Category Archives: Miscellany

Microwaves

Ok so every microwave comes with a ten-digit touch-pad. But does anyone ever use the digits 6 through 9 for anything other than initially setting the clock? Obviously it is insane to view this as “wasteful”, but also I can’t … Continue reading

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The Balkan wars

Is there a question of less importance to the world than the ethnicity and nationality of Nikola Tesla?  Yes, you could instead get involved in the Wikipedia fights about whether the Ragusan (yes really) scientist Roger Boscovich is “really” Croatian … Continue reading

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Suspension of disbelief

Am in the middle of watching the second season of The Crown with D.  We basically find it enjoyable.  My only complaint is that I sometimes find it very hard to suspend my sense of disbelief that the characters all … Continue reading

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Personal weather report

Number of days spent in the NY area this winter: 12 Number of those days on which I wore my winter coat: 1 Number of those days on which I needed to wear my winter coat: 0 Temperature on Christmas … Continue reading

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Back-of-the-envelope calculation

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Summer weekend in the Twin Cities

D and I and some friends from the math department had a nice weekend out. Minnehaha falls: The pretty Longfellow flower garden attracting some pollinator attention: D particularly liked the genetics on display: We crossed the river and ogled a … Continue reading

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Phenology

At universities in the northern part of the United States, spring is the brief season in which the bicycle racks are full, following winter (when bicycle racks are covered in snow) and followed by summer (when the bicycle racks are … Continue reading

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Words to live by

My brother, on the topic of coalition-building: In terms of left politics, it takes a village to raise a revolution, or something like that.

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Alan Alda

Alan Alda is absolutely the sexiest 70+ year old out there.  He’s also a fabulous communicator of science — perhaps, along with Neil deGrasse Tyson, the best of the present generation.

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“At all”

My parents (originally from Michigan and Maine; well-educated native speakers of American English) and I agree that the comic above is sufficiently incomprehensible as to be not funny, but also that it’s written in non-standard English: the phrase “at all” … Continue reading

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