Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Archives for March, 2007

Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream has been known for both delicious treats (Cherry Garcia….mmmmm) as well political activism. They have a fun application on their site which allows you to slice up the budget as YOU see fit. What are your priorities? Whats even more fun (well, kinda) is that you get to compare your…

After gazing at the cute owlet all day, I was thinking, “Wouldn’t it be fun to have a pet owl, like a pet parrot?” Now deep down I figured that was a horrible idea on a LOT of levels (and turns out, yeah, its a BAD idea). But I’m sure that with the huge popularity…

I’m going to take a bit of a departure for parrot-related news this week to focus on owls, which are solitary, nocturnal birds of prey. Recently a very rare species of owl, the long-whiskered owlet, was observed in the wild in Peru by an American ornithological team. The owlet, first discovered in 1976, is tiny,…

Sooooo, turns out that pop/soda/Coke *does* rot your teeth. Um, now they listen? Where was this press release during the 1989 school year when a burgeoning nerdlet conducted (not so) scientific examinations into THIS VERY FACT?? Its a conspiracy I tell you! Interestingly, the high-falutin’ eggheads found that root beer products don’t corrode teeth as…

I’ve probably had dozens of sinus infections. This is partially related to my genes; I got some good ones, but sinus problems and severe allergies run in my family. I ended up with both, with the result being a cycle of allergies triggering infections. In fact, I’ve got one now (receding thanks to Zithromax), which…

Great Parrot Escape

He’s got cunning and perseverance. And look how proud he is at the end!

St. Patrick’s Day Pictures

Sparkles and bunny ears are fun. (More pictures below the fold…..)

Sick….Waaaaaaaah :-(

Sorry for the lack of blogging or comment response, but me and my sinuses have not been the best of friends lately. I think it *may* have had something to do with St. Paddy’s Day (so my doc says) but I think thats just utter nonsense. Obviously. Anyway, its been me, Zithromax, Gaterade, and lots…

Which are you? Which am I??!? My PC, a 2 year old bottom-of-the-line Averatec is on life support. As in, I gotta start planning its funeral quite soon. I can’t say that our life together has been blissful, or that I’m even sad to see it go. And if you wanna know the truth (shhhh),…

So, I’m trying to learn Mandarin right now, in order to be able to communicate when I go visit my parents in China. I’m learning from a student here at UM, for a modest per hour wage. However apparently some people think that all those tones and characters will just jump into your brain if…