H1N1 is really scary.

I don't know that there's much more to say about it than that.. The 1918 flu was also also a H1N1 strain and predominantly killed people our age by making our immune systems overwork themselves. Young kids, old people, and people with weak immune systems all made it through. The healthy young adults were the ones who died.

The good news though is that this isn't a H5N1 avian flu. Only a few people have ever been infected with it but the fatality rate is between 60 and 100%.


Being Mean to Students

Is it mean if I think it's funny? My students have weekly quizzes on Thursdays and this week's quiz has a lot of true or false questions. The funny thing is that the answers are all false. (Or true, all one or the other, just in case some student happens to read this.)

If the trues and falses are distributed more or less evenly, you can feel good about the fact that you're answering T to 50% and F to 50%. I think having a strong bias will really make people have to stand by their knowledge. It'll be really interesting to see how many people switch their answers back and forth.