Hour By Hour

Last month, the person that I will forever think of as erin-dot-erin did an exercise of following a day by taking a picture each hour.   I thought this was a darn good idea and thought it might be fun to cover a day in the life of Stevil.  Erin did hers for 10 on 10…

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A League of My Own

When I moved to San Diego from Northern Illinois, the great weather here almost compelled me to start doing things outside. One of the things that I started doing was playing tennis.  I had played a little when I was in high school and college, though during college and grad school I played a lot…

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Ten Years Gone

During the last week of December 2000, I stood watching the sunset on the cliffs of Torrey Pines State Park and wondered about a few things: what I was getting myself into?  How could I be standing somewhere in December in a t-shirt?  Should I get one of those new cell phone things? That week,…

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Life From Life

When you’re a scientist, you spend a lot taking things apart – isn’t one of everyone’s first experiments the dissection of a frog?  Of course, the reason you’re taking things apart is because you’re trying to figure out what makes them tick.  Enter the engineers.  Engineers, rather than take things apart, start putting them together…

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How’s Your Sideways Self Doing?

So, as there’s no new LOST episode tonight, I’d thought I’d muse on one of the major themes of this – and I suppose every – season.  Choices and their consequences. Some Spoilers Below In this season, instead of flash-forwards or flash-backs, we’ve been watching the castaways in a separate “sideways” reality in which Flight…

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Okay. Which One of You Is It?

I’m a scientist.  I believe in rational observation, deductive reasoning and cause & effect.  So yesterday around lunchtime I was baffled by twinge in my left knee.  It ached and was a little painful to contract or extend completely. That was weird, I thought.  I hadn’t banged it, nor had I carried anything heavier than…

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