Sep 23 2013

You’re going to make me work again, aren’t you?

Donations to the Light the Night Fundraiser are getting awfully close to the next landmark of $5000; we’re at $4748. Get there and I’m going to have to write a post about tumor suppressors, and I know you’re all just panting away with lust for that.

Then there’s a long stretch to $10K, so maybe I should add something at $7500. A post on micro RNAs and cancer, I think?

By the way, we’re getting matching funds from Todd Stiefel, who has now promised to get a red buzz-mohawk if we hit $20K. That’s a really long stretch, but if we make that, I’ll have to think of something even better. What is it with everyone doing exotic things to their hair? We’re supposed to be public intellectuals, shouldn’t we be doing weird things with our brains?


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    I don’t think a brain-mohawk would be very healthy.

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    Lonely Panda, e.s.l.

    Yes, the brain-mohawk probably wouldn’t work out very well. But you could dye the brain instead, perhaps with a radiocontrast agent, and post a scan of the inevitably embarrassing (?) result.

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    A videotaped session of you doing the same dance as Bill Nye might do it…

  4. 4
    Ariaflame, BSc, BF, PhD

    OK, you’ve got maybe just over $50 to go till the 5K team.

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    I do exotic things with *no* hair? Wanna know what I do? I’m not tellin’; it’s way too exotic! But it’s all in my arrest record.

  6. 6

    Doing a weird thing with your brain?
    I’d like an enthusiastically positive post about cats, please.

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    Kevin Anthoney

    Well, you were on $4,998 a minute ago, so I had to throw some money at you. Get cracking on the tumour suppressors!

    Suggestion for a future post: I’d like to have an idea of where we’re at in the fight against cancer, and where we’re hoping to go. For example, are we still mainly attacking fast-replicating cells, or have we started to get traction specifically targeting the wayward processes that occur in tumour cells?

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    I’d like an enthusiastically positive post about cats, please

    This. Something on cat evolution, perhaps. Accompanied by a picture of you holding a cat.

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    chigau (違う)

    and maybe PZ and the cat could have the same coloration.

  10. 10

    Tortoiseshell? (三毛猫ホームズ)

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    We’re supposed to be public intellectuals, shouldn’t we be doing weird things with our brains?

    LoL. OK. Why don’t you pledge to discuss evolutionary psychology with 5 undergrad students from 5 universities and 5 fields after consuming 750 grams of vodka in 2 hours? For the 25k target?

    That surely does something to everybody’s brain and keeps the dollars rolling.

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    theophontes (恶六六六缓步动物)

    @ PZ

    If you receive a letter from Hong Kong, covered in Fork-tailed Sunbird stamps, please open it.

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