Thank you :) It was frost, we rarely get snow so early. I stood there and watched it evaporate in real time :) I didn’t have a camera on me then, so the photo is recent (and taken much later in the day).
A review of the history of translations of Aesop’s and other similar fables with the emphasis on what was added, subtracted or equivocated by the translators. Such as, did the original Fox tell himself the grapes were sour, or did he announce it to the world at large?
(Body memory is great. When I worked in a shop and could not find an item by the end of the day, because my eyes refused to scan the whole depth of the shelves, I was told to close my eyes and “just take the thing”. The arm remembers.)
Yes, they were! Not perfectly so, and greener towards the ends, but white enough to stop me on that morning.
No, no, the shadows were on the grass. (And there’s a stretch of walkway and two tram tracks between the lawn and the road, it’s just that during rush hours some drivers decide to just drive around, unfortunately.)
Not too early, about nine o’clock. Not artificial lighting. But there’s another detail in the description which is relevant here :)
I kind of view this as a process of sequential self-sorting.
Some people go on and become obviously successful and develop a culture with norms, I think almost fully described by the early-to-middle LW proclaimed ideals. I am not among them and can’t say for certain; I am only certain they keep diversifying.
Other people trickle off into the other branch which keeps branching. I am among them. I keep running into a need to express thoughts according to virtuous rules which overshadows other needs most starkly, but I don’t feel inclined to make more things (including immaterial). Some thoughts have been nesting in me for years and I don’t expect them to leave soon.
(Not sure where this fits in the thread or if it does, so—sorry for offtop. At least one of ours has contracted the virus, AFAIK. He told me after we have talked for a bit about another business, I asked him to comment on something and he said sure, he’d have done it sooner but for covid… I have offered our local LW people to help pay for testing if anybody needs it, without any additional questions or conclusions. So far nobody has asked for it and I do hope this means something good, like “we’re mostly healthy and have money” and not something bad, like “we would have asked for help but it’s not done”. Even to be able to offer anything meaningfully, I need people “to bring cookies”.)
There’s a problem of distinguishing between stupid people and stupid actions. I think that on average, there are few brightly stupid people so when we eventually run into even one it makes a lasting impression.
I got to run into two at once, and then they both were fired together; this might have helped me to treat it as a fluke. Counterintuitively, if it were only one I’d have more doubts)
(I can’t say more because the study is still being done, but recovered covid patients which have relevant medical complaints having to do with the blood clotting regulation cascade might probably want to keep track of soluble fibrin in their plasma. I do promise to make a note here if the study doesn’t find an effect and to add a link to the publication, whenever it is out, regardless of the findings.)
There’s a clever trick to this effect. You can say thank you for others’ sake without eating! Wouldn’t that just throw a spanner into their Machiavellian calculations on who owes whom.
I behave similarly to Viliam, with a few exceptions. Never really frequented restaurants before, so can’t say my cooking skills have improved)) but my buying-things-online skills did. I don’t like spraying things with a disinfectant, but OTOH I now wash all foodstuffs that can be washed when I bring them home. My kid went to school, but only for 3 days out of 5 (it paid off, he hadn’t fallen ill until the fall vacation); many parents here do something like that. Bought myself overalls for when I leave home, I had wanted to for ages and it’s really comfy.
Going to the city (I live in a suburb/village) is much more exhausting now that I almost don’t do it. Calling my parents is harder because “things are as usual”. (I went to my dad’s birthday in July.) Had problems sending in work assignments on time but autumn seems to mobilize people, including me.
Husband has had problems due to many international conferences being cancelled, the not-insignificant money for visas and tickets not refundable, networking not… working… as good without in-person communication. My department had a very hard spring getting our people back from Antarctica (luckily it wasn’t my responsibility). I missed seeing a sister for the first time in years. These things all required some adjustments which by now are invisible, like regularly setting up Skype calls etc., but at that time they were a Big Deal and cost us some unnecessary worry.
Our results were: 1) bought and forgot to eat; 2) bought enough for people who came there from home but too little for people who came from work; 3) bought and ate; 4) forgot to buy; 5) got so hungry we had to stop talking (about food) and send a guy out for sandwiches; 6) bought and saw that someone brought their own food, too, so we had to redistribute the leftovers… I mean, we are just great at this planning thing...
...but if you offer me to guess, I’d wager people said it’s really just not worth a bother.
I’m sorry to hear that.
FWIW, I think you should not have brought homemade cookies, it means “something personal”. In a way, having good but bought food is easier to cooperate on. I don’t mean it was your fault the others took advantage of your generosity (that would be stupid), just that sometimes, we should try the easier way first. I was thinking about storing some generic cookies at our place as a fall-back option and tell people they can bring stuff to have “a more interesting table”. And maybe once in a while collect a little money to replenish the stores. If someone new comes in and finds homemade food, its kind of awkward, and new people join in at times.
Oh, thank you a lot, that’d be lovely!
I remember skimming an article which used four parameters (including mesophyll conductance and stomatal conductance) to model simple leaves.
The authors managed to “grow” a ligule, a needle and maybe some other shapes. It was really fun, unfortunately not directly related to what I was doing then (and of course, direct measurement of conductances of various leaf tissues in the nature would be a pain). They could not yet progress to complex leaves, but still it was a neat paper.
Thank you, that instills hope. I’ve got to send c. 75% of them to CFAR and we’re golden.
(Sorry about carrying on like this, I’m a bit mad right now. I have just lost a very nice and thoughtful introverted person (who is also an LW follower of several years) from our local online discussion group and nobody even noticed. I went to their discussion group last year, it was a dream come true, although not strictly LW-themed.
And now she tried us out and withdrew. We didn’t even get to disagree about anything.)
But seriously, a post on Meetup Food sometime before people can meet offline might be a good idea!
And how good are the best of us at bringing cookies and tea and just putting things on the table before we start disagreeing?
“Tact” is a field you build for the disagreeing to be around the issues that people truly just don’t agree about, not a bullet to be shot at an opponent someone wants to be charitable to.