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Posted 26-Sep-2010 at 08:25 PM (20:25) by Gurdur
Updated 28-Sep-2010 at 02:28 PM (14:28) by Gurdur

As usual, here are ten blog posts I found in the wider blogosphere in the last few weeks, and felt interesting or worthy, and all quite random - keep in mind, I may totally disagree with any one blog post mentioned here, but I felt it worthy of mention.

First off, combining two of my favourite things*. Women and malaria research in the 21st century, as done on the PLoS Medicine Community Blog. As someone who suffered chronic malaria almost yearly throughout childhood, I'm all in favour of much more research into it, since it's rather an orphan disease, and I'll blog on that later, plus I'm in favour of the rest*.

* You wouldn't like me if I wasn't cheeky.

A slightly old blog post, being from August, but worth it. Brandon on the blog Siris on Harriet E. Baber and some ignorant flames against Baber. Baber flamed one of the sillier flames back by saying, "...What amazes me about the comments I got at the Guardian site and elsewhere is how pious secularists are. I'm just a simple, self-serving hedonist." You just have to admire it and her, even if I'm an atheist piously. The criticisms regarding the misinterpretation of the Pascal's Wager apply to me a bit as well, since I'm guilty too of saying something a little along the same lines. And she seems like quite a decent person.

The blog The Dog Zombie points out how the entry of women into all areas of veterinary medicine has been greatly enabled by just one factor - the invention of the medication xylazine. This plays into something I wanrt to blog about, and I also personally know a fair few veterinarians.

Also from August, but a truly great post on kindness, from the paramedic Kal in Edinburgh on his blog Trauma Queen. Folks, a paramedic's life these days can be very ugly and often is.

Maryn McKenna of the truly excellent blog Superbug, on The “Indian Superbug”: Worse Than We Knew. When I was in London only a few days ago, I was chatting with chenier1 about growing antibiotic resistance and the problems down the road. Doom and gloom always cheer me up a lot. And these are real issues needing attention.

Music. With apologies to Muddlegum, and to all other Deaf or hearing-loss people, I am going to cite a blog post of Muddleglum's, because it's on Belize, which I've blogged about recently and will blog about again, and because it's on habanero chili peppers, and I love hot chilis. Serious love. Plus I get to cite Jethro Tull and the song The Habanero Reel, which is a group and a song I really love. To make up for it, I'm also going to cite Muddleglum of the blog muddle's pad, and his post on the Hearing Dissimulator. I will also blog at a later date on hearing-loss and Deaf culture issues, because I used to work in an ancilliary field concerning the cochlea implant.

Hey, it's music time again, this time with Revsimmy of the blog, A Tree in the Forest: Life, Faith and Coffee in the 21st Century, where he writes in his blog post, Rose-tinted headphones, all about the group Mott the Hoople. Good man! But he writes of finding the group Atomic Rooster in some of their lyrics to be disturbingly violent, which makes me wonder just what he thinks of a couple of Mott the Hoople songs, they were inclining towards getting drastic. On violence, ever notice that the group The Jam often sang about it, quite often, but never advocated it? The early Jam were brilliant, by the way. And I've blogged a tiny bit on violence and will do some more blogging on it.

The Blog of David Meldrum has a very interesting blog post, The Lives Of Others: beauty and brutality, on a film about "surveillance and subversive artists in East Germany before the Wall came down".

An old blog post, back from May, but hey, worthy of including. David Henson posting as a guest blogger on the Existential Punk blog writes on How Christian Music Hates Empowered Women, He writes rather engagingly of himself as, "David Henson is a stay-at-home dad, self-consciously heretical blogger and a really bad Episcopalian who wants to be a priest. He also used to work at a Contemporary Christian Music radio station. Now he's ashamed of it. ..."

In The Ongoing Adventures Of ASBO Jesus, Jon Birch makes a point regarding the Abraham and Isaac story, which fits in well with Maggi Dawn's blog post on the subject, and some others. I just have to get around to blogging on this myself, from a humanist atheist viewpoint but with an unexpected angle. As for ASBO Jesus, you just have to admire any Christian cartoonist who can do something like this.

That's it for this week's regular round-up, folks.

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    Makbawehuh's Avatar
    Mmmm.... Chili peppers. I love them, but they don't love me. At all. It makes me so very, very sad.
    Posted 26-Sep-2010 at 10:09 PM (22:09) by Makbawehuh Makbawehuh is offline
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    Liked the Trauma Queen piece.
    Posted 26-Sep-2010 at 10:31 PM (22:31) by lifelinking lifelinking is offline
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    Originally Posted by lifelinking View Comment
    Liked the Trauma Queen piece.
    I actually have quite a few paramedic blog posts I would like to feature, having been one myself, but I've misplaced the links to the wee buggers, so I'll have to find and feature them later.

    And yes, the voluntary act by a MOP who turned out to be a semi-professional clown is a really sweet action and thing, and I wish him every success, and he deserves to be featured widely. So does Trauma Queen.
    Posted 26-Sep-2010 at 11:37 PM (23:37) by Gurdur Gurdur is offline
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    Thanks for the blogcheck, Gurdur. I found the Siris piece on Myers and Baber interesting.
    Posted 26-Sep-2010 at 11:45 PM (23:45) by Revsimmy
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    No worries, Revsimmy, and yes, indeedy.
    Posted 26-Sep-2010 at 11:50 PM (23:50) by Gurdur Gurdur is offline
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    Thank you for the blurb, Gurdur.

    Makbawehuh, chilies are for children, habaneros for hombres. Then again, I lived in west Texas long enough to burn away any extraneous nerve endings.
    Posted 28-Sep-2010 at 02:01 AM (02:01) by muddleglum muddleglum is offline
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    Originally Posted by muddleglum View Comment
    Thank you for the blurb, Gurdur.
    No worries, Muddleglum. I'm pretty truthful and open. If random.

    Makbawehuh, chilies are for children, habaneros for hombres. ....
    She's just recently tried eating the chili from Hell, so you will probably get away with this. Otherwise, it would have been habeneros all the way down.
    Posted 28-Sep-2010 at 02:46 AM (02:46) by Gurdur Gurdur is offline
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    Originally Posted by muddleglum View Comment
    Thank you for the blurb, Gurdur.

    Makbawehuh, chilies are for children, habaneros for hombres. Then again, I lived in west Texas long enough to burn away any extraneous nerve endings.
    Unfortunately, given the near-constant state of my heartburn for weeks after so much as looking at habeneros these days, I can eat them only sparingly. I use to chop them up and throw them in my scrambled eggs... But I can't do that any more, and must be content with milder things.

    Sad but true. Enjoy your spicy deathpeppers for me, cause I can't. *could cry*
    Posted 28-Sep-2010 at 11:37 AM (11:37) by Makbawehuh Makbawehuh is offline
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    My heart goes out and I"m so ashamed. I'll make ya a deal. You enjoy music for me and I'll scarf down the salsa picante for you.
    Posted 28-Sep-2010 at 08:40 PM (20:40) by muddleglum muddleglum is offline
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    The Hub: a place to strike good bargains in negotiation
    Posted 28-Sep-2010 at 09:29 PM (21:29) by Gurdur Gurdur is offline
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    I will totally listen to some music for you, Muddleglum. Enjoy the peppers. ^__^
    Posted 29-Sep-2010 at 05:56 AM (05:56) by Makbawehuh Makbawehuh is offline
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