Litany Against Fear in the face of Ebola

This week certainly proved proved the Bene Gesserit right, once again… Fear is the Mind-Killer.

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

-Frank Herbert, Dune

In My Ears ~ Hymns Of A Forgotten Homeland, by Twilight Fauna

I follow a dude going by the handle “Evil Steve” on Bandcamp.

(The above line could be the opening to one of a thousand amazing, creepy stories.)

In any case, Mr. Steve tends to buy truly odd and extreme music in that forum, which occasionally grabs my fancy as well. I followed a link of his to Hymns Of A Forgotten Homeland over this past weekend, and that darned album grabbed my ears and hasn’t let go since. “Appalachian-folk-doom-rock-metal with some seriously moody artistry” is likely the best summary. For your possible listening pleasure:

PelleK Wins Yellow Flicker Beat With Metal & 4 Octaves

It’s a rare thing when someone covers a popular song and manages to elevate it with their craft, as opposed to “this is mai kazoo ska Game Of Thrones cover lol”.  This is one of those instances.

Lorde is quite the talented artist, specializing in moody, evocative pop with catchy lyrics and imagery. Her Yellow Flicker Beat is damn fine song and a great example of her style:

Then PelleK decided to reinvent it through the lens of his 4 octave vocal range and power metal, and made it a very different, and arguably much better, thing. Behold:

In case you doubt the veracity of all 4 of PelleK’s octaves, and that Norway has naturally occuring sword-bushes:

Blog Interview on ABC 2 WMAR Baltimore

I was interviewed a few days back by  for their blog . The article turned out well, I think, and was accompanied by a good, if poorly-lit, talking head video, complete with INFOGRAPHICS~! Because infographics make everything in news more exicitng…

Midday On Health: Quick Segment On Ebola & Enterovirus D68

CC BY-NC-SA image by Army Medicine on Flickr
CC BY-NC-SA image by Army Medicine on Flickr

Last Thursday I did a quick segment on Midday with Dan Rodricks on 88.1 WYPR Baltimore. We discussed the latest issues involved in the spiraling Ebola epidemic, as well as the spreading Enterovirus D68 in the United States, which fortunately has claimed no lives as yet but has made many children critically ill.

For your streaming and/or podcasting pleasure, the show can be found here.

Notes:

  • In our enthusiasm for making sure we hit all the high points in the short time allotted to us, we mis-stated (as was identified by a later caller to the program) that Ghana was one of the countries affected by the Ebola outbreak; Ghana is fine on this front, and we meant to say Guinea. Oops. Apologies.
  • One thing we discussed was the different modes of transmission of Ebola, which Vincent Racaniello excellently tackles over at the Virology Blog.
  • While we weren’t able to devote much time to Enterovirus D68, the CDC has a useful FAQ up here for those seeking more information.

Midday On Health: Ebola

CC BY-ND image by European Commission DG ECHO on Flickr
CC BY-ND image by European Commission DG ECHO on Flickr

A couple of weeks back I was on Midday with Dan Rodricks on 88.1 WYPR Baltimore for our usual Midday on Health segment. This time around, we took some time to chat about the ebola situation in Africa, and were fortunate enough to have Suzanne Van Hulle on from Catholic Relief Services to give an “on the ground” perspective on things. It was a great conversation.

For your listening and/or podcasting pleasure, the show can be found here.

Dragon*Con Goings-On

I am in Atlanta, Georgia, for the five-day festival of chaos that is Dragon*Con. While here, I will be involved in discussions of SCIENCE and things podcastery, namely:

A Practical Guide to the End of the WorldFri 07:00 pm, 202 (Hilton) – Earthquakes, diseases, asteroid strikes, solar flares: the universe is trying to kill us, but this discussion separates disaster fact from fiction.

The Future of MedicineSat 08:30 pm, 202 (Hilton) – Learn about the future of medicine, including 3D printing, tissue engineering, cell therapy, and more.

Disasterpiece Theatre LIVESun 11:30 am, 203 (Hilton) – Formulating Hollywood movie pitches sometimes means kicking around ideas like theme, plot events, and casting.

Ask a ScientistSun 01:00 pm, Atlanta (Sheraton) – You’ve got science questions? We’ve got science answers! Expert scientists explain anything you want to know about science.

2014 Parsec AwardsSun 05:30 pm, Regency V (Hyatt) – A celebration of speculative fiction podcasting. Awards are given in numerous categories, from specific fiction content to fans news reporting.

The Solve for X Science ShowSun 10:00 pm, Grand Ballroom East (Hilton) – Puppet show, PowerPoint karaoke, quiz game, storytelling: the scientists are loose, and nobody knows what could happen next.

Please feel free to say hello if you happen by, or track me by my pithy comments and observations.

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