Quiet. Preparations for my upcoming trip have meant a race to the finish on several tasks, with the consequence that everything nonessential is being dropped to the wayside. This has led me to notice a third way I get things done:
One of my activities is reading Essential Cell Biology. (Yes, I regard reading which is not related to work as essential. And if I don't finish it before I go, I'll lose the tenuous understanding I need to complete it.) Reading about cell biology is reading the best whodunnit: we start with the cell working downwards - to proteins, metabolism, meiosis, ATP - and working up, to people. I'm beginning to hit the magical moments of the loop closing, where the top and bottom link up: oh, so that's why I eat!; oh, so that's what breathing's all about! The Krebs citric acid cycle, with the lead pipe, in the ballroom! And the denouement is life itself, there in-front and inside of me, while I'm reading on the Tube.