Guus Bosman

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Medieval literature and scientific research

One of my favorite books is Het Bureau, about the politics in a scientific institute about culture and language.

Today arstechnica wrote about a study published by the actual institute from the book, and it was very interesting to read. Ever since I've been reading the ancient classics, I've been fascinated by "books that disappeared". The study tries to estimate how many works from medieval literature still survive -- their headline number is that only 9% survived.

One of the characters in the book predicted my interest in studies like this, quite rightly:

'Er komen daar natuurlijk allemaal natuurkundigen, chemici, biologen, geologen. Wat moeten die met de Nederlandse volkstaal en volkcultuur?' 'Dat interesseert ze juist!' zei Balk apodictisch. 'Eindelijk eens echte wetenschap!' - hij lachte met een grimmig sarcasme. Voor wat wij doen, heeft iedere intellectueel belangstelling. Dat geeft die bètamensen juist status! En anders prikkelt het het snobisme!' - hij glimlachte gemeen.

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Microsoft Certified Azure Fundamentals

I successfully completed a certification for Azure, the cloud offering from Microsoft.

I took the exam in our basement; it was strange to be on video all the time. But the process was nice and smooth.

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Leo & Adrian completed Veilig Leren Lezen

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Leo & Adrian completed Veilig Leren Lezen, a Dutch reading curriculum for first grade. Today they received their official diploma; they really completed the work several months ago.

When the boys were little, I was thinking that it might be hard to get the Dutch reading skills to the same level as Nora. I spent quite a lot of time with Nora and with 3 kids instead of 1, it would be hard to give that same attention to the boys, I figured. The pandemic changed that equation dramatically of course and since March 2020 we have done extensive Veilig Leren Lezen exercises, most days of the week, and the result is there.

Both boys read Dutch very well and read books well above their grade level. Adrian loves reading about history ("De weg naar Titicaca" was one of his recent reads), Leo enjoys the Dolfje Weerwolfje series.

I'm really proud of them, a great achievement.

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First morning on the beach

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It's 7 degrees Celsius and there's a good seabreeze, but when Nora told the boys about their new beach shovels they quickly got ready and went digging.

They started three holes, equidistant from each other. Close together for company, but with some distance after a whole day in the car, too.

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Bicycle ride in DC

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Had a lovely bicycle trip though DC this afternoon. Gorgeous weather.

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Watching soccer on a mobile device

Over the last 2 decades I've done a mental check: "am I able to watch a soccer game on my mobile device?". For 20 years, that was a pipedream but I realize now watching a live game online is now a reality.

Twenty years ago, in 1991, text messages were the best one could hope for: a text message if the game results were known was fancy.

Later, liveblogs became a real thing and cell phones had the ability to follow those starting about 10 years ago.

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Day 374: at Washington-Liberty

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Adrian has been asking to go for a bike ride all day, so at 5 pm I took all three kids and we went to a play court at Washington-Liberty, above the parking garage. Good exercise for all of them.

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A pencil

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I was having my coffee outside just now, when I saw a hand appear in Adrian's window. A pencil was strategically placed between window and curtain, to keep light coming in for reading, instead of the required napping. I yelled "Adrian!" and hand and pencil disappeared right away.

The photo is from earlier today.

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The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner: And Other Stories

Nora read her first Terry Pratchett book; she finished it on Halloween today. I'm a proud father.

The book is _The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner: And Other Stories_, a collection of short stories Pratchett wrote when he was still a teenager.

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Timing

Leo and Adrian, discussing some plans: "na het corona, of misschien in het weekend..."

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