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    Coronavirus: Better Call Sol - CORONAMANIA

    one of the things that has given it a bit of a push recently is this pretty detailed article: written by a guy who, on the one hand, has been a prominent science writer for decades. aaaaaand on the other hand — milkshake duck alert! — he wrote a book a few years back that a lot of people...
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    Coronavirus: Better Call Sol - CORONAMANIA

    had a rough night feeling shivery and stiff and feverish. like the beginnings of a flu. but I had a long sleep and a couple of paracetamol in the morning and I was grand by the following afternoon. that was with astra zeneca. pfizer is generally meant to be more easy-going. apparently.
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    Coronavirus: Better Call Sol - CORONAMANIA

    the gain-of-function experiments that potentially were the source were undertaken in order to be better-prepared for a potential pandemic. so there would be quite a grim irony if they ended up themselves being the source of this pandemic.
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    Coronavirus: Better Call Sol - CORONAMANIA

    also, in a somewhat-related sort of thing... there seems to be something of a glacial movement towards no longer regarding the wuhan lab-leak hypothesis as a crazy wild conspiracy theory. it’s edging towards becoming at least a topic of discussion, if not yet quite the default theory. strange...
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    Coronavirus: Better Call Sol - CORONAMANIA

    well, yeah, but through vaccination, not through just letting the thing rip and kill everyone’s grannies
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    Coronavirus: Better Call Sol - CORONAMANIA

    plenty of herd immunity fans back in the day. good times.
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    Alvin Lucier

    some of you peeps might be into this. https://issueprojectroom.org/event/i-am-sitting-room-alvin-luciers-90th-birthday-celebration https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/11/arts/music/alvin-lucier-sitting-in-a-room.html
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    Coronavirus: Better Call Sol - CORONAMANIA

    got my first shot, in a bit of a bizarro Dr. Nick style involving turning up at some doctor’s office at 8:30am and waiting to see if it would work out. it did. took over three hours of queuing, and my appointment for the second shot is another seven weeks away, and it was astra zeneca, but...
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    bad reviews

    you could only possibly release an album called “latest record project volume 1” if you’re surrounded by yes-men and flunkies. setting everything else aside, it’s just a stupid name for an album.
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    People Who Died

    An unnamed senior Swiss diplomat in Iran, who “fell” https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-56979530
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    Why you should give up on your dreams

    also it’s a lovely tune :)
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    Why you should give up on your dreams

    do you know Venkatesh Rao? he writes about a lot of similar ideas. he has a slightly provocateur-shithead tone sometimes, but he really does come up with some interesting stuff around mediocrity, self-delusion, aspiration, and the like. he’s sort of a recovering tech dude who’s now some kind of...
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    BREXIT

    Arlene is gone
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    Coronavirus: Better Call Sol - CORONAMANIA

    yep, the really depressing thing is that he is slowly shifting into posting more stuff that seems just-about-deniably shy of far-right stuff. a couple of days ago it was a video of some gardai telling people in a church in athlone that they had to leave. It’s all very low-key, the gardai seem...
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