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Tuesday, October 10, 2006


Snacks 47 -- the Ig Nobel Awards!

Hahahaha. I have to laugh. You do, too, after you listen up to S4theB! episode 47, all about the Ig Nobel Awards. Our very own Vanderbilt Professor Randolph Blake has garnered one of these cherished awards, one of ten annually awarded for "achievements that 'first make people laugh, and then make them think.'" (Source, Wikipedia) The fantastic Melanie Moran at the Vanderbilt Register has graciously permitted me to rob her blind by sharing audio from her great online post about Dr. Blake's accomplishment, including sound files of scraping fingernails and a terrified chimpanzee (you'll just have to listen to understand!). This show's music is our first use of the fanTAStic Magnatune website, which offers free use of its catalog for podcasters and very competitively priced purchases of a vast array of independent music in just as vast an array of genres. And I love their tagline: "We are not evil." Simply put, elegantly stated. Songs today are from hammer dulcimer virtuoso Jamie Janover and Tennessee acoustic duo Heavy Mellow (LOL). And I lead out with one of my own tunes from my "Songs for Alaska" CD. Why? Because I CAN, silly!!! Listen up here or click the Podcast Pickle player uptop! Links: Vanderbilt Register Ig Nobel article by Melanie Moran (and VUCast Audio) Wikipedia Ig Nobel entry Improbable Research
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1 Joe Lopez interview
2 S4theB! Introduction
3 Keystone PSA Announcement
4 Kathy Schrock interview
5 Todd Lamitina IVC
6 Charles Brau IVC
7 Ginny Shepherd interview
8 Jeannie Tuschl interview
9 Keystone Conference
10 Scott Merrick on IVC K12
11 Vicki Metzgar interview
12 Jerry Wilmink IVC
13 Louise Rollins-Smith interview
14 Louise Rollins-Smith interview 2
15 Keystone Conference
16 Keivan Stassun interview
17 William Schaffner interview
18 Science Songs
19 Geek Gift List
20 Rocky Alvey interview
21 Bill Snyder interview
22 Biomedical Engineering Forum
23 Rick Chappell IVC
24 Bob O'Dell and Arnie Heiser IVC
25 Glenn McCombs IVC
26 Charles Brau interview
27 Jerry Wilmink interview
28 Educational Podcasting
29 Ginny Shepherd "Out of the Lunchbox" talk
30 Vickie Hannig and Melinda Cohen interview
31 David Warlick interview
32 Highlights from past shows
33 Randy Reiserer interview
34 Arnie Heiser interview
35 Overview of CSO
36 Overview of CSO 2
37 Glenn McCombs interview
38 Albert Reynolds interview
39 David Salisbury
40 NECC 2006 Highlights
41 Ian Jukes interview
42 GAS Camp (Girls and Science Camp)
43 Stephen Camarata interview
44 Jeff Ray interview
45 Kyle Butler interview
46 RIP (Research Internship Program)
47 Ig Nobel Awards
48 Dyer Star Chamber
49 Steve Spangler Science

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