Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Citizen Sciencery for the Day

A couple of years ago, I joined www.openhumans.org. It is a program used by researchers and it allows every day people (like you and me) to help them with their research.

Last year, I joined "Go Viral." I was sent a kit and the next time I got the cold, I spit in a tube and sent it back to them.

For Channukah this year, Bill and the Rivster gave me a FitBit Flex. SO EXCITING! I love how helpful it's been, especially with figuring out my sleep patterns. I just discovered that I can connect my Fitbit to Open Humans and, in doing so, help a researcher in New York figure out how people exercise in their everyday lives. Go me.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Vocabulary List: Dragon Bones

Semiologist - someone who studies signs and symbols
Vermilion - a brilliant scarlet red
Sough - to make a rushing, rustling, or murmuring sound
Rectitude - rightness of principle or conduct; moral virtue
Tenebrous - dark; gloomy; obscure

Gang of FourThe most powerful members of a radical political elite convicted for implementing the harsh policies directed by Chinese Communist Party (CCP) chairman Mao Zedong during the Cultural Revolution (1966–76). The group included Mao’s third wife, Jiang Qing, and Wang Hongwen, Zhang Chunqiao, and Yao Wenyuan.
The Mahabharata is an important source of information on the development of Hinduism between 400 bce and 200 ce and is regarded by Hindus as both a text about dharma (Hindu moral law) and a history (itihasa, literally “that’s what happened”).

Quote I Particularly Enjoyed
"Dumber than a toad's butt"

Friday, February 17, 2017

Every Day

Things I Should Do Every Day

Taxes are annual (or quarterly). Some tasks are monthly or weekly or on some other set schedule. But there are other things that I should be doing every day. Over and over and over. And if you fail one day, there is always the next day, but really you should be doing it every day. I feel like maybe a majority of people do this thing called "get ready" in the morning. And for them, getting ready is one thing. But for others of us, it is six or seven or seventeen discrete things.

If I don't do anything else on n (if n=any day that is not Yom Kippor), then I should at least:

🍊 walk for ten thousand steps
🍴 AM meds - three small whites, three big blues, one yellow capsule, half a yellow tab, barrel shaped white, bigger round white
🍡 get dressed (consists of finding at least five pieces of clean enough clothing)
πŸ“ back exercises x3
 brush teeth x2
🍍 sleep at least eight hours
🌞 floss teeth x2
πŸ“§  eat at least three times
🚿 eat at least three veggies (working up to more)
😐  eat at least three fruits (working up to more)

✉ drink lots of water 

πŸ’Š journal

πŸ‘“ practice a foreign language (63 days on Duolingo and counting) for 5+ minutes
πŸ‘š get undressed 

πŸ‘– return any texts

πŸ‘Ÿ make sure I go to bed at a reasonable hour
🚢 go through mail I receive
πŸ’§ go through email I receive
πŸ’€  meditate 

πŸ•— shower/bath

πŸ”Ή PM meds - medium white, three big blues
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ wake up at a reasonable hour
πŸ“ž put clothes away/hamper
🍌 do something (or decide to do nothing) will all the things you used to eat
πŸ“Ί get about twenty minutes of sun (like most people in Northern latitudes, I'm vitamin D deficient) but not so much sun that I get cancer
🍎 wear sunglasses outside 
πŸ“΅ filter out blue light two hours before I plan to go to bed (or don't turn on tv, computer, or phone in that time)

I know that the icons don't match the lines they are on. Because I, too, have to sort through all these things. Every day.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Things To Do When Bored

Bored? Try these things.


It is a site that allows anyone to help scientists with their research. Some things can't be done by computer (at least not yet) and researchers need a lot of things identified. There are dozens of projects that need help at any one time and whether you are interested in the hard sciences or the soft sciences, there is something there for you. Here are a few of those in which I have participated:

SwagBucks Logo

If you have a couple of minutes of free time, you can do surveys (and/or other activities) at Swagbucks. You earn points that can be redeemed for gift cards. I've made a couple of hundred dollars of the years. (I get some Swagbucks if you join, too.)

Or, if you are just hunting for any little thing to do, press this:  πŸ”˜

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


This is more of a musings sort of post.

I'm working on my budget for 2017 and I just entered all the medical expenses I know I will for sure have in 2017. Minimum number of individual transactions?


That is with no surprises. No endoscopies. No ambulances or hospital stays. How do other people do this? I have a really flexible schedule so having a doctor appointment every other week isn't going to kill me, it is just draining and time consuming.

And I was going through my medical receipts for this year, and EOBs and letters, and everything I've gotten from the pharmacies, hospitals, etc, and it is inches thick. I had to call CVS to find out why they stopped filling a prescription I need (no actual reason, they immediately took the hold off) and requested that they not send a 26 page explanation of my medication every single time they send it to me but they said they had to. It really is 26 pages. Why do they have to? I have been on this medication for 15 years. They have been the ones giving it to me for 15 years. If there were a change or something, fine, but it's just ridiculous. No wonder I have piles of paper everywhere.

In other news, I am seeing someone. We've been seeing each other for over a year now. He is very nice, which works out well because I like nice people. I shall name him...Handsome. I bring him up to say that Handsome taught me how to crochet. I love that.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Some of My Best Friends Are...Being Harrassed


In other news, this month is almost over, but if you aren't participating in NaNoWriMo (look it up), you might want to write for Wikipedia Asian Month

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Excitement Scale

There are scales for all sorts of things and I was thinking somewhat recently about how I wish there were one for excitement.

Then I realized that that would have to be pretty personalized or it wouldn't be very good. Because otherwise, one would equal something like "You open your drawer and see that you have the exact socks you thought you would have there" and ten would be "You win the lottery." And that is kind of boring.

 I would want to include thing like

...finding a use for something that seems totally useless that I have kept for years for no reason. Like when I cut the legs off my yoga pants because I needed shorts to go run in and then just kept the legs portion around until, six years later, I realized I could turn them into a balaclava.


 ...forgetting my my umbrella at work and continuing to forget it there. And then one day it rains and I didn't bring an umbrella from home but it doesn't matter because I'd already forgot one there and can use that one.
This is the umbrella, by the way. Channukah gift two years ago from Rivster. I love it.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Cultural Appropriation Much?

It's been awhile, but things are mostly the same. The newest news is that Ace and Bette have made a Gimel, so I have a new niece. I know that I shouldn't name her Gimel because A&B had a cat named Gimel, but it's my blog. So there.

I'm still working. Speaking of working, I received at work an email with the following image:

university advertisement with a woman in an Indian headdress. One line of text reads: Place a Valuable Feather in Your Cap

My jaw just dropped when I saw this. I might not be able to define cultural appropriation very well, but I can't imagine who thought this was okay, even if the university is in Wales.