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Isn’t Rape Really Just All About Sex?

I know I’m supposed to be posting installment three in the work-life balance series – and it’s coming tomorrow, I promise – but I was distracted by this post by Isis’s new co-blogger. I think there’s a relatively strong consensus that this invention is clearly a bit of Technology Gone Bad. In a really old…

Lying Stinky Oilbags Who Lie

HuffPo summary and link to NBC Today Show lying liar doing his lying here. It “may be down to how you define what a plume is here.” Really? Yeah, who can believe those stupid scientists and their stupid librul observations and data. Well, here’s an idea, lying oilbag BP CEO Doug Suttles. Why don’t you…

The last week or so I’ve been reading that classic of naturalist writing, The Outermost House by Henry Beston, as the last of this year’s selections for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Book Club. The book is a delight to read for those who love language – it is essentially one long prose poem. But at…

Let Them Eat…Fresh Meals For Pets!

I was making a quick jog through the local supermarket the other night, seeking out cough drops and a few other things for a sad soul at home with the croup, when I rounded a corner and came upon this fresh new vision from hell: And here I am wasting my extra cash on donations…

Keep Your Eyes On That Prizey Kitchen!

Today I googled the phrase “eyes on the prize”. Here’s an excerpt from one link that came up. The fire hoses and police dogs. The Montgomery bus boycott. The march on Washington. You’ve probably seen scattered footage of these images, but no project ever connected pictures to context with the tenacity of Eyes on the…

Gender Smog – Dell Version

Hat tip to reader James Ramsey… What do women really need in computer? Because, what with our vaginas and all, our computing needs are so, so different from those of men. Thank the goddess Dell is looking out for us, with its helpful marketing strategy that emphasizes “color schemes, cases and dieting tips”. Oh my…

Your Local YMCA: Now With More Paper Waste!

SCENE: At the YMCA: they used to have perfectly serviceable water fountains in the room with the treadmills, elliptical trainers, and weight machines. They ripped them out and replaced them with water coolers that require the use of little conical paper cups – which, of course, must be used once and then thrown away. I…

As a graduate student, I observed the nascent field of functional magnetic resonance imaging and thought to myself with some amusement “modern phrenology! Now with big, fancy, expensive equipment!” Count me among those who have never been terribly impressed with fMRI, and certainly not with its applications in what is known as social neuroscience. Now…

Race and Biomedical Research: Two New Books

I found out about both of these courtesy of the Chronicle Review Note Bene/New Books in Print feature. Both look extremely interesting.

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;…