Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Poopy Bird Deterrents In Place

After last year's successful foray against the annual poopy bird crapfest, we believe we've found a winning strategy and so of course we're deploying it again this year.  The strings are up, zigzagging across the (still-closed) pool, and hopefully they'll be enough to keep the migrating grackles from dropping the feces of their young onto our deck.  We'll know within the next few weeks, anyway.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Potentially Huge Breakthrough For Alzheimer's Discovered

This news out of Australia seems extremely promising: a team there has discovered a way to use ultrasound waves to break up the material that blocks the neurons in Alzheimer's patients and causes their memory issues.  Tests with lab rats saw improved memory functions in 75% of the treated animals, which is an amazingly good result.  Considering how devastating this disease is to so many elderly men and women and their loved ones, this could prove to be a game-changer, for sure.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Yet Another Study Finds No Link Between Vaccination Rates And Autism

Almost 100,000 children aged 2 thru 5 were included in the latest study, which once again found no link between vaccination rates for MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) and the occurrence of autism.  In other words, unvaccinated children are as likely to be diagnosed with autism as vaccinated ones are.  This is the same result that every study on the topic has found, with the exception of the one, discredited bit of 'research' that kicked off this whole anti-vaccination nonsense.  The great thing about science is that it's repeatable, and therefore by definition anything that isn't repeatable ain't science.  It's just too bad there's so many gullible parents out there who apparently didn't learn the first thing about how science works during high school, as they're now endangering everyone else around them with their stupidity. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

My Long Wait Is Almost Over

On this, the first day of Daredevil being available on Netflix, I  just ordered 2 tickets for Avengers: Age of Ultron for the night of its premiere, Friday, May 1st.  We're going to see it at the VIP theatre, reserved seats, and hopefully avoid having any of its surprises spoiled beforehand.  I'm ridiculously excited about this movie, just as I was for the first Avengers flick, and it didn't disappoint... at all!

Just 21 days to go now...