Laptops for learning in Maine!

I just read about this cool initiative in Maine called the Maine Learning Technology Initiative that provides use of laptops to 7th and 8th graders in public schools, and is now expanding to include high school students. They just ordered 64,000 Macbooks for this reason! I think it is awesome that they are so serious about helping young students keep up with new technology. They… Read More

The ever elusive…balanced diet?

the Christmas spread romanlily

One main point that Michael Pollan brings up is the general shift from complexity to simplicity. He means that nutritional quality is eventually sacrificed because the complex interactions and combinations of nutrients are being simplified by industrializing and processing food. Biological and ecological interactions that culminate in the plant and animal products that we consume are very complex and difficult to imitate. But this seems… Read More

California Academy of Sciences

Inside the rainforest sphere

While on my trip last week out to the West Coast to visit my cousin before attending a wedding, I had the opportunity to check out the new building for the California Academy of Sciences that opened last September in San Francisco.

Nutritionists at work, one nutrient at a time

A good quote from page 62 of In Defense of Food: “The problem with nutrient-by-nutrient nutrition science,” points out Marion Nestle, a New York University nutritionist, “is that it takes the nutrient out of the context of the food, the food out of the context of the diet, and the diet out of the context of the lifestyle.” Whole foods are so complex chemically and… Read More



I just started reading Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food. I read The Omnivore’s Dilemma about a year and a half ago and found it very perspective-changing so I am looking forward to what this book will have to say. The first few chapters have focused on discussion of the ideology behind “nutritionism.” Pollan points out that this is not a scientific term, though there… Read More

Wolfram Alpha

Wolfram Alpha is a really cool “computational knowledge engine” that a friend (Nat) showed to me. Here is the demo video: Check it out and play around with it! It is capable of pulling out information and analyzes it in different ways. It can produce graphs and make complex calculations, and a lot of other things if you watch the demo video. This… Read More