What Books to Read?

What Books to Read?

But What Kind of Books? I received an email today from Quora, the single most insipid and stupid site on the Internet. Forget the cornavirus. That Quora continues to exist makes me fear for humankind. If you're never been there, and want to do so now, I plead forgiveness, and ask you to gird your [...]

Facebook Kazooers

Facebook Kazooers

You've seen the Facebook Kazooer advertisement. Apparently, it works. It works on me anyway. In the advert, a hapless and unknowing professor is at the board writing, his back to a hall half full of students. A girl squirts a noise on a kazoo and another answers back. They both look like, “You know what? I’m [...]

The Most Valuable Lesson In Doing Science

The Most Valuable Lesson In Doing Science

Figure It Out A brief story about figuring things out for yourself: I was an undergrad working under my first research grant. I was to continue unfinished work from one of my professors doing molecular biology.  I was thrilled. Who wouldn't be? Surely a Nobel couldn't be far off? When all the other kids went [...]

Mitton Family Second Wave Feminism

Mitton Family Second Wave Feminism

My Dad’s mother - my grandmother - was born Dorothy Ebersole in 1912 in the Upper part of Milton, just outside of Tacoma, Washington. The Upper designation separated her from the dregs who lived in the Lower half. To me - I grew up a few miles away - Upper and Lower Milton was the [...]

The stupidity of boys – and men

The stupidity of boys – and men

I can't claim to be representative of all males but here's a quick story about just how stupid boys can be. I was maybe twelve and a voracious reader. I loved sports and sports stories and read a biography of the great football quarterback Johnny Unitas. I was fascinated to learn that he was blind [...]

Caring for family – Knausgaard

Caring for family – Knausgaard

I've got a list of things I wanted to do today (I'm a bit of a list fanatic) but I'm sitting here with one of the girls at urgent care. It's another earache with another fever and another day of administering meds and comfort. And isn't it funny? I was just looking at the top [...]