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But I rarely have a chance to give a good example of what that looks like to me and how I cope, and a perfect example cropped up earlier this week.

See, if this happened all the time, that'd be one thing, but it doesn't. Some places never get hit by this lack of recognition. Some always do. Mostly, whether or not I'm going to not recognize a place has to do with time of day and year, direction I'm coming from, the weather, my general state of mind, things like that. If the situation is different, the place will look different.

Which is what happened Tuesday. I went to the doctor with my mother, and we took a cab up, as we are wont to do. After we left the FDR drive, everything was going just fine - I saw and identified a large number of landmarks, and had a reasonably good idea of where I was. But the street we usually take was closed off, so we took a minor detour.

This meant that instead of being dropped off directly in front of the entrance, we were dropped off just around the corner. That was enough to turn a place I ought to have recognized immediately into one I had to work out by individual features and reasoning: This is the only hospital branch with a wooden bench outside. This hospital branch has a raised garden with a wall around it that has the most ineffective hostile architecture I've ever seen, and the aforementioned bench has nothing at all to keep you lying down on it in the first place. This is the only hospital branch with a covered passage from one side street to the next, with the entrance proper in the middle of it.

With those few facts in mind, I was able to confidently walk to the entrance and go in, rather than gazing around and hesitantly crossing the street. But it looked like a new place right up until I was actually inside the building. My guess is my mother doesn't even realize I had no idea where I was for a few seconds, or that it never clicked even when I did reason it out. And she certainly knows about that time I got lost in front of my house, and she definitely jokes that I'll get lost if I turn around (this is funny because it is literally true), but if I told her right now, my guess is she'd be shocked. I'm not entirely certain she realizes exactly how pervasive this is, or how serious it can be. (She did, in fact, act shocked afterwards when she asked if I wanted to go to the diner and I turned in the wrong direction. "You've been there before!" Yes, and? You've known me my whole life! Why are you surprised that I'd walk the wrong way to get to a place I've been several times before from here?)


A preschooler’s bubbly personality may rub off on friends

The Answer to Why Humans Are So Central in Star Trek (DEFINITELY read the comments!)

Researchers use laser-generated bubbles to create 3-D images in liquid

Tracing (and Erasing) New York’s Lines of Desire

These seven alien worlds could help explain how planets form

In 1914, Feminists Fought For the Right to Forget Childbirth

Score! Bumblebees see how to sink ball in goal, then do it better

Indian sungazers keep up family tradition for four generations

Adding friendly bacteria to skin lotion wards off bad germs

Japanese Photographer Makes DC and Marvel Action Figures Come To Life

Tiny fibers open new windows into the brain

5 facts about crime in the U.S.

The U.S. Geological Survey hails an early spring — and ties it to climate change

How a True-Crime Podcast Became a Mental-Health Support Group

Striking on International Women’s Day Is Not a Privilege

Federal agents move woman awaiting emergency surgery at Texas hospital to detention site

Republican lawmakers introduce bills to curb protesting in at least 18 states

Egypt activist out of prison but still only half free

Sick, dying and raped in America's nursing homes
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Took her to the vet to get fixed. (This must be the only building in NYC where the first floor is a level up. Very frustrating when you consider that the only building directory is in the elevator!)

She was scared to go in her carrier, shivered the whole way there. When I let her out at the vet's, she ran around and sat in half a dozen laps, none of which were mine. (Apparently, nobody here minds dogs just running around the waiting room so long as they behave, a policy I heartedly approved of because I forgot her leash at home.) Then, when she came out of surgery, she bit a technician. This is mostly a non-event, but apparently they have to contact animal control whenever they get bitten, and we'll have a follow-up call in ten days to confirm she doesn't have rabies. As she's vaccinated, this is just a formality. Poor baby.
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Does that explain how Africa looks an awful lot like Vancouver? I mean, I've never been to either place, but I'm guessing here.

(How did they escape global warming on Earth-2?)

Read more... )
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Is Fermented Tea Making People Feel Enlightened Because of ... Alcohol?

