A Number of Hobbies Interrupted

Hey Y'all, how about some live steam model trains outdoors in the snow, and then some real trains doing likewise.
Something I'd like to be able to do is have my own garden railway but health limitations say no.
Here's one recently posted by a member on the Large Scale Central garden railway modeling forum.
Trains in this size can be powered by the classic 'train set' electricity through the rails; by radio control car and boat batteries; or steam engines can be actual steam engines, as is this one.

And for anyone interested in the various real steam engines which were driven by geared systems as opposed to the classic side rods, http://www.gearedsteam.com/

And real trains plowing snow with one of their big rotary plows,

After all that serious stuff posted, this time, something fun, a UK canal boat video.
I enjoy several different the YouTube channels done by live-aboard narrowboaters.
This particular video is a break from their normal canal cruising.

246 - Taking our Narrowboat Across The River Mersey with Cruising the Cut & London Boat Girl
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Todays cruise is a big one. We are take our Narrowboat, which usually stays on quiet and calm canals. Out on the the Mighty, Tidal River Mersey. We cross from The Liverpool Docks to Ellesmere Port and it's a bit of an adventure. Not many Narrowboats venture onto the Mersey. Our pilot had only taken 4 this year and there is a reason for that, as well as being quite a scary prospect there are a lot of logistics and planning to do and then you need to make sure you have the right weather on the day. Michael arranged everything and we had a really wonderful trip.
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Government workers with autism may go unpaid, despite their valuable contributions to science
A volunteer program by USGS could provide setbacks for students seeking independence.

Kelly Brenner
December 2, 2019


But while STEP-UP is meant to help pave the way to science-based careers, the unpaid program could prove to be a setback for those it serves. The period after high school is a particularly challenging time for young adults with autism: Many social services are cut off, and opportunities for employment and higher education are often limited.


“The fact that the existence of autistic adults was not acknowledged by the psychiatric establishment in America until the early 1990s means that there is still shockingly little infrastructure already in place to help young autistic people make the transition from education to the workplace,” says Steve Silberman, author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity.

The issue, however, is the lack of pay during prolonged training. When the USGS’s volunteer program came to light on social media, many people expressed outrage at what they perceived to be exploitation of a vulnerable, adept community. But the problem of low or unpaid labor is a regular dilemma for individuals with disabilities, both in and outside of the scientific sphere.

“It’s a pervasive problem in society as a whole when accommodations for employees with disabilities are seen as favors for people with ‘special needs’ or expressions of the employer’s benevolence, rather than as ways to tap the most skilled workforce and ensure that every employee is given what they need to succeed,” Silberman says.
Yeah, THAT,

“The fact that the existence of autistic adults was not acknowledged by the psychiatric establishment in America until the early 1990s ...
Pretty much means that I did not exist until I was in my 30s, then all of a sudden in my 40s I magically materialized from empty air.
But first ...
I was misdiagnosed as bipolar for a couple decades ...
and kept responding badly to mind-altering medications treating a problem I did not have.

Well effing DUH!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, and that book,
477 pages plus notes and index;

While I'm sitting around saving energy for doing laundry tomorrow, which has now become today,

What we get wrong about time
By Claudia Hammond
3rd December 2019

Most of us tend to think of time as linear, absolute and constantly “running out” – but is that really true? And how can we change our perceptions to feel better about its passing?

Although neuroscientists have been unable to locate a single clock in brain that is responsible for detecting time passing, humans are surprisingly good at it. If someone tells us they’re arriving in five minutes, we have a rough idea of when to start to look out for them. We have a sense of the weeks and months passing by. As a result, most of us would say that how time functions is fairly obvious: it passes, at a consistent and measurable rate, in a specific direction – from past to future.

Of course, the human perspective of time may not be exclusively biological, but rather shaped by our culture and era. The Amondawa tribe in the Amazon, for example, has no word for “time” – which some say means they don’t have a notion of time as a framework in which events occur. (There are debates over whether this is purely a linguistic argument, or whether they really do perceive time differently.) Meanwhile, it’s hard to know with scientific precision how people conceived of time in the past, as experiments in time perception have only been conducted for the last 150 years.

Old space and rocket book that's new to me in the mailbox today.
Book is almost as old as I am.

And ohh I would love 1/144 scale plastic model kits of those rockets on the cover ...
With nicely rendered miniatures of the astronaut figures shown ...

It has 2 groupings of images with maybe 2 or 4 color plates of rockets & a number of astronomical images in B&W.
{EDIT: missed the 1s, make that 12 to 14 color plates}
Was hoping it would have more images of rocket ideas of the period, be they color, B&W, line drawing, but forgot to ask the seller.

