atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#6515: I called it

Look at how they make this stuff work.
The MuTaTo cancer treatment will eventually be personalized. Each patient will provide a piece of his biopsy to the lab, which would then analyze it to know which receptors are overexpressed. The individual would then be administered exactly the molecule cocktail needed to cure his disease.
It's a cure for cancer which requires taking a sample of the diseased tissue and analyzing it, then providing the correct cure.

In $Release_Candidate_One, I talk about a cure for cancer which requires that a biopsy first be taken, and after that the patient is given a single IV treatment. This is a bit more extended than that, but it really does sound like a kind of antibiotic for cancer. And if it works these guys will make money hand over fist.

Now we're getting somewhere.

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As you can see, I am not the only one. Davros visits Davos. Heh.

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As for the Giganto-tron, the obvious burn-in went away, of the menu bar of Pale moon; that's the good news. The bad news is that the discolored band remains across the top, which is burn-in from the desktop background.


As stated previously, it's not really a big problem. I just know that I need to make sure the monitor is not displaying any one image for too long; and even if I do that, it gets better. (Except for that part across the top.)

Still, can't beat "free", and if it gets too bad it shouldn't cost a lot to replace it with a similar-sized TV.

The only sticking point there is that I want to make sure to get a 1080p monitor "if and when". 720p TVs are cheaper (like, half as much in some cases) but of course you lose about a third of your vertical and horizontal resolutions when compared to 1080p. The Giganto-Tron runs in 1920x1200, which is a bit "taller" than 1080p, but otherwise is about the same resolution.

Plus side? Smaller TVs keep getting cheaper. When I was working at Best Buy I contemplated this, but could never find a 1080p monitor in the 30" range that was under $300. Now they're routinely under $200.

Actually, TVs in general keep getting cheaper. I was only able to find "Smart" TVs in the 45-50" range, and they're under $400 now even with that. Recall please that my 47" TV cost something like $550 in 2010; nine years later--yeah.

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While Christmas shopping on December 22, I bought a pack of pens.

Working from home, you don't have the advantage of going to the place where the office supplies are stored and taking what you need. You have to get your own supplies. (And considering the commute distance, it's cheaper to buy my own, anyway.) So I've been using notebooks from my stash of ultra-cheap notebooks bought on clearance from Target with my employee discount--yes, I've had them that long. I had bought them by the case after they went on clearance and I was able to get them for something ludicrous like $0.08 per notebook--five bucks for the case. One year I gave my nieces and nephews 10-packs of notebooks as stocking stuffers, just because I realized I had far too many, so many that I'd never use them all. After that I had a much smaller stock of notebooks, and have used them as needed.

After a decade of whittling away at the pile of notebooks, I still have two 10-packs left, and I've been using them for work since starting this job. I'm not lacking for scratch paper. Pens were the problem.

...Walmart had simple stick pens, a dozen per box, for under a dollar. Now, I prefer to use Paper Mate pens. Flex Grip or Write Bros are my favorites; in fact I have a very specific pen in mind when I think of Paper Mate pens. They don't make them that way any longer. These pens had a fine point, a white barrel, a black cap with a metal clip. I always used to go out of my way to buy that kind of pen, because it worked best for me. Among other things, their tips didn't get all gunked up with ink the way most cheap ballpoint pens do. Alas, they no longer seem to be available, not like that; but Paper Mate still makes something that's pretty close to it.

Anyway, these Walmart pens are cheap and do the job, and as a bonus they remind me of the Paper Mate pens I used to buy. And they cost a dollar a box, FFS.

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So far today it's single-digit temperatures, but from here there is a steady decline projected all the way to a nadir of -21 tomorrow morning, around 8-9 AM. I will be stepping outside tomorrow morning to start the Jeep and make sure everything is okay, so I will get to experience (however briefly) the bitter cold for my own bad self.

Tonight I'm going to put her on the battery charger just to make sure there's enough juice in the thing to crank it.

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It's no colder outside than it was when I started work; yet because the sun is going down, now I'm starting to feel chilly. Oh well.

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