On January 1st, 2017, I drove past the Seattle Gum Wall. The gum wall is an incredible display of millions of pieces of chewed gum, pressed into the side of a brick building, on a narrow alley under Pike Place Market. And, while there is an ew factor at seeing all of this goo on display, it is an astounding visual testament to the sticking power of um, gum. At the time I just thought, wow, that’s really weird and also, that’s a crap load of gum! But after reading the recent story of a cold case murder in the UK that was solved by extracting DNA from … Continue reading

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  How much do you know about facial recognition technology? What is it? And, is it happening to you? FACT: If you post photos of you and your friends on social media, and tag yourselves in those photos, you are participating in a very large facial recognition experiment. I say experiment because somewhere along the way we accepted this practice. (I’m sure in all of that blah, blah, blah stuff they make us agree to into order to have access to the fun stuff, is probably some legalese about facial recognition profiling.) The graphic below explains how it works: A photo of a known person (tagged by you) … Continue reading

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It’s nearly Halloween! And the scariest thing, for this writer anyway, is all the candy that’s coming into my house. We learned long ago that shopping for Halloween is a delicate dance. If you buy the candy too early, you stand to eat it all before the big night. And then you have to buy more. But if you wait too long, the shelves will be wiped out at the store and your only choices will be granny-style peppermints. But I’ve been doing a lot of research for science classes, specifically biology and chemistry, and I came across this Youtube.com … Continue reading

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Ahhh… who doesn’t love a little magic to kick off what promises to be an excellent summer reading season? Circus Mirandus, Cassie Beasley’s debut novel is the most magical book I’ve read in a long time. This book has all the right stuff.
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The Girl on the Train feels familiar and fresh at the same time. It has been compared to Gone Girl and it is a little like that in that Rachel, the protag and main narrator has some issues that keep you from feeling like you would love to be her friend. Rachel has a serious drinking problem and is prone to frequent periods of black outs.
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