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Archive for June 24th, 2011

Another brain-wiring problem: dyscalculia

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Along with dyslexia and dysgraphia, we have dyscalculia. It occurs to me that the more abstract brain functions like reading, writing, and arithmetic are very much johnnies-come-lately evolutionarily, and the bugs are still being worked out. Evolution produces very ad-hoc, Rube Goldberg, workaround-oriented solutions because of the random-walk aspect of mutations and the chance occurrences that determine the environment and the necessity of always having to work with whatever’s at hand. These newest workarounds still have a high failure rate—as, indeed, does rationality itself, if you take a look about.

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24 June 2011 at 11:42 pm

Posted in Daily life, Science

Great news! NY legislature passes same-sex marriage bill

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And Gov. Cuomo, who pushed for the bill’s passage, will sign.

This is great news. In my opinion, of course, but that opinion is shared by most Americans today—and many more in days to come. The trend is clear.

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24 June 2011 at 8:23 pm

Posted in Daily life, Government, Law

Food post

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I’ve commented here and there that I think I’m less sentimental now in my view of food, and I’ve also commented on the meal skeleton. As it happens, The Wife was seeking my thoughts on meals for her—snacks, lunch, and dinner only, since breakfasts are under control. (Interesting how we settle on a breakfast and enjoy it daily.) I thought my response might be of interest and also trigger some discussion. I think you can see that I have taken a more practical and pragmatic approach to meal planning, and you can see how the meal skeleton helps one design a meal. My goal was to provide ideas for foods to have on hand so that when she wanders into the kitchen and starts thinking about a meal, she can just look around at what’s there and find all the components of a sensible and easily prepared meal.

She had a few requirements: She doesn’t like to cook and chop veg and all that. She likes foods that can be easily packaged on the days she commutes, and she likes meals that she can sort of graze on as she works. She reacts adversely to gluten and some foods (cheese among them, unfortunately).

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24 June 2011 at 8:16 pm

A fine starter set

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I was in correspondence with a guy in the UK new to wetshaving. We exchanged various emails, I sent him a copy of my book, and he just received his first order. You guys who are now wetshavers will doubtless remember the excitement of that first batch of real shaving gear.

Take a look:

Looks like a pretty fair set-up to me. It includes:

Geo F. Trumpers Almond Cream
Proraso aftershave balm
Proraso heal gel
SAL Alum-Bar
Omega 643167 brush
Vulfix 404 Grosvenor Brush
Merkur 38c
Dovo leather case
Blade Samples

Ah, the excitement when the package arrives! The sheer terror next morning as the blade approaches your face! The relief when it all goes well…

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24 June 2011 at 7:23 pm

Posted in Shaving

Weeding the collection

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I now have half a dozen boxes of books destined either for Logos, a secondhand bookstore in Santa Cruz, or for the library. Lots of new shelf space, plus I discovered quite a few books that I own that I want to read (or reread). The apartment is at the in-between stage: a wreck, but with lots of empty shelves that I hope will tonight suck books from the floor and into place.

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24 June 2011 at 4:27 pm

Posted in Books, Daily life

New chapter in American justice: Paying off the DoJ

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It seems very much like the Department of Justice is now accepting bribes to look the other way on prosecuting people for white-collar crime. It’s hard to read this report in any other way: the company pays $4 million, and in return the executives responsible for the crimes not only walk, they are not even charged or named. Businesses are going to love the new American system: rule by corporations.

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24 June 2011 at 2:34 pm

Journalists arrested for reporting

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This in the US, mind. Pretty shocking—and, as Brayton points out, this is the new norm in the US, so the police involved will suffer no repercussions.

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24 June 2011 at 9:39 am

Posted in Government, Law, Media

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