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Lethargic Man (anag.)
Date: 2019-07-17 11:13
Subject: Black Forest
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In follow-up to this, so that's why they call it the Black Forest:

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Lethargic Man (anag.)
Date: 2019-05-30 14:38
Subject: Bunny slippers
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Tags:adventures with the rabbit
What to do when your baby has grown too big for his cute bunny slippers:

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Lethargic Man (anag.)
Date: 2019-05-24 12:29
Subject: Rabbit family photos
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Some of you might have noticed the lack of Adventures with the Rabbit posts here recently.

Actually, there's a good reason for that: Bar-Navi and Jane have observed what now happens to rabbits in our household who don't keep a low profile: They get their ears sucked, and quite vigorously too:

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Of course it's their ears that get sucked; it's the tastiest part of them. Poor Peter Rabbit!

Still, just to prove that the rabbits (and a few hares) are all still there, here's a family photo:

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aviva_m: "We don't have enough rabbits in this household!"

Of course, the day after the photo was taken, I found a couple of cute bunny slippers that Rafi had; and indeed when I took it, I couldn't find the little black obsidian statue of El-Ahrairah. (It wasn't sold as being of El-Ahrairah, they've probably never heard of him at Mt Etna, but I knew it was him because of the glitter in the ears.)

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Lethargic Man (anag.)
Date: 2019-03-16 22:23
Subject: X*L*C*R
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[X*L*C*R logo]

I received a pleasant surprise on Sunday,* when I got an email from my brother Darren telling me he was at the National Museum of Computing (at Bletchley Park), where, he told me:

There's a room full of Beebs... all fitted with a custom ROM of every single game ever released for the BBC...

Well Michael, I didn't realise you have been forever immortalised in this museum!

Congratulations :)

* British understatement, for my German readers: It made my day.

† The BBC Microcomputer, which was pretty much universal in schools, and also in many homes, our own included, throughout the 1980s.

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Lethargic Man (anag.)
Date: 2019-02-09 23:39
Subject: Reading rate revisited
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I went back and revisited this graph from my previous post, so that it now shows counts of fiction (purple) and non-fiction (pink). I think there might be some non-fiction missing at the start, and certainly I have not included anything I read for academic purposes, but nonetheless one can see how during my Ph.D. (1996–2000) I felt non-fiction to be a chore, and avoided it; it was only afterwards that I started seriously reading non-fiction.

It's also clear how the proportion of non-fiction in my reading has got much higher in recent years (with the exception of the year before last, which I spent re-reading a whole load of books I'd been intending to reread for years, partly to justify having brought them all from the UK).

I did consider breaking the graph down further into, for example, non-fiction read for entertainment for edification, but the boundaries between them are difficult to determine, so I did not in the end.

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Lethargic Man (anag.)
Date: 2019-01-30 21:14
Subject: Reading rate
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At the end of last year, I saw a couple of people posting online saying they had read 150 books during the course of the year. 150! I'd read... *tot*tot*tot* thirteen.

Well, I've always said I was a slow reader for a bibliophile; but it occurred to me that maybe last year wasn't representative; after all, having a child born was fairly disruptive to my established patterns. So I went back over my reading log to find out, and the result was a little surprising.

There are a few expected correlations, which I have marked on the graph; but there are other things I expected to see affect the graph which did not: the start of my first job, the start and end of my sole previous long-term relationship; and I had to struggle to work out the causes of some of the observed features, some of which still elude me. (Why did I read so few books in 2012? I moved to Berlin for two months, but that shouldn't have dented the yearly total so badly.)

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Lethargic Man (anag.)
Date: 2019-01-22 12:32
Subject: Revising German words
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Tags:german
Maybe two years ago I went googling to see what the average person's vocabulary size was, and came up with a range of answers of which 15k was the lowest. My German vocab file then had around 3k entries, so I decided I need to get serious about enlargening it, and learn ten new words every day.

This approach lasted me until my vocab file was up to about 6.5k, at which point I realised I was learning new words faster than I could keep the old ones in my head, even with the help of my flash card program; and of the 6.5k words I had ever learned, I could only actually remember about half of those.

At this point, I reined my learning of new words severely in, and started going through my vocab file, with the aim of relearning every word I had forgotten (except for some I am likely very rarely to need, which I have purged from the file, the size of which has been rocking back and forth over the 7k boundary for months now). I started this process on the fifth of March last year, and have finally finished it today.

Of course, by now I have forgotten once again almost all of the words I relearned in the last year, but I am hoping that I might now have a few hundred more in my head than I did a year ago, and that continously relearning the words I have forgotten makes it easier to relearn them the next time.

I suppose the proof of that will be whether it takes me less than ten and a half months to go around the cycle again from now.

(FWIW, the 7k words I know are enough to cover over 90% of spoken German; it's the written language that pushes the lexicon size up.)

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Lethargic Man (anag.)
Date: 2019-01-20 10:32
Subject: Philippson's 1844 commentary on the Torah
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Some time ago, when a friend WinoLJ/DW saw me reading my way through the Torah commentary of Rabbi Ludwig Philippson—the original edition of the chumash used in my shul, the modern edition of which on the bookshelves contains no commentary—she asked me what kind of commentary it was. Not having assembled any thoughts beforehand, all I could do was answer "er..." Since I never answered her properly, it occurs to me that I could do so here, to a wider, but hopefully also interested, audience.

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Lethargic Man (anag.)
Date: 2018-11-28 14:30
Subject: Wanted
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Tags:rafi
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Lethargic Man (anag.)
Date: 2018-10-20 21:55
Subject: Last two Japan blog posts
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Tags:#12, #13, japan, trip reports
Huh, just realised DW is no longer automatically crossposting to LJ (maybe it's because I changed my LJ password), so my last two Japan blog posts haven't been crossposted here. Well, here are links to them:
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