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September 18th, 2014
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What would you expect a synesthesia coach to do?

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September 16th, 2014
03:27 pm

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Catching up a bit:

Still dealing with the re-diagnosis from ADD/ADHD to depression. One thing I'm doing differently is reminding myself that "___ isn't worth doing" (or worth doing right now) may not be accurate.

Am concentrating more on using my senses (including synesthetic ones) to help memory and thinking.

Doing more meditation. Haven't found the best method for me.

Current Location: Minneapolis, Baja Manitoba
Current Music: Let's Take a Train to Bermuda
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August 23rd, 2014
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August 21-22, 2014
Thursday August 21, 2014. Some businesses are more bureaucratic than any government I've encountered. Walgreens drug chain is among them.

Missed two calls saying my prescription was ready to be picked up. I don't have a prescription at Walgreens. Tried to call back, so they could correct their mistake and call the right number.

After enduring a commercial, I was allowed to go through a maze to the pharmacy department and wait.

Waited, waited, waited. Gave up. Tried again several more times.

Sent email to Walgreens headquarters, filling out their complaint form.

***Attended Adult Children Anonymous meeting.

***Friday August 22, 2014. A soon-to-open store in my neighborhood has a window sign saying "sneakers/apparel/lifestyle." They probably won't literally sell lifestyles. Found myself thinking about a store which would.

I probably wouldn't buy a lifestyle from a store whose window display includes issues of Life Sucks Die magazine.

Current Location: Minneapolis, MN
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August 21st, 2014
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August 14-20, 2014
Thursday August 14, 2014. Adult Children Anonymous -- got my eight-year medallion.

***On the bus home, a large group which included some with cat whiskers painted on their faces boarded. Turned out they were returning from the International Cat Video Festival.

***The August issue of Chess Life has an article on Fritz Leiber's chess-related sf and fantasy stories.

***Friday August 15, 2014. I usually wish the classical music announcers on KSJN talked much, much less. However, this was Leon Theremin's birthday. Turns out he was a Soviet spy, along with his other work.

***Saturday August 16, 2014. Mnstf (Twin Cities sf club) meeting at Scott and Irene Rauns. Good meeting.

***Sunday August 17, 2014. Reread Melissa Scott's Conceiving the Heavens -- a book on writing science fiction, published in 1999. Included was a bit of speculation about electronic currency. I suspect Ms. Scott didn't expect it to arrive just ten years later.

***MinnSpec (Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers) meeting at the Uptown Lunds supermarket. Topic: Emotional Manipulation of the Reader. I suspect the topics brought up could be used for at least six panel discussions.

I brought the (not(yet?)) official MinnSpec Library for its first outing. The library was, so far, six books on writing which I hadn't read in a while. One got taken out.

***Wednesday August 20, 2014. Birthday of H. P. Lovecraft and Jacqueline Susann.

Current Location: Minneapolis, Baja Manitoba
Current Music: As We Waltz to the Anarchism Tango
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Happy Birthday, wildrider!

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August 14th, 2014
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Wednesday August 13, 2014 Berlin Wall anniversary

Night the Wall went up, I was listening to Radio Moscow news. But it was next day before I found out what had happened.

The newscaster kept explaining Why This Step Was Necessary. And I kept waiting to find out what that step was.

***"Turn of the century charm," real estate ad in a neighborhood paper. Someone hadn't noticed the 20th century is over.

***To Waite House for monthly NAPS (Nutritional Assistance Package for Seniors), and for twice-monthly produce giveaway.

The produce giveaway is preceded by a presentation. This time, on sugar in bottled drinks. You might be surprised to learn that sodas and energy drinks have unhealthy amounts of sugar.

We were urged to sign up for a "sodacation." Refrain from drinking sodas with sugar between August 17th and September 2nd. Participants to get a choice of free items at the end; with drawing for a grand prize the following week.

I signed up.

***Seen from bus on the way home: a stilt-walker with butterfly-like wings. Part of a local health expo.

Current Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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August 7th, 2014
04:28 pm

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8/2/14-8/6/14


Saturday August 2, 2014 To DreamHaven Books for Michael Merriam's reading.

