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In the 1982 film _Poltergeist_, it is revealed that the character portrayed by JoBeth Williams is 32 years old, and she has a 16 year old daughter therein. I have personally known two people who were grandparents by age 30 so Jane Jetson will have to do better than that to impress me.
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Ah cell medium, a very fraught subject in biology. Two quick points that were not covered, or not covered very well in the article. First, the red color comes from a chemical, phenol red, that is used to monitor pH. If the solution gets too acidic it turns yellow, too basic and it turns purple. Although phenol red has been used forever, it is a slight estrogen mimic, which can alter how the cells work, especially if you are looking at estrogen receptors, but you can get EMEM and DMEM without phenol red.

Second, the article dosen't really talk about another important part of cell media, FBS or fetal bovine serum. This is added to the cell growth media to provide important hormones (like insulin) and other growth factors (which aren't completely understood) to the cells. This is an animal product which varies from batch to batch, and you can see how this causes issues in repeat-ability, as well as not being a human product for studying human cells.
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Since moving to SWFL, I notice I do not have the angst that I got back in CNY around March. Up there I'd be stark raving mad, almost Jack Nicholson in Shining, after the long winter with crappy weather and little sunlight. The last 4 years I worked a lot inan underground quarantine facility where I'd go to work in the dark and return home in the dark, never hardly seeing the sun. Longer daylight hours are best.
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I was living in Venezuela in 1997-1998, right in the midst of when Chavez came into power. Caracas back then was an absolutely horrible, incredibly dangerous city. I can't even imagine what it's like now. I've been lucky enough to travel quite extensively and Caracas is legitimately the only city where I felt spooked just being out and about in it.

The Guardian article makes it sound like it was a lovely haven before Chavez got it. It stopped being one many, many, many years prior. Chavez turned the entire country into a disaster, let alone having Caracas decline even further.

All pretty gross and unfortunate. Venezuela has tonnes of beautiful places to see and the people are great.
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I agree it's probably the best film ever. The core asset is the story, the struggle between honor and greed, between duty and pleasure, between one's own happiness and the fate of the world. Everything else: the fine actors, the setting, the comic relief, all add whipped cream to the experience.
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It's not the authoritarian and cruel part that makes 1984 so memorable. After all, like you said, Colin, there's a long list of autocratic, authoritarian and cruel empires/societies/governments throughout history. It's the absurdity of it, particularly how language is used as a tool of repression. That's how the English language got the terms Big Brother, doublethink, Newspeak, thoughtcrime, etc (as part of the "Orwellian" adjective).
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