Terra Sigillata

Archives for December, 2008

A must-see: Key West Botanical Garden

As I mentioned in my intro post to our week in Key West, I was definitely going to make a visit to the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden. We took the then-PharmToddler there in November 2003 when this gem was just being relaunched after decades of negligence. According to Georgia Tasker at the…

While my Left Coast US and Japanese readers may scoff at the fuss, folks along the southeast US coast are abuzz with this morning’s minor tremor near Summerville, South Carolina. I’m not a seismology expert, or even an enthusiast for that matter, but I do remember reading a waterfront plaque about the Great Charleston Earthquake…

Happy Birthday, PharmSis!

And happy 3rd blogoversary to Terra Sigillata. Must be some sort of blogging stimulatory hormone in the water each December since both Orac and Greg Laden also celebrated a few days ago the anniversary of their respective blog launches. But the reason I picked 15 December to launch Terra Sig with, “A Humble PharmBoy Begins…

Welcome readers of the It’s Only Key West (IOKW) discussion forum (and thanks to Kategoe for sending you here) – keep your suggestions coming in the comments below the post. I just came from Hogfish tonight where I sat between two people thrown out of the bar by 7:15 pm, one for regular old drunkenness…

NIH’s NCCAM released a survey report on the use of complementary and alternative medicine in the US (report PDF here, post at WSJ Health Blog here.) . I don’t know about you but the picture at Health Blog of the child receiving chiropractic manipulation scared the bejeezus out of me. Overall trends were toward greater…

Driving home tonight, I learned that NPR is cutting staff and canceling two shows produced at NPR West: News & Notes with Farai Chideya and Day to Day with Madeleine Brand. (Full memo at HuffPo) Farai put up a blog post late this afternoon entitled, We Love You! (And, Yes, We Are Cancelled). I don’t…

I have something like ten posts already started and none of them done due to that silly work thing. I don’t know how the other people around ScienceBlogs actually get posts up with such frequency. In the meantime, I had a thought while conversing with Alice Pawley and Suzanne Franks about their session at the…

I used to live in a place where if you lacked proper hiking boots you could actually die, or be very badly injured. My 1991 Vasque Sundowner hiking boots are now barely good enough to wear while cutting the lawn (damn monoculture!) in my now-suburban life. (Then again, that means they are old enough to…

Twelve months of Terra Sig (2008)

Brothers Bora and Drug reminded me that it is time for the early December traditional meme of recording one’s first sentence of each month’s first post. Just as an aside, on my visit with this week with Anton and Bora to Ernie Hood’s Radio In Vivo show to promote ScienceOnline’09, Ernie asked, “how do you…

As I sang the praises the other day about Chris Patil’s contributions to a recent PLoS biology paper and in launching the Hourglass blog carnival, I wanted to post the call for submissions: Hi all — I just posted the call for submissions for Hourglass V, the fifth installation of our blog carnival about the…