Blatant Nerdery

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Along with Shelley, I am a graduate student in the Neuroscience Program at UM. The last three years my labmates and I have made a trilogy of satirical neuroscience posters poking mild fun at the mystical art of brain science. Shelley has kindly invited me to write on said trilogy. Also in any spare time…

Dysentery Isn’t Funny

…unless it occurs in Oregon Trail. Then its hilarious. You too can proclaim your malady to the world via Tshirt, here. (Hat tip darkman, who has a raging case of dysentery)

While not as shockingly unusual as the knitted teratoma I reported on a while back, this knitted brain (located at the awesomely-titled ‘Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art’) is equally amazing. Regions are knitted with varying colors, and the corpus callosum is a zipper! Here’s a view of the brain from above, and “opened-up”…

In comparison to other science shows, Brainiac is quite effective at appealing to the visceral compulsion to play with fire. In this case, they pitted scorching hot thermite against molten metal. What could be better than a battle between two of the most enjoyable science demonstration tools of all time? Thermite is a mixture of…

This past Saturday, dozens of computer programmers descended upon a mansion in Cupertino, California to enjoy massive troughs of Indian food, camaraderie, and 12 hours of working on a diverse array of projects alongside one another. I visited the event, called SuperHappyDevHouse 20, as an observer. It made me wonder: What if all scientists worked…

Rings of Phenomenal Nertitude

Some say nothing quite says “I love you” like a diamond ring, but *I* say nothing quite says “I’m a huge geek” like these rings. You know, there’s so many times I’ve wished I’d been able to generate random numbers between 1 and 20. Wait! Now I can with this cool D20 ring, *and* look…

Bake Me A Geeky Cake….

Occassionally, and by this I mean very, very rarely, geeks find significant others and get married (in the real world, not Second Life!). When such an noteworthy event happens, blissful geeks have been known to go all out on their wedding cakes, creating frosted confections of such phenomenal nerditude that I had no choice but…

Geeky Panties

How about some Nintendo underwear? Continued below the fold….

PhDs are useful for all kinds of things. Some people become faculty, others go into industry, and some decide to market ridiculously nerdtastic neurologically-based gifts via the internet. Sure, the latter kind may be rare, but a good idea is still a good idea. Welcome to Neuromart, online purveyors of parapanalia related to my favorite…

Re-shelving Nonsense Since 2007

If you’ve walked into any large bookstore lately and browsed the “Science” section, you may have been appalled by what passes as science literature these days. In addition to being minuscule (and often sandwiched between the ‘Occult’ and ‘Self-Help’ sections), it is often peppered with ‘mislabeled’ books. These books are the subject of an interesting…