A not so original Halloween

I really thought I was on to something.  Something big.  Something that would rival the great Halloween of 2007 – David Bowie from The Labyrinth (which recently yielded 793 hits from procrastinators on October 29).  I even felt like I was doing Halloween right this year and not just going through the motions.  I taught

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O.X. – Outdoor Excursions or Outrageous eXcuses?

I freely classified the five month period between Grad School and the start of my career as my “Pre-Employment” phase.  There were many highlights throughout this period – including a month of traveling Europe, working a week at a Middle School Leadership Camp, camping and rafting for my brother’s bachelor party in

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Girl Scout Cookie Geography: A brownie civil war!

If you’re like me, you grew up in the wonderful and comforting land of Caramel DeLites, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Shortbreads, and Peanut Butter Patties.  However, when I attended the University of Minnesota for my freshman year of college, my Girl Scout Cookie world came crashing down around me.  When trying to

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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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Chickens: the new dogs

Today started off on a less than ideal note when I did terribly on my midterm (not yet confirmed) and on my way home was greeted with a parking ticket (the lame 48 hours in the same spot kind).  Historically, the opening round of the NCAA tournament is an enjoyable

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A revealing year’s end…

A friend of mine recently told me that my posts should be shorter and more frequent.  Unfortunately life’s been too busy lately and I haven’t even had time for this.  I suppose I’ll give it a whirl… .   Top Credit Card Transactions of 2009 My Defense 1 STADIUMBAR I had to front my

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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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My current totem pole

A friend of mine, who also happens to be the Assistant Dean of the College of Engineering, brought this cartoon from www.phdcomics.com to my attention on facebook the other day. The main thing that’s surprising to me is not that Football coaches make over a million dollars, but rather the

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