Washing hands. CHECK. What else can I do to protect myself from COVID-19.

I'd like to reach through the monitor and slap the next TV personality or doctor who reminds us to wash our hands. Yes, we get it. Now what else? I'm going to lay out some very simple and obvious tips here in TL:DR format and then go back over the details below that with links to sources. If you don't want to get infected: be where the virus isn't. Don't think you can go out in public and be...

TL:DR for SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19

What follows are the TL:DR snippets of information gathered from various scientific publications about the SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19 disease, with attributes. Why the Coronavirus Has Been So Successful Part 1: COVID-19: How and Why the Virus Spreads Quickly Part 2: COVID-19: How and Why the Virus Spreads Quickly Energetic cost of building a virus One Virus Particle Is Enough To Cause...

It’s alive

I can't think of a year in modern history, and certainly not in my lifetime, that has gotten off to a worse start. 2020 was just a few days old when the United States military executed the leading general of Iran. For a few days we all wondered if another war was inevitable, but to save face, Iran bombed a, mostly empty, Air Force base to save face and we called it even. Whewwww — we dodged a...

NFL overtime rules are incomplete

NFL rules try to cover every contingency in every situation, but I thought of a situation where, under extraordinary circumstances, the rules would be self-conflicting. The rules for overtime games during the regular season were recently changed so that each team would get a chance to possess the ball, unless the team that gets the ball first scores a TD. In that case, the game ends. But if the...

Jurassic World was good, but…

I enjoyed Jurassic World quite a lot for the spectacle of it all, but the story was a little bit lacking. For one thing everything to do with the brothers was a waste of time, but that's not what I want to talk about. What really caught my attention was the loyalty of the raptors. To start with they are subservient to Owen (Chris Pratt). Then they are introduced to the Indominus Rex and switch...

A fountain of imagination and knowledge has passed

Author C. Clark has passed. He was probably . . . no, he was the most influential man during my adolescence and early adulthood. He's the main reason I began college as an astronomy major at the University of Arizona - later to get sidetracked into mathematics, history, philosophy, etc. I read nearly all of his books, both science fiction and science. Along with the 2001 and 2010 Odysseys I...

SpringyTiles : break an image into tiles that spring to place

I've been playing around with Bitmaps/BitmapData and came up with this. The main .as class loads an external image and then uses a Tiles.as class to break the image into rows/columns and then randomly position the tiles so that they can spring back into position. The meat and potatoes of the work is done with the BitmapData.copyPixels() method: bmpData.copyPixels( imgData, new Rectangle( c * w,...

LiquidText documentation

LiquidText requires 6 parameters to be passed to the constructor. I'll create variables to pass to the constructor so that you can better see what each does in the comments. // first you have to import the class import com.polygeek.ani.LiquidText; // liquidLayer is a MovieClip that you can create in the authoring tool // or at runtime. It's simply an empty MovieClip where the text will be placed...