September 10th, 2009

chronic rift

The Chronic Rift Roundtable: Harry Potter (plus a Spotlight on listener mail)

The second season of The Chronic Rift podcast kicks off with a look at the Harry Potter phenomenon. Andrea and Judy are joined by panelists Marina Frants and Heidi Tandy to discuss J.K. Rowling's creation.

Plus Jay Smith talks about the "Ten Doctors" online comic in "Guilty Pleasures."

Also earlier in the week, John, Judy, Andrea, and Orenthal went through some listener mail.

You can download both episodes from iTunes, the Rift web site, or the Rift's new page on Mevio.
  • Current Music
    "Long Black Veil" by The Band

Schott's Miscellany 9 September 2009

Mao Tse-tung died (1976)


Research published in the September 2005 issue of Public Library of Science Genetics suggested that genetics may in part explain why some people are more interested in dance than others. Researchers examined three groups: current performing dancers and advanced dancing students, competitive athletes, and those who were neither dancers nor athletes. Researchers found that dancers were much more likely to carry variants of the genes AVPR1a and SLC6A4. Animal studies have shown that AVPR1a may influence social communication and bonding and SLC6A4 regulates the level of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which has been linke4d to the experience of spirituality. A personality questionnaire indicated that dancers tended to be more spiritual, with a greater need for social contact, than the others. The researchers concluded that as a "type," dancers tend to have a "heightened sense of communication, often a symbolic and ceremonial nature, and a strong spiritual personality trait." A fondness for tulle is not thought to be genetically determined.

The prince of darkness is a gentleman.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
  • Current Music
    "Highway in the Wind" by Arlo Guthrie

support breast cancer research!

For the second year in a row, I will be joining my fellow karateka to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, a 5K run/walk in Central Park to be held this Sunday, the 13th of September 2009, to help raise money for breast cancer research to, as they put it, run breast cancer out of town.

This year, I plan to run at least part of it, instead of walking the whole thing as I did last year.

If you wish to make a donation, click on this link for the Team Kenshikai page or here for my personal page.

Either way, please support this worthy cause.

  • Current Music
    "Everybody Looks Good at theStarting Line" by Paul Thorn
heart of the dragon


Finished one short chapter, and then wrote another short one, putting me at a hair over 25,000 words on Supernatural: Heart of the Dragon. The 1989 portion has officially commenced, and we're now on the road with John Winchester.

Off to karate....
  • Current Music
    "Tenth Avenue Freezeout" by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band