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Boilermaker, One Week Later

Last Sunday was the 30th annual Boilermaker 15k road race in lovely Utica, NY. This is perhaps the biggest event in central NY during the summer. This year, the Boilermaker attracted over 12,000 entrants along with an elite field of national and international talent. In other words, it’s not your average Sunday morning 5k benefit…

LetsNotWash.com

There is a darkly humorous thread at letsrun.com, a very popular site for runners, which may be of interest. The upshot is that a surprising number of people are saying that they do not wash their hands after using restrooms and arguing that they are better off because of it. I don’t think there is…

So the notion that human semen may act as an antidepressant is rearing its semi-flaccid head again. Broadsheet from Salon.com (May, 2007) asks are you addicted to semen? Someday they’ll have a patch for that. Dr. Gordon G. Gallup theorizes (via Feministing) that women have a “chemical dependency” on semen. He’s based this conclusion on…

The 2005 Energy Policy Act is known by some as being written by the energy lobby and by others as containing things down right goofy. One provision creates what are known as energy transmission corridors. Supposedly, the idea is to lower energy costs and increase security (is there anything that’s done by the government these…

The $14,615 Head-Spinning Workout

Every now and then I come a cross an advertisement that makes me say “What the #&$!?” I have seen the ad for the ROM machine in the back of Scientific American for some time but I never bothered to read it. Until yesterday. Then I went to their website. Yeow. My head is still…

According to Purdue researcher Ken Ferraro, the answer is yes, sort of. To be more precise, Ferraro found a 14 percent increase in obesity among women who use religious media resources. Ferraro studied the religious habits of over 2500 people to reach this conclusion. Interestingly, he found that frequency of attending services was correlated with…

Ironic Optimization

As an electrical engineer and college professor, I often have to correct my students’ use of the words ironic and optimize. Lots of people use ironic when they’re referring to what might be better called a curious or interesting coincidence. No, it’s not ironic that Larry died on his father’s birthday. Irony involves something producing…