Take a Hike Ike

Had to go with something less tired and trite than “I don’t like Ike”. Though Ike did force most of our employers here in the Houston area to give us Friday off.

Here’s a satellite picture of Hurricane Ike (courtesy of the good folks at ABC 13 here in H-town)

This thing is ginormous (it almost covers the entire Gulf of Mexico!)

The 10AM National Hurricane Center forecast had the eye going about 0.5 mi from our church. The forecast has since then shifted to the east of the Bayou City.

Something I’ve wondered about praying when a hurricane is coming. If you pray for a hurricane not to hit your town, isn’t your prayer an imprecatory prayer since the storm will hit another person’s town? (Let’s leave out the fact that maybe the other person is also praying for the storm not to hit their town)

About the Class of 2012…

As a new school year dawns I thought this appropriate.

Check this action out:  Mindset List for the Class of 2012

Here are some notables:
#20 The Warsaw Pact is as hazy for them as the League of Nations was for their parents.  (Who doesn’t miss Mutually Assured Destruction?  Though with Russia’s recent antics…)

#32 There has always been Pearl Jam.   (If the tykes even know who PJ is…)

Evolution: The Evidence

It seems that some Chinese cats have taken the next step in their evolution.

Here’s one of the transitional animals (obviously this is punctuated equilibrium not gradualism, so take that Dr. Dawkins):

Either that or Fluffy has been putting away Red Bull at prodigious rates.

This is the story:
Ready for take-off, Tiddles? Meet the cats which have sprouted wings

Michael Phelps in Trouble?

At least with nutritionists, and that sort of mob.


All because the man wants to pick up some walking around money by endorsing Tony the Tiger’s cereal (right in its Mexican variant, thanks to this person for the image).

According to this story, “Breakfast of a champion? Frosted Flakes! Phelps signs with cereal”, nutritionist Rebecca Solomon had this to say,

I would not consider Frosted Flakes the food of an Olympian…I would rather see him promoting Fiber One. I would rather see him promoting oatmeal. I would even rather see him promoting Cheerios.

Solomon acknowledges Phelps’ calorie-rich diet, but is concerned with the message his endorsement will send to kids who don’t burn nearly enough calories as Mr. Phelps.

And why aren’t kids burning enough calories? Because they’re generally spending more and more time in front of a TV watching Phelps’ make history playing video games.

One can hardly fault Phelps’ capitalistic bent for parents’ inability to motivate their kids to put down the controller.

Best Poster… Ever

Dr. Feigin Passes Away

We note with great sadness the passing away of legendary pediatrician Dr. Ralph Feigin.

I work in the Med Center and ran into Dr. Feigin in the elevator and sky bridges here several times.  What struck me most about this remarkable man was his politeness and the seemingly perpetual smile he always sported.

In a place where some prominent physicians see it as their earned right to ignore those who are not their colleagues, the most accomplished of them all (there’s a building named after him), Dr. Feigin was, in my experience, always friendly. He was never above saying a friendly hello, even to a worker bee like myself.

You can read about his achievements in the following Houston Chronicle article:

Dr. Feigin made city a major player in pediatric medicine

Why God Never Got Tenure

This has been hanging in my lab’s bulletin board for the past few years, thought I’d post it here (at the risk of having to bear the shrill cry to “lighten up” I’ve provided some commentary, of course):

  1. He had only major publication
  2. It was in Hebrew (and Aramaic and Greek)
  3. Had no references (doesn’t need ’em, HE IS)
  4. It wasn’t published in a peer-reviewed journal (Of course…)
  5. Some even doubt He wrote it Himself (to their own peril)
  6. It may be true that He created the world, but what has He done since then? (Deists…)
  7. His cooperative efforts have been quite limited
  8. The scientific community has had a hard time replicating His results (“Get your own dirt”, LOL)
  9. He never applied to the Ethics Board for permission to use human subjects
  10. When one experiment went awry He tried to cover it up by drowning His subjects
  11. When subjects didn’t behave as predicted, He deleted them from the sample
  12. He rarely came to class, just told students to read the book (not to mention apply the book)
  13. Some say He had His Son teach the class (Well He did…)
  14. He expelled His first 2 students for learning (No, it had to with disobedience)
  15. Although there were only ten requirements, most students failed His tests (Most? Try all)
  16. His office hours were infrequent and usually held on a mountaintop