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License plates recently seen: Mass BIG, Mass SHEBA, Vermont RED HEN.

There are some cool photos of really small living things at this site. (stolen from a comment in [ profile] tigerbright's journal... this was just too neat not to mention...)

A friend has decided to write a kid's book, has asked me to review it. I said ok, partly because I'm curious - I don't know what he's writing about, or the target age, or anything (fiction/non). I hope it's not horrible... I would hate to have to tell him that...

Scratch-and-sniff math books: I wonder what the Pythagorean Theorem would smell like? What about quadratic equations? Or would it just go with some of the application questions?
(Do they still have scratch-and-sniff books? I remember having a couple when I was little, and there were some wonderful smells I think I wore out!)
(I think this was inspired by the wonderful smell of ripe strawberries wafting through my office...)


(annoyance) If you were going to do something that would block off common areas of a living space for a couple of days, wouldn't you alert people in advance? Seems reasonable to me. Yet my neighbors decided to redo the front steps w/o telling anyone, just sending out an email after the fact, which I got after I came home to find the front steps blocked off. And why couldn't this have been mentioned, oh, last night as a possibility for today? (This was done by the same people who keep putting awful kitschy figurines in the back garden. I don't feel I can say anything, since they *are* doing the maintainence things I never do...)(/annoyance)
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Yesterday on NPR there was a discussion about the ethics of human cloning. One of the guests said how there could be difficulties in even the most innocuous sorts of cloning situations, such as an infertile couple cloning one of the parents to have a kid. The commentator went on to talk about family dynamics issues with a kid being almost exactly like one parent (improper desires, etc).

cloning thoughts (thoughts on cloning, that is, not duplicating my thoughts in your brain... aren't you glad?) )


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