I have a crazy day* today, so just wanted to mention the 2008/2009 Skepchick Calendars are now for sale! I am not in this version (I was in the 2006 Calendar), but there are plenty of other hot skepchicks and skepdudes for you to gawk at.

Proceeds fund travel to skeptical meetings for young women, as well as other initiatives by the Skepchick Foundation.

Other cool things around the net:

  • Carl Zimmer’s blog has a great post about caterpillars that have their behavior changed by their parasites.

In the category of “I don’t know what this is but I kinda like it”:


*In case you are curious, this is what a day with Bug Girl looks like:

9-11am: Meeting with unit leaders
11am-Noon: Phone interviews
Noon-12:30: Lunch
12:30-1pm: Frantically change to work clothes
1-4:30pm: Training at the Dairy
4:30-5pm: Frantically scrub all cow shit off me; put on suit
5-7pm: Dinner with the Dean
7pm: Frantically change from suit back to work clothes
7:30pm-9: My first milking!**
9pm: 70 mile drive home, since house has not sold.

**Hey. The cows get milked, not me, you pervs.

Posted by Gwen Pearson

Writer. Nerd. Insect Evangelist. Have you heard the good news? BUGS!


  1. What’s up with this dairy stuff? Did I miss something earlier? I’m completely envious that you have a source of raw milk. Now you need to learn to make cheese.

  2. Actually, the milk goes directly into a transport tank, so getting raw milk would be difficult. I just attach the little suction cups.

    You could probably swipe some directly, but you might get kicked. If you just lived closer….we could do a deal.

    I am not working at the dairy, but since I’m sort of (kinda) in charge of it, I’m riding along with a class to learn more. And who wouldn’t want to milk a cow, if they had a chance? :)

    I like to lead by getting as dirty and smelly as possible. It also makes it easier for my directs to find me.

    Oh, and I need to amend my schedule to read:

    8:30am. Discover pants zipper is broken. Curse a lot.

  3. recent interesting or distressing news…

    Stuff that has accumulated while I was doing other things. I’m just going to let it all out….

  4. The intersection of sewing/knitting and science deserves closer study.

  5. Can I pay for Skepchick Cam access?

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