What did you do last week?

In my case, there was a the usual – I ordered DNA primers, sequenced some DNA, went through that sequence and assembled it into my model… I cooked some dinner, slept some. But last week was punctuated with something a little different.

Monday morning, the first new episode of my old radio show The Inoculated Mind Radio and Mindcast, aired on the local Madison student station, WSUM.  The show was pre-recorded the week before, because I was not going to be in Madison to do it live.

The same day, I was visiting the San Francisco Bay Area with Anastasia, zooming around the City, meeting up with PZ Myers, and oh yeah – having dinner with Michael Pollan at Chez Panisse! My review is up, as well as Anastasia’s.

As for the show, I used to host the Mindcast here on this blog, however, I have built a completely new site called Inoculated Media dedicated to hosting the show. Continue reading What did you do last week?


Episode to wait

Hey folks,

There are simply too many things for me to do before I leave Wisconsin this week to get hitched – I’ve got some good stuff for a show, and it’s half completed, but it will have to wait until I get back to Madison. Fear not! We’re not going on some long honeymoon that will take us to the other side of the world, we’re just taking a nice two-day ‘mini-moon’ that will land us back in Madison on the 24th. So during the weekend after I get back, I’ll finish up episode 79 and get it posted right away.

This will work better anyway, why upload only one episode only to have a two week gap before continuing? I’ll still be able to write and post some more wedding details this week, I haven’t told everyone all about the fun details yet!

Special Request for Comments on the Mindcast

Okay, it is time to get things going again with the Mindcast. A new show will be uploaded this week, but before that happens I’m announcing a few changes and a few potential changes. You could read the brief summaries below, or you could listen to my audio explanation and hear more details below. Continue reading Special Request for Comments on the Mindcast

Gotta love it here

The weather is warming up, the birds are chirping, and when I’m nailing and painting bee boxes out behind my apartment it feels like I’m on a camping trip. With my bike thawed out from the tundra, I can get my half-hour of exercise structured into my daily life more consistently again, and I’m looking forward to gardening, going to the Farmer’s Market, and working on more plant breeding film shoots for my media side-project. Continue reading Gotta love it here

Richard Dawkins at the Wisconsin Union, A review and more!

Tuesday, the 11th of March, 2008, Professor Richard Dawkins came to Madison, Wisconsin. As I mentioned before, he was here for two talks, and I was going to try to get him on my show for an interview. It was a busy day for me in class, and in lab as well, plus my backpack was broken and I had to use two shoulder bags all day, but I carried around my books, notes, computer, and recording equipment for what was a jam-packed day.

First, there was the talk in the afternoon, of which I caught the latter half. It was a casual affair, a discussion between Dawkins and mostly students. If you want a more complete description of this event, visit Missives from the Frontal Lobe or The Uncredible Hallq. My reason for being there was to approach Dawkins after the discussion to ask him for an interview.

Continue reading Richard Dawkins at the Wisconsin Union, A review and more!

Interesting 24 hours

I’m late in posting the latest Mindcast – it’s been an interesting 24 hours. No, nothing humongous or shocking happened, but let me explain. Last night, I decided to take a brief nap at 7:30 before recording the show. Then, the next thing I know, it’s midnight, and I feel paralyzed below the clavicle, so it’s back to sleep I go. Then I woke up really early, and got a bunch of work done before class, had a great couple classes, and worked on a poster in preparation for a big event for next week. (post about that to come.) Finally, I find myself at home, waiting on the fish in the oven, before I set about putting together episode 77.

Maybe I just needed all that sleep, but it sure made me feel good and really made this day work out great.

I learned a few new things, too. Apparently it’s a hoot to travel the world in search of carrot and garlic germplasm, and carrots today have about 3 times as much carotene as they did 40 years ago. All thanks to plant breeders!

In the meantime, have a look at Tangled Bank #99!

Update 2/21: I am swamped with stats homework, and preparations for a trip to a conference, so I’ve taken the week off from doing the show. Episode 77 should be done and posted Tuesday the 26th, before I go to Washington D-

I’ve said too much.