Thursday, December 18, 2008

Be prepared

I saw this book in Borders today and I think I need it. I am most certainly going to be left behind, so I better be prepared.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Data Don't Lie III

Good thing Jack was born in April...

Data from's interview with Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers: The Story of Success. (R2 = 0.75, p=0.0003)

Friday, December 05, 2008

Friday Dial Stopper - Junior Parrothead Edition

Speaking of pirates...This week's dial stopper is in honor of one of Emma's and Jack's new favorite songs. (I wonder who could have possibly introduced them to this music...)

Pirates = Shrewd Businessmen

See, pirates aren't barbaric, bloodthirsty villains, they're rational folks trying to make a living, just like everyone else. Now, if you want to talk about bloodthirsty, let's talk about the medical insurance industry.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Five Things

Alex over at Myrmecos Blog tagged me, so I'm "it":

5 Things I Was Doing 10 Years Ago:

  • Celebrating my 4-month wedding anniversary
  • Attending Quad City Mallards games
  • Passing my comprehensive exam (for the PhD I decided not to get)
  • Planning my next fieldtrip to Baja (for the PhD I decided not to get)
  • Reading century-old manuscripts by C.V. Riley on the pollination of yuccas by yucca moths (ditto)

5 Things On My To-Do List Today:
  • Grade a stack of freshman lab reports on cellular respiration
  • Take Emma out to lunch
  • Pick out a Christmas tree
  • Grill up some nice sirloin steaks for dinner
  • Meet with Emma's 2nd grade teacher during parent-teacher night

5 Snacks I Love:
  • chips and salsa
  • chocolate-covered pretzels
  • honey-roasted peanuts
  • buffalo wings
  • prosciutto

5 Things I’d do if I was a Millionaire:
  • acquire a vessel
  • take a long vacation in Italy
  • buy Linda that new ring she wants
  • purchase some acres in Maine or on Cape Cod
  • add to Emma's and Jack's college fund

5 Places I've Lived:
  • Shrewsbury, MA
  • Brunswick, ME
  • Iowa City, IA
  • Cranston, RI
  • Polacca, AZ

5 Jobs I've Had:
  • record store clerk
  • Cutco knife salesman
  • Marine Research Specialist (fancy name for "lab tech")
  • stay-at-home dad
  • high school science teacher (I lasted 1 semester!)

And now I tag Linda, Sarah, Kathy, Miriam, and Emile.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Just in case you didn't know...

I saw Ken Miller give a talk today at the BioNES meeting held today at RWU and he showed this bumper sticker (available here) while talking about the downfall of Intelligent Design.