It's the end of the year. So, before I take the rest of the year off, not to return until January 3, I thought I'd end on a happy note. What could be happier than puppies?
Orac finds it necessary and desirable to take a break to contemplate a black hole and recharge his Tarial cells. Here's what will happen in his absence (not much).
There's a little known aspect of Orac's history that hasn't been told for 11 years. Back in the early 1990s, when he was taking a "break" from residency to do his PhD work, he moonlighted as a helicopter flight physician. Here is one of his Tales from the Helicopter.
Dr. Kelly Brogan teams up with Sayer Ji to try to analyze a study. Hilarity ensues as they both failed miserably.
Sadly, a crank has silenced another skeptic. Many of you may know EpiRen, which is the Twitter and blog handle (and sometimes commenting handle here) of RenÃ© Najera. RenÃ© is an epidemiologist employed by the state public health department of health of an East Coast state and has been a force for reality- and science-based discussions of medicine, in particular vaccines. In fact, he’s come out as a strong defender of vaccines against anti-vaccine lies. Unfortunately, EpiRen is no more, at least online; that is, if he wants to keep his job. As related to my by Liz Ditz, A …
I realize that this has nothing to do with science, skepticism, or medicine. However, it’s Sunday, and I found it amusing. Nothing like a little fluff before diving back into the usual topics next week. It’s also cool that David Mitchell has his own YouTube series of videos. Given that Christmas is a mere four months away, it’s never too early to discuss these issues.
My readers might not think that a Plexiglass box full of blinking colored lights cum most advanced computer in the galaxy would go to the trouble of celebrating Christmas, much less putting up an actual Christmas tree. Well, actually, he didn’t. His wife did. But, then, Orac is a Plexiglass box of blinking colored lights. Be that as it may, there are a couple of cool decorations that I can’t resist showing off. First, courtesy of the James Randi Educational Foundation, we have the infamous Season of Reason ornament: By the way, if you’re looking for a good secular organization …
Has it really been six years? Six years ago today, on a dim and dreary Saturday in December, almost on a whim I sat down, went to Blogspot, and started up the first version of Respectful Insolence with an introductory post with the cliched title, Please allow me to introduce myself. Here it is, six years later. On this cold December Saturday, I still find it difficult to his blog is considered one of the “top” medical blogs by one measure, and some actually–shockingly–consider me somewhat of a “famous” skeptic. I know, I know, I still can’t wrap my head …
I didn’t feel much like blogging last night, but I felt as though I had to, even if it’s brief. Yesterday was one of those crappy days where there were a lot of problems that didn’t relent, so much so that I was completely occupied and didn’t check my e-mail until the evening. It was at that point that I wish I hadn’t. What I found in my in box was a whole slew of e-mails informing me that a friend had died. Mark was a friend I had never met.
I may be in Las Vegas as The Amazing Meeting winds down today, but still I’m a bit sad. Has it really been two whole years today? Yes, we have a different dog now, but does the presence of a new friend make you forget a friend who’s died?