Archives for June, 2012

Family Guy, S07E02 ‘I Dream of Jesus’: Peter: Brian, can I see that paper for a sec? (Brian gives Peter the paper. Peter peruses the paper.) Peter: Huh… that’s odd… I thought that would big news. Brian: You thought what would be big news? Peter: Well there seems to be an absence of a certain…

File this under ‘Religion has nothing to do with morality’– Some religions have a problem with a vaccine that, when dosed appropriately early enough, virtually eliminates risk of cervical cancer, as virtually all cervical cancer is caused by HPV.  Its even better if males get the vaccine as well, not only because if fewer males…

Atheists in OKC

Just in time to promote FreeOK2, theres a really nice article on OKC.net about OKC Atheists! To that end, McCall said the vast majority of people who join AOK are coming from a religious background of some kind, and whatever their former denomination, most are used to having a network of people to turn to…

Wait till next year!

Last week: And I dont have a problem with LeBron.  From what I understand, he did some charity event for Durant, asked Durant to play some exhibition games during the lockout, and frankly, if OKCers are going to ‘hate’ a player, we ‘hate’ Metta World Peace.   This week: “I thought you liked LeBron?” I…

Nobel vs Nobel

Luc Montagnier was once one of Gods of Science. Dude was head of one of the groups of scientists who ultimately discovered HIV-1 was the cause of the AIDS pandemic. Wonderful science that amazes me– The things they could do when we didnt know anything, when they didnt have the technology that I have– Amazing.…

Carl Zimmer is, hands down, one of the best science writers out there.  Its no surprise, then, that he is almost as obsessed with viruses as I am.  Viruses are our past and our future, and Zimmer *gets* it. So while I am busy in the lab this week, I will happily point you to…

Welp, I cant blame this one on pop news. The latest controversy over the HIV-1 patient functionally cured of HIV/AIDS shouldnt be that big of a deal.  Scientists are asking the question “What does it mean to be ‘cured’ of HIV? What is our definition of ‘cured’? How will we know ‘cured’ when we see…

Many roads lead to Rome– there is no one ‘right’ way to solve an evolutionary hurdle. Viruses encounter the same evolutionary ‘problems’, but have evolved lots and lots and lots of different solutions to the exact same problems. Random chance of mutations + the bumbling blindness of natural selection (‘good enough’ is selected, not ‘BEST!’)…

THUNDER UP!

In case you havent heard, the OKC Thunder is playing the Miami Heat for the NBA championship this week (until however long the series goes). And the entire state of Oklahoma is FREAKING OUT. EVERYTHING is blue/orange/navy.  If it aint, were painting it. This is the building my boxing gym is in. hehehehe “Durantula”. But…

The Antarctica Files: Penguin Sex. … I didnt notice it at the time, but I did after my bud uploaded this to YouTube: Please note that while several of the penguins in the vicinity just sat on their eggs, minding their own business– there is a creeper penguin, like, right there, just staring… staring at…