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The science of love

On Valentine’s Day, it seems rather redundant to blog about love…but to not mention it at all would be rather Scrooge-like.

So I send this online Valentine to Sir Alexander Fleming, who on this very day — Valentine’s Day, 1929 — introduced penicillin to the world.

Maybe Alexander was mooning over his love that day in the lab when he left a plate of staphylococcus bacteria uncovered.  He later noticed that a mold — penicillium notatum — had fallen upon it and killed many of the bacteria.

Penicillin was born, and future scientists would develop it into the medicinal form used to treat many serious diseases, like syphilis and the ever icky staph infection.

Isn’t that romantic.

Although I am personally allergic to penicillin, I still think Alexander deserves some recognition on his anniversary.  If he hadn’t made such an important discovery in the field of medicine, a lot of folks wouldn’t be able to celebrate in a such a big way tonight…iffin you know what I mean.

Nudge nudge.  Wink wink.

 

Originally posted on February 14, 2011. 

Something’s rotten

With the world’s attention focused on Ebola — and rightly so — a common fungus is sweeping through our neighborhoods and befalling our jack-o’-lanterns.

And Halloween is over two weeks away!

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We’ve got moldy pumpkins on the streets of the Upper West Side — do you?

These proud symbols of trick-or-treat are being eaten away before the kids have donned their costumes… collected their candy… or tossed their first cookie.

It isn’t right.  In fact, it’s…

GHOULISH

Stacks and stacks

It’s Follow Friday!

I’m stealing a Twitter convention to recommend the amazing blog Bookshelf Porn.

wall o booksThe name’s the thing.  This blog offers hundreds of photos of bookshelves.

Public. Personal. Retail. Library. Traditional. Modern. Whimsical.

Dusty.

And they all are lined with those much beloved precursors to our ever-present blogs —

BOOKS

They are a thing of beauty.  The blog is, too.  I can practically smell the leather and the pages and the dust and the mold…

Ahhhhh.  Time to camp out at the library for a few hours.

Love sick

On Valentine’s Day, it seems rather redundant to blog about love…but to not mention it at all would be rather Scrooge-like.

So I send this online Valentine to Sir Alexander Fleming, who on this very day — Valentine’s Day, 1929 — introduced penicillin to the world.

Maybe Alexander was mooning over his love that day in the lab when he left a plate of staphylococcus bacteria uncovered.  He later noticed that a mold — penicillium notatum — had fallen upon it and killed many of the bacteria.

Penicillin was born, and future scientists would develop it into the medicinal form used to treat many serious diseases, like syphilis and the ever icky staph infection.

Isn’t that romantic.

Although I am personally allergic to penicillin, I still think Alexander deserves some recognition on his anniversary.  If he hadn’t made such an important discovery in the field of medicine, a lot of folks wouldn’t be able to celebrate in a such a big way tonight…iffin you know what I mean.

Nudge nudge.  Wink wink.