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Archives for May, 2009

A Circular Life

Scientiae wants to know what keeps us moving forward in our science, work, and life. I am not a practicing scientist right now, and I don’t have a job, so I guess this will have to focus on life.

A Word on “Gender Knot” Editions

As has been noted, the recent edition of The Gender Knot has been substantially revised and reorganized, and I have been working off a 1997 edition, which is bound to cause some confusion for those of you reading the new edition. I’ve decided, therefore, that for the rest of the book, I am just going…

Welcome to our discussion of The Gender Knot by Allan Johnson. This is the first post in the discussion series. We will be discussing Chapter 1 “Where Are We?” You can find all posts connected to this discussion here. I just noted a potential problem. There is an updated edition of the book now available.…

Update on Gender Knot Post Due Today

I promised you the first post on The Gender Knot today, and I still plan to get it up today if at all possible. My plan had been to work on it Monday and Tuesday but most of those days I was plagued with headache and it was difficult to concentrate on writing. So, it’s…

Thinking About Speaking Freely

Longtime Zuskateers know that one of the reasons I am feel able to speak so freely is that I am not currently employed. Thus, I do not fear an employer’s displeasure with what I might have to say about the sorry state of affairs for women in science and engineering in educational, academic, and workplace…

Comment Problems?

UPDATE: There still seem to be some comment problems. Two entries, at least, are missing most of their comments and when I tried to test comment on one of them, the comment landed on another entry. Trying to get it fixed… (10:20 pm Fri. evening) UPDATE: Hopefully the borked comments problem is fixed now. Some…

On Being A Patient

In response to my recent post on being mauled by the PA at my annual gyn exam, reader Danimal was moved by my saying this I say if it hurts, you should feel free to yelp. And no doctor or PA should be shushing you. I am ashamed to say that when my PA shushed…

Question: Did you know that there are National Historic Chemical Landmarks? Answer: Yes, there are. Question: What did the American Chemical Society declare to be its first National Historic Chemical Landmark, and where can you find it? Answer: “Old Faithful”, a Bakelizer or steam pressure vessel, vintage 1909. Phenol and formaldehyde were hardened at 150…

Shush! This is an Examining Room!

It can’t be avoided. Once a year you make the trek to the gynecologist’s office for the annual exam. For various reasons, the whole experience is extremely unpleasant for me, and yet I go, because I try to take care of my health. And hey, I have health insurance! And it pays for the annual…

Read These Lessons For Girls!

Everybody needs to read the eight posts on Historiann’s list of Lessons for Girls. I really mean that. Go NOW and read. If you don’t have time for all eight, please at least read about anger. If I wish I had learned one lesson earlier in life, it’s this: it’s okay to be angry, it’s…