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Every once in a while people ask me about various features or functionality so, since it's a Saturday on a holiday weekend and there won't be as many people reading as usual (who want good science and not rubbish from me) I figure this is a good time.

1) The comment tracker in the upper right is my default way to know what is going on.   Why?  Because I have a lot of people on my friend list so if one of you has commented on an article, the comment tracker tells me; that basically means the community has already done the work telling me what is worth talking about.
It's an idea so brilliant, I wish I had thought of it (though that gimmicked Google street view art project Josh linked to made me a bit jealous as well) ... in preparation for the upcoming Star Trek movie you can make yourself into a Star Trek character.   Is it perfect?   Well, no, anything that requires some manual input in a system I don't yet understand will be quirky but that is mostly my fault.    Side by side, the pic I gave them and what they said is my Star Trek character. Not too bad, actually, though I seemed to have set the width for the eyes strangely (you'll see what I mean if you try it).
The first batch of newly designed Scientific Blogging logo stuff arrived today.   What do we have?   For biology writers, an excellent 'Lysis To Kill' logo.   For generally awesome people, a 'Certified Jenius' adornment let's everyone know how smart you really are and for chemists, a caffeine mug (of course).

But we also have new stuff that's done and even I haven't ordered yet, like one for our space section contributors:
I'm not usually much for video - text allows me to do three other things at the same time whereas video occupies two of my senses and annoys me when I am playing guitar.    And I would like to ban all use of "X Whisperer" after the name of every person who thinks they have something clever to say.

  But when someone I have never heard of (which means nothing, I am no microbiology expert) on a site I have never heard of(ditto regarding pop science) does something terrific in an interesting, elegant fashion,  I am willing to kill 18 minutes of my life not being ADD, or whatever they call people like me who usually have to do multiple things at once.  

So thanks Bonnie Bassler ... and you too
A team of Oregon State University researchers say they have implemented a classroom-based intervention that reduces the amount of violent TV that children watch - by 18 percent among first- through fourth-grade children.  And that's good, they say, because youth violence is a big issue, though not so much as 30 years ago when everyone assumed we would be living out scenarios from either "The Warriors" or "Escape From New York" by now. 

You'll be forgiven if you didn't know Seki Takakazu's work on matrices came out years before Gottfried Leibniz; Japan wanted it that way.  But out-Bernoulli'ing Bernoulli?   He needs to get some respect for that and I am here to help.