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  1. First launch in almost a decade. I’m downright giddy right now.
  2. The Falcon project is amazing. I can only imagine how much money is saved being able to reuse the entire first stage rocket.
  3. Apparently Minnesota has a statewide agency that is designed to assist law enforcement all over the state with a variety of matters. I just looked it up and didn't learn a ton, but state government apparently likes having it around for the flexibility of quickly shifting resources to investigations and projects that need it.
  4. So we have doctors in Column A that suggest masking will help slow spread. And we have doctors in Column B that say they're not particularly helpful. Where does that leave us? A pragmatic approach suggests erring on the side of caution while studies continue.
  5. There has been suggestion that the higher rates of transmissibility of SARS-CoV-2 over its obvious comparison, SARS-CoV-1, is that it replicates more in the upper respiratory tract than its predecessor, which located itself primarily in the lower respiratory tract. They discuss it in the article I posted above. I think that was something of a surprise early on and may have hampered early responses.
  6. The novel virus is so new that information is changing by the day. They initially thought it more similar to the SARS-CoV-1 virus that China pretty well contained during that outbreak. It's proven to be a more difficult beast. The most recent thing I've read was an editorial in yesterday's [EDIT: republished from April] New England Journal that's trying to make sense of the limited studies we currently have of asymptomatic transmission. It concluded with a recommendation for masking, but the editorial itself is rightly centered on skilled nursing facilities and the additional precautions needed there that exceed our current standards. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMe2009758
  7. Which contradicts information in their own Q&A. It appears to be because the WHO draws a distinction between a medical mask and a non-medical mask and the way in which they switch between them is unclear on the site. Q&A: Masks and COVID-19 "WHO recognizes that there are many questions about the use of face masks to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in the community, and that many countries are recommending that people wear them. Wearing a medical mask can limit the spread of certain respiratory viral diseases, including COVID-19. However, the use of a mask alone is not sufficient to provide an adequate level of protection. Other measures such as physical distancing and hand hygiene should be adopted." Regarding use of non-medical masks: "Although their protective effectiveness to the wearer is unknown, they may protect others if the wearer is a pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic carrier." The WHO's position has been the same for months: they won't take a position on questions involving non-medical masks for the general public. The CDC has done so and recommends masking in situations where social distancing is difficult or impossible. How to Protect Yourself & Others | CDC
  8. The league and the players agreed back in March that once the season started, players would be paid their normal salary prorated on a per-game basis. So with the 82-game schedule the league proposed, the players would already be paid only half their normal annual contract. The players expect the league to honor that agreement. The owners argue that was negotiated expecting fans in the stands and so with higher available revenues. However, I expect both sides to come to a reasonable conclusion here. The league's first proposal was a non-starter, just like they knew it would be, slashing salaries an additional 33 percent, on average. They didn't start the negotiations with their best offer, but with their best-case offer. Both sides will figure this out because nobody wants a lost season.
  9. I think I saw earlier that the scrub date is May 30.
  10. GAHHHH! Scrapped 15 minutes before launch. Bad weather.
  11. If the two-part photo I posted shows up, the top one is the screens from the interface on the screen from inside the space shuttle Endeavor. That last launch was only nine years ago.
  12. The future is now. That's the interface the pilots see in the cockpit. It genuinely feels like real-life has caught up to sci-fi here.
  13. Set to go just after 4:30 pm today. Had it on in the background for a couple hours now. First manned launch from American soil since the last shuttle flight in 2011. I'm fascinated by this. As a long-time supporter of the space program, I've been waiting a long time for this.
  14. There are times I've really enjoyed a trip like No. 4. But in these last couple years as I've been settling into a new office in a new town and trying to get my client base together while working 50+ hours every week, going somewhere where I can just be still, relax, function without a clock and just breathe has been incredibly appealing. The loss of the Michigan trip next month will hit me really hard when the time comes, even if we've rescheduled it for later this year. 10 days on the lakefront is EXACTLY what I need after the last few months.
  15. No. 5 I think. As long as the cabin has a great view. I can stay up there for days with someone else cooking and be content. No. 1 also has promise for the same reasons.
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