December 30, 2013
2013 In The Rearview Mirror
This has been my first full calendar year writing for redOrbit and it has been a wild ride. I have written serious news stories and lighthearted blogs—and maybe a few not so lighthearted ones. I have been privileged to be part of the growth of this great site and hope to see many more years.
Since my writing has covered the gamut from brain tumors to BDSM, I thought I would run down a list of a few of my favorites and why:
Alan Turing—My Geeky Hero: Alan Turing was one the most influential scientists in modern history. His work is still the litmus test for computer programming and without him we would have certainly lost WWII. Much like our other heroes, though, he was “different” for his day and it led to some bad treatment. This Christmas Eve, Queen Elizabeth II gave Turing an official pardon for being gay, 59 years after his suicide.
Deep Science for Everyone: Higgs Boson: This was one of the most amazing articles for me to write because it is base on a lecture I attended at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Deadwood, SD. I was able to meet one of the leading scientists from the Large Hadron Collider(LHC) at Cern, Switzerland, physicist Beate Heinemann of the University of California, Berkeley—a member of the ATLAS collaboration at the LHC. I have to admit, the graduate level seminar on string theory that Dr. John Millis gave me the day before was the only way this English major had a clue what she was talking about, but I was fascinated!
Beautiful, Successful, and Braver Than I will Ever Be: is the story of Angelina Jolie’s decision to have a prophylactic double mastectomy because of her family’s medical history and the discovery that she had the BRCA1 genetic marker. Her story is haunting, and yet so brave. It touched me to see her as so human, instead of the larger than life actress we all know her to be.
Sharknado Stirs Up A Storm On The Net: If you missed the SyFy channel phenomenon that was Sharknado, you should spank yourself and find a copy, fast. It was one of the cheesiest, most wonderfully B-grade movies in ages. Apparently, everyone on the net thought so too, because more people tweeted about that movie than any show in history. Never fear, though, SyFy plans to follow up with Sharknado 2 this summer. I followed this story up with Sharknado is Unstoppable and Severe Weather Watch: Sharknado 2.
Pour Some Sugar On My…What?: is the story of my first sugar hair removal experience. I’ll let you read more about that one yourself.
Other highlights of my year included prosthetic LEGO legs, women in space, bicycles with vibrator seats, secret societies, sex education, cheese made out of body funk, and why men cheat more than women. It has been a really fun year, and I’m looking forward to what 2014 will hold.
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