Just a machine made of wood, metal, paint and bone. In fact not even a particularly good example of such a machine. But I would risk my life to rescue it in a fire, because secretly I know that it is made of wood, metal, paint, bone and magic.
July 29, 2020
More from 100 suns
July 28, 2020
It's pretty easy to see that the number of people that a given infectious person infects is the product of1 the number of people they meet while infectious; the proportion of those people who are not immune; the chance of infecting each person. As the proportion if people who are immune goes up this number decreases, ultimately to below 1at which point the epidemic dies out more-or-less quickly: this is herd immunity. If this number is initially around 2, then herd immunity requires about h...
July 30, 2020
It is now easy to forget that the whole brexit thing, before it became cancerous, was built on this pretend idea of a bucolic, rural, white England which existed just beyond memory and to which we could somehow return, sloughing off the present like a bad dream. And maybe it even did exist for some small minority of people. My mother, who was born just before the second war as a Wiltshire farmer's daughter, lived in a world a little like that I think: thatched farmhouse, almost certainly an Ag...