Sunday, July 29, 2007

medical entomology

Notes on medical entomology

also a disability arachnophobia - Google Image Search

The discipline of Medical Entomology is devoted to the study of insects and closely related arthropods that impact human health.

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Friday, July 27, 2007


prunella: "things have been getting worse so gradually that i hadn't noticed how bad they'd become. two things happened last week that forced me to realize that prunella is getting worse. first, urinary incontinence. she's been a little leaky for a while, but the other day, she totally peed inside, even though we had just come in from a long walk."

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Parenting and Religion

Parenting and Religion: "And you also find out interesting things when you have sons, like …

1.) A king size waterbed holds enough water to fill a 2000 sq. Ft.
House 4 inches deep.

2.) If you spray hair spray on dust bunnies and run over them with
Roller blades, they can ignite.

3.) A 3-year old Boy’s voice is louder than 200 adults in a
crowded restaurant.

4.) If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan, the motor is not
Strong enough to rotate a 42 pound Boy wearing Batman underwear and a Superman cape. It is strong enough, however, if tied to a paint can, to spread paint on all four walls of a 20×20 ft. Room.

5.) You should not throw baseballs up when the ceiling fan is on.
When using a ceiling fan as a bat, you have to throw the ball up a
few times before you get a hit. A ceiling fan can hit a baseball a
long way.

6.) The glass in windows (even double-pane) doesn’t stop a
baseball hit by a ceiling fan."

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Bamboo Garden Nursery

Bamboo Garden Nursery: "We specialize in bamboos, both rare and common, at reasonable prices, serving retail, wholesale, and mail order markets. We are currently growing over 300 different bamboo varieties at our nursery near Portland, Oregon, maintaining one of the most diverse collections in the United States. Our selection of bamboo species is the result of 25 years of bamboo horticultural experience. The bamboos we have chosen are types we find to be the most attractive, versatile, and useful in the landscape, with a special interest in cold-hardy clumping bamboo and giant timber bamboo. Our web site is one of the most informative resources available on the internet."

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Happy Blogiversary -

Happy Blogiversary - "It's been 10 years since the blog was born. Love them or hate them, they've roiled presidential campaigns and given everyman a global soapbox. Twelve commentators -- including Tom Wolfe, Newt Gingrich, the SEC's Christopher Cox and actress-turned-blogger Mia Farrow -- on what blogs mean to them.

Enertia, the World’s First Production Electric Motorcycle

Enertia, the World’s First Production Electric Motorcycle:
"Brammo Motorsports has launched the world’s first production motorcycle–with zero emissions. It’s a battery-powered plug-in electric motorcycle.

This new electric motorcycle called the “Enertia” has a range of 45 miles. It takes 3 hours to fully re-charge the Enertia’s battery.

The Enertia uses a carbon fiber chassis that productes an ultra strong, light-weight vehicle platform of just 275 lbs. The chassis integrates six lithium-phosphate batteries that produces the power to propel the Enertia to a top speed of over 50 mph.

Brammo Motorsports’ Enertia is the first in a fully line of plug-in electric commuter, commercial and recreational vehicles currently under development."

Monday, July 09, 2007

Hives among us | Salon Life

Hives among us | Salon Life: "Beekeeping is illegal in New York City. The law lumps honeybees together with alligators, lions and ferrets as 'wild and ferocious animals.' The city's urban beekeepers, then, form an unofficial secret society of asphalt naturalists -- romantics drawn to the beauty of a beehive's intelligent design, epicureans seeking the delectable taste of locally procured honey, and off-the-grid types keeping nature alive in the city. Restrictions on beekeeping like those in New York City are uncommon, however. 'Chicago has beehives on top of City Hall,' says Kim Flottum, editor of Bee Culture magazine. 'Chicago, along with Dallas, Boston, San Francisco and Portland, actively promote beekeeping for pollinator health.'"

Thursday, July 05, 2007

red nose bomber

'al-Qaeda' puts on big shoes, red nose, takes custard pie | The Register: "We used to be constantly disappointed, on the bomb teams, at the consistently rubbish efforts of the ordinary bomber. Many people seem to think that any kind of fire or loud noise will become deadly if you add nails. Your correspondent was once called out to a scene where a teenage cretin, finding that batteries would go pop if heated in a fire, taped nails around D-cells and put them on a camping cooker. Terrifyingly, some of the nails flew as much as two or three feet when this infernal device reaped its deadly harvest.

Similarly, having been trained to meet the threat from competent terrorists like the Provisional IRA (PIRA), we would then have to be re-trained out of our paranoia in order to deal with ordinary idiots like the animal-lib crowd. A typical animal-libber bomb in the old days, for instance, might consist of a bottle of deadly petrol with a petrol-soaked sponge taped to it and a pair of burning joss-sticks stuck in the sponge.

Full of worry about PIRA, young bomb techs faced with such a device during exams would often faff about for ages with robots and bomb armour and disruptors, whereas the correct response is to slip on some fireproofs, quickly trot down the road and remove the joss sticks. It's technical stuff, you know, bomb disposal."