Mukherjee is a cancer physician and researcher, and where his description of cancer is a front line soldier's portrait of a respected nemesis, The Gene is more of a flyover survey of an emerging science. I learned a great deal about the origins of Genentech and Celera and the genetic underpinnings of sex and orientation. That said, the passages about his family - his paternal uncles and their mental illnesses, played out against the backdrop of Partition; the relationship between his mother and her identical twin - are as wise and lyrical as anything Mukherjee has written.
It's a long book. As is my habit with formidable non-fiction, I listened to it on Audible. Shoutout to narrator Dennis Boutsikaris for bringing this complex material to life.
Having a weekend with partner in Frankfurt.
Hotel perhaps overdoing the stylish minimalism: why does this always mean, nowhere to put stuff in the bathroom? However, good marks for the breakfast buffet.
On matters of modern design, am I the only person who finds themself waving their hands at a tap that turns on some other way, and vice versa?
Today to the Stadel- art gallery, very good stuff and lots of it. Among works observed, one C16th courtesan as Flora, with obligatory symbolickal bubbie displayed.
Also to the Arts and Crafts Museum, which has gone full-on poncey and eschews labeling in favour of composing curatorial 'constellations'. Though I could have spent more time with the shiny pillow-like balloons that one was permitted even exhorted to touch. (Sometimes I am shallow and frivolous.)
Some general flaneurserie, looking into churches, etc.
Welcome to Financially Savvy Saturdays, the savviest personal finance blog hop on the planet, created specifically for personal finance writers! We welcome all things money here. Whether you’ve written anything from thrifty living tips to how to nail your retirement savings, you’re invited to link-up.
If it ties into personal finance, we want to read it!
This weekend’s cohost is Emily from The John & Jane Doe Guide to Money & Investing where she talks about all things money related – though I think some of her coolest posts are when she talks about how she teaches her daughter personal finance lessons.
Tweet about it. You can use #finsavsat when tweeting about the party!
Concerns about SEO? Recently many bloggers have decided to stop participating in events such as Carnivals. If you’re worried about how participating in this link-up could effect your SEO, I’d encourage you to check out this article.
Interested in co-hosting? Co-hosting is fun AND easy. If you’re interested, you can email me at brokeGIRLrich (at) gmail.com with any questions. Or if you’re ready to take the plunge, you can sign up on this Google doc.
If you’ve co-hosted before and enjoyed it, consider doing it again!
Feature of the Week
As this weekend’s co-host, Emily picked the feature of the week. Her favorite post from last weekend’s blog hop was The 3 Patalysing Emotions That Will Hold You Back Financially by NZ Muse.
If you submit a post, you could be featured in next week’s party!
We do have a couple of rules for participation. Those who don’t follow the rules will have their link taken down.
1. Your post must be written in the past seven days, related to personal finance and not be solely a giveaway.
2. Be sure to include a link to one of your hosts by copying and pasting the html in one of the boxes below into your linked up post. You have the option of the button or a text link.
4. Comment on at least one post before and after you that have joined the party.
5. HAVE FUN!
Please copy and paste this button into the post you link up:
OR copy and paste this code for a text link:
<em>*Part of Financially Savvy Saturdays on <a href="http://johnjanedoe.com/financially-savvy-saturday-204" rel="nofollow">brokeGIRLrich.</a> <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>*< and <a href="http://brokegirlrich.com/financially-savvy-saturday-204/" rel="nofollow">The John and Jane Doe Guide to Money & Investing.</a> <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>*</em>
Kel Cheris is a gifted mathematician underemployed as an infantry officer. Shuos Jedao is the technological ghost of a genocidal general. Together, they fight crime, where "crime" is defined as heresy against the calendar. In Yoon Ha Lee's brilliant device, a calendar is a social contract from which physics - and hence, weaponry - flow. Calendrical heresy disables these weapons and thus undermines the power of the state.
If you love bold, original world-building, reflections on colonialism, and complicated relationships between clever protagonists who have every reason to distrust one another, you'll eat up the Machineries of Empire series as avidly as I did. If military SF and n-dimensional chess sound like a bit of a slog, see if you can stick with it anyway. The language and imagery are utterly gorgeous, and these very timely stories have a great deal to say about complicity, responsibility, and the mechanisms of societal control.
So at the start of the month my laptop's power-supply and keyboard both turned dodgy within a week of each other. I sourced a replacement power supply off eBay, and I know I can get the keyboard, I just haven't ordered it yet.
