I'm recovering from a bad cold this week, but otherwise settling in well. I'm starting to meal prep & cook more, with a breakfast routine.
I also got a digital piano which sounds great -- if you're local, come by and we can play music together! There's also a guitar and ukulele at home.
I spent the weekend setting up GNU mailman and configuring my server to send mail. You can manage your list membership here. Hopefully this doesn't get marked as spam -- so if you get this message, please send me your favorite recipe! And let me know if it went to spam... Over time, I hope the Web overlords will start trusting my little mail server.
Things I've liked or thought about recently:
http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2013-09-14 (humans vs the universe)
http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=3371 (on social media)
http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/identity (implications of future technologies)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KazJnDbRU4A (Dorothy Ashby on harp: calm yet virtuosic)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaZ1TTqQSLg (My high school classmate started rapping)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrCVu25wQ5s&feature=youtu.be&t=295 (Primatologist R. Sapolsky on what really makes humans different. I think he handles a complicated, delicate topic well.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxvDoJapuhkf (how do the humanities contribute to skeptic thinking? I appreciate the definitions & discussions related to postmodernism starting at 20min.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLFaa6RPJIU (making YBCO superconductor at home! This channel is impressive and entertaining; it was recommended by my friend.)
http://robotics.cs.tamu.edu/dshell/cs689/papers/anderson72more_is_different.pdf (Very famous paper. At different scales and complexities, literally new phenomena occur that would be nearly impossible to predict with first principles. The first principles aren't violated, but they aren't useful outside of the scale they predict at -- the author calls this "broken symmetries". Fundamentally new and different phenomena occur and studying them isn't always "applied" science. More detailed discussion of the same topic here.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_2Jy1Ur0js (robot at the International Space Station throwing a temper tantrum)