Month: June 2019

Lifestyle: morning baking: cornbread

Self-tutoring about lifestyle: the tutor mentions a breakfast food he enjoys. Lately I’ve been thinking that I’ve forgotten about a recipe I used to make. Last night I realized cornbread was it. I’ve made it, but not often enough. I

Botany: senecio/brachyglottis ‘sunshine’

Self-tutoring about botany: the tutor IDs a plant. I’ve long known an evergreen bush with silvery leaves. Its yellow flowers have 13 petals, which I find surprising. It’s around a metre tall, but spreads outwards rather than gaining height. What

Windows: the .tmp file, part 0

Self-tutoring about Windows 7: the tutor mentions a curious experience. Recently I had to send a few files to someone. No problem – just zip the directory and attach it to an email. Checking the directory’s contents, I noticed a

Lifestyle: the left hand

Self-tutoring about lifestyle: the tutor mentions a change he’s made. My right hand seems tired of using the mouse, so I’ve been using key combinations more. When I still need the mouse, I more often use it left-handed. “Why is

Botany: small bedstraw

Self-tutoring about botany: the tutor identifies bedstraw. A really satisfying identification happens when you notice a plant, see it often, then finally ID it. Small bedstraw, for me, is the latest such plant. I’ve noticed it a couple of years

English: what does excise (tax) mean?

Self-tutoring about English: the tutor notices a word and finally checks it. An excise is a tax levied on the sale or production of an item. An event has to happen for an excise to be due. Source: Mish, Frederick

Windows 7: sound recorder

Self-tutoring about Windows 7: the tutor brings up the on-board sound recorder. Today I went to make an audio recording and thought I’d use the Windows 7 sound recorder, which I recall using years ago. Yet, when I keyed it

English: is spelling relatable?

Self-tutoring about English: the tutor mentions a discovery. Typing an article, I keyed relatable, but the checker doesn’t like it. Am I wrong? I found relatable in the dictionary. Curious, eh? Source: The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Springfield, Merriam-Webster, 2004.

Music: Little River Band, “Lonesome Loser”

Self-tutoring about music: the tutor reflects on a hit he recalls from childhood. “Lonesome Loser” came out in ’79, according to the sources I’ve found. I recall its arrival around then, though wouldn’t be surprised if it was earlier. Back

Design: what is chartreuse?

Self-tutoring about design: the tutor reminds himself what colour chartreuse is. The background of this paragraph is chartreuse. Source: