Monthly Archives: November 2013

A Friend Like You

Two years ago Violet announced that a classmate was going to see a live Fresh Beat Band concert. The Fresh Beat Band is an Nick Jr. TV show, featuring a squad of four energetic, collaborative, slightly goofy and very sincere … Continue reading

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“Diversity is critical to the health of the profession.”

We now enter the “cheer myself up” news-posting portion of the week. Twenty years after I got my B.S., women are still pretty ludicrously underrepresented in EECS (electrical engineering and computer science), especially in academia. I teach in EECS and … Continue reading

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Shin splints suck.

For weeks I’ve been writing a post-shin-splits essay in my head, about how much it sucked and how relieved I am that it’s over and I can go back to all my normal activities. BUT HERE WE STILL ARE and … Continue reading

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Sunset in the parking lot

I took this picture because the sunset (at 4:30pm, thanks a lot, east side of the time zone!) was so stunning even in this profoundly ugly parking-lot-construction-area-abandoned-train-tracks zone. When I turned around, I saw (perched over the train tracks in … Continue reading

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Terminator and the unspeakable end of the world

A few years ago, as I think I’ve mentioned, I taught a literature class on cloning and artificial life. One of the things we noticed was that the world always ended. I was working on a lot of┬áTerminator stuff that … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving pie

Today I called a local bakery to order my Thanksgiving pies (apple, pecan, and a kringle!!!!). The person who answered the phone asked me to hold, then said quite audibly and incredulously, “She wants to place a Thanksgiving order?!!” Then … Continue reading

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