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Derek Lowe, an Arkansan by birth, got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He's worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases. To contact Derek email him directly: Twitter: Dereklowe

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November 25, 2005

Instead of Working

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Posted by Derek

Well, like many of my fellow Americans, I'm taking today as the second day of Thanksgiving. The Wonder Drug Factory where I work is closed for the day, and I'm here at home with my two children while my wife braves the shopping crowds. (I'm positive that I got the better end of that deal). My hardest task will be keeping the two of them from eating the rest of the chocolate pecan pie I made, which they've already decided would be a reasonable breakfast. And no, I have no reason to complain about anything if these are the sorts of problems that occupy me: Thanksgiving, indeed.

At any rate, I can recommend a browse through the blogroll over there on the left. There are some new additions today, namely TP With Page Numbers, Aetiology, Adventures in Ethics and Science, Politics and Ethics of Science, and the fine new group blog Nature Erratum. (That last one makes me wonder why no political blogger has titled a site "The New York Times Regrets the Error"). And if you don't know the medblogger Dr. Charles, then you've got even more to read instead of doing work. I'll see everyone on Monday!

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1. Timothy on November 25, 2005 10:23 AM writes...

Hey now, not all your fellow Americans are off today. Folks in the retail sector, and those of us in Banking are working.

Of course, everyone else in my department took the day off, but I'm plum out of vacation days and the bank has to be open by law as banks can't be closed more than three days in a row.

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2. Derek Lowe on November 25, 2005 2:18 PM writes...

Sorry to hear that, although I'm sure you're adding lots of value to the US economy today.

As for me, I just finished off some more turkey, gravy, creamed spinach, roasted onions, basmati rice pullao, green beans with country ham pieces, stuffing with cranberries and pepperoni, and celery root salad. I find that the Iranian food blends right in with the American stuff.

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3. The Novice Chemist on November 25, 2005 3:25 PM writes...

Don't forget about us grad students! Of a lab of ten, we got three in and likely four by the end of the day. Sadly, this is the only place where we might get credit for it.

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4. Neema on November 25, 2005 4:05 PM writes...


I agree on the Iranian food. My friends always loved coming over for dinner when my dad cooked some good food from the homeland.

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5. Derek Lowe on November 25, 2005 5:28 PM writes...

Yep, this was morasa-a pullao, with the orange zest, pistachios, saffron, and zereshk berries in it. Goes just fine with turkey (we always do a kosher one; the flavor seems better, which must be the brining). My Arkansas contributions were the beans with ham and the pecan pie.

One thing that the Southern traditions and the Iranian ones agree on is the necessity of having tons of food when you have guests in the house. Running out of something is just not done, in either culture.

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