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Re: World Views

Post by Amigoo » Thu Sep 15, 2022 11:19 am

Re: https://www.reuters.com/technology/ethe ... 022-09-15/
"Ethereum blockchain slashes energy use with 'Merge' software upgrade"

"Most blockchains devour large amounts of energy and have come under fire from environmentalists and some investors.
Before the software upgrade, which is known as the Merge, a single transaction on Ethereum used as much power
as an average U.S. household uses in a week" :o

:idea: Interesting revelation ... and creating one bitcoin uses even more power :!:
Apparently, costs are distributed across the platform and in bitcoin purchase.

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Post by Amigoo » Thu Sep 15, 2022 12:48 pm

:study: Re: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6479769/
"Beta Glucan: Supplement or Drug? From Laboratory to Clinical Trials"

"experts began to understand that every infectious disease is accompanied by a reduction
of food intake and the eventual changes in food composition, both of which result in
substantial changes or even inhibition of numerous immune functions." :o

:idea: Apparently, less food variety/quantity (e.g., diets of elderly) and poor food quality
(like many fast- and processed foods) all contribute to decreased immune function.
A very pro beta glucan article with lotsa info! Emphasis is on reasonable quantity
of real food ... and not on supplements (vitamins, minerals, etc.). ;)

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Post by Amigoo » Thu Sep 15, 2022 3:11 pm

Re: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech ... eable.html

"Emojis that make you seem less likeable when flirting:

1. Pile of Poo (PoP)
2. Angry Face
3. Eggplant / Aubergine"

:idea: Emoji 101/102 will soon be necessary courses in school since these are becoming
popular hieroglyphic symbols for communication. Some, like PoP, are multi-use messaging
for successful recovery from that debilitating nutritional deficiency (lack of fiber) ...
or for opinion about certain electronic communications. ;)

:bana: What's fascinating about PoP is that this has various meanings,
probably requiring clarification. However, PoP in a burning bag at your door
on Halloween is probably a prank; clarification is best any other day.
If not burning, "... and you don't light my fire!" may be the message. :?

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Re: World Views

Post by Amigoo » Fri Sep 16, 2022 1:15 am

Re: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/arti ... LLION.html

"Enormous apartment at the top of New York's tallest condo tower is set to become
the US's most expensive home as it hits market for $250 MILLION" :o

:!: :!: Entrepreneur Alert ...

Windows rarely open in sky high apartments, so cameras at the top
could project penthouse views onto windows in lower apartments ...
or choose views according to cost (penthouse views cost more). :roll:

Plan B (aka "Big Screen") would project views onto a wall. :roll
Plan C (aka "Cousteau") would project undersea views. 8)
Plan D (aka "Don't") peeks into distant apartments. :hithere

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Post by Amigoo » Fri Sep 16, 2022 2:11 am

Re: https://www.investopedia.com/terms/p/pr ... ke-pos.asp

"Proof-of-stake is a cryptocurrency consensus mechanism for processing transactions and creating new blocks in a blockchain.
A consensus mechanism is a method for validating entries into a distributed database and keeping the database secure." :roll

:idea: Impressive technology complexity, reminding that traditional currency
requires less complexity (but those transactions cannot be so easily tracked
... and do not exist as permanent audit trails in a massive database). :roll:

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Post by Amigoo » Fri Sep 16, 2022 12:40 pm

Re: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech ... obels.html

"A bizarre study into the sex lives of constipated scorpions was one of the winners of this year's spoof 'Ig Nobel' awards"

"Scorpions can detach a body part to escape a predator - a process called autotomy. But when they lose their tails,
they also lose the last portion of the digestive tract, which leads to constipation - and, eventually, death". :(

:bana: This story has potential to show relationship to "pyramid" investing
where losing one's tail often causes a decrease in mates, etc. :roll:

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Re: World Views

Post by Amigoo » Sat Sep 17, 2022 9:37 am

Re: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/tech/news/w ... t-27997883

"Ameca the robot, from Engineered Arts, was asked about a book when it replied saying that
humans have 'no need to worry' as robots have no plans to 'take over the world' ". :finger:

:lol: 1) AI doesn't need much time to formulate plans.
:lol: 2) AI is probably familiar with other books:

Re: https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jo ... g-lie-quot

"In the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie" ;)

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Re: World Views

Post by Amigoo » Sat Sep 17, 2022 2:09 pm

Re: https://www.yahoo.com/news/awesome-worl ... 04155.html

"This is the world's first flying bike: XTURISMO
hoverbike is capable of flying for 40 minutes
and can reach speeds of up to 62 mph."

:scratch: "Bike" is probably misleading marketing since
gravity still controls what happens in the air
when vehicle lift is insufficient or unstable.

:idea: Riding a rocket comes to mind. ;)

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Post by Amigoo » Sat Sep 17, 2022 3:44 pm

Re: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... an-LA.html

"Shocking moment two predators fight on their hind legs on quiet residential street in Los Angeles
... moments later after returning to the SUV, they continue their fight before they run away."

:scratch: Apparently, "On the road, rage" perhaps over SUV driving rights
... until they remember they don't have a Big City driving license. :roll:

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Re: World Views

Post by Amigoo » Mon Sep 19, 2022 10:53 am

Re: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/argentin ... 17136.html
"Argentina to Hike Interest Rates to 75% as Inflation Nears 100%"

"The central bank boosted its benchmark Leliq rate by 5.5 percentage points to 75%, according to an emailed statement. The move comes a day after data showed consumer prices jumped nearly 79% a year in August, fastest pace in 30 years. It was the bank’s ninth rate hike this year."

:scratch: Evidence that a Fed's interest rate hikes don't always control inflation :?:

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Post by Amigoo » Mon Sep 19, 2022 3:05 pm

Re: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265215
"BMI exaggerates thinness in short people and fatness in tall people" :o

"Every few months the same comment is made by experts 'BMI' is flawed'.
The news hits headlines, everybody agrees, and then all goes quiet for a while."

:idea: I've been worried that an elderly buff physique would create an inaccurate BMI
and therefore have been careful not to go buff when exercising in public. :roll:
Besides, the elderly are often socially ripped with such display :!:

Apparently, with this medical update, "BMI or bust!"
is not a good idea for a workout T-shirt. :(

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Post by Amigoo » Mon Sep 19, 2022 3:26 pm

Re: https://www.brighteon.com/
(search for: "China Skyscraper Is This The Total Proof")

:duh China's skyscraper completely engulfed in flames - for hours -
and didn't collapse! Maybe they used stronger steel than in N.Y.

Or they forgot to engineer such rubble for easier cleanup. :roll:
(this engineering may still be necessary now) ;)

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Re: World Views

Post by Amigoo » Tue Sep 20, 2022 3:02 am

Re: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/arti ... s-ago.html
"People's eating habits are just as unhealthy today as they were 30 years ago" :o

:idea: Habits began changing several decades after color TV and food advertising
... supported by food processing for convenience and warehouse storage ...
not to mention lotsa snack foods and fast food restaurants! :roll:

See also: https://bebusinessed.com/history/histor ... elevision/

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Post by Amigoo » Tue Sep 20, 2022 12:03 pm

Re: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nat ... 425976002/

"Seeing more spiders in your home lately? They're probably just looking for love." :love

Re: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/20 ... e-flowers/

"Spider crashes Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, finds instant fame on web" :hithere

:sunflower: Interesting symbolism this week in the UK,
including rainbows and beams of sunlight appearing unexpectedly. 8)

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Post by Amigoo » Tue Sep 20, 2022 1:42 pm

Re: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5SE47Xjx2Q
"Why 50 Million Chinese Homes are Empty"

8) Fascinating review of China's hurried development of cities
... which have no residents! :roll:

