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COVID Day Four

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I’m lucky. Mostly it’s like a bad cold. My head is stuffed, and I have coughing and sneezing fits. I can function and perform basic tasks. I didn’t sleep well last night, and I don’t have a lot of energy.

But there’s no fever. My O2 levels are 91+. I still have an appetite, and I can taste what I eat.

My heart rate was over 100, but then I reflected that I’ve been dosing on sudafed, which is basically speed. So that explains that.

Kathy’s still out of town, so I don’t have to worry about infecting her.

I found a bag of wild-caught Gulf shrimp, and so I’ve been participating in a seafood extravaganza. So far this week I’ve cooked shrimp Diane, Thai steamed shrimp, and curried shrimp. I’ve had poached branzino twice.

Tonight will be shrimp korma. And I think I’ll be able to taste it just fine.

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cjheinz
6 days ago
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For some reason, my sense of smell/taste has gotten 2-3x better in the last year or so.
I definitely don't want to lose my sense of smell ...
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Spinthariscope

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Other high scorers are melt-in-your-hand aluminum-destroying gallium and tritium-powered glowsticks. Lawn darts are toward the other end.
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Two Quick Links for Wednesday Noonish

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For the first time in history in 2020, the weight of things produced by humans (concrete, metals, plastic) was greater than the weight of the global living biomass. [visualcapitalist.com]

The Physics of Wile E. Coyote's 10 Billion-Volt Electromagnet. I am here for any vigorous fact-checking of cartoon physics. [wired.com]

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cjheinz
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Language Development

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The worst is the Terrible Twos, when they're always throwing things and shrieking, "forsooth, to bed thou shalt not take me, cur!"
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cjheinz
14 days ago
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Nice!
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Man Kidnapped as a Kid Finds Family with Hand-Drawn Map of His Village

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a map hand-drawn from memory of a childhood village

A Chinese man who was abducted from his family when he was four years old recently found his mother by drawing a map of his village from memory and posting it online. From The Guardian:

Thirty years ago, when Li Jingwei was four years old, a neighbour abducted him from his home village in China’s Yunnan province and sold him to a child trafficking ring.

Now he has been reunited with his mother after drawing a map of his home village from his memories of three decades ago and sharing it on a popular video-sharing app in the hope that someone might be able to identify it.

“I’m a child who’s looking for his home,” Li said in the video. Unable to recall the name of his village or his address, Li’s recollection and reconstruction of the village’s key features - including a school, a bamboo forest and a pond - proved crucial.

“I knew the trees, stones, cows and even which roads turn and where the water flows,” Li said in an interview with the Paper, a Chinese media outlet.

When I first read this story, I was interested in the incredible drawn-from-memory map but now I’m wondering about what kind of relationship Li has with the people who arranged to have him abducted (which the article calls his “adoptive parents”??!?) (via the morning news)

Tags: crime   kidnapping   maps
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cjheinz
19 days ago
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Way cool.
Social media FTW! For a change.
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Here’s to 2022

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Daphne Kladis

New year and another trip around the sun. Hey 2022, here’s to:

– more parties in the heart
– more listening. Less talking
– being ok with being misunderstood
– spending time with expansive humans
– staying open
– more dancing
– long walks
– petting dogs
– BELIEVE (Ted Lasso style)
– less sugar
– remembering that fear is the absence of love
– remembering to interpret mixed signals as a no
– continue to gently recognize my limiting beliefs
– trusting that inner whisper
– sprinkle fun and good vibes
– be intentional about rituals / traditions (create new ones)
– notice when the universe is cheering me on
– no more overwatering plants
– notice and celebrate what’s working
– clarity
– recognize when I am swimming upstream and swiflty turning around
– write my book (at least start)
– being open to love

Whispers: Thank you for visiting my garden on the internet. I appreciate you stopping by.

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cjheinz
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Nice!
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