Author: karlschmieder

Things That Influenced Me This Week – March

Genetic Engineering News – I am a subscriber to a couple of dead-tree magazines: Biotechniques Billboard, The Redbulletin, Response, and Genetic Engineering News. I typically devour every issue the same way I used to devour Skateboarder when I was 13 or 14. I’ve re-read the article on CRISPRs a new way of editing genes at […]

Unintended Consequences

You may know the Viagra story. The one where Pfizer scientists synthesized Sildenafil to treat hypertension but during the first clinical trials found it didn’t work. Instead, they observed the compound an interesting side effect. The story continues with Pfizer essentially creating a new disease and marketing the first oral treatment for that disease – […]

My (Not So) Modest 2013 Reading List

UPDATE 01.06.2014: If you want to see what I actually did read in 2013, click here to see my Pinterest Page of Books and Media Consumed in 2013. Fiction I Want to Read Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian, Eoin Colfer. I’ve been a huge Artemis fan from way back (Artic Incident review, The Eternity Code […]

Review: Across the Event Horizon

Mercurio D. Rivera’s stories punch you in the stomach with a great idea, toy with your emotions, then leave you gasping for more. In this first collection of short stories, Across the Event Horizon, Rivera’s ideas will initially surprise you. They’ll stay with you for days after you read them. Rivera understands there are infinite possibilities […]

Maya Warrior Queen Tomb Found: Lady K’abel

Check this out: Seventh-century Maya Holy Snake Lord, Lady K’abel, was just found in Guatemala. According to the article: K’abel, considered the greatest ruler of the Late Classic period, ruled with her husband, K’inich Bahlam, for at least 20 years (672-692 AD), Freidel says. She was the military governor of the Wak kingdom for her […]

R.I.P. Chavela Vargas (1919-2012)

A brief moment of silence, a shot of tequila and a grito de un amor perdido for the great ranchera songstress Chavela Vargas. When I hear Chavela Vargas, I hear ranchera at its most definitive. Her voice expresses hardships and pain, loneliness, bitterness, discontent, desires, love lost and love with a capital ‘L.’ Here’s BoingBoing’s Xeni […]