DreamHaven had a rack of free books. One I took was The Year 2000, published 1970 (ed. Harry Harrison.) Among glimpses of that future year:

The US and the Soviet Union will have solved their pollution problem, and will be the world's most prosperous countries.

New York City will have a dominant Black majority, and a white minority. And apparently no Asians, Hispanics, Native Americans....

Smoking tobacco will be as respectable as it was in the 1950s.

Some female Australian government employees will go topless at work.

The reading was good. Merriam read from published work, and a bit from his Fringe Festival show.

Tuesday August 5, 2015 The Indonesian Hobbits didn't exist, it seems. New expert analysis of the original skeleton shows Down Syndrome rather than membership in another human species.

***Attended the National Night Out event at Van Cleve Park.

Wednesday August 6, 2014 Minnesota Daily (U of MN student paper; weekly during summer) story on research study at the U which shows female hormones make addiction more likely.

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July 31st, 2014
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Wednesday July 30, 2014

"According to recordings of the teen's police interrogation, the boy mocked the attacks on the Boston Marathon and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut as 'pretty lame' and 'pathetic' and said he idolized one of the Columbine gunmen.
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"However, his father told reporters that he does not believe his son would have carried out the plan and that there were no signs the teen was troubled."
Minnesota Daily (U of MN student paper; weekly during summer), July 30-August 5, page 2.

More on Minnesota police matters. From the Star Tribune Police Blotter, from Chanhassen: "Someone called to report a turtle in their yard in the 8400 block of Stone Creek Drive."

***The August issue of Glamour had a good article on friendship.

They also had a couple of fashion Do and Don't lists with pictures. I mostly preferred the Don'ts to the Dos.

Current Location: Minneapolis, Baja Manitoba
Current Music: He's Just an Excitable Boy
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July 24th, 2014
03:54 pm

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Rediagnosed
Years ago, I was diagnosed with ADD/ADHD.

Tuesday, a doctor said I don't have ADD. I have depression, plus some symptoms from my cerebral palsy.

This calls for a good deal of rethinking, to put it mildly.

Current Location: Minneapolis, Baja Manitoba
Current Music: Help Me Make It Through the Night of the Living Dead
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July 12th, 2014
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Washington Post: "No, the United States isn't trying to build a military force of centenarians. It just seems that way after the Selective Service System mistakenly sent notices to more than 14,000 Pennsylvania men born between 1893 and 1897, ordering them to register for the nation's military draft and warning that failure to do so is 'punishable by a fine and imprisonment.'"
politicalwire.com, July 11

Current Location: Minneapolis, Baja Manitoba
Current Music: The Animals Came in One by One

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July 10th, 2014
04:50 pm

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Support the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Masochists.

Give until it hurts.

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May 27th, 2014
01:53 pm

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Happy Birthday, ellenmillion!

Current Location: Minneapolis, heating up

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May 25th, 2014
04:13 pm

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Happy Birthday, careswen!

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Saturday May 17, 2014 Frost warning last night. Today I wore sandals.

I saw one college-age man who was shirtless. (But no shirtless women.)

***Comments of Comment:

Keith Lynch 5/17/14: "Charles ?@NONPROGRAMMABLE 10 Technologies You Will be Witnessing In The Near Future
http://zite.to/1nwB9ig"

10. Artificial Gills
Fish can only get by because they need much less oxygen than mammals.

Also, some water has very little oxygen. Especially water that's comfortably warm. Will this thing give some kind of low-oxygen warning? Does it have an air tank as a backup?

Speaking of air, breathing pure oxygen is dangerous, especially underwater where the pressure is higher. Does this thing also extract appropriate amounts of nitrogen from the water?

8. Sunscreen Pills
The idea of sunscreen is to stop the UV before it hits and damages your skin. How can anything inside you possibly do that?

