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There’s a slick new online Sci Fi rag called Lightspeed. I like this one because they also publish nonfiction pieces that are relevant to their fiction stories. Ok I’m a bit biased because they asked me to write a nonfiction piece for them. In the same issue there was a story called Manumission by Tobias…

Zombies get philosophical

You may not think of our flesh-eating diseased brethren as being the thoughtful types. Maybe they are, maybe they aren’t. As Sci mentioned, I’m gonna be holed up in the Costco for a while so I got time to think about it. They’re the slow-moving-undead zombies, not those ultra-quick “infected” (I hate those creepy bastards).…

Happy Hump Day

It wasn’t until college that Sci first heard Wednesday referred to as “Hump Day”. She apologizes for a certain lack of hefty content in the latest series of posts. This thing, they call it “real” life”, and it’s getting in the way. But there are some things you NEED to see. 1) The guys at…

“GRAAAHHHHHH”

The call, half roar, half terrifying honk of annoyance, echoed across the room. From the depths of a warm, comfortable nest, the monster stirred. Something was prodding it out of its lurid, murky dreams. “brrt, brrt, brrt… …brrt, brrt, brrt…” Snarling, the beast surged from the bed, lunging over to the alarm clock placed irritatingly…

In which Sci is FAMOUS!

Sci loves it when she’s famous. This is mostly because it never happens in real life. But you will ALL know who Sci is when she TAKES OVER THE WORLD. Mwah ha ha ha. I know I look cute and furry. Don’t be fooled. And now, as part of my new plan for world domination,…

A Few Things

First off, how many is a “few”? I mean, I think of a “couple” as two, and a “few” as three. But what does that make five? “Some”? Anyway, please head on over and congratulation Southern Fried Scientist for his Quark win!!! 3quarksdaily picked his post on dolphin-safe tuna for their quark award! I’m so…

Interview of yours truly

Looks like I got cornered by Ava over at Paw Talk for an interview. Go check it out. We talked about animal intelligence, modeling diseases using animals, and my stupid cat’s antics. Good times!

I want my own death robot!

This guy is awesome. In fact, this guy makes me wish that awesome was a verb, so that I could say that “he awesomed around like there was no tomorrow.” Pop Sci reports that Carlos Owens of Wasilla, Alaska built his own 18 foot tall robotic exoskeleton in his backyard because…you know…he can. He acknowledges…

How much pain will buy you a meal?

My illustrious coblogger points out that by taking part in research studies, a graduate student can actually afford to do things like, well, eat. Normally relegated to scraping the crumbs off the post-seminar cookie tray, or sneaking into a urology luncheon and being forced to sit through an hour talk on ureter infections only to…

Holiday FAIL

My illustrious coblogger already put up a New Year’s wish from both of us, but I simply had to add this one. There’s a big fake-o tree made of lights on the highway by my digs. It’s supposed to spell out “Joy Hope Peace Love Faith” or something to that effect. Some of the lights…