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A Puff of Absurdity: A Genius Kvetching Ring

An article, three years old, was in my facebook feed today. But it was insanely timely. It’s a little lifestyle piece about how to talk to people who are sick or experiencing trauma. It’s just plain common sense, but it needs to be circulated regardless!  The idea was illustrated thusly:

Beautifully illustrated by Wes . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: A Genius Kvetching Ring

A Puff of Absurdity: Preventing Ovarian Cancer Program Logistics

I went down the road to genetic testing all because of a link I noticed on facebook in early May 2015 – just before my 50th birthday, from the POCP. It said that anyone could get free genetic testing to test for cancer if they have a close relative who had ovarian cancer. So . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: Preventing Ovarian Cancer Program Logistics

A Puff of Absurdity: On Those Counterfeit Diplomas

An editorial in today’s NYT suggests that some recent high school graduates are not competent in basic skills that should be required to earn their standing. The headline refers to these students’ diplomas as counterfeit, implying that students had a … . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: On Those Counterfeit Diplomas

A Puff of Absurdity: On Achievement and Death and Stuff

First, a bit about boredom:

“Boredom may lead you to anything. After all, boredom even sets one to sticking gold pins into people…one may choose what is contrary to one’s own interest…one’s own fancy, however wild it may be…desire what is injurious to himself, what is stupid, very stupid – simply in order . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: On Achievement and Death and Stuff

A Puff of Absurdity: One Neat Trick to Lose Weight Fast

I just lost 10 pounds without even trying!!

So I was ready to give away some clothes to charity because it was time to resign myself to my middle-age body. I had to accept that I wasn’t going to fit into these clothes ever again.  Then I tried them on one last time, and . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: One Neat Trick to Lose Weight Fast

A Puff of Absurdity: So I Went to the March

I went to the Jobs, Justice, Climate march on Sunday.  It’s taken me a few days to think about what I think about it.

Klein so close at the pre-pre-rally.

I got to Queen’s Park way early and sat under a big tree to read and wait, and I happened to sit where . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: So I Went to the March

A Puff of Absurdity: AER Strategies

Margaret Wente recently wrote about a teacher, Lynden Dorval, who was fired for giving students zeros when they didn’t complete assignments.  Fellow teachers argued his case:  “They told the tribunal that when there are no consequences, a disturbing number of students – quelle surprise! – don’t do the work.”  She clarifies the policy rationale:

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A Puff of Absurdity: Diamond’s Collapse

A while back, Mound suggested I read Collapse by Jared Diamond, and I finally got to it. It’s a fascinating read particularly for anyone interested in ancient civilizations. Diamond explores what caused the destruction of various civilizations over the past couple millennia. What interested me, of course, is his final few chapters that clarify . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: Diamond’s Collapse

A Puff of Absurdity: Backyard Studio and Garden Build

Three summers ago, I decided to take over the backyard, get rid of the playhouse that the kids had deserted, and build a big garden and waterfall with a little studio to work in.  The next day, my son said all he wanted for his birthday was to take over the backyard to build . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: Backyard Studio and Garden Build

350 or bust: What Does It Take To Get People To Change?

Apparently standing on the brink of global disaster, economically and environmentally, isn’t enough to get the majority of people to demand real change from their political leaders, and move away from their fossil fuel lovin’ ways. So what will it take? This video from 14 year old Hyrum Grenny (with a little help from his . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: What Does It Take To Get People To Change?