October 27

I Pooped Today! A Squatty Potty Story

squatty-potty-i-pooped-todayIt takes a pretty creative marketing campaign to get people to part with 28 bucks in exchange for what’s little more than a plastic stool, but that’s exactly what the people at Squatty Potty have done. What’s more, they’ve suckered me into buying one. Why? Because colon health is very important to me. And why is colon health so important to me? Why, it’s because the health of my colon is, well, unhealthy. But first, a warning. If you haven’t figured it out yet, this post is about poop. And pooping. If you’re sensitive to that kind of thing, click elsewhere. But ours is a household where our pooping habits are frequently a topic of discussion. We believe in healthy, open discussions about poop, because it’s important, and because, like the beloved children’s book says, ‘Everyone Poops.’ Even you, I’m assuming. Anyway…

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September 25

Hello? Anybody Out There?: Human Radio Broadcasts in the Vastness of Space

radio-antennaThe opening scene of the 1997 film ‘Contact,’ based on the writings of famed astronomer Carl Sagan, is one of my very favorite opening scenes ever (you can watch it below if you’ve never seen it)… It starts with a shot of Earth, from a low orbit, with the soundtrack filled with the deafening wall of sound that is our modern technology-driven society. Through the din you can make out bits of radio broadcasts, hit songs (1997 hit songs, that is), newscasts, TV shows, and so on. It’s an amazing representation of just how much stuff we’re beaming out from Earth 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, non-stop, here in the late 20th/early 21st centuries. Since 1997, we’ve only multiplied the various kinds of signals we’re blasting into space and bouncing off of satellites and back down to earth; not just radio and TV signals, but cell phone calls, text messages, emails, photos, movies, music…

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