Ruth writes that Greg is home from the hospital. He is still quite uncomfortable I gather but progressing rapidly. He will soon be berating all of us again.
Toddy Cat asked me for a post in Greg’s absence. I will try to bang one out tomorrow, part II of my fantasy about a knowledge-based public welfare system.
I have to apologize for my recent absence of posts here. I have had my own struggle with health this past year, which I find mildly interesting. Because of recurrent atrial fibrillation I was given a new anticoagulant. As an apparent outcome I had a brain bleed while in Germany. I was completely unaware of it at the time since the only symptom I experience was an inability to read. The bleed was in my left temporal lobe right at an area of the brain that is dedicated to reading in humans. Why on earth we have a dedicated reading area is a mystery to me.
I arrived in Germany, got some sleep, then went walking for hours around Munich: I always do this to nudge my circadian rhythms after international flight. With no knowledge of the German language, I walked for hours completely unaware that I could not parse written words. Then I gave a talk for an hour and half at the University with no discernible impairment, neither to anyone in the audience nor to myself. After dinner I found that I could see the letters in my email but could make no sense at all of them. Interestingly I had had no trouble reading my own slides during the talk.
I seem to have mostly recovered but I make a lot of typing errors and my prose is still full of bad spelling and typos. My balance also seems slight affected but at my age that is perhaps no surprise.
So I will write something tomorrow but you all will have to agree not to laugh at my spelling errors and errors of grammar.