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To the approximately half-dozen or so of my regular readers: The Refuge has been very active recently thanks to the capers of the young males of the troop. As a consequence, those few entries I offer are likley to be buried quickly. Should you have a burning desire to read my blathering specifically, I have…

An e-droog recently waxed poetic about a single malt Scotch that she gave to a friend on the occasion of his thirtieth birthday. If I recall correctly, this was an especially rugged Islay beast, and stronger than the infamous Laphroaig. The subject of single malts triggered an avalanche of nostalgic reverie, not uncommon for us…

Newton’s Dark Secret

PBS/Nova ran a show on Sir Isaac Newton the other night entitled Newton’s Dark Secrets. Interesting though it was, for years I have claimed that Sir Isaac’s true “dark secret” was that he learned how to travel through time. Yep. Right up to the 1970′s. He wanted to be a rock legend…

Xena, Warrior Scientist!

I freely admit it. I routinely destroy my neoencephalon by watching all manner of crap on television. I am not one of those overweening snobs who daintily curl an upper lip as I sneer, “I never watch television.” I love popular culture, and frankly, find a dose of mindless television to be relaxing, and occasionally…

When I was a little kid, I frequently snuck into my older brother’s room and read his collection of science fiction books and pulp magazines (see previous post on SF&F books). My mother, who was (and is) a big fan of The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald (a lovely book and recommended) thought…

Long time no see. I took something of a hiatus from the hootacular environs of the Refuge due to the Most Wonderful Time of the Year at DOPI:* performance reviews for 2006 and objectives setting for 2007. I know. I shouldn’t whine and bitch about this, seeing how much work you academics put into the…

But First…Roo-Roo!

Re: Ask a Science Blogger – Harsh Criticism, Did It Help or Hinder? Warning. My response contains offensive material. Oh, you’re not surprised? Well, OK, this is the Chimp Refuge. You already know that there are piles of bonobo scat everywhere. So let’s get to steppin’ and squishin’… During my first “real” job out of…

Hot or Not?

Wait! Don’t answer that just yet. Please allow me to give myself a little Q&A pertaining to issue of “proportionately fewer hot women read sci-fi and fantasy.” Q1. So tell me, Me, do you read sci-fi & fantasy? A1. Well, not so much lately. Q2: How about your past flirtations with the genre? A2: I…

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…

Continued from Look, I’m just a biochemist, part 1*… Recently, I had lunch with a colleague who is concerned about how he is perceived in discovery research. The guy is a sr. scientist in DOPI’s leads discovery department which assays something in the order of a gazillion compounds in screening “campaigns.” He and his group…