The Little Anthropologists are sleeping late this morning, so I unexpectedly have a few free moments. I'm going to post some links to some things I've been reading this week. Enjoy!
I saw this image of a wave breaking off the Alabama coast on the Pharyngula blog. It has a strange apocalyptic beauty.
As always, PalMD has some awesome blogginess going on over at White Coat Underground. He's talking about the work/life balance at his house and how his stay-home-parent wife feels like shit when she has to check "unemployed" on forms. Here's my comment:
For me it's not only about the compensation, but also about the societal derision. I hate when people ask me what I do (for a living). I never know how to answer. If I lead with "I stay home," many people assume that I'm lazy and don't have anything interesting/current/intelligent to say. They drift off to more exciting prospects. If I lead with anthropology, or other jobs I've held, then the stay home mom part is a bit more acceptable. As if it's okay with them that I do this now, because I have earned the right to do so, and I've demonstrated my ability to string a few big words together.
It's also the (societal) lack of awareness that stay home parents do work our asses off. Happily there are perks, and one is that I get to ride bikes with my children to the coffee roaster on the way to the playground.
Thanks for writing about this.
Science Based Medicine has a fascinating piece about the genetics of autism.
And finally, Steve Novella posted this blasphemy over at the NeuroLogica blog:
While many people feel that caffeine is a performance enhancing substance, the evidence has been largely against this notion, if somewhat mixed. But a recent large study strongly supports the evidence against any true cognitive or alertness benefit for caffeine.