Archives for June, 2008

Woo-meisters in South Africa struck down!!

While those of us here in the US can have a grand ‘ol time loling over wackaloon HIV-Deniers, not everyone on this planet shares that luxury. There are places on this planet where woo is in control. The person with the political power to give or withhold life saving anti-retrovirals, doesnt believe they work. She…

Finally– Zee Blagroll

I finally had some time to get the BLAGROLL together! You all will never be bored again– LOTS of good stuff in there, so read up! Please check to make sure Ive got you listed right, or if you missed the first call, go ahead and leave a comment! Aaaand Im still working on the…

Nice letter from a Creationist

Despite the wackaloon letters PZ gets, Im being serious! It really is nice! I encourage everyone to leave questions in the comments or send me emails if they want to know more about a topic, and I am just as happy to oblige a evilutionist as a Creationist. Especially when theyre nice about it! So…

Corrupting the little ones

Its summertime. And when you work in the lab, summertime means summer undergraduate students! Theyre like any lab member– sometimes theyre good, sometimes theyre bad, sometimes they are somewhere in between– but no matter what, its a great opportunity for them to try out Research World and for us (grad students) to get mentoring experience.…

TWO MORE GAPS! TWO MORE GAPS! WHOOO!!!

Per Ahlberg and his crew just found another fossil along the fish–>tetrapod line! WHOO!!! Ventastega curonica and the origin of tetrapod morphology All the major news sources have picked up on this story already, with all the crappy journalism we have come to expect from most contemporary ‘science’ writers… ugh… So why dont you all…

You know when professors say something thats really obvious, but they say it in such a way that suddenly the universe makes sense, and your head explodes? I had one of those moments yesterday while listening to a professors presentation on a nifty herpes virus, cytomegalovirus (CMV is like EBV– pretty much everyone has been…

My lab is pretty ‘old school’. We do basic biochemical procedures– cloning/subcloning, PCR/RT-PCR/RT-PCR/RTRT-PCR, pulse-chases, western blots. My flow cytometry is about as crazy as we get. We also do those ‘old school’ procedures the ‘old school’ way. We dont use Qiagen kits to extract our plasmids, we do cesium chloride gradients. We also make sure…

In honor of George Carlin: Fuck

Fuck. **sigh** For my 23rd brithday, the fellow I was dating at the time got us tickets to see Carlin. Wonderful memory… But I was kinda hoping Id get to see him again, sometime… Fuck. Well, for those of you concerned that Fundie cocksuckers wouldnt jump on this with “CARLINS NUT AN ATHIEST NAU!”, fear…

Oklahomas 2009 Darwin Celebration!

WHOO!! The current list of speakers and activities scheduled for OUs celebration of Darwins 200th birthday is up! Sweet! Check back every now and then, because more activities are going to be added as speakers are confirmed (there are rumors a certain someone has agreed to visit us here in Salusa Secundus!). If you cant…

One to two times a week, I get an email from a concerned reader about my refusal to use apostrophes. DEAR ERV– YOU WRITED GUD BUT YOU HAS NO APOSTRAPHES AND U NEED TEHM. NO APOSTRAPHES IS DISTRACTING. K? THNKXBAI. So it pleases me greatly to see the death of another form of punctuation documented…