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_refugee_’s occasional hubski mom.

Sometimes I talk:

Me and humanodon in Boston!

Me and insomniasexx in LA!

mk, theadvancedapes, ecib, thenewgreen, me, insomniasexx, b_b in Detroit!

me, someguyfromcanada, coffeesp00ns, in Toronto.

Robert, mkaram, me and flagamuffin on my front porch

blackbootz, me, mivasairski, Jess, _refugee_ in Baltimore

And since you asked, I came across Hubski while searching for the Higgs-Boson.

recent comments, posts, and shares:
lil  ·  3 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 15, 2020

Steve!! We will meet some post-Covid day.

lil  ·  8 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 15, 2020

Do you trust that the election was fair, that votes were counted fairly, that thousands of names were not scrubbed from the election roles, that gerrymandering is minimal?

I heard that it is being contested.

lil  ·  9 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 15, 2020

The election of Duda for five more years sounds horrible and dangerous. Very interesting how Duda had the support of older people. Duda's anti-gay campaign and fear-mongering appealed to them. Horrible.

    Mr. Trzaskowski (Duda's opponent) won Warsaw with 68 percent of the vote. He also won voters aged 40 to 59 by 10 points, those 30 to 39 by 11 points, and those 18 to 29 by nearly 30 points. Mr. Duda handily beat the Warsaw mayor with voters over 50 by nearly 20 points and those over 60 by 25 points. Mr. Duda supporters were also mostly in eastern and southern regions of the country, where the economy is still lagging.
lil  ·  11 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 15, 2020

Hello Hubski/Pubski

I'm adding some 3 subheadings here. Those of you checking in, try these subheadings. I'd love to hear how you're doing.


The universe has been telling me to get my ass down here, I mean my fingers and keyboard. There was some discussion last night on the chat (_refugee_, ButterflyEffect, am_Unition, elizabeth about hubski's tenth hubskiversary of existence coming up on December 5, 2020.

Even if the borders are open (Canada/USA), I'm not sure anyone will want to travel.

(I originally invited all Michigan (or anyone who wants to travel) hubskiers to my house in Canada.) -- but perhaps we should wait a year. Besides, there's something palindromic about 11.


Tonight I'm giving my first online lecture to Startup School. The class is called "How Not to Kill Your Co-Founder" (Subtitle: Strategies for Successful Teamwork). This is normally a totally interactive participatory session. People show up with their team members and do activities like create reliability agreements and norms for conflict. They leave feeling closer and more trusting of team members. But tonight, the organizers are not using any interactive technology - I show my slides and talk into the void. (My slides fill the screen) so I can't see if anyone is there, if they are awake, anything.


Meanwhile, the university is talking about doing 90% of the classes on line and I'm FINALLY thinking VERY SERIOUSLY about retiring.

It seems like a good time because I'm not super enthusiastic about teaching on line, even if it is on Zoom and can be reasonably interactive.

I can think about retiring because I'm older than you, probably a lot older than you, and because I have other things to do, and also it's been a good run BUT MOSTLY because my program has expanded and my course as I've been teaching it -- intensely and intimately -- is going to be modularized, they say because the way it is is not scalable. And I'm not scalable -- in fact, I'm shrinking.

But after tonight, I will take a deep breath and move on into the summer of Covid.

and I'll try to CONTRIBUTE more as I move into a new phase.

as for thenewgreen Higgs-Boson Forever!!

lil  ·  66 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months

At first, the fact that you knew many Tongans gave me a pause. How could you know many Tongans? Then I looked it up. So that's cool.

lil  ·  77 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 29, 2020

    One of the biggest challenges I've ran in to with writing up that post is wondering what my narrative is, what story am I trying to tell.
I will read it tomorrow and I'll think about that question.

My question is this: Aren't you glad now, that you did that trip then? It's hard to imagine doing any travelling in the near future. Do you think so?

lil  ·  77 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 29, 2020

It looks right. Wow. Gentle breezes and heavy rain tomorrow.

lil  ·  79 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Write a poem in less than 3 minutes

By the way, "maple-washing" is an expression used to describe our tendency in Canada to use our good image to cover up problems.

lil  ·  79 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Write a poem in less than 3 minutes

Now I have to respond with a limerick:

  There I was drinking and noshing

When steve's haiku sent my drink sloshing

He thinks I'm hot stuff

But is that enough?

Or is it just maple-washing?

lil  ·  79 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Lyrics for a future song:

    There’s life in here

    Scrambling to be free

Today, observing kids not in school, thinking how happy and free they looked.

Perhaps we should have another go at deschooling society. Then I thought, with so many umemployed right now, the jobs will all go to the men and childcare will go back to the women, at home, barefoot and homeschooling... and then I thought that maybe now the men would stay home and women would be the ones working...

    We may rebuild we may remain but

    It won’t be the same

lil  ·  80 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Write a poem in less than 3 minutes

It's just poetic self-licencing. Tee hee.

It took me several days to think of a fun way to respond to steve. Luckily your prompt gave me a chance.

lil  ·  80 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Write a poem in less than 3 minutes

For steve

He has half-convinced himself that we — 1.6 hundred miles apart — are in a torrid love affair.

I check my temperature.


Is the word “torrid” setting me aflame

Or corona virus warming me this long, cold Canadian April?

I wait for spring and hope for torrid summer nights.

lil  ·  83 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: TNG PODCAST: COVID-19 Part 1

Just wow. So great to hear the voices of all of you. Amazing videos steve. Great music. Amazing editing. Thanks thenewgreen, thanks TNG podcast.

lil  ·  91 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 15, 2020

Yes! Will do.

lil  ·  91 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 15, 2020


Good morning Pubski. On Monday, I went to a nearby, but socially distancing, supermarket. I was thinking of buying some Butterball turkey dogs, but since it was the day after an Easter in which large families stayed apart, I noticed a sale on fresh young turkeys. A 17-pound seasoned Butterball turkey was priced at $15 - about the cost of two PACs of turkey dogs. Under the $15 label was the original label: $40.

So dinner last night (and for the next week): turkey. Plus I’ll deliver some to my mom and daughter and freeze some for future sandwiches.

There was even lots for my tenant, a post doc from - uh huh, Turkey.

lil  ·  93 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Practicing posting to hubski from my phone via Imgur

That is totally NOT what I want to do. I can get pics on Imgur, but when I try to post them to hubski, all I get is the Imgur link. What do I not understand? kleinbl00 it's no big deal, but if you get a chance, let me know.

lil  ·  93 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Is bread still a thing?

hmmmm, a podcast!

This arrived at 12:30 a.m. and wow!

Great soundtrack for this thing we do, stay up for hours and hours and hours

Starting stuff, finishing stuff... piles of stuff to do-- great soundtrack.

Thanks. I love it.

There's a very claustrophobic feeling about the song. (Trapped, no way out of it). I don't feel that way. but I agree, there's no way out of it.

I tried to answer your COVID questions today for the podcast... I wanted to write out some answers before recording anything. I managed to write somethng for the first question. That was it. Then I quit. Maybe that's enough. Maybe I'll send the answer to one question. Then another one the next day.