Thus Spake Zuska

Archives for December, 2008

It drives me nuts that there are so many great articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education – behind a paywall, where you can’t see them unless you have a subscription. The December 19th issue had a great essay, In Search of New Frontiers: How Scholars Generate Ideas. If you have a subscription, that link…

How To Ruin A Cityscape

I wasn’t able to blog this when I first saw it in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Dec. 19, but it annoyed me so much I hung onto the paper and saved it for a time when I could. The typical traffic light is roughly the size of a large table fan. The hardware necessary to…

Engineers + Cats = Funny!

Cat owner? Or just want to be? These engineers can help you out!

Via the Chronicle Review New Scholarly Books section: I haven’t read either of these but both look good and I thought they would be of interest to readers of this blog. The first is Our Bodies, Our Crimes: The Policing of Women’s Reproduction in America, by Jeanne Flavin. In Our Bodies, Our Crimes, Jeanne Flavin…

Last winter it was not uncommon for me to go to bed wearing two flannel nightgowns. I would hunker down under our thickest comforter, pressed up against Mr. Zuska for warmth. Mr. Zuska, like many men, is an astonishing heat source, for which I have been grateful on many a chilly night. This winter, things…

Just for Isis…

By request of the domestic and laboratory goddess, I am posting here a picture of my recent acquisition, a pair of ankle boots, as mentioned in my last post. It’s no shoe of the week, but it’s the best this hairy-legged feminazi can offer. The adorable cat next to the boots is Bodhi, who often…

I don’t particularly enjoy having needles poked into my scalp and neck and shoulders and temples and I especially don’t like having them poked into my forehead just above my eyebrows. Yet I allow my neurologist to turn me into a pincushion every three months because regular botox treatments subdue my migraines, and nothing else…

Big Ideas: Understanding Versus Explaining

Over at Adventures in Ethics and Science, Janet Stemwedel has written a fabulously complex post about ethics and population, which I highly recommend for your reading pleasure and contemplation. It was inspired by a post by Martin on the ethics of overpopulation, in which he offered a grand and simple three-point manifesto: