April 28: March for Science; Clever Use of Bungee Cords; Devices with Buttons


April 28: March for Science; Clever Use of Bungee Cords; Devices with Buttons

The March for Science was successful in Androp’s small home town.

A record number of scientists appeared together in one place for the March for Science in the home town.

At least 1000 showed up on a bright Saturday afternoon.  Speakers were moderately low key and randged from un-inspirational to downright boring.  Clearly, they were scientists.  Neil Degrasse Tyson and Bill Nye attended different venues, so were unavailable.  To get 1000 scientists to show up in a small town is amazing:

Neil Degrasse Tyson, the coolest scientist on earth, attended a larger venue.

Me, to scientist friend, “So.  Are you going to the march?”

Him, “I want to.”

Me, “I’ll be there.”

Him *pause” “Here’s the thing: there will be other people there.”

Me, “And you do not that much like other people.”

Him, “Right.”

He felt a little bad for not going, but was happy to learn that so many turned out.  Probably, many who attended just hate he who must not be named.  Secondarily, they do support science.  A few were scientists, like Androp.

Electonic devices are difficult to use.  An astonishing number of new, nearly identical ones are purched to replace almost new-but-older older ones each year.

A comment on modern technology: in the past, electronic devices were few, large, had clearly useful functions, and were easy to use.  Now we have many small, difficult to operate devices.  They are designed mainly to sell for profit, and secondarily to perform an array of largely useless functions.  Each and every one of them is designed to fail soon, and offer hours of frustration to the owner between purchase time and throw away time.  Dozens of new rectangular, plastic cell phones are sold each year, and yet each one performs essentially identical functions.

A T.V. used to have two knobs: a combination on-off and volume knob, and a channel change knob.  Now, devices have many buttons or virtual buttons and no knobs that are actually easily accessible to human fingers.  Trying to set the time on a device with a different primary purpose is largely futile, and results in negative impacts on heath, such as elevated blood pressure.  The most elegant devices and softwares, presumably, such as anything by Apple, are frustratingly difficult to operate (and often, in fact, essentially functionless).

Use of bungee cord to enahnce screen size: low tech innovation in a high tech world.

That is why it was so inspiring to see the wife make use of bungee cords to enhance the effective screen size of her small computer.  Simple solutions are still possible in a technologically advanced world.  Humans are clever.

Finally, in heath news, four out of seven in the most immediate clan have had (probable) norovirus.

Norovirus is attractive in a geometric blob way if stained and viewed under a strong microscope.  But you don’t want to contract it.

This one gets around admirably via aerosol (caused by projectile vomiting of victims) and by living on surfaces for long periods of time.  Interestingly, alcohol hand cleaners have little impact: soap and water are deadly to it, though.  You don’t want this short-lasting but debilitating illness.


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