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Some links about brain fog, via [personal profile] umadoshi

"Life Hacks for Brain Fog: Chronic Illness, Focus and The Professional Artist" and "Brain Fog Life Hacks: Out of Sight is Out of Mind" by Colleen Doran: These basically say (1) Keep your workspace organized and tidy, because disorganization adds stress; and (2) Make sure you can see anything that you need to remember about, because otherwise you'll forget about it. Of course, those are mutually contradictory... But anyway, I did like this clarification about brain fog:
It’s not that we can’t remember things, it’s that we have brain hiccups so we have to reinforce our memory, back it up like an engineer, and add sensation to the experience to make sure information sticks....Brain fog isn’t dementia, it’s misfire. Your deep memories are still there, but your working memory is shot....Organizing your studio so that you can have constant visual and tactile reinforcement for your memories and ideas will take the load off your working memory and give you more than one path in your head for what you need to remember.
And this one: "Brain Fog":
Brain fog isn’t just forgetfulness: it’s living in a bizarre twilight world where you are half in and half out of consciousness. Everything seems grey, and you don’t feel the passage of time. ( I could not remember the month, day or year it was.) You float through life, but it’s not a good feeling. You have an almost complete lack of awareness. You’re there, but you do not process what you’re experiencing. What memories you do manage to internalize seem as if they happened to someone else.
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Science brain: "This is fascinating!"

Sociology brain: "How many beers did the scientists drink before they came up with this idea?"

Paranoid dystopian thriller brain: "What does it mean that the US National Institutes of Health, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and the Brazilian government were the ones who supported this research?"

Paranormal fiction brain: "Aha! Here's how the virus that causes vampirism works!"

"Scientists switch on predatory kill instinct in mice" Source: Cell Press
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365 questions, some of which are thought-provoking in various ways (including "what assumptions does this question carry?")

http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/03/14/365-thought-provoking-questions-to-ask-yourself-this-year/

7 Jan 2017 01:54 am
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I'm trying to encourage myself to participate in DW more, so I checked out this friending meme. Maybe you want to check it out too.

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Recycling some Facebook posts...

I shared this first for the amazing art of the Buddha made out of pens and coins, and second because I think the article is very good.
It's too late for me to vow not to burn out. Having burned out in various ways, if I see a way to help that I am capable of, I am fairly often moved to do it.
"I Vow Not to Burn Out" by Mushim Patricia Ikeda

~

Wally's resemblance to most of the Doctors is slight, but hey, you can't go wrong with a costumed Welsh Corgi. And seeing him cosplay the 12th Doctor is worth the wait.
Corgis recreate Doctor Who by Mashable
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So there we were, lying in bed, discussing the plural of "octopus," as one does.
"I like 'oc-to-podes'."
"You pronounced that wrong. It's 'oc-to-po-des'."
"No it isn't. It's English, not Latin."
[side-eye] "I'm not taking THAT stinky bait."
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Comment if you want further thoughts on any of these. Some general descriptions of settings and characters, but no other spoilers. Read more... )
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I gather there is an LJ > Dreamwidth migration afoot, and it has something to do with Russia and with some LJ users being banned, but I don't know the details. If there's a search term or a post somewhere explaining it, I'd like to know about it.

I consider my primary home to be Dreamwidth, but I'm going to continue crossposting to LJ for now.

If you have an opinion about that, I'd be interested to hear it. Comments are screened but I will unscreen your comment if you say it's OK to do so.

[ETA] Here is a non-LJ/DW link that has more info:
http://www.metafilter.com/164293/LiveJournal-represents-social-media-without-borders
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Vague spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Might be additional spoilers in comments.

vague spoilers for Rogue One )
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This list of "Tech tips to help stay safe in Trump’s America" is worth saving for future reference.

https://techcrunch.com/2016/11/11/tech-tips-to-help-stay-safe-in-trumps-america/

It should be "Tech tips to help stay safe in a world where the government engages in surveillance," because that goes on in other countries, was going on in the US before Trump was elected, and is likely to go on after Trump is in his grave.
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Over on Facebook someone shared with me this video about the use of yarncrafts in mathematics:
https://www.facebook.com/mentalflossmagazine/videos/10154510337972365/

Here's the accompanying article:
http://mentalfloss.com/article/86016/6-math-concepts-explained-knitting-and-crochet

I've been collecting links about this subject for a while so I offered to do a linkspam.

Particularly rich sites to investigate:
Dr. Sarah-Marie Belcastro's mathematical knitting page.
http://www.toroidalsnark.net/mathknit.html
WoollyThoughts.com, the yarncraft home of mathematicians Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer.
http://www.woollythoughts.com/
They also have a Ravelry group.
http://www.ravelry.com/groups/woolly-thoughts
In detail:
The original paper about crocheting and mounting the Lorenz manifold.
http://research-information.bristol.ac.uk/files/2988096/2004r03.pdf
Crochet your own Lorenz manifold
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lorenz-manifold
An interview with the people who designed and crocheted a hyperbolic plane.
http://www.cabinetmagazine.org/issues/16/crocheting.php
Mary Pat Campbell's fractal crochet
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crochet-sierpinski-fractal-triangle
http://www.marypat.org/stuff/nylife/020325.html
Gallery of sierpinski crochet
http://www.crochetgeek.net/crochet/sierpinski/gallery/index.html
Random stripe generator
http://www.biscuitsandjam.com/stripe_maker.php
Tessellated fish
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/a-recipe-for-fish
A recipe for knitting a Klein bottle (which can be worn as a hat)
http://www.toroidalsnark.net/mkkb.html#kbinst
The Crochet Coral Reef, a project of the Institute for Figuring
(this isn't strictly mathematical, but a lot of the creatures depicted grow in ways that can be depicted using hyperbolic plane crochet)
http://crochetcoralreef.org/coral-reef-gallery.php
You can participate in this project. Some example patterns here:
http://guides.uflib.ufl.edu/crochetreef/crochetcoralreef/patterns
Cable knitting using random numbers
http://web.archive.org/web/20130707042959/http://www.fuzzygalore.biz/articles/probability.shtml
Knitting using cellular automata
http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/tips/automaton.htm
Cellular Automaton pattern generator (uses Flash)
http://www.unikatissima.de/e/?page_id=2148
Cellular automaton pattern examples
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/ElementaryCellularAutomaton.html
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A steering committee for a weekly event polled the membership asking whether it should make a policy change about who can attend the event. This was the result of the poll:

