Reading Becker's "Outsiders". So. Much. Useful. Stuff. Labeling theory explains a great deal about the current processes of self-presentation. I wish I could hear the author's opinions on that!
Also: first author I've seen that wrote a book to help students (the writing book) and when it came to some of the admin grind? Actually ADMITTED that since he entered like 50 years ago, he probably has no idea how it works at the entry level now. This is a rarer insight than one might think.
Came across a lovely term at our workshop today: "broken whiteness" (bruten vithet, introduced by Maria Lönn). This is describing Eastern Europeans in contact with the West. Wanna read about it; wondering if it's similar to my own observations that there's sort of whiteness that may stand up to cursory examination, but which dissipates in unpredictable ways on contact (usually voice - most Eastern Europeans have recognizable accents).
This message brought to you by a friend of mine who is afraid of going to the doctors. Please don't be! They might be overworked, but they're not scary. The process is time-consuming and often annoying, but it is so much worth it when whatever's bothering you!
If you can't afford it, you have my deepest sympathies. In that case, well - going through the checklist yourself is better than nothing.
PSA, mental health and health, possible reasons for what feels like depression
If you feel like crap for no discernible reason and are thinking that you might be depressed, do remember that aside from serotonin receptor problems there's a more common bunch of problems you should be checking first, because they can give very similar effects.
anemia, vitamin D deficiency, thyroid problems, leukocytosis, pancreatitis and liver problems.
See your doctor and get these checked out!
It's really nice to have a writing group, even a long-distance one, and it's also nice to write something that isn't thesis. :P
My friends are sitting in a cafe in Kyiv, and I'm sitting in Sweden, but we're all writing. :) I did about 800 words for this story, finished the rough draft of a discrete piece - and gotta go DM in a half an hour.
Becker is a goddamn rabbit hole.
"Like so much knowledge about how society works, people really knew it all along, but would rather not think about the implications and corollaries. The sociologist's job is to say such things out loud and make everyone think about them seriously." "Writing for social scientists", p. 128
Also, you can't beat some esoteric texts for amazing fantasy race ideas.
"They are the aborigines of that inverted world, an ancient race who in part resemble centaurs, in part angels of darkness, but most of all, I think, flying dinosaurs."
Street medic resources, PaperRevolution.org source
Even if you don't plan on attending protests, you can still download PDFs or browse a wiki to learn things like how to identify and provide first aid for hypothermia and overheating - two medical conditions that will likely become more common as climate change intensifies.
Why learn these things? So you can help, even if it's just long enough to get someone to a comrade better-equipped and better-trained to help them.
Ukrpol, public masturbation, reactions
Our (unfortunately!) ex-minister of public health still posts educational posts on medicine on Facebook.
Today's was about masturbation - and included a section on compulsive masturbation as an addiction. Particularly when at work.
Way to troll the MP who was caught on camera mid-session!
Wait, what, so people who don't think social constructionism is a good theory in any way, shape or form, still think 'altercasting' - i.e. nudging someone towards acting a certain way by setting expectations - is possible? How?
I'm trying to wrap my brain around how people can manage that little bit of mental gymnastics. Maybe the reviewer is wrong, haven't read his stuff before, but seems sound at a glance:
math, offer, request to trade, boost requested
Hello friends! With midterm season approaching quickly, a lot of you might be stressed studying and failing to understand your material.
Fortunately, I'm a PhD student in math and I'm an active TA whose students tend to like him!
I'm always happy to help out for quick sessions, and for something more extended/long term, I'm happy to take Favors, art, or writing in trade, among others! Just DM me here.
This is the crux of the agreement, though. Kyiv Post and Umland generally know their stuff, so... Hopefully no "betrayal" yet, but there might easily be one.
Humanities scholar, tech geek.
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