Monthly Archives: July 2010

Ice cube

It’s not that I’m not happy that my kids can now get their own ice cubes, I really am. We have one of those freezers which sit below the refrigerator, so it’s the perfect height for them to open and … Continue reading

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With a thousand smiles

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting a couple of folks who had started a small, local foundation to support children with epilepsy and their families. This couple had started this memorial foundation in honor of their son. As part … Continue reading

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Who am I to blow against the wind?

She looked me over and I guess she though I was all right – all right in a sort of a limited way for an off-night. I fucking hate schmoozing. It is one of my least favorite things about being … Continue reading

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Infographic: Forest chumps

I came across this very cool map released by NASA that uses satellite imaging to calculate the height of the various forest canopies around the world (click to enlarge): One thing that pops out is that the tallest forests in … Continue reading

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Autism and socioeconomic status

I’ve been thinking about this for the past few days. I recently read an interesting article published last week in the journal PLoS One. I am by no means an expert in autism or epidemiology, but here is my take. … Continue reading

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Rock and Roll Puppies

There’s nothing cuter than kids with puppies. Unless they’re my kids. Then its just sheer terror. Recently a neighbor got two little lab puppies and the kids had been begging us to ask if they could go over and play … Continue reading

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Of color

I was born in Latin America and moved here when I was 18. That officially makes me “Hispanic or Latino, regardless of race”, at least according to the 2000 US census. According to the 2010 census, I would be further … Continue reading

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The station at the end of the tenure track

I have been at my academic job for about six years, and this year I’m coming up for tenure. That is, I’m about to reach the end of the tenure track and am barreling along at full-steam towards the station … Continue reading

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Wet/dry shop-vacs are in principle a good idea except when you need to switch them from dry to wet mode, and have to remove the dusty filter and empty out the container which has some disgusting remnants from who knows … Continue reading

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Science Tics

I guess should mention that I have Tourrette syndrome. It’s not too bad, and in general you wouldn’t necessarily notice unless you hung out with me for a while. As I hope that you all probably know, Tourrette is not … Continue reading

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