Greetings, prairie people. It’s been a weird week full of highs and lows and a lot of rainy days. But we’ve finally gotten a ton of our plants out of their starter trays and into the ground.
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Keep moving soil from the driveway into our beds, and getting everything planted!
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If we’re being honest I’ll probably spend the money on plants. Next Saturday. On my birthday. Hint, hint.
Thunder Force on Netflix. This genre of silly comedy movie is not usually our scene, but the trailer sucked us in. It was a delight. Especially Jason Bateman as The Crab. I’ll just leave this here:
Also, Waterworld (1995), which I had not seen before. As Andy pointed out, it’s like Mad Max but on the ocean. It was kind of bad, but in a still-very-enjoyable way. A major highlight was the little kid, mostly because she’d go on to change all our lives 9 years later when she blessed us with “your Mom goes to college.” (She was Deb in Napoleon Dynamite.)
Why Is It so Hard to Find a Cure for Cancer? (for Discover)
I saw this researcher give a talk at the Broad Institute a few years ago. I didn’t realize how much I didn’t understand how cancer works and why it’s so tricky until he explained it. When I took on this assignment, I knew he was the guy to talk to.
Colgate Physicist Patents New Tool for Communication Tech (for Colgate University News)
Physics was always my least favorite subject in school. I always felt like even though I could memorize the equations, I didn’t really “get” any of it. I’ve mostly avoided it ever since, but am feeling emboldened to revisit it after this story. Since it’s a university news piece, the researcher got to read it over for a fact check himself — and didn’t find anything wrong. #Proud
My favorite thing in the whole wide world is when a widely-covered researcher says my article was one of the best:
Anna Funk @DrAnnaFunkLOL @ THIS HEADLINE did you do this, @timeinch? Regardless, this was a v fun story to report. Thanks @qianyuan_geo for walking me through all the gritty details. If Theia + Proto-Earth = Moon + Earth, where's the rest of Theia? My latest for @DiscoverMag: https://t.co/smNr9HUopg
Alright, I’m out! Have a great week!