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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.
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.'", July 11
Support the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Masochists.

Give until it hurts.
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"

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? ;-)

***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
Happy Birthday, heleninwales!
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Happy Birthday, drjon!

Happy Birthday Eve, kelzadiddle!
Wednesday May 14, 2014 Mayo Clinic trial: Massive blast of measles vaccine wipes out cancer

*** 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"

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.

David Brauer ‏@dbrauer: Now called "City Council" #ikidbecauseilove RT @smckenzie21: 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:
Saturday May 10, 2014: From Twitter:

Charles ‏@THEANGRYGUMBALL 10 Technologies You Will be Witnessing In The Near Future

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

***Sender: American Dialect Society <>
Subject: Re: Blood of the young mouse

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


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//

***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.

Nancy Man ‏@nancycc: The boy name debuts! Kitai, Oaks, Prometheus, Power, Warrior, Jaxper, Machiavelli, Relic, Subaru... … #babynames

Eric W. Dolan ‏@EWDolan: KY Gov. Beshear ’s lawyers: Banning marriage equality would protect our economy
Belated Happy Birthday, cakmpls!
Happy Birthday Eve, stardreamer!
Happy Birthday, taketimetoshine!
Happy Birthday in advance, catvalente!
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
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.
Happy Birthday, mme_hardy!
I Don't Want to Be Normal. I Want to Be Healthy 04/16/14 Dan Goodman, 1720 Como Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414. dsgood at or at 612-298-2354

Saturday April 5, 2014 Mnstf hosted by David Dyer-Bennett, Pamela Dean, and Lydia Nickerson.

***From Twitter:

R.L. Ripples ‏@TweetsofOld A suffragette umpired a game of baseball in California the other day. Thus the last sacred precinct of man's work has been invaded. KY1912

Tuesday April 8, 2014 Minneapolis is melting. No more snow piles taller than my head.

***An unusual fashion column in the Minnesota Daily; it recommended clothes which people might want to wear. (I'm unlikely to wear a plaid skirt, though.)

***An atheist discussing her mystical experiences, in a public radio interview: Barbara Ehrenreich, who has a book coming out (Living with a Wild God.)

***From Twitter:
Andrew Kaczynski ‏@BuzzFeedAndrew Most Vice story ever. RT @vicenews: PETA’s dream of turning Jeffrey Dahmer's home into a vega[n] restaurant is not going to happen

Thursday April 10, 2014 I was optimistic enough about weather to buy sandals at Steeple People Thrift Store.

***Adult Children Anonymous meeting.

***From Twitter:

Retweeted by Zerlina Maxwell
Caitlin Mac Neal ‏@caitlinmacneal This Arkansas free clinic is closing, citing more insured through Obamacare — they only saw 3 patients in March:

pourmecoffee ‏@pourmecoffee Stop marketing, marketing people. Just stop it. "Sewage treatment plant advertises as wedding venue"

Guy Kawasaki ‏@GuyKawasaki The all-goat cover of "Game of Thrones" theme song [video]
Wednesday April 2, 2014 "Creative Criminal Activity Contest," said a poster on the U of Minnesota campus.

It was a contest for creative ways of reducing crime on campus. Not for creative ways of being criminal.

***Found a backpack I liked better than any I owned at Steeple People Thrift Store. Thought about the reasons why I shouldn't buy it. Bought it.

Thursday April 3, 2014 Spiderweb, in a cup I'd used a few hours earlier. A sign of Spring.

On the other hand, a winter storm warning.

***Comments of Comment:

Keith Lynch, 3/31/14: "Dan Goodman <> wrote: 'Summary: Scientists suggest that the fossil impact humans have made on the planet is vast and unprecedented in nature -- and that there's been nothing remotely like it since the Earth formed, over four and half billion years ago.'
[Quoted from]

"I've often wondered whether it's possible that there was another technological species on our planet in the distant past. What signs should we look for?

"I'm skeptical that one can be ruled out more than one billion years ago, however. There just isn't much left from those times.

"On the other hand, there is the nuclear waste found in Africa dated to one and a half billion years ago, usually attributed to a natural nuclear reactor. Well, maybe."

My guess: If there was a previous technological civilization, any relics it left would be interpreted as having other causes.
Happy Birthday, jimhines!

Day late Happy Birthday, snowynight!
Monday March 31, 2014 Comments of Comment:

Keith Lynch, 3/29/14:
"Adult Children Anonymous meeting. Learned something I needed.

"The topic was making amends. In discussion, someone brought up making amends to one's body."

Amends for what?

For misuse.


Daylight saving impacts timing of heart attacks
Date: March 29, 2014
Source: American College of Cardiology
Summary: Still feeling the residual effects of springing ahead for daylight saving time? The hour of
sleep lost -- or gained -- may play a bigger, perhaps more dangerous role in our body's natural rhythm than we think. It seems moving the clock forward or backward may alter the timing of when heart attacks occur in the week following these time changes, according to research.

***From Twitter:

Scientific American ‏@sciam Methane-spewing Microbe Blamed in Earth's Worst Mass Extinction

***From a Publishers Lunch newsletter:

This week on Booktalk Nation:

DANIELLE PAIGE, Dorothy Must Die, Mon. Mar. 31st, 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT. Danielle Paige joins BTN for a video chat with Marissa Meyer about Paige's debut novel Dorothy Must Die, a fast-paced reimagining of the land of Oz where Dorothy is in charge and the power has gone to her head.
Saturday March 29, 2014 From

Mass participation experiment reveals how to create the perfect dream
Date: March 26, 2014
Source: University of Hertfordshire
Summary: Psychologists have announced the results of a two-year study into dream control. The experiment shows that it is now possible for people to create their perfect dream, and so wake up feeling especially happy and refreshed. Researchers also discovered that people's dreams were especially bizarre around the time of a full moon.

Technofossils: Unprecedented legacy left behind by humans
Date: March 25, 2014
Source: University of Leicester
Summary: Scientists suggest that the fossil impact humans have made on the planet is vast and unprecedented in nature -- and that there's been nothing remotely like it since the Earth formed, over four and half billion years ago. The researchers argue that, like dinosaurs, who left their bones and footprints behind for future generations to discover, humans will also leave a footprint behind -- one made up of material goods unique to humankind that are so different from anything else produced by animals in the history of Earth that they deserve their own name: technofossils.

***From Twitter:

Retweeted by Lillian Cohen-Moore
UEL ARAMCHEK ‏@ThePatanoiac "Specifically, I'm an umbratarian." She cut another slice from the smoky black slab. "I don't eat the flesh of animals, just their shadows."
Happy Birthday Eve, forodwaith!
Monday March 24, 2014 Started drafting a future. One I would find plausible long enough to set stories there.

Some of my assumptions: 1) There isn't going to be "the end of history" -- a time when society is properly organized and everyone is rational. There won't be an end to wars and other waste motion.

2) Cosmology and physics will not achieve The Final Theory That Explains Everything.

3) There will be unexpected social and technological changes. But things which are obviously going to change won't.

4) Spaceships are not going to be run just like sailing ships.


Electric 'thinking cap' controls learning speed
Date: March 23, 2014
Source: Vanderbilt University
Summary: Caffeine-fueled cram sessions are routine occurrences on any college campus. But what if there was a better, safer way to learn new or difficult material more quickly? What if "thinking caps" were real? Scientists have now shown that it is possible to selectively manipulate our ability to learn through the application of a mild electrical current to the brain, and that this effect can be enhanced or depressed depending on the direction of the current.