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Archives for November, 2006

The Meme-ome

There. That banal neologism has been rattling around in my cranium for a few days like errant bb shot, and I needed to get it out there. Sometimes, a loathsome word must be purged from the brain before it causes too much damage. “Meme,” which makes me cringe when I read it let alone write…

Over at Terra Sigillata, Abel Pharmboy dissects the deeper meaning of the Rozarem ad which features Abe Lincoln, a beaver and a scuba diver telling an insomniac how much they miss him. The ad is hawking Takeda Pharm’s latest little sleeping pill. The Rozarem campaign is a departure from the usual direct-to-consumer drug advertising. It’s…

So this morning when I walked into the corridors bisecting our labs from our offices, I was greeted by yellow “caution wet floor” signs and my staff scurrying about like industrious, yet annoyed, ants. Apparently, a major leak developed during the night in a lab on the second floor. The water made its way into…

Mature fit F ISO vigorous boy toy.

Male chimps apparently dig older females as reported recently in LiveScience. Young chimpanzee tarts cause nary a second look from the guys according to Martin Muller, an anthropologist at Boston University: “The stereotypical view of human mating involves males wanting to be promiscuous and females being coy, but in chimps you see young females being…

I see that ol’ amino acid chestnut, Mr. W, who also goes by the moniker of tryptophan, is making the “science of Thanksgiving” rounds here at SB. Over at Chaotic Utopia, Karmen offers a very nice piece on the science of concocting an exquisite gravy. But what good is a gravy worthy of peer review,…

From The Trenton Tepal: The White Hand of Saruman recently retired to an herb garden in downtown Princeton, NJ. The White Hand said, “A symbol of corruption and evil can only take so many years of being slapped on the shields and other accoutrements of mage-domination. I am happy to have found my retirement home…

A Visit to Nurmth

I don’t know if it was part astral projection and part sleep paralysis, or just a too-large slice of autumn bread too close to bedtime, but I recently spent some time at planet Nurmth. Don’t be alarmed. It’s much like Earth and populated by sentient hominids with technology similar to ours. There was one striking…

…according to the Most Great Prophet of Pain, Tim Krieder. Go to the Pain archives via the link above to… October 4, 2006 – Contributions of the World’s Religions (Part I): Christianity for wholesome TV programming and burning witches and Islam for angry chanting and those excellent bean pies. October 18, 2006 – Contributions of…

The whites of their eyes

An eye-opening publication in the Journal of Human Evolution garnered some press as noted here in The Economist, Eyeing up the collaboration, and Why eyes are so alluring from LiveScience.com

Dawkins on C-SPAN2

I caught Richard Dawkins on C-SPAN2′s BookTV last night. This was a video of his talk at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia on October 23, 2006. He read a few passages from his newest book, The God Delusion, and then proceeded to take questions from the audience. Dawkins was his usual erudite self, and…