My daughter is doing better, though I suspect that she’ll need another day or so to completely recover. In the meantime, I’m running a sleep deficit, thanks to her waking up in the middle of the night, and my having to stay up to finish a review of an NSF proposal in time for the review panel meeting. (Reviewing proposals, from a cost-benefit point of view, makes no sense: you don’t get paid for it, you run the risk of advancing the careers of your competitors. On the other hand, I think everyone recognizes that you need to do your bit for the whole system– and scholarship– to work.)

I also got a couple last-minute queries about my review of Edward Tenner’s Our Own Devices, which I’m told is going to be published in this Sunday’s LA Times Book Review. Because of the new Red Herring gig, it’s probably the last review I’ll be doing for them for a while.