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Interesting links: November 2018

Orbital sunrise (credit: ESA/NASA)

 

Happy Holidays!

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Honey Yogurt

I had slowly gotten used to the flavored Chobani yogurts (strawberry, peach ….) but the one I liked most of all was the honey flavored one.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have easy access to this anymore … but I did have plain yogurt around, and I did have honey, and … I mixed them together and it tasted pretty good!

So — I’m clocking in at a few times a day now, gotta slow down, but — this is my new addiction!

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Monthly recap (November 2018)

 

Random train tracks …

 

Major updates:

A week in Cabo!

  • A lot of hanging out at the pool
  • A lot of eating
  • Wandering into the towns, encountered some music
  • A boat ride and just randomly walking around (nice and warm)

Minor updates:

  • Adventures in fixing a faucet and water heater

Watched/read:

  • Read The power of full engagement
  • Watched Season 6 of House of Cards (meh)
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Angst about the static blog (again!)

This is beyond frustrating … after I moved everything this year to a different layout and thought I was “finally done”, I’m now wondering whether the static site is a good idea at all.

The big bottleneck turns out to be having to SSH somewhere and regenerate/refresh the site that way, which was okay earlier, but feels like a drag now.

I really want to write whenever I get time, since I’m not always onmy laptop. So I resorted to making it “async”, decoupling the writing from a separate time when I go and copy-paste everything into new posts and re-generate … except I then forget to do this sometimes, and every time I write something, I realize I have to now remember to do this other step at some point.

It would be so much better if I could just publish whenever I write. This seems to suggest one of the usual hosted platforms, and then I have to wonder why I even have two separate blogs, and I think of all the effort it would take to convert what I have into a new format (sigh!).

I’m sure there’s a sweet spot that exists somewhere. Is this the kind of thing that Ghostwould provide? Or is this what Tumblr was supposed to be?

Is having a personal hosted site simply too old-school and I need a new kind of place for this?

Or should I just have this WordPress place and — I do want to keep these two “worlds” separate — have two sets of posts? Is that possible?

I just want to be able to write and publish and forget about it 😦

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Using “x-ray” in the Kindle

(Note: this piece had been lying around from about three years ago! I had just never posted it!)

I recently discovered the “x-ray” feature in the Kindle, partly because I only recently resumed reading something on it (“Moby Dick”, two-thirds of the way in).

I can imagine it being super-helpful when going through a really big book with lots of characters etc., but clearly, it has its share of amusing entries. See the one below for “Jove”.

Curated

Interesting links: October 2018

 

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Unattached Vortex above floating dandelion seeds (Copyright: Nature)

 

The doctor noticed that the student’s head seemed a little larger than normal and he referred him to Dr Lorber for further examination.

Dr Lorber examined the boy’s head by Cat-scan to discover that the student had virtually no brain …

In hydrocephalus the cerebrospinal fluid, which circulates through brain channels called ventricles builds up pressure that balloons up the ventricles pressing the overlying brain tissue against the cranium. This insult from within causes a loss of brain matter and many hydrocephalics suffer intellectual and physical impairment …

Hydrocephalus is usually fatal in the first months of childhood and, if an individual survives, he/she is usually seriously handicapped. However, the Sheffield student lived a normal life and graduated with an honours degree in mathematics.