oh jeez, you guys.

It seems like lately, there is some horribleness happening in every corner of the world. Even just a cursory glance around various news sources on the internet will tell you that… (big inhale) [Author’s note: originally, this was going to be a huge run-on sentence listing a whole slew of terrible current events, complete withContinue reading “oh jeez, you guys.”

Clarity and Precision

Picture a spiral, like this one: Not this exact one, obviously, you don’t need to picture it since I’ve done that for you and you can just look at it. Now that you’re looking at it, think for a moment about how you would describe it to someone. Which words would you use? What featuresContinue reading “Clarity and Precision”

honeybees of the world, ranked by their photos on Wikipedia

Finally, someone (me) has gone through and ranked the aesthetics of the world’s honey bees! Black dwarf honey bee (Apis andreniformis) She is an elegant looking bee, clad all in black with saucy yellow highlights. Her solid, utilitarian looking antennae complement but don’t distract. Just fuzzy enough to be nonthreatening, but not so fuzzy thatContinue reading “honeybees of the world, ranked by their photos on Wikipedia”

fear and loathing in non-measurable sets: an anecdote

Many years ago, when dinosaurs roamed and naked-mouthed humans could mingle with impunity, I was a wide-eyed student working on a bachelor’s degree in physics. Sometime during my final year, I had trouble sleeping. Now, there are many, curricular reasons that a physics student might have a bout of insomnia (many are practically tradition) butContinue reading “fear and loathing in non-measurable sets: an anecdote”

lessons from language learning

Until a few years ago, I lived in the United States, home of such important historical figures as George Washington and Mr. Boh. I was quite happy there until I eventually grew tired of not being employed, and of being watched by Mr. Boh’s one, weird eye. So, I did what anyone fleeing a regionalContinue reading “lessons from language learning”