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The definitive host: November 2009

The definitive host

de·fin·i·tive host (duh-fin'eh-tiv) n. 1) An organism where a parasite undergoes the adult and sexual stages of its reproductive cycle 2) Someone you go to for interesting stories and/or facts, and puts on one hell of a dinner party 3) This blog, devoted to science and other geeky subjects

Saturday, November 28, 2009

My Soap Box

Well, it's that time of the year. A time where University students scamper home and spend days in seclusion, in that last final push to finish all the assignments before the end of term.

I have three assignments. While two of three have extensions, I still would like to finish them as soon as possible. So, suffice it to say, this week is going to be very, very busy.

But, that is not the purpose of this post.

If you have hung around me long enough, you will know that I am not a fan of a particular slogan used by Canadian Blood Services. The slogan is: "Blood. It's in you to give."

Every time I hear it, it makes me angry.

Frankly, no. Blood is not in me to give.

MY blood is in ME to keep ME alive and well. Blood has a myriad of functions within the confines of my body, but all are designed to keep me alive.

I think donating blood is a spectacular thing, as it can help numerous people, and there is always a shortage of blood in ER's. I encourage everyone to give blood, as well as sign their organ donor card. I've signed my donor card, so that I could help as many people as I can with my organs if something were to happen.

But, the slogan from Canadian Blood Services seems to imply that the sole purpose of my blood is for me to help others.


Now, if you take a more metaphysical approach at the slogan, it could mean the power to give can be found within myself. If that is the purpose, why not say something along the lines of: Blood. YOU can save a life.

It's still quick, punchy and to the point, exactly what you need in a slogan.

So, come on Canadian Blood Services, change that slogan!

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

My Weird Life

So tired .... my body is aching from lack of sleep, and plain ol' overwork. And the proverbial IN pile never seems to decrease, no matter how productive I am.


And, to make my life EVEN busier, I took on a little side project.

A friend of mine I made via Twitter, Dr. Debby Herbenick PhD, runs the website called My Sex Professor (Located here). In case you cannot tell by the name of her website, she is a sex health researcher with Indiana University.

Once day, over Twitter, she mentioned something about weird facts. So, I sent her one about how flatworms "penis fence," and she LOVED it.

She asked me if I knew any more weird animal mating facts.

Naturally, being the kind of guy who is obsessed with learning everything about animals he can, I said "ohhh yeah."

So, she invited me to Guest Blog.

And here is the final product, called "Weird & Wild: Five Ways Animals Get Creative About Sex."

It was a BLAST to research and write.

As I told someone earlier today, I really haven't had that much fun writing since I started J-school. Tells you something, doesn't it?

I hope you enjoy reading it, and let me know what you think!

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Making a Splash

Check out my newest addition to my most recently published articles on the right ... except this time, it was a podcast!

Once again, it was another hard week.

But, it's all in the past and everything went well on Friday.

Check out the podcast, and enjoy!!