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Have fun :)

I'm probably stuck waiting till I'm 25 so my mom's income isn't taken into account. U-mass Boston and University of San Francisco are tuition free for low income people. I've gotten scholarship offers from universities before. But it's like, a scholarship paying half of a 50k tuition is still 25k a year and completely unnafordable.
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Has anyone here had their genome sequenced? I am thinking of doing it. Though I'm a little wary in terms of data privacy/security.



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Has anyone here had their genome sequenced? I am thinking of doing it. Though I'm a little wary in terms of data privacy/security.

 

Nah, I don't trust those companies, and the whole ancestry craze has left a bad taste in my mouth about it.


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Your avatar doesn't seem to be working, Outlook.



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Your avatar doesn't seem to be working, Outlook.

 

That's strange. It's there for me. I guess it changed when I tried to check if I could change profile pics again. And since the topic is brought up, I'm wondering if I could get this profile pic now: https://i.imgur.com/ryLu58H.jpg


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I enjoy veganism, but there is this huge sympathetic, hipster, uber-morality thing that vegans are on. Like cruelty towards mammals, birds, maybe fish I can understand. Speciesism though? Ehhhh.


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Canadian Federal elections are supposed to happen this year. I might campaign for the experience, as it could help me later on. There's no harm in it I feel, whether I do or not, people are going to vote on their beliefs.
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Have a great weekend, everyone.

 

I'm off to meet a friend at a German restaurant this evening (a German restaurant in London that is, i.e. not a German restaurant in Germany).

 

Planning to write a couple of predictions this weekend, and also play some Elite.


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It's snowing outside again today. The big white fluffy sort of snow. My municipality recently replaced a good deal of the old street lights with LEDs so everything is nearly as visible as day outside right now even though it's night with all that light bouncing off of the snow. I'm going to miss the winter. My seasonal depression only lasts for the first few months of it and by the time I get used to the darkness and cold it starts going away leaving me feeling forlorn for the blizzards I was too depressed to enjoy when they came earlier in the year. 

 

And with all this research talking about the ecocide of the insect population there's a voice in the back of my head asking, "which spring will be the one where the flora doesn't return?" If it were possible for it to be winter forever I don't think I would mind that, it might even be comforting. 


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It is so damn cold outside.


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/\ You're in Wisconsin I see. Yah, that would be more intolerable. I'm from Pittsburgh so most of the winter here hovers between 20-37F. The low thirties are the perfect winter temperature imo. The snow stays on the ground but I can still take the trash out without having to worry about a coat. I don't need to layer when I go out either. I grab my paletot some gloves and I'm good to go. If I'm feeling super lazy I might even just take a hoodie and jump between the car and buildings. 


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Wow, Farenheit makes no sense:

 

Farenheit was apparently established by determining that:

  • 0 is the freezing point of a brine solution consisting of equal parts Ice, water, and ammonium chloride,
  • The freezing point of water is defined as 32 degrees
  • the avg. core temp of the human body is defined as 96 degrees. 

(at sea level pressures, avg room temp etc.)

 

Centigrade/Clesius was established by determining that:

  • Water freezes at 0
  • Water boils at 100. 

(at sea level pressures, avg room temp etc.)

 

‚Äč(I saw your Fahrenheit numbers, and went to convert them to something I understood, and while doing so I wondered what key temps were originally used to determine the Fahrenheit scale so I looked it up and... what?)

 

‚ÄčEDIT: Oh! Ok the brine/ice/salt solution somehow regulates it's temperature in a consistent way which makes it a good starting point for others to reproduce.


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True geniuses who carry more intelligent chromosomes than the rest of the population only use Kelvin for their day to day measurements. When you've forgone these basal units and accepted inpenetrable forms only present in the highest of institutions can you truly call yourself a temperature connoisseur.
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The earliest mentioning of Russia, from Arabic book called Hudud al-'Alam i.e. "Limits of the World":

 

It is a vast country, and its inhabitants are malicious, disobedient, arrogant, cocky and warlike. They fight with all the infidels living around them and come out victorious. Their ruler is called Rus-kagan. They wear hats made of wool with tails falling down behind their necks. Kuyaba (Kiev?) is the city of the Rus, closest to the lands of Islam. This is a pleasant place to stay of their ruler. It produces furs and valuable swords. Slaba is a pleasant city, from which always, when peace reigns, they go out for trade in the Bulgar lands. Urtab is a city in which foreigners are always being killed. It produces very valuable blades and swords, which can be bent in half, but as soon as you remove your hand, they return to their former position...

 

Sounds surprisingly modern: "they're the evil men with good weapon". It seems outside world never liked us.



