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deťom sa páčilo: Former Teacher Creates Terrifying Makeup Illusions

The New England Journal of Medicine: The new stability

The morning you die, I don’t want to be there — like most mornings now, when I rise against my whole will and crawl dejectedly into scrubs. I don’t want to be a plague doctor or a hero on TV. Now on the news, White men hold guns and signs that say “live free or die” to protest the lockdown. I imagine what they will look like dying on vents in ICUs staffed by doctors lacking sleep and proper training, soaked in moral fatigue. I imagine what their wives will sound like on the phone as they cry and say “Do everything.” I wonder if these wives will thank me or tell me to be safe.

Women researchers are publishing less since the pandemic hit

the rage of research

I’ll read a sentence like ‘Entropy expresses the number Ω of different configurations that a system defined by macroscopic variables could assume’.

And then, the rage will set in. 

Stage 2: pure, adulterated rage

Something about explanations like the above – a sentence so obviously incomprehensible given no other context – sets me off on a complete emotional tangent. But why????? my brain will scream. Everything will get blocked out. I can’t click another thing or read anything else until I understand what this is actually saying. What does a state mean, how do you know here are a finite number of them, what actually is a macroscopic variable, how does all of this fit in to literally anything else. 

timeline of science-fiction ideas

bake-offs 

Ever wondered which of the 100,000,000 chocolate chip cookie recipes online–half of them claiming to be the best–is TRULY the best? Me too… In each bake off, I test anywhere from 8-16 recipes against each other (yes, usually I make all or most of the recipes myself on the same day!) and invite as many people as possible over to be my taste testers to judge and rank each recipe. Then I analyze the data to determine the crowd favorite.

v duchu mojich aktuálnych myšlienkových pochodovyour school district’s reopening survey

This model will combine the key elements of in-person instruction (see above) with remote learning, which we hopefully perfected this spring. Your child will be divided into a cohort (A, B, AB, BC, CC, XVY, MCXLVII, and Depeche Mode) based on careful consideration of his or her learning style, social-emotional needs, friendships, and an algorithm our intern designed this summer. You will need a reliable Internet connection, a work schedule that follows no concrete pattern, a forgiving supervisor, independent wealth, or a Xanax prescription. Please contact our school nurse for the latter.

Ďalšia óda na knižnicu

Nie je žiadne tajomstvo, že som veľkou fanúšičkou našej knižnice. V zime sme si okrem kníh požičiavali aj vstupenky do múzeí. Teraz v lete pre deti zorganizovali story walk – prechádzku po meste s rozprávkovými zastávkami a nasmerovaním na ďalšie stanovište. Namiesto workshopov, ktoré ešte stále nemôžu robiť naživo, majú Take it and make it program – dá sa zastaviť pre materiál a buď cez zoom s nimi alebo vo vlastnom čase podľa youtube tutoriálu si každý týždeň niečo vyrobiť (napríklad paracord náramky, čo majú obaja na tejto fotke). 

Cez leto beží čitateľská súťaž (Kika si robí zálusk na darčekovú poukážku do miestnej zmrzlinárne). Teraz je knižnica síce zase dočasne zatvorená (pre výpadok elektriny po utorkovom hurikáne Isaias), ale po nútených covid-“prázdninách” už v limitovanom režime znovu funguje aj na výpožičky osobne. 

Čo teraz s deťmi čítame/nedávno sme dokončili?

Wayside school sériu

Louis Sachar: Holes (Po veľkom úspechu Wayside série pokus inú tému od toho istého autora. Nebolo to zlé, deti to bavilo, ale mne sa to veľmi nepáčilo.)

David Walliams: Demon dentist (a iné knižky od neho, niečo čítali už na Slovensku)

John Anderson: Posted (Kika so spolužiakmi počúvali na jar, ale na Kiku to bolo vtedy moc rýchle a ani nedokončila, tak teraz čítame spolu, pomalšie.)

Diana Jones: Howl’s moving castle

Catherynne Valente: The girl who circumnavigated the Fairyland in a ship of her own making

Bill Watterson: Calvin and Hobbs (už máme tretiu, toto je Kubova srdcovka)

Arthur C Clarke: 2001 Vesmírna odysea (začali sme, až tak ich nechytilo… asi ešte priskoro… mám chuť na nich vybaliť Koniec detstva, ale aj to asi ešte chvíľu počkám…)

Kathy Wollard: How come? In the neighborhood (Túto máme požičanú z knihobúdky. Bavia ich aj texty aj obrázky.)

Kika znovu čítala Shela Silversteina, ktorého máme doma. Nabudúce z knižnice pre zmenu zoberiem niečo od Prelutskeho (od neho Kubo čítal na jar pár básničiek v rámci ESL programu a tie mali veľký úspech.)

Z tých, čo som čítala bez detí, mňa v poslednej dobe najviac zaujala Rekurzia.

Kto dá odporúčania na druhú polovicu leta?

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Colbie Caillat: Try (vďaka Táni za linku)

Women Destroy Science Fiction!

Functional programming comes to the Macintosh! Introducing Swift

How boys teach each other to be boys

She concluded that most of what we think of as “boy” behavior isn’t natural or authentic to boys, but is something they learn to perform. Boys aren’t stoic or aggressive or hierarchical; they aren’t bad at forming relationships or unable to express themselves. They pick up all these traditional traits of masculinity by adapting to a culture that expects and demands that they do so.

Facebook news feed experiment

The Facebook experiment was conducted for one week in 2012. It manipulated the content users saw in their news feeds to see if emotions could be spread. Some users saw positive updates from friends, others saw negative updates.

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