@fitheach Don't worry, i can out-dumb you :-)
When I was 11 and nearly too short to reach the cupboard above the stove I reached out my right hand to steady myself and give me a slight boost in order to reach with my left hand up into the cupboard.
Oh, thou very idiot!
The electric coil I placed my palm and nearly full weight on was bright orange hot...
@fitheach I know :-(
I'm completely horrible. Bad grandad.
It took me ages to remember even the birthdays of my children without a computer.
Even in my twenties I was using 'Nag' from 'Grandma Software' in Seattle on my Amiga 2000 for such chores.
@fitheach When we were little one of my sisters hated that our nana would always partly say all the names of her kids and grandchildren in order before getting to the correct one i.e. that sister in her case. "Jea-Joh-Hub-pau-Jackie!"
She vowed to be better.
In her adulthood she bred collies and she was Worse.
She went through all her dog's names before getting to her children! :-)
@fitheach My favourite from a very old Omni magazine contest is:
Damn Clever Mnemonic Makes No Prefix Forgetable
And I think that only got a mention and not a prize.
And the other way:
Decadent Hector Killed Meg's Gigantic Terrier
I didn't do any biology after about 14 years of age, I preferred physics.
However, when reading anything about nature, remembering the order of taxa in biology is useful.
@fitheach I never got any in school (moved a lot) and never took it in college after.
Anything I know is just from my own reading around. Nothing formal at all.
I should add that having some more formal education in biology & chemistry would have been useful for topics that I read now for entertainment.
@fitheach My thinking as a child: taxonomy - we base it on a dead language so it doesn't change and always makes sense. Discovery: we name in latin whimsically and often after their discoverer!! Well eff that! It's a stupid waste of a good idea.
I will tell you though, that seeing this lecture years ago made me regret my early decisions somewhat.
Bonnie Bassler discovered that bacteria "talk" to each other, using a chemical language...
And I've gone on a bit.
@fitheach warning: her actual vids from normal lectures at her uni have low information xfer and are slow and boring.
Maybe all profs should be forced to TED rules of 20 minutes and then you get the hook.
@fitheach @gemlog True story. I once had to ring HMRC and one of the security questions was my wife’s birthday. I couldn’t remember it. I begged the lady to give me another question because if she didn’t I was going to have to ask my wife and it would not end well for me. She said she wasn’t allowed (I swear I could hear her smile in the tone of her voice). That did not go down well.
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