Terra Sigillata

Archives for January, 2009

Let me just start off this post by thanking Mark and Chris Hoofnagle for inviting PalMD to join them at denialism blog. Through Orac, I had followed Pal at his White Coat Underground and was delighted when the Hoof-gents invited PalMD to a bigger forum in their ScienceBlogs digs. PalMD has now metamorphosized with his…

Well, PalMD and I have been working tirelessly on putting together a plan of discussion for the upcoming ScienceOnline’09 session on Anonymity and Pseudonymity – Building Reputation Online. Over the last several months, we have had a tremendous outpouring of comments on our own blogs and numerous other blogs that gives us far more fodder…

I just started receiving a bunch of Google referral hits from readers searching for a story about the US Federal Trade Commission apparently taking regulatory action against a church that is selling supplements claimed to exhibit anti-cancer activities. The article in question, “Tyrannical FTC Threatens Christian Church with Imprisonment for Selling Dietary Supplements,” was written…

Bora/Coturnix has a nice post up this morning on science and nature things to do around the Research Triangle area for those of you coming to the area and staying before and/or after. While Bora resides in Chapel Hill, I take personal pride in singing the praises of Durham, the sometimes-maligned apex of the scalene…

Hey, y’all who are coming to ScienceOnline’09 this coming Fri through Sat: I need a final count on those coming to the Saturday dinner buffet by mid-morning tomorrow (Mon, 12 Jan). Please, please, please sign up on the wiki tonight or tomorrow morning: http://www.scienceonline09.com/index.php/wiki/Saturday_Dinner/ I have to give the Radisson hotel a cashier’s check on…

Regular readers may note that ScienceBlogs.com has been off the air for the installation and upgrade of our blogging platform, MovableType. So while I finally learned how to use the old one after being here two-and-a-half years, I am now starting over. Hence, this first post being completely devoid of content. However, I wish to…

Wishing I was in Hogtown last night and today. However, my joy and delight is not for Tim Tebow or any of those other youngsters. Mine is for George Edmondson, Jr. What a fabulous way to send out Mr. Two-Bits. We love you George – thanks being an integral part of my Gator experience. Photo…

With tears in my eyes and my head bowed in deep respect, I share with you the account of Kevin Leitch’s vasectomy via Twitter: http://twitter.com/kevleitch Kev is an autism and manic depression advocate in West Midlands, UK, who blogs at LeftBrainRightBrain and was one of my earliest followers on Twitter. (P.S. you can follow me…

Just another quick note reflecting further on my 8-minute gut reaction yesterday to word that Sanjay Gupta might be nominated as Surgeon General in the Obama administration. I still contend he’s a great communicator but realize that the “both sides of the story” aspect of journalism has made some uneasy about where he’d actually stand…

PharmGirl just sent me this tip after I got out of a meeting but I see that some bloggers have already weighed in about Obama’s apparent selection of Dr Sanjay Gupta for Surgeon General. PalMD was briefly positive but PZ is concerned that Gupta is merely a talking head or placeholder and an apologist for…