Basics of the Six-Meter Commute

16 March, 2020 Now that the coronavirus is all over the news, I’m hearing a lot about companies and employees setting up their telecommuting strategies. A lot of it sounds as though they are trying to reinvent the wheel. Here’s some unsolicited advice from a work-at-home veteran. In 2013, I …

Adapt and Survive

By Nancy McGuire The hardiest plants and animals are those that adapt to changes in their environment, and the same applies to companies. Companies that survive in the long term are the ones that are the best prepared to weather gradual change and catastrophic upheavals. In the wake of mounting …

How I Do Work-Life Integration

People used to talk about work-life balance as if they were two separate things. Now they talk about work-life integration, but what they mean is finding ways to infiltrate every hour of every day with this work that is not really your life. I choose to do things differently. Seems …

I Just Want to See the Raw Data!

Originally posted (by me) on LinkedIn, December 9, 2014. “I just want to see the raw data! No interpretation, no massaging the numbers, just the raw data straight out of the instrument!” I sympathized with my non-scientist friend. She felt frustrated after reading a series of news items that began …

Touring a Green Building

This afternoon, I joined the Earth Ethics Committee of the Washington Ethical Society and friends for a tour of the Camille Kendall Academic Center of the Universities at Shady Grove (Rockville, MD). When this building received a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification, it was the largest …

A Yummy Smell (and a Clue)

Cooking fresh ginger transforms one of its ingredients, gingerol, into a compound called zingerone, which is one of the key contributors to ginger’s distinctive aroma. Zingerone is chemically similar to vanillin (which gives vanilla its odor) and eugenol (clove oil).

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