Archives for: November 2007

11/29/07

  11:45:54 pm, by Nimble   , 277 words  
Categories: Reviews, Books, Languages

I Like Hugo's "In Three Months" Series

When I was at my sister's wedding in the UK, my relatives offered to look after our baby for a few minutes while we rampaged through one of Rochester's used bookshops, "Baggins". It was far too big for a decent perusal of any sort, but before I left… more »
  11:17:21 pm, by Nimble   , 1280 words  
Categories: Thoughts, Ethics, Politics, Religion

More On Craig Chandler

It has been a little bit tough to find detailed information on what exactly Craig Chandler, the controversial candidate whose comments have landed him in hot water - with Premier Ed Stelmach initiating a formal review - said to get himself in such hot… more »

11/28/07

  02:39:43 am, by Nimble   , 138 words  
Categories: Thoughts, Internet

Hurl.exe, Amazon and Firefox

Okay, maybe you have encountered this, maybe you haven't, but if you try going off and listening to a RealPlayer sound clip on a web site in Firefox... say, for example, of Mitch Hedberg, you might often get it coming up with a dialog asking you to open… more »
  01:36:47 am, by Nimble   , 328 words  
Categories: Distractions, Thoughts, Science

The Three Kidneys

Every now and again, you run into a really odd fact in biology. An interesting but tame one is the fact that we also run through multiple different kinds of globin in our hemoglobin (we're done with Hba-x, or "zeta globin", for example, by the end of… more »

11/21/07

  02:46:33 am, by Nimble   , 106 words  
Categories: Distractions

Crayon Physics Deluxe

Hat tip to Biocurious... For those who have pen computing at their disposal, this video of a game called "Crayon Physics Deluxe". It's a little bit like The Incredible Machine, but with an entirely different sort of twist. You can draw objects into… more »

11/20/07

  10:26:33 pm, by Nimble   , 381 words  
Categories: Distractions, Common Sense, People

Russian Wussburgers

I got to learn a few interesting bits of trivia from a Russian coworker or two today. It all started out with one of them looking at the consent/health forms for the flu shots that were being offered... more »
  10:11:51 pm, by Nimble   , 175 words  
Categories: Distractions, Science

Fecal Transplants

It sounds like something right out of an old Saturday Night Live skit, but fecal transplants are real honest-to-goodness medical techniques for use, for example, when antibiotics have knocked out everything except the really nasty bacteria. CBC covered… more »

11/10/07

  02:51:55 pm, by Nimble   , 246 words  
Categories: Science

Pharmacophylogenomics

Now that is a heck of a mouthful of a word. It's the field of application of the theory of evolution to drug discovery. Now it's not a matter of making things evolve, but rather taking advantage of the effects of common ancestry and the gene and… more »

11/07/07

  11:14:54 pm, by Nimble   , 87 words  
Categories: Distractions

Peahens Fan Too

Unless these are males of a different peafowl species, this is my first encounter of peahens, the female counterparts of peacocks, fanning their tales in much the same manner as the males do, only somewhat less spectacularly. more »
  11:06:13 pm, by Nimble   , 847 words  
Categories: Thoughts, Religion

Strange Bible Verses: Numbers 22:8-35

(NOTE: Update about this story at the end of this post) There are a number of odd tales in the Bible, but some of them are odder than others. The tale of Balaam and the talking donkey is an odd one, but not just for the talking donkey. This is a tale… more »

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