Terra Sigillata

Archives for August, 2008

CORRECTION: The following was to be a part-sincere/part-serious sendup of my buddy Bora’s penchant for monitoring the entire Internet. Bora did indeed host the first edition of Praxis, the new blog carnival of academic life. However. The Praxis experimental carnival of “the experience of living the scientific” was established, founded, and otherwise continues to be…

The statin class of cholesterol-lowering agents is rich with history and lessons in the power of natural products, the potential of the prepared mind, and just how precarious the path of drug development can be. American Scientist, the official publication of the scientific research society Sigma Xi, hosts this issue an absolutely lovely article entitled,…

Most people know of methadone as a long-term substitution therapy for people addicted to heroin, morphine, or other similar drugs called opiates or opioids. A good, free full-text description of methadone maintenance therapy (MMT) can be found in the 15 June 2001 issue of American Family Physician. Now, in the 1 August 2008 issue of…

Nice to see y’all in NYC!

After a long sit on the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport, I’m home from the ScienceBlogs blogger and reader meet-up. Many thanks to all of you readers who came out on Saturday to meet the bloggers at Social Pub, sponsored jointly by Seed Media Group and NYC Skeptics. The threatened anti-vaccination crowd did not materialize and…

So said Seth Grahame-Smith on Tuesday about the Paris Hilton video that responds to John McCain’s ad comparing she and Britney Spears to Barack Obama. I first saw the video when I was going to respond to a very nice comment here by Lisa Emrich, blogger at Brass and Ivory, musician extraordinaire, and founder of…

It appears that a number of bloggers who write under the ScienceBlogs.com masthead will be converging on New York City this coming weekend. For those of you who know my background, I simply call this “The City.” I mentioned earlier that it was unlikely that I would be there due to family and job commitments…

Escalating lunacy

It’s a lovely crescent moon this evening up here in the Northern Hemisphere so I can’t blame the latest unbelievable and irrational happenings on a full moon (which would be unscientific, of course). Okay, maybe sunspots? First, the Bush administration was proposing draft legislation to grant medical professionals the right to withhold care, prescriptions, etc.,…

Feel Like a Number

Yes, I owned this album when it first came out in 1978. A recent post by Prof Matt Nisbet raised some Saturday night reflections for me as to how one measures one’s impact as a blogger if one is so inclined to do so. But does this apparent impact or “influence” actually mean anything? I’ve…

This morning our dear friend and colleague whose wine escapades often fill this spot awoke to the rewards of retirement. My senior cancer research colleague, Erleichda, has just closed the book on 30 years with a single pharmaceutical company, unheard of in today’s climate of layoffs and jumping from one company to the next. My…