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    I felt pretty lousy for a day and a half starting...

    I felt pretty lousy for a day and a half starting 24 hours after my booster. Headache, chills, fatigue. It took me by surprise because I had almost no reaction to my first two Pfizer shots outside of...
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    Just got off my weekly team meeting call at work....

    Just got off my weekly team meeting call at work. Coworker from Idaho announced he's got Covid and then dropped off the call.

    I don't know for sure he's unvaxxed (nobody asked) but I'd guess he...
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    Never mind the flying car. I want one of these...

    Never mind the flying car. I want one of these.
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    Chacun a son gout. As I told my Shakespeare...

    Chacun a son gout. As I told my Shakespeare students when I was teaching it, you can get through life without having read Shakespeare, but you're missing out on something pretty good.
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    No, never. The Holmes course was a mainstream...

    No, never. The Holmes course was a mainstream class in Western European philosophy and didn't try to be anything else. You have to keep its limitations in mind, as I'm sure the instructor would have...
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    Seems like the old story, where the right-wing...

    Seems like the old story, where the right-wing media fixates on some instance in which political correctness is taken to a silly extreme, but which on closer examination is pretty reasonable.

    I...
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    During the pandemic I came across this history of...

    During the pandemic I came across this history of philosophy class from the 1990s by Arthur Holmes of Wheaton College. 81 one-hour lectures on Youtube (must have been a one-year course). He's a...
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    5, maybe 6. Still working from home full time and...

    5, maybe 6. Still working from home full time and hating it, although even if my office were to reopen I likely would not return yet. (Since I'm hoping to retire soon, I may never return.)

    No...
  9. 2004 Toyota Corolla, just shy of 150K miles. I...

    2004 Toyota Corolla, just shy of 150K miles.

    I was planning to buy a new car -- likely my last -- when the pandemic started to clear, but I'm rethinking that. Last fall I had to spend a...
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    Despite the latest from the CDC, I plan to keep...

    Despite the latest from the CDC, I plan to keep wearing my mask in public places for a while longer, even though I'm in an area that's doing very well on vax rates. It's a minor nuisance, and I...
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    There are numerous historical precedents. At...

    There are numerous historical precedents. At least when this one was over, you still had some flowers.
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    Interesting to see this thread resurrected. I was...

    Interesting to see this thread resurrected. I was all set to walk to Camino last year after my planned retirement in the summer. Bought the guidebook, and in fact was scoping out airfares the very...
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    I've become very big on audiobooks in recent...

    I've become very big on audiobooks in recent years. My eyes aren't what they used to be--I had cataract surgery two years ago because of worsening glaucoma. As an editor, I read all day on a computer...
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    This is the kind of argument often made against...

    This is the kind of argument often made against pure science. It's not just whether or not there was ever life on Mars, or how subatomic particles behave, or the mating habits of some obscure insect....
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    I don't entirely disagree with the "the money...

    I don't entirely disagree with the "the money would be better spent here" argument. However, it's hard not to credit the NASA scientists, whose robotic exploration of Mars has been a roaring success,...
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    Wow. Just wow.

    Maybe this belongs under Public Policy, but somehow it seems more appropriate to post it under Success Stories.

    It's the video of the landing of the Mars rover Perseverence.

    I took the time...
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    Comparing that incident with what happened on Jan. 6 is ludicrous.
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    When we were teenagers my sister was a devoted...

    When we were teenagers my sister was a devoted reader of Cosmo. I read it too--it was a window into what was then, and to some extent remains, a mystery--the female mind.
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    It's easier to wave a bloody shirt that has...

    It's easier to wave a bloody shirt that has actual blood on it -- the blood of a police officer and several civilians dumb enough to swallow Trump's line of bull.

    But hey, you can't make an...
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    The outcome is disappointing of course, but...

    The outcome is disappointing of course, but overall I think the Dems have to be feeling pretty good right now. I expect they didn't expect more than a few Repubs would break ranks, and they got...
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    CT opened eligibility to 65s on Thursday. I got...

    CT opened eligibility to 65s on Thursday. I got my first shot Friday morning.

    I had some luck. None of the news media here has done a very good job of explaining exactly what to expect when you...
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    Not long after Trump was elected, I remarked to a...

    Not long after Trump was elected, I remarked to a friend, "Angela Merkel is now the leader of the free world. Ironic, ain't it?"
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    Fox is really running scared over this...

    Fox is really running scared over this multi-billion dollar lawsuit. Normally news outlets (Fox sorta qualifies) can get away with saying just about anything about anybody provided they are public...
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    Saw him and James Earl Jones in Othello at the...

    Saw him and James Earl Jones in Othello at the American Shakespeare Theater in Stratford, CT (long since defunct) back around 1980 or so. A memorable Iago.
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    Agreed, it's complete insane and very stress...

    Agreed, it's complete insane and very stress inducing. I really feel for people who have serious health issues and have to deal with this crazy system on a regular basis.

    Even having "good"...
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