The abnormal “normal”

The abnormal “normal”

Normal isn’t really a yardstick by itself. It’s a standard we create based on a stereotype. In conversation, we’ll often hear people saying what is and what isn’t normal — like talking to yourself, being color blind or wanting to live alone isn’t normal. None of it means anything more than...

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YouTube Recommendation: Game Theory

YouTube Recommendation: Game Theory

To be completely honest, I had a hard time coming up with a topic for this week’s blog. I thought I would make a Netflix recommendation, but I could only think of shows that many people are already familiar with. Note: (If you all are interested in hearing the giant...

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Back to the basics for Lent

Back to the basics for Lent

One of the most obvious differences between UTD and Baylor, my alma mater, is that Baylor is a Baptist, private school while UTD is secular and public. I honestly don’t think much about the difference between going to a religious versus secular school, but sometimes the difference is in-your-face. This...

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20 Shades of Hot Chocolate

20 Shades of Hot Chocolate

Alright so you’re iced in. Now what? You can pretend to be using these days off to do homework but we all know you’re binge watching some Netflix show and staring into your pantry hoping food will appear. Well stare a little further into the depths of your cabinet and...

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10 ways to spend the snow days

10 ways to spend the snow days

We’re moving into day two of school closings. I don’t know what y’all did today but from the perspective of a graduate student, here are 10 things I spent today doing. Maybe if you’re bored tomorrow, this might give you some inspiration. 1. Read research papers. 2. Sleep. 3. Cook...

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A sugar flood, no Noah’s Ark

A sugar flood, no Noah’s Ark

It’s freezing out here in Dallas, and several hot cups of tea later, I’m still not quite unfrozen. While I’m here, trying to be Princess Elsa (exaggeration alert), farmers in a warmer region down south are worrying about real problems like food on the table. The European Union announced this...

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Review: Jack White’s chunky guacamole

Review: Jack White’s chunky guacamole

If you’ve been on the internet at all recently, you’ve likely seen a headline with the words “Jack White” and “guacamole” in it. This article is no different. I’ve long been a fan of both Jack White and guacamole so it only seemed natural that this week’s column review the...

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Lock, hide and take: quick tips for cyber safety

Lock, hide and take: quick tips for cyber safety

This time, I am going to do a different kind of blog. It’s going to be a list, but not one of those useless lists that don’t provide anything of worth. This is going to be a list of things that you should do on the Internet to maintain your...

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Coffee: good or bad?

Coffee: good or bad?

“Drinking coffee could help protect your DNA from damage,” is the latest of several headlines that seem to make their way into my Facebook news feed. In true fashion, I skim the article and then share it with one of my coffee-addicted friends. Also on that list: coffee helps reduce...

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Changing the urban-scape

Changing the urban-scape

This past week, the sunshine and lovely weather in Dallas got me out a lot more, and as I walked down the sidewalk, I thought to myself how robotic and geometric the roads here are compared to the chaotic, meandering streets of Kolkata, Dhaka, London or Milan. I recalled how...

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