Thursday, December 16, 2004

An aside (and shark cartilage, too!)

Lest you wonder where a supposedly busy academic surgeon and scientist has time to post so much in the last three days, I won't be posting at the present clip indefinitely. A lot of my present bloggorhea comes from a combination of pent-up thoughts, adaptations of some of my past Usenet posts, more time spent in my laboratory than usual, a rare weekend off, and a slow couple of pre-holiday weeks. Hopefully, however, once my workload returns to normal, I'll still be able to put something up at least every other day (the couple of weeks before grant deadlines excepted, of course). In any case, clearly, I'll have to pace myself or risk blog burnout (blogout?) too soon.

Case in point, today's a clinic day. Consequently, there will be no blogging other than mentioning this link to an article on how shark cartilage is still being pushed as a cancer "cure" on the basis of fallacious claims (such as the demonstrably incorrect claim that sharks do not get cancer). The abstract of the original Cancer Research article is here.

Enjoy.

Oh, and a tip of the hat to Ken W. and Michael S., both of whom suggested that I set up a feed to my site (also here), links to which both now reside in my sidebar, and pointed me to the resources to tell me how to do it. After a little fiddling around on Blogger last night, I managed to figure it out. I didn't even know such things existed. Does anyone know good software for the Mac to aggregate these feeds?

6 example(s) of insolence returned:


At 12/16/2004 9:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use and love NetNewsWire (http://www.ranchero.com/netnewswire/). --Tom D.

 

At 12/16/2004 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just to say 'cheers'... will be checking in here (almost) daily - looks like a decent blog so far. Hoping for some interesting stuff on Alt Med along the way...

Paul in Prague

 

At 12/16/2004 10:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Firefox has "live bookmarks" that work very well.

-Brent Rasmussen
Unscrewing The Inscrutable
http://www.brentrasmussen.com

 

At 12/16/2004 11:14 AM, Blogger Saint Nate said...

Sharks get cancer? Aw man, way to ruin my placebo effect. I'll bet next you're going to tell me Okinawans get cancer too and coral calcium is just an overpriced rip-off.

If anyone's interested, here's more on skart cartilage and quackery.

 

At 12/17/2004 5:05 AM, Blogger AnthroPax said...

Hello. Last night on UK TV was a 'what if' style show about stem cell reserch. ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/if/default.stm ) The public voted 81% in favour of the doctor who had broken the law to attempt to help her patient. What views do you hold on the ethics and science of this?

 

At 12/17/2004 12:45 PM, Blogger PZ Myers said...

Yes, I second the NetNewsWire nomination. It also comes with MarsEdit, which is a decent offline article editor (unfortunately mostly incompatible with my particular brand of blogware.)

 

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