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90-year-old woman freaks out over next generation virtual reality goggles

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In a video published to YouTube on Sunday by game developer Matt Rix, his 90-year-old grandmother tries out a cutting edge new display technology called the Oculus Rift, which combines stereoscopic 3D imaging and extremely precise head tracking to produce a stunning virtual reality effect.

And as you can see from the woman’s response, she’ll never think of rendered video game worlds the same way again.

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“Oh man, it’s so real!” she exclaims, witnessing the developer’s “Tuscany” demo. “Oh, this is something else. And I’m still sitting where I was? Holy mackerel!”

The Oculus Rift has whipped up immense enthusiasm among some of the gaming industry’s biggest names thanks to the huge splash it made at the CES conference in January.

Video of people trying the Oculus Rift during the show produced lots of stunned reactions, albeit from hardened gamer dudes. Watching the technology work its magic on a senior citizen who probably wouldn’t have any interest in video games or virtual reality otherwise is significantly more awesome.

“I’m amazed,” she says. “I don’t believe I’m seeing this. Heavens. Holy mackerel. This is unbelievable. I’ll remember this all the rest of my life.”

This video was published to YouTube on Sunday, April 14, 2013.

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What we know — and don’t know — about possible coronavirus treatments promoted by Trump

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President Donald Trump’s excitement about decades-old anti-malarial drugs to treat the coronavirus has touched off widespread interest in the medications, hoarding by some doctors, new clinical trials on the fly and desperation among patients who take them for other conditions.

Many experts say there isn’t enough evidence that the drugs work for the coronavirus, but at least a few say there’s little to lose in giving hydroxychloroquine to patients who are severely ill with coronavirus.

“It’s unlikely to worsen COVID-19, and given that it might help ... we have literally nothing else to offer these patients other than supportive care,” said Dr. David Juurlink, an internist and head of the division of clinical pharmacology and toxicology at the University of Toronto in Canada.

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An epidemiologist explains how the GOP laid the foundation for America’s coronavirus catastrophe

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In many ways both obvious and subtle, Donald Trump is precisely the wrong person to be president of the United States during the coronavirus crisis. Almost everything he does makes matters worse and imperils lives.

This article was originally published at Salon

Over the weekend, Trump threatened to instigate civil war, if perhaps only through his own ignorance, by suggesting he might quarantine New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut. Of course the president has no such power under the law, and his administration pivoted instead to issuing a travel advisory. This is but another example of the way Trump, like other authoritarians, tests the norms and limits of law and society before finding a way to shatter them.

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Another Trump screw-up: Food may ‘rot in the fields’ — and our distribution system may collapse

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Early signs show that the systems that get fresh fruit and vegetables to American homes is strained and may experience major failures. The Trump administration is only making matters worse, allowing his racism against Mexicans to inflict damage on American farms that depend on legal labor from south of the border.

In Florida, winter crops are rotting in the fields because the prime products like blemish-free squash, spinach and lettuce—sold to restaurants—lack buyers, according to the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association. It offers members extensive advice on how to stay in business during the pandemic.

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