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Monthly Archive: June 2012

Jun 16 2012

Bloom

In my dermatillomania post, a commenter linked to this art installation that I just had to share: In 2003 a building housing the Massachusetts Mental Health Center (MMHC) was slated for demolition to make way for updated facilities. The closure was a time for reflection and remembrance as the MMHC had been in operation for …

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Jun 16 2012

Dermatillomania therapies

In my previous post about dermatillomania, Robert B asks: “Do you mind sharing what kind of therapies were tried?” Sure! When I first met with my therapist, I made sure that she used cognitive behavioral therapy, since that’s one of the approaches most supported by scientific evidence. I also made it clear that I was …

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Jun 16 2012

Nerds go waaaaaay back

Sometimes I wonder what ancient people used for birth control. I have my answer now that I’ve put two pieces of evidence together. This SMBC comic: And this auction for a Roman 20-sided gaming die from 2nd century AD: This is post 31 of 49 of Blogathon. Donate to the Secular Student Alliance here.

Jun 16 2012

What should we call grad school?

I wanted to share one of my recent favorite things with you, especially since I know I have a surprising number of readers who are either in grad school or have been in it. I present to you the tumblr “What should we call grad school?” Here are some of my favorites: “How I feel …

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Jun 16 2012

How will marijuana legalization change popular culture?

Marijuana legalization is on the ballot in a number of states, including my current place of residence (Washington). It’s probably no shocker since I’m a dirty liberal, but I’ll be voting in favor of legalization. It’s ludicrous that we have such tight regulations on a drug that’s less harmful that alcohol. Heaven forbid if some …

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Jun 16 2012

Fixing Math Education – or – How I Learned to Stop Lecturing and Love the Common Core Standards

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This is a guest post by Mark Webster, continuing his tradition of guest posting for me during Blogathon. He is a graduate of Purdue University from the School of Science in the field of Mathematics Education and is currently a High School Mathematics Teacher in Indiana. Please note that the author is representing general trends …

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Jun 16 2012

Cat Etiquette

I’ve found my new favorite comic. This fits Pixel so perfectly I’m convinced kitty spy cameras are in my apartment: See the rest of the Pusheen comic here! This is post 27 of 49 of Blogathon. Donate to the Secular Student Alliance here.

Jun 16 2012

A dermatillomania update

Last year I wrote about my experience with dermatillomania, also known as compulsive skin picking. It’s part of the OCD spectrum of behaviors, where I have the compulsion to pick at the skin on my fingertips and lips, often until they’re bleeding or scarred. It’s worse when I’m nervous or stressed because I oddly find …

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Jun 16 2012

No, I won’t be going to TAM

Time to open up a can of worms! I’ve been getting sporadic questions about if I’ll be attending TAM this year. No, I won’t. I apologize to any readers who were hoping to see me there! But contrary to what some people believe, it’s not because I think TAM is a cesspool where I’m going …

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Jun 16 2012

What video games are you looking forward to?

I’m absolutely itching to play the new Civilization 5 expansion, Gods and Kings. I’m such a fan that I’ll buy almost anything Civ craps out, but I’m legitimately excited about  this expansion…because it brings back religion. I know, I know. It’s a little ironic for me to be excited about religion. But I love winning …

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