New Books and ARCs, 9/22/17

Sep. 22nd, 2017 06:52 pm
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Posted by John Scalzi

Just in time for the weekend, a new batch of books and ARCs at the Scalzi Compound for you to peruse. Which would you want to give a place in your own “to be read” stack? Tell us in the comments.


Asima Chatterjee's 100th Birthday

Sep. 22nd, 2017 05:17 pm
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Asima Chatterjee's 100th Birthday

Date: September 23, 2017

When Dr. Asima Chatterjee was growing up in Calcutta in the 1920s and 1930s, it was almost unheard of for a woman to study chemistry. But that didn't stop Chatterjee: she not only completed her undergraduate degree in organic chemistry, but she also went on to receive a Doctorate of Science — the first woman to do so in India!

Dr. Chatterjee primarily studied the medicinal properties of plants native to India. Throughout her career, her research contributed to the development of drugs that treated epilepsy and malaria. Dr. Chatterjee's most noted contribution to the field, however, was her work on vinca alkaloids. Alkaloids are compounds made from plants, often to treat medical ailments. Vinca alkaloids, which come from the Madagascar periwinkle plant, are used today in chemotherapy treatment because they help slow down or stall the multiplying of cancer cells.

Dr. Chatterjee's groundbreaking contributions to medicine were recognized by universities all over the world. She received numerous accolades from the Indian government, including some of the highest awards (like the Padma Bhushan) and an appointment to the upper house of Parliament!

A firm believer in collaboration and teaching, Dr. Chatterjee also founded and led the department of chemistry at Lady Brabourne College. She started a research institute and mentored many of India's rising chemistry scholars.

Today's Doodle pays homage to this trailblazer and her great accomplishments in the name of science.

Discover more about Dr. Asima Chatterjee's life and work by visiting Google Arts & Culture.

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Tags: Sciences

Cool Stuff Friday

Sep. 22nd, 2017 11:41 am
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Friday has been having trouble keeping up on the blogging lately…

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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Posted by John Scalzi

And being an “Audible Deal of the Day” means you get to spend very little to get the book — in this case something like $3. The deal as far as I know is limited to the US and maybe Canada, and it’s only for today. So if you want it at this price, you need to jump on it. It’s perfect for the folks who love audiobooks, or for the folks who have never tried audiobooks but would be willing to give them a chance at a low price point, or for the folks who simply want Wil Wheaton to read to them in those dulcet tones of his.

Here’s the link to the audiobook. Enjoy!


New Zealand Elections 2017

Sep. 22nd, 2017 01:44 pm
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New Zealand Elections 2017

Date: September 23, 2017

New Zealanders head to the polls today to elect the members of their country’s 52nd Parliament. Back in the 1850s when the first general election was held, citizens spoke the name of their preferred candidate to a polling official. Voting was organized at the local level, meaning elections could stretch over weeks or even months!

Today, the process is much speedier, and open to any permanent resident aged 18 and older. General elections happen every three years and must now be held on a Saturday, which means the exact date changes. One thing has stayed the same – Kiwis are proud to cast their votes and shape the future of their country.

Location: New Zealand

Tags: Current Event, History, Election, Voting

Cigarettiquette

Sep. 22nd, 2017 12:00 am
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"Cigarette Etiquette"

The customary code of polite behaviour in society among smokers, with particular regard to cigarettes.

Examples:
- Offering a cigarette or lighter without being asked
- Passing an ashtray to a fellow smoker
- Properly extinguishing a cigarette to prevent a smouldering ashtray
- Being generous with tobacco and accessories regardless of payment offers

- Offering to pay when asking for a cigarette

- Leaving the last cigarette for the owner of the packet
- Respecting the lucky cigarette
- Respecting the space of non-smokers

"Hey, that's my last dart, where's your Cigarettiquette?"
"Dead guy Bryan doesn't take Cynthia's last smoke because he observes good Cigarettiquette"

A September Morning Sky

Sep. 22nd, 2017 05:05 am
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The Moon, three planets, and a bright star gathered near the The Moon, three planets, and a bright star gathered near the


The First Sunset of Fall, 2017

Sep. 22nd, 2017 12:19 am
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Featuring an Amish gentleman on a recumbent bicycle. As all the best first sunsets of fall do.

So long, summer. You did all right.


lap error

Sep. 21st, 2017 12:00 am
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When your receiving a lap dance from one persons or two , and they release bodily fluid on your legs. Typically common in places like concerts, strip clubs, and house party's.

Dude, last night with Jessica she made a lap error!

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title: "Your Social Parabola" - originally published 9/20/2017

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