But that reminded me that my desktop has been out of action for most of a year. It's on-switch had been getting gradually worse and it gave up entirely while I was away from home last summer. Making matters worse, the case design is dire and a metal clip to hold the motherboard in place also pins the on-switch connector onto the motherboard (which is definitely powered, an LED lights when you plug it in). I finally found a way to get it out without trashing anything this spring, but the connector isn't wired in a straightforward manner, six wires feed seven pins of a nine-pin block, so you can't replace it with a standard two pin switch.
Ordering laptop bits made me realise I might be able to source a replacement switch, given I had the part number, and indeed I could. A fiver got me a brand new OEM switch, which arrived this morning. Plug it in, power on, and nada.... Looks like it's a dead motherboard, not a dead switch. Which means completely rebuilding the desktop. I have a much better case I can frankenstein components into, but at a minimum it means sourcing a new motherboard* and I'm not certain I'll be able to transfer the processor, which is potentially worth doing as, while it's 8 years old, it's also an early i7, so potentially still more powerful than the i3s and i5s most new PCs use. I'll have to do some digging to judge.
Of course, whichever route I take, I'll still need to reseat the processor in the new motherboard, and my coordination isn't exactly great. In fact I think it's measurably worse than the last time I did this, tw computers ago, and I got help then. I may need to lure my neighbour into offering to help.Bah, computers.
* Plus a Win 10 license and a new primary drive - it was running Vista, which I'm not prepared to connect to the net anymore, plus I don't want to overwrite the existing drive, so I'll swap that to being a slave
Julia Serano: [Content Note: Transphobic narratives] On Transgender People and 'Biological Sex' Myths
Ragen Chastain: [CN: Fat hatred] Slate's Hiring Policy: No Fat Chicks?
Shay Stewart-Bouley: [CN: Misogynoir] My Black life Matters, or Ramblings of Middle Age
Keith Reid-Cleveland: [CN: Police misconduct] Body Camera Footage Shows Baltimore Police Officer Planting Drugs
Russell Brandom: Verizon Admits to Throttling Netflix in Apparent Violation of Net Neutrality
Charline Jao: [CN: Images of violence/guns in video at link] Hit Woman Taraji P. Henson Does Not Mess Around in Proud Mary Trailer
Leave your links and recommendations in comments. Self-promotion welcome and encouraged!
Warnings for major complications of the 'bureaucracy is literally trying to kill you' sort, systemic transmisia & ableism & classism, capitalism devouring its young.
( Read more... )
FUCK FUCK FUCK. *sound effects of smashing things, ripping with vicious claws*
I'm going out. *doorslam*
ETA: I did indeed go out and that was good. I went swimming in a river! And other things have come along that need dealt with, sigh. Thank you for all the support, both those of you who have commented and anyone reading and well-wishing later. I may close comments here shortly because I need to move on mentally; we'll see. <3
It doesn't really have to be your best photograph—just one you like!
Please be sure if your photo contains people other than yourself, that you have the explicit consent of the people in the photos before posting them.
* * *
This is a photo I took in our backyard earlier today of a gorgeous big bee in a sunflower, which sprouted from fallen birdseed mix that contained sunflower seeds. Nature!
He started the gig by holding a press briefing where he went on endlessly about how much he loves Donald Trump, who is the greatest guy and an amazing athlete and a total winner and and and...
Trump will love this. Scaramucci says he is smart, a good communicator, a brilliant businessman, genuine, a good athlete & more.— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) July 21, 2017
Scaramucci's obnoxious presser was documented by a number of journalists who are already calling him "Mooch." Sure.
But here's the thing:
I hope everyone (esp WH press corps) understands hiring a drooling sycophant to run comms is as bad as pardons + firing Mueller report. https://t.co/mZVDaQ4lVx— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) July 21, 2017
And for the same reason: Evidence of authoritarianism in WH. Complete disregard for democratic norms and anything resembling ethics.— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) July 21, 2017
But I guess it's cool that "Mooch" already has a cool nickname. Go get 'em, press. Save the republic with your devastating conviviality.— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) July 21, 2017
Trust that he spent time during the presser flattering the press, too, and talking about how he wants to improve relations between the White House and the media. Which was evident bullshit — and far less important than this:
Anthony Scaramucci: "The best media person, the most savvy person in the White House is the president" https://t.co/JRBpcpFdVJ— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 21, 2017
I do believe that the best messenger, the best media person, the most savvy person in the White House is the President of the United States, and I'm frankly hoping to learn from him.Yeah, that would be the same guy who's been waging a war on the free press since he became a candidate. "Mooch" will learn a lot from him, I'll bet.