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Tue, Dec. 31st, 2013, 04:19 pm
A most hilariously obvious statement, from a paper I'm going to present next week.

"A fascinating aspect of TRPV1 function relates to its robust thermosensitivity. Heat is ubiquitous and can affect the energy landscape of both the upper and lower gates..."

Sat, May. 4th, 2013, 05:40 pm

Portland, I love you, but I'm going to be disappointed in you if the fluoridation measure gets defeated, as now seems likely.

Fri, Apr. 12th, 2013, 12:14 pm
"Obamacare" quiz


Somebody posted this on my FB. It's pretty informative in clarifying assumptions toward the ACA (aka Obamacare).

Posted via m.livejournal.com.

Mon, Jan. 14th, 2013, 11:34 am
Dear LJ

Your Poll of the "Day" is like 2 months old.

Sat, Nov. 24th, 2012, 08:48 pm
The Hortlak, by Kelly Link

This is a completely random and/or insane idea I just had as I was taking the bus back to lab.

It's always bugged me that there is a convenient abbreviation of "milliliters" (i.e. mL = mills) and "milligrams" (i.e. mg = migs), But not for "microliters" or "micrograms", which come up almost if not just as often as "mills" or "migs,".

Since the first letter of the abbreviation "micro" (10^-6) is the greek letter mu (pronounced "mew") "microliters" and "micrograms" should be phonologically abbreviated as "mewls"(= mules) and "mewgs".

If we extend this out a bit farther, "nanograms" and "nanoliters" (10^-9) also come up quite frquently. We can call nanograms "nags" and nanoliters "nals". If you prefer, we could also take the second syllable of nano, "no" to call nanograms "nohgs" and nanoliters "knolls/gnolls".

Finally, picograms and picoliters (10^-12) become "Pigs" and "Pills" respectively.

This is pretty much the nerdiest thing ever. Yay for solving problems that don't really exist!

Sat, Nov. 17th, 2012, 12:21 pm
Books that you've read cover to cover

These are some of the books I've read cover to cover. There might be 1 or 2 more, I'm not sure.

What are yours?

Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
Atonement by Ian McEwan
A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
The Giver by Lois Lowrey
A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon

Comic anthologies are too easy, so they don't count unless you've read the entire series in one session.

Mon, Oct. 29th, 2012, 10:16 am

Sending good thoughts to my relatives in NYC, and everyone who may be affected by the storm on the east coast of the US and Canada.

Wed, Jan. 4th, 2012, 09:20 pm
Writer's Block: Trivia Day

Don’t cheat. Do you know how many countries there are in the world?

I'm thinking something like 180, I'll guess 188, that sounds right.

Wed, Oct. 5th, 2011, 11:24 pm
Writer's Block: When the moon hits the sky...

Describe your perfect pizza.

The best pizza ever is simple: Pepperoni and Kalamata Olives, made in Brooklyn.

Mon, Jun. 8th, 2009, 08:42 pm
On the list of cool things I did not know about...

Did not know until today that I had a cousin who went to UC Merced, and in fact graduated from UC Merced this year, and saw Michelle Obama give the commencement speech.

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