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12:26 AM
Teacher: Oh, you brought in a lovely rock for Show and Tell. It has lovely banding. What do you call it?
Tommy: It's gneiss.
Teacher: Ooh, yes, it's very nice. But what do you call it?
Blossom Puzzle, April 19
Letters: E G H I N S T
My score: 401 points
My longest word: 13 letters
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12:48 AM
Biomarker of the day: BMP, bis(monoacylglycero)phosphate (BMP), putative lipid marker of muscle aging, probably reversible by exercise
> Strikingly, from >1,200 unique lipids, we found a tissue-wide accumulation of bis(monoacylglycero)phosphate (BMP) during mouse aging. To investigate translational value, we assessed muscle tissue of young and older people, and found a similar marked BMP accumulation in the human aging lipidome. Furthermore, we found that a healthy-aging intervention consisting of moderate-to-vigorous exercise was able to lower BMP levels in postmenopausal female research participants.
1:03 AM
Frenchified English Word of the day: Boulingrin from 'Bowling Green'.
@Robusto Admit I helped you ;-)
@jlliagre Couldn't have done it without you. ^_^
@jlliagre BTW, Moulin Rouge sounds so much more romantic than "Red Mill" ...
However, Vapeur Mauve isn't quite as exciting as "Purple Haze" ;-)
1:31 AM
I mean not in the "rock-out-with-your-cock-out" kind of exciting.
The NY of 1918 looks like modern Russian cities of post-2010.
I'm thinking of finding a better job, but maybe it's better in terms of mental health to continue as a courier on a bicycle, since physical activity is so good for your biomarkers
At least till the end of the summer.
I wish there were some supplements to overcome fatigue better.
I should start reading physical exercise research journals
@jlliagre I wonder if there's any charm in English to French people. The two languages are so close linguistially that English might sound like "mangled French" to the French.
To me, Ukrainian sounded like "mangled/silly Russian", long after I took up listening to Ukrainian music. Only after memorizing many words and reading up on etymology of memorized words did it start seeming beautiful
did it start to feel beautiful
> I remember as a kid, my grandfather would put this song on. He would grab my grandmothers hand, and they would dance in the kitchen to it. Such great memories. And it's these ones I cheerish since their passing many years ago.
2:01 AM
@CowperKettle English isn't perceived as anything like French by native French people who generally don't realize the large overlapping vocabulary. About charm, yes, the accent native English people have when they speak French is often considered to be charming.
@CowperKettle I suggest Monster Energy.
2:18 AM
@alphabet Looks like an energy drink, they are said to be harmful
I was thinking along the lines of creatine before exercise, etc.
Taurine, maybe. And a lot of glycine powder + N-acetylcysteine after exercise, in the hopes of building up cartilage, per some small-scale exploratory studies; together with whey protein, since they used that in their studies
> Comparatively, there have been many more studies on the effects of glycine, which is most abundant in collagen [9,30]. Therefore, it has been hypothesised that glycine makes the greatest contribution to the beneficial effects of collagen supplements on joints. Like collagen peptides, glycine has also been reported to increase the synthesis of innate collagen and appears to suppress inflammation in cultured cell experiments [9,31].
Glycine powder is cheap, and glycine in extra-large doses was shown to improve the condition of some people with schizophrenia in the 1990s by helping the NMDA receptors remain operational
@CowperKettle Yeah, I was joking
It actually does have taurine in it, as I recall, but it also has a rather large amount of caffeine.
2:33 AM
Yes, taurine seems to be good - although who can really tell. I bet one could study taurine for decades
I need to stop consuming so many energy drinks.
