Saturday, August 25, 2007

Viagra can make you feel the love too

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School* have discovered that using Viagra can boost sensations of love, driven by hormone oxytocin. Physiology professor Meyer Jackson suggests that Viagra might be used to promote "social-bonding".

While experiencing social bonding, though, you might have side effects such as erections, which may last more than 4 hours, in which case you should seek medical attention. Which could interfere with your social bonding.

* Disclosure: I worked for the Medical School, and graduated from UW-Madison.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Quote of the Day

On global warming:

"We certainly adapted to the 0.8 C temperature change quite well in the 20th century, as life expectancies doubled and some crop yields quintupled. ... Global warming is real, but it does not portend immediate disaster, and there's currently no suite of technologies that can do much about it. The obvious solution is to forgo costs today on ineffective attempts to stop it, and to save our money for investment in future technologies and inevitable adaptation."

-- Patrick J. Michaels, senior fellow in environmental studies for the Cato Institute.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Wint-O-Green Lifesavers

So here I've been eating Wint-O-Green Lifesavers for years, only to learn this morning that they glow when you chomp 'em!

For those not familiar with the visible spectrum, 450 nanometers (the peak in the graph above) is the wavelength of light in between blue and violet.

Friday, August 17, 2007

100 oh-oh-oh!

Yep, my car rolled over the 100,000 mile mark today on the way home from work.

It would have happened tomorrow, but Kim needs my car tomorrow so she can use the bike rack, so I had to drive a couple miles out of the way so I could get a picture of this milestone (Kim's not so interested in taking pictures of odometers).

In other news, there's a mere 14 hours until my final exam for ACCT 509 -- I'll be glad when that's done! Better get to studying...

Friday, August 10, 2007

Fair Followup

Of the 1,090,000 people who went to the Orange County fair this year, only 584 purchased a Hucowamongous Burger. Of that number, we can only guess as to the total number of people who actually ate the whole thing themselves (it's probably a safe bet that no one ate more than one, at least not in one sitting -- but who knows!).

They don't say how many people got their pictures taken with a racing pig, though I know of at least two. :-)

Thursday, August 09, 2007

What a load II

Upstairs at the new library in Orange, the load limit is 150 PSF. What exactly does that mean, anyway? At least this sign isn't all in your face and snooty like the one at Fullerton College...