Sat. Jan 13 RBT update

Nick, no such luck. It was 21 degrees, winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 and a few snow flakes flying around when we went out at 7:45.

Bob was not having as good a day yesterday. That is to be expected trying to get settled into a new place. I am sure he was tired after being transfered and settled in. He was sleeping when I arrived and the respiratory therapist said he had been sleeping all morning. I woke him up because the PT came in to access what needs to be done to get his legs stronger. I tried talking to him but he was not in the best of moods and was hard to understand. It will take time for him to adjust to a new place. It being a weekend he will not have any therapy sessions until starting Monday.
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I’ve got to leave the house early, and I’m hoping Colin lets Barbara sleep in a bit, so here’s a placeholder to open the day.

nick

 

Oh, and Friday the 13th falls on a Saturday this month….

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17 Responses to Sat. Jan 13 RBT update

  1. Nick Flandrey says:

    I’m sure the moving and getting settled process was very taxing. Hopefully he’ll get some rest and then his recovery can really get going.

    nick

  2. lynn says:

    “Arguing Over Money”
    https://www.garynorth.com/public/17610.cfm

    “I buy used books on Amazon at least twice a month. She doesn’t object. That’s because I used to spend $200 at a used book store. Amazon is my methadone. It’s cheap therapy for an old addiction. It calms me. She understands.”

    I understand this problem. And the solution. But, I do buy new books whenever possible so the author get a new cut of the pie.

  3. medium wave says:

    @Lynn: you left out the best part:

    “My wife and I occasionally argue over money. I tell her she ought to go out and splurge on something she doesn’t really need. She never does. But she lives at Home Depot . . . and vacations at Lowe’s. She will buy a new tool without remorse. That’s OK with me.”

    Definitely a woman in a million! đŸ˜€

  4. Greg Norton says:

    I understand this problem. And the solution. But, I do buy new books whenever possible so the author get a new cut of the pie.

    As long as the timeframe is the old copyright terms (life + 30?), I can see supporting their efforts to make a living and provide for dependents. Thanks to life + 70 terms, the “Sonny Bono Extension Act”, the Ayn Rand estate and publisher still want $10 for a Kindle copy of “Atlas Shrugged”, typos and all, down from $15 a few years back.

  5. paul says:

    I get the “buy new so the author gets a cut”.

    At the same time, $30 plus shipping for a new book or $0.99 and $3.99 for shipping for a used book, well. A library book is used….

  6. SteveF says:

    the old copyright terms (life + 30?)

    14 years from publication, extensible for another 14.

  7. lynn says:

    At the same time, $30 plus shipping for a new book or $0.99 and $3.99 for shipping for a used book, well. A library book is used….

    Whoa, whoa, whoa ! Who is paying $30 plus shipping for a new book ?

    I buy most of my books (about 200 a year) from Big River. The most that I have paid for a book in the last decade ??? is $15. I usually pay around $10 each. And Big River discounts most books by 15% to 40% (for trade paperbacks). And free shipping since I wait and order several together. And Big River still has free shipping for book orders $25 and above.

  8. Nick Flandrey says:

    Shipping? Who’s paying shipping?? I order lots of books and they appear on my kindle…. I do still look thru the books at the thrift stores but mostly for apocalypse library material. If I see an author I read, I’ll grab the book too.

    This has cut my spending WAY down. I used to buy signed first editions from my fav indie bookseller, but honestly I need the backlight and the text resizing now. It’s all gone SJW virtue signalling now anyway.

    n

  9. RickH says:

    All my reading of books is via Kindle Unlimited. The authors get a bit of a royalty on my reading their books.

    I occasionally buy a new hard-bound book. But most of my reading is Kindle Unlimited.

  10. lynn says:

    It’s all gone SJW virtue signalling now anyway.

    I am not sure what you mean by this.

    I read a lot of POD (print on demand) books now. Mostly apocalypse survival fiction. You can see what I have read in the last ten years here:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/amzn1.account.AHV2C7F5C3SWNVJAYRZOU7ORTWYA

    I love reading dead tree books. I can read without my glasses and actually prefer doing so. I spend way too much time on computers and prefer reading in bed without a “computer”.

  11. SteveF says:

    I did a bit of trolling. No responses yet, but I just put it up a couple minutes ago. By the time most people here read this on Sunday, maybe someone will have put up a response.

  12. lynn says:

    I did a bit of trolling.

    Oh, I have been trolling over on rec.arts.sf.written for weeks now. I am getting very tired of the AGW crap in science fiction so I have been posting headlines over there such as:
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/01/07/fail-noaas-winter-climate-outlook-claimed-warmer-than-normal-temperature/

    I’ve got people telling me to go away, calling me a denier who should be imprisoned. Another guy claims to be a much published climatologist and continuously boasts how good his government funded computer models are since they can supposedly run backwards 300 years and forwards 100 years. I asked him what the temperatures in the Houston area are going to be like this summer and he said, “that is weather, I model climate”. As if there is a difference between the two.

    I asked him what he did about the non-linear problems in atmospheric thermodynamics and he started spouting off all this stuff about equations. I was talking about vapor, liquids, and solids with the phase boundaries causing discontinuities between them. He never got it. I also asked about modeling the variability in the sun and he said that they just use the “solar constant”. Give me a break.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_constant

    I am ashamed of myself for being such a rabble rouser.

  13. brad says:

    @SteveF: Well, you’re clearly not wrong. Populations were diverging, due to geographic isolation, each adapting to it’s local situation. Given enough time, we would have become different species.

    What I find odd is that physical differences are acceptable – no one seems to complain about the differing racial profiles in different sports. For example, blacks dominate short sprints, and many other running disciplines. Yet intellectual differences are simply not PC and must be denied.

    I’m reminded of the discrimination in US university admissions, against kids of Asian descent. They are not only smart, they come from homes that encourage hard work. But if university admissions were purely merit based, the top US universities would be dominated by asians, with whites in second place, a few hispanics, and almost no blacks. Can’t have that! Diversity of skin color is somehow more important than intellectual ability.

    When discussions like this come up here, I like to ask if we should count how many students we have with blue eyes, brown eyes and green eyes. Shouldn’t that also be proportional to population? And yet, we have no idea what the eye-color profile of our students is.

    Needless to say, this question tends to go over like the proverbial lead balloon. Those who are lost in the SJW mindset are beyond help. The idea that lack of racial discrimination means _ignoring_ race, treating people like individuals, and letting the grouping fall out however they may – this is just beyond their comprehension.

    It’s an odd world we live in.

  14. JimL says:

    @Steve F – I’m not taking the bait…

    You could argue that hardship (and not mixed DNA) causes inventiveness (as Barry points out). The old saw about “Necessity is the mother of invention” could very well be what drove the intelligence climb. Moving from a relatively warm & safe Africa to colder & harsher Europe & Asia would likely necessitate the invention of fire & shelter.

  15. Nick Flandrey says:

    Huh, someone I love just did the 23andme, and got 286 Neanderthal variants. That’s more than 63% of 23andme customers.

    According to my buddy, with a masters in biology and doctorate in science ed… the unspoken (really really unspoken) corry-larry if you accept that we came out of africa and evolved away from there, is that we CONTINUE to evolve away from them. If the pressure to evolve was environmental, by not leaving they’ve not evolved. (I’ll add that it’s possible to say that with no judgement attached, although I add the judgement that we’ve improved upon the base stock.)

    If my understanding of epigenetics is correct, the changing environments encountered by the ‘leavers’ could in fact drive rapid genetic changes, and since the new environments were increasingly hostile, and with bigger differences in seasons required more planning, remembering, and self control, the ‘leavers’ increased their abilities in those areas.

    You don’t see the explosion in art, tech and science until you have a. people with leisure time (any time not devoted to survival); b. people with excess resources (also part of the ability to have leisure time), and c. good pre-natal and early childhood nutrition, with high amounts of fat and protein (because they aren’t at subsistence).

    And didn’t someone recently publish some evidence that ‘out of Africa’ is wrong??

    n

  16. ech says:

    Whoa, whoa, whoa ! Who is paying $30 plus shipping for a new book ?

    I paid $50 for a book recently. Shipping included, as a friend here in town had arranged for a big shipment of them from the publisher. It was a limited print run from Australia on the fighting at Ponyri Station during the battle of Kursk in WW2. The author had done a lot of digging in the German and Soviet archive and had led a trip of WW2 buffs to the battlefield. It has a lot of pictures, maps, and more. It was one of the key fights in that battle.

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