It’s said that fatherhood changes you. Take me, for instance. Until I had a daughter with long hair, I had absolutely no interest in ponytails. Now I find myself making one every morning (although, thankfully, she’s now able to do her own buns for ballet class—trying to achieve perfect bunhood...bunniness?...was way too stressful for me).
I am glad, therefore, to see that science has finally tackled the important question of scientifically predicting the shape of a ponytail.
That may sound facetious, but in fact it’s a problem that has perplexed people for at least five centuries: that’s how long ago it was that Leonardo da Vinci considered the question, remarking, in his ...
Well, that was fun.
By "that," I mean the process of getting this new computer up and running to my satisfaction. Yes, the new monitor arrived last week, and I spent a few happy (well, mostly happy) hours with plug-ins and cables and drives (oh, my!), losing hours of productivity in order to get a device that is supposed to enhance my productivity to the point where I can actually be productive on it. But it is ever thus, and things seem to be in good working order now, with the old computer still standing by and ready to go in case I suddenly realize I've forgotten to transfer something I ...
When I was a kid, my mother will confirm, I was a picky eater, the sort of kid who ordered a hamburger and fries at a Chinese restaurant, hated to have different kinds of food touching each other on the plate, and wouldn’t touch spinach, broccoli or Brussels sprouts with a ten-foot fork.My own daughter is a tad on the fussy side herself, preferring pasta-and-cheese-hold-the-tomato-sauce over anything else. (Although unlike her father at her age, she also loves veggies--even broccoli.)We all have anecdotes of what we as children or our own children did, didn’t, will or will not eat. Anecdotes don’t help much when it comes to understanding children’s food preferences scientifically, however. For that you ...
My daughter Alice, who's seven, recently took it into her head to draw this picture representing my career as a science fiction writer: a spaceship, stars, an alien and a book:I think I should put it on my letterhead.
My daughter, Alice, on the shore of Lake Huron. (More photos here
's Genesis II inflatable space module continues to perform well; the company has released the first high-resolution photos from orbit
.I like their slogan: "Getting you excited about space again."Not that I've never not been excited, personally. I was pleased to watch my six-year-old daughter enact a flight to the moon in the playground today. That's my girl.
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