It may not be as low temperature as we have had but the rawness quotient is definitely up this morning. Perhaps a bit more wind speed to suck the calories out of my senior corpus? One of these days I am going to have to study up on meteorology to grok daily temperature ranges.
The human density at gym is still down although, so far as I know, shul has resessioned. Not that I am complaining, mind ye, but the vacuity is observable and I have actually been able to turn down the volume on my MP3 player with the dearth of strident educationalists (yes, redundant I know.) The days podcasts were largely disappointing, except for the SCIENCE podcast clearly targeted for an audience of bogs and distressing to me in the not-quite-accurate-statements-but-spayed-for-the-minds-of-proles rhetoric. The piece on python heart enlargement following meal – gorging – was intriguing, putting me in mind of one of my high shul colleagues, Current Density Force, who wanted to make a herpetologist and had to settle for biologist. Sadly, like too many of my generation steeped in the rocket response of Containment, not suited to the academic lifestyle. This fellow often brought his pet boa to shul, a practice that I suspect would be viewed as terrorism or some such today, but merely difficult in those days when the shuls taught something other than the national test questions.
On which religionist/organizational ground, I note [Link] is selling boxes in China with Ubuntu pre-installed. Not sure this is a big surprise, but what is a big annoyance – Preparation H magnitude – is that they don’t do this in the Yankee republic. I doubt this had anything to do with them dropping to third but it is intriguing that the new second – Lenovo – is much better liked by Linuxians.
Not that I can complain. I have several Dell boxes in Castellum SCP, some running Winders XP (FD SCP’s boxes,) and some running Linux and maybe a dual boot or alternate HD with Winders (SCP’s boxes.) Dell makes what I consider to be quite nice Linux boxes. Maybe not as nice as HP or Lenovo, but not bad although some of their box hardware is a bit too specialized for my taste. Every time I need to muck with the internal plumbing of a Dell box I have to search the web to find a part and then wait days to get the thing and then days to have slack time. The other boxes usually have fairly standard parts I can buy – overpriced – at Wireless Hut or some such.
Along a similar sewer, I also note [Link] a survey of several recent or on-going studies that compound indications that vitamins and pseudo-vitamin supplements are ineffective or deleterious. This is one of those area where I would desire communication with medicalists to be a bit more robust. Every time I see one of those ask-your-medicalist-questions advertisements on the audio-visual electromagnetic receiver, I mentally gag at the flaws in the presentation. First, I hold the hypothesis, with steadily increasing confirmatory observation, that medicalists don’t really want to entertain questions. If anything, I suspect they have patient envy of veterinarians.
Second, the timing is absurd. I admit that I am not the fastest of thinkers, especially on new intellectual/technical ground. So asking me if I have questions and then giving me maybe 15 seconds to offer up one is nothing more that pro forma. The perception is hardened by the barriers to asking questions later when I have had time to formulate them. And third, the answers I get to the questions I do ask are almost universally poor. Even my generalist, who has poked and prodded me for twenty years, and knows my background, tries to give me third grader answers that I have to say ‘give me obtainable references.’ to restore some communication. Adults goo-gooing to babies is not communication.
Vitamins soundly fall into this crevasse. I only take vitamins because some hospital staffer came and lectured me – poorly and rotely - when I was in hospital for stents after attack. Every time I ask questions about dosage, diversity, brand, frequency, …. I get either complete evasion or skunk smell look with one of those goo-goo answers. Once more, this is not communication.
Sad to say, I am entertaining the hypothesis that communication is becoming a form of advertising. These days, the surest way of knowing something is inaccurate and parasitic is if it is a commercial. The most outrageous, unsubstantiated, self-serving things are claimed with no hope of elaboration or validation via communication. Evidently this erosion of intent has afflicted communication itself with the claim of such being all that is required and validation is impossible.