07/15/2014 23:55:54 PM
(You can't slow down science. And that includes Secondhand SCIENCE. This week, the topic is double-slit experiments.
No, seriously. It's a physics thing. I didn't make a single sex joke in the whole piece.
I know. I can't believe it, either. Go see
07/10/2014 00:50:53 AM
(Snap it up, science fans. This week's Secondhand SCIENCE super-informational snippet is about micelles, which are very important biochemical doohickeys.
So obviously, the words are mostly about Tom Cruise, Waterworld and Frosted Mini-Wheats. Becaus
07/01/2014 00:43:22 AM
(This week's dip into the science pool over at Secondhand SCIENCE is all about hypervelocity stars.
No, it's not about Shia LaBeouf speeding down the PCH on a tricycle. It's definitely not about that. Maybe it should have been, but it's not. Go see.
06/25/2014 11:39:24 AM
(This week's Secondhand SCIENCE silliness concerns the polymerase chain reaction -- or, as you laboratorial-type folks know it: PCR.
Hop on over and see what polymerase -- and combovers and psychedelic drugs -- can do for you.)
I've got family in t
06/18/2014 22:56:50 PM
(Jonesing for some mid-week science? Well, if you missed the latest Secondhand SCIENCE word on Sunday, then it's your lucky hump day! Hop on over and check out a bunch of dubious facts, odd analogies and Andre the Giant references about exoplanets. I
06/11/2014 23:50:11 PM
(Two things first.
Thing first the first: check out this week's Secondhand SCIENCE lowdown on Turing tests. It's all timely and shit. For trues.
Thing first the second -- or second the first, or whatever: the Summer of Sketch is heating up! At leas
06/02/2014 23:19:12 PM
Heyo! The news over at Secondhand SCIENCE this week is all about mycoplasma. They're the littlest bacteria.
Just don't mention it to them. They're kind of sensitive.)
Now, I have a question.
I'm a fairly coordinated guy.
Not "wardrobe coordinated
05/29/2014 23:59:42 PM
(Hi-ho, science fans! This week's entry over at Secondhand SCIENCE is all about Australopithecus. Because once you go hominid, you never go... uh... bominid?
I don't know. I thought I had a real head of steam there, and then it all fell apart. Just
05/20/2014 23:49:37 PM
(Who has two thumbs and wrote five hundred words about Brownian motion without making a single poop joke? This guy!
I know. I can hardly believe it, either. But head over to Secondhand SCIENCE and see for yourself. For true.)
I have a theory. It's
05/13/2014 23:50:22 PM
(This week's Secondhand SCIENCE piece was quite timely, as synthetic genomics has been buzzing in the news recently.
That doesn't mean it was accurate. Or helpful. Or plausible. Or free of beloved Warner Brothers cartoon characters poorly photoshopp
05/10/2014 13:39:09 PM
If you happened to miss last week's Current Eventuals sketch comedy show over at ImprovBoston -- and let's face it, you probably did; there were only around thirty people there, and I don't know what the other six billion of you were doing -- now the
05/06/2014 23:27:04 PM
(Sunday's dose of Secondhand SCIENCE was transactinides, a series of elements like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. If peanut butter was radioactive. And if jelly was shot onto the bread inside a laser beam. And the sandwich fell apart spontaneous
05/01/2014 23:26:49 PM
In case you missed it, Sunday's Secondhand SCIENCE-stravaganza was about quantum entanglement.
Well, actually, it was mostly about Seinfeld and stinky people and guys who touch themselves on the subway. As usual. But if there was anything resembling
04/22/2014 23:52:04 PM
(This week's Secondhand SCIENCE delves into the world of DNA polymerase, a very important biological enzyme that's almost exactly like a microscopic aging movie star/bodybuilder/politician.
Either that, or Frito Jackson. Just go see. It all makes se
04/15/2014 23:56:35 PM
(Science happens every Sunday over at Secondhand SCIENCE.
Something like science, anyway. A few of the same letters are involved.
This week, the topic was absolute zero, which turned into something about a card game with ice queens, a shrunken-head
04/10/2014 23:27:51 PM
I've reached a crossroads.
No, it's more than that; it's an existential fog. A crisis of identity. A questioning of everything I am.
What brought on this morphing of self, this foreign mode of being?