My rumination decreased by 80% about a month into the job
Exposure to actual live people seems to do it. Now I wonder what happens to people who both have depression, and cannot communicate a lot with live people because of some physical defect. They probably suffer for unnecessary medicalization
Or at least mixing them with Dexedrine.
Sometimes I think I should stop taking all these meds and experience the REAL ME. Then I remember what happened to Kanye.
A neighbor's husband was an athlete, a ski runner etc. But now he is drinking all days, until he loses consciousness and has convulsions. Then for some days/weeks he abstains, but then slides back. He is about 60 yo
Depression + absence of work + absence of live communication
@alphabet modafinil?
Incidentally: Kanye's back to making music, despite literally supporting Hitler.
2:39 AM
I would like to try some ADHD activators, but they are criminalized in Russia (some), or are hard to get prescribed (some)
@CowperKettle They don't want to put me on any new stimulants because I have epilepsy. But I'd already been on Adderall for years when I started having seizures, so they're OK with me taking meds from that class.
@alphabet Your epilepsy started in an adult age? It's generalized?
My brother's little daughter (9 mo) has had a seizure again. She fell down. It was just a couple days ago.
My bro has focal epilepsy.
@alphabet I remember reading a paper saying that ADHD drugs might be okay in epilepsy, but I can't say for sure.
Okay, I'll go for the ParkRun, I'm a marshal at one of the turns :)
@CowperKettle It started when I was 21, which is fairly late. I haven't had a grand mal seizure since I started taking medication for it, which is quite fortunate.
I will show folks where to make a turn so that they don't proceed running north until they bump agains the train station.
@alphabet I'm obsessed with folate metabolism, and one thing that springs to mind is that some epilepsy drugs deplete the body of folate, and it might be good to supplement in that case.
@CowperKettle It's much more fun to watch people making the wrong turn and chuckle at their ignorance /s
Apparently Kanye is now saying that, among other things, the Jews conspired with Adidas to take down his sneaker brand. He says he's been inspired by Louis Farrakhan. Yuck.
But he still gets record deals somehow. Insane.
Records in which he says he can't be antisemitic because he "just fucked a Jewish bitch." Yikes.
3 hours later…
5:29 AM
Wordplay: уточки is diminutive of ducks (уточки), while туточки is diminuted/affected of тут (here)
4 hours later…
9:39 AM
It's +28°С. Not unheard of, but very, very, very warm for April.
10:13 AM
> A group of prominent biologists and philosophers announced a new consensus: There’s “a realistic possibility” that insects, octopuses, crustaceans, fish and other overlooked animals experience consciousness. quantamagazine.org/…
10:45 AM
(Alexander T Nyce and Jonathan W Nyce) The Natural Product Dehydroepiandrosterone Depletes Brain and Cardiac Adenosine researchgate.net/profile/Jonathan-Nyce-2/publication/…
Could this be one of the pathways nudging the brain towards insomnia in depression/severe stress?
2 hours later…
1:16 PM
@CowperKettle look it's already complicated enough without you dragging sex hormones into this
1:38 PM
@CowperKettle That's about what it is here, at the 35th parallel.
1:52 PM
@CowperKettle What does the American Yiddish word tchotchke mean in Russian? I presume it's from Russian.
2:05 PM
@Robusto The word ultimately derives from Polish, does it not?
(most Slavic-sounding words in Yiddish come from Polish)
There is a Russian word, цацка, which seems to mean the same thing as tchotchke (i.e. a trinket).
2:18 PM
@XanderHenderson I don't know. I just saw @Cowp's wordplay above with utotchke and tutotchke and that made me wonder about tchotchke.
2:31 PM
@CowperKettle +11°C and windy here outside Paris, it's colder than the average for an end of April.
#WhenTaken #53 (20.04.2024)

I scored 823/1000 🎉

1️⃣ 📍 398 km - 🗓️ 5 yrs - ⚡ 183 / 200
2️⃣ 📍 27.9 metres - 🗓️ 3 yrs - ⚡ 197 / 200
3️⃣ 📍 3 km - 🗓️ 4 yrs - ⚡ 196 / 200
4️⃣ 📍 2347 km - 🗓️ 4 yrs - ⚡ 143 / 200
5️⃣ 📍 9118 km - 🗓️ 0 yrs - ⚡ 104 / 200

Huh, my score should be 919. The game exhibit a blatant location mistake on #5.
#WhenTaken #53 (20.04.2024)

I scored 883/1000 🎉

1️⃣ 📍 390 km - 🗓️ 0 yrs - ⚡ 188 / 200
2️⃣ 📍 78.7 metres - 🗓️ 2 yrs - ⚡ 198 / 200
3️⃣ 📍 2 km - 🗓️ 2 yrs - ⚡ 198 / 200
4️⃣ 📍 1 km - 🗓️ 4 yrs - ⚡ 196 / 200
5️⃣ 📍 9131 km - 🗓️ 0 yrs - ⚡ 103 / 200

5 is complete bullshit. :/
The link below the photo is to unsplash.com/photos/… , which is not the photo shown.
unsplash.com/photos/… <- found the original. Paris, 2018.
Given that it was a riot, in France, it could have been any year. :D
2:56 PM
#WhenTaken #53 (20.04.2024)

I scored 840/1000 🎉

1️⃣ 📍 576 km - 🗓️ 13 yrs - ⚡ 159 / 200
2️⃣ 📍 37.3 metres - 🗓️ 1 yrs - ⚡ 199 / 200
3️⃣ 📍 64.5 metres - 🗓️ 0 yrs - ⚡ 200 / 200
4️⃣ 📍 40.4 metres - 🗓️ 4 yrs - ⚡ 196 / 200
5️⃣ 📍 9121 km - 🗓️ 11 yrs - ⚡ 86 / 200

I had time so I tried the game again. Can't say it was worthwhile, though.
Wordle 1,036 4/6

