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April 19th, 2019
09:40 am

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Maybe you don't need an asshole for a mentor
"Trying is a great way to start" is so refreshing compared to "Do or do not, there is no try".

https://mashable.com/video/game-of-thrones-sesame-street-respect/?fbclid=IwAR24aFJIyiKjcmccxW7oiD6i4YzYBV__wDdE_kM5s6xzrccR-awS6l_h18w

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April 11th, 2019
01:01 pm

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Nebula-nominated short story
A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies by Alix E. Harro.

I recommend this story.

Let's just say it's partly about the desperate desire to escape-- and if you don't escape all the way, there will still be politics.

Notion inspired by the story: If rogue librarians made illicit libraries, what would that be like?

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April 4th, 2019
03:28 pm

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The nervous system in charge of your gut
The Second Brain describes the substantial amount of nervous system needed to run the digestive tract.

For example, stomach acid dissolves meat. How do you manage to avoid digesting yourself? Partly, there’s a chemical reaction which makes stomach acid outside of your cells, and there’s also base to neutralize the acid on the way out of your stomach– and it has to be made in the right amount at the right time.

As I recall, the book doesn’t include the effect of emotions on all this– explaining the system without including emotions is complicated enough. It does suggest that some ailments which are attributed to the organs might actually be problems with the neurological control system.

I haven’t seen anything recent about this because the attention has been going to the microbiome. Has anyone seen something more recent than 1999?

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03:32 am

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Getting back to Dreamwidth/Livejournal
I've mostly been hanging out on facebook-- the speed of interaction is a real hook for me. However, there are people I like who hang out here and not there, and if I post here, I'll be able to find those posts again.

Also, there are a bunch of new social media sites, not to mention refugees from G+. Any thoughts or recommendations?

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03:26 am

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Tell me about good cheeses, belated Cheese Weasel Day
Cheese Weasel Day was yesterday-- in belated celebration, tell me about excellent cheeses. Keep the spirit of Cheese Weasel day alive all year.

If you don't do dairy, non-dairy cheeses are fine. They're fine even if you also do dairy.

Facebook discussion.

Here are a few I like: Prima Donna (between Swiss and Parmesan), Black Bomber by Snodonia (probably the best cheddar I've ever had), Benning (a Dutch goat cheese, I like chevre in general).

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January 8th, 2019
10:45 am

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A much better than average google doodle
https://www.google.com/doodles/doodle-4-google-2018-us-winner

I don't know about you, but I thought google doodles were delightful at the beginning, then at some point they got boring. They've gotten somewhat better in the past year or three, but this is the first one in a while that I've really liked.

The link has the doodle, and also a 3 minute video about the making of the doodle, and I recommend the video, too.

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December 1st, 2018
09:54 am

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Hazardous art materials
https://torontolife.com/city/life/my-beautiful-death/

A woman poisons herself by making sculpture that involving grinding mussel shells. Mussel shells concentrate heavy metals-- in her case, I don't know how much was from pollution and how much was just sea water.

There's a lot to be said about possibly overvaluing art and certainly being wrong that everything natural is safe.... not that grinding mussel shells with inadequate ventilation is exactly natural behavior.

If you have a bunch of weird symptoms, get your blood tested sooner rather than later if at all possible.

More discussion: https://www.metafilter.com/177989/My-Beautiful-Death#7576978

The metafilter discussion includes that safety isn't taught in art school-- I think this implies that art schools aren't using safety precautions.

Artist Beware, Updated and Revised: The Hazards in Working with All Art and Craft Materials and the Precautions Every Artist and Craftsperson Should Take

Some really cursory research suggests that eating mussels now and then isn't considered dangerous, for what that's worth.

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October 20th, 2018
06:14 am

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A remarkable illusion
The illusion

The illusion is sufficiently distracting that I've been asked to not have it be automatically visible.

What's remarkable about it is that people have a wide range of reactions to it-- whether it moves, which part of it moves, how fast it moves, and whether it matters whether one is looking at it directly vary from person to person and from time to time for the same person.

I can't see it move at all, but I'm willing to take other people's word for what they see.

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September 28th, 2018
04:19 pm

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Attempts to censor history
http://www.wnpr.org/post/historical-deletion-and-censorship-0

Podcast mostly about ancient Rome and the USSR.

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August 28th, 2018
10:00 am

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Exercise for making life better
Careful, effective choices of exercise for hypermobility

You might wonder about my title for this post-- isn't the purpose of exercise to make life better?

To look at people, I don't think that's a lot of what's going on when people exercise. My impression is that a great deal of exercise is proving that one's mind/will can override one's body. There's also an effort to look right, and some of that is looking as though one's mind is controlling one's body. Some of it is just doing what one is told.

Do you think I'm exaggerating? Take a look at how hard [profile] kabarett had to look to find a PT who would choose exercises which were safe for them.

I respect Scott Sonnon's approach a lot. He's got a connective tissue disorder, so he has to be more careful than the average person. He says that exercise is about becoming more physically capable. It's not about competition with yourself, it's about doing what will leave you more capable. You need to pay so much attention that you don't expect yourself to do the same amount on one side as the other. It's important to not injure yourself exercising-- exercising is like making an investment. Emergencies and competition are when it makes sense to draw down your investment.

Note: a great deal of what Sonnon teaches requires being in at least ordinary physical condition to get started. However, this is a a joint mobility sequence done in a chair.

Probably also of interest-- [personal profile] rydra_wong's [community profile] bodies_in_motion-- a group about all sorts of movement practice, whether people are doing them or not.

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