October 25th, 2017


Incomplete post including earlier incomplete post

Last week autumn made a strong appearance. I wrote

The weather is just wonderful. A week ago i couldn't imagine having a frost by the end of the month, now i can. It doesn't look like we will - in this time before dawn and at the same point in a week we might just go below 40. The heat is running though. For some reason i had the thermostat set to 62° until noon, and it just seemed a bit crisper than we needed.

Friday night we had a bonfire with the pile of brush, etc on the east side of the house. Once i finished burning the piles of brush, i put fuel more appropriate for a camp fire on the bed of coals, Christine ordered a pizza, and we sat out for a while under the stars. We saw a meteor, and i read a novel (ah, digital technology). It was a excellent Friday night. I'm going to start setting aside firewood for such pleasant evenings.

Saturday i let Carrie run off leash while i raked leaves and fussed. She ran across the road a few times, but i think she got the message that we were NOT going down the gravel road across the road. She wouldn't let us get near her for a long time: i think she was wary about ending her liberty. I hope if it becomes a familiar practice she will be less wary, which will be less worrisome. Meanwhile Christine stayed inside through the initial experiences, which helped me deal with Carrie'e rambunctiousness in a casual way instead of being constrained by Christine's over-protection.
Yes, the road proximate dog was risky, but i think it will be worth it to have her be able to be outside in the yard with us off leash.

The rest of Saturday was yet another burn of several much larger piles, plus additional brush pulled from the woods. (We still have stuff cut down to fence in the goats or killed by the goats stripping it from summer 2016.)

It seems that many native spring flowers come with long tap roots that i can't imagine intentionally placing in our septic field.


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Past EG tried hard to get a post written, but was trying to do many other things. Current EG thanks Past EG for TRYING and recognizes that there are too many things at top of mind. Current EG hopes future EG will be happy that Current EG is writing a weird post at least.

The above time twisting note based on a practice suggested in the NYT (see below).

It's been wet and cool and autumnal: it's delightful. I don't know if my seedlings are going to be able to make any progress, but they will be hardened off enough to make it through the chance of frost in the early hours of Monday.

I used my archived journal entries in reviewing a practice i engaged in 2005. I certainly found more time to journal then. I realize that i have my evernote archives now, that have daily logs and topical logs and all sorts of recordings.... Having the evernote logs is certainly useful for pulling to-dos and such out of this venue, but, then again, i'd like to participate more in the day to day sharing.

Fortunately, my noon meeting has been cancelled, yay, so i can keep trying to whittle down the list of things whirling in my head. Today's XKCD speaks to me. Erm, Monday's.:
    [Megan is sitting and looking at a laptop.] 
    Megan: I started the day with lots of problems. 
    Megan: But now, after hours and hours of work, 
    Megan: I have lots of problems in a spreadsheet. 
    Title text: I started off with countless problems. 
    But now I know, thanks to COUNT(), that I have
    '#REF! ERROR: Circular dependency detected’ problems.

Herrera, Tim. “Your Best Tips for Beating Procrastination.” The New York Times, July 23, 2017, sec. Smarter Living. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/23/smarter-living/your-best-tips-for-beating-procrastination.html.


Zotero for the week

  • Added under @BooksToGet the Corvinus mysteries H/T https://oursin.dreamwidth.org/2674047.html
    • Book 1 in series $5 kindle Ovid; 20171019 none at overdrive
  • FinTech - new jargon for me
    • 20171011 Mike suggests that a good mach for OTTO due to the PSD2 Banking regs in UK
    • https://openid.net/wg/fapi/
    • https://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2017/10/122981-uk-plows-ahead-implementing-psd2-compliant-open-banking/
    • 20171016 Matt Levine Money Stuff: Embattled Fintech Firm SoFi Drops Plan to Open a Bank.
    • 20171018 Matt Levine Money Stuff: J.P. Morgan to Buy Payments Firm WePay in First Major Fintech Acquisition.
  • Cognitive Biases in Programming, Blog Post, Author Yash Ranadive
    • i'm adding "the ikea effect" and "Hyperbolic Discounting" to my conceptual frameworks. Otherwise, not a dramatic read.
  • CVS Taps A Design Legend To Reinvent The Prescription Label. Next Stop: The Pharmacy
  • Discovering the cosmic mines of heavy elements | NSF - National Science Foundation
  • Dressing Older Is About Wealth
    • I think i kinda know what they mean by "menocore," but i dunno.
    • "Turns out linen and drawstrings are functional for a large segment of what 'work' looks like now: a loose, shape-shifting patchwork of part-time jobs." - Matt Levine 20171019 Money Stuff
  • Google Search Now Checks Your Local Library For Ebooks
    • Linked data under the covers.
  • How the Appetite for Emojis Complicates the Effort to Standardize the World’s Alphabets (NYT)
    • Abstract Do the volunteers behind Unicode, whose mission is to bring all human languages into the digital sphere, have enough bandwidth to deal with emojis too?
    • Since i know what unicode is, i didn't find this deep enough.
  • Let’s stop talking about THE design process
    • I have enough in my notes about Stanford's d school process, that this seemed worth coming back to....
  • Millions of years ago, hollow trees literally tore themselves apart to grow
  • Orkney's Stone Age Temple
    • Via Amazon's Britbox subscription
    • Abstract Directed by Simon Winchcombe. With Neil Oliver, Chelsea Budd, Nick Card, Gordon Cook. Neil Oliver explores a recently-discovered Neolithic temple on Orkney - which, at 5,000 years old, pre-dates Stonehenge by 500 years and challenges our map of stone age Britain.
  • TetzelCoin
    • Abstract A token for forgiveness
    • I now have two examples of blockchain art. See also Tulip Token
    • 20171018 Matt Levine's Money Stuff
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, Author N. K Jemisin
    • Happily there is a wait for the eBook or i would have plowed through the second in the trilogy as well. I'm not sure the library's overdrive account has the third in the trilogy.
  • The KRACK Attacks and Libraries Author Galen Charlton
  • When the Revolution Came for Amy Cuddy (NYT)
    • Abstract As a young social psychologist, she played by the rules and won big: an influential study, a viral TED talk, a prestigious job at Harvard. Then, suddenly, the rules changed.
    • Where by "rules" they mean, the understanding of how to determine a significant observation in a social science study.
    • Take away #1: this feels partly like backlash to some woman succeeding in science to me, depressing.
    • Take away #2: Much of the recent social science "discoveries" seem to be in question? So maybe check on more recent work to see if it has withstood new scrutiny before asserting it?
  • Wild and Captive Chimpanzees Share Personality Traits With Humans (NYT)
    • Hopefully using the new understanding of significant results.

Observations: Ah, there's an advanced search in Zotero: that would have helped pull out entries where the notes fell in the date range. Taking the time to do this helped me clean up a bit of the metadata. Maybe i am keeping up with my hat-tip notes, but i've my doubts. I appreciate the reading lists y'all circulate!

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