Terra Sigillata

Archives for June, 2009

I love it when new readers stumble upon old posts. Such was the case when I received the following delightful comment from Seattle-based psychologist, Dr Gary Grenell, on my April 2008 post about the passing of Dr Charlotte Tan, a pediatric cancer chemotherapy pioneer: I was probably in one of her earliest actionmycin-D trial groups…

In this special Saturday edition of The Friday Fermentable, here’s just a quick plug for a great North Carolina documentary that is screening here this evening in the City-That-Tobacco-Built: Beer. Rock & Roll. North Carolina. In July 2008, seven friends assembled from across North Carolina to tour 27 microbreweries and brewpubs from the mountains to…

As is half the world, I was reflecting today on the realities of Michael Jackson’s contribution not just to music but to society as well. What is true, and is not at all melodrama, is that Michael Jackson was one of the greatest talents in popular music – 750 million albums sold worldwide is beyond…

AOL’s celebrity gossip page TMZ.com was first yesterday to report Michael Jackson’s death, in part due to their direct line to one or more Jackson family members. They appear to have had another scoop today in referencing a family member who reported that Mr Jackson had received an injection of the opioid analgesic, Demerol (meperidine),…

Figure 1. SouthernFriedScientist (@SFriedScientist) and Kevin Zelnio (Deep Sea News; @kzelnio) and their 40s preparing to leave to attend the 4th International Symposium on Chemosynthesis-Based Ecosystems – Hydrothermal Vents, Seeps and Other Reducing Habitats – in Okinawa, Japan. Yes, Dr Zelnio, those are absolutely gorgeous beards. I don’t know if Kim Severson of the New…

While I lack the intestinal fortitude of my colleague, Orac, who actively seeks out the most impressive examples of pseudoscience and quackery, examples come to me without even looking for them. This week’s case is in the form of a book announcement press release from a Denver-based “practitioner” who specializes in cosmetic acupuncture. Yes, the…

Pharm Girl, not mine

I just learned last week from Insider/Jack Friday at Pharmagossip that Reese Witherspoon will be starring in (and producing) a movie entitled, “Pharm Girl.” (btw, if you are interested in the pharma industry and don’t follow Pharmagossip, you must do so.) Reese Witherspoon is going into Big Pharma Universal Pictures is developing “Pharm Girl,” an…

Get Your Cyborg Name Get Your Cyborg Name h/t Karen James and Brian Switek (Laelaps)

RethinkingAutism.com is the brainchild of Dana Commandatore, a friend of one of my high school classmates. Dana is a former NYC advertising guru and the mother of Michaelangelo, a child with autism. His story inspired her to write the children’s book, Michaelangelo the Diver. Dana has now taken her creativity and contacts in her new…

I am bursting with local pride this morning at the summer camp stunt of a NC State University materials scientist and his students. Ginny Skalski (@30Threads, @GinnySkal, Ginny from the Blog), local media maven and founder of the Research Triangle blog distiller 30Threads, was on the scene yesterday as – well, the title says it.…