Friday, September 30, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

The sun went down, and the rain began.  Ah, must be fall in Vancouver.  Or, well, let's face it, pretty much any time of year.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

"The Guard".  Go see it.  Grand little movie.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Loading Zone.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I don't know.  Stairs and railings...

Monday, September 19, 2011


Sunday, September 18, 2011

If you haven't seen "Drive" yet, well, keep it that way.  After Ryan Gosling's 5,000th dramatic pause the "drama" kind of isn't.  I had to fight the urge to shout, "Speak, Ryan, speak!".  And that's only one of the reasons to miss this one.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Monday, September 12, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011

This week's movie - "Contagion".  Pretty darn good.  Even reasonably biologically accurate.  The infectious disease weenies in the audience (assuming I wasn't the only one) would have loved the mention of R-nought (as opposed to "R-naught", which it's been written as in some reviews, and which doesn't exist in epidemiological circles).  "R-subscript-zero", or R-subscript-0, is the basic reproductive rate of diseases, representing the number of new infections a single infectious person would create if dropped into a naive (i.e. never seen the disease before) population.  The bigger this number is, the more trouble.  Measles has an R-nought in the range of 15, give or take.  Vaccination, of course, has eliminated the worry of measles in the developed world, but it still kills a lot of kids in the less developed parts of the planet (usually in combination with malnutrition, which makes it kind of hard to mount a decent immune response).  Smallpox was around 6, and the flu is around 2.

Why does anyone care?  Because you need this kind of estimate in order to figure out a decent vaccination program.  It gives you an idea of how many people need to be vaccinated in order to stop the spread of the disease.

Oh, and if you're averse to vaccination?  Well, you're a moron.  Related to Jenny McCarthy, perhaps?

Friday, September 09, 2011

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Monday, September 05, 2011

Time to mount up again.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Friday, September 02, 2011

Thursday, September 01, 2011

It's a vet clinic.