An outdoor mall extension completed in 2020. Which wasn’t exactly ideal timing…

An outdoor mall extension completed in 2020. Which wasn’t exactly ideal timing.

The courtyard was at least someplace they could set up chairs and signs reminding you to keep your distance. I saw a few people walking through on their way to somewhere else (like I was), and could hear an exercise class running in the parking structure next door.

#mall #empty #reflection #fountain #photo

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Who knew a hawk could be a birb?

Who knew a hawk could be a #birb?

Spotted in a park. Probably a Cooper’s Hawk.

I heard a lot of chirping from this tree, and saw a cluster that looks like it could be a nest near where this hawk was standing guard. It just kind of looked around the whole time even as I walked past the tree. If it was standing guard, it must have been able to tell I wasn’t a threat.

#hawk #birds #photo #nature

Who knew a hawk could be a birb?

Who knew a hawk could be a birb?

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Across many experiments, participants tried to fix problems by adding stuff

Interesting: “Across many experiments, participants tried to fix problems by adding stuff” even when removing something was a simpler solution.

When asked to fix something, we don’t even think of removing parts

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And now I’m reminded of an essay I saw years ago about how people are more likely to ask for a preference to change application behavior than just ask it to change.

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Every time through the book, the bishop’s chapters are more interesting. But “In the Year 1817” gets more tedious each time through.

Every time through the book, the bishop’s chapters are more interesting. But “In the Year 1817” gets more tedious each time through.

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Argot, the sewers, the convent – there’s at least some substance there and you can see how things connect. “1817” is just a list of contemporary pop culture references that would already have been barely relevant 50 years on, never mind 200 years on and across the world.

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Modern editions of it have more footnotes than text. Last time I read it, it took forever because I was looking up every footnote as I got to it.

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And it’s all ONE LONG PARAGRAPH.

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Statue of Ramona Quimby, one of several inspired by Beverly Cleary characters in Grant Park

Statue of Ramona Quimby, one of several inspired by Beverly Cleary characters in Grant Park in Portland, Oregon. Photo from a trip in 2013.

TBH, though, Atlas Obscura got better photos than I did:
https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/beverly-cleary-sculpture-garden-grant-park

Statue of Ramona Quimby, one of several inspired by Beverly Cleary characters in Grant Park ...

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