October 24th, 2006

shep B&W

140,000 miles

My car turned over 140,000 miles today. Wow!!! I bought it new, way way back in the 90s and I keep cars until they drop dead, or nearly drop dead. None of this trade-in every year crud, not with the obscene property taxes my town levies every single year on the car. I think the rust will kill the car before anything happens to the engine.

shep B&W

Weird medical stuff (squick warning)

In the weird medical news category, tripped over this URL while poking around a science news site.

I've heard of this kind of stuff being done, but it's still -- WEIRD! -- and if amputation images squick you, don't go to the link. "Amputated Arm stitched to Groin. " I kid you not. Details and graphic medical images at http://www.unboundedmedicine.com/2006/10/12/limb-to-crotch/

And oh heck, might as well get all the squicky news in one post. Maggot juice! Coming to a store near you! Well, no, not really, but the maggot juice is real.


Scientists at the Bradford Unversity in England are modifying an ancient technique used before WW II, when penicilin became popular. Maggots! But instead of applying actual maggots, the scientists developed a new wound dressing impregnated with purified excretions and secretions from live greenbottle blowfly larvae. The researchers tested their prototype dressings against layers of human and mouse cells grown on lab dishes, which were scratched to simulate wounding. They found the dressing markedly accelerated closure of the wounds. The maggots produce juices that kill bacteria, thus preventing infection. Antibiotics pretty much put maggots out of favor, but now there are wounds that just don't heal with antibiotics, so they break out the bugs, er, larvae.

Cool stuff.

shep B&W

Ask Paul McGillion questions

Snerched from a post on SPOILME

We had a project of having Paul McGillion's own forum on The Scifi
World to chat with his fans (such as with Rachel Luttrell) but as for
now he is too busy, I have arranged another way to do the Q&A with him.
Maybe if his schedule allows it, he will come in a few months.

So, for now, you can post all the questions you want and I will
forward them to him. No deadline, I will forward that once I have
enough for a good "interview".

Think about the best you have in mind and post them here: