Last week Bug developed hives all over his body. Misses school for the rest of the week. Freaked us out, because to date, he has no known allergies. Urgent care put him on Benadryl, which did nothing. Two days later, PCP puts him on Prednisone, which ended the hives, and spun him up so much we spent a day letting him run around the Arizona Science Center (nice place, BTW). Yesterday I get a call that the throat swab the PCP took came back positive for Strep (the quick test was negative), turns out the kid has Scarlet Fever, sans the fever, or the sore throat, or the vomiting…
I am so ready for that mythical pleasant Arizona winter.
I’ve got a recycling post I’m working on, but finding time to do it justice is an issue. Until then, here are some recent links.
Move is done, we are settled, so I am back at it!
Oscar has been kinda absent the past few weeks. Here’s why.
Packing up my office this week to put on the truck, but I still wanted to share. I promise, once this move is complete, I will make these more substantive.
The first Uber crash report is out.
Being lazy again, because finding a tenant for my house, and getting all the little things done I need to do before I can rent the house, and getting ready to spend a week on travel next week, and doing all the things that need doing before we move to another state, etc…. It gets exhausting. But I did get to see the brilliant work of art that is Deadpool 2.
I’m on vacation this week, so it’s a short set of links.
Back from Arizona. We got a lease signed for a house out in NE Scottsdale (right on the edge of civilization – trail-heads into the mountains are just 4 blocks away). Now I just need to get my house ready to rent and find a tenant.
Live from Phoenix, AZ!
Materials make up our world, and what we can do with any given thing continues to be one of the fronts along which science and engineering continue to make great strides. Although one could argue that advances occur so quickly that by the time a new material is ready for mass production, it’s practically obsolete.
I just had a whole weekend of sun and warm weather, I’m feeling footloose and fancy free. Therefore, no categories or organization for you!
I’m trying a new format today. Instead of sorting links by field, I’m going to focus more on a theme. This week: the intersection of science, tech, and society. Links are offered in no particular order.
A brief review of Altered Carbon, Netflix’s new Sci-Fi series.
They’ve got the power, let’s see what they do with it in the clinch.
PS: Is my image too subtle?
Everyone will remember the gimmick, but that is the sideshow.
Busy 6 weeks ahead, since a coworker has decided to leave, and I am inheriting his project.
Short and sweet, kind of like how my holiday vacation has felt (how did I manage to get very little of what I wanted to do, done?)
Let’s talk about the massive plot hole The Last Jedi introduced.
Between travel and being in 3 days of meetings last week, I didn’t get to really mine my sources as much as I like to, so a somewhat abbreviated set this week. I did get to partake of a team building exercise last week where we did an Escape Room. We made it out with, quite literally, 3 seconds to spare. Given that the reported success rate of the room is 3%, we took the win.
I’m done blaming the police.
So I recently discovered Steven Universe. I fully recommend it (it’s on Cartoon Network and Hulu). Some people on Tumblr, etc. get a little too into it, but it is quite smart. Don’t let the animation style make you think it isn’t.
My thoughts on the talks put forth at the local TED event. Also, if you are in the PacNW, and find yourself at a McMenamins, try the Pike Place Cod sandwich. SoOoOoOo good!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving for those in the US (or not in the US, but who celebrate it anyway). We are reprising our plan from last year, which is to meet up with some friends at the local Brazilian Steakhouse. My Portuguese is a little rusty, but I’m pretty sure the name of the place translates to “Meat Coma”.
This is why science can’t have nice things…
Better pickings this time around. Enjoy folks!
Back from Disneyland. If you find yourself at California Adventure, the ride ‘Soaring’ is a treat. And ‘California Screaming’ is a respectable roller coaster.
Another two weeks, another span of lots of incremental stories, without much in the way of breakthroughs. If this keeps up, I’m gonna have to expand my sources pool.
Thinking about thinking about…
Curves And Surfaces are SEXY!
Pickings were kinda thin these past two weeks, lots of stories that were ho-hum variations on topics discussed before. But there was still some stuff that caught my eye.
The First – Yesterday was Bug’s first day of Kindergarten.
The Anniversary was Saturday, 22 years of marriage. My secret to a happy marriage? I argue with you people instead of my wife. ;-)
Only one link about the eclipse, and it’s minor. You are welcome.
Not a ton of links today, I just didn’t see that much of interest this week.
Why Finland? Because I got a lot of respect for Finland. Lots of the feel-good social democracy stuff of their neighbors, but still have a tradition of not taking crap from the communists next door. And everyone goes about with a puukko. I catch flak from people who freak out I carry a folding pocket knife everywhere I go.