SFN: I just can’t win!!!

I had grand plans in mind for blogging this conference. Then I got a virus and spent the last 2.5 days or so in bed. Lovely. Barely got to even meet Shelley and Jake. Forced to eat room service for meal after meal. Barf!
I’ll put some stuff together for next week. In the meantime, I gotta skip town. They’re onto me.

SFN blogging: Jake’s been deflowered

Almost too cute for words. Poor SFN conference virgin Jake just got his cherry popped. I tried to warn him that this conference is nuts, but does anybody ever listen to me? NOOOOO.
This afternoon had a good run of posters relating to transgenic mouse models of Alzheimer’s Disease. Got me thinking a bit about the utility of these models and what we’re really testing with them. Ok ok, so I already thought about all this stuff before but I realized that I need to do a blog post on them. I’ll collect my thoughts on the matter and get back to you, dear reader. In the meantime, I got to hit Publisher’s Row and pick up some new reading material. Already found myself a nice anthology on theories of mind; used to be a favorite neuro-hobby of mine but I had to set it aside to finish the degree, and consequently I’ve forgotten much of what I ever knew. I plan on refreshing my memory and bringing that topic to the blog so that all 5 of my readers can learn along with me, if they’re interested.
In the meantime, there’s a 5:15 symposium about the molecular aspects of AD that I plan on writing up if the talk is good. After that, off to dinner with my Ph.D. mentor and her old lab-mates.
Oh, and pssst…. Jake-

PS. There is perhaps the geekiest guy on Earth hitting on a girl across from me. He is like Napoleon Dynamite. The kid has no chance, but it warms my heart to see him try. He is trying to explain to her the wonderous complexity of his hippocampal cultures. That is what the ladies are into you know.

No way man. Chicks dig monkeys. Give her a monkey and you win her heart. Or at least a hefty cleaning bill.

Devil went down to Georgia, he was lookin’ for a soul to steal

Greetings and salutations from the 36th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience!!!! I’m gonna try and get back in the bloggin’ business after some major life changes by writing about exciting news from the forefront. Unfortunately, the only thing I have to report so far is that Jake and Shelley and I had dinner last night and went clubbing, and poor Neurocontrarian ended up crashing on our floor after making out with some hottie.
Ahh, the scientific life. Gonna try and squeeze in an actual science post or two this afternoon, but as today I have to catch up with friends and colleagues I might not get anything up until late. Stay tuned.

SchadenFriday: Glen Phillips edition

This SchadenFriday goes out to…. me, and my massive life changes.
Take it away, Glen.
Someone’s in the backyard banging on the door
Daddy’s gone away, he’s coming back no more
His baby’s curled up on a stranger’s floor
Momma’s thinking family dinners weren’t too much to ask for

Everybody here’s got a story to tell
Everybody’s been through their own hell
There’s nothing too special about getting hurt
But getting over it, that takes the work

One way or the other we’ll all need each other
Nothing’s gonna turn out the way you thought it would
Friends and lovers, don’t you duck and cover
Cause everything comes out the way it should

Blessed are the humble, blessed are the meek
Blessed are the hungry, blessed are the weak
Blessed are the ones on the other side
And blessed are we just for being alive

One day I stopped wanting anything at all
The heavens opened up like a waterfall
No use in worrying about when it ends
Just for now be thankful for what I get

One way or another a man’s gonna suffer
Makes no difference the way you wanted it
But friends and lovers, don’t you duck and cover
Cause everything comes out the way it should in the end

Seems like life is a palindrome
Cry when you die, cry when you’re born
In between it’s all about the ups and downs
Add them all together, they’ll cancel each other out

One way or another, one way or another
You won’t get what you wanted, but you’ll get enough for sure
One way or another, the winter pays for the summer
Won’t get what you wanted, but what you got’ll be good

Someone’s in the backyard banging on the door
Daddy’s gone away, he’s coming back no more
His baby’s curled up on a stranger’s floor
Momma’s thinking happy endings weren’t too much to ask for

Michael Shermer at next Alliance for Science Public Meeting

The Alliance for Science, in an effort to further dialogue between the science, religious,and business communities, is committed to bringing in a diverse network of speakers to its public meetings in the DC Metro area. Last year we had Dr. Peter Folger from the American Geophysical Union, Reverend Henry Green, ScienceBlog’s own Chris Mooney, NCSE’s Eugenie Scott, and AfS co-chair Paul Forbes to name a few. Now we’re looking to a whole new year of fun with evolution education (yes, we’re on an academic calendar…).
Next Thursday, October 12th, is speaker Michael Shermer. He will also have a book signing. Please do visit the Alliance for Science event page and download the flyer. Directions to the event are included there. Feel free to tell a friend!