Male Fertility Advice

PZ cuts to the chase:

  • Ditch the cell phone!
  • Drink coffee;it makes you more manly.
  • Don’t look at porn too often, since you can habituate.
  • When you do look at porn, the more explicit, the better.
  • Here’s the awkward one: the more studly guys lounging about in your porn, the more anxious your gonads will be, and the better their production.

Go read the PZ’s post for data and the always entertaining discussion.

Could it be that the fed’s war on pornography is all about minimizing fertility outside their favored demographics?

Your Blog: Between Covers

Does your blog have a consistent theme? Do you write well? Do you think your blog has the makings of a book?
If you answered yes to one or more of the above then a publisher may be looking for you:

Publishing types have continued toiling away in the industry’s underground laboratory, feverishly trying to alchemize blogging, hoping to prove that the common base metal of user-generated-content that the kids seem to enjoy so much (you know, those “web logs”) can be turned into the gold of bestsellerdom (you know, real books, sold in large numbers).

Michael Schaub, writing at BookSlut, puts a bit of perspective on this:

Basically, if you have a moderately uncrappy LiveJournal page, and are capable of writing a book proposal even slightly more elegant than “I am a blogger, and I want to write a book based on my blog, and blogs are great blog blog blog blog BLOGBLOGBLOG,” you need to find a way to get on board this gravy train before it crashes with tragicomic results.

What might be a big seller? Well so far adventures in the kitchen (54,000 copies) sell much better than adventures in Washington, DC bedrooms (14,000 copies).

No illusions here at Modulator…based on posts to date such publication wouold fall under the vanity, all is vanity category.

Sperm plus Egg….?

PZ answers the question:

“…scientifically speaking, when a sperm and egg comes together, what happens? Is death created?”

If fact, he provides answers from multiple perspectives: mathematical, patriarchal, cytological, forensical, genetical and developmental.
As an added bonus you also get the answer to this thought problem:

if a fire breaks out in a fertility clinic, who do you save — a Petri dish with five blastula or a two year-old child?.

I didn’t realize that this was even a possible issue but apparently it creates a challenge for some.

Oh yea, read the comment thread as well…always full of good material at PZ’s place.

Touch Me, Feel Me

It won’t be a surpise to the average scifi reader that someone has developed a networked “hug suit.” Tim Worstall is, though, amazed by what is unsaid :

They manage to get all the way through the report without mentioning what it’ll actually be used for. How long before the first spam email asking whether you have such a suit? And would you like to be squeezed by that 18 year old Ukrainian girl you can watch on the webcam?

Perhaps Oprah will take an in depth look at how this might impact pron addiction on tomorrow’s show. (I’ll update the link on Thursday after the show runs)
And, yes, it does seem like a good investment opportunity…the mind simply boggles at the possible variations and add-ons. Of course, there is no reason that this has to be a one way thing either.