If you don’t believe “gruntle” is a word, neither apparently does my spellcheck. The internet assures me, however, that it is in fact, a word. You may be more familiar with it’s negatively connotative counterpart, as the below Ngram depicts. Once wildly popular, gruntle lost favor in the 1800’s and, like the Disco music of Swedish youths, has struggled unsuccessfully with a comeback.

Speculation by etymological intellects proposes “gruntle” most likely proceeds from “grumbling.” To furthermore be disgruntled, is to be completely gruntled. All-encompassingly gruntled. The word has since evolved to mean the opposite of disgruntled, and describes pleasance and contentment. Use at your own risk.

Prevent peanut butter jelly soggy

Is what I googled. You can guess my intent. I don’t know about you, but I’ve long been plagued by a watery, compressed, floppy PB and J.

If you eat it right away, then all’s good. Not sufficient time for the jelly to thoroughly soak the bread. However, as is more often the case for me, I’m taking it with me, and when it’s time to chow down, I’ve got a smushy, gushy semi-sandwich that is as flexible as a circus girl.

In my decisive effort to remediate this plague, I asked my friend the Internet. The answer was quick and unanimous. No longer will I have soggy sandwich.

Keep reading…

Slow-mo cartwheel for yooouuuuu (and more)

On a recent venture to the interwebs, I was looking for some Action Bastard merch, but Google had other plans for me.


I got to “action b.” While I didn’t necessarily think it would be the first suggestion, I did expect it to be among the top 3. It wasn’t. Some thing called Action Bronson was. Time to investigate.

Turns out Action Bronson is a rapper from Queens. Freshly exploring new music (courtesy of the previous owner of my recently acquired Jeep), I figured I’d take a browse through his YouTube offerings.Keep reading…

ISAM 2013

Look, it’s me! I’m standing in front of the poster we presented at the 2013 meeting of the International Society of Aerosols in Medicine. I met some great people, saw some excellent presentations and had a wonderful time. You wouldn’t believe what they’re doing with inhaled therapeutics nowadays.

Read my abstract.  Do it.

P-083 Evaluation of Intranasal Delivery of a Viable Bacterial Aerosol for Bovine Immunization

I’m also second author on a couple of posters, namely P-121 and O-51.  They’re good stuffs too, so check ’em out (Ctrl+F it).


Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery. April 2013, 26(2): A-1-A-69.

DOI:  10.1089/jamp.2013.00A1

Shave and a Haircut

While getting multiple hairs cut this afternoon, I thought I’d take the opportunity to get an unbiased opinion on a particular topic of interest.

I asked the lady, “If you had to estimate, what percentage of gray would you say I’m working with up there?”

“Um,” she paused. “I’d say about six.”

Six percent! I can live with that. I’m 26 years young. I’ve got a 14 week old baby and plenty of dark hair left to last into his teens. Funny, I thought surely it would be more than that. She would know, though. After all, she can see all of my head.

“Six percent?” I asked, in gentle confirmation.

“Yeah, six out of ten, I’d say,” she replied.

Wait. What?

A couple things about that. Firstly, six out of ten is sixty percent, as I’m sure you all have calculated by now. 6% ≠ 6/10.

That’s okay, fractions just aren’t some peoples thing.

Secondly, I don’t think six out of every ten hairs on my head is gray. White, technically. That would mean, on average, my hair is more white than not. I’ll let you make your own judgement from the Vine clip above, and I’m certain we’ll agree that my hair is not majority white. While I do have more gray on the sides and back than on top, in order to get a sixty percent average those areas would have to be even more white, on the order of eighty percent or so, which would definitely be noticeable. Maybe it goes back to fraction skills. Then again, maybe not.

Humans possess an inherent ability to make a ballpark judgement of relative object quantities.  This super power is referred to as the approximate number system (ANS). We have this skill before we even know what numbers are.  No math involved.  ANS performance has been shown to predict mathematics abilities in infants.  If you’re curious, see how you do on panamath’s free ANS test.  Here’s my unadulterated first try no warm up.

So math in general may not be her thing.  Which is cool.  The right-brained people make the world beautiful for the left-brainers.  My haircut is a work of art.

And she probably thinks I gave her a 200% tip.

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