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Archives for April, 2006

Lucky Manhattanites

Lucky bastards living in Manhattan. You’ll soon have a flagship Apple Store that will be open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Bastards. Is it just me, though, or does the store thus far bear an uncanny resemblance to a Borg ship?

Unbelievable. Contrary to my predictions last week, somehow the Detroit Tigers have managed to remain undefeated through the first week of the baseball season. They’re 5-0. Just as enjoyable, the Cleveland Indians are right behind them, with a 4-1 record. But that’s not the best thing. No, the best thing is that the dreaded New…

One thing surgeons sometimes have to deal with is foreign objects placed in various orifices. As a general surgeon, I’ve seen various objects swallowed or placed in the rectum or nose. But I’ve never seen a case like this one described by RangelMD: The other day the topic came up (don’t ask how) about cases…

I belong in Paris?

More blog filling, thanks to GrrlScientist. Really, though, if I belong in any European city at all, I’d have guessed London, but the test says otherwise: You Belong in Paris You enjoy all that life has to offer, and you can appreciate the fine tastes and sites of Paris. You’re the perfect person to wander…

Don’t mess with EneMan

As you may remember, our intrepid blog mascot has been traveling though history since January, going from Mount Everest, to Canada, to inventing paper currency. He even found time to wish fellow SB’er PZ a happy birthday. Fans probably wonder where he’d end up next. I realize that this is a few days late, but…

A very poo-filled Skeptics’ Circle

Just a reminder that the Skeptics’ Circle is fast approaching. This time, it’s hosted once again by a guy who goes by the name of The Pooflinger, and it’s set to be flung at the blogosphere next Thursday, April 13. Submissions are due sometime in the evening next Wednesday. As you may recall, The Pooflinger…

One last photo from my afternoon at Venice Beach a couple of weeks ago. All I want to ask is this: Is this Alice Cooper’s daughter? Dark eyeliner like Dad’s? Check. Huge snake like Dad’s? Check. It could be. Or is this her below?

Good Wi-Fi, Bad Wi-Fi

It’s rare for me to be gone so much in such a short period of time. Two meetings in two weeks, one in San Diego and one in Washington, DC, and I’m bushed. One thing that continually irks me on the two or three occasions each year when I go to meetings is how blatantly…

Over the last couple of days, I’ve blogged a bit about a study by Paul Shattuck that shows how useless it is to try to use special education classification numbers as a means of proving the existence of an “autism epidemic.” Well, at the risk of driving at least one person away, I’m going to…

Oh, no. Not deterred by the utter slapdown he got from me and PZ last time, Radaractive has posted the second edition of the “Darwin Is Dead” Carnival. (Hat tip, as before, to the Pooflinger!) I was feeling a little depressed at having to go back to work this morning, and seeing this carnival lightened…

So now it’s all becoming clear what a major part of the reason for Apple to change over to Intel chips was. Yesterday, Apple released software that will allow the new Intel Macs to run Windows XP: SAN JOSE, Calif. – To broaden its appeal in a Windows-dominated world, Apple Computer Inc. unveiled software Wednesday…

By the time this appears, I should be on my way home from the AACR. For some reason, the meeting this year didn’t get me all fired up the way it usually does. Perhaps I’ll post in more detail about why that may have been after I get home. In the meantime, here’s something I’ve…

Yesterday, I wrote extensively about a new study by Paul Shattuck that seriously casts doubt upon one of the key claims of those arguing that mercury in childhood vaccines causes autism, namely the existence of an “autism epidemic.” These claims are nearly always based on rapidly rising numbers of children being classified as autistic for…

Evidence against an “autism epidemic”

One of the key arguments by advocates claiming a link between mercury in childhood vaccines is that there is an “epidemic” of autism. They’ll claim that autism was unknown before the 1930′s, when thimerosal was first introduced into vaccines. (Never mind that there are plenty of descriptions of autism-like conditions dating from as far back…

AACR random blogging I

Having gone to two meetings in less than two weeks, I’ve noticed something different about how I approach meetings. Surgical meetings often reflect the truly bizarre nature of surgeon personalities. For example, the meeting in San Diego that I went to had one session that started at–I kid you not–6 AM. True, they did lure…

The best house ever for a geek like me…

With the weather in Washington, DC, threatening to be full of thunderstorms and plunging temperatures this afternoon and tonight, I like to think back to where I was less than two weeks ago. As I mentioned before, last week, I was in southern California for a surgical meeting. While I was there, I happened to…

By a meme attacked

Damn you, Kev! You hit me with this meme. I often ignore being tagged with memes, but because it’s Kev I won’t refuse. It’s also a conveniently quick way to fill blog space while I’m at the AACR Meeting. I was just too tired last night to write anything substantive and utterly crashed at around…

I was afraid of this…

I’m apparently a punk wannabe… I am 30% Punk Rock. Well, I may know what punk is, but… Okay maybe some people think I am punk, but is that enough? Nope. Take the Punk Rock Test @ FualiDotCom

Does Jesus hate the New York Yankees?

Opening day at last! The 2006 baseball season starts this weekend. One thing that I can predict with a high degree of certainty is that, sadly, my old hometown team the Detroit Tigers will continue to suck, getting deeper into their second decade of futility as measured by sub-.500 records. In contrast, my other favorite…

Time to follow

What the heck? On April Fools Day, all the other SB’ers are doing this quiz, so why not? I am 11% Idiot. I am not annoying at all. In fact most people come to me for advice. Of course they annoy the hell out of me. But what can I do? I am smarter than…

R.I.P. Hal

R.I.P. Hal. At least you had a good romp before the end.

One more chance to support the NIH

Sadly, unlike my post a couple of hours ago, this is not an April Fools jest. Evolgen previously reported on the success of the Specter-Harkin Amendment in the Senate to change a completely flat National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget containing actual real cuts to the budget of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to one…

Orac has a change of heart

You know, after all these years as a scientist, physician, and skeptic, I’ve been wondering. Perhaps it’s time to undergo a reassessment of my and philosophy. I’ve always been a bit of a curmudgeon, and it hasn’t really gotten me anywhere. My words appear to have no impact on the credulous. For example, perhaps I’ve…