Wokeism, mellowing, etc.

Today: slept in a bit to have more energy for my math thinking this afternoon.

I did the exercise bike 37:50 for 12.45 “fake miles” (20 km) then swam 1800 yards:

100 side, 100 breast, 100 free then 200 of kick/swim (fins), 200 of side/breast 3 x 100 kick drills (fins) 4 x 50 free on 1:15, 300 of kick drills (fins), 4 x 50 free on 1:15, 100 of breast/fly kick (fins). 50’s ranged from 52 to 57.

Weight: 205. Ugh…better cut down.

As far as the workout: I’ve mellowed. I am not training for anything, so I went to the Rplex with the idea of doing whatever was open and whatever my body would allow me to do. Note: I felt some piriformis sting after the bike. Some slight shoulder ache after the swim.

Mellowing: I rewarched Octopussy. I hated it when I first saw it as I tried to take it too seriously. Now…I just enjoyed ..even the intentional humor (Bond telling the tiger to “stay”, doing a Tarzan yell between trees while swinging, the models beating up the henchmen toward the end, etc.

Wokeness: when I oppose wokeness, I am complaining about this sort of thing:

“I saw a striking Twitter discussion among professors of constitutional law, a course that I also teach. They were debating whether much of the Supreme Court case of Dred Scott v. Sandford should be excised from constitutional-law courses.”

You’ve got to be kidding me. But no..they aren’t…I’ve even seen discussions about “cancelling” the work of mathematicians because some happened to be, well, truly evil people.

Hard “nope” from me; I divorce the work of the individual from the individual; that a mathematician was a true believing Nazi (and many were) does not mean their mathematics isn’t worthy of study. And part of the job of a scholar is to separate the two.