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  1. I haven't yet, I'm listening to the series on audio book, I'm a little bit half way through book three.
  2. Hey folks, For the first time in decades there is general ground war in Europe, and a massive one at that. What are your thoughts on the current conflict in Eastern Europe?
  3. Well, the conclusion of the series happened a few months ago. I was pretty happy with how it ended, but it did seem to leave enough open to have a season or two for last couple books. I'm currently rocking the second audio book and it's really well done.
  4. Hey folks, I just got a new desktop for the first time in a few years so I'll try to be on more often. Things are still going alright for me, I'm still somehow an elected official for a medium sized city of about 55K and oversee a budget of about 95 million dollars. Working as a nurse and going to school full time as well, and my daughter is 7 and wicked smaht. I'm also on standby for refugee assistance in Eastern Europe to help with the Ukrainian situation and may be headed to Romania/Moldova for aid. We meeting for drinks right Edric O?
  5. This is exciting stuff! It's been decades since the last dune RTS. I'm pumped.
  6. I watched it last night. It lacked a lot of the subtle nuances of the book, but it was entertaining. The Lynch version was a confusion riddled mess that was a bad movie(I still love it) when the Mini series had the ability to tell significantly more due to its time allowance. The cinematography in this was great. I'm quite pleased.
  7. Moving into 2021 (well nearly half way through) We continue to see the lingering impacts of a waning Covid 19 wave (I say that since we are looking at other spikes in the Delta Varient nationwide) Supply chain issues are also continuing to dominate local manufacturing issues here in Northern Indiana. While we have some relief (lumber is already falling) we're still beset by things like chip shortages. Locally our unemployment level is under 4%. Which has led to a massive increase in demand for workers. And definitely shifted the power back to labor. Local companies have had to raise wages to compete and most have a minimum of 15 dollars an hour. Politically we're also looking to raise the minimum wage allowed for companies asking for a tax abatement up to 17 dollars or more. Biden has done okay. Honestly surprisingly effective with how the senate is currently. The child tax credit ($250-300) a month for six month for every kid in the US is a game changer that could reduce child poverty by millions. But we're s faced with looming environmental, police, and voting rights issues in the states.
  8. Hey folks, I'm a fan of the horror podcast last podcast on the left. They did a spin off series talking about the Dune series. It's pretty comical, and a good listen. Hope you enjoy. https://www.lastpodcastnetwork.com/dune
  9. Big back and forth on If it will be released in HBO max at all. Or just theaters. Personally I don't care either way, we got a big budget dune movie
  10. exatreide

    The Expanse

    Hey Folks, Is anyone else here a fan of the Expanse? It's currently on Amazon Prime and heading into its last season (season six). I really enjoy it, the political aspects of it between the three factions (Earth, Mars and the Belt), the action side, and the unknown aspect of the protomolucle. It's always a book series that is quite an entertaining read as well (on book two my self). Anyone else a fan?
  11. Oh hey folks. Since the last post i've been elected to city council (still running for state house). Yeah, lil ol exatreides is now in government. Hows the turns have tabled!
  12. Oh boy oh boy oh boy! Boys do we have worm sign! I ain't gonna lie, I was worried. I'm still worried it may suck. But come on! We have something to look forward to this year! In DUNE! and It's not a terrible spin off novella or something. Wooohoo!
  13. So, I'm terribly bored so I figured I'd jump on the ol Dune2k for an update on my life, since I am as we all know, the center of the two known universes. I spent two weeks in Shiprock new mexico working as a triage covid nurse for the Navajo reservation, this was all volunteer (with expenses paid). We were nearly always busy, and the Navajo nation continues to be one of the hardest hit areas in the country. Back home, I quarantined for a couple weeks and continued my Don Quixote like statehouse run. We had the primary here in Indiana, and while my GOP opponent went from 8,000 votes in 2016 to 5,001 now. The dem went had 2,965 votes in 2016, and I had 2,947. So, while GOP enthusaism was down, Dem's wasn't really up. Still though, the race goes on, and our website is up. www.mishlerforindiana.com Other than that, continue to do nursing telehealth visits, and offer what support I can to local health and advocacy organizations.
  14. Day one: Day one yesterday was an odd day, but the first day of treating patients. The first half consisted entirely of onboarding with the Indian health systems, finger printing, hippa training ect, meeting coders, medical records ect. It was long, tedious. I thought nextgen was a bad electronic charting system. Indian health ehr is almost DoS like. Originally I was supposed to work in the low acuity alternative care site. That's not open yet, so I'm outside in the triage tent helping screen folks. It seems my fate in any pandemic is to wear ppe outside, in the heat. While Ebola had much more intense PPE for maybe an hour or two, this is less intense PPE for much longer. Its very hot, and we had a near constant stream of cars from my arrival at 3pm till I left at 7pm. We had a couple cases non covid related, a head wound, a cat bite, and a stomach pain. But everyone else was covid, covid, covid. Contact tracing normally focusses on an individual, however due to Navajo culture, whole families, 3 or 4 generations may live together in small homes. So the idea is family tracking instead. The outbreak continues upwards here, with the Navajo nation instituting a curfew from friday 8pm to monday 5am. All those who violate face a $1,000 fine. It's not severely complicated work, just getting vitals, moving folks from the parking lot in a wheelchair up a hill, and into the ER. Tech work, but hey it's helping and the staff here is incredibly grateful for the help. The alternative care site to house folks is a gymnasium near here. If I'm here, or there doesn't matter as long as we're helping out.
  15. Today was a travel day, up early and away, a sad goodbye to the beautiful girlfriend for the next two weeks :(. The airport experience was...different and my first time traveling in a COVID-19 world. Security took no time at all, I was the only person there. Then the ritual pre deployment beer, drank with a pulled aside mask and gulped hurriedly. Normally I fall asleep on the flight, but it was a bit uncomfortable with the N95. Landed, and switched planes. Met up with the new team, all of whom seem to be pretty good folks. There's 4 of us on this mission, two nurses, a doc and an NP. We picked up a rental car, made a quick stop at wal mart and headed off. We we're originally going to work in Gallop but they told us we will be working at a hospital in shiprock instead. Part of any successful disaster response is flexibility, you have to be able to go with the flow, and adjust as needed. Well, I'm a bit nervous on since I haven't done inpatient care in a long time. And Gallup was supposed to be a lower acuity setting. But hey, nerves are normal and I'm sure it will be fine. We drove first from Albuquerque to Gallup to meet with our team, get some supplies. We had a couple hour discussion with our native American Liaison about culture and history before heading off. Gallup itself is under lock down, turning folks away without reason to be there (we had a letter). Another hour and a half driving to get to our air B&B where we will be staying for two weeks, or however long we're needed. Attached is photos of checkpoints.
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