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So glad for a payday Friday!

     Happiness is the surprise of a postcard in the mail from Linda on vacation in Colorado. Very sweet of her!

     Loving the Tuesday/Thursday farmers market, especially since trying to get to the one on Saturday is too much trouble when I'm carless. Not only did I get to enjoy wilted beet greens (and roasted beets once it cools down), but somebody was selling fresh local Honeycrisp apples! What a treat, since I'm not making it out to apple orchards without a car.

     Free entertainment at work has been ongoing with the huge renovation project across the street. On Thursday they had a huge drill boring into the middle of the street for bewildering reasons. Dawn got to ask them today--turns out there's a maze of tunnels from @1880 under St Paul and they wanted to make sure the area was clear (it wasn't). They broke a bunch of massive drill bits thanks to hitting old trolley tracks that have been buried under concrete for decades.

     More happiness--I succeeded with a blood donation Thursday, and my iron level was great.

     It's nice to actually be right once in a while, and I certainly wasn't expecting to come across this gem in the book I'm currently reading:
"This raises a troubling question. If our human navigational efforts shape our hippocampus, what happens when we stop using it for this purpose--when we lean too hard on technology such as GPS, which makes navigation a brain-free endeavor? GPS replaces navigational demands with a very pure form of stimulus-response behavior (turn left, turn right). Some scientists fear that over-dependence on this technology will shrink our hippocampus. Indeed, when researchers at McGill University scanned the brains of older adults who used GPS and those who didn't, they found that the people accustomed to navigating on their own had more gray matter in the hippocampus and showed less overall cognitive impairment than those who relied on GPS."
From The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman
Emotional Status:
hungry hungry
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On September 16th, 2017 06:16 pm (UTC), brezzydal commented:
That was my post before. I did not realize I was not log in.
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On September 16th, 2017 06:52 pm (UTC), shout_of_joy replied:
It must have gotten eaten because I don't see anything. =)
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On September 16th, 2017 07:29 pm (UTC), brezzydal commented:
Good on the blood donation. I will be able to give again in October.
I went to the FM today and got some fresh beets and Honey crisp apples from apple Hill. They are not as good as Mn
but still crisp.
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On September 16th, 2017 08:22 pm (UTC), shout_of_joy replied:
Feels like you've been waiting to be eligible a long time!

I have been getting Pink Lady apples from Cub lately. My first Honeycrisp felt like a world of difference. Glad you were able to get some!

I'm roasting my beets tomorrow since it will finally be cool enough to use the oven again.
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On September 17th, 2017 10:23 pm (UTC), David Duran commented:
You too?!
Not sure I'm buying it, but I've also heard a lot about the hippocampus from my coworker Micah. Does a study of London cab drivers ring any bells?

One counter argument is that distractions can be extremely dangerous. Is it possible that GPS improves driver safety by eliminating a possible distraction (i.e. navigation) and allowing the driver to focus more fully on driving?
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On September 18th, 2017 11:53 pm (UTC), shout_of_joy replied:
Re: You too?!
I can't remember if I heard about the cab drivers back then. Score one for moderation--don't let your hippocampus get so big it crowds out something else, but certainly don't let it atrophy either.

It is possible, perhaps more so for people who use it for audio cues. I hate things talking at me so I'm like Hilda in turning off the sound and referencing the image.

Of course, I've also noticed a fair few people get distracted by how the GPS mispronounces local names!
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On September 18th, 2017 11:56 pm (UTC), David Duran replied:
Re: You too?!
I use Waze regularly now for routes I already know just in case it sends me a different way. And, yes, definitely better with the audio off!