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MetaCognitions | Staycation’s End: 2018

Ikktighar furiit – Greetings. It’s been a while. For the almost the whole of this month, and ending yesterday, I’ve been on staycation at home with the cats, while family is out of town for a break from Norfolk life. And each time, since there’s none but myself here to do housework and feed the cats, it’s consistently the nearest thing to solitude I’ve ever experienced. Much of that solitude is spent on writing, study, and practice of exercises from workbooks when not doing housework. So that being said, even with my time management skills, there’s precious little time to blog. I’m currently working on my next book, a nonfiction work to be published in e-format when complete and ready, and I’ll keep you up to date as I go. But with family back, maybe a little more of that time can be used to update this blog. I’d like that. I can’t promise regular posting, but I will post when I have something ready, and that’s well within my ability to fulfill.

Thanks to all of you who visit and follow this blog. You’re all brilliant, absolutely brilliant in your ways. And that’s no mere platitude: every one of you, without a doubt, knows something I don’t. And you’ve been so patient with my constant experimentation with different scheduling methods over the years, many ultimately unsustainable with my health needs and study requirements to consider. It’s time for Troythulu to roll up his eldritch tentacled sleeves and get to work, both online and off.

Tf. Tk. Tts.

The Call Bulletins | Death to the Blogcation

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I’m still on blogcation, but have decided to end it and resume regular posting with the next Caturday’s Astrophenia on March 19 of this year. I’m still on a kinda-sorta study break, at least on new study units of my Bengali texts and previously uncovered material, but am fully engaged in overlearning material not yet mastered. My penmanship with the graceful script is less unutterably horrible than before, but my writing speed still needs much work.

I’ve decided to update this and my other WP blogs’ themes to something more device friendly to those readers and other site visitors with dodgy Internet connections, something a bit more minimalist that puts less strain on bandwidth, with fewer widgets. The current candidate for the new theme is Flounder, the same one used by my blogs’ hub page, The Unspeakable Blogs. The preview screenshot taken for this site is below:


I’m uncertain on an precise posting schedule for my sites, but I shall resume posting often on this blog and on others as I have material ready. Rest assured, and this goes to all of my subscribers, that I’ll try to avoid overwhelming your inboxes!

I’m currently working on additions to the Poetry Styles & Forms page, particularly a section on septets, or seven-line poems, will add an entry for 13 word stories, a form popularized by SF writer S.A. Barton, and have cleaned up the Stuff Kai’Siri Say page. There are also entries requiring updating before being republished. I’ll continue updating pages and other features of the site over the next couple of weeks.


The Call Bulletins | Spring Break & February Blogcation

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G’day! This week I’m officially on the equivalent of spring break, and so will take time off from studying new units and chapters of my Bengali texts, though continuing to revise and practice on all previously learned material. Yes, this is a bit shorter than the full 18 weeks of the first semester, but I’m going on break early to prevent burnout, and give myself time to fully consolidate my previous learning. I’ll be extending the next semester period by a few weeks to make up for that, and once that’s finished, pick up on my study of Tamil for two semesters, then afterward, Hindi for the same amount of total time. Part of that practice, of course, involves regularly listening to online radio stations using the language being studied. So that would involve radio stations located in, say, West Bengal or Bangladesh for now. There’s one located in Dhaka that I like to listen to at night, Radio Dhoni 91.2fm.

Fun stuff!

I’m also going on blogcation this week, perhaps for several weeks, but that depends. I’d like to pick up the pace of my posting schedule, but that must wait until I take care of other projects currently under my belt. I won’t be completely absent from the site, or from my other blogs as I regrettably have been during the last few months, it’s just the the posting of updates on this site will be less regular than usual. I’m hoping this also lets me resume updates on The Checkerboards of the Gods, and my personal blog, the Prank Call of Troythulu, as well as this site’s hub-page, The Unspeakable Blogs. I’ll resume regular posting…well, I’ll keep you updated on that when the new posting schedule is ready to launch.

See you then!


