I have learned that humidity is a temperature bull sh!t modifier. I lived in the Rocky Mountains in the US for many years. Colorado, Montana and New Mexico so when my Girlfriend in Germany said "It's cold as balls. It's 1 here!" I scoffed.
But the truth is I was in error. I thought because Colorado and Montana can get to -30 ( these are in Celsius btw ) that I was safe. But Colorado is practically an Alpine Desert. High humidity is like 25%. Like it's snowed in July where I live before, CLEARLY these people can't handle the cold. My friend from Georgia ( the State ) said "Noooo that's real cold at 100% humidity". I once again scoffed.
I packed my bags with a few sweaters and a light coat to move to Germany. I only had money and time for two suitcases and these pitiful German winters were nothing to my hardened Colorado winter exterior. Somewhere I heard a rooster crow. I'd erred a third time.
It turns out humidity is bull sh!t. When it's cold at 100% humidity it 100 times colder. When it's hot at 100% it's 100 times hotter. By November I needed to buy my first winter coat to handle the 3 degrees it was outside. I'd go out in just a sweater with that in Colorado.
To be clear Wind Chill is a direct subtraction. Debuff is manageable with a wind or rain coat.
Humidity is a percentage based debuff. In ranges of 100% you are taking stacking cold or heat damage regardless of protective gear. Mitigate best with short shorts and tank tops in heat and Coats, layers, and cuddles in cold.
#immigrantlife #winter #lifelessons
I’ve successfully lived my life by the aphorism “it’s better to be lucky than smart.”
My father's death—should we force the terminally ill to accept sustenance? Voluntary Terminal Dehydration can allow relief from suffering.
De klas van de 7-jarige doet voor het eerst aan surprises. Niemand vertellen wie je hebt!
Dus… tóch verteld aan een klasgenootje. Maar die mocht het aan niemand vertellen! Geheim!
Nu to-ta-le verbijstering dat het tóch is verklapt door dat klasgenootje.
People will say, “It is all in your mind and just a number.” I add with my sound bite, “True, but sometimes the body has a mind of its own!”
Found that old quote. When I was featured in one of the coffee trade mags around 2010, I talked about how I was constantly learning new things and encouraged others to do the same. Here's my direct quote:
"Those who are coffee enthusiasts, pros, baristas: never be afraid of having your opinion changed on coffee. It means you're learning."
I have to constantly remember that rule myself.
Today, something odd happened to me, slightly concerning but which, fortunately, ended on a positive note and with deep reflection.
They're doing some renovations in my office, so I sat down at a café table to work. I had with me an old HP laptop running FreeBSD. Ferrara is generally a peaceful city, but lately, some groups of youngsters have been causing trouble, going around bothering people, and in extreme cases, starting fights.
Today, it was my turn.
As they roamed around trying to provoke others, two of them approached me and began touching my laptop. They mocked me, jesting (not so playfully) about how ancient my computer was and how "they needed a computer," picking it up and examining it. Politely, I told them I needed it for work and it had all my files, so I couldn't just hand it over. It was broad daylight, but no one else was around at that moment. One of them noticed something unusual - "Where's the Windows menu? Is this Linux?"
"No, it's FreeBSD. Have you ever heard of it?" Their surprised expressions said it all. The entire group gathered, sat on the ground, and listened intently for about 15 minutes. I stalled, hoping for other people to arrive, so I wasn't alone.
Eventually, they got up, told me I was "old" but cool, and that they would immediately try out the BSDs (they were particularly intrigued by OpenBSD's security features - which they didn't grasp fully but saw as "professional hacker stuff"). They gave me a high-five, peacefully, without bothering anyone further.
Now, I'm left wondering: did they leave me alone because they learned something intriguing from me, because other people arrived, or are they just bored teenagers causing issues to pass the time - and got engrossed in something new, hence shifting their focus temporarily? All I know is I was relieved to get back to my office and from there, hear the rain outside, which usually deters these boys from troubling others.
I can say that today, FreeBSD saved me from very different problems than it usually does 😃
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Servant leaderships lessons abound at the barber shop. Also this week: some lessons about fish forks and the impact of encouragement!
The Queen Mary is steered by a very teeny rudder in comparison to her overall size. Your life’s trajectory is similarly constructed. It is our own consistent actions, regardless of the size, that determine where we go.
The sunflower’s lesson: Turn to face into the things that nourish you. This recharge came as I wandered through late summer fields with my youngest and felt these towering presences rise all around and above us both, pointing to and gorging on the golden sun even as the clouds above us darkened.
'Meditations on Mortality and Cinema: Kurosowa, Scorsese, and Friedkin'
A bittersweet cinematic awakening awaits many filmmakers as they approach the end of their lives.
“Just when you learn how to do it, you're too old. Except in your dreams."
Folks, you know when you see memes on the internet asking: “Are the straights ok?”
You chuckle. You might Like or Repost it. If you’re feeling particularly playful, you might share it with a friend in jest.
experience is what allows you to recognize a mistake when you're making it again
After a trip to visit my parents, who are in their 80s, I want to tell everyone:
Use the 'good' plates and cutlery. Don't save it for later, use it now!
Wear the handmade hat or scarf, someone loved you enough to invest the time in it and it cheers them immensely when it is used.
Visit your favourite places.
Play the music you love.
Ask for what you need, no-one else can read your mind. If you want hard-copy photos, please say so and you will be given them.
The 15 Best Keith Richards Quotes
Keith Richards is equal parts rough-and-tumble rocker and well-respected musician. His grittiness is balanced out by his guitar playing.
The Inevitable Conclusion by Patrick Stewart
Tim Minchin shares 9 life lessons at UWA Graduation Ceremony
👆 watch. If it's nothing else today but this.
Sonnets, snakes and celestial spheres — all a part of this week’s Three Minute Reset. Read and subscribe here!
#3MR #NationalPoetryMonth #Haiku #snakes #Leadership #LifeLessons #LifeHack #SelfCare #PersonalDevelopment #LifeCoaching #writer #writing #author #GrowthMindset #PersonalGrowth #EarthDay #EarthDay2023 #stewardship #HaikuOfTheDay
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Just published, “Mental Illness: Identifying the Branches and Realizing the Roots — #4 of a series — highlights from a lifetime of journals”:
Verweile nicht im Unbehagen der Einsamkeit, wenn du allein zu Hause sitzt. Erforsche die verborgene Poesie, die in der Stille liegt und lass dich von ihr inspirieren. Sie kann dir neue Perspektiven und wertvolle Einsichten schenken. #lifelessons
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when i was around 19 i was given my first show of my paintings in a small gallery on the condition i sat in the gallery for the 2 week run
and everyday that i sat there someone would come in and point to one and say "this is your best work!"
and everyday it was a different one that they choose to say it about.
NEW ESSAY: On the Sanctity of Touch
We take touch for granted…until it’s gone.
This is one of the most personal things I've shared on Medium, but also, I think, one of the most universal -- especially in the wake of COVID.
In Improv, when a team mate makes a statement or declaration about the scene you are in together. They are giving you a gift.
The "Yes and" is the act of accepting the gift and adding too it. Building upon the gift you have been given to create something even better.
At “failure junctions” in your life, you will lose friends. Your network will change. It is supposed to. Through the learning of your lesson, your polarity will change; you‘ll fall out of alignment with some of your friends (maybe even family).
The screenshot I used in the previous post was not really complete, so here is a better one. Please note the Creative Commons license.
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Pay attention to the words you use each day: both the ones you use when talking w/others & when talking to yourself. Your words are the syllabic foundation upon which you build the world you inhabit.
Full blog post (and dog references) here:
All around the world, precipitation falls in random places at random times.
Some places get a surplus of this life-enhancing stuff; some places end up with a lack.
Farmers came up with irrigation as a way of distributing water fairly.
"Advantage" falls in rain-like patterns.
"Privilege" is me with advantages that I forget to share.
Remember that no one person chooses the time, place, or situation of their birth.
As my grandmother always said,