Jan
11
2020
7

Or maybe THIS Is The Tweet of the Day, Oy, There Was Just One More Thing, Guvnor edition.

Beautiful. This could be a scene in a TV episode. The timing is perfect. Via @bmsimp.

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Jan
09
2020
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Tweet of the Day, No Jury Would Convict edition.

Well, no jury whose members were on social media, at least.

Jan
05
2020
3

Tweet of the Day, Submitted Without Comment edition.

It would take a heart of stone for me not to put this up. I’m justifying it in my head by the fact that no political figures were mentioned by name. But if you haven’t seen it yet, you will not find it devoid of interest.

Jan
04
2020
3

Tweet of the Day, It’d Actually Be Workable If It Had Some Hardpoints edition.

Some people see the S-Pod and say, ‘WALL-E.’

I look at it and say, ‘external weapons pods.’ Tell me you wouldn’t do a motorized full-auto paintball tournament in one of these. Tell me.

Jan
01
2020
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School starts again tomorrow…

…vacation also starts tomorrow. So to speak. Regular schedule is gonna probably start up again next week.

Jan
01
2020
2

SO, HOW WAS EVERYBODY’S NEW YEAR’S EVE?

NOT TOO MUCH OVER-INDULGENCE IN THE FRUITS OF THE VINE, WAS THERE? THAT’S GOOD; NONE OF US ARE AS YOUNG AS WE USED TO BE. HEY, WHO WANTS TO SEE SOME LIME GREEN AND NEON PURPLE FLASHING GIFS? — oh, sorry, I had the Caps Lock key on. My bad.

Welcome to the 20s, folks! Let’s see how the latest iteration goes. We’ve managed to start ours without inexplicably banning booze, so we’ve got that going on for us.

Dec
31
2019
3

Tweet of the Day, And I MEAN It edition.

Although I figure that most of you probably have already worked this out for yourselves.

Dec
31
2019
1

Hey, everybody stay safe out there tonight.

I am doing… nothing. Blissful nothing: the Patreon stuff is up and the newsletter can wait until tomorrow. I’m not going to go get blitzed, either: I’m almost fifty, thanks. I’ll likely see the New Year because I’m always up that late, but I might call it in early, at that.

Yup. Mister Fuddy-Duddy, that’s me. And happy about it, too.

Dec
31
2019
1

This is some real good hangover advice.

I learned some stuff, here. I well and truly did. I didn’t know about the sugar angle, for example. Admittedly, I have no intention of going anywhere after dark tonight and I’m certainly not getting blotto: I have deadlines.

Seriously, though, be careful out there tonight. And Happy New Year!

Dec
30
2019
2

Interesting: using flu vaccine to target tumors.

Very interesting.

A number of years back, there was a great deal of excitement about using viruses to target cancer. A number of viruses explode the cells that they’ve infected in order to spread to new ones. Engineering those viruses so that they could only grow in cancer cells would seem to provide a way of selectively killing these cells. And some preliminary tests were promising, showing massive tumors nearly disappearing.

But the results were inconsistent, and there were complications. The immune system would respond to the virus, limiting our ability to use it more than once. And some of the tumor killing seemed to be the result of the immune system, rather than the virus.

Now, some researchers have focused on the immune response, inducing it at the site of the tumor. And they do so by remarkably simple method: injecting the tumor with the flu vaccine. As a bonus, the mice it was tested on were successfully immunized, too.

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