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What a bargain!
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Et tu FDA?
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People, how about some ...
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Sacrifice
Friday, January 28, 2011

Are you married to your reagents?
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Wednesday Micro Hits
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Common Sense Tip #1
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

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From the Baby Boomers, a Big "Screw You"
Friday, January 21, 2011

Student Worker - More Student or More Worker?
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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Holy moly!
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Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Electronic Office
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Bits 'N Pieces
Thursday, January 6, 2011

Latest Manuscript Review
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The State of Microbiology
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2010 blogging meme
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Environmental Impact of the Christmas Season
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Awakening from the food coma ...
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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Stayin' Alive
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ASA-CSSA-SSSA Early Career Program
Monday, October 25, 2010

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Making Good on Donor's Choose Bribe - Comfort Food Recipe 1
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First I Begged, Now I Bribe
Thursday, October 14, 2010

Finding Out Things The Hard Way(TM)
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wednesday Micro Hits (Vol 2)
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Here's where I start begging ...
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

#UnK3rn3d: Life Outside the Lab?
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

First fleas, now frogs?
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

No Fleas Please
Monday, October 11, 2010

My next Research Blogging article has been chosen ...
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Donor's Choose
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RB: Waste Not, Want Not.
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Research Blogging
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What if I were not a microbiologist ...
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

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Chinese plagiarism and the death of English-language journals
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Allow Me a Formal Introduction
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Thomas Joseph

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Awesome Stuff
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

So I related yesterday about how my dogs had fleas. Well as the night was winding down, I was given a heartattack when I saw something move out of the corner of my eye in my wash room.

It was this cute little fellow.

Froggie, Indoors

I feel like Jack Hanna today, if Jack Hanna dealt with flea ridden pets. Where this frog came from, I have no idea. He did collect a bit of dog hair in his travels through my house though, that much is obvious. And yes, that is where I found him ... on top of my washing machine.

Took him outside, where he promptly jumped out of my hand and onto a railing of my porch. That is a better place for him I think, even though I use a bug-free lamp on my front porch (makes using my porch swing that much nicer) there should still be plenty of eats out there for him.

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Brian Krueger, PhD
Duke University
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I had a surprise last night too.  I was relacing my bike rim in one of our unused guest rooms and a cockroach ran down my leg and across the floor.  I <3 living in Florida...

BTW, maybe it's time to mop your floor. that poor guy is covered in what I hope is dog hair :P


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What I needed to do was vacuum. After spending half my day washing the dogs, de-fleaing them, and whatnot, there was hair everywhere. I was trying to get my crap in order and grab the vacuum when I saw this little fellow (who was nice enough to start the cleanup for me).


Nikkilina
Washington University School of Medicine
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I think the river of blood is the next plague ... you may want to keep an eye out for that!


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Heh. No kidding!


JanedeLartigue
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Awesome!  I'm amazed your dogs didn't chase after him!


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My dogs, who were still damp from the baths I gave them were restricted to the kitchen where I have tile. It's easier to dry up and vacuum tile than it is carpet. Otherwise that little fellow may have been toast. :) I'm not sure how many birds have fallen prey to my husky, but I'm imagine it's at least a half dozen judging by the feathers I find in the back yard from time to time. He's also cornered a couple of possums and killed a squirrel. I just hope no raccoons wander through my neighborhood.


Jason Goldman
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@Nikkilina: blood was before frogs, next is Lice.


Nikkilina
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My bad ... Are you feeling itchy, TJ?


Jason Goldman
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When you get to boils, you know you're in trouble.


Thomas Joseph
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So NOT funny. As I was pouring over the intertubes looking for flea cures* I came across a site talking about scabies. There are a number of things that I do NOT want to acquire in this lifetime, and scabies shot straight to the top of the list!

 

*Why some people think feeding diatomaceous earth to their pets will stop flea infestations is beyond me. That's one of the dumber things I've ever read. Cutting down on internal parasites? I suppose I can buy that, but fleas? For reals?


Jason Goldman
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TJ: it's probably time to let my people go.


Nikkilina
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Better find some lamb's blood STAT!


Thomas Joseph
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Heh. They're free to go at any time! I won't even send my chariots and charioteers out in pursuit. Tongue out


Namnezia
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That looks like a toad to me.

One all covered in hair at that. Do you ever vacuum?


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Yes, I vacuum. Here's the deal, I own three dogs, all with thick coats, all known to be horrible shedders, and I live in a warm climate, which makes things a bit worse (for me and probably them). I vacuum every day as a matter of fact, had just finished bathing them and was about to grab the vacuum to take another pass that day. Sheesh ... this is a neat freak crowd, isn't it? :P


Nikkilina
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I have three dogs, two of them are heavy shedders. They're currently losing their summer coats, so no matter how often I vacuum, there's always hair!


Thomas Joseph
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I have a Furminator, and while it works wonders ... there is stil hair everywhere.

On another point, taxonomically IIRC, there is no distinction between frogs and toads. ;)

On a third point, my dogs killed a possum today. That is obviously their way of telling me not to keep them restricted to the house "Let us out, or the possum gets it dude!"


Nikkilina
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Ooh! We LOVE the Furminator! It sure does make life easier during heavy shedding seasons.

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