Love is a “shocking” sensation

In honor of the SigFig’s birthday, today’s post is about the moment I knew we really had something special.

It is, unsurprisingly, science-related.

Several years ago, we were walking along the waterfront and paused to rest on a high-backed plastic bench. I kissed him and felt a mild shock.

“You’re crackly. Discharge.”

Without missing a beat, he got up and touched his fingertip to a metal railing. He knew exactly what I meant and exactly what he had to do to rectify the situation.

And, just like that, I was hooked.

So what was going on here? It’s all about the electrons.

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SiS Link of the (Pi!) Day: A glimpse at my day job

One of my day jobs, at least. I put this together for a thematically appropriate Pi Day quiz for the site that I work for. If you haven’t played a Word Ladder quiz before, the concept is that each correct answer changes exactly one letter from the previous answer.