Thanksgiving Data Collection

Patty recently had a post on what we thought was the best part of the Thanksgiving meal.  She was collecting responses, but of course being a scientist, I want numerical data. If you choose an “other”, please indicate it in the comments. Data For The Meal: Data For The Holiday: For me, it's cranberry sauce…

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Trains and Automobiles

So, the media and political hand-wringing over whether the government should “bail out” or “loan” the US auto industry using tens of billions of dollars to keep the Big Three from possibly folding got me thinking.  It got me thinking about a train ride. Earlier this year, the Beloved and I were in Germany and…

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QotD: Under the Tree

What gifts, big or small, are you hoping to find under your tree this year?Sponsored by Best Buy. I nearly bypassed this question today because: a) it’s not even Thanksgiving, so let’s not go crazy for Christmas just yet. b) it’s crass to talk about what you WANT, Christmastime is a season of GIVING. And…

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As It Turns Out, Baby Actually Does Got Back

Since the election, there’s been a lot of discussion about how America is becoming a post-racial society.   And really what could be better than treating people equally regardless of skin color and appearance?  Still – being equal doesn’t mean being identical.  There is plenty of variation between all of us derived from differences encoded…

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A Bump In The Night

Scene: Darkened bedroom, 4:35 a.m. Beloved: Earthquake!Me:  Mrmph…mrpphBeloved: Do you feel that?  It’s an earthquake!Me: Mmmf … earthquake?Beloved:  Earthquake!  Didn’t it wake you up?Me:  No, you just did.  But that’s cool, too. Yes, by the time that I became pretty awake, all that was left was the weak oscillations left in the bed and sliding…

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Bunglers

On Sunday November 16th, we are finally able to put this Eagles season to rest.  The end came in the unexpected form of a 13-13 tie (yes, a tie) against the hapless (1-8) Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. As someone that has truly appreciated all that the Andy Reid-Donovan McNabb Era has brought to…

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Apparently, Like Every Town Has One

So, this week the Beloved’s been a somewhat under the weather and so we’re having a very quiet and hopefully recuperative weekend. One thing though is that having to stay home, the Beloved has torn through the books on her nightstand.  So we figured that the one errand today would be to go out and…

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Vox Hunt: Mug for the Camera

Tea or coffee? Show us the mug you use for your morning caffeine. Oh, the answer is coffee.  Black, thank you. It’s been a really long week and so I’m giving into the VoxHunt.  I do like the fact that both Ross and I can post something that includes Charlie the Unicorn within an hour…

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Booking Through Thursday — Why Buy?

I’ve asked, in the past, about whether you more often buy your books, or get them from libraries. What I want to know today, is, WHY BUY?  What made you buy the books that you actually own, even though your usual preference is to borrow and return them?  If you usually buy your books, tell…

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Performance Anxiety

So, I have a fairly important couple of days of business meetings (yes, it’s always a little odd to mix business and science…) in which I have to give a couple of key presentations.  I’ve given any number of scientific talks, but rarely has more than personal and professional pride been riding on it. So,…

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