Monthly Archive: October 2013

Oct 31 2013

Love FtB, Hate Ads? We’ve got a solution for you!

For those who hate seeing ads and/or those who would like to financially support this network of blogs, Jason Thibeault at Lousy Canuck has set up a system that will give you ad-free access by purchasing a subscription. The rates are $3 for a 30-day subscription, $8 for 90-day subscription, and $30 for a 365-day subscription and one subscription applies to all the blogs at …

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Oct 29 2013

On Nail Polish and Pizza

After a bit of an unusual childhood/teenagerhood, I spent a lot of my senior year of high school and freshman year of college hacking away at a list of things I’d never had to learn that are rote to your average young adult. I’d never used a microwave before, for instance. (For the record, really …

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Oct 28 2013

Monday Miscellany: Anorexia, Anonymous Comments, Alternative Energy Sources


If I managed to publish this on time, I’ve survived it to Week 6 of 10, in my ninth quarter of academics. (One quarter of the last three years was spent at Fabulous Unspecified Internship.) 1. PubMed has opened commenting with the intention of allowing it for all PubMed authors. This cannot possibly go wrong. Upside: …

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Oct 22 2013

A Tale of Two Weirds

Science is weird, and it is WEIRD. On the one hand, we have the weird stuff. The study of youtube videos. How long mammals take to pee.  The farting salmon. Heck, everything about the IgNobels. Psychology, for the record, is not exempt. Have you seen the BoBo doll experiments? Imaginary Bandura to imaginary research assistant: …

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Oct 21 2013

Monday Miscellany: Male Gamers! Millenials! Midterms.

It’s Monday! I have midterms! So, whilst I dog-paddle furiously in academic soup and mix metaphors with abandon, here’s some links. 1. Even as I knew Male Gamers Only was a satire, I got caught up in it and I had…Feelings. 2. The Curse of Cute. Dammit, science, ruining EVERYTHING. (…She said, sipping clean water …

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Oct 17 2013

Real Women

I was very taken with this piece from Disrupting Dinner Parties: Every boy I’ve ever dated had visible intercostals, because they were all athletes of a particular type. You can find it in the wild. They were all real men. Men with 4% body fat are real men. Men with a 35% body fat real men. …

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Oct 09 2013

Two Shoes


[Adapted from a really old piece from my formerly-pseudonymous blog] This is half of the last pair shoes I danced in, and half of the shoes I stopped thinking of myself as a dancer in. On the left, Grishko 2007′s in a medium shank, size 6, 5X wide. On the right, Sansha Recitals, size 10, …

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Oct 07 2013

Monday Miscellany: Pirates, Psychotherapy, Prestige

1. Psychotherapy’s Image Problem: I have some quibbles with this article. For one, it’s a pretty rote process to test a psychiatric medication. You have the pills, which are, most importantly, not as unique and complicated as People Practicing Therapy, you compare them against treatment as usual or placebos and then you do statistical magic* and …

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Oct 06 2013


This is the story of a girl who doubted herself. Who didn’t trust him at age six. Who compared him to a rattlesnake once. Who can still pull up the memory of that shocked face–the way she turned around in the car, while driving no less, and the look of horror when that eight year …

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