Elyse's Posts

AI: Forced to learn to like learning new things

This summer I made plans to run more and write more. I put my son in theater camp and enrolled my daughter in preschool and I was going to do nothing but sit on my laptop, churning out Skepchick content as if my couch were a critical thought sweatshop, only taking breaks so I can get in at least 30 miles a week of running. This was the summer of productivity! And I was going to WIN IT. But sweatca... »

AI: The Minute Rice Exorcism

AI: The Minute Rice Exorcism

You guys! I’m in a horrible situation! I have no computer! Yes, I have my phone. And my iPad. And a backup phone. And an iPod Touch, and access to other household computers should I desperately need one. BUT BESIDES THOSE I HAVE NO COMPUTER! Last week, a series of events resulted in me accidentally leaving my laptop outside during a heavy rainstorm. Now it no longer works. Because water is m... »

AI: Now-overlapping Hobbysteria

AI: Now-overlapping Hobbysteria

One of the things that frustrates me enormously is the lack of real science in fitness reporting…. and the overwhelming amount of non-science that all conflicts with the rest of it. Another thing that really frustrates me is the way that women’s magazines focused on fitness are really focused on looking sexy for your man. So last week, in an attempt to combine skepticism, fitness and w... »

7-minutes of Science-based Super Fitness!

7-minutes of Science-based Super Fitness!

It’s science. It’s right there in the name. The Scientific 7-minute Workout. SCIENTIFIC, PEOPLE! As in, REAL SCIENCE. It’s even in a journal. A science journal. Of workouts. You cannot argue with this. You work out for seven minutes and it’s even better than running 5 miles. Science says so. And so does everyone else on earth who doesn’t want to exercise for a full 10 minutes straight. And fitness... »

AI: Birthdays

AI: Birthdays

Over the next week and a half I’ll be celebrating both my 10th wedding anniversary and my 36th birthday. 10 years seems like a long time to put up with me. And 36 years is a long time to do anything…. especially when that anything is being me. And yet, here I am, being me. And there’s my husband, dealing with it. And here we both are, reflecting and being nostalgic… and pac... »

AI: When Science Breaks Your Heart

AI: When Science Breaks Your Heart

Last week, at Mad Art Lab, I wrote about my utterly disappointing (to put it mildly) experience with so-called miracle fruit. It was supposed to be the perfect solution for those of us who can’t eat dessert things but want to eat dessert things. Turns out, my friends and scientists are liars and for that, I hate them. The long story is at MAL, the short story is: dry heaves. Miracle fruit is... »

AI: Just waiting to die and stuff

AI: Just waiting to die and stuff

Hey everyone! I’m just sitting here, on my couch, waiting for a tornado to come and kill me and my family. Normally, I’m not so scared of things like a 9 hour tornado watch, but this year, The Tornadoes have put together an unstoppable no-nonsense offense, and are having an epic season. And they’re heading my way… maybe… possibly. So, I’m just waiting to see if ... »

AI: War just makes me so uncomfortable

AI: War just makes me so uncomfortable

In today’s Quickies, Amanda posted a BBC article about Japan forcing women to serve “comfort” roles for Japanese soldiers during WWII. It’s sick. And the Mayor of Osaka, Toru Hashimoto, is unapologetic about it, describing “comfort women” as a necessary need for soldiers. At first I was shocked and horrified. How can you promote and justify sending women on a to... »

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