On the subject of trees, apparently they can feed each other and maybe even communicate through their root structures. Or are they individuals at all? (warning: puns like "wood-wide web") https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-whispering-trees-180968084/
There's a painstaking effort to breed a blight resistance gene into the once-mighty American chestnut tree. Old school genetic engineering.
Just finished "Old Path White Clouds" by Thich Nhat Hanh. It's a story of the Buddha's life. For much of the book, the Buddha wanders about meeting new people, and no matter how skeptical or resistant they start out, as soon as he's finished talking to them they beg to be ordained as monks or lay disciples in his new religion. It's like a zombie apocalypse where the zombies are the good guys.
Art experiment #2 for today: homemade stay-wet palette. I didn't like the commercial ones that use a sponge for moisture, too squishy. So I'm trying sandstone, in the form of coasters. For the palette surface, I'm trying tracing paper (on left, almost invisible) and silicone free parchment paper (on right), and both seem to work splendidly. Challenges: The sandstone takes >8 hours to fully saturate apparently, and if I move up to a bigger piece it's going to be fragile.
Art experiment #1 for today: homemade paint. This is Irgazine Ruby, also known as Pyrrole Rubine. Mix is 50% pigment paste and 50% binder, and the binder is 30% urethane 70% acrylic. I ground the powdered pigment to make the paste, but I didn't have a glass muller yet, so I used an espresso tamper. I packaged it in a jello shot syringe, wanted to try that instead of the traditional tube, we'll see how well it works.
"The Waiting Time Paradox, or, Why Is My Bus Always Late?" by Jake VanderPlas http://jakevdp.github.io/blog/2018/09/13/waiting-time-paradox/
This is really interesting, even if most of the math went over my head. Another good example of this paradox (besides the classroom one) is the "your Facebook friends have more friends than you" thing https://www.technologyreview.com/s/523566/
"But there’s a deeper reason, I’ve come to think, that so many people don’t have hobbies: We’re afraid of being bad at them." https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/29/opinion/sunday/in-praise-of-mediocrity.html Rings true. The likes of Paul Nicklen on Instagram kinda make me go "welp, guess I don't need to take any photos, they'd just dilute the internet."
@hackerfriendly: "Maybe we need VR mnemonics, like for practicing lucid dreaming. Remind yourself to check if you're awake and you don't have a computer strapped to your face."
Did you know that https://communitywiki.org/trunk exists?
It's a new project where you can find people in the Fediverse and follow them by topic.
Also, you can request to be included. It's a really cool idea.
If you are new to Mastodon or you are looking for more interesting people to follow, you should check it out.
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