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Old 11-14-2017, 04:29 PM   #1676
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Has totally worked. Actively improving simple things in my life gives me the feeling of control and that feels good. And I managed to organize for myself a little luxury: I ironed my sheets and all bed-covers and linens. It gives me this extra crispy feeling, when I go to bed. I don't have always time for that, so it is a luxury.
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Old 11-15-2017, 04:09 AM   #1677
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Have a date tonight.

I am right now not actively looking for someone. I have to many other problems. But the guy asked, he is nice and he managed to suggest something that will be really fun for me: a mushroom museum. That means that he listened to me chatting about mushrooms and gave some thoughts to where to go. This things are rare enough to reward them.

So I am gonna to give some thoughts to my looks tonight and generally try to make it fun for him also.
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Old 11-16-2017, 02:02 AM   #1678
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The date didn't go so well.

The dude wanted to kiss the whole time and I just didn't want to. At the end he brought me home and wanted immediately to fix the next date and I don't know..... immediately be exclusive and went full-on attack on my time. I didn't like it at all. And then after I suggested to let things develop his response was along the lines "OK for you I will wait as long as I need too, but it is so disappointing for me". This sentence simplified the decision for me. If the dude is sooooo disappointed every time he doesn't get his way.......I just don't want to deal with so much disappointment.
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Old 11-16-2017, 02:12 AM   #1679
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But how was the mushroom museum, any highlights ?
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Old 11-16-2017, 01:32 PM   #1680
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But how was the mushroom museum, any highlights ?
For me was not a lot of new stuff. They tried also apparently to limit any liability and so they labeled a bunch of perfectly edible mushrooms as poisonous. I would also liked to have more details on in which way poisonous mushrooms are poisonous, and how exactly the chemistry works. I mean it is big difference if you just puke a little bit (after Parrot Toadstool) or need a new liver (after Death Cap) or will have a crazy trip with possible psychosis (fly agaric). It is interesting what exactly happens and which components are causing what. It is interesting how the preparation like heating and fermenting works. That leads for example to Lactarius resimus being considered a delicious food, perfect for pickling in russian community and being considered as poisonous in west european community.

The exhibition is for sure good for children or people who aren't so interested in fungi to get some basics.

A part was also about other kinds of fungi like mold and lichen

Below is a summary of this exhibition in media.

https://www.wiesbaden.de/en/culture/...aden/fungi.php
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The exhibition entitled "Fungi – Food, Poison and Mythology" will be running at Museum Wiesbaden until 5 August 2018. It introduces more than 1,300 fungi, including the giant puffball as well as the scarlet caterpillarclub. Fungi have adopted the most varied modes of life, ranging from cooperation and mutual benefit, as is the case with the lichens, to the exploitation of dead plants, and even a wide variety of parasites and germs. Yellow boletus, button mushroom, and chanterelle are all welcome on our dinner plates. Many another fungal fruiting body can be discovered during a forest walk. It is a well-known fact that not all of them are edible; some are even poisonous. Fungi play important roles in our lives, and are linked with a number of human needs and preferences. Yeasts supply bread, beer, and wine. Even the dreaded mould fungi are beneficial in the development of antibiotics that are vital for our survival. Moreover, fungi can be used for dyeing and for manufacturing precious papers."
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Old 11-16-2017, 06:28 PM   #1681
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A mushroom museum is not something one has the chance to hear about very often
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Old 11-18-2017, 10:22 AM   #1682
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Nature in the city

This small table is on my balcony and in summer there are flowerpots on it. Once I noticed that there are to many wasps around it. I tried to move the table. Result was me running away from a wasp swarm. Now that all wasps are somehow dead, I dared to move the table and open the drawers.


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Old 11-18-2017, 11:28 AM   #1683
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well, I know what kind of nightmare I'll be having tonight
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Old 11-18-2017, 03:25 PM   #1684
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I am sad that this were wasps and not honey bees.

