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Kernels of Devastation

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I’ve been allergic to peanuts my whole life. A food allergy is a major pain – it’s like a weakness, a Kryptonite that renders me helpless at even a small dose. Unlike Superman, I don’t have remarkable powers to fall back on when things are good. Peanuts contacting my mouth rapidly initiate a multistage anaphylactic [...]

Hallowe’en Doggerel

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Performed door-to-door as last year by Mark and I (alternating lines until the final one, said enthusiastically in chorus) with extraordinarily satisfactory results. It also helped that we went after fewer kids were coming by, probably around 8 PM or so. Alas, I don’t know of any pictures or video I could use to supplement [...]

Numbing the Mouth

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Last week Rachel and I went with some friends to the Red Pearl, a new Chinese restaurant in Columbia. Our server, Ben, was able to immediately tell me which dishes contained peanuts – an excellent start. Even with so many peanut allergies this is a rare trait; most of the time they have to go [...]

At Long Last, AMCAS Realizes It’s 2010

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Amusingly, the keyword searches that bring the most traffic to my site (what little it is) have to do with the AMCAS application not working in modern browsers, including anything running on OS X. It looks like they’ve finally decided to update the site for the 2011 application cycle, and this time they’ve added an [...]

A Perceptual Error

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A while back the leasing office started advertising a “breakfast on the go” event for this week. It sounded great and the time included when I normally leave for work; unlike most events, I planned to avail myself of it (this was assisted by the placement of the ad above my mailbox). The night before [...]

RAS Syndrome

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Redundant Acronym Syndrome syndrome: people incur it all the time. They say an acronym but repeat the final word as well: DVD disc, ATM machine, ISBN number. Were the acronym to be fully expanded, they’re duplicating that final word and saying “digital versatile disc disc.” This used to aggravate me immensely, but the other day [...]

This was a Triumph

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This was a Triumph

All too often my weekends pass by in a blur of responsibilities, visiting families, and going places that, after ensuring I am sufficiently dizzy, cruelly abandons me on Monday morning. I am left drinking coffee and asking myself just where that time went, and how long is it until Friday again? In a refreshing inversion, [...]

Occupational Hazards

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Aside from the occasional mishap, my colleagues and I do rather well managing the everpresent hazards of working in a research laboratory. Every so often, though, something happens that’s particularly interesting.

The Genre Debacle

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Ever since I started digitizing my music library, I’ve struggled with the pronunciation of the word “genre.” I started out saying John Ree, perhaps imagining him as a pioneer in the field of music classification; sort of a spiritual ancestor to the Music Genome Project.

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Barrier to Entry

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A while back (2006, to be exact) Coke started My Coke Rewards, a semi-digital version of those frequent customer reward programs. It’s supposed to be very simple – you buy Coke brand drinks and enter the code under the cap online. Apparently now you can even text the codes in on your cell phone (how [...]

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