7. Paper-Thin, Flexible Computers and Phones
Pads, sure, but how would you hold a paper-thin phone? If it's flexible, wouldn't it crumple up? And if it isn't flexible, wouldn't it cut you?

6. Tooth Regeneration
Better than implants only if it's cheaper than implants.

4. Real-Time Google Earth
including real-time Google Street View? :-)

What's the resolution of the thing? Unless it's impossibly high, how would you zoom in? Wouldn't you need a separate camera for each simultaneous user?

If it's to be mounted on ISS, as is suggested, what happens when ISS is deorbited? Last I heard, plans were to do so in about a decade. Possibly much sooner if the Russians take their marbles and go home, as they're threatening to.

3. Wireless Electricity
Tesla had that. Too bad it has such low efficiency, and that it jams the whole radio spectrum and screws with pacemakers, etc.

2. Ultra-High Speed Tube Trains
Maglev, at 4000 miles per hour? Pikers. Make it 18,000 miles per hour and they won't need maglev. You'd be in orbit at ground level.

If weightlessness tends to bother passengers, bring back the maglev and speed it up to 25,000 miles per hour. They'd experience 1G again. And could watch the scenery going by upside down.

Just don't let terrorists anywhere near the thing. If someone breaks the vacuum, the train will burn up like a meteor.

1. Sustainable Fusion Reactor
Thirty years away, just as it always has been.

"ProPublica A haunting #longreads about a heroine addict struggling to get clean:"

I'm not addicted to heroines. Nor to heroes. I can give those novels up anytime I want.

"Top 10 Baby Names for 2013 Source: Social Security Administration Boys Noah ..."

That's disturbing. Maybe I'd better get one of those artificial gills just in case.

Jette Goldie 5/17/14: I dunno what you guys have against those poor wee birdies. What did a Snipe ever do to you that you have to hunt it? ;-)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snipe

***From Twitter:

Dan Goodman ‏@dsgood: Hello. My name is Harry Potter. You killed my parents. Prepare to die. #MASHUP

Dan Goodman ‏@dsgood: Harry, I am your parents.

Science fiction ‏@Scienfiction: These Were The First Female Astronauts In Science Fiction - io9 http://dlvr.it/5hsmlY

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May 22nd, 2014
05:49 pm

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Happy Birthday,javacat!

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May 17th, 2014
06:54 pm

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Wednesday May 14, 2014 Mayo Clinic trial: Massive blast of measles vaccine wipes out cancer
http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/health/259155541.html?page=all&prepage=1&c=y#continue

*** To Waite House for NAPS (Nutritional Assistance Program For Seniors) package and produce distribution.

***Comments of Comment:

Denny Lien, May 14 2014: "Retweeted by Molly Ball
Mike Memoli ‏@mikememoli: To Dem charge that select cmte is a 'witch hunt,' Rep. Pete Sessions says: 'That must mean that there's a witch somewhere.'"

What opinion has he re snipe hunts? Or heffalumps?

Keith Lynch, May 14 2014: "MPR News: News Cut: Why your new TV may soon be worthless http://mprne.ws/2GufN7"

It has already been determined that ATSC 3.0 will not be backward-compatible with the current standard, so TV sets in existence today will not work with it.

"TV Technology said the government is not likely to fund any sort of conversion box as it did when it mandated broadcasters begin transmitting with digital signals. 'Consumers then will have to either buy a new TV or subscribe to some type of subscription pay-TV or OTT service,' it said."

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Consumers will get the worst treatment they're willing to put up with. And government is, of course, not on their side.

I'd like to see all ATSC 3.0 content providers go bankrupt, as nobody buys their incompatible content. Further, I'd like to see everyone with a recent TV that stops working return it to the store and demand a full refund. And to take the case to court if the store refuses.

Also see the comments at that URL. (You may need to use wget to get past the "403 Forbidden" error. ATSC is not the only incompatible thing around.)

***From Twitter:

Jennifer Ouellette ‏@JenLucPiquant: Quantum twist could kill off the multiverse: a fresh way of looking at random motions known as quantum fluctuations.
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22229692.600-quantum-twist-could-kill-off-the-multiverse.html

David Brauer ‏@dbrauer: Now called "City Council" #ikidbecauseilove RT @smckenzie21: Downtown Minneapolis once home to eccentric zoo http://www.journalmpls.com/voices-feed/downtown-minneapolis-once-home-to-eccentric-zoo … #mpls

Giant Freakin Robot ‏@GFRobot: Yes, Pope Francis said he would baptize aliens. Find out the details here:
http://bit.ly/1lAVG4S pic.twitter.com/IxhzUyEhJs

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May 16th, 2014
09:32 pm

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Saturday May 10, 2014: From Twitter:

Charles ‏@THEANGRYGUMBALL 10 Technologies You Will be Witnessing In The Near Future http://zite.to/1nwB9ig

ProPublica ‏@ProPublica A haunting #longreads about a heroine addict struggling to get clean: http://propub.ca/1qnqcV3 v @nytimes

***From Full Text Reports:

Just Arrived! Top 10 Baby Names for 2013

Posted: 09 May 2014 01:56 PM PDT
Top 10 Baby Names for 2013 Source: Social Security Administration Boys Noah Liam Jacob Mason William Ethan Michael Alexander Jayden Daniel Girls Sophia Emma Olivia Isabella Ava Mia Emily Abigail Madison Elizabeth Filed under: children and families, lists and rankings, Social Security Administration
[Original source http://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/]

***Sender: American Dialect Society <ads-l@listserv.uga.edu>
Subject: Re: Blood of the young mouse

JB: <>
WB: Because they practice safe sucks. We should learn from this.

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May 15th, 2014
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Friday May 9, 2014 To Community Emergency Service for the Friday food giveaway.

***Black Coffee and Waffles (formerly Muddsuckers Coffee) seems to have more customers than before. A higher percentage are college age. This may change when the current U of MN semester ends.

Note: They have black coffee, but not black waffles.

***Subject: Notice to appear in court
From: AUSTRALIAN LOTTERY INC
Date: 05/09/2014 09:20 AM
To: undisclosed recipients: ;

Notice to appear in court

Hereby you are notified that you have been scheduled to appear for your hearing that will take place in the court of Richmond in May 20, 2014 at 09:00 am.

Please bring all documents and witnesses relating to this case with you to court on your hearing date.
Please, download the copy of the court notice attached herewith to read the details.
Note: he case may be heard by the judge in your absence if you do not come.

Yours truly,
Marryna Gimenez
Clerk to the Court.

***From sciencedaily.com:

Journal Reference: V.S. Ramachandran, Elizabeth Seckel. Synesthetic colors induced by graphemes that have not been consciously perceived. Neurocase, 2014; 1 DOI: 10.1080/13554794.2014.890728

Taylor & Francis. "Experiencing letters as colors: New insights into synesthesia." ScienceDaily, 9 May 2014. http//www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140509074122.htm

***From Twitter:

Dan Goodman ‏@dsgood: What would you do if your IQ increased 50 points?

Dan Goodman ‏@dsgood: What would you do if granted immunity from prosecution for any crimes?

Nancy Man ‏@nancycc: A few more female #babyname debuts: Pistol, Epic, Prim, Rarity, Charlemagne, L'wren, Quora, Sierraleone, Zeppelin. http://www.nancy.cc/2014/05/09/girl-name-debuts-2013/

Nancy Man ‏@nancycc: The boy name debuts! Kitai, Oaks, Prometheus, Power, Warrior, Jaxper, Machiavelli, Relic, Subaru... http://www.nancy.cc/2014/05/09/boys-name-debuts-2013/ … #babynames

Eric W. Dolan ‏@EWDolan: KY Gov. Beshear ’s lawyers: Banning marriage equality would protect our economy http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/05/09/ky-gov-beshears-lawyers-banning-marriage-equality-would-protect-our-economy/

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May 14th, 2014
06:53 pm

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Belated Happy Birthday, cakmpls!

