Afternoon Inquisition

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: Satire and Spreading Memes

AI: Satire and Spreading Memes

I have been reading about internet memes and how and why derivative and satirical works get spread on the internet in preparation for a panel I am going to be on at CONvergence/SkepchickCon next week. It is an interesting topic I had never thought that deeply about. I am not looking at the comparison of memes to actual genetics as Dawkins might, but more at how and why certain ideas get copied, mi... »

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 ... »

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