Oh, you guys fucked up the last location as well.
@Robusto We didn't fuck it up. WhenTaken did.
The picture was taken in Paris in 2018.
14 mins ago, by Xander Henderson
https://unsplash.com/photos/black-smoke-emitting-from-fire-on-road-in-front-of-police-wearing-headgear-during-daytime-Xv5MFVhJcoQ <- found the original. Paris, 2018.
Yeah, it had to be Paris.
#1 had me fooled because the traffic appeared to be flowing in the wrong direction.
Pompiers de Paris.
@jlliagre Yes, I marked that down to an anomaly. Turns out it wasn't.
Or rather, it was, but not of the kind I was thinking.
3:56 PM
Daily Octordle #817
Score: 66
4:07 PM
> Most definitions of left reduce to an image of doubtful sincerity and clumsiness, and the Latin word for left, sinister, is a well-known beauty. From this version springs my favorite term for left-handedness, “the bend sinister,” which Vladimir Nabokov used for the title of a book that has nothing to do with handedness.
Uh, you might want to take another look at "bend sinister," which is a term from heraldry. (Pro tip: It just means a band that goes from left to right on a shield.)
5:02 PM
I actually thought the "apple lake" pronouncers were taking the piss out of me, and just kept my mouth shut about them being weirdos.
But apparently it actually occurs in the wild, and is not just a self-parody.
The appellation homophobia appears to be some sort of maison Dickson issue, but I have no idea where the apple laken one comes from.
Maybe people think it's supposed to rhyme with Wallachian; that might explain their /k/.
I sometimes hear Appalachian as Appalæchian. No /k/ though.
Supposedly the latch one is Southern.
I thought they were just funnin' with me.
For me it's a perfect homophone for appellation.
Daily Sequence Octordle #817
Score: 68
@tchrist Same here.
But we grew up in largely the same accent.
5:17 PM
’Cept where that silver spoon in your mouth altered your enunciation. :)
I got 6–8" of very wet snow overnight.
@tchrist This too shall pass.
@tchrist Silver spoon? Whence came that impression?
Teasing. I know better.
You've worked too hard to have been born to idle wealth.
Kinda of a perfect spring week for us here.
6:01 PM
Last known photograph of raccoon cub who went missing in the Great Smoky Mountains. Conspiracy theorists blame Bigfoot.
6:15 PM
@Robusto I've heard that everyone from Appalachia pronounces it /-lætʃə/. It's only outsiders like me who say /-leɪʃə/.
@Robusto It must be Yiddish, says Wikipedia: "the standard Yiddish transliteration is tsatske or tshatshke. In YIVO standard orthography, it is spelled טשאַטשקע. In Israeli Hebrew it is often spelled צאצקע, [ˈtsats.ke]"
In Russian it's цацки. Now I know its etymology
1000 kcal, not bad.
6:49 PM
> Miximus in lecto fateor peccavimus. Hospes si dices quare nulla matella fuit [CIL IV 4957].
Proving once again that government by Unanimous Consent works only when a singular Absolute Monarch is in charge not 535 legislators each with veto power, the long languishing Furry-Ed Bills have at last passed on out from the American Legislature's lower chamber back up to the upper chamber whence they came, despite majority opposition from the soi-disant Majority Party not to mention the anarcho-parodic opposition from the Greene Party.
> He translated this as
We wet the bed; I know, O host, we were wrong, Ask why? There was no urinal. [CIL IV 4957]
He notes the alternative interpretation by Bücheler;
We have wet the bed, I know. We have only sinned, o guest, if you tell us for what reason there was no urinal. [CIL IV 4957]
Isn't that the graffito that Trump left in that Russian hotel?
@CowperKettle Makes me worry about what all gets put into the popular madrileñan dish they call pisto mixto.
Pisto (also known as pisto manchego) is a Spanish dish originally from the Region of Murcia, Castilla La Mancha and Extremadura. It is made of tomatoes, onions, eggplant or courgettes, green and red peppers, and olive oil. It is usually served warm as a starter or to accompany another dish. It is often served with white rice, bread, a fried egg on top or with pieces of cured ham. It is also used as the filling for pasties and tartlets (empanadillas). The dish is sometimes formally named pisto manchego, from its origins in the historical region of La Mancha (mostly situated in the region of Castilla...
6:56 PM
> Miximus in lecto, fateor; peccavimus, hospes.
si dices 'quare?' - nulla matella fuit.
> We mixed in bed, I confess; we have sinned, guest. if you say 'why?' - there was no mattress.
(Google Translate)
The pissy third-conjugation Latin verb meiere switched to the equally pissy first-conjugation verb mear in Spanish. Verbs don't usually switch conjugations like that, except when they sometimes do.
I more commonly see mingere used in Latin for that verb.
Hence minximus for "we pissed" from mingo rather than miximus from meio. Same thing, though.
If you see infinitives like mixare (IT) or mixer (FR) in Romance verbs meaning to mix together, then those didn't come from the pissy Latin verbs. They were pinched from the English to mix millennia later.
Somebody needs to tell Google Translate this. :)
Whose Latin cognate was miscere as in English immiscible.
A Latin verb that was never spelled with an -x- in any of its myriad conjugations.
> From Proto-Italic *mikskō (“to mix”), from Proto-Indo-European
*miḱ-sḱé-, inchoative present of *meyǵ-, *meyḱ- (“to mix”). The
second conjugation of this verb is unexplained. Cognate with Old
High German miskian, miskan (“to mix”) (German mischen), Welsh mysgu
(“to mix”), Ancient Greek μίγνυμι (mígnumi, “to mix”), Old Church
Slavonic мѣсити (měsiti, “to mix”), Lithuanian mišti and maišyti
(“to mix”), Sanskrit मिश्र (miśra, “mixed”), Persian آمیختن (âmixtan,
“mix”); Old English māsc (“mixture, mash”). More at mash.[1]
> From Middle English mixen (attested in past tense as mixed, myxyd), from Old English *mixian, miscian, from Proto-West Germanic *miskijan, from Proto-Germanic *miskijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *miḱ-sḱé-ti, from *meyǵ-, *meyḱ- (“to mix”).

