Ah, the beginning of British Summer Time. Clocks went forward yesterday, though it doesn’t feel very summery yet. Still blowing a gale.
It doesn’t feel like we’ve got through nearly three months of 2021. To be fair, though, since the beginning of the first lockdown this time last year, time generally has taken on a very elastic sort of feeling. If I didn’t have a diary to tick off days and note down anything of vague importance, I probably wouldn’t notice the passing of time, or remember what day it is. Even with working.
I’ve been having some non-creative fun in my office this month. My day-job occasionally involves proofing braille texts, which I learnt through UEB Online, and they’ve recently released a new Advanced Maths module, to teach you how to transcribe the sorts of Maths you’d do at A level into braille. Braille Maths is my sort of Maths: I don’t have to answer the questions.
I already knew how to do this sort of Maths-braille, but it’s always good to practise. And to see how much I can do without actually reading the explanatory notes in each lesson.
To be honest, though, I do prefer the North American Maths braille code, Nemeth. Much more intuitive, even for the non-mathematician. I don’t get to play with Nemeth very often, though, being UK-based.
In between the brailling, my interesting words from this month have been few, though they range from owldom [the realm or domain of owls] to quizzcuss [a meddlesome, inquisitive person] to zizzy [vibrant, lively, energetic], by way of the dingles [small, deep valleys of hollows].