I’m Georgia. I crosspost some of my writings from eukaryotewritesblog.com.
I love this, I love Nikolai Vavilov, and I love the holiday concept—I’m going to have to think about doing something similar to commemorate him and his colleagues. I really liked the book The Murder of Nikolai Vavilov by Peter Pringle and recommend it, it’s info-dense and well-written. (I haven’t intentionally fact-checked it or anything but I did a big research dive into him a few years ago and I don’t remember it obviously not holding up against other sources.)
This is a really touching tribute. I’m so sorry.
Very reasonable, noted and thanks for explaining! FWIW my intended vibe there was humorously overhyped—like that I, a stranger, was bursting into your life to tell you about trees—but also definitely see why it would be offputting.
I don’t love this thread—your first comment reads like you’re correcting me on something or saying I got something important philosophically wrong, and then you just expand on part of what I wrote with fancier language. The actual “correction”, if there is one, is down the thread and about a single word used in a minor part of the article, which, by your own findings, I am using in a common way and you are using in an idiosyncratic way. …It seems like a shoehorn for your pet philosophical stance. (I suppose I do at least appreciate you confining the inevitable “What are Women Really” tie-ins to your own thread, because boy howdy, do I not want that here.)To be clear, the expansion was in fact good, it’s the unsupported framing as a correction that I take issue with. This wouldn’t normally bother me enough to remark on, but it’s by far the top-rated comment, and you know everyone loves a first-comment correction, so I thought I should put it out there.
Super valid, I appreciate the feedback! For my own future reference, if you have an answer—was it more the general kind of casual/eclectic style, the “antagonistic” bits like what you quoted, or something else?
If everything seems unusually hard for you, look into whether you have depression, ADHD, or a nutrient deficiency (get a blood panel at a doctor’s for the last one).
Oh, I think you’re over-extrapolating what I meant by arbitrary—like I say toward the end of the essay, trees are definitely a meaningful category. Categories being “a little arbitrary” doesn’t mean they’re not valuable—is there a clear difference between a tree and a shrub? Maybe, but I don’t know what it is if so, and it seems like plausibly not. The fruit example is even clearer—is a grape a berry? Is a pumpkin a fruit? Who cares? Probably lots of people, depending on the context? Most common human categories work like this around the edges if you try and pin them down—hence, a little arbitrary. Seems fine.
I’m standing by “weird.” That’s definitely weird. I don’t think of nature as going in for platonic forms! What’s going on here?! Weird as hell.
Thank you so much!Re: question: Well, they’re not “normal” fruits, at least—they’re accessory fruits. I don’t know much else about the botanical definitions other than that.Also, the accessibility point is very much appreciated. I’ve updated the graphic to take that into account—would love your thoughts on the improved one? Either way, I very much appreciate both the raising-the-issue and the suggestions on improvements!
That’s a good expanded takeaway of part of it! (Obviously “weird and a little arbitrary” is kind of nebulous, but IME it’s a handy heuristic you’ve neatly formalized in this case.) To be clear, it doesn’t sound like we disagree?
One cautionary note is that once you invoke this idea, I feel like you’re indicating willingness to pay the person some amount to do the thing, if you can both agree on a reasonable (cheerful or just satisfactory) number. Like if I’m kind of inclined to bake you a cake for free, and you ask for my cheerful price and I tell you—even if you don’t take up the offer at my cheerful price, I’m definitely not going to make the cake for free now. That would be bad business.
almost certainly the way to maximize productivity is to continue menstruating
OP made a pretty good justification for why the opposite is true, do you have one for this claim?
hormonal birth control is a suspicious deeply American practice. There is a good reason doctors elsewhere don’t writing prescriptions for steroids at all.
Hormonal birth control is widespread all over the planet. What are you talking about?
Inspired by the failures of WebMD as outlined here, because this was a problem WebMD characteristically failed to help me solve.
In the spirit of writing up one’s findings, and in the off-chance this is useful to someone, here is a research-based but totally uncited list of indications that a sudden musculoskeletal injury is a break rather than a sprain or the like:
If there’s a visible deformity, e.g. “something is not where it should be”. This is a big indication that you need to go to a doctor, whereas if you don’t have this you only maybe need medical attention.
(if there’s a lot of swelling and you can’t tell if there’s a deformity, if possible, you might try moving it and comparing it to the other side of your body in the same position—this might show if the injured side is clearly doing something that the healthy side isn’t.)
My impression is that generally, a minor injury can lead to swelling or make certain motions painful but won’t physically shift the underlying structure, whereas a break or dislocation—something that always needs medical attention—can do that.
(But it won’t always. Stay vigilant.)
More serious injuries do typically hurt way more than minor injuries.
It also generally takes more force to break bone, especially large bones—jogging probably won’t break your tibia, but a car crash might.
But sometimes they don’t or you’re still not sure. A musculoskeletal injury is more likely to be a break if:
The pain is worse at night
The area has decent flexibility but very little strength
(+ esp. if strength doesn’t improve over the next few days—sprains don’t bounce back instantly, but you’ll probably see some kind of improvement.)
Also, if you get the injury in sort of a distinctive fashion you suspect happens a lot—maybe playing sports, or falling—look up something like ‘injuries associated with XYZ’, because there are a lot of weirdly distinctive types of tissue injuries with well-characterized symptoms, and if you do have one of those, you might be able to save yourself a bunch of time early on.This is not medical advice! The safest action is probably always to get your weird thing checked out. But this is, uh, the list of findings I wish I had found about a month and a half ago when I was debating over whether my situation actually merited going to urgent care or not. (It very much did… which I realized upon further research about two weeks after it happened.) So, learn from my mistakes, friends. On the “upside”, my hand is much better now, and I’ve learned some interesting things about anatomy in the process?
This was the version I had saved on my computer, but we actually have a more complete map now. I love this image both by what it represents:
Exploring a new world
Including a sense of process (I don’t actually know anything about how this image put together, but just looking at it, I’m nearly certain we’re looking at a map composited orbits that Cassini took over the source of the planet—like a scanner!)
And from a purely aesthetic perspective:
Really simple, strongly contrasting, powerful colors
Clean geometry along with the chaotic and organic
FWIW, I thought the ‘Doomsday phishing’ attack was absolutely brilliant. Hey! Sometimes people will deceive you about which things will end the world! May we all stay on our toes.
Why would a big driver behind LW’s appeal be sexism?
I don’t think this currently is true for LW myself, but if a space casually has, say, sexist or racist stuff in it, people looking can be like “oh thank god, a place I can say what I really think [that is sexist or racist] without political correctness stopping me” and then that becomes a selling point for people who want to talk about sexist or racist stuff. Suspect the commenter means something like this.