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"Arrogant, cocky, and warlike." With you as an anecdote, PR, he's not very wrong.
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"Arrogant, cocky, and warlike." With you as an anecdote, PR, he's not very wrong.

 

Other hand, I like to feed pigeons and stray dogs living on the outskirts. They (dogs, not pigeons) admire my kindness and consider me a life-saving angel. In general, dogs always (since early childhood) loved me, they instinctively feel what is hidden inside.



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I understand. To be fair though, what a middle easterner used to describe the russians negatively as, are what the world thinks of us now. It reminds me of the stereotyipcal young lost Libyan male raised in anarchy. "malicious, disobedient, arrogant, cocky and warlike."
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When I think of both Russia and the Middle east I think of both great scientists and philosophers. With both peoples I think of great strength and and adaptability. The Russians made one of the greatest revolutions in human history and took the brunt of the fascist menace in an extremely harsh climate only to go to space a few decades later. The Middle East is the birthplace of civilization and with that comes millennia of accomplishments.

 

I think more than anything I think of comrades and take pride in what other humans are doing oceans away. 


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The Middle East is the birthplace of civilization and with that comes millennia of accomplishments.

 

To me, the history of Arab-Islamic world is a disturbing example of quick and great success ended with seemingly unexplained stagnation and decline. If I was an alien visited Earth sometime between 800 and 1400 AD, I'd came to conclusion that future belongs to Islamic world: huge cities, widespread literacy, trade, rational science (here is my favorite person), common spoken language and inclusive ideology. By "inclusive" I mean that neighbors of this civilization were expected to convert to Islam to be accepted as equals. Maybe this picture is a bit idealized, but the fact remains: they were for centuries ahead of Christian Europe and, as it seemed, all doors to further success were open...

 

And yet, this promising civilization failed. Why did this happen? We must know for sure, at least to not repeat the same mistake.


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The Middle East is the birthplace of civilization and with that comes millennia of accomplishments.

 

To me, the history of Arab-Islamic world is a disturbing example of quick and great success ended with seemingly unexplained stagnation and decline. If I was an alien visited Earth sometiome between 800 and 1400 AD, I'd came to conclusion that future belongs to Islamic world: huge cities, widespread literacy, trade, rational science (here is my favorite person), common spoken language and inclusive ideology. By "inclusive" I mean that neighbors of this civilization were expected to convert to Islam to be accepted as equals. Maybe this picture is a bit idealized, but the fact remains: they were for centuries ahead of Christian Europe and, as it seemed, all doors to further success were open...

 

And yet, this promising civilization failed. Why did this happen? We must know for sure, at least to not repeat the same mistake.

Except we do know exactly why this civilization failed. It was the medieval equivalent of a nuclear war: the Mongols.

 

The Mongol sacking of Baghdad was so complete, the nation didn't recover. Period. And Iran didn't recover their population until around the 1900s. Baghdad was the center of the Arab/Islamic world up until the Mongols destroyed it. Then the center became Cairo in Egypt, but Egypt hadn't been a relevant world power for almost two thousand years by that point. The Ottomans hadn't formed their empire yet; the Byzantine empire still existed at this point.

 

What's more, the Mongols destroyed Song Dynasty China. This is extremely important because the Southern Song Dynasty was very close to an industrial revolution. So close: they had joint-stock companies, they were refining steel, mining coal, and drilling for oil. They even had a printing press centuries before Gutenberg. Then the Mongols utterly destroyed them, subjugated them for about 3 centuries, and subsequently retarded their development until communism arose in 1949, seven centuries later.

Russia was an example of a country that benefited since it was the Mongol threat that united Christendom around the Muscovite, but it was still extraordinarily bloody and savage. But Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Jordan, Syria, etc.? Might as well have been nuked.

 

This allowed Europe to leapfrog the Orient. The Ottomans and Egyptians were the last remnant of "Arabic civilization" for centuries. It happened far enough away in history for it to feel like ancient history but close enough for the effects to still be relevant. 

 

Also, there's a strong argument to be made the Mongols introduce the Black Death to Europe. The Mongols killed about 10% of all humanity, and the Black Death further killed a quarter. This not including other killers like smallpox and the Little Ice Age. So between 1250 to 1400, 35% of all humans just died.

 

It's astounding we don't learn more about the Mongols in history books considering how totally they changed the course of history. Without the Mongols, the Middle East would have been par with Europe, China would have industrialized a thousand years ago, Africa would not have been exploited anywhere near as much until Chinese imperialism happens upon them, Europe would have remained balkanized (and likely would have been exploited just as much as Africa), the Americas would have been colonized by the Chinese, the world population would have reached a billion by 1700, and Christianity would not have been anywhere near as strong.  


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And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future.





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