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General Discussion / Re: The world has gone mad
« Last post by zpyder on April 01, 2020, 10:07:47 AM »
You'd be surprised what people do.

Seen people walking around holding their phones with gloves on. Touching their face with gloves on. Pulling gloves off by the fingertips...

I wear gloves at work/the lab (senior lab technician) and am pretty anal when it comes to what I handle and how and even I catch myself cutting corners occasionally!

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General Discussion / Re: The world has gone mad
« Last post by Clock'd 0Ne on April 01, 2020, 10:04:48 AM »
Well rounded points there!

On the whole, I think proper use of gloves is probably more beneficial (assuming you are continuing to wash your hands) especially if you have cuts/cracks on your hands, which could be caused by dry skin from washing so much. Most people don't clean their hands properly, but it takes a special kind of cretin to not be able to use and dispose of gloves correctly.
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General Discussion / Re: Buying a Japanese nakiri
« Last post by zpyder on April 01, 2020, 10:02:40 AM »
Ooohhh, sharp things...

My best knife is my 30th birthday present from my wife, a Mcusta Zanmai Gyuto. It's super slicy and balanced so well. Vg10 steel core so keeps an edge nicely.

For xmas though my wife got me a baccarat brand set of knives. Here in NZ it seems most Australasian brands are overpriced junk. Sadly, these fall into that category, but I love them nonetheless as they were a gift. The steel is extremely soft, but at least it's easy to rehone and resharpen, plus corrosion resistant.

Should start a thread on pocket knives, which I collect. Mostly as mementos of special occasions...



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General Discussion / Re: The world has gone mad
« Last post by zpyder on April 01, 2020, 09:50:33 AM »
The "don't use gloves or masks" thing has a few different points behind it. First is that they're in short supply, so it's about saving them for those who really do need them (the medical professionals with direct contact with the infected). Second is that most people won't be using them correctly,at which point they can increase the risk of pathogenic infections rather than decrease.

IE, disposable p2 type masks will stop particulates but once they're saturated, you'll end up breathing in the stuff that's soaked through. Also, improper handling can contaminate them. They should be worn once and thrown away.

As to gloves, same thing can be said about the improper handling and storage. But also they can instil bad habits, such as a feeling of immunity so you go around touching and contaminating more than you would of you felt vulnerable and gloveless. A lot of microbiologists don't wear gloves in the lab for that reason,as well as the fact that the skin is a great barrier, you just need to wash your hands properly!


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General Discussion / Re: The world has gone mad
« Last post by Clock'd 0Ne on April 01, 2020, 07:49:50 AM »
I totally agree on the handwashing, there's nothing anal about it. For some reason people have this cavalier attitude to bacteria and such as though "it's good for your immune system". The only time this ever applied is with newborns with underdeveloped immune systems (breastfeed them and let them play normally in your house, don't let them swandive into your rubbish bin) or commensal bacteria like that found in your gut.

Not sure what to think on the masks tbh as there is a lot of poorly thought out logic or plain mis-information, overuse/poorly constructed ones will do nothing, but surely any barrier is better than no barrier? If nothing else it will keep the other mouth-breathers away from you! This also seems to get tied in with using surgical gloves too, which should be a no-brainer if disposed of after use correctly, but there's people saying don't bother with gloves at all.

This should be required watching:
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General Discussion / Re: The world has gone mad
« Last post by neXus on April 01, 2020, 03:33:31 AM »
A little shocking thing I have seen is friends and family on facebook.


1. Too many people are getting their information from social media and too many of them are getting all the fake stuff and taking it in. That worries me. One is the home made mask stuff that people are doing that is pointless.


2. People complaining their hands are sore or too dry now from washing their hands a lot.
Firstly - OMG, the amount of people that did not wash their hands as they should be normally is very surprising to me. I have barely changed my hand washing because I was already doing it all.


- Before dinner
- When you come home from work
- Put bins out
- Doing anything in outside or clearly could be dirty
- Toilet of course


And so on...


I commented on this on facebook and most people seem to not wash their hands before dinner or after being out of the house and a couple of family members told me I was excessive before. The whole reason Flu numbers are still quite shocking globally is because people have a very poor concept in hygiene and as soon as a new virus hits - its a mess.


France - Has been poo with their flu numbers for years, too many old people die each year over there but they worked on it recently and it improved. They still have questionable hygiene around.
Italy - Old country, old people and lots just water works, garbage, streets - all old but they clearly have a major issue with their health and hygiene over there. They have not taken part in official flu statistics for a number of years so no one really knows how bad it is each year there but clearly there was a reason for it - They knew!


New York - Anyone been there in summer? Why do most people go there when it is actually winter? Same as San Fran - A lot of streets actually just smell of piss and the garbage everywhere that seems to just been there ages, the human poo you see on the streets, all the homeless, the smog and just how crammed people are there etc - It was ALWAYS going to be a bad run there.


America with its overal population of poor health, government of idiots in power, king idiot in power and poor [/size]hygiene many states have - Their death toll is going to be crazy.
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General Discussion / Re: The world has gone mad
« Last post by Serious on March 31, 2020, 18:05:07 PM »
US Death toll is 3,393. UK 1,808.
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Entertainment & Technology / Re: Picard
« Last post by neXus on March 30, 2020, 23:36:02 PM »
Video on French pre-Dreadnaughts if anyone is interested.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ygXLnRAm-A


True, but it is still a change for the federation that built lots of different ships for different purposes. Lessons learned.
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Entertainment & Technology / Re: Picard
« Last post by Serious on March 30, 2020, 12:27:26 PM »
Video on French pre-Dreadnaughts if anyone is interested.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ygXLnRAm-A
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Entertainment & Technology / Re: Picard
« Last post by Serious on March 30, 2020, 12:05:31 PM »
Managed to watch episode 10, end of series, and it was enjoyable.

Then it was also highly predictable, I mean, they tell you what is going to happen a long time before they do it. I heard some bits put forward a couple of weeks ago.

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The one disappointment was the alien machines that looked more like a bunch of mechanical worms. Then we have seen them previously. Could have been so much better.


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Ship design often ended up advancing fast, so you might end up with ships initially intending to be identical but each ship benefited from the lessons learned from the previous ones, so could vary a lot. On top of that you get in life updates, improvements which were done to bring ships up to date but usually done on an individual ship. That meant even if ships were identical to start off with they often quickly ended up with variants. There are also a huge number of possible different uses for a ship so you would end up with a lot of different designs anyway.
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