Terra Sigillata

Archives for September, 2006

The Friday Fermentable addendum

Just clearing out the MSM that finds its way into Chez Pharmboy and was totally taken by a brief gadget alert on wine stuff written by Rebecca Hall in the Enterprise section of the 2 October issue of Newsweek: Toying With Wine by Rebecca Hall If you can’t sate your inner oenophile with stylish wine-glasses,…

In late August, our colleague and correspondent Erleichda conducted a winetasting of some offerings from Virginia, picked up on a tour with his beloved Sweetpea. The tasting fell on PharmPreKer’s birthday, so we were unable to make it, but here is Erleichda’s missive. Two things strike me: first, is a whole new education he is…

The National Intelligence Estimate

While not being much of a political blogger, I thought nevertheless that readers might be interested in these six, well-written letters to the editor of the New York Times (registration req’d) regarding our president’s response to the latest National Intelligence Estimate.

Dr Bruce Alberts, recently departed president of the US National Academy of Sciences and Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF, just spoke this morning at a symposium celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Duke University School of Medicine. The overall program is incredible, with four Nobel laureates in three days, plus a number of…

Welcome, visitor number 13,986!

I completely missed it: a rather momentous occasion in the life of this blog. The ScienceBlogs.com version of Terra Sigillata just passed the traffic volume of the old site on Wednesday, 20 Sept at 9:14 pm EDT with a visitor from Arlington, MA, USA. Visitor 13,986 must be a regular reader because they came directly…

Diversity in the blogosphere

The other day, Coturnix alluded to Simon Owens of Bloggasm and his survey of blogosphere diversity. I neglected to note that I was one of the respondents. Simon’s questions were: 1. What niche does your blog fall into (Examples: Political, gadget, movie, etc…If more than one, please list)? 2. What are the genders of all…

This post should actually be called, “Driving Mister Tim,” in recognition of the delightful day I just spent here with Pandora Internet Radio founder and chief strategic officer, Tim Westergren. Tim was in the area for a couple of town hall meetings and chats with groups in the Raleigh-Durham community, Duke University, and the University…

Very serious stuff today, folks. Five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian physician remain imprisoned in Libya, where they have been since 1999 based on trumped-up charges that they infected with HIV some 400 patients. Misinterpretation and translation mistakes of a key scientific report appear to lie at the center of their cases. Despite the reestablishment…

Misconceptions on herbs and cancer

Curcumin has been much in the news as of late as considerable cell culture data has been suggestive of the compound’s utility in cancer prevention and cancer treatment. The impetus for me speaking on this has been the recent report by my ScienceBlogs.com colleague, Razib, at Gene Expression. Unfortunately, the story of curcumin has been…

A very exciting day here in the Southland as Tim Westergren, Pandora co-founder, comes to the area for town hall meetings with Pandora listeners at UNC and in Durham. Have you used Pandora and its Music Genome Project algorithm for listening to music and learning about bands like those you already like? I’ve got four…