Former scientist, science educator, writer, and an angry, ANGRY little monkey.

On The Trouble With Reader-Shaming: A Y.A. Book List

@Better to Eat You With And yet, Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy is usually classified as YA and he LITERALLY has a scene in it where they kill god.

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 4:41 pm 0

On The Trouble With Reader-Shaming: A Y.A. Book List

Anytime people tell me YA is just for kids, I take out my copy of Terry Pratchett's NATION and smack them with it. For serious, I have read Joyce, I have read Hemingway, I have read Woolf and Eggers and Krakauer and whatever else the cool adults are reading (Marquez?) Nation is one of the weirdest, loveliest pieces of fiction I've read in the last... let's say 5 years. Maybe 10. And I'm not even really a Pratchett fan.

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 6:14 pm 1

On The Stupid Trendy Cocktail Bar Name Generator

Yeahh... Indianapolis has the Ball and Biscuit, which I'm told is a nickname for a kind of microphone but I'm not totally convinced they didn't use this.

Good bar, though.

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 12:49 pm 0

On "Excuse me, we've had some complaints you're intimidating people with your toned body."

I am not sure I buy her story about the staff member's quote. Planet Fitness (full disclosure: I have a membership there, I like it, it's inexpensive and great for the price) has a clear and very public dress code for all members that excludes certain kinds of tank tops. I think the wording is something like "muscle tanks and other clothing that shows the chest or stomach." And given that the MO for PF is that they want it to be a gym where people just starting to work out won't be intimidated by gym rats, what I'm guessing the staff member ACTUALLY said was more along the lines of "Excuse me, we have a dress code that prohibits revealing workout clothes, please put a shirt on."
Which, of course, Tiff here seems to have heard as "OMG YOU ARE TOO HOTZ AND INTIMIDATING TEH FATTIES!"

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 1:22 pm 0

On For Emily M. Keeler, Who Interviewed the Prince of Pricks

@The Lady of Shalott Same here, only a suburban Texas public school, 11th grade AP English.

Posted on January 3, 2014 at 1:52 pm 0

On 18 Brides in a Year

@cuminafterall This. Nothing magically changed after we got married (and we were together 8 years before that happened.) Nobody gave me an apron and told me to quit my job and have a roast on the table by 6. Nobody made him become Don Draper. Maybe it helps that we're childfree by choice? I don't know why the words "husband" and "wife" get so... loaded?

I wonder sometimes if this is why marriages fail: people think that there will be some amazing transformation in either of you. I have never, in my experience, seen that to be the case.

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 1:58 pm 0

On 18 Brides in a Year

@RachelTheC Having grown up in Texas, the idea of Marfa as a fashionable, artsy destination BLOWS MY DAMN MIND. When/how did this happen???

It will always be the weird little town of my youth, all chicken fried steak and weird lights on the mountains.

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 1:54 pm 0

On 18 Brides in a Year

@DianaPrince Or do what I did: just add a last name. You can have two. Space, no hyphen. My full name is a parade of French, English, Welsh, and Spanish names. And ignore your BMV/DMV who may say it won't fit. That's hogwash.

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 1:47 pm 0

On Wendy Davis's Texas

As a transplanted Texan (born in Dallas, educated at A&M) who resides in Indiana now: THANK YOU for writing this. It's tiresome that people cannot seem to grasp that a state so large and so diverse is not going to fit their "Texan" (whatever that means... conservative white, I guess?) stereotype very often, if at all.

This fight between Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott is going to make for an interesting election year. After Abbott graced the cover of Texas Monthly in his wheelchair and holding a gun, someone wrote in that they'd have been far more impressed if he'd been holding a textbook. Which: YUP.

Posted on December 27, 2013 at 2:04 pm 1

On A Thing You Should Probably Read If You Use the NuvaRing

@len132 BUMP! I saw this, too. As a biologist who does a lot of sequencing work I was super troubled by that letter the FDA sent. I mean, how hard is it to tell the FDA what sequences you're looking at and what database you're using to assess risk??? It makes me seriously wonder if ANY of what they're sending out is valid. My worst fear is that some lab tech is just running a microsat analysis and going "yup, there's a band, you're at risk for [insert thing here.]"

Which is not exactly what I'd consider "rigorous" and certainly not a valid assessment to base serious medical decisions on.

Posted on December 15, 2013 at 5:58 pm 0