Category Archive: History

Feb 23 2009

A Year on Propranolol

The part I remember best is waking up with my head down on my arms. On my desk. With the voices around me, it only took a moment to figure out where I was. Oh, crap. I decided I must have fallen asleep at work. What could be more embarrassing than that? Then I remembered. …

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Feb 02 2009

Taking Off the Act

Thursday morning, my iPod was speaking to me. In a half hour walk to work, three songs all talking about the same subject–acting. Is there anybody in there in this self-inflicted tomb?If you peel away the layers, is there someone in this room? Of course, they were all talking about it because I was already …

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Jan 31 2009

How to Destroy Your Childhood

…with YouTube. Watch what Microsoft’s Songsmith does to “White Wedding.” Then cower in the corner.

Dec 15 2008

Sam & Max Rules

A bit more than a decade ago, my husband and I played a bunch of LucasArts adventure games. Remember, this was pre-Episode One. Pre-Grim Fandango not being released for Macs for that matter. LucasArts was still okay then. In fact, they were pretty cool. Sure, the Indiana Jones game was kinda dull, but Day of …

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Nov 11 2008

Red Touches Yellow

When I was little, my doctor worked in a clinic that had the coolest entryway. I didn’t much notice the entryway when they reopened the clinic in the middle of the night to deal with my pneumonia-induced 104 degree fever and delirium, but that’s another story. Usually, I loved the place. We entered through a …

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Nov 09 2008

Coming Out

In case the new addition to the sidebar doesn’t say it loudly enough, I’m an atheist. This won’t surprise anyone who knows me well, but this blog is here in part because few people know me well. It may not surprise regular readers of the blog. I do, after all, use rationality as a label …

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Nov 08 2008

Student Life (and Death)

Dr. Isis, in her new digs, is writing about teachers letting themselves into students’ lives. She’s looking at it through the lens of writing, but there are…never mind, I’ll just tell the story. Fall semester of my sophomore year of college, two things happened that shouldn’t be related. I got a gamma globulin shot, and …

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Nov 03 2008

Life in Da Hood

There are times when you wake up, not quite sure why, but knowing it isn’t good. Two men and a woman, all 19, suffered non-life-threatening wounds when they were shot about 1:35 a.m. Sunday near 1012 E. 21st St., said Minneapolis police spokesman Sgt. William Palmer. The motive was unclear, but it was not a …

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Oct 29 2008

The Goblin King

Fantasy Magazine has a column up about the 10 fantasy movies that make people think that fantasy is stupid fluff. I have no problem with fluff, and I’m rather fond of at least one of the movies on their list, but I did have to agree with the inclusion of Labyrinth. I didn’t like the …

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Sep 24 2008

Yeah, Yeah

It’s that time of year again. Since people have hinted that I’m to watch their blogs, I’ll add links later. In the meantime, enjoy the traditional Renaissance Festival birthday song. The “happy birthday”s are sung in a group, with a loud grunt at the end of each. The changing lyrics are started by whomever sings …

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