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Beach Blanket Armageddon

VideoWest was a great “punk influenced” video production company/television show based in San Francisco in the late 70s and early 80s. A lot of the VideoWest people moved on to MTV. I briefly did some volunteer work for them when I was in high school (answering phones, mostly). I have been waiting to see this episode-length video for ages.

So, presented in full, Special Edition Director’s Cut, from 1980, Written & Produced by Erik Nelson, Directed by Joe Dea.


Woman of the Day – Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard

Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard

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Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard is a German biologist who won the Nobel Peace prize along with her colleagues Eric Wieschaus and Edward B. Lewis, for research into genetics in embryonic development. She also serves on the National Ethics Council of Germany to help assess the ethical concerns of research in the life sciences.

Woman of the Day – Elizabeth Blackburn

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Elizabeth Blackburn is a biological researcher at University of California, San Francisco, who was controversially removed from President Bush’s Council on Bioethics. She is a supporter of cell stem research.

Her area of research is in the telomere, and she is also a Nobel Laureate.

Woman of the Day – Linda B. Buck

Continuing in our Nobel Laureate series…

Linda B. Buck is a Nobel Prize-winning biologist (along with Richard Axel)

whose work has been in the area of the olfactory system.

Woman of the Day – Rosalyn Sussman Yalow

Rosalyn Sussman Yalow – in our Nobel Laureate series of women in math, science, engineering and technology.

She is a medical physicist, and a co-winner of the 1977 prize, along with Roger Guilleminand Andrew Schally, in the area of  radioimmunoassay. Born in 1921, she entered the field in a very different time for women.

Woman of the Day – Barbara Liskov

Barbara Liskov speaking at OOPSLA 2009 conference

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Barbara Liskov won the 2008 A. M. Turing Award, and is the current Ford Professor of Engineering, and also an Institute Professor. at MIT School of Engineering. She also has won the IEEE John von Neumann Medal.

Woman of the Day – The Women of AWIS

The Association for Women in Science is today’s organization. All women involved with this organization are honored today.

And please I hope no one takes offense at with today’s icon of the day – I am in no means trying to conflate the two. They exist on separate tracks. Or at least I like to think they do.


Woman of the Day – Sally Ride

Sally Ride is an American physicist and former NASA astronaut. First woman into space, and at the time the youngest person into space (age 32). The song “Mustang Sally” has nothing to do with her, but was really popular for live bands to play back in ’83.

Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.

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Pie of the Month – Pumpkin Pie from Green Romantic Chicago – @JacqueeT

Mmm. Pumpkin Pie.

From A Romantic Perspective blog, @JacqueeT (a lovely blog)


Woman of the Day – Alice Waters

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For the last day of October, I want to jump ahead to the holiday season with one great foodie:

 Alice Waters founded her modest little restaurant Chez Panisse right up the street from my middle school. Now she sponsors a program about growing and preparing food for the students of same middle school. She is quite awesome in what she has done for the culinary world, and for what she does for her community.

Oh yeah. She pretty much invented California cuisine.