Sunday, May 03, 2015

That Time

It's that time of the semester when everything is overwhelming; there's so much work to do, and yet it's spring and what I really want to do is play outside.

I've planted some early plants, kale, broccoli, spinach, lettuce, and the other day I seeded some carrots.  I've also weeded; how do the weeds take off so early?

And while all that's happening, it feels like the world is falling apart, as usual.  Things are more dire all the time here at NWU.  And then there's all the violence against Black folks.  And more violence.

I can't quite wrap my mind around what the report says happened in Baltimore.  How do you even conceive of doing that to another human being.  I mean, I believe that there's such a thing as a "rough ride" (and how common is it that there's a slang term!), but I can't wrap my mind around it.  I bet I'm not the only white person in the US who's feeling that bewilderment.


Fitbit question:  when I gave blood the other day, the person taking my pulse and such said it was 64.  But in almost the same moment, I looked at the fitbit and it said 74.  Which seems more likely to be wrong?  Or are they both wrong and the real number is somewhere between?  (Plus or minus 4 seems pretty much what I'd expect, especially since the person is looking at 15 seconds and then multiplying by 4.  But a more than 10% difference seems high?

1 comment:

  1. My FitBit isn't that fancy--it can't take my pulse--but I wouldn't worry about the lag. Any of those devices seem to work more by approximation than not.