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Lindsey dressed to sparkle

I Heard the People Sing at Les Miserables!

I adore musicals. Tech Support is more skeptical of the genre, despite having a deep love of Fiddler on the Roof and Paint Your Wagon.┬áBut since he’s a good husband, he took me to Les Mis for Valentine’s Day. ... Read More  

autographed copy of Thirteen Reasons Why

#metoo, Children’s Literature, and Separating Art from Artist

First things first: If you’re a member of the kid lit community and have been harassed or assaulted by other members of the community: I believe you, and I stand with you. If you’re a member of the kid ... Read More  

Forensic Science: In Pursuit of Justice by L.E. Carmichael - Front Cover

Intent to Kill and the Forensics of Hang Fire

There has been a ton of debate online in the wake of the latest shootings in the States. One thing no one argues about is whether or not the shooters intended to commit murder, because of course they did. ... Read More  

Snuff by Terry Pratchett

Who’s Your Favourite Fantasy Author?

Confession: I’ve been hoarding Terry Pratchett novels ever since he first announced he had Alzheimer’s disease. I’ve been doling them out to myself as rare and hard-to-earn rewards because I knew there would come a day that he wouldn’t ... Read More  

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Why Tech Support is Cranky

Tech Support is cranky. When we decided to move to Ontario, our primary concerns were: Being close enough to Toronto to get there if we wanted, but far enough away that the hordes of people wouldn’t make me too ... Read More  

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Great Big Book News!

  *emerges from hiding* *checks to see whether anyone is still here* *pulls out bullhorn and confetti cannon* I’M WRITING A BOOK FOR KIDS CAN PRESS. KIDS CAN PRESS, PEOPLE.   Unless you’re in the biz, you may not ... Read More  

Gene Therapy by L.E. Carmichael - Front Cover

Gene Therapy: Embryonic Engineering and the Future of Human Evolution

Today, we're talking about the second major challenge with gene therapy - getting replacement DNA into EVERY affected cell in a patient's body - and why that problem leads to the central ethical debate in this field. Read More  

Gene Therapy by L.E. Carmichael - Front Cover

Gene Therapy: Vectors, Viruses, and Why CRISPR Will Change Everything

Gene therapy involves repairing or replacing a faulty gene that has led to disease. In order to do that, one major hurdle must be overcome: getting new DNA into the patient's cells. Cells, however, are designed to keep things ... Read More  

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Thoughts on Finishing Season 12 of Supernatural on Netflix

NOOOOOOOOOOOO!   HOW CAN YOU KILL THAT MANY KEY CHARACTERS IN A SINGLE EPISODE ARE YOU KIDDING ME WITH THIS THERE HAD BETTER BE SOME SERIOUS RESURRECTIONS COMING IN THE PREMIER OF SEASON 13 OR THERE WILL BE RAAAAAAAAGE!!! ... Read More  

Gene Therapy by L.E. Carmichael - Front Cover

Introduction to Gene Therapy: It Sounds Simple, But It’s Sure Not Easy

Muscular dystrophy, hemophilia, Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), cancer... they all have one thing in common. They are genetic diseases, ultimately caused by missing or malfunctioning genes in the patient's DNA. Until recently, we could treat the symptoms of many ... Read More  

Lindsey wearing a pumpkin hat

New Province, New Adventures

So I live in Ontario now. It’s not a whole lot different yet, probably because I spend 90% of my time in the house and when I leave, it’s for Home Depot or groceries. Because new houses need curtain ... Read More  

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Finding a New Normal

*looks around* *blows cyber dust off the blog* *tries to remember how to write a post* It’s been a year. In some ways a wonderful year, in some ways a really rough one. Most of all, a very full ... Read More  

pile of papers on the floor

Six Ways to Purge Your Stuff… BEFORE You Move It

The stuff, how it does accumulate. Thanks to cupboards and closets and storage spaces, we don’t even realize how much… until we have to move it. The last time Tech Support and I moved, we had five days between ... Read More  

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Science Predicts Hurricanes, but People Endure Them

My grandparents lived in Texas for a long time, so I’ve spent a lot of time there over the years. Even though I’m thousands of miles away, Hurricane Harvey feels personal to me. I can’t even image how it ... Read More  

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Scenes From My Kitchen: A Musical

Me: *stumbles downstairs in the morning to find kitchen a hive of activity* Tech Support: Morning! I did the thing and the stuff and that other thing, and all that jazz. Me: *channeling Catherine Zeta Jones* Come with me, ... Read More  

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You May Now Stalk Me on Goodreads

What’s the first thing you do when you visit someone’s house for the first time? Admire their kitchen backsplash? Poke through the medicine cabinet? Not me. I go straight for the bookshelves. I LOVE snooping through other people’s bookshelves. ... Read More  

The Scientific Method in the Real World by L.E. Carmichael - Front Cover

Science is the Celebration of Constructive Ignorance

I have a theory* that there are three kinds of ignorance. The first kind is what I’d call neutral ignorance. The gentle, perfectly understandable kind that arises due to a simple lack of knowledge: Ignorance: lack of knowledge, education, ... Read More  

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Allergy-Friendly Rhubarb Crumble

We are the caretakers of a very unusual bequest – the Tech Support family rhubarb plant. The original was planted over a hundred years ago, and cuttings have followed his family all over the United States and Canada. Our ... Read More