Archive for May, 2016

When is an oxidizer not an Oxidizer?

Using humor while teaching a class can be a tricky proposition. On one hand, it is so easy to offend people these days that most humor is off limits. I used to introduce myself at the beginning of class by saying that you can call me Gene, or you can call me Hey You, or […] Read More »

Eat well, stay fit, die anyway

Half of my family tree has never had any heart trouble. The other side of my family tree never had a male live to age 60 until my father did it, and while some were killed fighting wars, all the others died of heart problems. So, I wonder, which set of genes did I inherit? […] Read More »

Between a rock and a hard place

I’m not sure where this expression came from, perhaps from when stoning was a societal punishment, but I think I know what it means in these times. It’s basically the same as several other expressions, such as ‘no win situation’, ‘between the devil and the deep blue sea’, and ‘damned if you and damned if […] Read More »