Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Rare Allergy

Here's an unusual allergy for you: Korean researchers documented a case of a woman who was allergic to her husband's semen. Yikes.

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Friday, April 03, 2009

What's next after Twitter?

A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece for the Huffington Post about why I'm not on Facebook. At the moment, I'm also not on Twitter. The video below covers what's next after Twitter... so I've decided that Flutter is my next move. I'll definitely join Flutter.


Saturday, February 28, 2009

The Wiki Breakup

We all selectively edit the story of our breakups... and courtesy of Slate V, here's a genius video on what it would look like if both sides could edit the story of a breakup. Simultaneously.

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Today in the NYT: The Interview Suit

Today's Times has a fun article about the return of the Interview Suit. I enjoyed it because I was doing a writing exercise with my students the other day about emotions, and I was writing about being nervous. My nervous moment came at a job interview when I was 16, sitting in a corporate waiting room wearing my first suit. It was a horrible suit. My shoes were worse.

The guy sitting across from me, who was about 21 and newly graduated from college, was also there for a first-job interview. On the way into the building, a pigeon had crapped on his suit. He kept dabbing at the spot with a wad of paper towels while we waited. The paper towels left a trail of white residue on his shoulder. The receptionist called his name, he looked at me and grimaced. "At least it'll give me something to talk about with the interviewer," he said. He headed into the interview like he was going to his own execution.

To this day, I live in fear of being crapped on by a pigeon on my way to an important event.

The Return of the Interview Suit
Published: November 13, 2008
Pants or skirts? Opinions vary, but all agree on a more formal look for these sobering times.


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Stroke After Orgasm?

Recently, a healthy 35-year-old woman in Illinois had an orgasm and then a stroke. Usually, the stroking comes first, but I hear they do things differently in the Midwest.

From WebMD/CBS News: "Sex- and orgasm-triggered strokes in relatively young women and men are rare, but not unheard of. They require a combination of factors and events not unusual in themselves, but which are highly unlikely to occur at the same time. The 35-year-old woman's symptoms were typical of this unusual kind of "cryptogenic" stroke, says Jose Biller, MD, professor and chair of the neurology department at Loyola University, Chicago. "This young woman ... while having intercourse had numbness on the left side of her face, slurred speech, and weakness in her left arm," Biller tells WebMD. "When she was transferred to our care six hours after onset, she was completely unable to move her left arm, her face was paralyzed, her speech was garbled, and she was in a state of panic." It was too late to inject the woman with the clot-busting drug tPA, which must be given within three hours of a stroke. So Biller's team quickly ran a catheter from an artery in the woman's groin up into her brain to find the blood clot by angiography. Once it was found, they had only one option: to apply tPA directly to the clot... The woman's symptoms began to improve almost immediately."

Today, she is fine. But celibate.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Save the planet by having fewer kids, scientists suggest

Rising populations are a huge strain on our warming planet. A British journal suggests that we can make a difference by having smaller families. Whaddya think?

From the Chicago Tribune: "There are plenty of ways to cut your carbon footprint, whether it's driving less or buying an energy-efficient refrigerator. But the British Medical Journal, in an editorial last month, urged a more controversial one: having fewer children."

If you're interested in more on the environmental argument for having only one child, check out Bill McKibben's book Maybe One, in which he makes the case for smaller families.

Personally, I'm only having one kid. I have my reasons.

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Must Read: The Night of the Gun

Today's NY Times has a stunning article about addiction, recovery, and parenting by David Carr, the paper's media columnist and culture reporter. It's lovely as a straight-up morality tale, but what I like most is the way he writes the piece while reflecting on the conventions of the junkie narrative.

Me and My Girls
Published: July 20, 2008
What if I told you I was a fat thug who beat up women and sold bad coke? Now what if I said that I was a recovered crack addict who got custody of my twin girls, got us off welfare and raised them? Both are the story of my life.

When I saw the title in the Times' most-emailed-stories list, I thought the piece would be about breasts or breast cancer. A friend has always called her breasts 'the girls,' and my friends and I have adopted it. In reality, the piece is adapted from David Carr's new memoir, The Night of the Gun. Which I plan to read soonest.