I was talking to a coworker today about the dreaded topic of shopping. She was elaborating to me that she had to take her son shopping for clothes for some event he had and the pushback he was giving on trying on stuff. I remember hating to go shopping with my mom as a kid and having to try on all these damn clothes just because and it took forever and a day.
Now shopping with my dad was awesome. I hold something up and he'd ask, "You like?" And I would give the old man a nod of approval and he would reply, "Good get it and get one in large for me." That would conclude our shopping trip in under 10 minutes including the checkout process and at some point in the future when we went shopping again, you might have laid eyes on my dad and I strolling the mall wearing matching Fila track suits.
If you haven't heard the legendary rant by comedian Bill Burr, you have to. To set the stage for what happened, Burr is the third comedian in a row to be booed by a drunken audience, and Burr seizes the 12 minutes he is allotted on stage to just go off on the city and its residents. Just classic. Videos are separated into parts one and two.
Holy crap, get this book. I'm not a Stephen King fan but I loved this book, even if it was a hell of a read (over 1000 pages on the iPad). Imagine going back in time to the late 50's, what is one pivotal historical event that you could prevent? The assassination of JFK, and this is what our protagonist Jake Epping or as he is known as George Amberson attempts. King creates a vivid story and takes you back into the days of racial tension, the height of the cold war, and the golden age of Americana. I don't care if you have never read King or hate him, get this book its well worth it.
I became an avid reader of Tom Clancy's stuff back in the early days of high school and have followed him ever since. This book is the latest resurgence in the Jack Ryan universe and his first book in this character realm with someone else helping him to write (Clancy is getting up there in years and he does need to make a bit of cash after his divorce). I won't go to much into detail but the book focuses more on Jack Junior and less on the old man (I guess as a way to continue on the series). If you ever got into Clancy its a must read.
Growing up in the deep south, one of the artists that rose to significant fame and fortune in the mid-90s was Sheryl Crow, who was beloved by all the white conservative people. One of their favorite Sheryl Crow songs was "Strong Enough," a ballad supposedly about a woman trying to figure out if a guy was "strong enough" to be her man. Sadly this wasn't the case, one of the Tuesday Music Club friends and songwriter went to a "gay" bar to sit and write out the lyrics. The lyrics for the song were literally transcribed from a conversation he overheard from two gay men struggling with their relationship. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it you crazy conservatives!
So I'm a Mac user as are many of the folks that I work with and as scientists, lets face it, we use the hell out of excel. Well I finally upgraded my personal Mac to Office 2011 and I have to say its pretty sweet and huge upgrade over the 2008 version for Macs. It more resembles the previous and newest version on the PC thanks to them adding Visual Basic which Microsoft fucking skimped on the 2008 Office version. When we were forced to upgrade from 04 to 08 many of us hid from the techies and fought them with tire irons and trash can lids as shields as long as we could to hold off the mandatory upgrade. And similar to the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae, we eventually were overwhelmed by opposing forces before assimilating into the Borg.
If you haven't seen the email stream that Sara Ackerman, an NYU student, has been circulating about her professor's assignment on OWS, you've got to see it. Not passing judgment on the girl, but all I can say is wow.
From time to time, scientists end up bucking the commonly established and deeply entrenched beliefs of the scientific community, sometimes to their own peril. And a fair amount of the time, they may just end up being wrong, but in some instances, it really is that they got it right and the rest of us dopes were just wrong. Reaching back into the annuls of time we can find a textbook example of this when you study the history of the human chromosome number. Of course all our textbooks tell us that the diploid number in man, woman, and child is 46 chromosomes. However this was not always the agreed upon number.
The original agreed upon number was 48 chromosomes set forth by eminent zoologist Theophilus Painter, when he observed 24 meiotic chromosomes on a metaphase spread of spermatocytes way back in 1923. This number would remain in hearts and minds of budding cytologists for 33 years. Until another cytologist, T. C. Hsu, the "father of mammalian cytogenetics" improved the metaphase spread method by incorporating hypotonic buffers and cell fixation techniques. Further refining the process were Joe Hin Tjio and Albert Levan, who used colchicine to arrest the cell in metaphase increasing the number of spreads for analysis. Upon analyzing over 20 different fetal lung cell cultures, they came to a consensus that the chromosome number was 46, not the long believed 48.
The kicker to all of this was that for years other scientists were making metaphase spreads from cells of different tissues and coming up with 46 chromosomes, but sat on the data or refused to believe it was true because it deviated from Painter's gospel of 48. Later other scientists including Hsu would revise their number but others held steadfast until the final consensus came in the late 50s.
A semi-cultured, good-natured graduate student in biomedical sciences who escaped out of the deep south and now focuses on using genetics and biochemistry to elucidate DNA repair in cells. I also rant about other things non-science related here.