_BlueFire_ t1_j9kke4g wrote

Student, when I study I often loop throughout the day. However I dive into an album before going to the next one (I also need to find something to get fixated, if it doesn't I listen it kinda normally, but it can get annoying wanting to listen something and not knowing what. A big fridge full of unfilling left overs)


_BlueFire_ t1_j9kjlgf wrote

I mostly need to know it well enough to be able to background it. Not being an native English speaker helps, but for example the 6-8-times-a-day album was Italian so lol (I also liked the exam, which helped even though I hated what of the exam had to be studied).

I listen a lot of music, but that's my approach to the new one. I need to get fixated on something for a while to propey register it


_BlueFire_ t1_j9jwak3 wrote

Yeah, but more than the amount of times it's that music was essential to properly study (from here the amount). It keeps one piece of my mind occupied so it doesn't wander around lol It frightens knowing that I'm still in the "able to properly function" side of the spectrum


_BlueFire_ t1_j9j3hos wrote

Not regular, but when I was able to manage focusing on my studies I could easily loop something 3-4 times a day minimum. There was one album which lasted precisely a pomodoro cycle of 1h and I even used it to have a rhythm. My average then was probably like 6-8 times a day and there's when I probably peaked at 10.

Then fast forward on year and I got diagnosed mild ADHD lol


_BlueFire_ t1_j6n9jdo wrote

"Tough. Not difficult, not painful, not annoying, just tough, that's how I would describe what my life had been like since I discovered my gift. I didn't live a hard life, but everything I saw was followed by the unstoppable chain of thought which someone like was bound to.

I discovered this ability to twist reality relatively young, so I had enough time to explore some nuances, for example how it can work for other species too, but not between different ones, and how it's not an unlimited power. How it is, sometimes, immediate and sometimes it takes its time. The more lives I mean to save, the more time it takes to properly set the conditions. One important thing I noticed, though, is the consequence-related death-limit: it doesn't work if saving someone will lead to the direct harm of someone else. The other interesting detail is that it's all influenced by my intention: I can choose who to save. But it's not what you're interested to, even if it's related, right? I will try to go straight to the point.

Since middle school I was influenced by this gift, as I said I got more and more interested into matters of life and death sooner than a child should be. I wouldn't recommend it. At first I began experimenting on animals. That scarred me, it's probably what made me somewhat insensible. Ants were the first of my conscious experiments: I established that a single one couldn't save an anthill, but a queen could. I didn't think about eggs and when I did I was already dedicated to more complex beings. Stray cats were next, and... Oh, sorry, the point, sure.

During High school, young and rebellious, I dove into ethics as a hobby, and into sciences for my future career. Chemistry turned out useful and I realised that right before enrolling to university. Easy choice. Before university I also experimented with the first human, maybe you remember the robbery it was on the national news for a while: many hostages were taken and the police intervention seemed too risky to even attempt safely, they eventually tried and nobody was harmed. Right after I strangled a homeless guy. It was defined a miracle, but I still feel guilty for the poor dude. Oh, interesting fact: it doesn't work if I kill someone who's already almost dead. Yes I'm the killer who disconnected those people in the hospital in my county. Yes, I know it's not the point, sorry, again, I'm too used to my thoughts' stream.

During university is when I both befriended the activists' groups and discovered that the definition of innocent could be stretched by a wide margin. I managed to successfully graduate, but as you've certainly read the papers you know it wasn't for a day to day job. I took part to some, as you would call them, terroristic assaults. That's when I discovered that I had to be the direct cause of the sacrifices' death and that's why after the first two none of them made victims. I know how to design bombs and thank my physicists and engineers colleagues, as well as google. And that brings us, finally, to the point.

You see, maybe your generation doesn't care enough for the planet, but you should think about mine, and the next too. We also live here and the climate crisis already claimed millions of lives. And that's why I plead guilty, your honour. I plead guilty of the attacks. I did run the organisation. And, most importantly, I did, during the span of the last six months, kill nineteen among the heads of the major oil companies and fossil fuel conglomerates of the world. I consider myself perfectly conscious of my actions and I was only stopped by the impossibility of doing more. It would be pointless trying to lie at this point.

I am confident that on the long run this will make its share and I will accept my punishment, if you find it ethical. I only pulled the lever, and hit those who broke the trolley's brakes."


