Monthly Archives: August 2017

Fashions, the Mind and it’s Functioning….

There are fashions and trends in diagnoses of mental conditions just like anything else. I’ve recently come to suspect that an especially fashionable diagnosis in Poland for young people is borderline personality disorder (osobowość chwiejna emocjonalnie typu borderline or zaburzenie … Continue reading

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Total Eclipse, Not Just Part (two)

What is it about eclipses? I’ve written about the time I saw one but didn’t really have time to discuss what’s so interesting about the experience (besides the crowd reaction). A total eclipse taps into something very primal and at … Continue reading

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Total Eclipse, Not Just Part (one)

Before 1999 I had never had any special interest in watching eclipses. I vaguely knew there was one coming up in the summer but didn’t think about it. Then while in Toruń, the hometown of Copernicus, I went to the … Continue reading

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Net Ads Depress Me Yet Again….

One reason I’ve skipped the last few days is that the big translation project left the more interesting translate-the-text phase and entered the far less interesting proofreading stage (there are five or six of us on the project and we’re … Continue reading

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The New Counterculture (yeah, really) and its Chief Guru

What used to be mainstream progressive values are now enshrined establishment values. This means that rebellion (always of interest to the young) cannot really be productively pursued by advocating for ever more progressive values. That way madness lies. This means … Continue reading

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Why does the BBC Want to Normalize Burkas?

Who knows? But they sure do. What’s interesting is the phrasing, burkas are re-imagined as perfectly normal and those who find them alien or offputting are wrong and half to follow a specific etiquette in speaking of them. How on … Continue reading

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I Have Friends

The songs on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend are a mixed bag. I sometimes appreciate the idea more than the execution (like the Sexy Getting Ready Song), but at it’s best it’s freaking brilliant. This is one of my favorites which should be … Continue reading

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It’s Whose Party?

More on background of the PRL (Communist Poland) that influences the current political situation. I don’t know how much of this is shared with other post WWII European communist countries. Comparative info would be appreciated. I should also mention that … Continue reading

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Here on Beautiful Ethnic-slur Island!

I often like to listen to languages I sort of know and/or am learning as background noise. Youtube is great for this because they have whole audiobooks in dozens of different languages. Anyhoo, I decided to listen to this Italian … Continue reading

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