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Sunday AI: Horrible Puns

Sunday AI: Horrible Puns

I have a confession to make: I LOVE PUNS. I really do.  I loved this Nerdolympics pun-fest. (The Protractor Pull! Differential Equestrian! Krebs Cycling!) I love this flea illustration.  There is an entire section of Cheezeburger for pun lovers like me. The holidays, for me, are when I get together with family and see who can be the most annoying punster.  The first person that gets yelled at to &... »

AI: End of the Year Regrets

AI: End of the Year Regrets

One of the favorite websites I read is “Regret the Error.” It makes me feel a bit better when I screw things up.  As hard as we try, even with spellcheck and editors, mistakes still happen.  Sometimes, spell check is the source of the problem.  I still remember with some fondness an 8-page paper I once received from a student on “Attention Defecate Disorder.” »

Interview with a Bed Bug Sexpert

Interview with a Bed Bug Sexpert

Professor Mike Siva-Jothy is the leading expert on the sex lives of bed bugs.  By which I mean, he is trying to figure out why they do the strange things they do sexually. In addition to learning about just how traumatic insemination works, we also learn about how to make tiny glass insect genitalia, and have a brief discussion about pubic lice. They MADE me go there! »

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AI: Novels and Imagination

It’s November, which is NaNoWriMo time. Or, for those not hip to the lingo, National Novel Writing Month.  The goal is to finish a 50,000-word novel by 11:59:59 PM on November 30.  Someday I would like to write a novel…but I got nothing right now.  I love sci-fi, and mysteries, and things like Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, which fall into a category called Urban Fantasy. And I rea... »

AI: Unusual Byproducts

AI: Unusual Byproducts

“spider accident-induced priapism.” »

AI: The East Coast gets Blown

AI: The East Coast gets Blown

When I moved to the Northeast Coast of the US, I had no idea that hurricanes (or earthquakes!)  would be something that I needed to be prepared for. But here we are, once again, with a massive storm barreling down on us around Halloween.  Long Island Sound has had its first ever Hurricane Force Wind Warning.  Evacuations have begun, and all mass transit in New York City will stop running later ton... »

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Science Blog Challenge!

If you didn’t hear about it, there is a Blogger Challenge for DonorsChoose.org: “DonorsChoose.org is a simple way to provide students in need with resources that our public schools often lack. At this not-for-profit web site, teachers submit project proposals for materials or experiences their students need to learn. These ideas become classroom reality when concerned individuals, whom we call Cit... »

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AI: Flight of the Bumblebee

You probably have heard Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov‘s Flight of the Bumblebee at some point in your life. I have too; it’s an iconic piece of music, and really does seem to capture the flight of a bumble quite well.  It was also used as the theme music for the Green Hornet on both radio and television. What I didn’t know was that the piece was part of an opera called “The Bumbl... »

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