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I said this elsewhere as part of a "life is good" theme, and I'll say it here too--This is life, and it is good sui generis. It is not always equally enjoyable, it is downright hellish for many, and it does not last. But it is still worth celebrating in all its amazing forms, past and present. (Picture: Little dino)

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In a fit of navel-gazing, I reviewed the 10ish posts I put up over on FB as part of a 10 days of things that remind you that life is good. I came up with two pictures of things coming into bloom; one cocktail in the afternoon sunlight; one dessert buffet (all you can eat is always one of my weaknesses); space exploration; dinosaurs; fairy tales; and anime. That pretty much covers it. What about you? 😁

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OMG. Think about the donuts of your day!! This kid is simply marvelous, giving advice to his mom about how to handle being nervous. 😂 :ablobcatheart:
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Realized I've never made an introduction post and I've been here almost a year! 😂 I study the brain and how disorders like schizophrenia develop and play out. I am not a medical doctor of any sort, but I do research for a living. For fun currently I read, play games on my phone, and watch anime, not in that order. I have no hobbies or artistic tendencies--love art, can't make it. My sweetie and I live in the southeast US, and I am a firm believer in not knowing the future.

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Just spotted a citation of @VickyRampin and @remram44's taguette paper in a report in reviewing this morning :BlobCatCoffee:

Rampin et al., (2021). Taguette: open-source qualitative data analysis. Journal of Open Source Software, 6(68), 3522, doi.org/10.21105/joss.03522

Ok a 10 hour drive on 4 hours of sleep, I do not recommend. Driving through something along the way that gave me the worst allergy ever, with my eyes screaming and tearing up and trying to close while driving at 70 mph--also its own version of hell. Luckily my sweetie drove us to a grocery store and got me allergy drops while I got a 5 min nap, and the last few hours' drive in comparison were almost lovely. 🙃
Got here safely, against all odds. 9 hours of sleep and I'm back to my self again. 😁

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Even if P=NP, we still won't have a solution for the halting problem.

I hate being terrified, but I also hate watching life slip away in a comfortable numbing wash of sameness.

So every few years my sweetie and I upend ourselves and give our stress systems a thorough workout by moving across country and changing jobs. It's worked out for the better every time so far. But damn, it's rough.

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Long drive today and of course no sleep last night. 🙄 the last few hours are going to be a challenge, later tonight! We're off to buy a house (right up there on the Most Stressful Things To Do list) in another state (because let's ratchet up the stress another notch) to move and start a new job this summer that has more potential but less reliability than my current one (hello fear, my old friend--I've come to talk to you again...). I'd say I'm too old for this s*** but apparently, not yet.

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Okay, crowdsourcing a solution on something. We just had a rainstorm and I've noticed that water is pooling pretty badly at the corner of the pad my shed sits on (see photo). The downspout is above that corner, with a rain chain down to a pot with a hole the bottom.

I'm looking for thoughts on how to divert that water away, preferably using materials I can source pretty easily. Stones, gravel, that sort of thing.

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#science This is a good review of data-driven techniques applied to neuroimaging data, to try to identify robust and reliable mind/brain relationships--just accepted, it'll be out soon! Dive into how we have moved past "blobology" in the past decades, not just looking at red spots of activity in the functional MRI analyses anymore. 😁 Dust off your math skills, though! frontiersin.org/articles/10.33

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Not to rain on anybody’s UFO party, but I’d rather have our political leaders focus on fucking climate change than having a day long meeting about a nonexistent alien invasion.

Damn. Mastodon.online's local feed only loads back about 10 minutes, my home feed only about 20. I am going to have to take the advice to move accounts to a smaller server, I think. 😥

We nipped out to buy a new laptop yesterday (long story), which was surprisingly painless. But as I was standing in the check-out line I saw an anime magazine with a version of the Bleach character on the front (Yay Bleach!), so I grabbed it on impulse to see what they put in these magazines. I flipped it over and there was a full page One Piece ad for a Luffy figurine, and I squeaked out loud quite happily. 🤣 My sweetie was very embarrassed, and made me put it back. 🤣 Officially Otaku.

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#science You might think that I'd run out of things to post about, but no such luck! Human neuroscience is a fascinating area. This recent article examines cognitive function in elderly cardiac patients who are scheduled for surgery with general anesthesia, to see whether previous experience with general anesthesia correlates with greater cognitive problems. It's a sea of acronyms, to read; but age interacts with previous anesthesia to make the cognitive problems worse. 😞 frontiersin.org/articles/10.33

When you're facing major upheavals it's really hard to focus, even with deadlines. Just pointing that out...

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A vote for Republicans is a vote to guarantee that America's mass murderers are the best equipped mass murderers in the world.

I know that reads like a political opinion but it is actually a fact. This kid is 100% a product of extreme right-wing politics in America today.

Republicans, not immigrants, are making sure assault weapons are available to any wacko who thinks he’s entitled to take the lives of people the right wing has taught him to hate. Republicans, not immigrants, organized and participated in an assault on the U.S. Government when they didn’t like the election results. Republicans, not immigrants, are working to take our civil rights away.

For democracy’s and humanity's sake, vote their power away.

A Fringe Conspiracy Theory, Fostered Online, Is Refashioned by the G.O.P.: nyti.ms/3MuMmkk

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@ericireland
Tucker's a lot like Rush, who welcomed listeners into his "arena of ideas," although there was no one battling him in his self-styled arena.

Tucker delivers most of his broadcasts from a studio in a rural town in Maine, where his most serious challengers are flies.

Tucker Carlson is only afraid of Tucker Carlson being replaced.

Funny how conservatives are all alarmed about the non-existent grooming of kids by liberals, but couldn't care less about the actual and very lethal grooming of kids by right-wing hatemongers.

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@gamer no kidding, particularly with changes in font!! I *think* that since the single downslash is "no", the same more vertical downslash with the tick mark is "so", while the more horizontal stroke and the tick mark higher up is "n"? So as the angle the two strokes makes moves up, it's "n"? Maybe. --oh actually, here's a picture with both! Rental cycles (top line), with black something soft rim (in the lower sign). Maybe that'll help me remember it. 😂​ nihongonavigator.com/2017/04/1

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Politics, Eurovision 

Very proud that #Europe stood behind #Ukraine during #Eurovision. I am sad that we cannot do more for Ukrainians, but at least during the show we have shown our unconditional support to the victims of the #war. This makes me happy.

Glory to Ukraine! :-D

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