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Ron Obvious

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Name: Ron
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Home country: Middle Earth
Current location: Seattle
Member since: Tue Dec 13, 2011, 11:37 PM
Number of posts: 5,994

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I got the nickname Ron Obvious because -- in addition to being a huge Python fan -- my name really is Ron and I used to start sentences with \"Obviously\" a lot. Obviously, that\'s no longer a problem.

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Baptism in the time of Covid-19

The Guardian has an article with their top 30


Don't really agree with their top 30, as I don't think any of their post Computer World stuff is all that great, but it's an interesting read nonetheless, especially the comments.

Back in the early 70's, I certainly couldn't have foreseen an article like that. Only myself and one other friend loved Kraftwerk (as well as Tangerine Dream, Ashra Tempel, Klaus Schulze, etc), while everybody else didn't merely dislike them, but positively loathed them.

Last Sunday I had a discussion with that friend (with whom I've recently reconnected), and we talked about Kraftwerk and how everybody now appreciates them and their influence on music.

I said, "you know, it turns out we actually had really good taste in music after all", and we both laughed.

Kraftwerk - Autobahn (2009 remaster) and my introduction to sceptical thinking.

I used to have a freeway commute which lasted exactly as long as this track (about 22mins). I was amazed that the last few dying notes would almost always play when I pulled into the parking lot.

Then I realised I would subconsciously slow down or speed up along the way as required to make that happen. I also learnt about Confirmation Bias (remembering the hits and forgetting the misses).

Maybe I overthink things.

Nomination for sceptic of the year

Tanzania had received Covid-19 test kits from abroad.

The president, whose government has already drawn criticism for being secretive about the coronavirus outbreak and has previously asked Tanzanians to pray the coronavirus away, said he had instructed Tanzanian security forces to check the quality of the kits.

They had randomly obtained several non-human samples, including from a pawpaw, a goat and a sheep, but had assigned them human names and ages.

These samples were then submitted to Tanzania's laboratory to test for the coronavirus, with the lab technicians left deliberately unaware of their origins.

Samples from the pawpaw and the goat tested positive for COVID-19, the president said, adding this meant it was likely that some people were being tested positive when, in fact, they were not infected by the coronavirus.


Actually the prayer and the herbal medicine should disqualify him from any sort of sceptic award, really...
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