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Scav Hunt!

The 2013 (or 2014, depending on who you ask; there were apparently some issues with the 2013 list causing YOLOCALYPSE) University of Chicago Scavenger hunt is either in full swing or panic mode (again, depending on who you ask). And this is something that everyone should know about. Here’s a …


Drabble Lab Round 4: Solitude

Despite issues with logging in to the comments, last week’s drabble lab was great. Hopefully, sign-in issues will be resolved this time around; if you couldn’t get your drabble in for last time I’m sorry! I was really impressed this week with the breadth of interpretations of the theme. There …


Drabble Lab round 3: Growth.

This round of Drabble Lab made me grin, because there were so many repeating themes. You know you write for a wonderfully skeptical audience when the prompt of ‘truth’ yields stories mostly about the fallibility of human reason and the possible reality of totally implausible situations. In short, in most …


Drabble Lab Round 2: Truth

Drabble lab last week went phenomenally! There were so many great entries that I had a desperately hard time choosing a winner. You should definitely check out the whole thread, with all 14 drabbles (that’s only 1400 words; it won’t take you too long!). But in the meantime, here are …


Vostok Fuel: a Cocktail for Yuri’s Night

Tomorrow, April 12th, we celebrate Yuri’s Night, the anniversary of the first manned spaceflight by Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in 1961. More than 300 parties are taking place in over 50 countries (find one near you here!), and all of those revelers are going to need something to drink. Time …


Drabble Lab Round 1: Beginnings

Maybe you’ve been watching the photo lab with a certain amount of envy, because your camera is covered with a thick layer of dust that inspires nothing short of shame and dread when you think about picking it up. Maybe you’re like me, and write with a certain compulsiveness that …

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Why I’ll keep stretching, even though it hurts.

This article, about why stretching before a workout is foolish, sparked a lot of reactions for me. I always stretch before I work out, and I have my students do the same. It made me re-evaluate why I do. And I think the conclusion I came to was that it …


A Little Bit of the Bubbly: Science Experiment Time

We recently had a fun science experiment at our school here (have I mentioned that we homeschool?). We used bubbles to measure our lung capacity; depending on how big the outline of the bubble was when it popped, tells you how much air your lungs can take in. We didn’t …