There are a lot of good suggestions here already. I would like to add another option, especially since you talked about signing up for an ongoing course. Aikido trains one to deal with multiple attackers and does not rely on strength. One learns to deal with all sorts of grabs and holds as well as attacks. The… » 12/10/14 7:30am 12/10/14 7:30am

Curiously enough, my acquaintances who seem to have a love-fest for Krampus are not white frat bros, but more likely to be Manic Pixie Dream Girls (or other "artsy" or "hipster" types and mostly female). But I am old, and maybe the frat bros learned about Krampus from the MPDGs and liked it enough to make a Krampus… » 12/05/14 9:11pm 12/05/14 9:11pm

You have inspired me to share. Once, not too long ago, I was the outsider borrowing equipment from another institution's lab space. When I used it, I would need it for, oh, 18 hours or so. I sound awful, right? Except I was really, really considerate - I checked with everyone who used the machine first and scheduled… » 12/05/14 9:04pm 12/05/14 9:04pm

I am pleased to see gene therapy techniques and technology ave progressed so much. I remember vaguely when I was in graduate school about a gene therapy trial that resulted in the death of participants (maybe this one?). Oops. And that shut that field down for a while, and helped me decide to NOT go into that area of… » 12/05/14 12:18pm 12/05/14 12:18pm

I think many of the suggested activities are great distractions that will take your mind off the source of your stress for a time. I offer one I am surprised hasn't been mentioned yet: exercise. Walk around town probably counts. Try any mild to heavy physical exertion activity you like, do that for a half-hour or so… » 12/02/14 2:04pm 12/02/14 2:04pm

Clearly this is a problem that needs solved by ... Eminent Domain! Have the government seize the properties nearest these narrow streets (and pay for them), but then raze the buildings and then widen the streets, add some turn-around spots, maybe a watering post, and since fire is such a horrible concern, maybe even a… » 11/22/14 9:30am 11/22/14 9:30am

I like your post, and I have some personal experience I can relate that might reveal another facet of the conundrum. When I was a college kid, I really liked REM. Then they hit it big (right around the Stand era). They actually came to play in my town! So naturally I went to see them. And Michael Stipe was a dick! He… » 11/20/14 9:26pm 11/20/14 9:26pm

I often think I am an okay dad, but there is room for improvement. However, recently my wife had to travel and was away for three weeks. It was FIFTEEN days before my child said, "Where's Mommy?" Yeah, I am pretty full of myself about that, but smart enough not to share that tidbit with the spouse. » 11/17/14 11:02am 11/17/14 11:02am

As the parent of a mixed race child, I wonder what coping mechanisms he will develop when "purists" insult him, knowingly or un-. The cynic in me says there is no (or very little room) because racial identity has become highly politicized. You're not "really" Chinese, or white, or whatever because you don't think "the… » 11/12/14 2:44pm 11/12/14 2:44pm

Isn't this example (and 99% of all the others I have seen crawl across my social media pages) an example of poorly-trained government employees? Shouldn't this be a clarion call for better education and training for the the people supposedly running our country? The author had what they needed, but was thwarted not by… » 11/06/14 9:44pm 11/06/14 9:44pm

Anecdotally, I suspect a lot of libertarians are like a lot of atheists and a lot of anarchists: they recognize there is a problem with the "norm," but lack the cognitive power to develop a solution. Much like the masses of followers of the popular conventions (i.e., democrats/republicans), many simply parrot the… » 10/15/14 8:04am 10/15/14 8:04am

I'm at an age now where if I had followed a traditional academic career track and made an awesome discovery, potentially I could be in the running for a Nobel prize. Realistically, I'm probably still a decade too young (if I had followed that traditional career path). I say that, because way back long ago when I was… » 10/11/14 7:31am 10/11/14 7:31am