Category: Amusing myself

A thought experiment: How would you abuse power?

Came across a thought experiment that might be fun. Not yet sure how I’d answer. If you could change any one thing in history, what would it be?  A specific, single event. So no “I would make World… Read More

Bringing pain into the 19th century

It’s a standard comedy trope that dentistry techniques were developed by Torquemada. The only technical advances made since then have been sterilization and making the metal hooks sharper. You’ll be happy to know that’s no longer true.

Royul babby?

I said on Facebook that I was eager for the new royal baby to show up because he or she has no connection to the George Zimmerman business. I think we’re all ready for a not-short break from… Read More

Cogspanko ergo sum

Like all of you, I am thrilled to be alive in an era where we have learned that a fetus can masturbate at 15 weeks. We owe a huge debt to Texas congressman Michael Burgess (R-Onanism) for this… Read More

Empty nesters

I’ve had people ask me about my guardbird. That particular saga has ended.  Let me ‘splain: All was proceeding normally. I would walk out my front door and be judged by this. Then one afternoon, the dad popped… Read More

To protect and to serve

I was cleaning my Google Drive and found this. It’s the prologue to the story I was trying to write last NaNoWriMo, before November got nuts and I had to abandon it. But I liked the idea. Maybe… Read More

Have you heard about the bird?

After several weeks of endless dog drama, the universe decided to cut me some slack. Because the universe is a demented bastard, it did something weird. Say hello to my guardbird. She’s got a nest right next to… Read More

Is there a 24-hour barista hotline?

This is Marian Call’s fault. If you follow me on Facebook, you may have noticed that I quit caffeine cold turkey a week before my vacation. (Did I mention my vacation?) This was a surprisingly controversial decision in… Read More

Galapagos Epilogue: Life on the equator

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at the #1 entry on my bucket list. The Galapagos Islands are remarkable. Please go. You’ll see things you can’t see anywhere else. And if you’re a science nerd at all, following… Read More

Day seven: Visit Scenic Mount Doom

We began our last full day in the Galapagos walking on a beach. (Our guides were looking for ideas for their JDate profiles.) To be a naturalist, you must first master the art of burying the lede —… Read More