Escaping School

No, this isn’t another end-of-the year cat post. This is about being Odd and the designated target for four years and more, and what happened. There are reasons why I say that I escaped public high school, rather than graduating. I did learn things, and I had some really good English and science teachers who taught me a great deal that I still use, but oh, lordy, the other students and the administrators… Continue reading

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Earth Day? Again?

Plastic is evil, people are a blight on the planet, we must reverse global warming, save the whales and baby seals, hug a tree, and so on and so forth.

I’m a conservationist, not an environmentalist. Continue reading

Pick One!

So which one is it? Women don’t go into STEM because there aren’t enough female role models, because we don’t like “geek culture” stuff, or because we aren’t smart enough. Pick one, dang it, and stick with it.

What? You didn’t know that Star Trek, Star Wars, and other sci-fi things were sexist and off-putting to women? That’s according to a librarian at MIT, so it must be true. Especially since there is an academic study to support the assertion (“Ambient Belonging: How Stereotypical Cues Impact Gender Participation in Computer Science” by Cheryan et al in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2009, Vol. 97, No. 6, 1045–1060) Continue reading

Women, Firearms, Skirts, and TV Follies

So, according to a pundit on CNN, women don’t (or can’t) carry concealed firearms because we wear skirts and dresses, and we’d have to wear a jacket all the time over a dedicated belt-n-holster rig like police officers and sheriffs wear. And ladies just don’t want to do that.

*Waits for guffaws and howls of laughter to finish*

I’ll grant that if you have to wear a knee-length, fitted, sleeveless sheath dress, your attire does present some technical difficulties. But what if you don’t work for Fox News? Continue reading

Pay-Per-Overlook?

On the trip this past summer, my group opted to go out onto an island to look at the Baltic. The island is rather large, and protects the city from the Baltic’s infamous winter storms. However, that day all was well, and we hoped that since tourist season had not officially started, things would be pretty quiet.

So peaceful, and quiet. It was about 75 degrees F, with a light breeze to keep the bugs away.

The island of Rugen, where we went, is a lumpy chunk of north Germany, rockier and with more variety of scenery than the mainland. We passed freshwater marshes, forests, nice farms, and lots of cars. Apparently we were not the only people trying to get ahead of the rush. Continue reading

Scare-tistics

Welcome, Instapundit readers! Thanks for stopping by.

“Just one sunburn increases your chances of getting cancer by 100%!”

“People who don’t eat [food] have a 20% greater risk of colon cancer!”

“You have all the risk factors for skin cancer.”

“People with a family history of [malady] have a 40% greater chance of getting [malady] than the rest of the population does.”

Sigh. Just what my nerves need to hear. But what is my risk? What are the odds of my having [malady]? You notice that the news articles never really give you that information? Continue reading