Choose Your Science Idol!



From the Union of Con­cerned Sci­en­tists:

This spring, to draw humor­ous atten­tion to the seri­ous issue of polit­i­cal inter­fer­ence in sci­ence, we offered Union of Con­cerned Sci­en­tists sup­port­ers the chance to enter Sci­ence Idol: the Sci­en­tif­ic Integri­ty Edi­to­r­i­al Car­toon Con­test.

Please vote on the right for your favorite of the 12 final­ists. You’ll be entered to win some great prizes!

All-Snakes Day?

Is any­body cel­e­brat­ing that this year? I’m out of touch with the pagan crowd any more. I think the St. Patrick­’s Day parade here in Atlanta was can­celed because of the tor­na­do Sat­ur­day. I was at home all day, so I did­n’t both­er wear­ing green or even think­ing about it. One of the “dai­ly quote” emails I received includ­ed this bit of wis­dom:

Nev­er iron a four-leaf clover, because you don’t want to press your luck.

I have no idea how I got there, but I found myself read­ing Stuff White Peo­ple Like. I’d nev­er heard of it before, but from the num­ber of com­ments on every post, I must be in the minor­i­ty!
Con­tin­ue read­ing “All-Snakes Day?”

Adult: FMS from What?

I have a Google Alerts search going for “fibromyal­gia,” because if there’s some­thing out there that will make this crap bet­ter, I want to know it yes­ter­day. The alert brings in all sorts of non­sense from quack reme­dies to naysay­ers, in addi­tion to the actu­al con­tent.

Today’s alert takes the cake, though. Some­body wrote to Dan Sav­age’s Sav­age Love col­umn ask­ing, “Can I Sue Some­body for Fist­ing-Induced Fibromyal­gia?“1

Sav­age’s med­ical expert is out of touch regard­ing the lat­est FMS research, but I have to agree with his reply to the let­ter-writer.

Sam and I tried to game a lit­tle tonight, but he was sleepy and I’m fad­ing, too. I did some writ­ing today, and more web­i­fy­ing, and worked on a cou­ple of school assign­ments. Then I got all-too-obsessed with try­ing to fig­ure out how to make the out­put of a cou­ple of Word­Press plu­g­ins work nice­ly with my tem­plate.

I hope y’all had a love­ly week­end!


1 http://www.villagevoice.com/people/0806,savage,79044,24.html

Results Are In! The Funniest Twitterer Is…

Foul­Bas­tard wins with an aston­ish­ing 34% of the votes! It may not sound like a huge lead, but when you con­sid­er that we had 33 nom­i­nees and 106 votes, it is! The first run­ner-up, Bad­Banana, had 14% of the vote.
Con­tin­ue read­ing “Results Are In! The Fun­ni­est Twit­ter­er Is…”

Review: Carpe Demon by Julie Kenner

Cover of Carpe DemonI’m way behind on book reviews, so I’ll try to do one each day for a bit. Empha­sis on the try. I’ve read some great stuff late­ly that deserves the atten­tion!

I’ll start with the most recent book, Carpe Demon by Julie Ken­ner. It’s the first book of the Demon-Hunt­ing Soc­cer Mom series. I don’t actu­al­ly remem­ber any soc­cer games, but yep, Kate Con­nor is def­i­nite­ly a soc­cer mom in the sense that Clin­ton used the phrase.

I can’t remem­ber if it was Michelle Sagara West or Tanya Huff who said it, but either way, I agree with her that the best way to sum up this series is to imag­ine that Buffy the Vam­pire Slay­er grew up, got mar­ried, and had kids, but did­n’t tell her fam­i­ly any­thing about her past. Kate works for the Vat­i­can instead of the Watcher’s Coun­cil, has an Ali­men­ta­tore rather than a Watch­er, and isn’t the Cho­sen One—there are sup­posed to be many demon hunters. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the youth of today aren’t as easy to recruit, accord­ing to the Church, and an old demon hunter is usu­al­ly a dead demon hunter.

Kate and her part­ner, Eric, had retired and moved to a place they iden­ti­fied as hav­ing very lit­tle demon activ­i­ty. They had a child, and after Eric died (we don’t learn how in this vol­ume), Kate remar­ried. Stu­art Con­nor is an attor­ney with polit­i­cal ambi­tion. Remem­ber how Sab­ri­na had so much trou­ble pre­tend­ing to be a nor­mal exec­u­tive’s wife in Bewitched? Take it up sev­er­al notch­es, and you know where some of the book’s humor comes from. The nov­el is def­i­nite­ly a nice depar­ture from the para­nor­mal romances that have a lot more romance than action, although I have yet to fig­ure out why Kate would ever have set­tled for Stu­art. And yes, I’d have to say she set­tled.1

I’ve put the next two books, Cal­i­for­nia Demon and Demons are For­ev­er, on my wish list. I’m look­ing for­ward to find­ing out how Ken­ner devel­ops the char­ac­ters, and whether Kate starts fill­ing her kids’ water bot­tles with holy water (I would). I’m not a big enough fan to put the rest of her books on the pile, but I haven’t ruled it out yet.


1 Of course, so did Sab­ri­na.