Squid Communicate With a Secret, Skin-Powered Alphabet

The Compost King of New York

Cutting-edge cameras reveal the secret life of dolphins

Thousands of demonstrators across US say 'Not My President'

Teen suicide attempts fell as same-sex marriage became legal

Former white supremacists help others leave hate groups

‘Segregation Had to Be Invented’

Long-winded speech could be early sign of Alzheimer's disease, says study

In Kuwait, 'too many foreigners' becomes a frequent refrain

True love waits? The story of my purity ring and feeling like I didn't have a choice

Demonstrators vow face-off against North Dakota pipeline

Trump supporters see a successful president — and are frustrated with critics who don’t

Mexico City, Parched and Sinking, Faces a Water Crisis

Do voter identification laws suppress minority voting? Yes. We did the research.

Millions targeted for possible deportation under Trump rules

Trump to spare U.S. 'dreamer' immigrants from crackdown

Europe’s Child-Refugee Crisis (Everything is awful and people suck.)

Immigrants Want You to See These Chilling Photos of US Detention Centers

Revised travel ban targets same countries

Fifth of world's food lost to over-eating and waste, study finds

U.N. says 1.4 million children at imminent risk of death in famines

Losing a Son in the New York State Prisons (The guard claims that on the day the young man killed himself, every single prisoner he was supposed to let outside for rec was asleep. Bullshit. That story doesn't even try to be plausible - and I don't believe he refused two meals in a row that day either.)
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It's bad enough listening to people obsess over their romantic problems aloud, and he's got to hear it inside their heads too.

It's too bad he and Clark aren't exactly on friendly terms. I bet he'd love a nice vacation to the Fortress of Solitude, emphasis on solitude.
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
To Kill a Mockingbird
Code Talkers
One Crazy Summer

And now she's about to start A Time to Dance. I've reassured her that finally, she's reading a book with no racism whatsoever, but I'm not sure she believes me. In fact, I know she doesn't - her response was "yeah, right, but I bet there's sexism". (In fact, there is not. Hah!)

We're doing that concurrently with Julius Caesar, which I want to get through before we see the play at the end of March.

But she does raise a good point. In my quest to make sure her reading list was as diverse as I could make it this year, it has veered a bit far in the "omg racism" direction. We might go with a few lighter reads before I hit her with Octavia Butler. Maybe we'll read Summer of the Mariposas. Not exactly light and fluffy, but a lot less racism omg.
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These are all the ones I wanted to post yesterday, but didn't. There's a high preponderance of serious. I'm not sorting it, too lazy right now.


Researchers use big-brother tech to spy on bumblebees

Why Dragonfly Wings Kill Bacteria (I can sum up the comments for you: LOL, masturbation!)

House of Cards: The Politics of Calling Card Etiquette in Nineteenth-Century Washington

Baby's sex plays a role in pregnant woman's immunity

Mo Willems’s Funny Failures

Long-lasting mental health isn’t normal

What I Learned About Life by Becoming a Landlord

Myopia cell discovered in retina: Dysfunction of cell may be linked to amount of time a child spends indoors

Striking Black And White Photos Show The Brutal Lives Of Gun-Toting Depression Era Mobs In America (A couple of pictures show non-gory images of deceased individuals)

Russia’s February Revolution Was Led by Women on the March

America's Television Graveyards

Why You Didn’t See It Coming

With 'Fake News,' Trump Moves From Alternative Facts To Alternative Language

When A Politician Says 'Fake News' And A Newspaper Threatens To Sue Back

Congress Destroying the EPA: What Was Life Like Before We Had It?

A consortium of elite, well-paid fighters from across the former Soviet Union are training jihadis in Syria. Their business model could go global.

How algorithms (secretly) run the world

Serial Killers Should Fear This Algorithm (Absolutely fascinating - although, like the police department in the beginning of the article, I would've ignored his email too and chalked it up to random internet cranks.)

Why can 12-year-olds still get married in the United States?

This leaked draft memo is the Trump administration’s starting point for a border crackdown

We're Trashing the Arctic. Literally.

Why China is building islands in the South China Sea
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How desert ants find their way in a featureless environment

Talk to babies and let them babble back to bridge word gap

Scientifically-designed fasting diet lowers risks for major diseases

The last wingwalker

Biologists find weird cave life that may be 50,000 years old

The internet made monthly subscription boxes cool, but the roots of this business model can be found in decisions made in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Mars Madness: The DIY explorers who dream of a 35-million-mile trek

Library Hand, the Fastidiously Neat Penmanship Style Made for Card Catalogs

The Girl Who Ran Away to Fight ISIS

The Anarchists vs. the Islamic State

The graffiti kids who sparked the Syrian war

She can paint, but not name a painting; learn new music without knowing a tune. Lonni Sue is teaching us much about memory.

