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December 2009

December 31, 2009

To end the year . . .

. . . ten of my favorite bits from the past year of the frequently hilarious "Overheard in New York".

. . . In the Finest Restaurant Bathrooms.

When He Was Reincarnated for the Fifth Time.

It's Not Just Trees That Have Trouble Growing in Brooklyn.

They Never Did Continue.

When Science Meets Religion.

A Jersey Boy and an LA Girl, But It Was New York That Brought Them Together.

Old People's Conversation Is Like Freeform Jazz.

Getting a PhD in Basketweaving Was the Best Idea Ever!

Boys Don't Multitask Very Well.

And the best: Childrearing, in a Nutshell.

December 30, 2009

Some health and medical news

From oldest to newest:

"Why A Low-Calorie Diet Extends Lifespans: Critical Enzyme Pair Identified".

"Tests Begin on Drugs That May Slow Aging".

"Potent metastasis inhibitor identified".

"Fighting Cancer With Fruit".

"Doctors start to include vitamin D in fight against cancer".

"Colon cancer stopped in its tracks in Swiss study".

"Cancers Can Vanish Without Treatment, but How?"

"Cancer treatment enters 'very exciting' era".

"Scientists Find Gene Linked to Longer Life".

"Analyzing Cancer Cells to Choose Treatments".

"Revolutionary operation could 'cure' high blood pressure".

"Troubleshooters that block cancer".

The famous Fimoculous list of best-of-the-year lists

For 2009.

December 29, 2009

"A Few Good Surgical Implants"

Funny repurposing of Colonel Jessup's fantastic speech in A Few Good Men. (Link via Glenn Reynolds.)

Lamborghini Ankonian

As the poster writes, it looks like a pimped-out Batmobile.

18 gigapixel panorama of Prague

Now I don't have to go.

Going Up the Country, redone

Canned Heat's version of "Going Up the Country" was a highlight--and the "unofficial anthem"--of Woodstock.

But Kitty, Davis & Lewis's cover is pretty good, too. (Last link via Metafilter.)

"Brian Cox Masterclass with Theo"

Noted actor Brian Cox teaches two-and-a-half-year-old Theo how to present "To Be or Not to Be".

December 28, 2009

"The Precautionary Principle and Global Warming"

Some people like it, but the Precautionary Principle is profoundly un-economic. I would guess that most of the people who like it are the same kind of people who don't understand the concept of scarcity.

Ed school advice on how to manage a classroom meets the real world

From the LA Times (12/14):

Cox was not always so successful. He recalled working as a substitute teacher in a science class at Mark Twain Middle School in the Mar Vista neighborhood of L.A. that devolved into a crayon fight. As students took cover behind their desks and threw crayons at one another, Cox stood in the middle of the room getting pelted and repeating what he had learned in his teacher training: "Children, return to task."

"It was a disaster," he said. "I got annihilated."

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