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Cumol  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 14, 2021


Cumol  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 14, 2021

I am late to the pub. Couldn't drink with a hangover yesterday.


Am I supposed to feel this bad? I thought handing in my thesis would be great. But now I am sitting here two days later and I feel like shit.

Turns out I read the wrong checklist for handing in (there is a covid-list and and old list. I was supposed to read both). So I had to correct many technical things in my (already printed) thesis and run around hungover to get it fixed. Then, I get an e-mail from my already very shitty boss that the costs of my thesis printing are higher than he expected (even though I told him how much it will cost). Looks like I will be sitting on these costs... So I ended up binge watching the rest of The Expanse yesterday. Love the show, highly recommended.


Two weeks ago I ended (yet another) short relationship. I feel like shit. I am making steps in the right direction but just don't seem to get lucky in the dating world.


My grandmother still doesn't want to get vaccinated. I just got off the phone with her, where she asked me if I want to come to her 85 birthday party this Saturday. I declined. Still not vaccinated, waiting patiently. Maybe I will get lucky and get some residual vaccination this Sunday. And she is blaming the government and politicians and the pharmaceutical industry. And I can hear my aunts voice coming out of her mouth... All her grandkids have degrees in biology/medicine. But somehow she chooses to ignore that and trust conspiracy theories. All of this comes after she traveled to Poland for a funeral of a family member that died of covid (and did not get vaccinated).


The mother of a close friend died last night. 3 weeks between diagnosis and death. Cancer in her liver. Checking if I can go and be there with her. It feels like the only thing I can really do right now.

So yeah. I am not doing well, even though I should

Cumol  ·  88 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Three Mohawks

They look rad!! For a second I was also thinking of getting one. It would be a curls mohawk. Not sure if I want that for my thesis defence though...

For now I am rocking Viking with beard for the first time in my life, and liking it

Cumol  ·  102 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: This Is a Coup

This read like a happily ever after segment at the end of a movie. Which kind of works because that's how everything is perceived across the pond, like a big movie or reality show.

Anyway, I hope you are right and I am happy for you that the swamp drained itself :)

Cumol  ·  106 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "solarwinds123"

Thanks for this interesting read. I wasn't aware one can buy a company and then place the debt created onto that company... It doesn't make much sense.

And also, why is Private Equity and their methods of mass-mergers not seen as a problem by the European Competition Commission? A monopoly is a monopoly, no?

Cumol  ·  107 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: In Search of Obscure Words for Even Rarer Feelings ‹ Literary Hub

Didn't know about Amae but I know the feeling. It has a touch of homefulness mixed with the safety felt during a storm (is there a word for it?)

Nakhes though... I have a feeling that the translation or explanation of it is not correct.

There is a word we say in Arabic that sounds exactly the same and many people use in a different context (or the use can be explained otherwise).

    Nakhes: Perhaps your youngest has just crawled for the first time, or your oldest has cooked a quiche. Seeing a child achieve something—anything!—can make the heart feel like it’s about to burst with joy. In Yiddish there’s a special word for this feeling: nakhes (pronounced: na-khez, with the kh pronounced like the ch in loch). It makes parents kvell (crow with delight) over even the littlest achievements of their squirming offspring, binding the generations together in a shared feeling of success

Nakhes is the Arabic use is when you are jinxed or cursed. It can be used as a verb. To nakhes someone is to curse them. Said in the example from the article, it would mean more like "keep the curse away", like knocking on wood...

But I have a feeling that this could be one of those words that diverted its meaning from the common ancestral language.

Thinking about it, it could be related to the Hebrew Nekhes, which is like property or wealth. Which makes the explanation given by the article work. I will do some research 😁

Cumol  ·  109 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: MF DOOM, dead at 49.

The first time I heard about MF DOOM, RIP

Cumol  ·  124 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 16, 2020

Did you do a recent Vit D blood test?

I would do a week of double and then back to 1000.

Cumol  ·  124 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 16, 2020

I am also visitng my 85 year old Grandma and I am scared shitless. But I also know I will do "my part". Isolate for 5 days, do a test, use an FPP2 mask while traveling. I cannot do more, I guess.

I hope the Vitamin D helps. Make sure to take it in large doses (2000 units per day during food). My grandma drinks it in bottles...

Cumol  ·  127 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: “Where’s My Mentor?!”

This is such a big issue that needs to much more attention.

As someone who is basically doing a PhD without mentorship (because my mentor is crap) a lot of the things on the list hit home.

I can say without exaggerating that his way of "mentoring" is the main reason many of his current and former students are quitting academia. Doing your PhD in a "high impact" lab that is heavily ERC-funded is not enough.