Catfish Smells a Little Funny and the Online-To-In-Person Experience

Have you ever had a variant of this conversation with a friend or family member? You: I met So-And-So for lunch today. FFM: Who’s that? An old classmate? You: No. They’re a blog friend. FFM: A what? You: A blog friend. You know, someone you met through the internet. FFM: Are you doing eHarmony?!?! You:…

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Bookblogger Question: Keeping Score

Since I began more actively reviewing books and keeping track of them on Goodreads over the past year or so, I’ve noticed a change in the way I think about books.  Actually, “keeping track” of them is probably the wrong phrase – “keeping score” of them seems more appropriate. You see, anyone that knows me…

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The People Have Spoken!

The goatee stays! Mandate? Interestingly, the largest concentration of "Shave It"s are in Southern California, so a regional rather than a global vote would have me back to being a baby-face.  Clearly, the goatee is still popular in the East and across the South. Speaking of the global vote — it was split.  1 vote…

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Who Are “Adam & Eve”?

Well, that was some pretty entertaining football yesterday.  We have more family and friends that are Minnesota Vikings fans, but they all had to know that THE Brett Favre thing was going to happen.  It really was only a matter of when.   Sorry about all the fumbles, too.  Now you know what it's like…

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Winterreise

One of my favorite piano pieces is the Schubert-Liszt lied “Der Leiermann” from the song-cycle “Winterreise” (translated as Winter Journey), which describes a man’s journey as he leaves his home and travels through a winter landscape.  “Der Leiermann” is actually the conclusion of the song-cycle.  It’s haunting and beautiful and I love playing it, though…

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Thanksgiving Data Analysis

Now, I might not have John King’s (from CNN) fancy interactive electoral map, but I thought it might be fun here on Thanksgiving Eve to look at the polls focused on the holiday’s feast and activities that I put up last week. First-off – turnout was great!  A 50% increase (or more) over any previous…

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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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Viva La?

So, I’ve been listening to Coldplay’s new album Viva La Vida, and it's ok.  To me, it sounds good, but the lyrics banal at best.  I think what gets me is that Coldplay sounds like they’re trying to be really deep – and they’re just not.  There was a piece in Time a few weeks…

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What Should Democrats Learn From Jesse Helms?

I don’t talk about politics here very much.  Which isn’t to say that I don’t find politics interesting.  We talk about it at home all the time, which often makes for spirited happy-hour discussions. Hillary Clinton One thing we agree on is that the Democratic Party has got to be losing its collective mind if…

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