Category Archives: Misc.

Misc.: New Sunscreen Guidelines

It’s the first day of summer today.
What better time to talk about sunscreen?

The NYT has a blog post called : ” The New Rules for Sunscreen“.
My mom is super serious about sunscreen, thankfully, and has instilled that in me as well.
I also don’t do well in sun and heat, and sunscreen actually helps with that.

Here are the main points from the article (these are quotes):

  • Use of the label “broad spectrum protection” now means the sunscreen has been proved to protect against both UVA and UVB rays, although the UVA protection may be comparatively weaker.

  • Ultraviolet A rays are associated with aging and skin damage, but some experts believe they may also be implicated in skin cancer.

  • Products cannot claim to be waterproof, only water-resistant, and labels must note a time limit of either 40 or 80 minutes before the sunscreen is ineffective.

  • It’s not clear that sunscreens with higher SPFs (higher than 50) actually are more effective. Higher SPF values are misleading. “It’s like the gas mileage sticker on a car. It’s based on test conditions that you’ll never achieve in the real world”.

  • Try to keep older children inside when the sun is harshest, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A bad sunburn in childhood or adolescence doubles the risk of melanoma later in life, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

  • Avoid sunscreen sprays. The F.D.A. has banned sunscreen powders (though some products may still be available) and has asked for more data on sprays. The concern is twofold: that not enough sunscreen makes it onto the skin, and that the spray may be inhaled into the lungs.

  • Take endorsements and seals of approval with a grain of salt. The Skin Cancer Foundation gives a “seal of recommendation” to sunscreens, but only if their manufacturer has donated $10,000 to become a member of the organization.

Yay healthy skin!
Have a wonderful and sunburn free summer!



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Internets: A Baby and Some Bulldogs

This has to be one of the cutest things I have ever seen on the internet.

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Uncategorized: Boston Marathon Bombings

I’m not sure how to process what has happened.
I would never have thought that I would feel this affected.

I went to Wellesley College, outside of Boston.
So I lived in that area for 3 years.
I also travel there fairly often to see my college friends who stayed in the area.

There is a special place in my heart for Boston.
To me, it is the great American city.

This whole thing is just so sad.
All my friends are safe.
It’s just really frightening.

Patton Oswalt said it best in his fb status update:

But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago.

So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.”

Going to college outside of Boston this article also resonated with me:
You May Leave Boston, but Boston Never Leaves You

“This means that there are millions of men and women wandering around America today who spent some of the best years of their lives in and around Boston, walking some of the very streets splattered with blood yesterday in the wake of the Marathon bombings. Boston is where those students like me came of age.”

Weirdly comforting:
29 Reasons to Love Boston

And some appropriate humor via Colbert.

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Misc.: International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day!

The Google Doodle today is about International Women’s Day.

The history of International Women’s Day.

The UN has a page about International Women’s Day that has statistics about violence against women.

  • “Globally, 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not yet considered a crime.”
  • “Up to 70% of women in the world report having experienced physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime.”

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Misc.: TedX Talk, Why Domestic Violence Victims Don’t Leave

Leslie Morgan Steiner: Why domestic violence victims don’t leave

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Misc.: Tumblr

I created a Tumblr!

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Misc.: Concerning Humans 25 and Over

Please note, I didn’t write the 25 and Over list. It is properly cited at the bottom of the original post with both it’s source and the way that I found it on the internets.
I also don’t agree with everything written on the list.
I think some of them are helpful.

Some of my opinions related to the list: Continue reading


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Misc.: How To Be a Human 25 and Over

The list is
here, and is so true.
I should also give credit to Captain Awkward for bringing it to my attention.

I feel like most of the annoyances I experience in regards to the people I interact with have to do with them not acting like an adult. Oh well, such is life.

EDIT: January 10, 2014
So I decided to delete my summary of the list, because people kept assuming that I wrote it, and I felt very uncomfortable with that.
The list was not my original work, I never claimed it was, but to avoid confusion I have decided to keep the post up with the original link only.
So, to reiterate: Sarah D. Bunting wrote a post titled “25 And Over” on
Please follow the link to read her great list.

And here are my thoughts on the list.


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Design: Amazing Office Spaces

OfficePOD Prefab Office

OfficePOD Prefab Office

An office pod and an office in a forest, wow! Jealous!

Selgas Cano Architecture Office

Selgas Cano Architecture Office


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Misc.: Space! Mars!

The Curiosity Rover’s First Color Photo of Mars

The Curiosity Rover’s First Color Photo of Mars

This picture is awesome.
And we landed a rover on Mars; that is pretty awesome.
Also, this comment is funny (via Gawker): “This is the first color photo of Mars we’re getting? An Instagram of a mountain? Is Curiosity taking photos with a RAZR? This is the worst photo I’ve ever seen. Fire everyone at NASA.”

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