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Archives for July, 2008

Technology and Genealogy

What makes you a member of family, or a citizen of a nation? Over at Sciencewoman, Alice reports on a session she attended at this year’s NWSA conference: In a session on the technologies of citizenship, Banu Submramaniam of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst talked about the developing practice of doing DNA maps to understand your…

The theme for August’s Scientiae is transitions. All month long I thought I would write something about the transition that was forced on me some time ago, to which I am still not quite adapted: from happy participant in the paid workforce to migraineur on disability. But as it happens, I’ve got other things on…

You all may be aware of the moronically stupid column by John Tierney that ran in the NY Times recently, an opinion piece disguised as reporting. I haven’t had a chance yet to give my own response to this piece of tripe, or to show you how it is but one more piece in Christina…

Earlier this year I reviewed Douglas Tallamy’s Bringing Nature Home, which inspired me to convert my garden to all or mostly native plants. I swore this year would be a much better gardening year than last. Visions of gardening glory danced in my head. Ah, early spring. Now we are baking in the heat of…

Why Not? Blogging My D & C

Blame it on Abel, who blogged his vasectomy, and Janet, who blogged her mammogram. Also blame Drugmonkey and Physioprof, who along with Abel, Janet, and others encouraged me to Blog My D&C. Yep. So here goes.

Reader-Blogger Meet-Up in NYC

Planning to be in/around/near New York City on August 9, 2008? There’s a reader-Scienceblogger meet-up event in the works, being planned even as you read this, probably for around 3 pm. We’d like to know whether you think you’ll be in the area and likely to attend. If so, please leave a comment here. Seed…

A Versatile Strategy

I’ve been sorting through books lately, in an effort to cull and control my ever-burgeoning collection, and of course I have to browse through each book to decide if I want to keep it. It’s a slow, but rewarding process. This evening I was wandering through Migraine: The Complete Guide, when I happened across this…

Happy Anniversary, Seneca Falls!

This weekend is the 160th anniversary of the first (US) women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls, July 19 and 20, 1848. At Seneca Falls, Elizabeth Cady Stanton rewrote the Declaration of Independence as the Declaration of Women’s Rights, beginning, of course, with “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are…

Physioprof at Feministe

Hello, dear readers…if there are any of you left…I’ve been away for a week taking care of mom, plus the usual migraine breaks…back home now, and hoping to get back in the blogging groove asap. Meanwhile, Physioprof is off guest-blogging at Feministe for two weeks and you absolutely have to read his deconstruction of a…

Why would you celebrate Black Independence Day on July 3rd? It took the work of slaves to build America; the slaves came before the nation, so Black Independence Day would logically precede the traditional Independence Day, July 4th. On July 3rd, I joined about 200 others in downtown Philadelphia, at 6th and Market Streets, to…