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Archives for June, 2007

Ailurus fulgens, the Shining Cat

The Red Panda has a Latin name that suggests it is a cat.  It is not, being more closely related to bears and raccoons.  They are similar to the more famous Giant Pandas, but sufficiently distinct so as to have their own family name, Ailuridae.   This photo was the Wikipedia picture of the day…

Muggle’s view of Migraine

There is a refreshingly whimsical article, on a very serious subject, in this month’s edition of Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain. Harry Potter and the Curse of Headache Fred Sheftell MD, Timothy J Steiner MB, PhD, Hallie Thomas Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain 47 (6), 911–916. doi:10.1111/j.1526-4610.2007.00665.x Headache disorders…

A recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine caught my attention, because it has significant implications for stress management by physicians.  The study also generated a bit of attention in the popular media.  For example, this article in NYT: Study Says Chatty Doctors Forget Patients By GINA KOLATA Published: June 26, 2007 …To their…

Eat Locally

I really like the idea behind the Farmer’s Diner.  This guy, Tod Murphy, started a restaurant that only servers food that was grown or produced within seventy miles.   There’s an interview with him in Orion Magazine.  The idea is simple.  Reduce the dependence on fossil fuel by getting all products locally.   The ramifications…

Flying Carp Video

Why are people, all over the country, all of a sudden, searching for “Asian flying carp video?”

Brief Hiatus

Not posting much this week. I’ll be taking down my computers for a few days, making it difficult to post at all.   Maybe I will finally find out where all those little wires behind my computers go.  If I can get them all plugged in to the right spots again, regular posting will resume…

Yes it is Bamboo

The inventor hopes to see them become commonplace in the third world.  Strange, because the frame alone costs $2,700 in the USA.   However, the frames can be made with no power tools.  The material is cheaper than dirt.  (Pound for pound, compared to potting soil.)  Get a few folks who have time on their…

Free Evolution Tract

From ChristiaNet.  They think it is clever, I guess. This is the first in a series of Free Evolution Tracts that can be sent as e-cards.  What does it mean?  Are they declaring war on Christmas?

Firefox 3 On the Way

Firefox 3 (Gran Paradiso) should be available in beta form in late July 2007.  There is no firm release schedule for the gold version. The most anticipated feature will be a new way to store bookmarks.  Both the interface and the internal code will be changed. Sort of like in del.ico.us, bookmarks can be given…

Tech Tip #2

Problem: Flyaway cat hair. Backgound: Cats require brushing.  If the cat has long hair, and the humidity is low, brushing the cat will release cat hair into the lower layer of the atmosphere.  This hair will get on your clothes, the sofa, the carpet, and it will go places it is not wanted, such as…