the presumptive mister RASFF 2021 <randys...@gmail.com
> ever since I was involved in cryonics circles on the web back in the
> 1990s, I have found keith lynch fascinating and inspirational.
Thank you. I hope you find me fascinating and inspirational for
more than just cryonics.
> Like you I am fat (you being a former fatty, I believe),
Right. From adolescence until my early 30s, I weighed over 300
pounds. But for the past 1/3 of a century, i.e. more than half my
life, I've weighed well under 200 pounds. By weight charts I'm still
overweight, but I certainly don't look it, even when naked. I don't
think the charts take account of muscle mass.
> into computer science at one time in the past, and into
> cryonics...you apparently left cryonics because of the 2000 tech
> bust....I am still signed up...
I left cryonics mostly because the local cryonics group fell apart.
I believe it fell apart because:
* We weren't close to critical mass of people willing to work, even
after we got excellent free publicity (a front page article in
The Washington Post).
* We weren't able to make cooperative arrangements with any national
* We weren't able to make cooperative arrangements with any national
local funeral directors.
* The lack of cryonics-relevant technological progress. Indeed, it
seems to me that, other than in computer hardware, technological
progress has come to an almost complete stop. 2022 is much more
like 1972 than 1972 was like 1922, or than 1922 was like 1872, or
then 1872 was like 1822. Medical care, for instance, keeps getting
slightly better but enormously more expensive. US life expectancies
have been dropping since the turn of the century.
* Most of us, like most Americans, gradually became less and less
wealthy, making cryonics less affordable. (This is not a new trend.
In the 1930s, my grandfather bought a house free and clear while
supporting five non-working dependents and earning a three-digit (!)
annual salary as a meat cutter. Today even most two-income no-kids
families can't hope to afford a house even with a 30-year mortgage.)
Many of the local cryonics organization's members, including me,
didn't even have medical insurance.
(There has been a recent attempt to restart the local organization.
We met two months ago in a member's home in DC, but I've heard nothing
> You got out of computer programming and started doing physician
My job was proofreading transcripts of all kinds at a court reporting
firm. Mostly depositions and business meetings. Some of the
depositions did involve medical issues. Fortunately, I have an
excellent vocabulary. The transcripts, mostly made in India, were
so bad that I often had to discard them and start over, typing them
myself, working lots of unpaid overtime. That job ended when the
firm went out of business.
I never got out of computer programming. I write programs for my own
purposes almost every day. Mostly either recreational math or physics
> ironically, I got out of writing software patents and got a govt job
> that involving reading a lot of medical records.
I've never had a government job, unless you count one year working as
a slave on a plantation called Bland Correctional Farm. That ended 43
years ago. I've had a perfectly clean record since before most people
alive today were born, but am still officially a convicted felon.
I have mixed feelings about software patents.
> You apparently retired recently. So did I.
I was forced into retirement by the slow, but by now near total,
collapse of the local mass transit system, which began nearly 20
years ago, and is continuing. Seldom has more money been spent to
accomplish less. Their "rebuilding" has cost more (not accounting
for inflation) than the Marshall Plan, Manhattan Project, and Apollo
program put together, taken longer than all three put together, and
apparently accomplished nothing whatsoever except to make assorted
grifters wealthy. It included shutting down the Silver Line for a
whole summer for alleged rebuilding just six years after it was first
opened. See https://twitter.com/unsuckdcmetro
The upside of this is that I get plenty of exercise, as I walk almost
everywhere. Also, I spend most working hours doing yard work at my
brother's house, all without power tools.
I'm still open to programming jobs remotely or within walking
distance. But almost every job that can be done remotely is being
done from overseas. I'm a very skilled programmer, but there are
programmers just as skilled in countries where wages are less than
US minimum wage.
> You are apparently still living in the washington metro area near
> where you grew up.
Yes, still in Northern Virginia. (I've never lived in DC or
Maryland.) I lived in the same apartment for 35 years, during which
time my rent more than doubled, then more than doubled again, while
the place became increasingly run down. Eight years ago I moved about
two miles, and am renting a room from a friend. He also gives me the
whole basement for my library in return for him being allowed to use
it too. (Meanwhile, I see that the advertised rent for my old
apartment has almost doubled yet again.)
> I am now living in phoenix so as to be close to alcor.
I'm not going to make major life changes in service of present-day
cryonics. I've always considered it to be a long shot, like mind
> You love science fiction. When I was young, I also loved it.
> But I stopped reading books when the internet came along.
I read more books than ever, albeit mostly non-fiction, and mostly
used, not new. As for SF, I prefer the hard stuff, e.g. Greg Egan and
Hal Clement. Something that makes me reach for my calculator and my
CRC handbook. I also attend science fiction conventions, 110 of them
in the past 42 years. I attended last year's Worldcon in DC, and plan
to attend this year's Worldcon in Chicago. (I will definitely not
attend next year's Worldcon in China.)
> How are you doing, Keith? I am fine, although my wife is going
> through menopause and is crazy as fk lately...
I'm fine too, despite almost everyone in this area pretending the
pandemic is over. To be fair, I don't bother to spend money to get
tested for anything I couldn't afford to have treated, so I may have
any number of serious undiagnosed symptomless conditions.
In 2019 I had a presumptive skin cancer surgically removed from my
forehead. I paid out of pocket. It cost less than one month's
Obamacare premium would have, and Obamacare wouldn't have covered
it anyway as it cost less than the deductible. Also in 2019, I
sprained my ankle, but I didn't seek treatment for it; I recovered
fine despite ignoring the standard medical advice for sprains.
Getting back to covid, I make myself unpopular by pointing out that
far more children in the US are killed by cops than by school mass
shooters. And more kids are killed by covid than by cops and mass
shooters put together. (Also, more cops are killed by covid in a
day than by shooters in a year.) But my modest proposal that school
children should have weekly killer-cop drills has gone nowhere. What
with the current world situation, maybe they should also bring back
the atom-bomb drills of my childhood. Such fond memories.
Keith F. Lynch - http://keithlynch.net/
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