“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” – Albert Einstein

I didn’t post my GAMBLE review this month.  And it was completely, and totally due to a the apathy induced by FEELING A BIT ALONE HERE. 

The book, was actually pretty good.  It wasn’t at all what I expected, nor I think at all what the media releases led me to believe, but I really liked the author’s voice and the headlong pace of the book.  It was a quick, fun, read.  Perfect beach material.  But, okay, come on – enough with the Danzig already.  Geesh.

So.  Back to the Big Picture.  The GAMBLE.  Stake in the heart?  Because I am getting a feeling of “everyone-is-too-busy-to-mess-with-it” here, or an indication that we need to seriously weed out the list.  The choices are, as I see it:

  1. We take a quick poll to kill the club.
  2. We have everyone vote on ten of the current books on the list, and we pare it down to the most-vote-getters.

Got thoughts?   Leave them in the comment section.

 And on to my next trick:

NPR has Science Friday.  Well, what’s good for the liberal media masses, is good enough for me.   Did you ever want to have your own personal life scientist on retainer?  You got it.  With of course all the usual disclaimers  – “This information is presented for entertainment purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for seeking real medical advice...” Yada, yada, yada.  You get the point, which is – you cannot in any way sue me if you do anything stupid based on what you read here.

Disclaimers done.  Basically the deal is this – if you have a life science question (evolution, medicine, genetics, etc.) you want researched, ask me here, or email me with it (contact in the “About” section).  I will pick one question per week and do the research for you.  And I will blog about it here on Fridays.  You can remain anonymous if you don’t want other people to know what you asked (except to me – I need to know who is asking the question, but I won’t reveal it if you don’t want me to). 

This plan serves the dual purpose of:

Giving me something to blog about.

And keeping my cutting edge research skills and field knowledge from rotting away in my current job.  While it is administratively challenging, my job is hardly a scientific stretch.

Be aware that the depth of what I give you will be restricted to what can be presented here.  I will write for the layman, but I will provide references if you want the undiluted data. 

Bomb’s away.

June 18th, 2007 at 1:32 pm
12 Responses to “Ennui. It’s a terrible thing to waste.”
  1. 1
    Sarah Says:

    I vote for option 2. It isn’t that I didn’t read the books- I have finished most of them- I’m just not finding much to say about the selections. I’d like to keep going, though.

    I’ll get thinking on the science thang. The only thing I can think of at the moment is “exactly how bad is the humongous worm in Bossier Parish, LA” but I’m sure I can do better once I don’t have sheep on the brain.

  2. 2
    Sarah Says:


    Haemonchus worm.

    Sorry ’bout that. I can’t brain today. I have the dumb.

  3. 3
    Robbin Says:

    I was wondering what the Humongous worm was. I was unaware of any larger-than-average worm species in the area.

  4. 4
    Suz Says:

    So cool! Okay – here’s what I want to know and I apologize if it’s a silly question as I never paid attention in biology. I have “identical” twins, but the question is whether there is any genetic difference between them. I read about how there can be slightly differing conditions in their amniotic fluid which could slightly alter their cells (okay – this is a bad explanation), but I was just wondering if they were 100% genetically similar and, if not, why not.

    And, in return, if you ever encounter any burning questions about medieval literature, just let me know.

  5. 5
    Stephanie Says:

    Urm…I have to admit that I haven’t “read” many of the books on the list. And those that I have “read” I didn’t finish. My reading appetite comes in waves and I’m on the downside of that wave right now. I’ve also got a narrow window of interest when it comes to reading for pleasure.

    After visiting Sarah last weekend and viewing the few books she had scattered on her couch I want to read a specific trilogy, and I’m axnxiously awaiting next month’s Harry Potter release.

    So…I’d say option 2.

  6. 6
    Kat Says:

    Two sounds pretty good… I have been reading along with a lot of the books, but some I’ve already read before, and I’m just bad about posting reviews.

    And I am very interested in one of the books coming up.

  7. 7
    Cinnkitty Says:

    Option 2 please. I SWEAR I was going to read the last book, but if you could only see the email barrage between me and the folks I “bought” it from you’d understand why I never actually got the book – hence never read it. What a pain. I’m going to the library from now on. bleh!!!

  8. 8
    The Moira Says:

    OK.. I have a life science question for you: If your parents are overweight, how do you beat the genetic side of being overweight? Is there a hormone/vitamin that will help trick the body in to reducing stored fat and beat the genes?

    This is because this weight watchers thing has me only losing about 1 lb a week on average. I’m seeing a distinct decrease in the rate at which I’m losing weight in proportion to the time I’ve been on the program.

    So can you flex your life science muscle on that? And yes, I’m all about raw data.

  9. 9
    Harp Says:

    Science it is.

    The human body will only absorb what vitamin C it needs, correct? Is it also that selective with the other commony encountered vitamins? B6, 12, A, E, D etc.

    As I also understand it, one has to be careful of the intake of minerals from multivitamins because they accumulate in the liver and kidneys. So, is the % daily value a recommendation or a warning?

    Or for something I think is tough, could you explain the synergistic effects of vitamin combinations? Like, why is vit. C + K is more effective in lower dosages than just C or K alone at a much higher dosage?


  10. 10
    Harp Says:

    (In response to posting #3)

    Would that make them W.O.U.S.’s?

    Could’nt resist.

  11. 11
    Cinnkitty Says:

    Oh Harp… that was SOOOO bad of you! 🙂 But I understand. None of us can resist a good TPB quote.

  12. 12
    WhyMommy Says:

    You are so cool. I love this idea.

    Here’s my question. I recently learned that fresh pineapple contains an enzyme that helps milk-intolerant children digest milk. How does it work? Does it help the kids digest the proteins or the lactose? How? Why doesn’t this work with canned pineapple — what in the canning destroys the enzyme?

    And most importantly — will the enzyme pass through breast milk, or am I just out of luck?

    🙂 Sounds like fun!