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"But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?"


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So the insight is that some adaptations (like the rove beetle’s body shape and glands) might be predisposed to genetic mutation, enabling multiple lineages of rove beetles to mimic unique ant characteristics like shape and smell from different colonies. And the word for this is “preadaptation.” I’m curious how some parts of the genome are more predisposed to mutation. Isn’t allele switching during fertilization a random process? Or do some parts of chromosomes “mix” more than others? I assume rove beetles are a sexually reproducing species.

blackbootz  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 18, 2018

Saturday will be one the one year anniversary of buying a house. (Wow.) I have to look for a roommate posthaste. Current one has to move and I'm not looking forward to rolling the dice with a replacement. I want someone who shares my values and sleep schedule, is responsible and financially stable, and can move in June 1st. That seems to be asking a lot. Put up something on Craigslist.

Last weekend was Nationals for the National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs, and it was a blast. I placed 9th in my (middle-tier) division for high bar :p . Seeing all the gymnasts was so inspiring. Under my instagram bio (when viewed on a phone) you'll see a Story icon named Nationals. Check it out for some of the jaw dropping stunts I saw. In trying to emulate, I've been inspired to try a roundoff double flip. If someone told me 6 months ago I'd be doing this, I would NOT have believed you. There is much that can be said about incremental improvement, about showing up to the gym and punching the clock.

blackbootz  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: The Warrior at the Mall

Phil Klay is a gifted writer. His book of short stories, Redeployment, is the book I most associate with giving a soldier’s account of our ill-fated adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan. A very talented, thoughtful author.

I see what your saying, but the president is held to another standard, eg norms of tax releases. If this were a private citizen, yea, we as a country have agreed that “you shouldn’t be worried if you have nothing to hide” is not a valid argument for government intrusion of privacy. But the NYTimes is right here. Trump should not be afraid of egregious privacy invasion if he isn’t breaking countless laws and yet hampering every effort to investigate the matter.

blackbootz  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 11, 2018

This evening I fly out to Dallas-Fort Worth for a three-day gymnastics meet. I'll compete the floor, rings, high bar, and vault. I've been practicing for seven months. I'll be sure to have the routines recorded and will compile some highlights. Check back next week :)

I scheduled an appointment with a counselor in regards to my last week's concern. I was telling a dear friend who recently moved cross country about my disjointedness--how I feel lonely and disconnected from my surroundings. And she asked me, What are you doing for other people? When's the last time you did something that wasn't for your direct benefit or improvement?

And I realized it's been so long since I've volunteered, helped a friend move, dropped things to make someone's life easier. I think I've neglected that.

blackbootz  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 11, 2018

I hear your brother.

Some unsolicited advice regarding loud clubs: They're pretty terrible places to talk to girls, as you said. They're also stellar at making you feel deficient if you feel like you're supposed to be there for something other than the music. But they can be fun if you dance your ass off. Certainly a little liquid courage makes that easier, but this semester I've been sober and I've still gone out a few nights just to dance around. The liberating knowledge with clubs, as in many incomprehensible social scenarios, is that no one really cares what you're doing, how you look as you dance, as long as you're enjoying yourself.

Do you like loud dance music? If so, clubs might be for you. But you might just not like loud music, or the particular DJ. But when the music isn't scratching your itch and you're watching other people have the time of their lives, that's a recipe for a sad walk home.

My twitter feed is alight with denunciations of Paul Ryan. I've been thinking on the state of Ryan's speakership, vice-presidential run, and general "fiscal conservatism." What a sorry reflection of our congressional leadership and what stands for the cutting intellectual edge of American conservatism. I would say good riddance, but all the damage is already inflicted. The so-called fiscal hawk of the GOP--his criticisms were credibly received by Obama et al to cut off additional post-2008 aid to the states--were completely in bad faith. The deficit is set to be $800 billion, with $1.5 trillion set for 2028. What a cretin. /broken record

blackbootz  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: FBI Raids Cohen’s Office

Front page of Fox News has had no mention of these events so far as of 12pm eastern time (but Jerry Brown apparently likes illegal immigrants). I have difficulty imagining that Cohen’s raid will somehow be the straw that broke the camel’s back for his base.

But this is great analysis/synopsis. Where are you learning of what the investigation concerns. i.e. bank fraud?

blackbootz  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 4, 2018

It's not so much the picking of a career or speciality that's frustrating or upsetting. My thinking on that domain is to do whatever is at the intersection of interesting, remunerative, and doesn't foreclose on too many future options. What ails me is how I tend to outsource my self-esteem to external factors, such as the attention of girls. I'm restive.

I don't have the inner peace that I see lots of older people have. It's like that peace is inextricably bound up in age and experience.

blackbootz  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 4, 2018

    I wonder if there's an undertone of "It's harder to find people to date when I'm 26 and a lot of the people I hang out with aren't even old enough to drink" (because when I was that age and dating, being old enough to drink was kind of a hard line in perception to me) - but then - ignore me projecting.

No, you were spot on. What ails me has pretty large dating component, I just left that out for some reason.

    Also, mega huge congratulations on the scholarships - and have you explored the potential for employer reimbursement? I forget where you are working atm.

For undergraduate? I'm still finishing my economics bachelors. I'll be interning at Morgan Stanley this summer.

blackbootz  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 4, 2018

I think i know how to interpret this. But I don’t know how to make it actionable. Anxiety borne of inexperience has no easy antidote, at least from my vantage point.

blackbootz  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 4, 2018

Fair point. School is just one avenue.

Best of luck. And let me know when I buy fly shirts from you.

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