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Old 13th April 2020, 02:07 AM   #81
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Originally Posted by applecorped View Post
I'm sure you'll all be relieved to hear that Harvey Weinstein recovered
The one case where people were sending flowers and balloons to the virus.
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Old 13th April 2020, 05:42 AM   #82
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Ali Wentworth.

Guess George is next.
Yup. Got him.


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I remember hours of programming my own version of Life, trying different starting patterns and watching it evolve.

I went to a personal computer show in Philly in the summer of 1976. (For era perspective on that: Altair and Imsai were the big names in the business. S-100 cardsócircuit boards about the size of an iPad miniówith a whopping 16 kilobytes of RAM on a single card had just come on the market, for about $1200 each. Or $1500 if you preferred the components already soldered on. One small booth was demonstrating the Apple 1.)

Every computer being demoed was running either the Star Trek game if it didn't have a graphics card, or Life if it did. Star Trek and Life were the killer apps of the hobbyist side of the business. Hobbyists quickly became a sidelight when CP/M and VisiCalc became prevalent, but a lot of the early industry leaders came from that scene.
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Numberphile put up a podcast today about Conway.

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Boris Johnson has recovered, and some are speculating that it's a suspiciously fast recovery.
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God alone knows at this stage. I was perfectly prepared to believe it was all genuine, but after a bit you end up keeping an open mind because nothing, and I repeat nothing, would surprise you.
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George Stephanopoulos has tested positive for coronavirus.
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Old 13th April 2020, 05:39 PM   #88
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Originally Posted by Ian Osborne View Post
Boris Johnson has recovered, and some are speculating that it's a suspiciously fast recovery.
Reporting I'm seeing is he is out of hospital and on the road to recovery. That doesn't make him match-ready to run the UK (into the ground).
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Originally Posted by Ian Osborne View Post
Boris Johnson has recovered, and some are speculating that it's a suspiciously fast recovery.
Not from what Iíve known about other peopleís recoveries. And at the best of times they want people out of hospital as quickly as possible, in these times that is going to be turned up to 11. Any objective assessment as to whether someone is medically safe to be let out of hospital would have someone like Johnson at the top of the list.

One can question a couple of things

1) why has he gone to Chequers
2) why was his girlfriend not only allowed to breach the new laws in regarding essential travel, but was aided by the police and security agencies to do so.
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Originally Posted by Darat View Post
Not from what Iíve known about other peopleís recoveries. And at the best of times they want people out of hospital as quickly as possible, in these times that is going to be turned up to 11. Any objective assessment as to whether someone is medically safe to be let out of hospital would have someone like Johnson at the top of the list.

One can question a couple of things

1) why has he gone to Chequers
2) why was his girlfriend not only allowed to breach the new laws in regarding essential travel, but was aided by the police and security agencies to do so.
As far as Chequers is concerned, it probably makes more sense he goes there than 10 Downing Street as the briefings are done from there are they not? Best not have him around to spread the lurgey.
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Old 14th April 2020, 09:49 AM   #91
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As far as Chequers is concerned, it probably makes more sense he goes there than 10 Downing Street as the briefings are done from there are they not? Best not have him around to spread the lurgey.

Number 10 as we call it is really a mini office block, the living accommodations are separate to the office areas so even if he is still infectious heís separate to everything else. By all accounts the two flats (donít know which he lives in) are reasonable sized and donít require an intensive staff to keep. Chequers however is a rambling large house which requires extensive staff to keep running and of course a separate security detail has to be provided when the PM is here. So if it is on the bases of less people being exposed then Number 10/11 would be the sensible place.

Now apart from that I donít object to him using the most pleasant place he can recuperate in.

What I really, really do object to is the flagrant breach of the law in regards to his current girlfriend being allowed to leave her residence to go and shack up with him.
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Number 10 as we call it is really a mini office block, the living accommodations are separate to the office areas so even if he is still infectious heís separate to everything else. By all accounts the two flats (donít know which he lives in) are reasonable sized and donít require an intensive staff to keep. Chequers however is a rambling large house which requires extensive staff to keep running and of course a separate security detail has to be provided when the PM is here. So if it is on the bases of less people being exposed then Number 10/11 would be the sensible place.

Now apart from that I donít object to him using the most pleasant place he can recuperate in.

What I really, really do object to is the flagrant breach of the law in regards to his current girlfriend being allowed to leave her residence to go and shack up with him.
My only objection is that it puts him to close to me, we had enough of him when he was an MP the first time! I've always said that in this constituency you could pin a blue rosette on a turnip and it would get elected. The tragedy is that we didn't.
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Boris Johnson has recovered, and some are speculating that it's a suspiciously fast recovery.
Bear in mind when thinking about such accusations that the NHS staff would also have had to be complicit.

And he hasn't recovered, he's been discharged from hospital. Public announcements are that he won't be returning to work for a while, and that he is currently fit enough to take short walks.
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Bear in mind when thinking about such accusations that the NHS staff would also have had to be complicit.

And he hasn't recovered, he's been discharged from hospital. Public announcements are that he won't be returning to work for a while, and that he is currently fit enough to take short walks.
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ng the most pleasant place he can recuperate in.

What I really, really do object to is the flagrant breach of the law in regards to his current girlfriend being allowed to leave her residence to go and shack up with him.
And what sense does it make for a pregnant person to go visit a Covid-19 patient anyhow?
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Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is in intensive care and (at least?) 150 members of the royal family are reported to have been infected.
King Salman and Muhammad bin Salman are hiding on an island in the Red Sea.


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Oddly enough, Tom Hanks's wife has a name! It's Rita Wilson, and she's a very fine actor as well. Just thought I'd add that.
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Numberphile put up a podcast today about Conway.

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Thanks for the link. That was very interesting.

First stumbled in to Conway's work when, as a a late teen (or early 20's, not sure), I read a book that really boosted my interest in science to a new level, and got me reading popular science books. It was "Complexity: The Emerging Science At The Edge Of Order And Chaos", by M. Mitchell Waldrop. It was perfect for me, at the time - an intro into complex emergent phenomena at an easy to digest, layman level; inspiring and exiting.

As I was into programming, I made my own version of the game of Life, and played around with it quite a bit, and also got into some artificial life simulations.

Such an interesting man, Conway. He was getting quite old, but still sad to have lost him to this damn virus.

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And what sense does it make for a pregnant person to go visit a Covid-19 patient anyhow?
This is Boris, you may be making an unwarrented assumption as to who the girlfriend being refered to is!
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Norman "bites yer legs" Hunter dead from Coronavirus

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As a Smoggie, I have no love for Leeds players but this is still sad. I saw him at Ayresome Park in 1977 or 1978 when he was playing for Bristol City.
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Matthew Seligman, bass player with The Thompson Twins, has died of COVID-19.
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Brooke Baldwin from CNN. She had a very good article showing herself... not at her best.

DJ Jazzy Jeff, whom she mentions in the article, gave her some advice for getting through it since he'd had it.
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Brooke Baldwin from CNN. She had a very good article showing herself... not at her best.

DJ Jazzy Jeff, whom she mentions in the article, gave her some advice for getting through it since he'd had it.
Here is the Baldwin article.
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I should have linked that. Thanks.

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Matthew Seligman, bass player with The Thompson Twins, has died of COVID-19.
Hold me now...
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Wreckless Eric has it.
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Wreckless Eric has it.
He'' have to send semaphore signal to the hospital.
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Dean Burnett is a neuroscientist, stand-up comic, and author (I've seen him speak at Skeptics in the Pub and QEDCon). His father has just died of Covid-19, at the age of 58 and with no known underlying health conditions. He writes about it here.
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Donald Reed Herring has died from the disease.

He's not very famous, other than being the brother of Elizabeth Warren.
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Theodore Gaffney, photographer who documented the Freedom Rides, dead of corona virus at 92.

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Dave Greenfield, keyboard player with The Stranglers since 1975, died yesterday.

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Was just going to post that.
Tragic. His harpsichord on Golden brown is sublime.
A company I was working for supplied the Harpsichord for the studio recording and one of their tours. It was the only flight cased harpsichord in Europe at the time.
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Such a brilliant addition to the Stranglers. So sad.
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Dave Greenfield, keyboard player with The Stranglers since 1975, died yesterday.

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The keyboard in that is fascinating.
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I am weak on music theory but in Grip (posted above) and Golden Brown at times the melody sounds as if it’s backpedaling against the motion of the rest of the music? He working on different time signatures or something?
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Well, (as best I recall, being unable to listen to it at the moment) "Golden Brown" is in 3/4 with the odd bar of 4/4, so it will sound weird.
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And if I recall Grip correctly, the melody is in simple 4:4 but Greefield's playing in very fast triplets. What I think was extraordinary about him was the way he managed to sneak virtuosity into a genre that was specifically supposed to be revolting against it.

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Old 5th May 2020, 02:34 AM   #119
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Well, (as best I recall, being unable to listen to it at the moment) "Golden Brown" is in 3/4 with the odd bar of 4/4, so it will sound weird.
You're right, 3 bars of 3/4 followed by one bar of 4/4....

...or one measure of 6/8 followed by another of 7/8....

... it's in 13/4 if you want to think of it that way

Either way it's not easy to dance to, or play.
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Roy Horn (Siegfried and Roy) died today one week after testing positive.
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