I write very rarely, please don't be harsh


_BlueFire_ t1_j68p8p4 wrote

This. It has a base of truth, but it's cheesy to the point of feeling like being considered a preschool kid. And also so "i want this to be obvious and explicit" that it misses any possible shade (like, fuck, I'm born poor and I won't die poor, anyone reposting stuff like that never had to budget groceries)


_BlueFire_ t1_j4dr0k2 wrote

We're looking for alternatives, but until we'll be able to replicate an entire system in vitro the results won't be as reliable. That would lead to less reliable drugs or a much slower progress, as we would need human testing for more possible drugs.

There are those who see one way or the other as the better, it really depends on your "ethical priorities"


_BlueFire_ t1_j2kp7ur wrote

Hey, my field here (still in pharm school, but I'll specialize in delivery).

  1. Getting an approval is a long, hard and expensive process, all things that you want to avoid. On top of that, a patent expires after a while, so other companies who didn't spend money on the research process can manifacture the med and sell it (the so-called generic drugs), BUT you can extend the patent if you re-patent it in a different-enough formulation.

  2. Each route has its advantages and disadvantages, and the main ones are actually different enough to just choose in advance depending on the effect you need (instant vs slow release, for instance). However, there are A LOT of finer delivery methods which can be used, that can modulate the release (targeting something like a tumor or releasing through a precise pattern like concerta / ritalin XR, not to mention advanced methods that involves heat or other external stimuli).

Now, given 1) and 2), you can understand how the first try for at least a general method, the ones that fits the reason why it's being developed, patent and get the AIC (Italian for Autorizzazione all'Immissione in Commercio, don't know the English term, basically authorization to sell it) as soon as possible, after refining the chosen one.

After it's on sale, they'll find a way to repurpose or formulate it differently, maybe trying for an XR version, and testing for different delivery methods, which will be patented right before the other one expires. They calculate it to day precision.


_BlueFire_ t1_j2dzssy wrote

Depending on "cheap" and "unaffordable" it may be a lot of things.

Cocoa will likely cost much more and will be less accessible, but depending on the climate situation and governments' policies we could begin to see beef price rise significantly (due, for example, to higher taxation on products which produces higher emissions)


_BlueFire_ t1_ixjra84 wrote

The grand master had spoken: 100 sacrifices. That was the most important part of the ritual and creating your own, blank, grimoire was probably the most efficient initiation test, as you would have needed it to be a dark sorcerer in the first place and it was difficult enough to skim away the weak and less determined ones.

I was close to completing my task, it had taken an average amount of months to get the materials and the usual weeks to perfect the spells and set everything as needed. The only missing thing were the 100 sacrifices... The most laborious part and the one you shouldn't talk about. Some of the grand masters of the past had found creative ways to make wars begin and quickly got even more material, once they found a way to bond their death to the spell. Others had waited years to reach the number. Others were quicker, but somehow they never managed to become very powerful. Well, damn it, I would have changed things, I would have sacrificed millions... Millions of bacteria! Fungi, to be precise. I had thought about growing my culture, but a cut of fine cheese would have done the trick anyway.


"... and then you got nothing and wasted everything, didn't you?"

"FUCK! How is it possible? I did everything to the perfection, I focused on their lives, I have taken them, I-"

"Shut up, Alexander. You've always been so smart, yet so dumb..."


"Value. The sacrifices are value. You're not the first one trying to sacrifice lesser means of life. Many quicken the process using dogs instead, after all it's needed that it's one hundred of something, obviously the result depends on what you use. If it's the same species you get finer results but it doesn't even need to be that way."

"So, the reason why you can't talk about it..."

"People would get suspicious about large amount of animals disappearing at once. They try to mitigate the inconvenience of inept trying this way. Yet, 100 chickens barely makes a book you can write a minor spell on, so that would be pointless. Now start again, we'll hang ut once you get your job done. You have potential and you know that. And don't ask me again how I'm finding 100 people: everyone has their personal way"

"Damn, it will be tedious, but I already have some ideas... Two years from tomorrow, the pub under the shortest tower, where we first met, vesper time at the table near the cellar door. I'll wait you there"


Now, I wouldn't have sacrificed him, he was my friend after all. But sneaking as much mages as I could among the 100 people would have made everything way more interesting...


_BlueFire_ t1_ixjifl6 wrote

Yeah, basically during the last 10ish years we've managed to better understand, study and make both specific antibodies and delivery means. Kay principles of this field and both pretty much unknown before 2000's


Of course we knew about antibodies, but there have been terrific advancement in molecular biology and everything related to it, so now they can be designed and closely studied