Links of the Quarter: December 2018

How to Save the World

How Russia Helped Trump Win: Everything we know so far , from Jane Mayer at the New Yorker. Na Pali coast, Kaua’i — photo by me, taken two weeks ago. Although it isn’t real, doesn’t really exist, my self is giving me a hard time these days.

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Links of the Quarter: September 2018

How to Save the World

Vlog Brothers Corner: Recent videos from the very knowledgeable and entertaining duo include On Prepositions , Why US Healthcare Costs are So High , Was the 2016 Election Rigged , and (an update on the aforementioned) What We Know About Russia and Election Meddling.

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Transfer of learning

Mathemagenic

In the camp of Natural School in Russia kids had to decide themselves when and what to cook* when they were hungry. And then cook that, learning all kinds of handy things on the way (e.g. how much work it takes to make a pancake cake and how many people it could feed at the end).

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November in review: transitions

Mathemagenic

Next to all the obvious things this was also about reconsidering my connections with Russia, where she and the appartment where she lived provided a sort of embilical cord for being connected with the family, the country and the culture. November turned to be a strange month. I went to Moscow for a week, without the kids and, for a first time in many years, without a real to do list. It was good to recharge, reconnect and reconsider. It was two years since my mother passed away.

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Mother tongue and identity

Mathemagenic

A quick search on “mother tongue” and “identity” brings a bunch of interesting things to read, but I shouldn’t now: it’s late in the night and our suitcases for Russia are not packed yet. Still, for many of us, our mother tongue is bound up with our deeper identity, our memories and sense of self. The article, Can you lose your native language? ,

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June in review

Mathemagenic

Two weeks with the kids in Russia, with an intense week-long camping with Natural school and then no less intense days of meeting with family and friends and sorting out the remaining boxes from my mother’s house at dacha.

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In the wind of change

Mathemagenic

That was the place where I grew up, it was our base when in Russia and a point that held my connections to Russia, emotional and physical. Lots of unfinished and half-started posts make it more difficult to start writing again. I feel as I should did something about the backlog first, but new things are coming up and waiting becomes less and less of an option. So, I’ll write. And at some point I finish whatever has been started and post it backdated, who cares. Anyway.

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