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Bear with me this morning because I am growing very weary of my physician colleagues enduring all sorts of haranguing for being hateful, pharma shills who only want to cut, burn, and poison. I was extremely fortunate, personally and professionally, to train in two clinical units with strong basic science programs. As such, I worked…

If you follow me on Twitter (@abelpharmboy) or looked at this post Thursday, you’d know that I was going to a meetup of area Twitter users. I honestly had no idea what to expect and have to say that it was a rather enriching experience. It gave me a chance to press the flesh with…

I used to keep a separate blog for items of local interest but I can’t even keep up with one. So, you’ll occasionally have to bear with me posting about issues of import from the area in and around Terra Sigillata World Headquarters. But here’s a local bit of info for our NC Triangle readers…

I should really save this new item for next week’s Friday Fermentable but I was too excited walking back from picking up the NYT and local fishwrapper from the cold, rainy driveway this morning. Beer enthusiast, brewer, and public policy wiz, Sean Wilson, is staring back at me on the front page of the Raleigh…

Okay, so kill me – I’m posting The Friday Fermentable on Saturday morning. I just couldn’t get it together yesterday and the US Thanksgiving holiday has my timing all screwed up. I noted earlier this week that the proprietors of our community treasure, Wine Authorities, were to be interviewed on the local NPR affiliate, WUNC-FM,…

The recent passing of Studs Terkel and my conversations with African American colleagues after the Obama victory has given me pause to think about our life stories, especially the life stories of our elders. For example, I lost all of my grandparents before I could get their life stories on videotape, digital recorder, or writing…

Just a quick reminder of who you’re really supporting when you come by and click on this humble blog. It’s no secret that joining Seed Media Group’s ScienceBlogs.com can bring the blogger(s) a very small amount of compensation based upon grades of site traffic – depending on your traffic, this could be about as much…

Is snarky honest real-time discussion of a paper’s conclusions more constructive to the authors and the larger scientific enterprise than formal, reserved, and staid holding forth in the correspondence section of a classic clinical journal? Fact is that this discussion will be over even before the next issue of the journal comes out. A really…

As you may have heard elsewhere, the third annual major (and free) US science blogging conference, ScienceOnline’09, began accepting registrations last Monday. The meeting will be held 16-18 January 2009 in Research Triangle Park, NC, USA. As of 10 am EDT today, there are already 78 registrants on the way to a cap of 225-ish.…

I can’t believe that it’s only been a year. Back in March I wrote about the importance of local wine shops, community resources just as important as your library or local farmer. Therein I sang the praises of my local heros, Seth Gross and Craig Heffley, proprietors of Wine Authorities in Durham, NC, and their…