let's all increase the viscosity of our cytoplasm


This evening we organised the household chores thus: "I do the dishes / you work out what the hell just happened with Brexit". Even though one of those things is regular, comforting drudgery and the other is something that a few years ago was utterly terrifyingly unthinkable and still is, but has ended up so disturbingly normalised now that it ends up like that, right where it shouldn't be. I do some work, I look at the news and get frightened, then I go back to doing work and the work soothes me because it is just about pathogenic bacteria that can survive both in warm-blooded organisms and also in the soil, through adaptation mechanisms that let them change their metabolism and thicken their cell walls when the environment changes.

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