Archive for May 2015

Scattered thoughts about my tomorrow

Scattered thoughts about my tomorrow
I’m not sure what to wear tomorrow. I am going straight from work to a poetry-writing-workshop/wine-tasting/Ethiopian-dinner. I wasn’t supposed to have any meetings outside the department, which would have meant I could be pretty casual, but a meeting I was supposed to have today got moved to tomorrow. I need to find something both appropriate... Read more »

Do terms like 'cyber attack' prevent good computer security practices?

According to research by David Hauser, describing cancer as an enemy that needs to be fought reduces the extent to which people focus on preventive behaviors such as changing their diets. Hauser’s work seems to indicate that describing cancer in terms of war and battle metaphors focused people on direct attack actions and made them... Read more »

The mystery of the abandoned cupcakes

When I saw four Whole Foods cupcake in our work refrigerator last Monday I did not realize they¬†would become the key figures in a mystery that I would obsess about for the rest of the week. The cupcakes were there when I put my lunch away on Monday morning. I figured they were one person’s... Read more »
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Yes, I am jealous of your books

Yes, I am jealous of your books
My friend Julie Hammerle from the¬†Hammervision blog announced that her first novel is being published. I’m happy and excited for her. But, yes, I am also a little jealous and not just of Julie. There is a whole list of ChicagoNow bloggers who are also book authors. You can see the list here. The list... Read more »

50 ways to be left by your lover

50 ways to be left by your lover
The Paul Simon song “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” lists options for escaping your relationship. The ways listed in the song are pretty cowardly, but a new version would need to be more passive aggressive to appeal to a modern audience. Instead of saying how you can leave your lover it should suggest bad... Read more »

My kids are my favorite happy hour

Last night I went to a happy hour, which is a rare occurrence for me. It was fun for a while, but by the end of the evening the discussion devolved into a bitch fest about a subject I found upsetting. The worst part about it was the realization that I was awkwardly sitting through... Read more »
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Drawing mazes is my weekly meditation

A few weeks ago my kids started back-to-back swim classes. My son has been taking swim classes for a couple of years now. My daughter became eligible when she turned four. We set up at a poolside table. My son swims while my daughter waits, then they change roles. On our first week of double... Read more »