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Archives for October, 2008

Much hubbub is to be had today over the work of Dalhousie University mathematics professor, Dr Jason Brown, in solving the mystery of George Harrison’s opening chord of The Beatles, “A Hard Day’s Night,” played on a Rickenbacker 360/12 guitar. The PDF of Prof Brown’s report is available online. As the report and article show,…

PalMD has a nice post up at denialism blog reviewing a recent NYT article on a foundation run by DKNY’s Donna Karan donating $850,000 USD to Beth Israel Medical Center to study the combination of Eastern and Western healing methods. PalMD has the details but he then gets into an area about which I am…

Fresh off the presses from the mothership.

I’m swamped again in meatspace but just had to leave a thank-you to all of my tag-ees for responding to my tag by Comrade PhysioProf to post six random things about oneself. Among the things I’m trying to finish tonight is an interview from a student in Miss Baker’s high school biology class in Maryland…

The blogger who I thought among all held the greatest disdain for any of these silly little narcissistic blogger games, Comrade PhysioProf, has tagged me with a meme. 1. Link to the person who tagged you. 2. Post the rules on your blog. 3. Write six random things about yourself. 4. Tag six people at…

Obama’s Loss Traced To Abel

A reader sent the following to my blog e-mail address but under my meatspace name. So much for pseudonymity. Here’s the version with my ‘nym: And am I the only one who wonders if Mrs Walsh is PhysioProf’s mother?

When you read The Friday Fermentable posts I’ve written, you know that I am not a wine writer or connoisseur but rather a wine enthusiast. (The posts by my colleague Erleichda, however, are far more content-rich.) My original post launching this feature details my wine philosophy, one that reflects my general philosophy about life: enjoy…

“Prescribing ‘placebo treatments': results of national survey of US internists and rheumatologists,” is the title of a newly-published article in the 23 October issue of BMJ (British Medical Journal). The full text article and PDF are available for free at the time of this posting. In this study of 679 US physicians, Tilburt et al.…

From this press release: It is with deepest sadness that North Carolina Central University announces the passing of photojournalist Alex Rivera [Alexander M Rivera, Jr]. Rivera, a nationally renowned and prominent photojournalist, established the public relations office at North Carolina Central University, and served as the office’s first director. “This is a sad day for…

In today’s laboratory, we will consider cases where bloggers have been involuntarily unmasked, usually with malicious intentions. This is a series of interactive posts which I hope will provide disucssion points for a session I will help to lead on blogger pseudonymity at the ScienceOnline’09 unconference in RTP, NC, USA, 16-18 January 2009. Many bloggers…