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This from early in chapter 42. Where Andres the guerrilla is trying desperately to get a message from Robert Jordan to Golz about calling off the attack. Mostly because of the language. But also as a technical matter, to note how he stitches global and individual perspective into same scene.   Now they went fast, swooping … Continue reading More FWTBT

Big Books of Science Narrative: my reading list for 2016

I watched 88 episodes of Gilmore Girls in just the past two months, and read less than twelve books in all of 2015. I am confessing here because I think  the shame of putting these two facts, side-by-side, out into the world might actually finally jolt me into amending for them. Eighty-eight episodes of Gilmore Girls, less than … Continue reading Big Books of Science Narrative: my reading list for 2016

OMFG: THE PERIODIC TABLE IS FINALLY COMPLETE!!

Sneaky little buggers that they are, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), those global overlords of chemical nomenclature and measurements, verified the discovery of the four missing elements on the periodic table, just a day before New Year’s Eve, when we were all too distracted to notice. (And by we all, I mean me). … Continue reading OMFG: THE PERIODIC TABLE IS FINALLY COMPLETE!!

On the Cuban Health Paradox and reporting from afar

I’ve got an article in Yahoo’s special Cuba package this week on the country’s deeply paradoxical healthcare system, and I wanted to add some context and post some reference material, in case anyone’s interested. I went into this piece with what seemed like a very straightforward idea — to look at Cuba’s exclusion from the World Bank and … Continue reading On the Cuban Health Paradox and reporting from afar