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I hate this town :: Song of the week

By on Jan 13, 2012 in Music

Evolution — the ultimate anti-depressant

By on Dec 12, 2011 in Politics

Greg Graffin, lead singer of seminal punk band, Bad Religion, also has a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology. As a young wannabe-punk and young science-nerd, I found a lot of solace in the likes of Graffin, Milo Auckerman, and Dexter Holland. Graffin’s recent book, Anarchy Evolution has some great quotes on evolution. Enjoy! “… reading about evolution has helped me through many difficult times. Evolution is full of dead ends, as is the experience of every human life — relationships ended, time wasted, songs unfinished, goals not achieved. All organisms and species die, just as all of us must die. Yet tragedy also entails creativity and opportunity. Over the course of deep evolutionary time, species go extinct and the earth is repopulated with new ones. As Michael Crichton’s chief scientist in Jurassic Park says, ‘Life finds a way.'” “The...

Sets of stocking stuffers killing it at $3

By on Dec 9, 2011 in Life

We’ve begun a Christmas Challenge in our family: buy everyone and the dogs a gift for $3 or less. Make it useful. Make it personal. Last year, I went all etsy on it. My cousin went to pawn shops. My husband (i.e. me) checked out ModCloth and UnCommon Goods. In my second list (here is the first), I use sets of stuff to get to the under $3 mark.

“Voltaire, I’m so high right now.” and other quotes from Unfamiliar Fishes

By on Dec 5, 2011 in Politics

I love me some Sarah Vowell and her most recent book (i.e. from Spring 2011), Unfamiliar Fishes was no dissapointment. “The Spanish-American war had the soliders stopping off in this suddenly American city en route to the Phillippines to persuade the Fillipino people at gunpoint that self-government really isn’t for everyone.” – p.2 “… Americans and their children spent the seventy-eight years between … 1820 and … 1898 Americanizing Hawaii, importing our favorite religion, capitalism, and our second favorite religion, Christianity.” p.6 “… Loco Moco (a hamburger patty topped with gravy and a fried egg), a dish presumably invented to remedy what has always been the hamburger’s most obvious defect – not enough egg.” p.8 “Yale was founded by finnicky protestants who worried that the Puritans at...

Useful, unqiue, and fun! stucking stuffers for under $3

By on Dec 2, 2011 in Life

We’ve begun a Christmas Challenge in our family: buy everyone and the dogs a gift for $3 or less. Make it useful. Make it personal. Last year, I went all etsy on it. My cousin went to pawn shops. My husband (i.e. me) checked out ModCloth and UnCommon Goods. This year, I’ve started making idea boards using etsy’s treasure lists. Here is my first stab: