May 10, 2007

Two Bad Omens

  • In line yesterday I overheard a young woman describing an unhappy experience taking a Environmental Studies course. "I like Earth science and everything, and I found all the reading for the class really interesting -- but some of the people in that class were really into it. That turned me off." And then, complaining about the professor's emphasis on quantitative analysis, probably the worst thing I have heard a person say in recent memory: "I'm not good at all that math stuff. I'm a girl."

  • A crow flew into my head this afternoon. It didn't hurt, but I found the experience quite disturbing.