Tag Archive: embarrassing moments

Jul 22 2012

Tech-savvy environmentalists vs. Shell Oil: The gift that keeps on giving

Shell icebergs in hell

Like a LOT of people, I was initially sucked in by the Shell Oil “Arctic Ready” website and its social media campaign, which¬†provided a tool for the general public to create billboards championing oil drilling in the arctic.¬†The link turned up in one of my Twitter feeds fairly early on a weekday morning last week, …

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Jul 03 2012

Tom Cruise cannot possibly be 50


There are a multitude of reasons why I’m having a hard time believing that Tom Cruise is a half-century old. First off, I have been lusting after him on-screen since college, which pretty much feels like just yesterday. And even now that the whole world knows what a strange bird he is off-screen, I find …

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Jun 15 2012

Poor punishment planning

So this morning, I was wide-awake when Dr. Darling left for work at 4:35 a.m. I usually hear, and often even manage to speak to, Copenhagen’s Ph.D Postal carrier at that hour, but have no problem falling back to sleep until my alarm goes off an hour later. But when 5:30 rolled around, I proceeded …

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Nov 06 2010

Is there a support group for pack rats?

The combination of our radiators needing to be flushed by building maintenance and my stupidly volunteering to host my department for an off-site work day recently forced Dr. Darling and I into doing something a bit more than the usual cursory tidy of our apartment. This was a project that was WAY overdue. While we're …

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Nov 03 2010

US electorate officially insane according to Einstein

Albert Einstein supposedly said (there is some debate about the attribution) that "insanity" is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. By that definition, the American voters who returned control of the House of Representatives to the Republican Party need to be committed.

Oct 09 2010

Remind me to never have an illicit affair…

Because today I sent a text message to the wrong person. Not once…but twice. Like most of the texting I do, the message was perfectly innocuous. I was getting ready to meet up with a couple of American pals for coffee, and instead of asking *them* where they were, I asked the Alpha Geek. The …

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Sep 18 2009

Swedish anatomy

One of the many charms of being part of a bi-national couple is the often comical way each mangles the other’s native language. It’s truly a never-ending source of entertainment. These days, I tend to be the primary offender, but back in the first few years of our relationship when I spoke little to ZERO …

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