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  1. Dleg

    Movie thread

    Sorry for creating a new one ... but the old one is so far off the page, I can't bother looking for it. I saw "True Grit" last night. I loved every minute of it. It was fantastic. Jeff Bridges is not John Wayne, but then again he is a far better actor than John Wayne was, who pretty much played every character as John Wayne. Bridges transformed himself into Rooster Cogburn, a drunk, disheveled, and completely believable character.
  2. This morning for me it was the strangest combination of songs. Early in the morning it was The Smiths' "The Boy With the Thorn in His Side" (hey, I did an 80s binge on Youtube the other night) and then on the way to work somehow I got Ozzy's Ironman in my head. And then....
  3. I'm talking about what you name yourselves. The Japanese already have you beat with the "Revolutionary Alliance of Unpopular People (RAUP)" Maybe "Girls Against Genitalia Related Eating and (by the way) Fellatio is not Love it is EXploitation" (GAG REFLEX)
  4. Yes but what would you name your resistance movement?
  5. The Expanse is really good. I only watched Seasons 1 and 2, though. Been planning on re-watching so I can get into Season 3. The building plots and relationships were complicated enough that I feel like I need to watch again, but maybe we can manage with the re-cap episode. It's not boring at all - tons of action. It's just fairly realistic action, which makes it even better.
  6. How about this one? I got one of these several years back when I started grad school, to run through some practice calculus work as a refresher. Seemed pretty cool, but I haven't touched it since then (not even for the actual grad work) https://education.ti.com/en/products/calculators/graphing-calculators/ti-nspire-cx-cas
  7. I'd like to see the studies on that.... Hey let's just get kids high. Weed is the new ritalin?
  8. I couldn't see your picture, but for some reason it displayed as your search term "badly taxidermied lion" and those results are hilarious.
  9. Dleg

    Movie thread

    We watched "Mud" on Amazon Prime last night. I am not sure why I never heard about this movie when it came out in 2013. What an excellent film, and great to watch with a teenager, too. If you haven't heard of it, like me, it stars Matthew McConnaughy (sp?) as a mysterious drifter type that two teenage boys find on an island in the Mississippi river. Sort of a modern Mark Twain-ish, southern tale.
  10. Dleg

    Happy Birthday PE-ness!

    @PE-ness have we all forgotten about your February tradition? With all this cold, the world needs to know: How long was your shadow? How much more of winter can we expect??
  11. Dleg

    Movie thread

    The last one that really had me laughing was Superbad.
  12. Dleg

    Movie thread

    We caught up with Venom and Hunter Killer on Amazon over the weekend. Venom was better than I expected based on the reviews, and actually was pretty entertaining. But it could have been so much better, if they had spent a little more time developing the relationship between Venom and Tom Hardy, which was the best part but just sort of thrown at you to accept without the work that should have gone into it. Hunter Killer was a passable military action flick that my wife loved, but I was rolling my eyes through almost the whole thing, whether it was super wrong tactical details (even I could see that), terrible leadership examples, or just plain extreme hokeyness. But it was still fun.
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    Flu season - who's catching?

    I think it's not a matter of losing immunity over time, but to the virus mutating over time. If I understand it correctly. But those mutations are natural, not caused by the vaccine. I believe some types of flu mutate less and your vaccinations stay "good" for those types, but that i stretching the limits of my engineer's understanding and I may be wrong on that aspect. The CDC page I linked to had an explanation of all of this. But since we're talking anecdotally, I have not had a severe cold or flu since I began getting the yearly vaccinations as a requirement for my job. Seriously - even when literally everyone else in the office has been sick, including this year both in Alaska where I was before and overseas where I moved to. I don't know if it's just me or the vaccine, but I feel like I got sick more often before I began getting these every year.
  14. Dleg

    Flu season - who's catching?

