Coming of Age

Young Fulani boys in Benin must undergo a whipping battle in which they trade blows with another boy from a different tribe in order to become a man. The sticks they use to whip each other have sharpened points and thorns all over them to maximize the pain they inflict, …

Mmmm… Arsenic.

I received a news flash this morning from Dartmouth announcing an $8 million grant to study the effects of arsenic on children. Really, now? Can’t we just agree that it’s probably not a good combination and leave it at that? Is it really worth spending $8 million to prove that kids, on …

#jaypeakfail

“It was a dark and stormy night” And all was quiet at the trail side condos at Jay Peak. Not a lot of action at 1:22 in the morning. Then, just for shits n’ giggles, the fire alarm decided to go off in #406. Again. Like it had done a …

Animal House Lite, Here We Come!

I turn 45 later this year (gasp!), and the rules of the game clearly state that this entitles me to 1 (one) full-blown midlife crisis (void where prohibited, some restriction apply; see package insert for full details). Faced with the traditional options: an affair (too much hassle) or a motorbike …

SolaFlect and Bill Bender Delivers Solar 2.0

Down the Path to Better Solar His brainchild may look like a postmodern sculpture, but Bill Bender is an engineer at heart, not an artist. When he isn’t busy helping his daughter Kristen climb mountains or biking with his younger kids to school, the unassuming Norwich resident is quietly revolutionizing solar energy.  …

Shopping for Holiday Cheer at Walmart

You know you’re shopping at Walmart when the housewives wear camo and check their holiday shopping list carefully before they put an additional six pack of Coors Light in the cart. ‘Tis the season, after all. Damn, but this time of year brings out the unrepentant cynic in me. I …