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Unprovoked YouTubery.

It’s Friday, I’m still working on stuff that I was supposed to be done with by now, and the temperatures in the vicinity of Casa Free-Ride have climbed into the uncomfortable range that is more compatible with having a cold beer (or lying motionless) than with slogging through the stuff I’m working on. This calls…

Here are some of the thoughts and questions that stayed with me from this session. (Here are my tweets from the session and the session’s wiki page.) This was sort of an odd session for me — not so much because of the topics taken up by session leaders Tamara Krinsky and Jennifer Ouellette, but…

Session description: What is a sellable idea? How do you develop one? Is your idea enough for a book, is there more you can do to develop it, or should it just be a magazine article or series of blog posts? This will be a hands-on nuts and bolts workshop: Come with ideas to pitch.…

Session description: Over the past several years, the Internet has tangibly changed the way that movies and TV shows are produced and marketed. Blogs will call out ridiculous scientific errors found in stories and the critique can go viral very quickly; therefore, science advising is on the rise in an attempt to add some semblance…

Movie review: Avatar.

While the sprogs were hanging out at the aquarium with the Grandparents Who Lurk But Seldom Comment, my better half and I went to see a 3-D IMAX screening of Avatar. My big concerns going in were that all the 3-D IMAX goodness would make me motion-sick, and that if that didn’t get me, then…

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… once my fingertips holler “Uncle!” and tell me to take a break from my new ukulele. To help you pass the time, some uke players who are way better than the n00b that I am on day 2 of my musical odyssey:

An open letter.

To the young people wandering around Casa Free-Ride singing Christmas songs (not just the refrains but all of the verses): None of the canonical reindeer is named Connor. And Santa does not have a reindeer named Nixon. Love, Dr. Free-Ride P.S. The last batch of cookies will be out of the oven in one minute.…

Possibly related to the last post. The lyrics are original. (For this, you need to imagine the younger Free-Ride offspring humming in the background as the elder sings.) O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, We’re sorry that we killed ya. O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, At least we didn’t grill ya. O Christmas tree,…

Whereas the commenters on this blog have on numerous occasions proven themselves to be whip-smart and very funny, and whereas this humble blog comes up near the top of Google searches for “three toed sloth sex jokes”, I propose that we write some worthy three-toed sloth sex jokes.

The Free-Ride family got its copy of the new CD/DVD set Here Comes Science by They Might Be Giants this week. The sprogs, who have been listening and watching, offer something kind of like a review.