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  1. @lewelmawhat did new zealand do about deliveries, post offices and ordering online? Were postal workers and delivery drivers allowed to move around?
  2. What about these 50,000 extra Pfizer they're talking about? Surely they'll prioritise your area? It's her decision I guess, but I'd be reluctant to take the risk, if you're just staying at home. I don't have a real sense of where the spread is happening, because even though they're listing exposure sites, you don't know if anyone has actually caught covid there. I know that there's been spread in cafes and workplaces, and random other places, but where are the main places it's spreading in Sydney? I was able to get Pfizer last week, booked from June. Most older people that I interact with through work have got AZ from their doctor; many of the younger people seem completely unaware of it all, as in they haven't thought of getting the vaccine and would have no idea how to book for it. And there are definitely a number of older people who do not want the AZ and are holding out for Pfizer.
  3. I don't know about deliberate, but it's the same species of stupidity and selfishness.
  4. Duplo (not Lego - wait till older), magnetic tiles, all sorts of building blocks from wood to cardboard. Create a space, if possible, where she can build and keep her creations displayed (we had a spare coffee table shoved in the corner for this,). Building blocks are great for developing mathematic/spatial skills and possibly working memory. They're open-ended so good for flexibility - esp if you don't push 'following the booklet' or 'keeping sets separate'. I used to add fabric squares and natural pieces (eg twigs). My kids would build for hours - those were the days!
  5. Interesting article with a fair bit in it - about Thailand boosting Sinovac with AZ, and Australia exporting their AZ to Asia Pacific Thailand to boost Sinovac with AstraZeneca as Delta variant drives worst COVID-19 outbreak - ABC News
  6. bookbard


    So, there was a lot of talk talk talk in this final episode. It felt like it was all about setting up the next big villain rather than moving Loki forward.
  7. Re-reading: Robin McKinlay books like Beauty, Pegasus, Dragonhaven Watching: Loki Listening: Robert Macfarlane poetry in song - see The Lost Words blessing on youtube for example
  8. I didn't like the Avengers movies either, and find a lot of the group movies very boring and forgettable. But Guardians of the Galaxy (both) are great, and def about character development, and I felt they were stand-alone to a certain extent. Thor Ragnarok is great too. I really like Captain Marvel - prob one of my favourite - and the Ant Man movie is also character driven. Black Panther is another one. Personally I just go with the fact that I don't know everything that is going on in the Marvel world. Probably means I enjoy it more, actually; the people who seem to whinge the most are the ones who have set ideas how Marvel characters should go, and then freak out when the writers do something different with them.
  9. bookbard


    Latest ep was a bit slow, but I liked the end, and am looking forward to the next episode. Everyone in our house likes it, it's been a good family watch.
  10. Neither of mine self-weaned. One cut off at nearly 5, the other on 4th birthday, both times just because I was so over it by then. I just told them it was finished. I think once you have made up your mind, just be clear about it, say it is done, and distract. If they bring it up, say 'remember, it's finished now', and move on to something else. If it's part of the bedtime routine, you might get your other half to do the bedtime stuff for a bit.
  11. I read something recently which really resonated with me - the fact that when you're happy, you don't worry about the 'search for meaning', so the idea that it's going to solve something might not be true. Recently in Australia they've begun to fund a new treatment for chronic depression called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. It is non-invasive and it can have lasting and immediate effect. Others may know more about this but it seems to have few side effects.
  12. Absolutely. You need to find out if it's even legal in your state. I've taught many teens of 60 IQ, they can have a full life, and you may well be able to explain and get assent from him at least, rather than legal consent, to the procedure.
  13. A good way to think of it is in terms of that old morality experiment which everyone seems to learn about in Psych 101. Someone you love is dying, but the richest man in town has the cure. He refuses to sell it to you - do you steal it? A younger child is more likely to say "It's wrong to steal" - i.e. black and white thinking. An older person is more likely to be nuanced; while it's wrong to steal, it's also wrong to let someone die, and so stealing the cure may be in service of the greater good.
  14. You can definitely teach flexible thinking - it's a big part of teaching kids with autism, who tend to have a rigid, inflexible cognitive style (and some studies have shown that at a neural level, with fewer, more rigid brain connections). I had a whole lot of research connecting the detailed thinking of maths post-grads and people with autism, but it's on my other computer. But it's not to do with the rigidity so much as the detailed, pattern-seeking way of thinking - seeing the trees rather than the forest. Children tend to be more rigid when they're younger, because it's harder to see things from multiple perspectives and hold those perspectives simultaneously. Giving opportunities to see different perspectives, and how they can both be correct, is important. On an active level, just throwing a ball but mixing it up, making things unpredictable and enjoying it, having new experiences which are unexpected; all those things increase flexibility (part of why world travellers tend to be more cognitively flexible than those who stay in their hometown). Time in nature can increase flexibility as it is inherently unpredictable. With writing, I think it's exposure to different writing styles and also just getting better at it, with more experience.
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