote through social media and other pressure.
Link. Canada really bugs Xi.
Like Russia the US and NATO can’t manufacture weapons fast enough to fight prolonged wars.
Link. Presumably China can. Some US weapons likely rely on Chinese manufacturing, but article doesn’t address that. I’m sure corruption and dysfunctional bureaucracy play a role.
Prehistoric Europe: “studies identified at least eight populations, some more genetically distinct from each other than modern-day Europeans and Asians”
Link. Peoples lost to time. “light-skinned, dark-eyed people to the east, and possibly dark-skinned and blue-eyed people to the west”
Havana Syndrome: it’s not Russia, China or any technology.
Link. It’s probably a variety of unrelated disorders with a varying psychological component.
Tucker Carlson: “We are very, very close to being able to ignore Trump most nights. I truly can’t wait.”
Link. What a weird man.
Premature Births fell about 4% during COVID lockdowns.
Link. “pregnant people who were locked down at home might be experiencing lower stress, less air pollution or fewer viral or bacterial infections”
“there may be lots of genes, but they tend to be locked up in supergenes.” That means complex traits can depend on just a single factor”
Link. Studies of ant genetics.
“Apple’s photo screen savers display only original, unedited images in Photos.”
Link. I can see why this might be true but it also sucks. The article lists several screen savers that are otherwise impossible to find on Apple’s awful App Store.
Apple spam grows.
Link. Tim Cook.
Jan 6: “Murdoch and Hannity and Tucker remain wealthy, while the people who listened to them rot in prison. Trump, infamously, remains untouched, as does every grifter and sycophant who manufactured evidence for their own personal gain.”
Link. Only the dim got punished.
Jeffrey Sachs: “more recently, he appeared as a guest on the podcast of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.”
Link. Complete intellectual and moral collapse — then he talks to Chotiner. He has a death wish.
“The top 40 percent of earners are sitting on more than a trillion dollars in extra savings amassed during the early part of the pandemic”
Link. “premiumization” is a new stupid thing.
“Those were the five great disasters of the 2000s that everyone remembers. But there were also a couple of what I call “slow disasters”…”
Link. The 00s sucked for America.
“If you claim you use a 3-ton truck exclusively for work, you can write it off immediately. All of it. Up to $100,000 (in fact, Congress raised the limit from $25,000 just last year).”
Link. When you see crazy behavior always look to taxes.
Jedeed covers a Trump speech: “He doesn’t say flat out that he’d cut off aid to Ukraine, but he did everything but say it.”
Link. Also ending “chemical castration” (what is that?) and reparations for those impacted by woke policies and affirmative action.
Putin is betting his life on Trump.