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Bill & Melinda Gates say they can no longer grow together as a couple. Really? That's what their vows said: til we can no longer grow together as a couple do us part? I think my wife worked a death clause in there somewhere. 😁

Taiwan has had a Covid outbreak at a hotel frequented by pilots. So far, 24 people have been infected. The head of the CDC said we may be heading towards community transmission, & the next 2 weeks will be critical. That, & Taichung still has almost no water.

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Do you ever decide what kind of #tea to drink, or even whether to drink tea at all, based on the condition of your gut?

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This apparently made its rounds on Tik Tok early last month, so you can disregard it if you've already heard it. For the rest of you gentlemen:

The 5 Secrets of Happiness

Finished reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.

2/5 stars

tl;dr - a former aristocrat endures many years of confinement without any complaining, so you can, too, in your lockdowns & quarantines. Maybe read Bel Canto by Ann Patchett or watch The Shawshank Redemption instead if you want something more interesting.

One benefit of having no boobs – everyone always looks me in the eyes. Jan Atkins, graphic designer, Hammersmith


‘Bras are a curse!’ How lockdown changed readers’ views of their breasts

I need some movie recommendations, please. Something well made, with a good story. Not looking for a superhero/comic book movie, nor horror or anything artsy. I don't have Netflix et al. Some movies I like are:

The Russia House
Snow Falling on Cedars
Presumed Innocent
The Spanish Prisoner
The Insider
Molly's Game
The Shawshank Redemption
The Prestige
Finding Forester
The Last Emperor
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Matrix
The Bodyguard
The English Patient

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I’ve decided to start this thing called “Remember That Scene.” Who’s with me?

#RememberThatScene in “A Star Is Born” where the collected mass of hydrogen is finally enough for fusion to begin?

Somebody is looking for a "passionate" local photographer for a maternity photoshoot. I wonder if they're looking for a good photographer, though. What if I know a passionate photographer who takes terrible photos? I suppose they'd prefer that to someone who is only talented. 😁

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"...farms have become little more than processing plants where cheap imported feed is converted into meat. This is a system of capital investment in which feed becomes profit in the form of meat."

- Cræft, Alex Langlands

It doesn't bode well when they admit that different trumps good.


International Booker prize shortlist led by books ‘pushing the boundaries’ of fiction

One of my students wanted me to turn on the air conditioner, but didn't know the word. He's a goofy nut, too, so his solution was to say, "Teacher. Panasoni. Bee, bee."

(hint: he meant to say "Panasonic" for "air conditioner" & "beep, beep" for "turn on")


My kindergarten student's t-shirt. Pause for a moment to think what kind of person would put a cute teddy bear & that phrase ON CLOTHING ONLY A CHILD COULD FIT INTO.

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"Not compromising on quality is a philosophy of production that is, of course, the antithesis of the modern textile industry whose capital returns rely on heavy turnover, a throwaway culture in which every item has a planned obsolescence and barely lasts a lifetime, let alone long enough to be passed down to future generations."

- Cræft: An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts by Alex Langlands

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"...a testament to the longevity of the crafted object itself: make something well, and from good materials, and it will last beyond one generation ."

- Cræft: An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts by Alex Langlands

They're both still going to be produced by Jar Jar Abrams, so you know they're not going to be any good.


‘Star Trek’ Film Set for 2023 Is Top Secret Project Produced by JJ Abrams

Straps breaking on their masks has been a problem for a lot of my students. One of them came up with a novel, though not completely perfect, solution. Not sure how comfortable it is.

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