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I just realized something that seems a little strange: I never think of, or describe, children as being 'about 6'. Show me a child of unknown vintage, and I'll usually guess them at the right age plus or minus a year or so. But for some mysterious reason, my mental child-size/maturity map goes straight from 'about 5' to 'about 7'. I don't have any similar lacuna on any other part of the age range. It's as though I have a mental block of some sort about being 6 -- or, at least, about other people being 6.

The year my little sister was 6 we had a great drought and a plague of ladybirds1 -- perhaps that was traumatic in some way. I can't remember much about the year I myself was 6, but I remember hardly anything of my early years.

Does this all just sound like so much bibble, or does it strike a curious chord in anyone?


1 Actually, there was a traumatic incident connected with the ladybirds, now I think about it.
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Read an interesting post by [livejournal.com profile] igor_nav the other day, describing his newly-devised methodlogy for tackling one-person development projects -- specifically, dealing with the problem of not being able to finish things, by breaking down the tasks remaining. Take a look at his explanation!

The problem he describes doesn't really apply to me, because I have a strong "implementer" personality element (in Belbin terms). I have a load of projects that are sitting moribund at the 20% stage, ie. the interesting ideas have been had but I realized it would be a load of work or rather boring to implement them. But for the few that I get past that point, I tend to be quite driven to get them finished. I'm psychologically incapable of leaving something at 90% done, because the anticipated emotional reward of doing the last bit is so great for me, it overcomes any pains along the way.

Which are you more like?

I should also point out that the particular project that [livejournal.com profile] igor_nav is talking about here is a fun puzzle website, which you should definitely check out. My own peek at it suggests that so far there are about half a dozen puzzles that are easy / quick, a couple that will need time and research, and a handful that I don't understand at all. But maybe you can do better?
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Interesting post in [livejournal.com profile] languagelog about a bumper sticker saying "If you can read this, thank a teacher. And if you're reading it in English, thank a soldier."

I won't reiterate the discussion there1 -- but I wondered if anyone had seen this sentiment expressed in the UK, where it would make a lot more sense as a proposition, in relation to WWII2. Has anyone in the UK seen or heard of the teachers' message being added to / hijacked in this way?




1 Except to say that I favour the "ill-thought-out generalized right-wing puffery" theory.
2 Of course one might argue that Battle of Britain aircrew, naval convoys, or Russians, were more to thank, but leave that for now.
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Interesting (I thought) story recently about Julie Nicholson, a vicar who has resigned from her post because she's found herself unable to forgive the London bomber who killed her daughter.
warning -- contains religion )
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I've been musing about this interesting 'theory' just lately. Essentially it claims that there are some things about life (in the biological sense) that are just too complicated to have evolved by natural selection, and so instead they must have been designed by some more powerful agent.

How to think about it )

The logic of the argument )

In schools )

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