Bipolar highs: a runaway train

Interesting post by PurplePersuasion, on managing bipolar (hypo)mania – and answering the question, “When you feel you are going high, are you able to stop yourself?”

I’m hoping to blog about my own experiences, but in the meantime, this is a very interesting read.


I’ve been delivering talks to delegates on Mind training for almost a year now. I’ve been invited to speak at a range of different courses run by Mind – many have been “open access” courses that anyone with an interest can book themselves onto, others have been held in companies that need mental health training for their staff. I generally speak for about 45 minutes about what it’s like to live with bipolar disorder, with additional time for questions. I’ve spoken to service users, carers, and people in frontline health and social care roles, as well employees at large private sector organisations.

One of the questions people most often ask is, “When you feel you are going high, are you able to stop yourself?” It’s an interesting question, because two years ago when I was re-diagnosed with bipolar, I would have responded with a definite, “No.” At that point, I…

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A Definition of Computational Thinking from Jeannette Wing

Should everyone learn to code? I’m skeptical. Understanding computational thinking seems more useful—particularly since this includes an understanding of what is and isn’t amenable to being solved by computation, in practice.
via @Grady_Booch on Twitter.

Computing Education Research Blog

I met with Jeannette Wing yesterday, and we discussed the need for a good, authoritative definition of computational thinking.  I told her about the CE21 Community Meeting where I saw K-12 evaluators looking for a definition that they could use to develop an assessment of computational thinking at the middle school level.  Some of these evaluators were using the CS:Principles materials which made me uncomfortable — we designed those principles and practices to reflect what we saw as the core of computer science and as being appropriate for an advanced placement course.  We didn’t write these to be a guide to what middle school students need to know about how to think about and with computing.

She gave me a copy of the most recent The Link, a CMU publication, in which she has an article, “Computational Thinking — What and Why?”  She offers a definition…

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For Those Who’ve Just Tuned In

Hi to those who’ve only just recently followed me on this blog or on Twitter – I thought I’d fill you in with a little background on me.

In addition to my many fine other qualities, I have some form of Bipolar Disorder, which is categorized as a mood disorder – although it does have other effects besides changes in mood. The diagnosis I have from a psychiatrist actually just diagnoses recurring major depression and (quote) “Possible bipolar?”; unfortunately, seeing a psychiatrist is pretty expensive, and I haven’t yet received a more solid diagnosis.

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Two people’s experiences of gender dysphoria

…These are two people’s pages I’ve found, trying to describe what it’s like to have gender dysphoria:

Neither sounds like something I’d wish on anyone, but the first sounds like a truly awful experience. If someone were suffering in the way Sophia or Anagnori describe, and transitioning is what helped them, I can’t understand anyone wanting to stand in the way of that.


Spoilers! Project Euler solutions in Haskell

Not having done any Haskell programming in ages, I was provoked by Louis Sterrett to try some of the Euler Project problems. Even simple programs are good & healthy exercise, excellent for driving off the spleen and regulating the circulation. Besides, I’m still not very au fait with standard Haskell style and idioms, so it’s interesting to compare my solutions with others’ – the Haskell wiki also has some suggested solutions.

Here are my solutions to problems 1-2 and 4-5  (my solution to problem 3 was a little too disgusting even for my plebeian tastes; the ones on the Haskell wiki are much better). Don’t read ahead if you want to try the problems yourself!

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