Respectful Insolence

Archives for August, 2006

Mentioned in the comments on this post was this story: MIAMI (Reuters) – The man who made the Statue of Liberty appear to vanish may soon claim to do the same for unsightly bags and wrinkles. Master illusionist David Copperfield says he has found the “Fountain of Youth” in the southern Bahamas, amid a cluster…

Grand Rounds vol.2, no. 46

Grand Rounds, vol. 2, no. 46 has been posted at Hospital Impact, this time in the form of a letter to a new son.

Damn you PZ! (Heh, I haven’t gotten to say that since he shamed my profession by showing us an example of a certifiably loony young earth creationist physician running for Lt. Governor of South Carolina.) This time around, I’m annoyed at PZ for pointing me in the direction of an article so absurd, so ridiculous,…

Skeptics Circle reminder

Skeptics! (And those who value critical thinking and science.) Don’t forget, the next edition of the Skeptics’ Circle is scheduled to be posted this Thursday, August 17 at Interverbal. If you’re a blogger interested in critical thinking and rationality and have written a post that would do The Amazing Randi proud that you’d like to…

Here’s a feature I’ve been meaning to start almost since I started this blog, a series along the line of Dr. Bard Parker’s Tales of the Trauma Service. Oddly enough, it only took me over a year and a half to get around to writing the first entry, for reasons that, quite frankly, I don’t…

Pediatric Grands Rounds

Pediatric Grand Rounds vol. 1, no. 9 has been posted at Unintelligent Design. This time it’s in the form of a test. Do you think you’re ready for…the Pediatric Grand Rounds Review and Education Program (PGRREP)?

Star Trek inspirational posters

Four words: Star Trek inspirational posters. These are just freakin’ hilarious, especially if you love the old series as much as I do. An example: Via Bad Astronomy Blog.

From an actual personal ad: Gorgeous blonde model, tired of being patronized. Looking for sincere, understanding man. Must be willing to listen to stories of alien abduction. (Source: The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said Calendar 2004) Would anyone out there answer this ad?

Bora beat me to this one (which is what I get for not posting about it yesterday morning when I first saw the story), but some holy water is coming out of a tree in San Antonio, and why has not yet been solved: SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 12) – Is it an artesian spring, a…

After my experience with using (or, as at least one of my readers has suggested, misusing) my blog to get an article to which my university does not provide online access, it occurred to me just how much our means of accessing the scientific literature has changed in the last decade and just how radical…

Literature request fulfilled

Thanks to those who sent me a copy of the article I requested. Sadly, the library at my university has some rather large holes in its online collection. Even some fairly common journals are not represented. I’ll have to read it this weekend. You’ll all get personal e-mails from me later today, after I finish…

Literature request

Here’s a humble request of my readers. I’m looking for an article in a journal to which my university library does not offer online access. I’m interested in reading it, but not so interested that I’m wililng to pay the $40 to download it. If necessary, I can get it via interlibrary loan, but they’ll…

I haven’t done this in a while; so now seems as good a time as any. I fired up iTunes and let ‘er rip on “Shuffle Play,” and this is what came up: Woody Guthrie, Talking Dust Bowl Blues (from: Dust Bowl Ballads) David Bowie, Lady Stardust (from: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust…

It’s time for a change of pace on Your Friday Dose of Woo. I’m getting the feeling that you my readers may have gotten tired of the theme I’ve been doing the last three weeks. I can relate somewhat but I think it served a purpose (other than giving me free rein to indulge in…

It’s a nursing thing…

The latest Change of Shift, the blog carnival for nursing, has been posted at It’s a nursing thing.

Baseball and the never-ending hunger

Deep within Yankee Stadium, a timeless evil had arrived (well, an evil around 61 years old, anyway–well, 117 years old if you count its entire existence) shambling through the dark service corridors and halls, on a never-ending quest to satisfy its unquenchable hunger. Why it had come to this place, it did not know. Perhaps…

An anti-ID initiative

I got this in my e-mail the other day that may be of interest to folks interested in countering the pseudoscience of “intelligent design” creationism:

Health care blogger survey

I got this request the other day and finally decided to take the survey that it asked me to. It was relatively painless and it might gather useful information (although obviously it’s not a scientific survey); so I thought I’d help publicize it. If you’re a health care/ medical blogger, this survey is looking for…

As you probably remember, the case that first got me discussing the issue of children and minors opting for “alternative therapy” rather than conventional medicine was not Starchild Abraham Cherrix (Abraham’s personal website). Rather, this is a topic that I first approached nine months ago, even before I moved over to ScienceBlogs. With the prominence…

Grand Rounds, vol. 2, no. 46

Grand Rounds, vol. 2, no 46 has been posted at Mexico Medical Student. Enjoy!

The other day, I posted about the reaction in the white power ranger blogosphere to Mel Gibson’s little anti-Semitic tirade. Apparently a blogger by the name of Occidentalist took umbrage in the comments at my having pointed out that the rantings about “the synagogue of Satan” contained on an anti-Semitic blog were, in fact, anti-Semitic…

Cinema science

Our Seed overlords beckon: What movie do you think does something admirable (though not necessarily accurate) regarding science? Bonus points for answering whether the chosen movie is any good generally….

Psychics at the Atlanta Zoo

Via Advice Goddess, I find that the Atlanta Zoo is using psychics to predict whether their prize Panda is actually pregnant. One of them predicted that the Panda is definitely pregnant and will bear a male cub before September 4. I’ll give her credit for putting herself out there with a definite prediction. Of course,…

It occurred to me over the weekend that I hadn’t updated my Medicine and Evolution series in a while. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a couple of clueless creationists who had wildly misinterpreted a recent paper about how the cornea prevents blood vessels from growing into it from the surrounding sclera as…

Darth Vader being a smartass

This one’s been making the rounds over the last few days, but, Star Wars geek that I am, I found it hilarious enough to post, even though it’s shown up in a lot of other places. Enjoy!