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In the last few weeks I’ve been trying to get a handle on The Cloud (not the company, but the computing services approach) and the ramifications of the almost inevitable rise of this way of doing … well, everything. When you get past the mists of the new acronyms (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS for example) what looms is a “disruptive” technology, and it’s going to be a huge game-changer as far as I can see…  [See Updates at bottom]

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One thing has been clear to me for a long time: obesity and super-obesity have many different causes, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution that will “fix” those who suffer from these conditions (and I do mean suffer – except for Sumo wrestlers and the occasional actor preparing for a role, no-one genuinely chooses to be super-obese).

One of those causes has, for me, been self-evident. It’s an abnormally low normal body temperature. Finally, it looks as though research is beginning to provide evidence-based support for that idea.

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Part 1: Wherever We Look, The Universe Is Expanding Away From Us

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Read Episode 1 first before you read this episode. It makes better sense.

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In my youth (age 16 to mid 20s) I experienced three periods of clinical depression. The longest lasted more than two years, the shortest about 18 months. I never received any treatment or medical management during these periods, and I can’t say whether that was a good or bad idea. I survived but as a result I have a strong appreciation for what it’s like to be clinically depressed, and a concomitant empathy for those going through the hell it can entail. [Updated; see end of article] (more…)

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In 1949 the English novelist and journalist Eric Arthur Blair wrote a novel that has had a considerable impact on society’s perception of government. The novel was called Nineteen Eighty-Four, and Blair’s pen name is well-known: George Orwell.

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Some years ago a very stupid and nasty-minded troll (a female computer science student in the UK – taking a master’s degree, as it turned out) was posting garbage into pet-related newsgroups that were frequented by children. Among other things, she advocated pouring hot wax into an animal’s ears in order to “cure” it of ear mites.

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