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Richard Dawkin’s Unweaving the Rainbow: Science Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder is on my active reading docket. The book has been around for a while (published in 1998), but it’s proving to be a most enjoyable discovery as I continue to read it. So far, I concur with complete reviews’ take on the book.…

Psychotropic Walls

Via Technovelgy – Where Science Meets Fiction, here’s an article on a wild display surface upon which small panels move with precision and “ripple,” creating strange, almost biologically protoplasmic motion: HypoSurface Walls Are Full of Life. Bill Christensen, the author of the Technovelgy article on HypoSurface notes that this technology is a close approximation of…

Deep in my heart, I knew you’d leave. They said you’d never stay. But I couldn’t come to grips with it. I convinced myself that you’d be with us forever. The mournful winds across the sere landscape of downtown Princeton say otherwise. Like Writer’s Block before it (see Tasha O’Neil’s Photography for an excellent set…

How many oratorios begin with a song celebrating biogenesis and conclude with an epilogue advising us to be good caretakers of our four billion year old home? As far as I know, only one and that would be Lifetime: Songs of Life and Evolution by David Haines. Lifetime had its North American premiere at the…

I took a pretty circuitous path to becoming a biochemist. When I was six, I wanted to be a paleontologist, influenced by the “dinosaurs are cool” factor and my older (much older) sister’s college textbooks which I attempted to read, trying to get a grasp of evolution. Then, I wanted to be a zoologist, specializing…

These otherworldly blossoms have no genus and species so I’ll reach back to my plant taxonomy class and name them Chihuliensis fabulosa. These were spotted at the Dale Chihuly exhibit in the New York Botanical Garden last fall. For more realistic glass flowers, if you’re in Cambridge MA, be sure to check out the glass…

Mr. Beck’s evocative text… Then the overdressed fitness-jogger types carrying gallon jugs of water or grog, huffing like crazy and staring grimly at the ground. I’m not sure if I was last, but I do know that my not-so-novel strategy of trying to escape my morass of perambulatory incompetence by swinging my arms in furious,…

I likes my science, but Geez Louise!!

Man-o-manischewitz this is some hot sh*t. Science is wonderous, intriguing, captivating, sublime, but as Frank Zappa said, Music is the best! Check out VC about 7:05 in.

I moved from Cambridge MA about two and a half years ago but stay in touch with friends who still reside there. I try to visit my old ‘hood a few times a year. Cambridge is right up there with Madison WI as my city to which I’d most like to return. I was not…

35 Years Later and Still Sweaty

I decided to do something a little different the other day. This doesn’t seem to have much to do with science per se, but eventually perhaps it will. Just how sensitive are a musician’s “hands” to their instrument?