Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for December, 2006

The elder Free-Ride offspring has lately gotten into playing “poison”, a nim-type game for two players. You start with a pile of twelve items that are the same and one item that is different (the poison). Each turn, players can remove either one or two items from the pile. The object of the game is…

Younger offspring: (climbing on a bed) Let’s launch a mission to space! Dr. Free-Ride: OK. Younger offspring: (using a blanket and a pillow to fashion a helmet) I’m going to put on a space-suit. Dr. Free-Ride: Are you planning a space-walk on this mission? Younger offspring: Yep. If astronauts need to pee in the middle…

Cover-up at Air and Space!

We (and 90% of everyone else in the vicinity of Washington, D.C.) went to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum yesterday. The crowds notwithstanding, it was a pretty good time. But a close inspection of the Apollo program exhibit yielded evidence of shocking obfuscation. Space-ready foodstuffs, as every kid can tell you, are a…

Mini ScienceBloggers meet-up.

In the midst of a hectic holiday season (at 3 a.m. on 25 December: “Can we go downstairs and start opening presents?”), I was lucky enough to catch up with SiBlings Evil Monkey and Tara C. Smith for a drink, some traditional (unamplified!) Irish music, and some delightfully nerdy conversation. May your holidays be similarly…

Holiday thoughts.

If you’re grabbing some quick blog-reading amongst your other goings on, I have a few posts to recommend.

The Free-Ride family was only delayed by about 8 hours in getting from California to Maryland. This was no thanks to the very unhelpful America West/US Airways ticket agent at San Francisco, who, after we waited in the line to get to the podium for nearly 4 hours, thought to put our luggage on the…

Today the Free-Ride family schleps to the airport (with what seem to be crates of warm layers) to fly East. Assuming Super Sally’s wireless internet allows it, I’ll have a Friday Sprog Blog up sometime Friday. I guess that also assumes that there are no missed connections or flight cancellations. Let’s hope. Anyway, Dave Munger…

On the heels of the Hanukah meme, here’s the Christmas meme, as seen at Musings of a Distractable Mind:

Holiday meme the first: Hanukah.

On a post where I mentioned the eight-nights’-worth-of-gifts challenge, Liz left a comment that kind of tagged me with Flea’s Hanukah meme. Since the Free-Ride household celebrates both Hanukah and Christmas, the Christmas meme will be up next. Hold onto your kippah — here we go!

David posted his holiday letter, but I didn’t feel up to composing one of those. So instead, I’m going to do this “year in review” meme I saw at Geeky Mom’s pad. (She got it from Trillwing.) The rule: post the first sentence of the first post for each month.*