Maxims, rules of thumb and other observations on human cognition and sociocultural affectations

This will be added to on an irregular basis...
  • What is said to humans directly is received with skepticism and considered with dubiousness while that which is heard in passing, especially that which most conforms to their mentality or prejudices, is readily believed.
  • Humans have a certain cognitive latency between exposure to new information or experiences and the ability to think dispassionately and intellectually about it.
  • Humans have a certain cognitive spectrum starting with the moment of exposure to new information or experiences and ending with some point at which the thing is effectively "in the past" for them.
  • This cognitive spectrum is linked to the emotional process often referred to as shock, anger, denial and acceptance.
  • The more and faster information or experiences are presented to people and the closer the quarters and the lesser the distance between people, the more their early reactions in the passionate emotional stage are reflected back to them in the manner of responses to those reactions from others in light of those responses.
  • The more outrages which are suffered without sufficient time to allow emotional bleed-off, the farther the bar for subsequent reaction and outrage are pushed, and the more further events must progress before reaction and outrage.
  • It is possible for serious detriments to eventually sit below this threshold for long enough for their damaging effects to build and multiply until their entire society undergoes some reactive convulsion.
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Friday, March 21, 2008

How to crochet a kippah

Very simply, this design I hit on while making my own so it is entirely original and not based on anything I found somewhere else.

You will need to learn the basic terms elsewhere I am afraid. I may retromod this and add pics another time.

DC=Double Crochet

Okay, get a starting loop on your hook and chain 6.

Slip stitch the last to the first to make a ring.

Chain 3 to make your first radial spoke, DC through the hole in the center of the ring to make another. You need to do another sixteen for a total of eighteen radial spokes.

Slip stitch through the 3 link in the first chain 3 to join it.

Chain 4, double crochet to the left through the space between the radial spokes below. Chain 1, then double crochet in the next space. Keep going all the way around.

Slip stitch through the 3 link in the first chain 4 to join it.

Chain 4, DC through the space on the left like before, then do another DC in the same space (you'll note that thanks to the chain 1, they are wider spaces now), and then chain 1, move on to 2DC in the next space and chain 1, etc all the way around. At the last space you'll have the chain 4 occupying one of two radial slots. DC to its right in that space and then slip stitch to 3 link in that first chain of 4.

Chain 3, 2DC in the space on the left, then 1DC in the the space between two radial spokes, then 2DC in the larger space following, then 1DC, then 2, etc. all the way around.

When you get to the end, slip stitch through 3 link in the chain 3, chain 3, and do single DCs through each space between radial spokes below.

Including the center group of radial spokes you initially did, you should have 13 rows total. When you get to the final slip stitch and it is done, cut the yarn an inch from it, and pull it through that last loop tight.

This design will fit down over your head a little snug at first but loosen up quick, and will fit down farther than smaller kippahs that you have to clip to your hair.

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