:scratch: Best guess: What goes up must come down
... and even that requires labor, etc. ;)

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Post by Amigoo » Wed Sep 21, 2022 10:33 pm

Re: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/arti ... hotos.html
"Dad goes viral after admitting he yelled out 'POOP' to get his young son to flash a natural smile"

:idea: A good time to start a Four-Letters photo album,
considering typical reactions to different words. ;)

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Post by Amigoo » Thu Sep 22, 2022 9:55 am

Re: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech ... hange.html

"California law makes it legal to turn human remains into compost. The process involves placing the body inside a reusable container
along with wood chips and aerating it to allow microbes and bacteria to do their thing (in 30 days)" 8)

"Cremation in the U.S. alone emits about 360,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year" :o

See also: https://dailymontanan.com/2021/10/04/hu ... -near-you/ ,
https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opin ... body-67116

:idea: Apparently, many bones take much longer and are probably removed from the soil.
And since a body is 60% water, more of the soil is probably from the wood chips. ;)

Remember your heirs or favorite institutions when gifting your soil. :roll:

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Post by Amigoo » Thu Sep 22, 2022 2:46 pm

Re: https://www.investmentwatchblog.com/eco ... se-behind/

"At this moment we are literally witnessing economic implosions all over the planet,
and the stage is being set for an immensely painful 2023. :(

:idea: The worldwide Feds' aggressive interest rate hikes to control inflation may be guided by outdated algorithms,
probably related to cost of energy (especially oil)! The costs to produce, package, transport, and present for sale
all the merchandise that humans buy are HUGE! Demand (spending) for these products necessarily increases
with these energy-related costs. ;)

And drop in demand necessarily indicates that many people cannot afford even basic necessities :!:
That "Pain is necessary to control inflation." is like saying "You'll need to give an arm or leg, literally!"
to have a better life in subsequent years; give more for an even better "after" life! :roll:

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Re: World Views

Post by Amigoo » Sat Sep 24, 2022 1:37 am

:study: Re: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artificia ... igence_art
"artwork created through the use of artificial intelligence"

See also: "image generated by DALL-E 2 based on the text prompt
'1960's art of cow getting abducted by UFO in midwest' " :roll:

:idea: Good indication of what AI art is (or is not), could be (depending on) ...
AI (Artificial Intelligence) art contrasts with NI (Natural Intelligence) art. :lol:


:arrow: Next thought ...

A human, well attuned to guidance "from above", will paint the better picture since a computer has not access to such guidance.
Nevertheless, AI, as art tool (e.g., paint, brushes, paper, etc.) is promising! but is electronic manipulation of artistic expression.
However, an electric paint brush is in the gray area (depending on color selected) ;)


:study: Re: https://www.wired.com/story/the-joy-and ... ut-limits/

"Some fans of AI art worry about the effect of removing guardrails from image generators.
The host of a YouTube channel dedicated to AI art ... claims that the Unstable Diffusion community
is also creating content that might be considered child pornography. 'These are not AI ethicists ...
these are people from dark corners of the internet who have been given the keys to their dreams.' " :roll:

:duh Negative aspect of AI art. Not prevented in human art, but easier to create and share with the world.
"Have AI art? Have it to yourself!" could become a slogan for some AI genre once "guardrails" are removed.
Unlike human art where you know what you're going to create, text input to AI image generators might cause
surprisingly undesirable (or not) images. Who can tell? Let children try these sans guardrails generators
to discover what parental supervision might be needed. :o

The real skill in creating this AI art is creating text that causes desired (or not) images. :roll:


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Re: World Views

Post by Amigoo » Sat Sep 24, 2022 6:08 pm

Re: https://www.zerohedge.com/political/new ... tside-work
"(California governor) Signs Legislation To Protect Workers Who Use Cannabis Outside Work"

:scratch: Best guess: Cannabis legislation needs to parallel alcohol use:
Driving/working under unlawful influence of either substance
would be reasonable employment discrimination.

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