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Archives for June, 2006

“Most of the time, I work in a little glass jar and lead a very uneventful life. I drive a Volvo, a beige one. But what I’m dealing with here is one of the most deadly substances the earth has ever known, so what say you cut me some FRIGGIN’ SLACK?”

Phil Anthropy

OK, I’ve got nothing but good things to say about Warren Buffett’s announcement that he’s giving $37 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Well, other than that I wonder how we’ve managed to create a system where someone can amass that much in the first place, but I digress. $37 billion can do…

Taking a cue from Coturnix’s Weird Sex Friday fun entry (har), here’s a snippet from Ananova which is making the blogosphere rounds. The world’s oldest surviving condom has gone on display at the Tirolean County Museum in Austria. From the article… The reusable condom dates back to 1640 and is completely intact, as is its…

and a nod to a new comic strip. Yesterday evening as I drove along the allee of American elms which marks the passage from US Route 1 to Einsteinville’s famous campus, I saw fireflies rising from the grass in the adjacent fields. On the eve of the summer solstice, here were the true harbingers of…

Some Semi-Random Observations

The question has been raised as to whether or not organized religious fervor will eventually win out over the Enlightenment ideals of humanistic atheism, and if it does, the consequence of America devolving into a theocratic hegemony. On their side, the humanist-atheist camp operates from a position of empiricism and rationality which appears to be…

Doc Bushwell here, pharmaceutical bogeyperson of the fast food-pharma-medical establishments’ collusion against the fundamentalist fat activists (FFAs). Yes, that’s right. We bench monkey pharma researchers lie awake at night, tossing, turning and vigorously scratching our nether regions, while we plot new ways of wresting money and adipose tissue from these hapless souls. Truth be told,…

Bill No’Credulity

I just saw a few minutes of Fox’s Bill O’Reilly being interviewed by Matt Lauer on The Today Show regarding President Bush’s surprise visit to Baghdad along with other issues of the Iraq war. Undoubtedly, there will be some folks who will parse and critique every word that Matt and Bill uttered, some positive, some…

Daylight Savings Savings?

Sometimes the little things mean a lot. I normally get out of bed around 6:00 AM. In the foothills of the Adirondacks in mid June, this means that the sky has been light for an hour. I like this. For whatever reason, my brain just doesn’t want to fully engage in the morning when it’s…

I have the great fortune of attending yet another protracted managerial development class for the entirety of this coming week. I can’t tell you how delighted I am to be doing this. Do I need to add another scoop to the pile of steaming sarcasm? Most scientists I know in the corporate world view such…

Yikes! An “Ask a ScienceBlogger” question already? Well, had I been a SciBlog some weeks ago, I would have quickly answered in response to the question (paraphrasing here), “Which modern technology should not have been invented?” My answer: pantyhose. They are the garments of pure unadulterated torture. Oh, wait, now what is today’s question? Here…