It was there and in my price bracket so I bought it immediately after finding it while doing a reverse image search of the cover art posted on a Tumblr blog.
And I was sick at the time, so call it shopping therapy.
That and the antibiotics do seem to be helping.


and ...

Meet Chesley Bonestell, the most important space artist you’ve probably never heard of
Before spacecraft revealed our solar system, Chesley Bonestell's art offered a window into the environments of outer space. His visions often proved true.
By Richard Tresch Fienberg | Published: Friday, March 15, 2019

Over the last half century, spacecraft have visited every planet and their major moons, as well as two dwarf planets and more than a dozen asteroids and comets. Thanks to high-res images, we know these worlds intimately and can appreciate what makes each of them unique. These days, fewer than 3 in 10 Americans are old enough to recall a time when our neighboring worlds were indistinct dots in even the most powerful telescopes.

And yet, even before there were spacecraft to show us, in the 1940s and ‘50s, readers of magazines such as Collier’s, LIFE, and Sky & Telescope had a pretty good idea what kinds of scenery we might find on the Moon, Mars, Pluto, and the moons of the outer planets. All these worlds came to life in paintings by a single visionary artist: Chesley Bonestell (pronounced BONN-uh-stell). He’s the subject of a new feature-length documentary, “Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future.” If you’ve never heard of Bonestell, you’ll come away from the film wondering why not. And if, like me, you knew something of Bonestell’s life and work, you’ll be astonished to discover how much more you didn’t know.
Something elsewhere on the web this afternoon brought this to mind.

How Immigration Changes Language
The invention of new ways of speaking is one surprising consequence of migration to Europe.

John McWhorter

December 14, 2015

The story of languages is, by and large, one of extinction. Some estimate that in a hundred years only a few hundred languages will survive, as urbanization, globalization, and international media lead ever more people to adopt a few dozen “big” languages. Still, though the disappearance of languages is the dominant trend, interesting new dialects have been emerging in cities worldwide, and it’s young people—specifically, the children of immigrants—who are driving the trend. One of the surprising consequences of the current wave of mass migration into Europe is, in fact, likely to be the development of ever more new ways of speaking in the future.
While that article involves mostly a number of languages other than English, it in turn brings to mind this book of his,

A post on Tumblr brought this up again.

Why Many Autistic People Prefer Identity-First Language
Sue Abramowski
May 9, 2018


I remember back when I started working in the human services field in 2004, long before I knew that I had any sort of disabilities. It was drilled into all of us trainees’ heads that we must use person-first language: that is, to put the “person before the disability.” We were taught to say things like “a person with cerebral palsy,” “a person with epilepsy,” and finally, “a person with autism.” At the time, I thought it made sense. After all, we are people, first and foremost.

Now, after having learned of my place in the developmental disabilities and mental health communities, and listening to others, I feel differently. To separate a disability from the person gives it a stigma; it implies that the disability is something negative, or a disease, when in fact, it is an integral part of one’s personhood. Some people may argue that “I wouldn’t call a person with cancer cancerous…” but that is not the same thing. Cancer is a disease; a disability is a different way of being.

God how I wish this absurdity would just go away forever.

I am weary of it.

And now I shall mock it;

You are NOT “an adult”, you are “A person with adultism”.
You are NOT “a parent”, you are “A person with parentism”.
You are NOT “a woman”, you are “A person with womanism”.
You are NOT “a Caucasian”, you are “A person with Caucasianism”.
You are NOT “an African American”, you are “A person with African Americanism”
You are NOT “a doctor”, you are “A person with Doctorism”.
You are NOT “a teacher”, you are “A person with teacherism”.
You are NOT “Jane”, you are “A person who is named Jane”.

Exactly -->

“This is why identity-first language is important to many of us. If something is truly a part of what makes us who we are, should we not use it to describe ourselves? People use descriptors such as gender, race, heritage, physical traits and so on all the time. Disability is no different. It’s not like we’re being “defined” by this “horrible thing” that needs to be separated from us. Autism, or any disability for that matter, is not something one carries with them like an accessory, but rather part of what makes up who they are. To separate autism from someone would be to make them a totally different person. It’s an operating system.

Therefore, identity-first language is very important to many people in the autistic community. I can’t speak for everyone, but most people on the spectrum I’ve talked to have agreed. It’s not taking away from the person by any means, but rather this type of language is like an enhancer. After all, it’s rather obvious that human beings are people, and if one needs to be told that to figure it out, that’s a whole different issue to begin with!“
Nov 12, 2019, 03:12pm

For People With Disabilities, Asking For Help Carries Hidden Costs
Andrew Pulrang Contributor
Diversity & Inclusion
Exploring disability practices, policy, politics, and culture.