We actually coexisted pretty peacefully. I didn't move this table and they flew around me whenever I was having a breakfast at my balcony. I want to try to cut this thing up. It looks that there is not a single wasp body in it. It is surprisingly light.
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Old 11-19-2017, 06:02 PM   #1685
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Cut this thing up. It is build like a walnut. outside is this multilayered shell.

I don't know of what exactly it is made and inside were three honeycombs, sadly without any honey. With wasps it was clear that there will be no honey. But still somehow cool.

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Old 11-20-2017, 03:31 AM   #1686
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i am a fake vegetarian. I eat vegetarian sometimes and occasionally claim to be vegetarian but i always come back to meat . I was going to make a personal posts but decided not to post pictures of people.
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Old 11-20-2017, 11:24 AM   #1687
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I don't know of what exactly it is made and inside were three honeycombs, sadly without any honey. With wasps it was clear that there will be no honey. But still somehow cool.
Very cool. I still wouldn't want it on my balcony
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Wasp nests are made of a substance similar to paper that the insects produce by chewing wood into a pulp and then sticking it together with saliva to form a honeycomb-type structure
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Old 11-21-2017, 10:19 AM   #1688
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I need need need , have to, must write another funds application. Deadline is this Friday. Gooood........ Why it is sometimes soooooo tough? So.....I am going to open all files I need to work on now and making all heads of every piece. Then I am gonna to continue to procrastinate if I feel like it.
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Old 11-21-2017, 02:42 PM   #1689
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The problem is that my last three applications got shot. And with this one I would have to spend a lot of time in a location I don't want to be, in Stuttgart. But...... May be it is good. May be it is a sign from the Universe, because last few weeks my mom is completely suffocating me.

That is probably one of the bigger things going on in my head right now. I oscillate between the feeling that I am to close to my parents and my mom sucks the live out of me and the feeling that I don't spend enough time with her and she obviously doesn't have many years left, so I should spend as much time as possible with her. That all is accompanied by the feeling of guilt. It is irrational. But feelings are most of the time irrational. That doesn't make them less real.
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Old 11-22-2017, 05:27 AM   #1690
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Have taken free until friday. Kind of free. Have to finish this funds applications. Really. Not allowed to open 2+2 until I finish at least one. Being shot down three times in a row is not good. It makes me feel like nothing good will ever come out of doing it the fourth time. But I want another phd in my group and we need an assistant that takes care only of my group and I already planned some additional equipment. Currently I share an assistant with three other groups. I need this funds to finance this. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!
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Old 11-22-2017, 07:08 AM   #1691
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Done it done it done it done it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is always so that it is actually not a lot of real work, but it is sooooooo difficult to do it. In this case I have called there and talked with the head of advisory board, that decides on who will get this funds. And the dude totally made me hope. I mean I understand that it is still perfectly possible that I will get shot down also this time. I compete with at least 20 other groups for this money. But the dude made me hope and this hope lifted this procrastination. It lifted this feeling, that it will be again for nothing and I finished everything totally fast.

That would be sooooooooooo incredibly cool, if I can get that. *Jump jump jump*
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Old 11-23-2017, 03:10 PM   #1692
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Happy thanksgiving everyone!

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Old 11-24-2017, 06:05 PM   #1693
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Am trying to find a right word.

In russian and in german there are different words for good pride (гордость=Stolz) and for bad arrogant pride, the kind of where you feel that you are better than others (гордыня = Hochmut). I think in english both kinds are described by "pride" and I have to understand exact meaning from context. Right?

In other news..... Tired, glad that it is weekend, glad that I ate all the frogs I should have eaten this week, glad that I am able not to think about next week frogs for now, glad about how things with my students are going on, glad that everything is good for now with my mom, annoyed by men.

