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“Daddy, why is it only mens?”

For some reason, me and the PalKid were watching Apollo 13 this morning. She was fascinated by the story, especially because it’s a true story. During the lift off, the camera panned around the control room, and she said, “Daddy, how come there’s only mens? Are girls not allowed in space?” Those of us who…

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Donors Choose—home stretch

Technically, the Donors Choose challenge to help out needy kids doesn’t end until the end of the month. But donations given by Sunday are going to be matched by Hewlett-Packard. There are two great projects I’d love to get funded by Sunday, and I can’t see any reason why we can’t do it. If enough…

Dispatch from the flu front

I got home pretty late last night. The last week or two has seen a huge rise in influenza-like illness (ILI). Late in the evening, I began to get a scratchy throat and chills, but sometimes fatigue can feel like flu. I went home and had a nice dinner and a shower and felt a…

Get your flu shot—no, the other flu shot

As many of my readers are aware, most of us are going to need two flu shots this year: one for the seasonal flu, and one for the pandemic (swine) flu. I got my seasonal flu shot two weeks ago, and I’m taking the family to the community college up the street this weekend for…

Donors Choose: Break’s over

I’ve let you guys alone for a couple of days, but now it’s crunch time. Hewlitt-Packard is going to match donation based on how much we are able to raise in the next few days. They have 200K to distribute, and who gets it will be based on how much we raise before Sunday. There…

I get a lot of comments hostile to doctors, and I’m OK with that. Going to a doctor can be comforting, painful, humiliating, frightening, or all of the above. Doctors can be saints, assholes, and everything in between. But there are two phenomena I find puzzling. One is the act of “punishing” the doctor by…

Crank convergence on flu vaccination

How may topics are there on which Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Arianna Huffington, Bill Maher, and now Louis Farrakhan can agree? One, and one only: flu vaccination. Let’s give a run down of the “reasoning”: Glenn Beck: the safest option is doing the exact opposite of what the government recommends. Limbaugh won’t get one because…

Swine flu in my home state–grim news

Michigan has suffered enough. We’ve been devastated by economic and manufacturing changes, leading to mass unemployment, poverty, and poor education. That last one is really killing us. According to news reports, more than half of Michiganders plan to forgo vaccination, mostly for reasons that betray a lack of education. This is at a time when…

Donors Choose: good news!

Hewlett-Packard, the folks who made the computer I’m using at this very moment, are going to kick in more money to our project, and they’re doing it on some sort of pro rated matching system that I don’t understand. What I do understand is that as of today, HP is tracking how much we give,…