Mr. Pickles, a critically endangered species of tortoise at the Houston Zoo, finally became a father at the age of 90. He and his partner, Mrs. Pickles, welcomed three tortoise hatchlings: Dill, Gherkin and Jalapeño.https://t.co/KfYXf7L5E0pic.twitter.com/TCI45YsTY1
Police are suing Afroman for emotional distress over the music video below (that uses footage from when police broke into and searched his house and stole some of his money and traumatized his wife and kids).
As predicted LAC day was a bloodbath. More on that later this week after DC1 gets today’s two decisions. We had consolation Chinese food last night (DC1: Williams decided to reject me an hour early. They just couldn’t wait.)
The upcoming Wisconsin Supreme Court elections are super important. Postcards to Voters and VoteFwd are both doing campaigns right now.
Continue to have problems with reddit. I’ve also had a headache much of the week, when it has been overcast. My pressure headaches I think have been getting worse. My GP told me to keep a headache diary and I really do think it’s the weather and not hormones now, but is that even fixable? I’ve purchased a nasal saline thing (not a neti-pot, but a similar idea) and am eager to see if it does anything because it’s just hard to *think* with an underlying headache all the time.
I do think that I am able to sustain work longer when I’ve been off twitter and reddit and I’m surprised at how little I miss twitter. I also think that when I keep myself from doing these kinds of things I have a brief period of increased productivity followed by substituting with other time wasting activities. In this case though I’ve been able to watch longer youtube shows rather than just clips, so maybe that’s a good thing? DH convinced me to watch Schmigadoon full episodes instead of just the musical numbers on Youtube. I’m a fan! Looking forward to season 2 in April… Schmicago.
Why that mask meta-analysis was biased towards finding no effect: This article breaks it down really clearly. Basically it was just a poorly designed meta-analysis that makes comparisons across things it should not be comparing and includes masks we know are ineffective at protecting us from airborne transmission in the analysis (like surgical masks don’t protect the wearer from airborne particles and were never intended to).
A meta study that’s more carefully done on masking. “The results suggest that the classification of infections into droplet versus airborne transmission is an oversimplification. Most guidelines recommend masks for infections spread by droplets. N95 respirators, as “airborne precautions,” provide superior protection for droplet-transmitted infections. To ensure the occupational health and safety of healthcare worker, the superiority of respirators in preventing respiratory infections should be reflected in infection control guidelines.”
[1/2]Just a reminder when you see RCT's and Meta-analysis about mask, always remember that meta-analysis for parachutes have concluded they don't work, and there have been RCT's that show *parachutes don't work*!https://t.co/fFxWZu2RA4https://t.co/5x9jRYzHlE
The best thing about not reading Twitter is not reading updates about 9 chickweed lane from damnyouwillis.
Still having a hard time staying away from Reddit even though there is no reason for me to look at Applying2College until mid March at the earliest, now that DC1 has been rejected from hir ED2 school. (I looked at the rejection letter, and it was a special form letter that they only give to a subset of rejected people. Still, I wish it had been a deferral instead.)
This week wasn’t particularly productive. I have massive allergies (Zyrtec is my best friend, but 24 hour Zyrtec should not be taken in the middle of the night because it sets up a bad cycle), I got another desk rejection that bummed me out, a coauthor who was about to submit a paper last week went radio silent, I had been exposed to Covid last weekend but have been Covid negative (still the allergies kept me second guessing even though air filters on full blast + Zyrtec put me back to normal)… excuses all, but ones I grabbed onto.
Watched quite a bit of YouTube last weekend. Slipped up a couple times but mostly caught myself.
Monday I was deeply depressed about my lack of progress and couldn’t hide from my thoughts with Twitter or Reddit. I had to feel them.
Tuesday I seemed to recover a bit and talked to DH in the morning about what I hadn’t been getting done and why. He sat down with me and 15 min later I had a plan. Finally submitted the thing I’d been avoiding. Hopefully they’ll hold onto it for a few days before desk rejecting because I need a break from constant rejection. I also finally started reading an Econ book I need to read.
Wednesday I worked pretty steadily. No twitter, stopped myself shortly after I opened reddit.
Thursday/Friday I was at a conference and the wifi/cell were both terrible so I had to turn to airplane mode!
I’ve been making headway in a couple non-fiction books I’ve been putting off reading. For some reason it’s easier to read them now.
Here’s a donors choose from Arizona who is trying to get books with diverse voices, including trans voices, to her students. It expires this month.
I’d link to a video but the coolest YouTube video I saw this week was just an ad for a ruler. It was a pretty cool ruler though. (Disclaimers: I have not seen the ruler in real life and jetpens doesn’t know I exist.)
The challenge has gotten to a rocky start. Feb 1 I’d gotten in late the night before because of travel delays and I started the day with a doctors appointment including lab work. (The doctor suspects anemia over perimenapause but my blood work doesn’t show anemia. My cholesterol is down to normal levels — I attribute this to exercise! She’s having me go back on a multivitamin and wants me to start a headache log and let her know if I get another really short cycle. Also I learned about colonoscopies and their alternatives.)
So I never really got to work Feb 1. But I did stay off Twitter and Reddit. Feb 2 started well but after a job talk I had a hard time getting back to work and ended up reading Reddit (about Haverford… there is zero reason for me to spend any time learning about places DC1 applied to until zie gets acceptances or waitlist information, and yet that’s what my anxiety has decided to focus on instead of things that are actually under my control).
Feb 3 I was much better, but still pretty distractable.
This Donors Choose in Texas (!) only has 6-7 days left and is trying to buy a trans book and books on social justice and books with minority protagonists (and also, oddly, The Westing Game, which seems a bit out of place compared to the rest of the list, but I’m a fan). The more people that donate and the closer it gets to being completed, the more likely Donors Choose will be to advertise it to people looking for places to give before it expires.
These are my Rules of Twitter, developed over many years via trial and (mostly) error. They are *my* rules, related to what I want to do On Here and what I want to avoid. Yours may and will differ, but I do suggest figuring out what they are. pic.twitter.com/tib7vZ4ORF
Criterion Collection has announced they will be launching a channel on TikTok to reach a new audience with their preservation of classic films. Launching today, Criterion has posted My Dinner with André (1981) as it’s first upload. pic.twitter.com/VwV2Hf9aHU