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by Watsisname
24 Oct 2021 01:20
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Unusual weather
Replies: 422
Views: 141113

Unusual weather

Currently watching what may be the deepest low ever recorded this close to the coast in the Pacific Northwest. It is currently about 950 hPa and still intensifying rapidly, with models in good agreement for a minimum pressure of around 943 hPa. The previous record was 950 hPa in 1981. https://i.imgu...
by Watsisname
20 Oct 2021 01:41
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 472
Views: 92826

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

38092 The pandemic has been called off in Norway.  Transmission is still widespread, but the disease is no longer considered particularly dangerous.  Will it backfire? Maybe not, but continued surveillance is probably important. The high rate of vaccination combined with the sort of "normal so...
by Watsisname
17 Oct 2021 23:12
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 472
Views: 92826

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

There are good models for how a virus spreads (like the SIR model I used earlier, and models involving interacting particles), but for simulating variant evolution... not so much. The problem is there are so many possible mutations that can happen, and each one may change how a protein behaves, but ...
by Watsisname
17 Oct 2021 14:11
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 472
Views: 92826

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

38075 Is it possible that the predominance of Delta is a good thing? It has such a high bar that it will be hard for a new variant to overcome it and be worse? Yes and no. The good news is the competitive advantage of delta did mean that all the other variants that were around at the time died out....
by Watsisname
17 Oct 2021 02:19
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 472
Views: 92826

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

38073 Wat, what happened to those variations that were supposed to be worse than Delta? One was Lambda I think and the other was Mu? Outside of inflated media headlines, I don't think there was ever any serious prediction that they would be worse. They were never considered variants of concern, jus...
by Watsisname
16 Oct 2021 19:13
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 472
Views: 92826

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

38059 The latest wave has consisted of 100% Delta. Yup, same here, and probably much of the world.  These are the sequencing trends here in Washington: https://i.imgur.com/FUunaso.png Watching how rapidly the proportion of sequences shifted to delta was astonishing. The greatest sign of its competi...
by Watsisname
15 Oct 2021 00:58
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Show off your work
Replies: 504
Views: 171017

Show off your work

Continuing from something demonstrated a while back  here , a few people on the Space Engine discord have photographed the spectra of the Sun and various streetlights, using simply a CD to split the colors. I have been surprised by how well they can turn out, even surpassing the quality in the examp...
by Watsisname
15 Oct 2021 00:37
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 5
Views: 311

How many countries have you been to?

Just four so far: The US (native), Canada (numerous times), Bolivia (twice), and Peru. Across the US I've visited more states than not, and driven across country (Virginia to Washington) twice.
by Watsisname
14 Oct 2021 23:15
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 472
Views: 92826

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

A-L-E-X wrote:
Qr Bbpost Wat how long do you think these long haul effects might last for?

Too early to know. At the very least, I expect the answer will be "it depends", potentially by a lot.
by Watsisname
14 Oct 2021 22:54
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 472
Views: 92826

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

38022 This might be a reason to get an infinite number of vaccines and stay the hell away from people who are likely not to be vaccinated. Brain shrinkage, delusions, hallucinations, etc, even in people with mild symptoms? Perhaps an unusual case, although it's not at all uncommon for COVID-19 to h...
by Watsisname
14 Oct 2021 21:52
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 472
Views: 92826

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

37993 Uhm, what?  Ok, I think what you're arguing is that there is a conflict of rights.  Essentially, yes. Everyone has the right to bodily integrity, and hence to refuse to get the vaccine. Likewise, other people have the right to their  bodily integrity, and the law allows them to refuse to have...
by Watsisname
05 Oct 2021 18:01
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 472
Views: 92826

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

37987 If they can't take the vaccine for medical reasons, it sucks, but it can't be fixed by giving up people's right to decide over their own body Then you've removed their right to decide what happens to their own body, with the consequence being a high chance of their hospitalization and death, ...
by Watsisname
05 Oct 2021 05:08
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 472
Views: 92826

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

37979 Well, slippery road, but it's not that this stand means an unvaccinated society.  If it did, it would mean that everybody would be opposed, and the argument would be even worse. Across the US, the fraction of the population that voluntarily chose to be vaccinated varies from about 40% to 70%,...
by Watsisname
04 Oct 2021 05:12
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 472
Views: 92826

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

37975 I think these are two different arguments though. Yes, the genetic modification example is to help examine the reasoning about how to approach slippery slopes. For many people it's a scary technology, and a topic sometimes discussed with very high passions. What protects us from these things ...
by Watsisname
04 Oct 2021 00:53
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
Replies: 472
Views: 92826

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread

Yes, you have the right to control what happens to your own body and medical treatment.  Except where your decisions infringe on the rights of others. Like, the right to a healthy learning or working environment. Both universities I've attended required proof of various vaccinations, and this was w...