If you see a woman and think that she might be the one.... Spend a thought or two, that she has also her needs and her life, that you aren't the center of her world, especially not, when it is first e-mail contact. Before you make plans for your holidays together in a first message, spent a thought on that she might not want to spend her holidays with you at all, she might not want to travel to your dream destination, she might not be able to organize it at the time convenient for you. Think not only about how she makes you feel, but also about how you and your actions and words make her feel.
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Old 11-24-2017, 06:37 PM   #1694
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I'm not sure if there is a single word that corresponds to your Russian and German words, but you can use arrogant for arrogant pride, or haughty, smug, conceited etc. They all imply pride plus a feeling of superiority, but maybe they emphasize the feeling of superiority more than the feeling of pride. The element of pride is stronger in smug and haughty than in the other two.

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Old 11-25-2017, 08:34 AM   #1695
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Gregorio,
you are like always majorly helpful.

THREE new words for me! Haughty+smug+conceited. TX ! I have encountered smug and conceited previously, but they were definitely not in my active vocabulary. First time for haughty.
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Old 11-25-2017, 10:25 AM   #1696
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I miss light. It is 3PM here and it is already so dark that I have to have lights on. I have a bunch of light chains, and clearly big lights and I also do lit basically every day few candles to alleviate this heavy darkness. In Kasachstan it was better. The continental climate + proximity to the equator gave more sun and snow in the winter. And snow made everything more full of light and sparkle and fun. I miss snow and a thing I have never seen in Europe: frost on a window in your home. You have sometimes to scratch your car front glass, but it is completely different. It crystallizes differently. May be those of you, who are in Canada or Alaska, know what I am talking about.

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Old 11-25-2017, 01:13 PM   #1697
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Men

About the dude that had upset me yesterday.

I believe him that he is smart in academic sense and good looking and whatever..... But he is in England. In the first message he started to plan how I will come to him for holidays without having asked me if I am interested at all or something like that. I answered how it is.... Basically that his message is cool and he is definitely interesting and would he live in the same city a first date would have been guaranteed. But so.... I don't see myself travelling for a first date to him. There are enough interesting men here. Today I get a message that he is soooooo special, and that if I don't appreciate his special qualities then I can date the beta males locally.

I LOLed. I mean..... How does the dude get an idea that the college education makes him exceptional? Another thing that he mentioned as his "specialty" is that he is tested for STDs..... WTF? This haughtiness connected with complete ignorance of my picture of dating, my standards, my needs made me so LOL.
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Old 11-27-2017, 02:04 AM   #1698
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There are also different levels of caring & disdain re: other people for each of those words.


Arrogant: I am the best, better than anyone including you. Don't waste my time.
Haughty: How could you possibly think you are as good as me? loooooooool u.
Smug: I'm better than you and I KNOW it. You are just sad.
Conceited: Why do I have to waste my time with lesser people? So unfair.
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Old 11-28-2017, 12:31 PM   #1699
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There are also different levels of caring & disdain re: other people for each of those words.


Arrogant: I am the best, better than anyone including you. Don't waste my time.
Haughty: How could you possibly think you are as good as me? loooooooool u.
Smug: I'm better than you and I KNOW it. You are just sad.
Conceited: Why do I have to waste my time with lesser people? So unfair.


HUGE TX. That is a big help for me!
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Old 11-29-2017, 08:31 AM   #1700
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I am grateful for my students.

They give me so much, starting with feeling that I really teach them math (I see the progress they made in this few months. And it feels good.), the feeling that I can pass some of my values, feeling that they care,..... They are a lot better than my picture was. I am often thinking along the lines " Where is the world going. I am an old hag and I have more passion, more interest, more vision, more courage than young men today, who have only money and pussy in their head." With my students that is definitely wrong. They have vision, they want to change world, they do have courage to put pressure on me to do what they think is the right thing to do.

I am doing pretty often something outside the lecture with them. And last time I complained, that I can't do one pull-up and people are making fun of me because of that. A group of my students have organized them-self and do now play my personal trainer. I think it is pretty cool. They care so much that it is OK for them to invest their time, they are able to organize them-self, they are not hesitant to put real pressure on me, although I can any moment decide that I don't like them any more and start to make their life hard. They do get involved and don't see things like "it is not my problem. Why should I care?", they show initiative. I am totally proud of them.
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