Too Many Girls

There’s a running joke in my fiancé’s family that having boys is impossible – they’ve gone 16 tries without one. It’s clear there’s something weird going on with the Metternichs – they’re pretty good at making wine (my brother-in-laws-to-be and I visited the vineyard this past fall in The Rhine

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Why do i get so tired flying every week?

Every time I fly (which over the last three years has been nearly twice a week), I get tired.  Not debilitatingly tired but enough that I just feel ‘off’ and less productive.  Many people would simply chalk this up to jet lag but the reality over the past three years is that

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Where the Beer Flows like Wine: breakdown by state

I have a lot of pride in my Wisconsin roots – especially when it comes to beer. Although, the quality of WI beer (and beer drinkers) is hard to rival, since moving to Colorado, I’ve felt conflicted whenever I hear Coloradans bragging about the number of breweries in this state.

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Wedding Season

Weddings got real this year.  Real real.  So I plotted out my wedding attendance (to the best of my memory).  Check out that exponential growth (directly proportional to the amount of money I spent on wedding presents)!     1996 Laurie & Stan* 2003 Fay’s sister’s wedding* 2005 Megan &

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The Packers Season Ticket Waitlist: Only a lifetime away

During the month of October, a lot of people (9,786 in Oct 2010) read my blog because of my blog post about possible Halloween costumes.  Throughout the rest of the year, my brother is pretty much the only reader.  So Dave, this one’s for you.  Towards the end of my High

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The history of NCAA Tournament upsets

Every year I hear people say “the upsets this year destroyed my bracket.” While some years this is probably valid, most years these people (who are probably just trying to justify the hundreds of hours they spent filling out their bracket) are just making excuses. Nonetheless, I’ve always wondered what

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Athletic Prime: Men vs. Women

US Olympic Team – Average Age by Year Year   Men Women All 1896 Summer 23   23 1900 Summer 23   23 1904 Summer 25   25 1908 Summer 26   26 1912 Summer 26   26 1920 Summer 26 19 26 1924 Summer 25 21 24 1924 Winter

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Finally punctuation we really need(insert SarcMarc)

I’ve written other posts on the difficulties of conveying tone over the internet and I’ve long viewed the written exclamation point as useless, unless preceeded by an expletive.  However, much to the chagrin of Strunk & White, it turns out inventing new punctation is possible.  Google News just informed me

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Christmas List #1: Invisibility Cloak

For those of you who don’t know, while working on my master’s degree I’ve worked in the RFID Lab on campus.  Last week at one of our workgroup meetings, another Engineering Graduate student (the electrical kind) was presenting his recent research entitled, “RFID and Metamaterials: Now things get interesting.”  The

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