Number of air-cushion thingies to ship a wall calendar?

Sixty-one, according to Office Max. That’s 40.5 linear feet of AirSpeed “inflatable void fill packaging.” #sustainability #greenwash I opened the oversized box and long stretches of plastic-cushion chains popped out, like some giant snakes-in-a-peanut-brittle-can gag. Each cushion bears the words “Please Recycle” in large letters. The manufacturer, Pregis, prides itself on its environmentalism, using reclaimed […]

The man who made mumps a distant memory.

Or, for that matter, measles and rubella. If as a child you learned about mumps from The Little Golden Book called Richard Scarry’s Chipmunk’s ABC, you can thank Maurice R. Hilleman, who in his lifetime developed some 40 vaccines, including the first one for mumps, saving millions of lives. Among the amazing stats in an article about him in […]

Some sic spam

I’ve been spending too much time lately deleting spam comments before they see the light of day on this blog and have a chance to spread malware.#phishing I need to get a better spam filter on WordPress, but in the meantime, I can’t help marveling at the ability of spambots to sound remarkably like Steve […]

Slipsliding away

 Did the full moon and high tide have anything to do with the the massive landslide yesterday on Whidbey Island in Washington State? #whidbeylandslide Not only was there a full moon on March 27, but an extremely high tide of 8.9 feet (the record tide height for this spot is 9.8 feet) peaked at 4:44 a.m. — […]

Germs, chocolate, hovercrafts, and goo

My son’s elementary school had its first science fair in many years, and it was a hoot. Never mind that the participants were crammed into an upstairs hallway while the gym (excuse me, “All-Purpose Room”) was booked for Lip Sync rehearsal. (Welcome to DC public schools!) The kiddos put a lot of work into their […]