Cognate with Saterland Frisian miskje (“to mix, blend”), Middle Dutch mischen (“to mix”), Low German misken, mischen (“to mix”), Old High German miskian, miskēn (“to mix”) (German mischen), Welsh mysgu (“to mix”), Latin misceō (“mix”), Ancient Greek μίγνυμι (mígnumi, “to mix”), Old Church Slavonic мѣсити (měsiti, “to mix”), Lithuanian mišti and maišyt
> From Proto-Italic *meiɣjō, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃meyǵʰ-. Cognate with Latin mingō, Ancient Greek ὀμείχω (omeíkhō), Sanskrit मेहति (mehati), Old Norse míga, Tocharian B miśo.
Whoa sudden white-out blizzard here again. Why is Siberia still sending me its weather?
7:37 PM
@Robusto Yes, I was confused too by #1 because of three cafés in a row with tables outside looks Parisian but the buildings alignment and rooves didn't match Parisian style so at least I picked the right country. It was impossible to guess the city unless being a local.
@jlliagre In a row, not in a raw?
Mount Washington, also known as Agiocochook, is an ultra-prominent mountain in the state of New Hampshire. It is the highest peak in the Northeastern United States at 6,288.2 ft (1,916.6 m) and the most topographically prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River. The mountain is notorious for its erratic weather. On the afternoon of April 12, 1934, the Mount Washington Observatory recorded a windspeed of 231 miles per hour (372 km/h) at the summit, the world record from 1934 until 1996. Mount Washington still holds the record for highest measured wind speed not associated with a tornado or...
White Mountains my butt. Those are still the Appellations.
@tchrist Miction... Impossible !
7:41 PM
@jlliagre A lexeme you dug up from monastic archaeological expedition, I am certain.
mac(tchrist)% oed mict
 † ˈmiction [n.]
micturate [v.]
micturating [n.]
 † micˈturient [adj.]
micturition [n.]
You can find those ones' graves marked with a †. However, the accounts of their deaths vary greatly in exaggeration depending on the individual term. For some of those marked dead in that † way yet live even to our day (unless you're an uneducated child of few words), while many others unmarked by a telltale † gravestone nonetheless perished long go.
Graverobbers have been known to make reanimation attempts.
mac(tchrist)% oed misci
miscibility [n.]
miscibility gap ← miscibility [n.]
miscible [adj.]
ˈmiscibleness ← miscible
Missy Billity is Hillbilly William's youngest, doncha know.
Mingle in the dingle, did he now?
More mixy things.
> From Middle English mingen, mengen, from Old English mengan (“to mix, combine, unite, associate with, consort, cohabit with, disturb, converse”), from Proto-West Germanic *mangijan (“to mix, knead”), from Proto-Indo-European *menk- (“to rumple, knead”). Cognate with Dutch mengen (“to mix, blend, mingle”), German mengen (“to mix”), Danish mænge (“to rub”), Old English ġemang (“mixture, union, troop, crowd, multitude, congregation, assembly, business, cohabitation”). More at among.
7:57 PM
@jlliagre I saw the cars parked on the right side of the street, which made me think of Europe. Definitely a red herring.
@Robusto UK is still in Europe, isn't it? ;-)
> In a bipartisan vote, 210 Democrats and 101 Republicans joined to support Ukraine, with 112 Republicans – a majority of the GOP members – voting against.
Can that even happen in a parliamentary system? Or does the government have to change hands first?
@jlliagre Not since Brexit. And not even before that. It's always been an uneasy association.
Or if it does happen, does the government automatically collapse?
I mean, what right-thinking person drives on the left side. Heresy!
8:00 PM
A left handed one.
Don't confuse the EU and Europe.
Well, most Brits don't really, in their heart of hearts, think of themselves as European.
Don't confuse thee you and Europe.
Russia, the UK, some of Turkey are all part of Europe.
Proximity is not identity.
In any case, wtf are the cars doing parked on the right side of the street in England. Doesn't anybody vet those photos?
8:04 PM
Is that even right?
You're a nation, he's a nation, everybody's a nation!
Asian naprons.
How is there even a Europe and an Asia, separately? Who made that division. They're all part of the Eurasian plate.
@Robusto At the end of the road, there is something that looks like the back of a double decker on the left side and the front a car that looks like a cab also driving on the left side of the road. That's also why I choose London. One of the cars parked on the right side of the street is an emergency car and it seems it also passed a "no entry" sign.
@jlliagre OK, well, your eyes are better than mine.
Eurasia is a continent, Europe is incontinent.
Or my imagination...
8:08 PM
> Eurasian Plate

