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  1. never subbed, myself. i don’t like that business model, as i simply don’t have the health or personality to endlessly consume and get vfm. it would turn into overpaying far more quickly for me. physical media was fine for films, but streaming made that into a format fetish, and hoarding exercise … dumped too much of it and sold what i could from that. i had hoped netflix’s international studios might make accessing new foreign stuff far easier, but crossovers have been minimal. i don’t really think the companies own sense of its own identity matches what field they’re working in. reminds me of uber trying claim it was a tech company and not a taxi service. mismatch, misfire. still expect similar model will return to favour as it ties to never ending growth in internet speed, use and access you’ll not see the back of.
  2. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/covid-omicron-deltacron-ba2-measles-b2035093.html im never quite sure about claims of a variant being less significant, as i still think high infection and death rates are normalised as a byproduct or technique for downplaying as a way to push for removal of restrictions, reduction of costs and responsibilities. there’s also long covid, remaining mysteries and concerns about organ, brain damage and much more. interested to see what happens after months of supposedly returning to a long gone ‘normal’ as i imagine a very high chance of a return to the normal of the last two years and a lesson in what normal can possibly be now or at any time with a fundamental change like covid. some countries will prove more willing and capable of such moves - china and HK probably currently still are locking down with comparatively small rises that don’t register in the west - and it may highlight non-human costs are dominant now.
  3. deltacron detected two days ago, as contagious as measles. i'd be more concerned about the psychological state of the population, and those governing them, as it's the greatest weapon or weakness in preventing or suffering from any variant that appears. not to downplay what may evolve, but the move away from measures and data, dismantling of testing and all those other systems put in place is very arguably far too early and even dangerously hubristic. the shock that should come from new infection rises and further deaths will be downplayed naturally by how hard it will be to sense it as an issue and the reluctance to go back to heavy reporting of it all. i suspect there's a painful transition to some kind of acceptance of it, and it's a million miles away from the apparent intention to develop vaccines and eradicate it that was there at the start and quickly began to fade away.
  4. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/mar/10/global-covid-19-death-toll-may-be-three-times-higher-than-official-figures long had a sense manipulation and disinformation was playing a part in figures, especially in very very large or secretive nations, but also aware of how even this will be written off in a similar way by those still struggling to wrap their head around it. oddly easy to lose tens of millions and it doesn’t seem quite real, especially ironic when we can sense people’s existence from afar so much more easily in the last 30 years.
  5. https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-long-covid-less-common-in-fully-vaccinated-uk-health-agency-says-12542755
  6. the UK are lifting restrictions completely, and a month earlier than planned, without apparent specific scientific involvement in making that move. political cover for brexit disasters and other central political failings has seen the pandemic turn from useful to politicians to increasingly risky for the public. the transition has to come, but it's shortened by stresses to the system that were very avoidable and predictable. financial pressure is being shifted onto those still willing and able to spend on isolation, tests and lockdowns. only splitting hairs to describe the events that have occurred over the last two years allows for attempts at dismissing it all as unprecedented. the planet, however, has seen pandemics before, and this one continues with much political or societal hubris and complacency exacerbating it. as much as people are tired and want to move on, infections have no awareness of this, but can take advantage of it. you'll be seeing hospitalisations, deaths and mandates / antivax stuff being very visible in the news for several years or more still, i guess. by then you'll be even more tired of it all, but you'll have moved on and left some behind. far from fading into accepted annual loss of life due to endemic illness, as per influenza and other more accepted illnesses, the appearance of covid during a time so able to document and communicate the experience from all levels will make this harder to accept as 'done'. it will more likely reemerge as an issue that will tie back to a longer-term known contemporary set of stories and issues, due to the more reliably global nature of it than infections that hit parts of the world, or age groups across it. anyone can get it, anyone can spread it. and there's billions of us.
  7. sure, but then there’s self taught and there’s … uneducated, or … dumb. for example, i have a poor university education but left school with nothing. my brother left school with nothing. he had a good boss and is extremely good at what he does. we discuss the pandemic with no major struggles in observing or communicating. the major difference is a little speed and attention to detail, but the intelligence overall is close that it’s not a clash or struggle, nor is it conspiracy theory territory. there’s a sense the level and standard of each country’s education system is reflected in the detail of how it’s population has responded and behaved. the USA, for example, has a familiar tinge of not realising there’s other countries. there’s no place in a global issue beyond what turns up on its soil, rather than what’s occurring elsewhere involving different cultures and systems. the UK doesn’t quite get it’s a small country with an historical global impact over many centuries that convinced it that everything it does is somehow likely guaranteed to be a major success. despite 160K+ deaths (plus so much more) to the contrary. it’s also doesn’t know it’s education level is 19th century and about discipline and basic skills for employment in industrial settings run by people with greater privilege and exploitative inclinations. i am sure many other places rely or succeed through greater awareness of, and concern for, or fear of, other people. some will be more inclined to accept being told what to do. either to avoid trouble from punishment, or from knowing the impact of spreading disease and being very conscious of what it does.
  8. there’s a huge element of poorly-educated people airing their baffling opinion that formal education is actually a negative process of removing common sense. they then gradually head towards pursuing their *own research* which pushes towards highlighting what was so flawed about their initial assertion, and indicates how challenging and nuanced education is - that it involves the evolution of ideas by seeking, checking and connecting them. not simply picking one out and trying to push it towards being true by repeating it often and loudly.
  9. i was bad at science at school. i’ve been online since the early 90s. i was designing websites for a living at 21, and am now almost 50. i’ve also seen firsthand, mediocre websites taken seriously, because they look a cut above … almost 20 years ago. it’s didn’t surprise me, but the level it’s affected us to is beyond imagination and still quite subtle in its characteristics that it will be studied for an age.
  10. i suspect fear is caused by many or most aspects of this pandemic’s initial and ongoing management and disjointed responses between countries. the biggest cause of fear might be that the central mistake that’s made to result in infection, and by implication and connection, death, is actually a very easy one to make. most subsequent decisions, following hearing this and responding dramatic unfamiliar political intervention to instruct how to avoid this mistake and it’s consequences, derived from medical guidance, are taken to avoid the risk of looking to have failed in such a basic way. “they’ve made it illegal to breathe!” for example. the anti-vax nonsense isn’t connecting to, but rather ignoring, collective concerns and collaboration … it’s turned the failure to take personal responsibility for your part in a bigger pictures into an attempted display of wishing to appear to be doing something positive for likeminded individuals - rather than looking selfish, or hoping to hide selfishness and failure to see a biggest picture as seeing a different one. so, lots of avoidance of risking doing something that will make people look daft pushes back so hard it simply achieves making them look stupid anyway. lots of these collectives end up acting in the same or similar ways, like the wider society they’re resisting being part of. they’re an isolating subset that’s built into hardening resistance and determined to make themselves a minority being punished rather than getting it wrong or being in fear of what it should have been quick to understand was easier to adjust to in order to prevent than fight back against. as so much has evolved via online communication, and as so many people have rudimentary usage of websites, the conspiracies have the same appearance and outlet as the tried and tested science. that’s hurt us a lot. i still think, as covid 19 was identified late ‘19 and vaccination designs began in earnest months before lockdowns in major countries, a matter-of-fact approach to it coming soon and it being the quickest and cleanest way to improve life would have helped enormously. vaccinations have been done on large scales, and we could have not panicked then gained so much or lost a lot less. quick and complete lockdowns were long known to work, but lack of preparation meant not applying wisdom and experience without panic, and the lies went around the world before the truth got it’s boots on.
  11. it's the lack of basic responsibility in people who have otherwise probably always been capable of basic responsibility that fascinates me. tv host in the UK has spent two years lightly debating in an entertainment-like format and allowing so-called balance, contributing towards the phenomena where fact has become opinion. and bullshit is read as fact. annoys me. he keeps saying i don't want people wearing masks, i want to see their faces. he's a regular cyclist. waiting for someone to tell him they don't want him to wear a helmet because they want to see his haircut. see how he reacts. in theory, it would dawn on him how daft his approach can be. likely he'll never make the connection. too much BS has gone on for two long, too intensely. i would hope some will one day be pinned for their bad contributions and actively weapons-grade stupidity, because this is a major even with lots of evidence trails, unlike previous ones that were more localised or predated the explosion in internet usage.
  12. not had it either. suspecting lots of re-infections occurring, hinted at in press recently. omicron. expecting there are locations, lifestyles, that will gradually identify themselves as most likely places waves of infection spread to. i’m in a smallish town (circa 30K) that’s had around 50 deaths, half in care homes, afaik. don’t know about infection rates here, but do sense people gradually convince one another that as more have it and survive (which most always would) that deaths don’t seem so problematic and it’s not that bad after all . as has been said elsewhere, learning to live with covid is not the same as learning to die with covid. hundreds of deaths each day in the UK should not be acceptable and should be a scandal now rather than down the line when left to continue for months and years.
  13. https://brainwaltzera.bandcamp.com/album/itsame
  14. i was a member of that original IDM message board / email subscription thingy in the 90's. talked to richard (briefly) through that, via email, about video game emulation. probably mentioned it before around here. any other members or discussion about that initial use of the term on this forum over the years?
  15. ordered the boxset. needs to be warm and hypnotic. currently worried it's too simple in structure. the frequent bypassing of following or progressing from 90s electronic stuff seems calculating and convenient. it was more of an issue when forse was written, perhaps?
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