Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A cookbook you can taste

Gallery - Innovation: Award-winning product design of 2009 - Image 1 - New Scientist

Shared via AddThis

This is really my idea of a good time!

Research ship drills deep into seafloor - 05 August 2009 - New Scientist

Research ship drills deep into seafloor - 05 August 2009 - New Scientist

Shared via AddThis

and in other zombie news.....

The annual Zombie Walk took place on Sat, Aug 15th on the tony Robson Street in Vancouver. The undead roamed the streets of the downtown core, milling around the Vancouver Art Gallery. Tourists wondered if there's a special category for Zombies in the upcoming Olympic Games.

math and zombies

Math profs at a Canadian University have concluded that if the world were attacked by zomibes, that the zombies would take over the planet. It was the opinion of the paper, entitled, "When Zombies Attack! Matethematical Modelling of an Outbreak of Zombie Infection", that the world must act decisively to get rid of the creatures before they get rid of us. They based on the model on the swine flu virus. You have to love an academic paper that cites Compartmental Models in Epidemology as well as the horror film, Night of the Living Dead.
Who says university papers have to be dull?

Vampires with SARS

Perhaps it's because we are writing a book on all things scary that I keep finding strange things. In New Scientist this week there's an article about Vampires with SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). Apparentlty vampire bats in Brazil carry a virus which is SARS-like, but the virus doesn't the bats.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Is your cat left or right pawed? - life - 24 July 2009 - New Scientist

Is your cat left or right pawed? - life - 24 July 2009 - New Scientist

Shared via AddThis

This is interesting. You have to wonder why someone would care enough to test if cats are left or right pawed.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Perils of the professional lab rat - health - 28 July 2009 - New Scientist

Perils of the professional lab rat - health - 28 July 2009 - New Scientist

Shared via AddThis

lab rat part 7 - adult only content

It's over and today was the last day. Actually I didn't have a treatment, just photos and measurements. The flawless beauty tells me that the procedure was not exactly successful and that I look the same when viewed from the rear. There's a lesson there somewhere. Not too sure what. But this whole experience opened my eyes to a new job opportunity - professional lab rat. Apparently there are people who do this for a living. Check out GPGP.net. This is not something I would recommend as you may die, have permanent organ damage or any one of a number of dreadful outcomes.

I have posted a link to an article from New Scientist about people who get paid to test treatments or drugs. It's not a good thing and I can't be any more clear on this subject. Don't Do It! So why did I do it? I didn't take drugs, didn't have any injections, didn't have any surgery and the worst thing was a shock to my tush.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Fishing didn't quite work out, which is why I'm home blogging. Sadly my husband was not feeling well enough to get on a plane, then travel by boat to a lodge, where he would then jump into a small boat and go fishing. So, here I am stuck on dry land, writing a new book.

New York Dance

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Go figure!

My son is the luckiest kid around. He entered a contest and won, and here I kid you not, a honking big Harley Davidson Motorcycle worth about 23,000. So if anyone reading this blog would like a motorcycle or a son for that matter, please drop me a line.

lab rat part 6 - adult only content

And I'm now down to the last few treatments. The flawless beauty marked me up with white chalk and I felt like a garment that was going to be altered. Next week I get measured and no doubt will learn that I gained inches rather than losing them. Could be time for a more radical approach, like wearing loose, flowing unstructure dresses.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

samson fishing lodge

For the next week I will be fishing in the Queen Charlotte Islands and staying at the wonderful Samson Fishing Lodge. I'm very much into the "catch and release" idea of fishing so I doubt that any fish will have to die for my eating pleasure. Another way of looking at this is- I'm not very good at fishing.
These are photos from the last trip. The coolest thing were the jelly fish, one of who returned with me and donated its body to science. The image of thie jelly is in the 3-D book- Weird Animals.