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medical science and the lives it has saved
johncomic: (Moss)
the fact that, thanks to my dumfoan, I always have a camera on me so I can take and share frivolous pics and try to fit in



old car on campus
johncomic: (Booth)
 a reasonably good dental check-up
johncomic: (Uncle Old Guy)
my glasses -- I have several different pairs for different jobs, all of which are very important to me
johncomic: (Uncle Old Guy)
two weeks in August without putting the air conditioner on -- I mean, I am very grateful we have AC, but also for those times when it isn't required, eh?
johncomic: (Moss)
Plastics -- for some reason, I have become very conscious of them today. What an amazing invention. Pay attention to the plastic objects you use, and notice how seldom you can think of some other material they could be made out of which would do the same job as well as plastic does.
johncomic: (Uncle Old Guy)
 so many people getting excited about something as inherently geeky as an eclipse
johncomic: (Steve the Pirate ani)
quiet windshield wipers
johncomic: (Booth)
how good it feels to be clean
johncomic: (Uncle Old Guy)
 a hot shower which felt extra good on a chilly morning
johncomic: (Default)
 My new office glasses work great!
johncomic: (Uncle Old Guy)
 getting my annual exam to check my retinas for diabetic damage and being told they look "perfect"
johncomic: (Moss)
learning a new trick on the office's document-producing software
johncomic: (Steve the Pirate ani)
http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/11/theres-more-hope-for-political-fact-checking.html

"...unlike the original study, the subjects in these new ones weren’t just college students..."

Wait, what?

Okay, this is on me, not remembering that the original 2010 study was conducted on college students -- I have no recollection of this being said. But still....

I've spent years, letting myself get depressed by the idea that this study has shown that people's minds cannot be changed by appeals to reason... watching it become adopted as a general truism in discussions, feeding the "post-facts" era, etc...

But all this time, the study was conducted on people in their late teens and early twenties?? The age where you know everything and no one can tell you anything?! I was like that at that age, my friends were, my kids are now, it is a rare exception to find anyone in this age group who significantly veers from this....

Holy mackinaw, if in 2010 they had come out and said "This study proves that you can't change the minds of late teens and early twenties with new facts and appeals to reason", I'd be like "what else is new?"

Holy mackinaw again.
johncomic: (Uncle Old Guy)
my bed -- having a comfortable place to sleep is such a deep blessing
johncomic: (Steve the Pirate ani)
clean dry roads [they have been a rarity of late]
johncomic: (Steve the Pirate ani)
I received a new dental filling on Wednesday last week. Today just before noon it fell out. By 1:15 it was replaced! Fast or what?
johncomic: (Moss)
glasses -- where would I be without them?!
johncomic: (Uncle Old Guy)
a really warm new winter coat
johncomic: (Booth)
surprise/"emergency" dental work that ended up being far easier than past experience would ever lead me to expect!

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