Jan. 7th, 2017

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1. Recharged my bus pass.

2. Deposited my semi-annual mutual fund dividend check, which is more welcome this year than in some others.

3. Crossposted my remaining December three-sentence ficlets to AO3 and updated my fanfic directory posts through January 1.

4. Dumped a dead houseplant and cleaned its pot. I am sad about the plant, but not too torn-up -- I rescued it from Vicky about fifteen years ago, I never successfully identified its species, and it was always kind of finicky. (There was a reason Vicky was throwing it out, after all.) I figure it had a good life and that's all any of us can really ask.

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13. Finished reading The Invention of Science: A New History of the Scientific Revolution by David Wootton, which I need to return to the public library ASAP as it's now several days overdue. The book is well-written and engaging (it could, perhaps, do with more diagrams), but slightly odd to read because it's only half the history the title led me to expect; the other half is a vehement argument against a school of thought (relativism) that I have never personally encountered in this field of study, and which seems to me self-evidently ridiculous in its strong form, but which has apparently become the mainstream in history of science over the past couple decades; hence why this history is 'new'.

I suspect I have been insulated from this debate, despite my perennial interest in the history of science, because my dad is himself a historian of science and technology and he also thinks that the relativist school of thought is barking too far up the wrong tree. I should probably go read a book from that school just to ensure I am getting both sides of the debate in their own words, though I have a feeling I will still end up thinking it's wrongheaded. The big-name text from that school seems to still be Leviathan and the Air-pump by Steven Shapin and Simon Schaffer, even though it's over thirty years old and has been extensively criticized on multiple fronts, so. Maybe that will be my next book to cart around and read bits of on busses and when bored at work, if I don't end up throwing it across a room in exasperation.

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And now to bed. :)

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