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New Scientist 10 July 2021 has a cover story Consciousness. Item 1 begins

“IN ESSENCE consciousness is any kind of subjective experience.”

Maybe not meant to be a definition but I still found it horribly weak. Sorry NS.

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Q and A

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There’s a legendary story of a question in a philosophy exam

Is this a question?

To which the top-scoring student simply replied

If it is, then this is an answer.

Irrefutable, if you think about it.

A funnier but less deep variant is

Why?

Because!


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Anti-Humor

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From the Wikipedia Anti-Humor article

A: What did the farmer say when he lost his tractor?

B: I don't know, what did the farmer say when he lost his tractor?

A: "Where's my tractor?"

You get the idea. It made me laugh 😂 


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Haiku

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Edited by Richard Walker, Monday, 5 Jul 2021, 01:35

Climbing the stairs at night

An old loose floorboard

Groans like a ghost.


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Is There a Right Way to Act Blind?

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Edited by Richard Walker, Saturday, 3 Jul 2021, 02:48
I found this thought-provoking article in the NY Times. Because I have a visual impairment it resonated with me. Not sure if you will be able to access it, because there is a (low) paywall, but most likely you will be able to enter as a guest.


My favourite quote from the article:

In the first episode, someone cheerfully asks Murphy [character] “Why don’t you look blind?” This is something Bernson [actor], and many blind people, get all the time. In real life, Bernson usually keeps her mouth shut, but she delights in the snarky comebacks that Murphy gets to make onscreen. With her mouth full of food, she snarls at the woman: “Same reason you probably don’t look stupid.”


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Elegy

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Goodbye, old friend

We, the living, are the losers

Who must learn to bear that loss.

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What I'm Reading

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Edited by Richard Walker, Wednesday, 30 Jun 2021, 22:50

Time for lights out, by Raymond Briggs. Reflections in old age from that creator and illustrator of The Snowman.

Thesnowman.jpg

Lights out is very gentle, reflective, kind, and funny, but also wistful and grumpy. I'm finding it a very calming bedtime read.

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Prunella

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This plant is prunella, AKA self-heal. I found it growing at the side of a lane and didn't know what it was, but Bing 'Name that plant' came to the rescue.


Apparently the name means 'quinsy" a throat infection, and is derived from brunella, which is a diminuitive of brunus = brown. The plant was a traditional remedy for quinsy.

It's said to be edible and you can add it to salads but I'm not keen.



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Kimono dragging

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Frankie pulled back her kimono

Pulled out a Colt 44

Rooty-toot-toot three times she shot

Right thru the hardwood door.

He was her man

But he was doing her wrong.

What’s a kimono? It generally seems to mean a loose fitting robe, perhaps of silk, although historically the Japanese word may have just meant ‘clothing’. If anyone can help with this I’d be grateful.

For a livelyvperformance of the song see 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AJAuxRzLM30

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A Country Cottage

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Ginger

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My ginger sproured, so I'm going to try and grow it on the windowsill.


I looked ginger up and it turns out to have gorgeous flowers, here is a picture courtesy University of Reading.


More pictures and information here.

http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/tropical-biodiversity/2012/07/ginger/

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Playground Joke

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This is one they told when my daughter was in primary school.

Why do elephants have big ears?

Because Noddy won’t pay the ransom.

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White Bryony

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This wild plant is white bryony briona alba, a member of the cucumber family. Its fruits look like tiny gourds. The name bryonia comes via Latin from Greek βρυονια but there doesn't seem to be any information about its ultimate origins.


The plant is quite poisonous and in countries where it it is an introduced species it can be highly invasive, because it is capable of growing as much as 15 cm aday. However in my garden it is fairly harmless and quite decorative.

The plant is mentioned in an Anglo-Saxon medical treatise, the Old English Leechdoms  (ca.1150). There is also a rather unlikely story that Augustus Caesar wore bryony round his neck during thunderstorms to ward off lightening, see  https://www.walkerland.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/The-Old-English-Herbals-Eleanour-Sinclair-Rohde.pdf



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Sonnet 12

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When I do count the clock that tells the time, 
And see the brave day sunk in hideous night; 
When I behold the violet past prime, 
And sable curls all silver’d o’er with white;

When lofty trees I see barren of leaves 
Which erst from heat did canopy the herd,
And summer’s green all girded up in sheaves 
Borne on the bier with white and bristly beard,

Then of thy beauty do I question make, 
That thou among the wastes of time must go,
Since sweets and beauties do themselves forsake
And die as fast as they see others grow;

   And nothing ‘gainst Time’s scythe can make defence
   Save breed, to brave him when he takes thee hence. 



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New Reference Book

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Everything there is to know about chickens, all in one place. Welcome the Hencyclopedia.

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One Liner

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I bet on a pigeon race. No harm in a little flutter.

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A Marsh Orchid

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Edited by Richard Walker, Tuesday, 22 Jun 2021, 01:38

A Southern Marsh Orchid I photographed a couple of days ago at a local RSPB reserve. The genus name Dactylorhiza means something like 'finger-roots'.


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A timely debate

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Edited by Richard Walker, Friday, 18 Jun 2021, 22:10

The committee couldn’t agree how to described it. One camp favoured expressions such as  “A period of 24 hours” or “86400 seconds of elapsed time”. Others argued for an astronomical definition: for example, “The time taken for the earth to rotate once about its axis” or “Approximately 1 over 365.24217 of the earth’s orbital period”. 

The meeting dragged on and on. Eventually we had to call it a day. 

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Alla Barnen *

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All the kids loved the garden centre.

Except Moses.

He poured weedkiller on the roses.


For those unfamiliar with this genre of Scandi humour, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alla_barnen


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το λευκό τριαντάφυλλο

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Till the white rose blooms again
You must leave me, leave me lonely
So goodbye my love till then
Till the white rose blooms again.




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Crossroads

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Edited by Richard Walker, Thursday, 17 Jun 2021, 00:14
Road 1: I’m so pissed off.

Road 2: I’m fuming!
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Proposal accepted

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if you were to say

would you marry me I’d reply (gazing into your pale

brown eyes) yes

oh YESSSS

my love my sweet my darling my honey my angel my beloved mi amore

i would, i would

would


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Heard Down The Pub

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They said, are you choking?

I said no

I’m dead serious.

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Tom Swifty

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"Your soft toy kept me awake all night", Tom snorted.

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At dawn

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