Highlights from Dan Savage’s talk

| October 18, 2010

.: Dan Savage was invited to give a talk at Rutgers about his It Gets Better Project. The gist of it was something like, “Gay teenagers are routinely abused in schools throughout the country, and they — unlike victims of regular bullying — often have no one to turn to because their parents/church/community disapproves of […]

The somnambulist with one thumb

| October 15, 2010

.: When I was a kid I would occasionally sleepwalk. In the past few years, however, sleepwalking has become a nightly occurrence for me. Sometimes I vaguely remember it happening in the hazy manner one remembers a dream. Other times I learn about it the morning after; either my girlfriend informs me or I find […]

Your Amazing Body: Flight or Fight

| October 15, 2010

.: Human beings are among the most adaptable species on this planet and its orbiting satellites. Our resilient and malleable forms come with many features which, though used frequently, are rarely noticed or understood by those using them. The purpose of this series is to acquaint you with the nooks, crannies, and other hidden mysteries […]

Grade school diversions

| October 7, 2010

Furiously scribbling a pen onto paper to the point that the page wets and tears. Filling in lowercase a’s, b’s, d’s, e’s, g’s, o’s, p’s, q’s; uppercase A’s, B’s, D’s, O’s, P’s, Q’s, R’s; 0’s, 4’s, 6’s, 8’s, 9’s; and ampersands. Tracing the grooves in one’s shoes with a pen or pencil. Pouring glue onto […]

The sandcastle of science

| October 6, 2010

.: Last month I made my first genuine scientific discovery: the genomic sequence and a mutant variant of the magnesium chelatase subunit I gene of Nicotiana sylvestris. It was a discovery only in the strictest technical sense, on par of someone “discovering” in the morning that they have just woken. No new theories were required […]

Like he likes his food: fast

| October 6, 2010

.: I’m standing in line behind a college student and a middle-aged man with greasy, short hair. The greaser seems indecisive about his order and instructs the student in front of me to go in front of him. The student quietly declines the offer, and the greaser becomes indignant. Now it’s less an offer and […]

The parking lot seems full oh wait

| October 5, 2010

They found him anyway and arrested him

| October 3, 2010

.: My brother thinks anyone can be a journalist, including seventh graders. He sent me this story, via Fark, as evidence: Hit-and-Run Driver Hides in Tree Police say the driver of a hit and run crash climbed up in a tree to hide, but they found him anyway and arrested him. It happened on Hwy […]