Armorica – Microcontinent or group of continental fragments rifted away from Gondwana (France, Germany, Spain and Portugal)
Avalonia – Microcontinent in the Paleozoic era (Canada, Great Britain, and United States)
Baltic Plate – Ancient tectonic plate from the Cambrian to the Carboniferous Period
Belomorian Craton
Central Iberian Plate
Cimmerian Plate – Ancient string of microcontinents that rifted from Gondwana (Anatolia, Iran, Afghanistan, Tibet, Indochina and Malaya)
East China Craton[citation needed]
In any case, the UK is in Eurasia.
and regret to have left the EU.
I keep wanting to make Arabia part of Africa, and to subtract India from Asia.
@jlliagre I had seen that same chart. I believe it.
Just bloody idiots.
Serving at Putin's pleasure.
8:16 PM
It's all part of the long game.
To break up the West.
Yeah, my oversight.
The thing is, I had a hard time convincing myself that that scene could have been in Paris, so I put it somewhere in Belgium.
Ah, I first thought about Belgium too.
Wordle 1,036 4/6

Daily Octordle #817
Score: 73
Daily Sequence Octordle #817
Score: 75
Move to Switzerland.
8:35 PM
@tchrist No need to. I stay home and live again by the sea side, good news! :-)
Tom and I have little fear from the rise in ocean levels, except from immigrants.
@tchrist C'est la vie mesdames et messieurs...
vie -> fin
Après moi, le déluge.
9:24 PM
"Après moi, le déluge" (pronounced [apʁɛ mwa lə delyʒ]; lit. 'After me, the flood') is a French expression attributed to King Louis XV of France, or in the form "Après nous, le déluge" (pronounced [apʁɛ nu lə delyʒ]; lit. 'After us, the flood') to Madame de Pompadour, his favourite. It is generally regarded as a nihilistic expression of indifference to whatever happens after one is gone. Its meaning is translated by Brewer in the forms "When I am dead the deluge may come for aught I care", and "Ruin, if you like, when we are dead and gone."The phrase itself is in reference to the biblical flood...
9:40 PM
@jlliagre A very famous line.
10:03 PM
@jlliagre Après moi, l'état.
C'est moi, le déluge.
@Mitch L'état uni.
@jlliagre L'un petit, d'un petit, s'étonne aux Halles.
Mar 24, 2023 at 23:48, by jlliagre
> Un petit d'un petit s'étonne aux Halles.
@jlliagre Nothing is new under the sun.
Rien de nouveau sous le Soleil.
10:13 PM
History doesn't repeat itself but it does rhyme.
That may be banal but it bears hearing another time.
10:34 PM
Wordle 1,036 4/6

@Mitch Extra syllable there, buddy
10:56 PM
Carbonated versions of Sunkist are launching in South Korea.
I wonder how those are different from Fanta.
11:31 PM
Here it is, 4/20, and I haven't smoked anything. I feel so ... good.
Smoked? You mean cigarettes?
@MetaEd I do know it that I'm no poet.
@DannyuNDos No. Cannabis. Look up 4/20
You shouldn't.
11:45 PM
@Robusto Fumaroles?
420, 4:20 or 4/20 (pronounced four-twenty) is cannabis culture slang for marijuana and hashish consumption, especially smoking around the time 4:20 pm (16:20). It also refers to cannabis-oriented celebrations that take place annually on April 20 (4/20 in U.S.date form). == Origins == In 1971, five high school students in San Rafael, California, used the term "4:20" in connection with a plan to search for an abandoned cannabis crop, based on a treasure map made by the grower. Calling themselves the Waldos, because their typical hang-out spot "was a wall outside the school", the five students—Steve...
11:59 PM
@Robusto I wonder whether that happened in the dense ice-fog here atop the snow.
> He bust out a cryin’, Sir, and said you wos wery gen’rous and thoughtful.

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