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January Pieces Of My Mind #1
When I was a teen, I saw people around age 50 as solid authority figures. Now I’m a 50ish university professor, but I find it hard to believe that anybody would see me that way.
Jrette had a disposable analog camera this summer. The image quality makes her and her friends look like 1980s teens.
I’ve been habitually in online forums for over 30 years. What does everybody do with their sudden ideas and jokes and puns when they can’t splash them across a message board?
That’s a first. The tube in my rear bike tyre is undamaged, but it is swelling out of a rip in the tyre.
Jrette reports that it’s way easier to explain what your parents do when they are clearly labelled “archaeologist” and “psychologist” than if they do something with IT or finance or are “consultants”.
The German pronunciation of Lodz is unexpectedly “lottsch”.
Crows and magpies treat pheasants with scaredy respect under the bird feeder.
When my Kindle needs WiFi, it doesn’t ask “Turn on WiFi yes/no?” It asks “Turn off aeroplane mode yes/no?” Confusing.
Most people probably encounter parodies of Gothic horror long before actual Gothic horror.
Jr. came home from a year in Tokyo yesterday, happy and speaking rapid-fire fluent Japanese.
Met a house cat in the woods near Markus & Karin’s house. Its huge winter fur made it super chonky. It was very friendly, purred and allowed me to cradle it. Its paws were very wet from splashing around in puddles. Then it climbed a small tree for fun.
It’s almost irrelevant to me that the Kindle has a lot of storage space. Because I see few days without wifi, and where there’s wifi the Kindle offers millions of books.
Peaceful transfer of power is a main requisite when judging whether a country has democracy.
Despite today’s fascist clown insanity, I am super happy about the news from Georgia. Both chambers of the US Congress and the White House will be Democrat-controlled for at least two years, possibly much longer! Let me tell you, it’s a huge relief to anyone under the US’s nuke umbrella.
New COVID-19 ICU cases per week continue to drop in Stockholm County since the peak four weeks ago.
Robert Heinlein famously said “An armed society is a polite society”. Suddenly it strikes me: that’s a really shitty argument for lax gun control.
Beloved children’s author Edith Nesbit was a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
Wonder if people have gone through all the pasta, flour and toilet paper they hoarded back in March.