Archives for January, 2010

EXERGAMING!

I actually have a couple EXERGAMES for mah Wii. I wouldnt buy a Wii for these games, but they do make me sweat when the weather/timing keeps me from getting to the gym: Golds Gym Cardio Workout– This is basically ‘Guitar Hero’ with jabs/upper-cuts/hooks/ducks/blocks/etc. It can get pretty damn hard, and is def an underrated…

In just seven days… oh baby…

Since last weeks post on fitness (or lack of it) on SciBlogs*, blag brother Ethan suggested a blag-wide fitness event– lets all talk about our personal ‘fitness’. What we do, why we do it, mistakes we made along the way, even though we are totally amateurs Heres his pretty post My post is going to…

October 16, 2009– The science of this paper is fine. Their experiments are fine. And, there is clearly a bias for the presence of XMLV in CFS patients. BUT, this story doesnt make sense. October 23, 2009– This normally ‘harmless’ virus is more prevalent in certain areas of the world (Africa) than in others (US),…

An impromptu Q&A with ERV!

Hey, you remember last fall when Stephen ‘1985’ Meyer came to OU? And I went to see him, not Johnny Wells, so Wells threw an epic tantrum? Smith left abruptly after the lecture and did not stay for the Q&A. “Hi! Im Johnny Wells! I wasnt at the lecture, but Im going to tell everyone…

Endogenous NON-retroviruses!

Endogenous retroviruses are weird, but how they got into our genomes and what they mean, evolutionarily, isnt too hard to understand (unless youre an IDiot). A retrovirus has to not only accidentally infect a germ-line cell (sperm/egg), that particular egg/sperm has to successfully mediate fertilization, and where the retrovirus randomly inserts has to not cause…

I volunteer my ovum in the service of cloning more Carl Zimmers. Hes got a laymen-science appropriate-yet-not-dumbed-down-to-the-point-of-being-wrong article on the New York Times on one of the many ways we use viral evolution in the lab. A decade ago, scientists began running experiments that suggested the idea just might work. In one study, Dr. Lawrence…

I havent mentioned anything about Ugandas Evangelical-driven quest to kill homosexuals. I figured that you dont really need to have my expertise in HIV-1 to recognize that these people are fucking psycho. But, it doesnt take a whole lot of effort for me to demonstrate that on a scientific level, these people are wrong (not…

Even ‘Rocky’ had a montage! MONTAGE!

Last Fridays xkcd: A scene from ‘Big Bang Theory’. This is why there will never be a movie/reality TV show made about Real Science(TM). I can make my experiments sound dramatic: Setting up steel-cage death-matches between various variants of HIV-1. Epic gladiator battles where only the fittest survives to fight another day. Everything glows– red,…

Mooney 2008. Mooney 2010. Hes like the blonde girl in the white convertible– the one that got away *dreamy sigh* *BARF!*

Jocks vs Nerds

[rant on] There are holes in SciBlogs*. I usually dont notice them until I have a question that SciBlogs cant answer. I mean, we have a ton of super smart, super skeptical people here on just about every topic. What I love about ‘our people’ is that we dont have to be experts on everything.…