Saturday, June 28, 2014
kidsneedscience:

Special Guest post:
“Ew, you have cooties!” is more than just a childish playground taunt; cooties were (and are) a real thing, and a serious problem for much of history.The term refers to Pediculus humanus corporis, otherwise known as the human body louse. During wartime, body lice were a scourge to soldiers and civilians in crowded conditions, and were a much more dire problem than the other human lice species (head lice and pubic lice, or “crabs”). Cooties carried typhus, a disease that killed over three million people on the former Eastern Front, between 1918 and 1922. De-lousing stations set up on both sides of the conflict kept the cootie from running rampant in Western Europe, but it was still a persistent problem throughout the war. The body louse was most notably found in German concentration camps in WWII, and the typhus carried by Pediculus humanus corporis is what killed both Anne Frank and her sister Margot.Typhus has plagued humanity for centuries, but cooties have not. The term cootie was first coined by the British army in WWI, and is presumed to be from the Malay word kutu, meaning either biting body louse or dog tick.
Today’s post by Arallyn, a humanoid from the third rock from the sun who is fascinated by science and who runs the fantastic blog biomedicalephemera.tumblr.com when she isn’t filling her mind with scientific trivia.  Check out her cool blog-I don’t know where she finds her material, but it is spectacular!

kidsneedscience:

Special Guest post:

“Ew, you have cooties!” is more than just a childish playground taunt; cooties were (and are) a real thing, and a serious problem for much of history.

The term refers to Pediculus humanus corporis, otherwise known as the human body louse. During wartime, body lice were a scourge to soldiers and civilians in crowded conditions, and were a much more dire problem than the other human lice species (head lice and pubic lice, or “crabs”). Cooties carried typhus, a disease that killed over three million people on the former Eastern Front, between 1918 and 1922. De-lousing stations set up on both sides of the conflict kept the cootie from running rampant in Western Europe, but it was still a persistent problem throughout the war. The body louse was most notably found in German concentration camps in WWII, and the typhus carried by Pediculus humanus corporis is what killed both Anne Frank and her sister Margot.

Typhus has plagued humanity for centuries, but cooties have not. The term cootie was first coined by the British army in WWI, and is presumed to be from the Malay word kutu, meaning either biting body louse or dog tick.

Today’s post by Arallyn, a humanoid from the third rock from the sun who is fascinated by science and who runs the fantastic blog biomedicalephemera.tumblr.com when she isn’t filling her mind with scientific trivia.  Check out her cool blog-I don’t know where she finds her material, but it is spectacular!

Friday, June 13, 2014
Jadyn in the lake whip!

Jadyn in the lake whip!

Hanging around. #saddlebackleather #edc #saddlebackedc

Hanging around. #saddlebackleather #edc #saddlebackedc

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Hey bro, do you have some toilet paper?

Hey bro, do you have some toilet paper?

Monday, February 24, 2014
My SaddlebackEDC entry. #SaddlebackEDC #everydaycarry

My SaddlebackEDC entry. #SaddlebackEDC #everydaycarry

Some new gear I got for my birthday. McGizmo Haiku Hi CRI and the Angry Frog defense knife #knucks. #everydaycarry #edc #pocketdump #handdump

Some new gear I got for my birthday. McGizmo Haiku Hi CRI and the Angry Frog defense knife #knucks. #everydaycarry #edc #pocketdump #handdump

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
A couple new torches

A couple new torches

Saturday, December 8, 2012
A little paper snowflake I made. #snowflake #darthvader

A little paper snowflake I made. #snowflake #darthvader

Monday, November 26, 2012

First of all I love my Nest thermostat and as geeky as I am I had to see if I could write some Cocoa code to access it and pull back the data.  Ultimately I wanted to build a status bar application to run on my Mac that would periodically update and display the current temperature.  There is no public API as of yet but hopefully there will be soon.  I searched the internet to see if anyone had written anything similar.  Low and behold I found a Python script that would access the Nest data.  You can get Scott Bakers Python script here https://github.com/smbaker/pynest .  Thanks to Scott’s script I was able to see what data was required to make the request to the Nest website.  This made my work a lot easier.  I have created a basic Cocoa status bar application that uses my custom Nest class to query the Nest web site for my Nests data.  I may release the code once I have cleaned it up some if anyone is interested.

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Saturday, August 25, 2012
Geekness #nest #geek (Taken with Instagram)

Geekness #nest #geek (Taken with Instagram)