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July 12, 2014

"People Who Get The Job Done"

A brief photographic tribute to the inventiveness, resourcefulness, and unwise risk-taking of some of our fellow humans

July 06, 2014

Baby technology then and now

Some big changes over the last 30 years

July 05, 2014

"Confessions Of An Almost Sterile Man"

Funnier than I expected from the title.

Second, and on a very slightly more serious note, we have some health considerations that would strongly discourage us from having another child after this one and so we knew we were going to have to talk about certain procedures. Not just your everyday methods, but permanent procedures. There are obviously options for both the man and the woman. Being the natural researcher that I am, I checked into the differences between a vasectomy for the man and a tubal ligation for the woman. What I found out displeased me. A tubal ligation requires general anesthesia instead of local, much longer recovery time, is much more expensive, and somewhat more invasive. A vasectomy requires only local anesthesia, a very short recovery time, is much cheaper, and is somewhat less invasive.

So after completely disregarding this evidence and hiding it from my wife, we decided to settle the debate over who gets surgery with a best of three game of rock, paper, scissors.

June 18, 2014

Oh, my god

"A saint of a mother: Her husband committed suicide leaving debts of £1m, yet she raised seven children - six autistic, two with cerebral palsy. And she's still smiling

Mom says, "I’ve got a lot of grit. I’m not the sort of person to be beaten."

I'll say. 

June 12, 2014

"How I Live Well On Less Than $40,000 A Year"

There are some things I don't understand--No taxes other than property tax? No medical expenses? (No deductibles, copayments?) No travel? No meals out?--and certainly not everybody would want to live like this, but it is still a useful reminder of what's doable

June 10, 2014

Best story I'll read this month

"Brilliant 11-Year-Old Designs An Unbreakable, Spill-Proof Cup For Her Ailing Grandpa".

Lily Born is not your average kid.

At just 11-years-old, the Chicago-based youngster has designed an unbreakable, spill-proof cup after she noticed her grandfather (who has Parkinson's) was having trouble drinking out of regular glasses.

June 04, 2014

"Confessions of a millennial who hasn't invested a dime in stocks"

Well, that's probably a shame

I know, intellectually speaking, that I should find a boring old index fund and sock my money away there. It probably wouldn't even be that hard! But emotionally, it feels like soaking it in kerosene and storing it at a fireworks show. Very easy to just put it off and do it some other time — maybe after the next time the market crashes.

Maybe he'll be right and This Time Will Be Different. But the odds are against that. 

"14 Times You Were Punished For Your End-Of-The-Alphabet Name"

I used to fight the terrible discrimination against people having end-of-the-alphabet names by handing back the second midterm exam in reverse alphabetical order.

My students were surprised and mostly pleased. (The "A" and "B" people hurrumphed.)

June 03, 2014

"I am 24 years old and just started learning coding. I want to be a programmer. Am I too late in the game?"

The answer, on Quora, is a resounding "No!" Erin Parker's story is particularly inspiring.

June 02, 2014

"Why I Finally Let My Girls Be Girly"

A columnist discovers what my wife and I and many other parents eventually discover.

At eighteen months, my daughters started caring about what they wore. A lot. And what they wanted was pink and purple, to the exclusion of every other color. The occasional yellow or red was acceptable, but the suggestion of a blue dress was met with distress, and brown was anathema. For a while, I could get them to wear jeans or shorts with t-shirts; and then they realized that if they screamed enough, I would relent and put them in dresses. Spending time with toddlers is an exercise in choosing battles, and this was one I was willing to concede.

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