Ubi Dubium… | Toward a Better Understanding of the Schizophrenias


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Welp, this is an interesting development. We now have a considerably clearer understanding of one of the mechanisms behind schizophrenia, as a recent study published in Nature reveals. The authors of this large-scale study bringing together several lines of research, have identified a set of genes, particularly a variant of gene C4, C4A, involved in the culling, or pruning, of synaptic connections in the brain, and the findings were remarkable.

Particularly between the late teens and early twenties, the development of a normal brain involves some level of synaptic pruning as a means of increasing the efficiency of the brain’s operation, especially those neuronal connections that are seldom used.

I find this research particularly interesting because of my own personal history of schizophrenia. Anything that improves my understanding of this disorder, or more accurately, this class of disorders, is in my view a good thing. Insight and understanding have been two of the main tools in my ongoing recovery.

So, back to the study.

This particular gene variant results in an extraordinary rate of pruning of neuronal connections, in which synapses are so heavily deleted that many of the necessary connections in the adult brain are simply never established, resulting not just in delusional thinking and (in my case) hallucinations, but the cognitive issues many of us with the disorder experience.

I’m eager to see what direction further research will take.

It’s a monumental step nonetheless in understanding the process by which the illness develops. Schizophrenia is a complex family of disorders involving a interplay of mechanisms, with a strong genetic component, and it is highly heritable. It’s a class of illnesses that we now have a clearer understanding of. But I’m not pinning any (likely false) hopes on a cure from this.

To quote one of the collaborators of the study, neurology professor Beth Stevens of Boston Children’s Hospital,

“Now we have a path forward. We want to better understand how it’s working.”

 Ubi Dubium… gets its title from a Latin proverb, and the current tagline for this blog. It is a limited series of posts dealing with science, scientific skepticism, and the unruly twin dragons of pseudoscience and antiscience. Join me, if you will, on an exploration of science and reason, their borderlands, wastelands, and why a good understanding of both is crucial to living in this age of science and technology.

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The clockface appearing in the News at Ten titles from January 2008 to November 2009. Other bulletins used a stylised image (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve been a bit slow on posting for this week as I’m adjusting my study and daily routine for the next few weeks and afterward.  So Here’s the blogging schedule for posting on this site for the next two months, at least until November rears its ominous head.

The following days have been selected for regular posting: Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are set aside as break periods to allow for extra study. I’m getting into the juicy details of Hindi grammar and vocabulary this month, and need the practice that these breaks allow. The same will be done when full study time is once again devoted to Bengali and then to Tamil.

I might post briefly on those days, but rarely, at least until the next blogging schedule revision once October’s over.

Thanks for clicking on my site, and as always, in proper Soruggon,

Talotaa frang, talotaa kas, talotaa tranga suulat.

The Call’s Gnuz & Lynx Roundup | 2015.08.30

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This is the image of a consonant in Tamil alphabet generated by User:Sundar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

G’day, and happy Sunday. I’m currently engaged in deepening the level of detail for last weeks’s post on planet Bruticus, with a crunch-piece behind the actual science behind the natives’ biological spacecraft, thanks to commentators Anneliese and Ray – You’re both a huge help with this!

This week will also see the release of the concluding narrative for the #Tamil pure consonants. This one includes the remaining basic letters and their sounds, the laterals, fricatives, glides, and Grantha letters for those sounds borrowed from Sanskrit, and a Lovecraftian rather than silly theme for the mnemonic story is not out of the question.

It will conclude my study for this month, after which I switch learning time to #Hindi, focusing more on vocabulary and grammar, as well as spoken and written practice.

So, as always, be safe, well, and brilliant as the stars. You peeps are awesome.

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Cat Thursday: Rockykins as teh Study Buddy

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Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It’s all for the love of cats! Enjoy!



Guess who accompanied me during study a few nights ago? I was working on Bengali study late in the evening, when Mr. Fluffy, the King of the Feline Overlords decided to help out! He was very sedate, with little of his pent-up fluff-anger on display, and he helped me see the study period to conclusion! *Chirrrp* *mew!* *Purrrrr!* *kneads with paws*