Author Archive | Keith Rozendal

Mad Max movie poster

After the apocalypse, I’ll still be able to rock

A few days after the apocalypse, your iPod will find its last utility as a projectile, ineffectually fending off the feral dogs for about 25 seconds–and that’s if you haven’t opted for the Shuffle or something similar lacking heft. I’ve got a problem when it comes to music; it’s not an exaggeration to  compare it…

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The search for ET. All these astronauts are now dead.

Science hype

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration is notoriously good at finding means for justifying its science budget, sometimes deploying what amounts to science fiction (see vintage hype image gallery in a separate post). Mostly, though, it’s simple hype. All of us slugs are on the NASA news release list. An unusually cryptic, tantalizing PR…

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Ten Jargon Poems

One day in the late 1980s, my friend S’mores and I were thrashing a rad quarter-pipe (skateboarding) at his house in the suburbs of Houston. S’mores’ Dad, responsible for a fleet of company cars, was reading about cleaning up spilled oil. He had put a research report titled “Enhanced Biodegradation of Aliphatic and Aromatic Hydrocarbons…

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Baby skunk, courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Helping out one of the least of these, my brothers

I am a world-changer, at heart. I have led a privileged life, not without its challenges; but it still provides a stable place from which I feel an obligation to afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted. Sometimes, you never know what impact you’re going to have on the world, as we learned this week…

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Awesome words

First of all, I need to talk about “awesome.” It’s a lofty word, brought low. Awe describes an overwhelming sense of wonder, mixed with dread and fear. It’s a word more suited to describing enchantment or mystical, non-ordinary states of consciousness, not graphic t-shirts. Eddie Izzard first brought this issue to my attention. Before you…

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Otter things have happened, it’s a big universe

Nads is on a roll and I thought I’d share a set of my own loose associations triggered after my facebook status update netted a comment by an astronomer. My original caption: “See, otters. OR It otter be illegal to kayak near otters. Oh wait, it is; 50 meter restraining order on all Homo sapiens.”…

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Silhouettes of the Oberlin family

It doesn’t allow for psychoanalysis

My science career was in social psychology. It’s a field full of individuals, but a common motivation I found I shared with many of my colleagues is a serious understanding and critique of stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination. These topics are the core of the field, and one of our best tales of success in applying…

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