Archive for June 2014

I got stung by jellyfish and didn't realize for 4 days

The first time I was stung by jellyfish I realized it almost immediately. I was vacationing on Edisto Island, South Carolina with some friends. Cathy and I were in the water when I felt something hit and partially wrap around my thighs. I understand that being in the ocean means dealing with things in the... Read more »

Vacation or Dead?

“So what do you think: vacation or dead?” “This is messed up.” “Come on. Her last post was 6 days ago. Normally she posts every few hours. At least. So do you think she is on vacation or she died?” “If you find out she did actually die you’ll feel bad for joking about it.”... Read more »

10 very short stories about technology

10 very short stories about technology
When I started Fiction Friday I was looking for a way to reinvigorate my imagination in quick bursts of flash fiction. Some weeks I know well ahead of time what will write. Some weeks an idea didn’t come until Thursday. However, a theme that that has emerged is short stories about technology. I guess it... Read more »
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The body remembers

The body remembers. It may be stiffer than before and weaker, but the body remembers. At first, she wasn’t sure her body would remember. She assumed she would do something that was similar to the old routine but not the same. Her brain didn’t remember the choreography, but when she started to dance her body remembered. Her... Read more »

Q&A with a ChicagoNow blogger: Alisa Jordan of No Bags to Check

ChicagoNow bloggers were assigned other ChicagoNow bloggers to interview. I got Alisa Jordan of No Bags to Check, which is generally a travel blog except for this month when she is promoting Alzheimer’s awareness. I’m not sure how our community manager decided which blogger should interview whom. Perhaps he assigned Alisa to me because he... Read more »

13 obvious facts about Friday the 13th

13 obvious facts about Friday the 13th
Today is Friday the 13th. Here are 13 obvious facts about Friday the 13th. Friday the 13th always occurs on a Friday. Friday the 13th always occurs on the 13th day of the month. Friday the 13th can occur in January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, or December. There can... Read more »
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Die Spy: We hack dead people's computers, so you don't have to

Has a family member recently died leaving you with more stuff than answers? Die Spy can help! Our teams can find out everything you want to know about your deceased loved one. You may find out so much you will wonder why you ever bothered to get to know the person when he or she was... Read more »

Not engineers or executives: The other women in tech

When people talk about “women in tech” they usually mean female engineers or women who have risen to positions of executive leadership, but there are a lot of women in tech who are neither of those things. Analysts and project managers are to “women in tech” what stay at home moms are to the general feminist... Read more »

Good neighbors make good fences

“Good fences make good neighbors.” That quote from the Robert Frost poem “Mending Wall” is often used to express the way people use fences to create a barrier between them and their neighbors. I’ve found, however, that sometimes fences can bring neighbors together. When we moved into our house there was a short, rusty, chain... Read more »
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We didn't cure cancer. We fed it.

We didn't cure cancer. We fed it.
We didn’t cure cancer. We fed it. At the first signs of a tumor we started implanted cells that had been genetically engineered to be easier and more desirable than human organs for the spread of cancer cells. Once the cancer spreads to the new cells it ignores the native ones. The original idea was that... Read more »