Archive for the ‘Stir-Fried Stochasticity’ Category

I’m still here…but I’m no longer there. (And perhaps, no longer “all there”, but that’s a separate issue.)

An unexpected but hopefully fortuitous attack of Life (the concept, not the cereal) has kept me away from my audio projects for months now. The secret location of our Asylum for the Sufficiently Nerdy is being moved thousands of miles (literally – this is not an exaggeration) in pursuit of a promising project. Fortunately, we’re almost done with the move. We’ll still be pretty busy for a while yet, but I think things will settle down enough for me to shave a few hours per week to get back to audio.

Indeed, I very much hope so – not only do I want to get back to the “Stir-Fried Stochasticity” oggcast project and my HPR offerings, but I also started listening, during the seemingly endless drive from our old Asylum to the new one, to old 1930’s-1940’s radio serials I found on archive.org, and now I find myself itching to try to do one myself.

I will try to put out an episode of Stir-Fried Stochasticity here soon, explaining my ongoing battle with Zombie Hans Christian Gram, which I think I can put together more quickly than the episode I’d started working on previously, which is garbage (also literally). Other projects to follow as time permits and interest is expressed…

Thanks for not giving up on me (if there’s anyone left out there who hasn’t already). 

Incidentally, if you’ve been getting frustrated by the “Bad Gateway” errors, so am I and I promise I’ll get that fixed somehow…

I have recently been informed that, apparently, there is at least one person who is not just a member of my immediate family humoring me but who is, nonetheless, subscribed to the RSS feed here and potentially interested in my currently-intermittent episodes of Stir-Fried Stochasticity…

Is this true?

(tap)(tap)(tap) is this thing on?…

Seriously, though, the main reason I’ve been so slow to get around to the next one is that I didn’t think anyone had been listening to the ones I’d done so far, and considering the labor involved in putting an episode together, it’s hard to justify the time if I’m largely just talking to myself.

If there are people out there besides a couple of members of my immediate family* who want to hear more, please let me know, and I can certainly call the Ninjaologists back from furlough and start up negotiations with the Science Pirates to get things rolling again…

*(Again, not that I dislike members of my immediate family or anything, but I can talk to them more or less whenever I want…)

Finally, after a long, long delay, I have escaped grave peril to create for you Episode 4 of Stir-Fried Stochasticity.  Today’s topic is my excuse for the year-long delay between Episode 3 and Episode 4, and (more importantly) the microbiological practice of “Heat-Fixing” and its purpose, and the ability (or inability) of “heat-fixing” to render microscope slides of Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria sterile and safe to handle.

You can listen to the episode from the embedded player below directly from this web page, or download the file to freely listen to and redistribute (under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution,Share-Alike license) here:

Ogg Vorbis audio format (higher quality, but may not be compatible with some older or specialized systems)
MP3 audio format (Lower quality, but compatible with nearly all systems)

I have not yet uploaded the previous episodes from the old site.  For the moment, you can find the previous episodes at the following links:

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This was originally the default “first post” entry that comes with a new wordpress install.  It’s MINE now, though!

I’ve been needing to re-make dogphilosophy.net into something useful for years now, so here goes.  I’m planning to turn this into my oggcasting/podcasting site.  I’ll be moving my handful of episodes thus far over here shortly, and then slowly adding to them.

Once it’s all working, you should be able to get a feed of every bit of audio I put out (and, perhaps eventually, video), or individual feeds for each topical category of audio presentation I come up with.  Initially I have:

  • “Stir-Fried Stochasticity” – real science for nerds and normals alike.  Most “science news” stories are regurgitated and parroted press-releases that don’t actually tell you what’s really going on.  In “Stir-Fried Stochasticity”, each episode discusses an actual scientific publication (not a press release!) directly, or occasionally more than one publication on the same topic.  As of today, there are three episodes done with a fourth finally being worked on and released Real Soon Now.
  • “Perceptive Peripatetic” – A place for me to share places or things that I happen to notice while I’m out wandering the world.  As of today, there is only one episode (on “The Breakdancing Ghost of Narada Falls”, regarding something I saw at a particular spot inside of Mount Ranier National Park in Washington State).
  • “The Computer Is My Friend” – There are no episodes for this yet, but I figure it’s only a matter of time before my own computer-nerdity kicks in and I feel compelled to share some sort of techno-spiffiness with the world.

If I manage to do this properly, you’ll be able to subscribe to the feed or feeds like normal “podcasts” in either high-quality Ogg Vorbis or the older (but more widely supported) MP3 formats, or just listen to the audio directly from the website with any web browser that supports HTML5, Java, or Adobe Flash.

Geolocation will be included where appropriate as well.

Comments and suggestions are welcome.  I’m doing this purely as a hobby, and the topics and rate at which new episodes are generated and released will be directly proportional to the amount of interest anyone (besides me) has in it.