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October 4th, 2005 - Dan Goodman's journal

October 4th, 2005

October 4th, 2005
03:30 pm


Songs to Go With the News
From "Three Jolly Huntsmen":

We whooped and we hollered
And the next thing we did find
Was a pig in a ditch, and him we left behind.

One said 'twas a pig, one said nay.
One said 'twas a politician
With his clothes stole away.

From a folked-up version of Ogden Nash's "Four Prominent Bastards":

Our parents forgot to get married,
Out parents forgot to get wed.
When it was time for the church bells to chime
Our parents were always in bed.

So thanks to our kindhearted parents,
We are kings in the land of the free.
The banker, the broker, the Canberra joker,
Three prominent bastards are we.

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09:16 pm


Medical and Nanotech Press Releases
From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 3-Oct-2005
Nature Medicine
Synthetic protein eases arthritis symptoms in mice
A lab-made version of a human protein alleviates symptoms of both acute and chronic arthritis in mice and could be the basis for a new arthritis drug for people, report scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The protein prevents the assembly of a cell surface receptor, thus blocking transmission of chemical signals that lead to arthritis symptoms.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Public Release: 3-Oct-2005
New battery technology helps stimulate nerves
With the help of new silicon-based compounds, scientists -- and patients -- are getting a significant new charge out of the tiny lithium batteries used in implantable devices to help treat nervous system and other disorders.
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Public Release: 4-Oct-2005
Environmental Science & Technology
Study: Nanotech processing 'greener' than oil refining
Using a method for assessing the premiums that companies pay for insurance, a team of scientists and insurance experts have concluded that the manufacturing processes for five, near-market nanomaterials -- including quantum dots, carbon nanotubes and buckyballs -- present fewer risks to the environment than some common industrial processes like oil refining. For two of the nanomaterials – nanotubes and alumoxane nanoparticles -- manufacturing risks were comparable with those of making wine or aspirin.
National Science Foundation, US Environmental Protection Agency

Public Release: 4-Oct-2005
Physical Review Letters
Presto! It's a semiconductor
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania may not have turned lead into gold as alchemists once sought to do, but they did turn a quantum dot – nanoscale crystals – from an insulator to a semiconductor. Their findings represent a key step towards the fabrication of functional nanocrystal-based devices and circuits.

Public Release: 4-Oct-2005
National Conference on Men's Health
Breast cancer, a man's illness?
Astounded and shocked is how men described feeling when learning they had breast cancer, a disease they didn't even know was possible for them to get, says Edie Pituskin, a University of Alberta Faculty of Nursing graduate student. Pituskin is conducting what she believes to be the first North American study looking at what men experience after a breast cancer diagnosis--important, considering the different ways men and women cope.

Public Release: 4-Oct-2005
America's Conference on Information Systems
Emotional intelligence may be good predictor of success in computing studies
The emotional intelligence of students indirectly contributes to academic success in information technology studies, preliminary results from a study led by Virginia Tech researchers show.
National Science Foundation

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11:10 pm


Another Day in the Ketchup Mine
Tuesday October 4, 2005. Three Victorian dark fantasies which in today's eyes are "obviously" about illicit sex: Christina Rossetti's "Goblin Market," Arthur Machen's "The Great God Pan," and Bram Stoker's Dracula.

What will dark fantasy from our time be "obviously" about to the future? About illicit use of power, I think. (And not magical power, either.)
Writing: "Marketplace of Visions" -- I now have notes on all major characters. I'm trying for information on what it's like to be that character. Most of the stuff usually recommended for character sheets is irrelevant for me.

Self-help information:

Decluttering: Trash out. Laundry done.

Selfwork: Worked on changing muscular habits. Specifically, head and neck habits.


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