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“Phone It In” Saturday

I’m a bit buried under work right now. Taxes need to be mailed, I have a huge stack of science/skeptical books I’m working through (I can’t help it — I regularly pass by six bookstores and two libraries just going to and from work), a magazine to pull together, eight thousand e-mails to answer, and some other ultra-ninja-secret Skepchick stuff that I think you’ll all appreciate when it goes public.

To give you something to gnaw on today, check out this week’s Swift from the JREF, featuring writing by Friends of Skepchick (FoS) David “Fowlsound” Federlein and “Big Heathen” Mike McCarron. Way to go, guys!

Also of interest is this article in Seed Magazine about how architecture influences science. I’m lucky enough to not only live in a city with fantastic architecture and world-renowned science institutions, but also I happen to be intimately familiar with the architectural industry (and not just because I’ve dated architects in the recent past). Be sure to click on the pic to see the fuller view of the Stata Center (also pictured here) at MIT — it doesn’t begin to do it justice, but it’ll give you an idea. The article is a bit flattering. From what I’ve heard, the students and faculty loathe the place, but that’s just unsubstantiated insider gossip.

More ramblings to come tomorrow!

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca leads a team of skeptical female activists at Skepchick.org. She travels around the world delivering entertaining talks on science, atheism, feminism, and skepticism. There is currently an asteroid orbiting the sun with her name on it. You can follow her every fascinating move on Twitter or on Google+.

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  1. I saw that building in "This Old House". Kevin O'Connell (sp?), the host, went on a tour. Apparently, the architect was paying a lot of attention on traffic flow. So much attention, he for got the little things, like closets. Grad student had bankers boxes of stuff stacked up the creative convex walls. And it was open plan (read: loud, and you can't get away from it).

    Brilliant.

    Swintah

  2. Ditto on Swintah's issues with the Stata center's noise and privacy problems. Another amusing issue: one of the main presentation rooms has walls so oddly off-kilter that many audience members would get vertigo or nausea looking at the speakers. To fix the problem, they had to put large carboard cylinders next to the walls so that the audeience could tell which way was up.

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