No, I do not want to change the policy - 30%
Yes, I would like to change the policy - 41%
Yes, I would like to change the policy, but only for one meeting a month - 18%
Yes, I would like to change the policy, but retain the current policy once a month - 27%

These poll results were described as "The community was fairly evenly split about this idea" and the decision of the committee was "For the time being we will not be making changes."

These figures add up to more than 100%, so it's hard to gauge, but it seems to me that the membership is not in fact "fairly evenly split" at all. What I see is that at least 70% of the votes are in favor of changing the policy.

However, I'm strongly in favor of changing the policy, so I am biased. What do you think?
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59 sff books by women and 1 by a man. Longish "back cover" descriptions of the books at the link, with spoilers, if you're a purist about spoilers (https://ladybusiness.dreamwidth.org/2016/08/08/60-essential-science-fiction-fantasy-reads.html)

bold means I read it
strikethru means I didn't like it (but isn't a comment on the quality of the book in any objective sense. I dislike some classics).
!!! means I really liked it and recommend it

What do you recommend? What would you like to know about the ones I've read?

Grimspace by Ann Aguirre
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I think several of Anonymous's criticisms are true and well said. Several other things on the list strike me as the childish complaints of people with privilege who can't get used to not having 100% control of the public discourse in radical political movements. So I shall ramble on about my opinions.

http://news.infoshop.org/opinion/things-anarchists-say "Things anarchists say to me in private but never repeat in public" by Anonymous 8/4/2015. (Taken from Reddit)

I do not identify as an anarchist, although I share some beliefs in common with some anarchists. So keep that in mind.

1) “Call-out culture was developed to allow activist groups to confront leaders who abused their privilege, but now it is being used to settle petty scores on the level of interpersonal politics. I now have a hard time believing some people when they make call-outs because I have seen too many that were based on nothing. Call-outs have become a way to acceptably inflict social violence and rarely are followed up in any way resembling transformative justice because people are not interested in doing the hard work of working with those who are called out.”
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My cats Angus & Biscuit passed away in 2012. But periodically I get an emailed reminder from my Mac's Calendar program: "Angus Biscuit flea med." I've searched for this event in the calendar and I can't find it. I think they're haunting my calendar to punish me for giving them flea medicine.
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I'm glad to be speaking at the Third Annual Fat Activism Conference. This is an online conference, so you can listen from wherever you are by phone or computer. The conference will take place September 23–25, 2016 and features a diverse group of speakers and topics.

The 48-hour Rush Registration has now launched. If you register before 12:01 Pacific Time on June 24th you'll get the lowest registration rates, and special bonuses. Check it out at http://www.facregister.com/?ap_id=firecat (that's my affiliate link) or http://fatactivismconference.com. All the registration options, including Pay-What-You-Can-Afford, are detailed on the registration page.
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I only just found out about this recall of cars with potentially dangerous airbags. If you have a car made in 2000 or later, especially if you have a used car (because recall notices might not reach you) please check whether your model is affected. If it is, please take it in to have the airbags replaced ASAP.

The defective airbags can explode AT ANY TIME (not just during a collision) with much more force than they are supposed to, and hurl shrapnel at you. Because of their chemistry, the air bags become less stable over time.

List of models affected:
http://www.nydailynews.com/autos/news/takata-airbag-recall-list-cars-article-1.2602999

You can look up whether your car is affected using its VIN here: https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/vinLookup

Here's a long article that goes into the chemistry and the corporate hubris behind the whole thing. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2016-06-02/sixty-million-car-bombs-inside-takata-s-air-bag-crisis
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[The Twitter hashtag #Codeswitching has GREAT notes about this panel. Other people also use the hashtag so scroll back or search for #Codeswitching and #Wiscon40 or #wc40.]

Code switching

A discussion of how, why, and when a person code-switches — i.e., changes their language, words, accents, and thoughts depending on their audience. As fans, activists, writers, family members, and friends, how do we use code-switching to communicate? Can code-switching be useful in communicating across cultures, or is it disrespectful?

[My notes definitely don't use the actual words of the panelists. I welcome corrections. My comments and additional links in square brackets.]
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I'm going to be a speaker at the virtual Fat Activism Conference this year! Here is what it's about:
The Fat Activism Conference is "a virtual conference (so you can listen to the talks by phone and/or computer) for people of all sizes who are interested in creating a world that respects the diversity of body sizes, and who are interested in fighting the bullying, stigmatizing, shaming, and oppression faced by fat people, and want to do that work intersectionally."
I need to decide what topic to speak on! Please help me decide! I'm giving about a 30 minute talk with an opportunity for Q&A. Under the cut are some topic ideas, but feel free to suggest others (and/or suggest changes to the ones that are there.)
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