snack wrote

agreed, very interesting review and topic in general. This part stood out to me in particular:

It is an eye-opening evaluation of commonly performed surgical operations that have been tested and shown to be no more effective (and arguably worse) than placebo, or that have never even been tested.

I wonder how many people are put through unnecessary surgeries after which they end up worse than they were before. In this context it is especially disturbing to me that hospitals earn money through surgeries.
I don't know a whole lot about this subject but would like to learn more, so if anyone has an interesting read to suggest I'd appreciate it.


snack wrote

How did you get a pen pal, if you don't mind me asking? Is it a digital one or do you write each other handwritten letters?
Lately I sometimes think I want a pen pal, but I'm not sure how to go about it. I'm also rather cautious with (new) people, that always slows down any potential social relationship-forming process. But maybe I'll have one in a year?


snack wrote

This reminded me of my grandmother who was the only one I ever heard use the phrase "dying of a broken heart" in RL. Or maybe I'm just remembering her using it better, because she told the story so many times.
I also lost her at the beginning of this year, she was eaten up by cancer.
I'm sorry there were two deaths in you family in such a short time, I can only imagine it must be hard. I don't really know how to say this, but i wish you well in your grieving process.


snack wrote

absolutely! that's a good point you're making. I haven't given this a lot of thought regarding contemporary artists, but if you look into the past you'll notice that (almost) all authors, philosophers etc were financially privileged, aristocratic or wealthy in some other way. (besides being white dudes)

and you see this as well in terms like 'proletarian literature' or 'working class writers' or when art historians call it 'art brut / naive art / outsider art' when referring to art from institutionalized people.

why is there a need for such a label? because it's rare that poor people can afford the time and resources it takes to become an artist, writer, whatever.


snack wrote

yesterday i woke up in the middle of the night (2:45) and immediately thought of a scene from a movie i watched recently - save yourselves!. it's a sci-fi comedy about an alien invasion and a hipster couple who miss it, because they decide to spent a week in a remote cabin without their phones, to de-tech-toxify

possible spoiler ahead

so in the movie there is a scene where a character wakes up from a dream & screams at something, but there's nothing there - it's actually quite funny anyways, this happens again, but this time there's - of course - an alien on the ceiling above them, which they fail to notice, so they just go back to sleep

to come full circle - i felt a little spooked after waking up and i might have checked the ceiling. twice.


snack wrote (edited )

I see, thank you!

And as to russian: right now i wouldn't even know what to ask, it's very kind of you to offer though! i've only been at it for about a month and a half. i'm trying to trick myself into remembering all the right endings for the (3) different cases i know so far, so i don't have to study them that weird detached grammarly way, that won't do.

there really should be songs or something in all languages for beginners that cover this kind of stuff.

until then i'm trying to come up with short phrases i can remember and refer to, for example for the locative:

в нашем старом доме

в хорошей артеке, в новой школе