    Well see that's the beauty of science. You can prove things. You can't prove things in politics. Now, the science of epidemiology might seem foreign to an engineer, but it is indeed a science, but one that comes with confidence intervals, because biology is a lot less predictable than gravity and electrons. Again, if you read up on the process from the actual people who develop the vaccines (hint, hint, read the CDC web page I originally linked to) you will see that - as I stated in my first response - the flu vaccine can only provide protection against three or four strains of flu at a time. The CDC, working with other health organizations world-wide, uses surveillance data to make their best professional guess as to which three or four strains will be the most prevalent the next year. So yes it is indeed a factor of where you live and which strains are circulating, and no they don't always match up. And for certain types of flu viruses, the vaccine is less effective because mutations occur so rapidly in nature that the actual strain that circulates may not be affected by the vaccine. All of this equals "sometimes the flu vaccine will not prevent a person from getting the flu" but none of it equals "the flu vaccine is not effective".
  15. Dleg

    Flu season - who's catching?

    It's all right there in the link, doctor. Including links to each of the several studies they used that back up those numbers. So please go ahead and review and get back to us with what the researchers did wrong. Better yet, talk to your expert friends - it looks like most of the studies were performed in your neck of the woods.
  16. Dleg

    Flu season - who's catching?

    Please refer me to the lottery that has a 40 to 60% chance of winning. Source: CDC (and if you say we can't trust the CDC because <conspiracy theory>, then I guess we are done here.
  17. Dleg

    Flu season - who's catching?

    Why do you say it's an exercise in futility? It provides you with antibodies against the epidemiologist's best guess as to what the prevalent flu strains will be. Sure, that's a bit of a crap shoot, but so is anything that attempts to predict what might happen in the future. Is your local weather forecast accurate out to 365 days? And if they get it right, you're protected. You may still get infected, but since your immune system already has the antibodies, it can fight it off faster and hopefully prevent the severe reactions that lead to complications and death. Plus, now you've got the antibodies for that particular strain of flu, for when it starts circulating again. 50 million people died of the flu in 1917 - 1918. I certainly choose to protect myself and my family, even knowing they can't possibly get it right every year.
  18. Dleg

    Movie thread

    I have never read Howl's Moving Castle, but it's one of my favorite Miyazaki films. Whatever he omitted it seems to work for me, giving a bit of a mystery to things that are never quite answered, and his usual no-one-is-totally-bad technique of showing things from all sides, and giving every character some redeeming quality. And the giant war leads to the most sublime moment of the film, where you get a very brief glimpse of the absolute horror of the war while Howl dives in on the fleet of airships fire-bombing a city.
  19. We've watched two decent series on netflix recently: Mystery Science Theater 3000: this latest season (produced by Netflix) is pretty fun. My son especially appreciated the first bad movie, Mac & Me, which I agree was so terrible as to be actually very entertaining. Some of the other flicks are less enjoyably bad. Ken Burn's The Civil War: remastered for HD. This is a really great documentary, which I don't think I had seen since it first came out in 1990 and I was still in college. It's truly shocking to contemplate the scale of the carnage that was acceptable at that time. Thousands dead and wounded at any given battle. That politics could lead to such waste of American lives and resources is a sobering thought these days, with people becoming more and more entrenched in their personal convictions of what America should be. This should be required viewing for everyone this year.
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    Movie thread

    We watched "The Other Guys" on Prime last night. 2010 cop-buddy movie with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. Not sure how I missed this one when it originally came out. Pretty funny, and I often can't stand Will Ferrell. The final scene with The Rock and Samuel L Jackson was freaking hilarious.
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    Flu season - who's catching?

    I am required to get a flu vaccination every year. If you are a skeptic, I suggest you read "The Great Influenza" by John M. Barry . Not only will you understand how the flu virus and vaccinations work, but it is also a really fascinating tale of how modern medicine got started, how America led the way, and how truly awful an influenza pandemic can really be. Very good read for a non-fiction, scientific/historical account. It's either that, or sound like a Flat Earther when you ask for anyone on an engineering form to provide you with "solid evidence" that the flu vaccine works....
  22. You need to spend more time on the treadmill!
  23. I think all he really needs to do in this day and age is say that he "identifies as an engineer", instead of flat out proclaiming himself one.
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