Robots Are Our Friends

January 24th, 2008

Sorry that the proportions don’t allow you the full view (I had to make it smaller to fit this main column), but you get the idea. Robots, sweet robots. 🙂 Thank you, Mystery Bob and Albino Blacksheep!

Steve Jobs Almost Picked Me!

January 16th, 2008

Haha! The MacWorld Keynote almost featured li’l ol’ me. Steve Jobs gave an example of the HD videos available through Apple TV. When he went to the screen in iTunes, Food Science was right there at the top of the list next to a show about snowboarding. Steve’s mouse was right next to me! But, the snowboarder won out, which I understand completely. I can’t really compete for entertainment value with people jumping off of mountains.

The Future?

January 10th, 2008

Thank you, The Onion (and Steve in Michigan for sending the link!).

In The Know: Are We Giving The Robots That Run Our Society Too Much Power?

Wouldn’t You Know It?

January 8th, 2008

The monkeys invented prostitution way back… or, at least, men have had to work for sex throughout history.

There’s been a sense in the animal behavior world for quite some time (since around 1994 when biological markets were first proposed) that sex should be thought of as a commodity. It is THE big resource for life. Without it, there would be no procreation, and females hold the key. So, this research goes some way toward providing evidence for the idea.

My big question, however, is why is this such a big story? It is everywhere in the news, and I have been sent the story by at least four separate people. Is it that the combination of monkeys and sex in one story is just too good to pass up?

Isn’t It Interesting That…

January 7th, 2008

“In an age when people have benefited so greatly from science and reason, it is ironic that some still reject the tools that have afforded them the privilege to reject them, says Gerald Weissmann, MD, Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal.” (Link)

This is a fact that I have yet to comprehend.

Do You Think I’m Sexy?

January 3rd, 2008

At least a couple of people think I’m a sexy geek. That’s pretty cool. Although, I hope it’s my mind (and fanatical drive to  popularize science) they find sexy.
I have been nominated for the Wired Magazine 2007 Sexiest Geek Contest. It really is an honor to be up there with all those other geeks. Especially when there are so many more geeks out there not even being recognized. (I think I need to nominate Lisa Randall.) Thanks to those who have voted for me. I forgive you if you voted me down. And, if you haven’t voted me up yet, what are you waiting for? Click the link and scroll through the list until you find me.

Happy New Year!

January 3rd, 2008

What a year it is shaping up to be already. One day back from vacation and there is already so much going on.

I need to find a place to live in San Francisco before the end of the month, and move. Time to hit the road outta Davis, and try out life in the big little city. I need to finish six more episodes of Food Science in the next two months. TWIS needs a face-lift. I’m hoping to launch at least three more sciencey video series this month, and a new audio podcast. Plus, MacWorld is mid-month, and I will be covering the tech from a science angle for MacBreak (along with playing up my PC to Mac conversion – yes, I now own a Macbook). I think I am insane for wanting to do as much as I want to do, but it will all be so much fun I can’t help myself.

Here’s a smattering of pictures from the end of the year I thought would be fun to share.

Here, I was visited on the set of Food Science by the Girls Gone Geek:

Then, in December, I was invited to the Zivity holiday party by my friend, and model, Damanda:

Finally, I traveled to Vancouver where I played with food for Leo Laporte on The Lab. Here’s me in my hotel room:

Kiki in hotel

And, here’s Alex Lindsey in the cab ride over to The Lab:

Alex in cab

There is definitely more fun to be had this year. I’ve been told that 2008 is really Two thousand and great.