Photo of the day

Okay, I’m often saying that you should click through to the whole gallery.  And you never do (and you know who you are).  This one, please just take a minute and check out these entries in the National Geographic photo contest as curated in In Focus.  Pretty much every single one is awesome.

Fall Moose: I was fortunate to come across this moose having his evening meal in the Snake River, in Wyoming. He had chosen an excellent backdrop for his dining and the least I could do was get a snapshot of it. (© Glen Hush/National Geographic Photo Contest

Staying sober

It’s an ongoing joke with my students that at the end of the week’s last class I always say some variation on “have a good weekend and stay sober.”  On Wednesday I simply wished them a Happy Thanksgiving and was asked whither my standard admonition.  I explained that I endorsed the use of alcohol to make it successfully through potentially fraught family encounters (though I plan on relying on copious amounts of Diet Dr. Pepper, myself).  Anyway, it looks like more and more American college students are staying sober (or at least not binge drinking):

And overall drinking is down, especially for non-college students.  I really wonder how much of this has simply been replaced by marijuana consumption.  If so, I would say that’s actually a good thing as marijuana is a less harmful drug than alcohol on most every metric.  Anyway, more interesting discussion of what’s afoot at the Atlantic.

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