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May 10th, 2014
03:26 pm

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Happy Birthday Eve, dhole!

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May 8th, 2014
04:40 pm

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Happy Birthday, leahbobet!

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April 30th, 2014
06:17 pm

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Tuesday April 29, 2014 From a work in progress:

"The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there." L. P. Hartley, _The Go-Between_.

The future is also a foreign country; and the guidebooks are so wrong, you can't even rely on the opposite of what they say.

Look at old nonfiction predictions -- political, technological, social, and artistic.

Read old science fiction. Human cities on Mars by 1970. The Soviet Union flourishing for centuries to come. Beatniks in space, exactly like 1960s bohemians.

Being wrong about the future might not hurt a writer's sales. Nonfiction books predicting Barry Goldwater and George McGovern winning the US Presidency sold reasonably well. Fiction writers who have 1970s rock dominating popular music centuries from now are published regularly.

But if you're like me, being wrong can hurt your pride. If so, here are some ways of being less wrong about the future....

***My local coffeehouse is open again: Black Waffles and Coffee, formerly Muddsuckers.

They do serve non-black coffee. And as far as I know, their waffles aren't black.

***Weather forecasts still say "Rain, possibly mixed with snow."

***Online, looked up the Star Tribune's story on the DFL City Convention. It included The Important Information, and omitted the unimportant things which mattered more to me.

***From Twitter:

Retweeted by Simon Bisson
silvie9000 ‏@silvie9000 are you a writer specializing in horror but out of fresh ideas for offing people? just cruise IKEA's product recalls http://www.ikea.com/us/en/about_ikea/newsroom/product_recalls

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05:57 pm

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Apologies and belated good wishes to those whose birthdays I missed.

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05:56 pm

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Happy Birthday, andyhat!

Current Location: Minneapolis, a bit cooler than Phoenix

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April 29th, 2014
02:43 pm

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DFL Minneapolis City Convention
Saturday April 26, 2014 "Performed an operation on a twin while still in the womb." On a wall plaque at Roosevelt High School, where the DFL City Convention was being held. (DFL: Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.)

There was a Somali interpreter.

Sidenote: Somali immigrants have been doing well in Minneapolis politics. Which may seem odd considering Somalia is a political mess. Then again, Irish immigrants in the US, Canada, Latin America, and Australia and their descendants have shown more political competence than politicians in Ireland (both the Republic and Northern Ireland.)

Transcription on screen. Wonky. "Awed torl um" for auditorium at one point. "A claymation" for acclamation several times. "Tell gate" a couple of times.

Candidate forum. Changed one School Board At-Large choice. There was only one candidate for my district (District 1); and she impressed me favorably enough that I didn't decide to go for No Endorsement.

(School Board elections are nonpartisan, but parties make endorsements.)

Credentials given out. There was a long, long line. This was scheduled to take an hour; took almost twice as long.

A bunch of formal stuff at the beginning, most of it routine. More formal bumpf at intervals.

School Board candidate speeches.

Several candidates brought supporters on stage. I found this annoying. I wanted to see and hear the candidates themselves. ( I was favorably impressed by the candidate who had a few of his students speak in support, though. But he wasn't running for my district or at-large.)

Followed by balloting. One set of ballots for each district which had a vacancy to fill; another set for districts which had only the At-Large election.

Minneapolis party officers elected. Two candidates for Chair. The incumbent won.

Other offices mostly had only one candidate nominated. Two Fundraising Director candidates, but one declined the nomination.

There was one resolution with enough signatures to be voted on. Someone proposed an amendment; then someone moved to amend that amendment.

The School Board results were announced. Of the four candidates, one got enough votes (over the 60% minimum) for endorsement. Another was one vote short.

A large number of ballots were spoiled -- not signed on the back. "Sign your ballot on the back" had been announced several times, but not everyone had listened.

Second ballot. After my ballot was gathered up, I decided to leave. I had been there about nine hours, and nothing else I did was likely to influence anything.

Will I attend again? Whenever School Board endorsements are being considered, yes.

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