... The ADA has changed these kinds of interactions for the better. But almost 30 years after the law passed, barriers still get in the way, and emotional costs still add up.

Despite the more equitable framework provided by the ADA, the charitable view of “helping disabled people” persists. It’s less pervasive and suffocating than it used to be, but people still often behave as if providing help is a personal favor, for which disabled people should be appropriately grateful ... and which can always be refused.

The process of asking still opens the door for people to interrogate us about our disabilities. It fuels one of the most pernicious forms of ableism … the belief that people who “claim” to be disabled really aren’t, and are just trying to use people’s goodwill and laws like the ADA to score “special privileges” and unfair advantages.

Disabled people are also still expected to follow an unwritten etiquette of asking for and receiving help. It’s one of the cardinal virtues disabled people are supposed to display, along with endless innovation, cheerful adaptability, and patience, always patience, no matter what happens.

It’s hard to imagine a more empowering process for people with disabilities to ask for and reliably obtain individual assistance from employers and businesses. But that doesn’t alter the fact that people with disabilities pay a price for having to ask for things multiple times a day, every day, just to function.

What can be done to lower this price?

First of all, we must acknowledge cost. Disability counselors and advocates especially should remember that while disabled people benefit from strong negotiation and self-advocacy skills, reluctance to use them day after day should never be dismissed or minimized. The ADA legally supports requests for assistance, and that’s a good thing. But that doesn’t make asking easy, or painless. We often decide to just stay at home when we’ve reached our aggravation limit. So emotional costs also have practical consequences.
Hey, that sounds useful and interesting.
And a lot like what our 15 minute timed writing exercises at creative writers group meetings are all about.
Do I want to get that book?
But I've already bought 2 books this month out of my 11 dollars a month below the poverty level SSD.
And I kind of already do some of this anyway.
But ...
I could read the book and learn from it,
Then give it to someone, or the local library,
just because.

(also of interest, at least to me, Grammar Girl, Mignon Fogarty, has same rare-ish given name as my sister in law)

Grammar Girl #747. Improv for Writers.
•Dec 9, 2019

" Are you looking for a way to jumpstart your creativity and writing? You may be surprised to find out how much techniques from improv can help! You'll love this interview with Jorjeana Marie, the author of "Improv for Writers.""

News about NASA's Parker Solar Probe brings to mind that, yes, there is such a thing as space weather & there is a website for it.

Space Weather Prediction Center
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


and the solar probe news which prompted me to post here about that,

Dec. 4, 2019

NASA's Parker Solar Probe Sheds New Light on the Sun

View and download multimedia for the Dec. 4, 2019, media teleconference associated with this story.
In August 2018, NASA's Parker Solar Probe launched to space, soon becoming the closest-ever spacecraft to the Sun. With cutting-edge scientific instruments to measure the environment around the spacecraft, Parker Solar Probe has completed three of 24 planned passes through never-before-explored parts of the Sun's atmosphere, the corona. On Dec. 4, 2019, four new papers in the journal Nature describe what scientists have learned from this unprecedented exploration of our star — and what they look forward to learning next.

These findings reveal new information about the behavior of the material and particles that speed away from the Sun, bringing scientists closer to answering fundamental questions about the physics of our star. In the quest to protect astronauts and technology in space, the information Parker has uncovered about how the Sun constantly ejects material and energy will help scientists re-write the models we use to understand and predict the space weather around our planet and understand the process by which stars are created and evolve.

“This first data from Parker reveals our star, the Sun, in new and surprising ways,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for science at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “Observing the Sun up close rather than from a much greater distance is giving us an unprecedented view into important solar phenomena and how they affect us on Earth, and gives us new insights relevant to the understanding of active stars across galaxies. It’s just the beginning of an incredibly exciting time for heliophysics with Parker at the vanguard of new discoveries.”

Though it may seem placid to us here on Earth, the Sun is anything but quiet. Our star is magnetically active, unleashing powerful bursts of light, deluges of particles moving near the speed of light and billion-ton clouds of magnetized material. All this activity affects our planet, injecting damaging particles into the space where our satellites and astronauts fly, disrupting communications and navigation signals, and even — when intense — triggering power outages. It’s been happening for the Sun's entire 5-billion-year lifetime, and will continue to shape the destinies of Earth and the other planets in our solar system into the future.

(quite a bit more at the page)

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