1. I know I resolved to write here daily, or at least more frequently, and I was pretty good for, oh maybe a month. Then my world went into a weird spiral of stuff that I can’t really discuss here. I don’t handle massive changes well. And so much is changing so rapidly that I can barely keep my head on straight.
Which is a long way of saying, “Well. Back up on the horse.” At least this is a goal, which means I can keep working on it, instead of it being a resolution broken beyond mending.
2. So there’s that Yanny versus Laurel thing going on. The idea that perceptions can be this variable is really fascinating for me, so I have conducted some completely unscientific tests on what people around me hear.
Julian: Attempted to take off his diaper
David’s friends were bemused by the whole thing, but humored me. They’re good kids.
Also, writing is increasingly a more objective media than audio/video. I’m even more distressed at the increasing purponderance of audio video these days over text.
3. Speaking of video, Melanie’s husband Dom finally rickrolled me, with a Laurel/Yanny video. I lasted a good long time in the rickroll phenomenon before I succumbed though.
4. Also about E&E: I asked them which middle school they attended, mostly because I wanted to know what middle school our neighborhood fed into. David chastized me for being excessively nosy, and I explained that while they were in my house, I had a limited parent’s responsibility for their welfare, and that meant I was allowed to be mildly nosy and ask where they went to school. Ten minutes later, Himself arrived home and spontaneously greeted them with “Hello, adopted children!”
5. Yesterday, I assigned David 8 pages of history to read. David complained vigorously about having to read so much since it was more than one section. So we ‘compromised’. I told him he could read the next section (2 pages) but he had to write a summary essay on it. We discussed how to pull out the main idea from each paragraph and he wrote an essay, which I then typed, correcting the spelling and making some grammatical repairs, which he then recopied. It is below, because I think he actually did some pretty good work here.
Warring states were united by powerful kings. This also happened in ancient China. There were six warlords. Each controlled a section of China. The army of Emperor Qin was the strongest army. They had one million men. The other warring states hated Qin, so the Qin conquered them one by one. He was so worried that he forced the warlords to live in his capitol so he could keep his eye on them. He also had thousands of books burned. He didn’t want anyone getting ideas. He was killing and burning to keep his power intact.
This essay took All. Day. *shudder* But he got it out in the end, and it did consist of reading, history, composition, handwriting, spelling, and grammar. So it’s only missing math, and he does plenty of math for fun. He’s doing another one today, which seems to be going much more quickly. I don’t know if it’s confidence brought about by yesterday’s essay or the promise of Lego Mindstorm robotics work with my dad afterwards.
6. Speaking of writing, this reminds me of some recent research, which says two spaces after a period may be objectively better than one. I don’t have access to this paper so I can’t comment on their methodology. But I found the note that one’s personal preference was associated with the differences to be both interesting and not very surprising.
7. Julian is losing his shit and I gotta go. If I wasn’t already ADHD, motherhood would make me so. Toodles.