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04:42 pm: More Nice Weather
After I slept for two hours and finished online last night, I started reading the paper and finished about midnight. I was planning on going to bed earlier than usual, but I remembered I'd forgotten to have the replacement fluid, so I watched Yours, Mine, and Ours while I drank it. I have another old movie coming next, so I must have been somewhere at some point where they were mentioned.

I got up at 9am and slept in the recliner until 2pm. The UPS guy hasn't been here yet. I got the kitties their breakfast, I took my meds, and gave Spirit and Junie theirs. I'm washing cat blankies today, plus Spirit's bed since she spit up in it again. Fortunately, it doesn't take very much time since I'm using the very least level of washing and drying the machines have.

A Boeing Stearman ST75 rolled over while landing at National for a film. There was a WashPost reporter/videographer inside and the video is online.

Not only do people have trouble using Google Maps and GPS, a study shows that using that kind of navigation will atrophy the hippocampus and many people with atrophied hippocampi get Alzheimer's.

The soccer world cup is in South Africa and they have an instrument called the vuvuzela which apparently sounds like an elephant trunk, but when you have lots of them, they sound like locusts.

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From:skwidly
Date:June 8th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
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OK, I have to object to the lumping in of Google Maps with GPS Turn-by-turn directions. Having maps and suggested routes on maps available doesn't mean you necessarily stop building mental models. I hate using turn-by-turn systems, but a map is a map, and it's an invaluable tool for learning wherever you are or are going. I directly credit online mapping tools with my excellent knowledge of alternate routes near where I live. I certainly wouldn't have pored over accordian maps or whatever to discover them back in the day.

I'm sure there are plenty of people who just let Google tell them exactly where to go, but that's no more Google's fault than it's Googles fault that that idiot in the story walked into traffic. People are lazy, and ignorant of the consequences of that.
From:zeborahnz
Date:June 8th, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
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Ah, science news reporting...

Not only do people have trouble using Google Maps and GPS, a study shows that using that kind of navigation will atrophy the hippocampus and many people with atrophied hippocampi get Alzheimer's.

Mm, no - despite the article's attempt to spin it into Scary Threat of the Day, it sounds more like the study showed that your hippocampus will enlarge if you memorise large chunks of London, and someone is afraid that if you no longer need these memories then it'll shrink again. They don't cite any studies that show any shrinkage has actually happened, let alone that GPS shrinks the hippocampus in comparison to normal (rather than in comparison to already-enlarged) hippocampi.

(Also that quiet hamlet plagued by unwonted traffic shouldn't waste money trying to put the genie back in the bottle; instead they should open up some new cafes and tourist shops and profit.)
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