My second story has been posted at HermesNews.Net. It is a slight rewrite of "She Blinded Me With Science," which I posted here two weeks ago. Executive summary: I took out the first person, added some links, tightened it up in some places, and fleshed it out in others. It isn't different enough to repost here, but IMHO it's written better than the original.
Quick natural gas update: I'm writing in my 58-degree office, as opposed to my 60-degree dining room. I'm afraid we're going to have to turn on the heat soon, before I get a chance to implement many of my energy-saving improvements. Is it bad when the dog's teeth are chattering?