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Faithless Saints Sweet Sacrilege EP Review


Like I said in the video, I’d post a link to the music video for Dynamite in Hand.  Here it is.


Oh, right, I almost forgot the ska!   Cant forget that!  If you haven’t seen this collaboration between The Pepper Pots and Eli Paperboy Reed, you should definitely check it out.


Episode 8: Glycolysis is up. Finally!

…and here’s tha Ska Bands Like Us set I said I’d post on this site.

Okay, this episode was surprisingly difficult to put together.  It took way longer to finish that I planned.  I messed up about 6 times shooting this.  Finding time to edit was a nightmare.  I wasn’t able to insert the still images quite the way I wanted, and Itunes was not playing nice with Windows Movie Maker.

I’ll be the first to admit I took a few shortcuts on the editing side.  I really wanted to have the glycolysis slides show up with my voice over the top, instead of silence.  I know how to do this, or at least I thought I did.  I dunno, didn’t seem worth the extra hour or two to figure it out.  Glad to finally have this episode finished.

So big thanks to the Two Tone Lizard Kings and Ska Bands Like Us for tolerating my slower-than-usual production cycle.  Better late than never, I guess.

I did get to check out a ska show this Saturday– The Original Middle Age Ska Enjoy Club, and The Longshots.  They each played an amazing set, and hopefully I can work things out to feature their music in the future.

I did get some constructive feedback that maybe the merging of ska and biology isn’t really working out as well as I would like to think.  And maybe has a point.  Maybe this word work better as just a ska site–just drop the biology altogether.  CD/EP reviews are considerably easier to put together than my bio lectures– they’re also a lot more fun.p

I guess I seem really enthusiastic about the ska, and despite my best efforts the lecture part still comes off dry and uninteresting.

At the very least, maybe it would be help to discuss why I thought ska ‘n biology would be a good combination.  As much as my education has shaped my outlook on life as well as my professional career, I have some real problems with education as a business model.  It’s sort of a monkey that’s perpetually on my back.  Education is great–but when money changes hands, it muddies the waters.

Perhaps more on this later.  Perhaps not.

I dunno.  What do my viewers think.  You-like-a-the-biology?  Or do you just come here for the ska? I’d like to get your opinion.

Cornerstone 96-98: With a little help from my friends

Cornerstone 96-98 is an amazing album made by some amazing people.  I really can’t say enough good things about this album.  Proceeds of the funds go to support cancer research, and that’s something I fully support.  I want to do my part to see that this album gets as much word of mouth as possible.  Please share this video with other people who may also appreciate the music.

Two Steps Twice EP Review



If you haven’t seen the Ghost Town Music Video, by the Specials, why not?  Watch it now!


Now tell me it doesn’t make you want to run out and buy one of these. 

Great times at the skatalites show

Dang, I need to be a better about not lagging in getting my videos up on the wordpress site. I posted this back on April 21st, and here I am 5 days later finally putting it up on the wordpress site. Gotta be quicker about that.

I’ve noticed that the youtube channel has about 4 times the hits of the wordpress site. While that’s cool, I do wonder if the wordpress site is vestigial? If people are mostly watching on youtube, and not visiting the website, then why take the time to run a website?

I guess to answer that question, being able to say “I have a website” has a certain legitimacy to it– businesses have websites, and all that. When I tell people I do youtube videos, I think people just assume I put up videos of my cat. …Well to be fair, I do put up videos of my cat, but that’s mostly because she just has a habit of wandering into the shot. It’s like she sees Miles making a video and thinks to herself ‘I gotta get in on that.’

So yeah, I’m still trying to figure out how to make the wordpress site more engaging, but for right now I’m just sort of having fun with it. I guess I hope by having the wordpress site, I can get a few more google hits.

Here’s a few teasers for what I plan for future episodes:
-Episode 8: Glycolysis: Holy shit, after teasing metabolism for so long we’re finally going to get into it. Think I’ve got Two Tone Lizard Kings and Ska Bands Like Us lined up for this episode.
-Sentiments/Cornerstone Double Header Review: I want to give props to some cool people in the Portland ska scene and the music they make.
-Two Steps Twice EP Review: Saw this on ska summit; these guys were looking for reviews and I’m more than happy to oblige.
-Grafting: Being able to graft two different varieties/species of trees is a lot of fun. I want to teach people how to graft. I want to try grafting red currant onto black currant and vice-versa to produce a “checkerboard currant.”

Back to the basics: Enzymes

It’s been a while since I’ve done a numbered episode as part of the “Bio 101” series. For those who are keeping score, this is episode 7 of that series, and it follows up on episode 6 on membranes and transport. As it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve done basic theory, it felt good to shake out some of the cobwebs.

Some of you may wonder why I’ve deviated from the numbered episodes to talk about bees, plant conservation, and anything else. There’s a reason for that. My editor, Reel Big Matt, is reely reely busy (I know that’s not how you spell really). In addition to being a professional educator, he’s training for the half ironman triathalon; which for those who don’t know is a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike, and a 13.1 mile run.

I’d struggle to do any one of those things, so I’ve got huge respect for a guy who can do all of them back-to-back-to-back.

Needless to say, editing scripts is pretty low on his priority list. He’s a good editor, and a professional educator, so I naturally want him on board checking over the basic theory. So when Matt’s too busy, I tend to talk stuff that I’m more immediately familiar with– namely plants and horticulture.

Anyways, I feel pretty bad about not mentioning The Long Johns Kickstarter project on my video. So here’s their video to tell you about the project.

And here’s Big Man on Campus by Uncle Joel’s Comb.

Bad news for bees!

Just about every biology professor I’ve ever had has given me the same suggestion; pick up Science magazine every month and read at least 1 article. I guess the idea is to sharpen the mind by keeping on top of cutting edge research.

I wish I could say I’ve been doing that– but I haven’t. Maybe this site will provide me the impetus to do so? Maybe I could do a sort of monthly journal club (no promises)?

Anyways, I wanted to post some music videos by the artists featured on this video. I really enjoy these videos and I hope you do too.

And as promised, here’s my Imidacloprid story. Okay, so I have two stories, but really only one of them is entertaining. I can’t really give full details about the various projects, so I hope you’ll understand.

Anyways, at one of my jobs, we applied Imidacloprid as an ingredient in a chemical seed coating. The idea was the systemic pesticide would enter the young seedling and provide protection during germination. Hardly a story, more of a fact.

The other story is a little funnier. I had spider mite problems, and almost bought imidacloprid to use against the spider mites. This is one of those cases where you need to talk to the right people. After a lot of asking around, I heard that while imidacloprid controls some mites; it doesn’t work so well on spider mites. In spider mites, it means they reproduce quicker– makes them horny. Glad I didn’t use the pesticide, that would’ve only made things worse. Just goes to show, it never hurts to ask.

Random thought; I wonder how much traffic I’ll get from Google searches for “horny spider mites”? Then again, maybe I’m better off not knowing.