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April newsletter: Doing Good

So there we were, giving this stranger 200 leva. “What? Are you serious?”  He wasn’t being sarcastic. He really wanted to check that what he thought was happening was actually happening. His face scrunched up, trying not to cry. That … Continue reading

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First Knife in Spanish

Ya que los amigos de @zona han levantado la liebre*, os dejamos por aquí un pedazo generoso de la cubierta de nuestro próximo lanzamiento en la colección Excelsior: . pic.twitter.com/qkF3BMacr7 — Ediciones Gigamesh (@EGigamesh) May 3, 2022

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Teaching English story 1

Part 1 of the inspirational story Paul Venet told to the volunteers in our program to teach English to Ukrainian Refugees in Bulgaria. Thank you to the volunteers and Fulbright Bulgaria. If you would like to volunteer to teach English … Continue reading

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Barryaran Sprachbund 2

(Barrayar is the setting of several of the books in Louis McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga, for which she has won a deservedly enormous number of Hugos, Nebulas, and other awards. Go read those books.) Go read last week’s post (https://buff.ly/37YTeai), … Continue reading

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The Barrayaran Sprachbund 1

(this post appeared seven days earlier on my patreon) (Barrayar is the setting of several of the books in Louis McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga, for which she has won a deservedly enormous number of Hugos, Nebulas, and other awards. Go … Continue reading

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Bulgarian and English classes for Ukrainian refugees

Mejduchasie and Fulbright Bulgaria are organizing free Bulgarian and English for Ukrainian refugees. If you would like to sign up for lessons, here is the link: http://mejduchasie.com/for-ukrainian-refugees-en/ Separate lessons for adults and children Lessons will be virtual – you can … Continue reading

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Conodonts

(see posts like this on my Patreon one week earlier) Partly this came from a conversation we’ve been having at the Spec Evo forum, and partly from some musings I’ve been having on the random aspects of evolution. More on … Continue reading

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Tottering Horrors

(see posts like this a week earlier on my Patreon) Experiments with an idea that never made it into Interchange. Imagine a fish that gets onto land, not by pushing on the ground with its fins, but by using its … Continue reading

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The Deep Future

Over on the speculative evolution forum, Science Meets Fiction asked this cool question: “What might life look like if it had ten times as much time to develop since its world’s equivalent of the Cambrian Explosion?” I can’t do it … Continue reading

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Paul and Dan on The Book of Joy

Paul and Dan on The Book of Joy (by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams) We talk about my cancer, faith as foundational to hope and hoping for faith, Paul and my different religious backgrounds, faith as a … Continue reading

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