Teh Science of Teh Cute

Anyone that spends time on the internet realizes pretty quickly that there is an inordinate proportion of it is dedicated to pictures of baby animals. Why? Who knows why? But clearly, there are a lot of people that like to look at pictures of cute animals. Most people, I think, would view them as harmless…

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Slave Attractions?

My cousin and his wife love animals and when she had a recent birthday my cousin asked his wife what she wanted. “I want to see animals,” she replied. So, to see animals, they came to San Diego for a long weekend. San Diego has a lot of animal attractions – the Zoo is famous,…

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Stinger in the Garage

The Aerie sits on what pretty much qualifies as open space in suburban San Diego.  This means that we get our fair share of wildlife poking around the yard.  We hear and have seen coyotes and we get lots of interesting birds, the occasional snake, or lizard and whatnot.   There is a “varmint” that…

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The View From the Zoo

This past week, we had some friends visit us at The Aerie for a too-brief visit but there was still a good collection of quality San Diego vacationing.  On Sunday, we all trooped over to the beach for a great day (even if it was a little over-cast and breezy). Monday, our guest family went…

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Another Afternoon Visitor

So, there I was, trying to beat Cori at WordTwist while Penny was asleep in her crate when there came a flutter.  And I mean a bigtime whooshwhooshwhoosh flutter. Yep – bird in the house. (We keep our screenless backdoor open when it’s warm because there aren’t really any bugs to speak of here…)  I…

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VIPs at the WAP

Yesterday was one of my favorite days at The Aerie – it was the Beloved’s birthday!  As a treat to herself, she took the day off from work and we decided to spend part of the day using one of her Christmas presents that I had gotten for her – a VIP tour to the…

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Afternoon Visitor

We were sitting out back reading this afternoon, when Penny went over to the side yard where she tends to "do her business" and we noticed she got VERY still. d21 — Just Passing Through I guess it's the first time she saw a ~ 4-foot California Kingsnake.  She didn't attack it, but she was…

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in vivo

The term “in vitro” translates as “in glass” and in a scientific sense refers to experiments done in a well-controlled laboratory environment.  Every experiment that I’ve done in my career has been in vitro – from making compounds, to purifying proteins, to sequencing DNA, to doing NMR – all of these have more-or-less been done…

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