Category: Observations

Regret? Is It Even Worth It? | Observation

Is it productive to regret the hours, days, months, even years you spent stressed out of your mind? The days you were worried about world events that you had no influence on? That you could never even hope to influence? The days when you were anxious over your career’s trajectory? Nervous about your finances and the […]

Minecraft for Teaching Biotech | Minecraft Biotech

Minecraft could be the ultimate biotech learning tool. Kids that play the game are already used to crafting – taking blocks of stone, wood, ore and creating novel tools and materials on a crafting table – and brewing – creating potions by adding ingredients to water bottles in a brewing stand. It would only take a […]

Afraid of the Future?

Afraid of the future? Wonder why? Probably because you don’t know what’s ahead and you can’t control what you don’t know. That lack of knowledge fuels your fear and anxiety. The antidote? Focus on the present and embrace the unknown. What makes you uncomfortable makes you stronger. (12.100)

NSA Art Project

With the National Security Agency’s new open source face recognition API, take a selfie, upload it to their database and begin searching for your twin(s). Armed with a series of matches, create photographs and profiles based on available online data and post to your heart’s content. Bonus points for using genomic information to find your twin(s). […]

Dub: Best Dressed Chicken in Town

In my world, Dr. Alimantado (born Winston Thompson, AKA The Ital Surgeon) and his Best Dressed Chicken in Town was my introduction to reggae long before I realized the power of Catch-A-Fire-Bob-Marley, Legalize-It Peter Tosh and Roast Fish Collie Weed & Corn Bread Lee “Scratch” Perry. Public Image Limited’s Jah Wobble’s reggae-influenced thunk-punk bass, morphed into dancehall and reggaeton drilled into […]

It’s Complicated

I was just in Panama for the unveiling of this monument.That’s my grandfather’s name, Karl Schmieder, right there on the plaque. And here’s the mass grave he’s buried in along with nine other victims of the 1941 massacre. It’s a complicated story that I’ve never written about but David Fishlow has. I’ll write about this […]

What’s Your Favorite Writing Subject?

Every writer has a subject they love writing about. Something they’re passionate about and turns up in their work over and over again. For me, it’s always been two things: The first is telling a story about a scientific development pushing our limits of knowledge. I love interviewing scientists who are passionate about their work. I […]