Yesterday, in the afternoon, I laughed -- out l
04/07/2014 10:41:20 AM
(Curious about scanning electron microscopy? Well, of course you are -- who isn't?
Want to know what SEM has to do with 30 Rock, the Simpsons and Goldspider, which I totally didn't just make up? Then check out the latest post on Secondhand SCIENCE.
04/03/2014 18:28:24 PM
Today, I was asked to write a first draft of an email with an update on what my department has been up to recently. The final email will soon be sent to the entire company. It was my job to get the ball rolling.
And I rolled that ball. I rolled it t
03/31/2014 18:19:43 PM
(Sundays are for science! But Mondays can be, too!
So if you missed yesterday's Secondhand SCIENCE post on neutrinos, hop on over for a look. I promise it's the ninja-y-est, most Bigfooty article about physics you'll read all week.
Or at least unti
03/25/2014 23:40:52 PM
The other day, I was asked a seemingly simple (if rather pointed) question:
"What are you doing to save the environment?"
I was not ready for this question. I certainly had not thought about this question. And it's quite possible I was eating a meg
03/22/2014 23:32:23 PM
I don't want to give the impression that while I was on my *ahem* "holiday" break, I was just sitting around doing nothing
Yes, I was sitting around doing mostly nothing. But I did find time to carve out a different site, and start writing over ther
03/21/2014 01:37:12 AM
Chicken Satay: The dipping sauce is peanut butter. It's always just peanut butter.
Egg Roll: Because let's face it -- we have to. We get them in bulk, like cartons of fat brown cigarettes.
Crab Rangoon: If an even number of people are d
03/19/2014 18:16:49 PM
There's something really great about political correctness.
I mean, sure, the "not alienating people" is nice. Fostering inclusivity, making the world a better place, pissing off bigots and traditionalists -- these are all just super and fun and pea
12/19/2013 22:14:48 PM
My annual holiday pilgrimage to visit family is looming this weekend -- and this one is shaping up to be a monster.
Not so much when I get where I'm going, of course. The actual holiday experience is forecast to be no more or less monstrous than usu
12/15/2013 22:52:49 PM
This morning, I entered an emasculation contest.
Well Not "entered", precisely. "Was chucked into" is more like it. I imagine that's how emasculation contests usually go; nobody enters them willingly. Like marathons, probably.
Anyway, there's some
12/09/2013 22:15:25 PM
I've been noticing a lot of urine lately.
Let me rephrase that.
I've been noticing people making a big deal out of urine lately. In particular, the color and how it relates to overall health. Those little "pee hue" charts are everywhere, it seems.
12/05/2013 22:06:02 PM
It's said that those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. I don't know what those who ignore toilet seat history are doomed to, exactly, but I'm quickly finding out. And it's not pretty.
Here's the thing.
My wife and I have lived in our cond
12/01/2013 22:08:26 PM
I meet new people from time to time.
Well, not "new" people, exactly. So far as I know, they've all been people for some substantial amount of time. Decades, in most cases. Some of them are actually quite old people, indeed. They're just new to me.
11/28/2013 12:59:02 PM
This Thanksgiving week has been more... distracted than usual, so I'm way off schedule here. In lieu of actually getting back on track and posting something new, here's my favorite Thanksgiving-related nonsense from a few years ago:
The Turkey Timel
11/22/2013 22:42:51 PM
Like most people, I find taking cabs in Boston a white-knuckled, horrific experience.
My reason for this, however, is probably not as common. Let's talk it out.
A lot of people are scared by the driving, what with the cabbies careening across lanes
11/18/2013 22:48:34 PM
I was at the office today, in the middle of a pre-annual review chat with my boss, and she asked me what seemed like a very simple question:
"Are you happy?"
I knew what she meant. And I knew what the right answer was. But things are never quite so
11/14/2013 22:23:47 PM
I don't have a problem blazing my own trail. Walking the path less taken. Beating my own drum, non-euphemistically speaking.
Still. Sometimes I wonder.
In the summer, the company I work for offered employees a chance to buy into a CSA. Naturally, I
11/10/2013 22:53:12 PM
Imagine, for a moment, you're me.
All right, stop pretending to throw up in your mouth a little. Very funny, smartass.
So, you're me, just for a moment. One specific moment, in fact. Last Friday afternoon, a couple of minutes after three. You're la