New year, this cat is keeping an eye on you. Start the decade out well.

Thank you, New Years Card, for being the fallback position from the onslaught of the end of a fall semester. You give me a way of sending good wishes to beloved family and friend while only looking moderately like a holiday lump.

May you have a Christmas day as filled with warmth and joy as this cat.

[Gerd Kempermann and his colleagues at the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden in Germany] found an additive effect: exercise alone was good for the hippocampus, but combining physical activity with cognitive demands in a stimulating environment was even better, leading to even mo... sproutlight.com/blog/?p=1043

The Knight Before Christmas is clearly propaganda funded by Big Hot Chocolate.

Every year there is that one beautiful day in late November when I remember that Holiday Grapes exist.

This week was my first time presenting at a professional conference. While I’ve done many presentations for students and parents, it was different to assume a role of “expert” (or at least as someone with something of value) for experienced professionals. It went well, and I was so exci... sproutlight.com/blog/?p=1035

Sometimes I just want to look at soothing pictures without being told I need to spend money or should feel bad about myself.

My copy of The Testaments came a week early, so last night I picked it up to read a few pages and by 11:15 had finished. I don’t want to put in any spoilers, so I’ll say it’s worth reading: a story about the hope and terror of trying when it seems useless, a story for 2019.
Also, avoid ... sproutlight.com/blog/?p=1019

For fall semester, I’m trying out an A6 Hobonichi instead of the larger Cousin because sometimes follow-through is linked to there you set the bar.
(Also, I’m a bit tired of the weight and I am in love with the grey wood bird case but I would definitely need to be sure on the size befor... sproutlight.com/blog/?p=1017

Some tasks we do so often, it's worth taking a few minutes (or even hours) to streamline the activity. During my work day, I generally live in Terra Dotta, the online software often used for study abroad management, which is a system that is useful but sometimes navigating between sections is a bit slower than I'd like. In particular, three searches that I do frequently are searching for a student and opening program public b
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Interesting how much this sounds like Micro.blog in a nutshell: no follower count, no disembodied likes, just posting and responding as a conversation. I didn't realize how much I would like until I tried it.

Earlier that month, during an interview at a TED conference, the Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey shared a big idea of his own. “If I had to start the service again, I would not emphasize the follower count as much,” he said. “I wou
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Trying to figure out the best Micro.blog/Mastodon/Wordpress method. I tried out a Wordpress integration to crosspost, but I don’t like that the photos don’t show, only bland links. I’m going to have to play around and see if I can find a better method.

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The Wandering Shop is a Mastodon instance initially geared for the science fiction and fantasy community but open to anyone. We want our 'local' timeline to have the feel of a coffee shop at a good convention: tables full of friendly conversation on a wide variety of topics. We welcome everyone who wants to participate, so long as you're willing to abide by our code of conduct.