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Archives for August, 2006

The Friday Fermentable: on holiday

Dear Readers, Due to the combination of hot weather, a paucity of drinking and reading, and the intrusions of the day job and events in the reality-based community, I’ve decided not to post The Friday Fermentable for this week. Please be sure to check back next Friday, 25 August, when this feature returns in all…

What drug is your personality like?

Yes, I know that I am late with The Friday Fermentable, but this pharmacologist couldn’t pass up the following blogthing on a lazy Saturday morn: Your Personality Is Like Ecstasy You’re usually feeling the love for the world around you – you want to hug everyone. And while you’re usually content to sit back and…

I’ve stayed out of the Starchild Abraham Cherrix case, where a 16-year-old boy and his parents are trying to refuse known, effective, and life-saving chemotherapy for a curable cancer in lieu of a scientifically unproven alternative regimen that includes coffee enemas. Orac of Respectful Insolence has been most prolific in commenting on the issues at…

Peter Frishauf, I’m talking to you, as well as all Terra Sig readers who were so helpful on the CD ripping issue last week. So, if I may be so bold (heck, it’s my own blog, right?), I’d like to ask my tech geek readers another two questions because I can’t make heads or tails…

Just cleaning out the day job e-mail account early this morning and came across something, I should’ve posted this a month ago when FDA sent me this release. There are obvious problems with US federal regulation of dietary supplements related to lack of proven efficacy, bioavailability of purported active constitutents, and thinly-veiled medical marketing. However,…

So, we’re finally turning around some of the darkness that has surrounded this blog since late June. I’m deeply appreciative of all who’ve come out to support my student and former lab intern, Jen, who is riding in her brother’s memory in the Philadelphia LIVESTRONG 100-mile bike ride for the Lance Armstrong Foundation on 10…

She could’ve joined the lab of a Nobel laureate at Yale. She picked me instead. This is my thank you.

Before we embark on another edition of The Friday Fermentable, the Pharmboy and everyone at Terra Sig sends out their best wishes to actor, Robin Williams, and his family. Mr Williams’ publicist announced earlier this week that the Academy Award-winning actor and brilliant comedian has checked into an alcohol rehabilitation center following a recent lapse…

Welcome feminist bloggers and commentors from Coturnix’s guest post at Echidne of the Snakes.

How ’bout them Perseids?

A quick question while my brand science has me staring either in a microscope or at my navel: What is the forecast for this year’s Perseids meteor shower around the world? Of course, I’m personally more interested in the northern hemisphere but I am blessed with a good number of colleagues and blog readers in…