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By xth again (Sat Apr 02, 2022 at 06:48:27 AM EST) (all tags)
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Watched: Parallel Mothers (Almodovar)

In the middle of watching series 2 of the Wire, The Wife finally cracked. She couldn't take the negativity and general grimness of it all anymore. To make up for it, I went and watched Parallel Mothers with her. Nominally a story about mothers, but of course being Almodovar it's not really a story about mothers. And it was just as grim as The Wire in parts, which amused me.
Almodovar uses soap opera conventions, but with much higher production values. His aim is to normalise gender-fluid, marginalised people. While pointing fingers at conservative Spanish society, and its links to fascism. It's bitty in parts and it drags on a bit towards the end, before a strong finale. But it's a very good movie. Penelope Cruz is fantastic in it.

Comforting: nurses

Went out for drinks the other day. Something so unusual these days, it's worth writing about. Nurse A was out of town, but her friend, Nurse B joined us. It turns out both of them are on extended leave because of the stress of dealing with no-vax idiots. There are way too many of them in Germany. As a country they are into homeopathy and Rudolf Steiner and all that mumbo jumbo.
I was aware nurses are under a lot of stress, but I didn't realise until speaking to them just how bad it is. As a society we are pretty much leaving them alone to fight against disinformation and fake news. Imagine having people shouting at you, while you are trying to do your job. Telling you everything you learned is wrong and you are trying to poison them. And demanding some whacky if not downright dangerous treatment they read on Facebook. Sometimes the also get violent. In the middle of an actual medical emergency caused by the pandemic. And you can't refuse to deal with them, no matter how much you'd love to. Hair raising stuff.
The devil's advocate in me knows that even those politicians who see things like I do are unable to come and say it. Covidiots vote. And as Brexit showed us, they vote in greater numbers than moderates. Shows all the limits of universal suffrage. Not that we have found better alternatives that are proven to work, sadly.

Eye-rolling: half Russians

There was also a half-Russian chap in the gang. Very stressed because he feels a wave of "russophobia". Much easier to deal with than the distressed nurse. If the biggest issue you are getting out of the war reports is "russophobia" you can fuck right off. Russia has been pretty much a bully for its entire history. Particularly to its own people. There is a reason why all the ex Soviet countries who aren't already in NATO are begging to get into it.
It was a very short conversation.

Watched: Ghostbusters 2016 (Feig)

I have been curious to watch this since it was such a flop. I didn't believe it was just the shrieking incels who made it fail. They are loud, but they are not so many [handwaves away the 2016 presidential elections]. And I was right. It is a crap movie. Not because of the cast, of course, but because it's pretty much Scooby Doo. At first I thought the cast was , in fact, pretty bad. McKinnon for example is terrible, she's not a feature film actress. But then again, Kristen Wiig showed she could act in the Wonder Woman flick. But she was meh in Ghostbusters. So no, it's not the actors. It's got some nice lines here and there, but overall the writing and the directing are shite
I pretty much agree with Michael Phillips' review on the Chicago Tribune . This is a crap franchise, b-movies that are expected to bomb. What is surprising is that the original became such a cult, not that the sequels didn't. I did watch the original when it came out, and from what I remember he is right. What made it cool was the context. It was fresh compared to everything else out at the time. But that was all.
Anyway, The Girl liked it. Just. The Boy got bored after 3 comma 20 minutes.

Learned: food transport (Kurzgesagt)

Transporting food halfway across the globe is not as bad for the environment as people think. I learned that from a short about meat production from Kurzgesagt. We are big fans in the family and watch it regularly. Shipping is super efficient, and uses very little energy per kg. What is bad for the environment is the last mile, the shipping by truck from the depot to your supermarket. And from the supermarket to your home, if you drive. There you go, another reason to dislike truckers.
And that was all.
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last paragraph by marvin (4.00 / 2) #1 Sun Apr 03, 2022 at 03:56:58 PM EST
If your takeaway was to dislike truckers instead of ban cars, I'm a bit lost at your logic.

Carrying a 1 litre bottle of water 600 miles in a loaded truck results in 80g of CO2 emissions.

In a typical car, 80g won't even take you 1/6 of a mile (530g per mile at 36 mpg). If you bought 20kg of groceries on a 5 mile round trip by car, that is 2650g of emissions, with 1/20th or 132g attributable to that 1L water bottle.

Emissions per mile for groceries carried home in your car are around two orders of magnitude higher than a truck. Cars are the least efficient and most wasteful form of transport available to the masses.

(emissions data from Mike Berners-Lee, How Bad are Bananas, 2020 revised).

Oh, it wasn't trucks vs. cars by xth again (4.00 / 1) #2 Sun Apr 03, 2022 at 05:02:48 PM EST
I didn't explain myself properly. I was comparing shipping to transport on wheels (bundling together trucks and cars). Cars being the worst I took it to be so self-evident not to need mentioning. But I didn't expect trucking to be so much worse than shipping. Instinctively the lemons from Argentina or South Africa seem so much worse than those from Sicily, but maybe it's not the case. And given the populist tendencies among those polluting drivers, it makes me dislike them even more.

Interesting book, I've added it to my reading list.

My new employer is a very big company who handle their own logistics. I have the opportinity to move into that area as it is becoming very data science / ML heavy. I never thought of logistics as sexy, but I am beginning to see the environmental potential (and now of course strategic / geopolitic too). I have been longing for some more meaningful work, and this could be a good area.


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it's a great book by marvin (4.00 / 1) #3 Sun Apr 03, 2022 at 05:58:17 PM EST
I thoroughly enjoyed it, although I fear that for most readers, it will be preaching to the converted. I just started reading one of his other books, There is No Planet B.

He's the brother of Tim Berners-Lee. Must be one proud set of parents to have two kids like that.

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Amateurs study tactics by wiredog (4.00 / 2) #4 Mon Apr 04, 2022 at 06:46:01 AM EST
Professionals study logistics.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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