So while you all were having fun watching the VP debate last night, I was at (am at) Viral Evolution 2008 listening to Marco Vignuzzi and Susanna Manrubia and Evilutionary Biologist talk about viral evolution. We are also drinking beer.






  1. #1 Jared
    October 3, 2008

    I don’t know who told you I wasn’t drinking beer… But alas, I’m not at a talk on viral evolution, unfortunately. Instead, I’m afraid my hope for humanity took a few more steps down today. I had some lady hand me this little flyer about how amazing her magical fairy is while I was in line for coffee.

  2. #2 Juniper Shoemaker
    October 4, 2008

    And your Virus Boyfriend? Was he there, too?

    I listened to as much of the VP debate as I could stand while I worked on stuff on my Mac. You definitely got the better end of the deal. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. #3 Rayven Alandria
    October 4, 2008

    This is awesome! I am thrilled something great like this came along to cheer the day. You deserve some fun times.

  4. #4 mikeg
    October 4, 2008

    @#1,,, what little flyer?… i want to read it too.

  5. #5 Stacy S.
    October 4, 2008


  6. #6 Dustin
    October 4, 2008

    The Ray Kurzweil banner at the top of the page is making my brain bleed.

  7. #7 Tyler DiPietro
    October 4, 2008

    “The Ray Kurzweil banner at the top of the page is making my brain bleed.”

    Flashblock gets rid of most of the ads for me.

  8. #8 Tyler DiPietro
    October 4, 2008

    HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT. I just noticed the “Singularity Summit”, which isn’t a flash-ad. Damn it.

  9. #9 Dustin
    October 4, 2008

    Singularitarians? In my Intertubes?

  10. #10 a lurker
    October 6, 2008

    I just heard on NPR that the Nobel prize was awarded for the discovery of HIV.

    Just a suggestion: Many Discovery Institute people are deniers that HIV causes AIDS. It might be a good time to bring this up.

  11. #11 Trin Tragula
    October 6, 2008


  12. #12 mikeg
    October 6, 2008
  13. #13 William Wallace
    October 7, 2008

    Please provide the scientific explanation why HIV is not transmitted by mosquito.


  14. #14 mikeg
    October 7, 2008

    naomi wolf radio interview…… please listen… then act

  15. #15 Juniper Shoemaker
    October 7, 2008

    Hey, Abby– what do you think of this?

    Does this level of intrigue happen where you work? How about at your conferences? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. #16 Dustin
    October 7, 2008

    PubMed is your friend, Wal-Tard.

  17. #17 Even Stephan
    October 7, 2008

    Does this level of intrigue happen where you work? How about at your conferences? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Someone I once knew was grabbed by the neck and choked at a conference.

  18. #18 Juniper Shoemaker
    October 8, 2008

    Dustin: thank you for performing a public service– once again.

    Even: whoa . . . that’s just all wrong and crazy. Scary. Now I’m gonna have to pray that no SciBlogger will ever owe their conspicuous absence from the blogosphere during a conference to anything worse than, say, a good ol’ conference hangover . . .

  19. #19 Juniper Shoemaker
    October 8, 2008

    And I really, truly mean all the goodwill couched in my jest, too, in case any readers get the wrong idea and think I was being sinister . . . so hard to master this blogging thing as quickly as I’d like . . :/

  20. #20 Mark Zwart
    October 8, 2008

    Of course this Vignuzzi fellow and Susanna Manrubia gave great talks, but you forgot to mention the best talk of all at the Viral Evolution meeting ๐Ÿ˜‰ $%#@ yeah, you know, that one about this ‘one virion is enough’ crap. OK, very bad attempt at humour.

    It was fun to hear about your work and hang out!

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