Are face transplants still research, or regular care?

The new sheriff in metropolitan Phoenix is ending a policy that keeps immigrants locked up in his jails past their release date to give federal authorities extra time to launch deportation proceedings. (Hallelujah.)

Migrating North, but to Mexico, Not the U.S.

Queens of the Stoned Age

124 years after overthrow, Hawaiians continue sovereignty push

If Kids Ran Juvie

Phones are now indispensable for refugees

Disability Hate Crimes Have Hidden Racial Implications

No place like home: America’s eviction epidemic

As talks falter, Moscow finds brokering Syria peace trickier than waging war

Iraqis risk all to spy on Islamic State militants in Mosul

Thousands of Belarussians take to the streets to protest 'social parasite law', a tax on unemployment

First-Ever Tracker Of Hate Crimes Against Asian-Americans Launched

Eric Garner chokehold case rolls on, but future is cloudy

Scientists have just detected a major change to the Earth’s oceans linked to a warming climate

Why Ditching NAFTA Could Hurt America's Farmers More Than Mexico's

The Next American Farm Bust Is Upon Us

Policing the Poor in Detroit

Say Hello to the Super-Stealthy Malware That’s Going Mainstream
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(I'll put it in a separate entry.)


Rhea the Naked Birdie Proves Bald is Beautiful

The Long, Slightly Strange History Behind Fingernail Clipping

66 Exotic Fruits From Around The World (With Pictures!)

All aboard the love boa... I mean, Staten Island Ferry

The middle finger in American Sign Language

A Bowery tinsmith paints his city of memory

Renewables are no longer ‘alternative.’ Fossil fuels are ‘legacy.’

Revised US tally: HIV infections fell 18 percent in 6 years

Humans Killed the Aral Sea. Now, It’s Come Back to Life

Autism detectable in brain long before symptoms appear

Guatemala's indigenous seek recognition for justice system

Canada's Trudeau tells EU: the world needs you

How Hispanic police officers view their jobs

In nine out of the ten cities that accepted the largest number of refugees, crime went down—sometimes dramatically.

Don't look now, but American judges are attacking debtor's prison

Why American airports suck

Let’s not demonize driving—just stop subsidizing it

Revenge of the Lunch Lady (And when you're done reading this, go call or email or write your congresscritters and tell them you want to expand the school lunch subsidy and also make more children eligible for free or reduced lunch. Call your state legislators too.)

New evidence says leaving bullets inside of gunshot victims could cause mental deterioration.

Rumors highlight the hidden lives of North Korean leaders

A Police Department in Dallas Lost Years of Evidence After a Cyberattack

Nearly 15,000 lost children seek parents in chaos of South Sudan's war

Few alternatives to Palestinian state

Big Oil’s Grip on California

Behind the Internet's Anti-Democracy Movement
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Neil Gorsuch Vows To Interpret Constitution Using Scalia’s Original Intent

I'm laughing because it's true.

Also, my tabcount is back in the triple digits, and holy shit no I'm not dealing with that now. I'll close 'em out tomorrow.
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The topic du jour: Can four year olds learn to play chess well enough to beat out older, significantly more experienced players?

It really is ridiculous )


Feb. 15th, 2017 01:38 am
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I ordered a book for Ana for homeschool. One penny for the book, $3.99 for shipping - so it's a $4 used book. Not quite as cheap as I could get at the Strand, but I wasn't at the Strand, was I? And no guarantees that the Strand would have it in stock, right?

So it arrived today, new condition - and a sticker on it. $1. From the Strand. D'oh!
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But I can't believe it took me this long to realize there's a deliberate parallel going on between Lena and Kara. (And was she seriously adopted because her name alliterates? Three minutes in to this ep and I suspect that might actually be the case.)

I do miss Maxwell Lord, but I suppose this show doesn't need two fabulously wealthy, morally gray technocrats.

I'm still watching, and if anything interesting happens, I'll post it. )
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Younger boy: I'm a boy, and when I grow up, I'll be a man.
Me: Yes, that's usually how it works.
YB: And when I'm a man, I'll say "YO, MAMA!"
Me: *sporfle*
Me: Well, I mean, you might do that, but that's really not very nice, sweetie.

*dying inside omg*


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