How to Feel Old While Attending an Elite University’s Summer Writing Workshop

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jenny.klionBy Jenny Klion

Acknowledge that you are, in fact, the oldest living being in your class, older probably than the classroom itself, and definitely older than your eye-candy teacher.

If and when you are not the object of any classmate’s romantic or sexual affection: let it go. You had your turn, and you did it well. Remember that at one time, you too might have wondered who that random older woman was—the one looking to get laid at the summer writing workshop.

Realize you may miss out on some late night social intrigue, since you have opted out of staying in the dorms due to the nightmare scenario of shared coed bathrooms. Harken back to the time when you knew you were done doing circus work, because you ultimately couldn’t live without porcelain.

Know that your work may scream Boomer themes and concerns—your poor little rich girl saga, for example—and…

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Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #349

Fun resource on climate science if you have critical thinking skills and are not sheeple.

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #349

The Week That Was: 2019-02-23 (February 23, 2019)
Brought to You by SEPP (
The Science and Environmental Policy Project

Quote of the Week:?Don?t pay attention to ?authorities,? think for yourself.?? ? Richard Feynman, ?The Quotable Feynman?

Number of the Week: Not ?1.57 billion, but closer to ?7 billion


By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP)

It?s Not Real; It?s Puccini: People often suspend realism. In the movie ?Spiderman? the hero swings through the canyons of Manhattan using threads of ?spider silk? he attaches from building to building as he travels down the street. In Puccini?s La Boheme, the leading lady sings a beautiful aria on her death bed, in the last stages of consumption, tuberculous filling her lungs will bodily fluids. The realist may say that is not possible…

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Sweet Snacks Are Positively and Fruits and Vegetables Are Negatively Associated with Visceral or Liver Fat Content in Middle-Aged Men and Women


Despite some variation in the strength of the associations between men and women, dietary intake of sweet snacks was positively associated with HTGC, and fruit and vegetable intake were negatively associated with visceral and liver fat content. Prospective studies are needed to confirm these results. The Netherlands Epidemiology of Obesity study is registered at with identifier NCT03410316.

Source: Sweet Snacks Are Positively and Fruits and Vegetables Are Negatively Associated with Visceral or Liver Fat Content in Middle-Aged Men and Women

People are falling off buildings in search of the perfect Instagram shot

The leading cause of death while taking selfies is drowning, followed by transportation (trains and cars), and then falling from high places.

What a fun article.

Here’s the Wikipedia webpage that maintains a list of selfie deaths.

Not just for the young.

A 68-year-old Belgian woman was visiting the El Tatio geyser field located within the Andes Mountains of northern Chile. While attempting to take a selfie in front of an active geyser she stepped backwards and fell into the scalding hot water. Her husband pulled her out, but she died in hospital days later from burns over 85 percent of her body.