Monthly Archives: February 2007

Dentistry, Health Care, and Bildad the Shuhite

I am ill tonight. I am sick to my soul.

Twelve-year-old Deamonte Driver died of a toothache Sunday.

A routine, $80 tooth extraction might have saved him.

If his mother had been insured.

This is not, in and of itself, an unusual story. In 2003, nearly 16 percent of the US population was without health insurance. In the US, […]

Nostalgia for the 1950s

Here’s something for you to discuss this Monday: in the US, why is our nostalgia overwhelmingly for eras beginning with the 1950s? Commercially I can think of plenty of 1950s-themed restaurants, but almost none from the 1940s or 1930s. When Marty McFly lept back in time, it was to 1955. Even now, fifty years after […]

Eli Gets an Early Start

We went to a restaurant for lunch today. Seated near us was a family with three young girls. One of the girls kept glancing over at Eli, who would glance back. “She’s flirting with you,” we told him.

When the family got up to leave, Eli shouted, “Come back! I want to flirt more!”

Belated Baby Update

I went to the doctor on Thursday and all is well with Baby TBA. My blood pressure is good, which in the past has been a concern but it seems when I am pregnant I am in great health. Well, except for the yacking (which is now pretty intermittent, thankfully). I had lost another pound […]

Praise that Causes More Harm than Good

Earlier this week, New York Magazine published an article about how praising your child can damage them.

For a few decades, it’s been noted that a large percentage of all gifted students (those who score in the top 10 percent on aptitude tests) severely underestimate their own abilities. Those afflicted with this lack of perceived competence adopt lower standards for success and expect less of themselves. They underrate the importance of effort, and they overrate how much help they need from a parent. […]

Friday Night Videos: A Cappella

Today’s Friday Night Videos is dedicated to Liza.

The Achordants: Such Great Heights (2005)
A college a cappella group covers The Postal Service song, complete with hand gestures and “dancing.” CAUTION: CONTAINS A CAPPELLA SINGING.

The Carleton Singing Knights: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (2005)
It’s sad that excited shrieks drown out parts that I expected would be hard to […]

Maybe We Should’ve Named Him Noah

I’m having trouble thinking up things to keep us occupied today, so setting up a menagerie in the bathroom seemed like a good idea at the time.

If only all things were as easy to arrange as which animal stands by which dinosaur…

Subtle Differences Between Huntsville and Boston

A Google map of Huntsville:

A Google map of Boston:

For those keeping score, that’s Huntsville: 0, Boston: 3000+. Oh, and Google Maps gives the one on Tremont Street four stars.

Home is Where There’s Less Snow and More Children

We have returned from our Boston vacation. It started out as a simple idea — hey, let’s run away for a weekend and see some friends and stick the grandparents with the kid! — and grew from there. At one point there were some fourteen or fifteen of us inside Border Cafe in Cambridge […]

Friday Night Videos: Robotic 2

There can never be too many robots, which is why I’m repeating this category to bring you:

Beck: Hell Yes (2004)

They’re so cute! They dance! They carry fans! Don’t you want to take them home with you? This video is enough to make you love robots.

The Chemical Brothers: Believe (2005)

If the Beck video makes you love […]