Spent the weekend doing yard work. I did mechanical maintenance on the snow blower getting it ready for next year, and while my knees were killing me I did the same for the lawn mower (all except a new blade, as the bright shiny didn't fit, marble). On the plus side, the lawn mower started on the first pull. w00t! Also on Saturday was the slaying of the evil bathroom monsters. I really need to clean them more often. Then Sunday was freelance work until dinner, and then studying for the final until midnight. So I'm dragging a little. One the plus side, Final! No matter how bad I do, I still have a B in the class, and I think I'll do pretty well (although this is the test I'm the least prepared for). Tomorrow is Village Meetings, and then I'm free. Free! FREE! Until the online class starts. I plan to run around naked until then. You know, except for going into work.
XKCD for the win! I'll also point out that it was Rosalind Franklin who actually discovered the double helical nature of DNA (because she also had mad skills with the x-rays), but her boss allowed Watson and Crick to see the radiogram and her notes without asking her or letting her know. Watson and Crick beat her to publication and won the Nobel.
Stuart Jaffe on the 1-2 page synopsis.
Jay Lake wonders why Arizona hasn't gone solar. Okay, well, why Kauai hasn't adopted a more suitable transportation grid, but same concept. Mostly the answer goes back to the "one size fits all" mentality so prevalent in the US.
Catherine Shaffer gets a first hand experience with self insurance. Lots of information in that post, and I recommend it for anybody interested in the heath care debate (which unfortunately is still going on).
Dead people don't just register Democratic, apparently they also sign Republican Petitions. Go figure. I'm sure the next excuse will be, "The dirty liberals intensionally sabotaged our efforts."