Thus Spake Zuska

Archives for January, 2009

Facebook vs. Alone Time

A week or so ago I finally gave in and allowed my friends to convince me that I really, really needed to go on Facebook. It has been fun – I’ve gotten back in touch with some old friends I’d lost track of; I’ve enjoyed reading tidbits about the daily goings-on of my friends’ lives;…

Seed’s “Rightful Place” Project

Perhaps you have noticed our newly redesigned front page, and on that page, a link to the Rightful Place Project. In his inaugural address, President Obama promised to restore science to its “rightful place”. Seed Media Group is starting a dialog in response, asking the question “What is science’s rightful place?”, through Seed Magazine and…

The Gadgetification of Everything

The other day I needed to pick up a few items at the grocery store, and run a few errands. So I made a list, because I cannot keep more than two or three things in my head with any degree of accuracy. I used time-tested technology to achieve this purpose: paper and pen. But…

Gordon Brownell is the person who got me to go to MIT. I had turned down my acceptance at MIT because my then fiance (now ex-husband) did not get in. Dr. Brownell telephoned me himself to ask why I had declined the nuclear engineering department’s offer. When I explained the circumstances, he replied, “oh, is…

As if the world needed another example of how the American health insurance system is completely insane, maddening, inefficient…I mean, we’ve all seen Sicko, right? But let me just share the private hell I’ve been through recently. I’d like to tell you what happened yesterday, but to do that, I have to go back a…

Watching the Inauguration

I’m watching the inauguration on tv…all the bigwigs are walking in…and here comes Malia and Sasha. Could those girls possibly be any cuter? Every time they show a shot of the sea of humanity on the Mall I am just overwhelmed. I’ve never had a sense of living through anything so momentous before.* Yay for…