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Morbid Anatomy Library / Observatory/ Proteus Gowanus Holiday Shopping Party, Sunday, December 19th, 12-6pm

Posted: December 19, 2010 at 6:13 pm

This year, in the interest in offering an alternative to the general horrors that constitute The Holiday Season, The Morbid Anatomy Library is teaming up with our sister spaces Observatory and Proteus Gowanus for an epic, music-accompanied, beverage-enhanced day-long holiday shopping party this Sunday, December 19th, from 12-6 PM.

To the strains of the music of DJ Richard Faulk and with delicious seasonal drink in hand, we invite you to wander the labyrinthian spaces of Proteus Gowanus and its offshoots which will, for this day only, be filled with an amazing array of objects for sale, including (but not limited to): unusual and obscure books, one of a kind taxidermied and outfitted anthropomorphic mice (see above), crocheted skulls, reflective vests for uninsured bikers, miniature library furniture made from library catalogue cards, limited edition photographic prints from The Secret Museum, Private Cabinets, and Anatomical Theatre, and much, much more.

And on the note of “much, much more”: The Morbid Anatomy Library continues to actively seek additional merchandise to include in the sale. If you are a maker, artist, author, publisher, taxidermist or collector interested in consigning objects/artifacts/artworks/books/specimens etc. for this event, please contact me at [email protected].

Full directions follow. Hope very, very much to see you there!

Proteus Gowanus, is located at 543 Union Street (between Nevins and Bond) in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Entrance to the gallery is off Nevins Street: enter through the large black gates, walk down the alleyway to the end, second door on the left. Look for the golden arm above the gallery door.


R or M train to Union Street in Brooklyn:
Walk two long blocks on Union (towards the Gowanus Canal) to Nevins Street. 543 Union Street is the large red brick building on right. Go right on Nevins and left down alley through large black gates. Gallery is the second door on the left.

F or G train to Carroll Street:
Walk one block to Union. Turn right, walk two long blocks on Union towards the Gowanus Canal, cross the bridge, take left on Nevins, go down the alley to the second door on the left.

Driving from Manhattan.
(There is usually easy parking on weekends.)

Continue straight off Brooklyn Bridge to Atlantic Avenue, take left on Atlantic. Go four blocks to Nevins St and take a right. Follow Nevins several blocks til you come to Sackett. Park on the next block (just before Union) and go down the alley off Nevins through the large black gates, second door on the left.

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Quick Post: Are others (guests) allowed to post on this blog?

Posted: December 19, 2010 at 6:13 pm

One of the many tools I use with this blog is “skribit”. It is a really cool tool and I guess it’s usage will grow over time. The tool, when installed as a widget allows readers and passers-by to leave notes on what they would see a blogger write about.

Of course, it appears that this tool seems to be growing gradually…or maybe not many of the readers here having been noticing..please do! Tell me what you want to write about (be decent now) and I will try to fit it in. It would be my pleasure to know what it is that people are looking for. I do look at the keyword searches that land people here, but that is not as accurate as someone saying.. “do this”!

To learn more about skribit, visit:

Are guest posts allowed?

Absolutely! We have already done this before, and I have learned a couple of lessons and I will state my sparse ground rules, but yes, given how busy I am, and my other web design and blogging demands, I would love guest posts!

The Rules

The first rule is, there are rules..alright, that’s a bit much. Here goes:

1. Please keep things related to medical devices, biotechnology, bioengineering, entrepreneurship, synthetic biology or some such thing that people who read this blog might find relevant and interesting. It might be good if you and I discussed things beforehand.

2. No plagiarizing – no copying papers etc. Please provide sufficient references. You don’t have to be an MLA expert or an “Endnote” jockey, just make sure you clearly mention where anything quoted comes from!

3. Keep it interesting and honest. Interesting is hard to define and is more a “post-production” revelation than anything else. Honesty is really important! If you want your product, service or company pitched, it is probably better to just ask me, and I will do it if it is credible and/or interesting. If you are posting for a class project, then mention it. Do let people know who you are and where any of your fiduciary responsibilities might be.

I always say, honesty may or may not be the best policy, but it is fairly good!

That’s it -hopefully that was simple and useful. I will leave this as a sticky on the sidebar for future reference!

Until next time!

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Entrepreneurship Opportunities: The Health 2.0 challenge for 2011 is announced

Posted: December 19, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Preface – the perspectives

Depending on your perspective about things going on around you, you can basically take one of two approaches – you could go the “Advamed/NFIB” route, constantly groaning loudly across the internet about how bad things are going to get with the FDA’s half-hearted attempts at fixing it’s fast and loose ways of approving poorly designed devices…or you could simply hunker down, accept the fact that the economy is bad, and the better approach, especially when there are gaps in between career moves, that you could “try“!

The Health 2.0 Jazz

The Health 2.0 challenge is yet another Government conspiracy. The Department of Health and Human Services t(hat plans to help Congress pull the plug on the Grandma that you abandoned in Florida) supported the Community Health Data Initiative (CHDI) in announcing the Health 2.0 challenge. It works really easy – you either submit a challenge, or join a team working on a challenge and try to solve the challenge, online and offline.

The online part is where you work on the problems on an ongoing basis. If you go to the code-a-thons, then you are working on the offline part.

Fees and such

There are fees involved, but it looks like the fees get waived if you are a start-up that hasn’t raised more than $1mn, or if you are an established company with more than $1mn in revenues.

And there it is, the first code-a-thon is on January 29, 2011 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Other events appear to take place in Washington DC and Boston (a fresh break from the FDA’s “public” meetings). Of course, if you are simply reading this for paranoia, here is something you should know – the first code-a-thon will happen at the Mountain View Google campus! Wink, wink!

I have never cherished repeating basic facts verbatim, so I encourage you to visit the link at the end of this article. 

The Opportunity

If you are in the business of mulling health data across the internet, or in the EMR/EHR/HIT space, then such challenges are a great way to showcase your skills, the creativity, thought process and other assets. Competitions, games, barcamps, business plan contests etc, are a great way for you to boost your confidence, hone your skills, showcase your talents, seamlessly integrate this with that and fit square pegs into round holes…you get the idea!

And finally –

If you are participating in the 2011 challenge, give me a holler. I still feel bad missing the last one.

Until next time!


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Tobacco firms bypass marketing restrictions with clever web campaigns

Posted: December 19, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Tobacco companies may be bypassing marketing bans by secretly posting promotional videos online, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Otago, New Zealand, and published in the journal Tobacco Control.

“Tobacco companies stand to benefit greatly from the marketing potential of Web 2.0, without themselves being at significant risk of being implicated in violating any laws or advertising codes,” the researchers wrote.

The researchers analyzed the first 20 pages of YouTube search results featuring five different tobacco brands, consisting of 163 video clips.

“It is disturbing to note that some of the pro-tobacco videos appeared to be of a professional standard, many followed similar themes within a brand and large numbers contained images or music that may be copyrighted to tobacco companies but have not been removed,” they said.

Copyright holders regularly ask YouTube to remove materials used without permission, and the company nearly always complies with such requests. Read more…

ClariMind Memory & Concentration Supplement

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International Stem Cell Corporation Announces Start of Marketing Collaboration with John Mauldin for Skin Care Products

Posted: December 19, 2010 at 6:12 pm

OCEANSIDE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–International Stem Cell Corporation (OTCBB:ISCO),, announced today that it had launched the first phase of its previously announced joint marketing campaign with John Mauldin, the founder and Chairman of Millennium Wave Investments, to market Lifeline Skin Care’s (LSC) new topical skin care products to more than one million of Mauldin’s subscribers. This launch follows ISCO’s earlier successful release to its own investor base and to the general public through its website,

“Having seen a strong demand from our investors and followers, we have been working diligently to increase both our marketing and production capabilities. John Mauldin’s participation will support the continuation of our rapid progress”

Mauldin, a best-selling writer, author of a monthly investment newsletter, and recognized marketing expert, provides LSC with the skills and a platform to enable LSC to continue expanding its sales while keeping marketing cost per customer lower than would be possible with a traditional media campaign.

Lifeline Skin Care’s exclusive patent pending skin rejuvenation serums contain extracts from ISCO’s proprietary “parthenogenetic” stem cells created from unfertilized eggs. The stem cell extract was discovered during ISCO’s therapeutic research that revealed the extract’s potential applications in skin cell rejuvenation. Independent third party testing indicates that both the day and the night serums now being offered have significant positive effects on the look and feel of the skin.

“Having seen a strong demand from our investors and followers, we have been working diligently to increase both our marketing and production capabilities. John Mauldin’s participation will support the continuation of our rapid progress,” says Dr. Ruslan Semechkin, CEO of Lifeline Skin Care.

John Mauldin adds, “I’m pleased to be involved with LSC and to help these truly revolutionary skin care products reach a broader audience. This new collaboration gives me the ability to offer these unique LSC products to my loyal client base.”


International Stem Cell Corporation is a California-based biotechnology company focused on therapeutic and research products. ISCO’s core technology, parthenogenesis, results in creation of pluripotent human stem cells from unfertilized oocytes (eggs). These proprietary cells avoid ethical issues associated with use or destruction of viable human embryos and, unlike most other major stem cell types, can be immune matched and be a source of therapeutic cells with minimal rejection after transplantation into hundreds of millions of individuals of differing racial groups. ISCO also produces and markets specialized cells and growth media for therapeutic research worldwide through its subsidiary, Lifeline Cell Technology, and has developed and is now marketing a line of skin care products via its subsidiary, Lifeline Skin Care. ISCO is advancing novel human stem cell-based therapies where cells have been proven to be efficacious but traditional small molecule and protein therapeutics have not. More information is available on ISCO’s website,

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Key Words: Stem cells, parthenogenesis, biotechnology, skin care, anti-aging

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Can you mix fruits and vegetables at one meal?

Posted: December 19, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Food combining–best to eat fruits on their own, or as a meal, not combined with other foods

The principle behind food combining is that different food classes require different enzymes, different rates of digestion, and different digestive pHs ( for proper digestion. If the foods of the different food classes are combined incorrectly, the specific requirements for their proper digestion tend to cancel each other.

For example, flesh foods require an acid media for digestion, whereas milk is highly alkaline, so it can neutralize the acid required for digesting the flesh foods. Fruit digestion results in the release of an alkaline secretion, which neutralizes the acid secretions, needed for protein digestion. Because of this, it is not a good idea to eat fruits and proteins at the same meals. Some foods are digested faster than others. If fast-digesting foods like fruits are held up in the digestive system for a longer time than necessary through being combined with foods that digest more slowly, fermentation takes place. For this reason, it is good for digestion to eat fruit and starches, which are digested slowly at different meals. Read more…

Immunice for Immune Support

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