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Week of 2 November 2009


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Monday, 2 November 2009
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12:05 - Mary, Barbara, Paul, and I went out to the Blasting for Boobs fund raiser yesterday. We all had a great time. Here are four of the five women in Barbara's group, with Mary at the far right and Barbara next to her.


Mary brought her own shotgun. It's a youth model that fits her frame much better than a full size model. It's a Remington 870 pump in 20 gauge.


And the difference really shows. The first couple of times we shot clays, Mary had a terrible time because she was using a full size model that was simply too big for her. With her own shotgun, she does a lot better. Here she is at the first station, where she busted four of the five clays and scared the last one almost to death.


And here's Barbara at the first station. She broke three of five cleanly, wounded another one, and took pity on the fifth one.


And here's Barbara at the second station, powdering one of the clays.


And at the third station, breaking one.


And finally, the obligatory group shot, with all five of the women in their group.


Everyone had a good time, and thanks to the generosity of several sponsors (including Remington, which is based locally and provided guns and ammunition) 100% of the entry fees went to breast cancer research. This was the first time they'd run this event, and they were surprised and gratified at the large turnout. I suspect it'll become an annual event.


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Tuesday, 3 November 2009
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08:21 - Election Day today, but I won't go out to vote. The only contested race I could vote in is for alderman, and our current alderman is unlikely to lose no matter how I vote. I'd go out to vote if it mattered, but I still have flashes of vertigo, so I won't drive unless there's good reason to do so.

For the next few days, I'll be shooting and editing video. Actually, I'll be reshooting and re-editing stuff I've already done, but now I have a much better handle on what works and what doesn't. I think I'm at the point now where I can start knocking these things out pretty quickly.


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Wednesday, 4 November 2009
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08:41 - If you have any doubt whatsoever about the reality of evolution, for religious or whatever reasons, do yourself a favor. Watch this one-hour video of Dr. Jerry Coyne speaking at AAI 2009 on Why Evolution is True. In fact, watch it even if you don't doubt the reality of evolution, just to provide you with good answers the next time you talk to someone who doesn't accept the reality of evolution.



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Thursday, 5 November 2009
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10:30 - The first four MAKE: Science Room videos are shot, edited, and ready for post-production (leader, trailer, titles, etc.), with several more in progress. I'll be shooting and editing for the next several days to get some of those complete. Things got a lot easier when I finally admitted to myself that I have neither the skills nor the equipment to produce professional-quality videos. Fortunately, these videos don't need to be professional quality, just competent.


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Friday, 6 November 2009
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09:27 - I'm still shooting and editing videos. I think I'm starting to get the hang of it. I've edited down more than an hour of raw footage of Paul Jones making napalm and Mary Chervenak making copper(II) carbonate into a couple of short videos. I'm not trying to get fancy with transitions, instead just using simple jump cuts, which seem to work fine. The list of videos that I plan to shoot and edit already has more than 50 titles on it, and climbing.


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Saturday, 7 November 2009
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08:33 - Poor Malcolm. The vet's office called yesterday to say that his stool sample exam showed giardia. Barbara picked up some drugs for him on her way home. It's five small plastic bags of powder, presumably metronidazole, that he gets on his food once a day for the next five days. In two weeks, they'll retest a stool sample. His weight was down from 78 pounds (~ 35.5 kilos) a year ago to 72 pounds yesterday, which may or may not be a result of the giardia infection.

I played dumb talking to the vet tech, asking her what giardia was. Her explanation wouldn't have told a civilian much. I figured it'd disconcert her if I told her that I planned to do a stool smear myself, using H&E differential staining. In fact, given that Malcolm constantly eats stuff he finds in the road when we're walking him, it probably wouldn't be a bad idea for me to do a stool smear every month or two.


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Sunday, 8 November 2009
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