We Lost The Climate Change Struggle, or, The Foolish Kryptonians

A lot of my ideas of the world and about life come from movies.  One impact SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE gave me was an effort to never be the smug politician-scientist who shoots Jor-El down at the council meeting shortly before Krypton explodes. I recognize that our Earthling scientists are human and often wrong; I’m still …

Chemistry, or, We Are Living In A Chemical World And I Am A Chemical Girl

Chemistry is the only subject I ever failed in high school; recently I decided to study and acquaint myself with it. I have one major takeaway: holy cats, I should have had the Internet in high school. After about three or so hours watching videos from Khan Academy, Bozeman Science, and also, taking the time …

Day 10 (Again): Days Without Sugar

I thought today, “Just ten more ’10 day blocks’ and I’ll be at a hundred”, although really, it’s not even an immense challenge anymore.  I can do it. Around 2007, I started saying that, “In twenty years, sugar will be the new cigarettes; little kids will look on today’s advertising and wonder what the heck …

PATTERNS: Ghostbusters Beatsheet

GHOSTBUSTERS was the first movie (and I think only) movie I ever asked to have bought for me, and it was the first story that made me see “structure” though I didn’t know the word; it made me suspicious that one could write a story as cool and satisfying as Ghostbusters by copying what happened …