Monday, February 23, 2009

experiments in facial hair

The sideburns are growing and forming a bridge across my face, and will soon make their bid to take over the world.


Saturday, February 21, 2009

missed connections

I have many admirers all around the world. But I still get excited when I discover new ones, especially secret ones. So I was thrilled several days ago when a friend told me I had made the missed connections page on craigslist.

How do I know it was me? Suffice it to say it was pretty damn obvious. Then there was a copycat admirer a couple days later. And then there was...this misguided fellow.

So the last one was obviously fake. But I welcome the attentions of the other two with a mixture of flattery, curiousity, and wariness. Just who are these people, and why have they taken such a sudden interest in me?

Guess I'll be updating the blog more often.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Anti-Love Drug

If scientists can isolate the hormones that initiate "mammalian pair bonding," as Larry Young has done in his research at Emory University, could a true love potion be on the horizon? Or perhaps more usefully to midlife-crisis-afflicted married men, might there be an love suppression vaccine available in the future?

From the New York Times:

“If we give an oxytocin blocker to female voles, they become like 95 percent of other mammal species,” Dr. Young said. “They will not bond no matter how many times they mate with a male or hard how he tries to bond. They mate, it feels really good and they move on if another male comes along. If love is similarly biochemically based, you should in theory be able to suppress it in a similar way.”