Terra Sigillata

Archives for April, 2008

Offer extended through Friday! Friday! Friday! 2 May!!!! Submit entries to tarheeltavern.abel at gmail. For the first time since I’ve lived here, the NC primary will actually matter especially given that Clinton and Obama appear to now be running neck-and-neck in PA. The Tar Heel Tavern was an early blog carnival, with contributions on numerous…

Well, not only am I weaseling out of posting original content today but I’m going to direct you to an excellent repost by Bora Zivkovic at A Blog Around the Clock. I am often asked why plants expend the bioenergetic capital to synthesize secondary metabolites. In his post, Bora notes that the synthesis of capsaicin…

Here’s a Saturday morning open question to the readership: I’m experiencing some changes in my life that may affect my blogging frequency in the negative direction (but not the quality, of course). I’ve always blogged intermittently – this has always been a labor of love, intellectual stimulation, and public education rather than ego fodder –…

Okay, some people are smoking some bad dope. Whilst helping the PharmKid get down to the car for school this morning, I came upon PharmGirl, MD, in a rage while sitting in front of her laptop. The object of her vitriol was a 17 April article in BusinessWeek entitled, “Are There Too Many Women Doctors?:…

MD/PhD student Jake Young at Pure Pedantry came up with a great idea and is collecting recipes for cheap, grad student/med student meals. (We of Eastern European heritage love a kid who suggests an inventive application of kielbasa.). The submissions in the comment thread remind me that our food supply system is so screwed up…

Doctor Anonymous has a killer web radio show scheduled for tonight at 9 pm EDT with Kevin, M.D., and Dr Val Jones of Dr Val and The Voice of Reason blog at Revolution Health. (Got your name right this time, Val.) Here’s how to listen and participate in the accompanying chat. According to the Good…

GlaxoSmithKline to buy Sirtris

Just a little blurb in my local paper this morning that is making a big splash in the stock market: international pharma giant GSK is purchasing Cambridge, MA-based Sirtris Pharmaceuticals Inc. for an estimated US$720 million. Glaxo plans to bolster its pipeline with Sirtris’s experimental biotechnology treatments targeting aging-related diseases. In early trading, Sirtris shares…

So says Dr Val Jones at Dr Val’s Revolution Health Blog, host of this week’s Grand Rounds medical blog carnival. The good doctor classified the posts as follows: [:-)] = A post that demonstrates literary excellence [{] = Early bird – an author who got his/her submission in early, which is really convenient for the…

Once the US Democratic presidential primary is over tomorrow in Pennsylvania, all eyes will be on North Carolina. For the first time since I’ve lived here, the NC primary will actually matter especially given that Clinton and Obama appear to now be running neck-and-neck in PA. The Tar Heel Tavern was an early blog carnival,…

I never will forget the look on the faces Of the men and women that awful day, When we stood around to preach their funerals, And lay the corpses of the dead away. We told the Colorado Governor to call the President, Tell him to call off his National Guard, But the National Guard belonged…