• goings on,  placed,  Texas

    Fiftieth Time’s a Charm

    I now own a house that has a respectably sized yard, complete with a functioning hose and a fancy fence.  I have, for a long time now, owned a desire to live off the fat of the land, complete with a short memory about how often I’ve tried and failed to do just that.  And, thanks to Amazon Prime, I now own a fabulous book that chemically combines those two things into a powerful solution. That’s right, I am, once again, attempting a garden. Last time I tried this, I was living in Pittsburgh, so I started the plants indoors in April to try to give them a fighting chance. …

  • misc,  music,  placeless,  podcast,  reviews,  television

    What’s Wonderful this Week?

    Feminist Anthems Last week, I mentioned my playlist of Patriarchy Pounding Pop songs that I frequently find myself listening to while I’m at work.  Especially on days immediately following some news story that makes the fight towards equality seem Sisyphean, this playlist I created a few months ago (and continually add songs to as I find them) helps me draw on the wellspring of power and perseverance of the billions of other women in the world who are fighting the same fight I am. The idea of the playlist stems from my theory that if depression is isolating and isolation is depressing, then the we’re-in-this-together feeling is empowering, and empowerment…

  • Illinois,  musings,  placed

    Eternal SETI@Home Warrior

    My dad has been searching for aliens (specifically, extra terrestrial intelligent life) since 1999. He has been scanning the skies for stars, planets, galaxies, and interesting phenomena for perhaps his whole life, but September of 1999 is when he joined the SETI@Home project. In 1999, the internet was a fledgling project, but it had spread to homes across the world through lightning fast dial-up connections. The concept of a super-computer was a twinkle in engineers’ eyes, but scientists at the University of California had dreamed up a shortcut: connecting the silo-ed personal computers across the world and using their combined power to process large quantities of data more quickly. As…

  • musings,  placeless

    Resistance is Futile

    I am a computer nerd, like my father before me.  I grew up writing Pokemon games with coding languages like GW and Visual Basic, I make Excel spreadsheets for fun, the IT guy knows that I have already tried turning it off and back on again, and I like to make a game of trying to understand my husband, an engineer, when he tells me what he did at work today. I know just enough about computers to be a card carrying member of the Singularity Countdown Club. But I’m conflicted.  When I download an app, I almost never connect it to my Facebook.  I have a program that generates…

  • fun facts,  placeless

    The History of #Hashtag

    If you’re like me, up until a few years ago, when someone said the word “hash” to you, your brain would autocomplete by adding the word “brown” after it.  And if you’re like me, you would inevitably start to salivate and search the surrounding area for said potatoey goodness.  (Side note: what is it about potatoes that makes them delicious in every cooked form?  But alas, this is a history lesson, not a science lesson, and, coincidentally, it has nothing to do with potatoes.) Of course now things are a bit different.  Intelligent people do still crave fried potatoes of course, but the word “hash” is more frequently followed by…

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