It’s a fact that it messed with my suspension of disbelief for a bit. It would be better if it hadn’t. I still like the story; it’s just a minor flaw.
The club is now closed until further notice.
I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that the game went on last night as planned. The good news is that my parents won’t be attending any more large games. The bad news is that there are still going to be more large games, at least one tonight. Although it’s mostly the same population every time.
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Everybody says that immunity to coronaviruses is not robust (although we don’t know yet about this specific one).
Alcohol and bleach are both extremely common in our current environment, so if it’s possible to create these superbugs, then we should already be doing it, although this could speed up the process. And quick Google searches tell me that nothing is evolving resistance to bleach; but we are indeed creating alcohol-resistant superbugs that are starting to infest hospitals. So those may get worse.
I thought that we were right about Y2K, people spent a lot of time preparing for it, and their hard work saved us all. Is that wrong? (I understand if you just link to somewhere else and don’t clutter up your thread any further with this digression.)
Hi, I haven’t posted in a while, and I hope that people are still reading new comments in this thread, because I need an answer fast, and this is the best place that I know to get a good one. (Well, second best. I posted to SSC first.)
My parents, age 70, live in Lincoln NE (population 285 thousand, no reported cases of Covid-19 yet, 17 reported cases in the State, schools just closed and are preparing to go online). They pretty much run their bridge club, most of whose members are in their 70s but generally in good health. The club has an event planned for tonight (March 15 Sunday), at which 26 people are expected to show up and sit at card tables in close proximity, moving from table to table over the course of the evening. There will be hand sanitizer available at the tables.
Question: Should they cancel the event?
Please give reasons for your answer as if you’re trying to convince a stubborn Boomer (but not a Trump-supporter). You may assume that your audience is mathematically literate. If you know any data on age-related risks that controls for other risk factors, then that would be a big bonus. (Because since heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease are all risk factors for Covid-19, and since they’re also all more prevalent among older people, maybe age alone is not much of a risk factor all.)
Greg Egan (who, you may remember, started out in supernatural horror before he switched to hard science fiction) has now written (and published) a p-zombie horror story: https://www.tor.com/2018/07/19/the-nearest-greg-egan/
Eliezer never wrote an epilogue, and probably isn’t going to, since Alexander Wales already wrote a better one.
Every ‘Tick.’ is a moment where Harry wastes time by acting suboptimally (given what he then knows).
I see, the comments do sometimes get posted in the wrong place. [My comment on the previous chapter had been here before.]
The forward links here are messed up, in various ways.
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I remembered the bit about the chest, and I accepted that as showing that Michael’s a Muggle, but it’s vaguer about Petunia. But I forgot about the potion that had already worked on Petunia; that seems pretty clear. So thanks!
It says 4 comments to me, so at least yours is now being counted, but I don’t know what those mysterious 3 other comments are either. (It still says 4 to me, after adding this. But after reloading the page, it says 5.)
Harry seems convinced that his mother Petunia is a Squib, since the potions wouldn’t work on his father Michael but are expected to work on her. Has this ever been established? Based on the genetics alone, there’s a 1⁄3 chance that Petunia is a Muggle like Michael appears to be. (In contrast, both Petunia’s parents and Hermione’s parents are guaranteed Squibs, short of any mistaken parentage.)
Yeah, I’ve been having some issues too.
In canon, a Squib is simply a Wizard-born Muggle, the counterpart of a Muggle-born Wizard. Here it seems to be something different.