Afternoon Inquisition

AI: Release The Science!

AI: Release The Science!

This Saturday, the fine people from Cosmo Quest (which includes our pals Noisy Astronomer and Pamela Gay) will be hosting a 24 hour (ok, technically 32 hour) live Google Hangout-a-thon. Why are they doing this? Do astronomers never sleep? Well, I am glad you asked! It seems that because of the government sequestration many NASA and EP programs are being suspended. *Insert very sad face here.* That... »

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... »

AI: Get Real

AI: Get Real

It seems our culture has formed a long term relationship with the hyper-emotional feelings that are brought about by the reality television show circuit. Viewers clammer for more drama, more danger and often more of the pathetic I-can’t-believe-how-much-your-life-sucks-compared-to-mine feeling that this type of programming offers. This emotional I am better-than, or smarter-than, or I-could-... »

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: Charles Ramsey and What it Takes to be a Hero.

AI: Charles Ramsey and What it Takes to be a Hero.

Yesterday, I posted on twitter and FB that I really “like that Charles Ramsey fellow.” For those of you living under a rock, Charles Ramsey is the man who pried open a door to help kidnap victim Amanda Berry (and ultimately two other women and a young child) escape from a decade long kidnapping ordeal in Cleveland, Ohio that is so completely awful that I don’t even want to write ... »

AI: Ending Rape

AI: Ending Rape

My friend Louise recently came across a Twitter page (and website hawking a book) dedicated to ENDING RAPE! Actually ending it. Declaring itself the best resource anywhere in the world. And how does ENDING RAPE suggest we end rape? BY NEVER COMING INTO CONTACT WITH MEN. Ever. Anywhere. Unless we already know them. BUT DON’T GET TO KNOW THEM BECAUSE STRANGERS ARE RAPISTS. And also people you ... »

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