My Personal Little Corner of Insanity

Because I need help like I need a bullet to the brain

Shit no one cares about
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cyanne
I am heavily considering the Sony Xperia Z3. Just waiting for some reviews. Also looking forward to the new iPhone announcement.

PHones
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Well I DID have my heart set on the iPhone 6 (despite the lack of details till next week) but today's Samsung Note 4 announcement coupled with the new Occulus developed VR headset has made me rethink things. There's also the new Sony Xperia Z3, which will be PS4 stream compatible. So I won't need a PSP Vita to paire with my eventual PS4 purchase.

Things to think about.

dreams
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Sleep no more.

Humans have awakened the demons and they have taken over Earth. A handful of humans survive for whatever reason but they go for days without sleep out of fear of being eaten.

A device is found that repells demons from an area due to special sound waves. The few humans who survive can finally sleep.


First world problems
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Right ankle hurts and right knee is sore and stiff. Might not be able to climb in the morning.

Upside, definitely improving though. Slowly but improvement nonetheless.

To the people complaining about mzapp not being used in Africa
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Shut it.

This isn't a case of xenophobia or racism or classism or whatever social injustice you're thinking is happening. I mean, maybe of that took place in choosing who it did but the government of the affected countries need to shoulder some of that blame. When your nation is in crisis and there is only enough of a drug to maybe help two, maybe three people, what do you do? But seriously.

One, the drug has never been tested on humans.

Two, the drug hasn't even finished animal trials.

Three, Mapp Biopharmaceutical is a small US based company, which means production of a highly experimental drug is not only expensive but difficult to ramp up. Plus it is still regulated by FDA regulations.

Four, never tested on humans so god knows what side effects are there or if it even works or makes it even worse. Using experimental drugs is a huge risk.

Five, while history had shown that the middle of an epidemic has been a boon for drug research, it's incredibly risky.

Six, if Brantly and Writebol had been in the US with Ebola, chances are they would have never gotten the drug.

Seven, it will take time to ramp up enough of the drug to treat people in Africa right now.

The best thing that can be done for them right now is to contain the virus so it doesn't spread to others and encourage people you know in the afflicted areas to practice the precautions laid out by the CDC and WHO.

Early morning woes
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Kind of wished the bouldering gym opened earlier than 10. Would mean less time trying to find something to occupy myself with til then.

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When the world ends, Jason is totally moving to the wilds of Montana/Wyoming near Yellowstone. He's gonna have a cabin by the river with the back towards the mountains. I have a pic to upload later.

Thoughts on Uber the ride sharing service
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Uber and Lyft are, conceptually, great ideas. The technology behind it is pretty brilliant. The real issue I have is that while user reviews can help filter out the good from the bad, you don't know if a new driver is bad until after you get in the car with them.

Uber, for example, only earlier this year started expanding background checks to all of their drivers rather than background checks on just their "elite" services. They have also shown reluctance in the past to take responsibility for their drivers while their drivers are "working".

Not to mention that their actual corporate policy appears to be rather flippant, especially when it comes to laws and regulations. For example, they recently moved into Virginia where existing laws ban ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft. And Uber did it knowingly and willingly.

As for their insurance, Uber and Lyft depends on the driver's personal insurance to cover things first before they step in with their "best in class" insurance. The problem with this is that almost all insurance companies will only cover you if you have a private insurance and you are driving as a private individual. They consider services like Uber and Lyft to be commercial and thus you need a commercial insurance. If they catch you, they can drop you and good luck getting car insurance again.

That said, I can't trust a company that acts in such blatant disregard for the law and tries to absolve itself of all blame (thus throwing a driver under the bus) when something happens while a driver is looking for fare. Nor does it exactly seem willing to actually help drivers out with training and what not. On top of that, they do not have fixed rates for their services.

So yeah. I like the concept but Uber the company leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Lyft's been playing it smarter but I still feel sketchy about the entire thing.

Mondays
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Not good ways to start a day:
Waking up a hour late because alarm went off at the right time for the wrong time zone.
Getting a call from work while trying to leave for work because of vtc issues.
Getting to work nearly a hour late because of dealing with said issues.
All on 5 hours of sleep.

A summer project
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DNA Sequencing for tracing ancestry: https://www.23andme.com/
GPS tool for tracking down the physical location of said ancestry: http://prosapiagenetics.com/index.php

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