Archives for September, 2010

XMRV and chronic fatigue syndrome: Not in China

I am so sick of this crap. BUT! A group in China made a really neat Real-Time PCR strategy for detecting XMRV, so Im still gonna write about it Failure to detect xenotropic murine leukaemia virus-related virus in Chinese patients with chronic fatigue syndrome Taqman Real-Time PCR is one of my most favoritest things ever.…

The ERV thats killing koalas: KoRV

Creationists cant deal with ERVs. They have no answer to the problems ERVs pose to Creationism. They have no alternative explanation for the weight ERVs lend to evilution. However, this doesnt stop Creationists from bluffing/lying to save face in front of the True Believers. One of the more baffling responses Ive gotten to ERVs is…

Procrastinating

Still writing my papers. So I write/edit one all day, cant stand the sight of it any more, switch to the other paper. Cant stand the sight of it any more. Switch back. Get pissed off at EndNote. Check email. Stare at one of the papers for a while. And then Im like ‘OMG BLAAAAG!…

Pits on PARADE

PARADE magazine has published a series of articles on pit bulls recently: Michael Vick’s Pit Bulls: Where Are They Now? Can You Teach a Bad Dog New Tricks? Top 5 Myths about Pit Bulls Hehehehe. Amazing how many pit owners have the same “HE/SHE DESTROYED AN ENTIRE SOFA!!!” story. PRO-TIP– Pits that get walkies every…

Im going to have to add a ‘C’ to ‘How kooks are made‘– The easy answers are rarely the right answers. Heres what I mean– Lets say scientists do a high-throughput screening on a whole bunch of compounds and find a protein made in bananas inhibits HIV-1 infection. The ‘easy’ conclusions you make from this…

Usher II

Im a voracious reader. Always have been. We didnt have cable or a lot of cool toys or anything growing up (dont feel sorry for me. we did get a NES when they came out, and a Tandy 2000) but Mom would always take us to the library for a new book at the drop…

HAHAHA! Sweet. Nick Singer is the current president of OKC Atheists. Hes ushered us through an absolutely massive growth spurt. Like, a so large it is actually kind of obnoxious growth spurt. We do at least a dozen activities a month, from parents and kids hanging out at the zoo or a museum to the…

Umm… *taps mic*… hmmm…

In about a month Im going to be speaking at the Texas Freethought Convention. I can talk about anything. Which means I dont know what to talk about. I mean, I have lots of things I want to talk about, but I dont wanna be all “YEAHHHH!!!!”, and the audience not give a rats ass…

Dont Believe in God? Join the club.

Well, I think its pretty obvious to ERV readers that I had nothing to do with this OKC Coaltion of Reason Leave your bets in the comments for if/how long it takes for the billboard to be vandalized. REMEMBER: Abbie wants to vandalize this board hardcore to get rid of that archaic fleck of spit…

ATTN HIV Deniers: ERVs are not HIVs. Still.

What is it about ERVs that makes kooks cling desperately to them, like little ‘gag-pol-env’ life-rafts, as the kooks FAILboats sink into even further obscurity? I think the general populations ignorance about ERVs is what kooks find so attractive. Kooks, like Creationists, can say any damn thing they want about ERVs, and Average Joe/Jane doesnt…