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We shall not speak of work

I’m fried. Tired, irritated, avoiding work. Note I have not posted on my dismal failure of InaDWriMo. I was so relieved to make it to Friday evening, I was just gasping. Mark Bittman holds a secular sabbath for himself (a term he attributes to the blogosphere), where he turns off all his technological gadgets for…

We remember the Montreal Massacre

I send this information around every year on December 6 because, while the Montreal Massacre is a big deal still in Canada, fewer people know about it in the States, and we should know about it. – On December 6, 1989, an armed gunman named Marc Lepine entered an engineering classroom at Ecole Polytechnique in…

Oooo oooo, December Scientiae is up!

Prepare for an entertaining read over at Isis’s place! And get your typing fingers ready for the Jan 2009 Scientiae, to be hosted by acmegirl! More info coming soon. Thanks for hosting, Isis!

For those of you who liked my footwear selection, you may be interested in knowing about Red Ants Pants. They claim to be “the first ever company dedicated to manufacturing workwear for women” and it is a small woman owned and operated business in Montana. The pants are not cheap, but they are durable and…

I know this is an “old” story (last Friday) but I cannot express how appalled I was when I found out that stampeding Walmart shoppers on Long Island actually killed the Walmart employee who was opening the doors for Black Friday. Black Friday indeed. A person was killed so all those shoppers could get slightly…

You’ve got a blog. You’ve developed a comfortable voice. Your writing has found a receptive audience, with thoughtful and supportive commenters. Things are going well. Then, WHAM! You defend your thesis. Or you get a new job. You have a baby. Or get a divorce. You move to a new continent. Your blog gets assimilated…

I’m no longer the most junior member of the department, so I’m not quite as sheltered from service obligations as I was last year. That means that when a faculty position opened up unexpectedly, I got tapped to serve on the search committee. As the woman on the committee, I’m finding myself tasked with making…

World AIDS Day

Amidst existing signs of global economic and imminent environmental disaster, please remember it is World AIDS Day. There are huge steps still to be made in terms of prevention and treatment, particularly for women across the world. More information about World AIDS Day events in North America can be found here.

… because I wear better shoes.

Dr. Isis has issued quite the challenge with her prompt for the December Scientiae. I knew exactly how I wanted to respond. My science is hotter than Dr. Isis’s Naughty Monkeys, because I wear better shoes [when I do my science]. To demonstrate, I present a sampling of actual shoes I have worn while collecting…