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Volante wrote: Tue Sep 21, 2021 9:55 am
This Is Kirk! wrote: Tue Sep 21, 2021 12:23 am
cinemaniax7 wrote: Mon Sep 20, 2021 10:10 pm Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez has surpassed Johnny Bench’s 51-year-old major league record for most homers in a season by a catcher. Bench, a Hall-of-Famer and one of the greatest catchers ever, hit 45 homers for the Cincinnati Reds in 1970.
I was curious how many of Perez' homers were hit while he was catching this season (he's played 117 games behind the plate and 34 as DH per baseball-reference.com). I didn't find that, but did notice that in 1970 when Bench hit 45 HR he played every position except pitcher, second base, and short!
https://www.baseball-reference.com/play ... r=2021&t=b
31HR as C, 15 as DH.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/play ... r=1970&t=b
During Bench's 45HR season, 38 came as C

(It's under the 'Splits' feature)
Thanks. I figured it was there somewhere.
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Jeff-thecdboy wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 2:45 pm Willie Garson, former Sex and the City co-star, has died at age 57:

https://people.com/tv/sex-and-the-city- ... ead-at-57/
Mozzie on White Collar and I reminded Alex Trebek of Willie Garson from SATC.
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Volante wrote:...David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian for their discoveries of receptors for temperature and touch
This reminds me of something interesting I read in Bill Bryson's The Body: A Guide for Occupants. Apparently we don't have receptors that can detect wetness and that's why we sometimes perceive a cold sensation as feeling wet.

Very interesting book, by the way.
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Volante wrote: Mon Oct 04, 2021 11:38 am
And yes, apparently capsaicin works as an analog for actual temperature heat, not just mouth burning heat.
Anyone who's ever cut up habanero peppers knows that skin responds to capsaicin stimulation, too. And woe betide the unwary male cook who subsequently goes potty.
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Woof wrote: Mon Oct 04, 2021 4:33 pm And woe betide the unwary male cook who subsequently goes potty.
Somehow this still happens to me like at least once a month
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Robert K S wrote: Mon Oct 04, 2021 5:06 pm
Woof wrote: Mon Oct 04, 2021 4:33 pm And woe betide the unwary male cook who subsequently goes potty.
Somehow this still happens to me like at least once a month
I go potty way more than that. You should probably see a doctor
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squarekara wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 10:22 pm CBS Los Angeles: LeVar Burton Named Grand Marshal Of 2022 Rose Parade.
https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021/10 ... se-parade/
I suppose it's better than a copy of the home game and a case of Rice-a-Roni.
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Volante: You must love the S2 season finale of Young Sheldon?

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MarkBarrett wrote: Wed Oct 06, 2021 1:52 pm Volante: You must love the S2 season finale of Young Sheldon?
Never seen it. Plus my Nobel Week predates the show by a year! (and that episode by three)
https://www.jboard.tv/viewtopic.php?p=229672#p229672
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Volante wrote: Wed Oct 06, 2021 1:36 pm Nobel Week, Day 3 - Chemistry

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-58814418
Two scientists have been awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on building molecules that are mirror images of one another.

German-born Benjamin List and Scotland-born David MacMillan were announced as the winners at an event in Stockholm.

The technique, called asymmetric organocatalysis, has made it much easier to produce asymmetric molecules - chemicals that exist in two versions, where one is a mirror image of the other.
I am happy to say that I know both these guys and have been predicting for the last 2-3 years that they’d get it. I’m also happy to say that I had a small part to play in the development of this field.
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Woof wrote: Wed Oct 06, 2021 9:46 pm
Volante wrote: Wed Oct 06, 2021 1:36 pm Nobel Week, Day 3 - Chemistry

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-58814418
Two scientists have been awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on building molecules that are mirror images of one another.

German-born Benjamin List and Scotland-born David MacMillan were announced as the winners at an event in Stockholm.

The technique, called asymmetric organocatalysis, has made it much easier to produce asymmetric molecules - chemicals that exist in two versions, where one is a mirror image of the other.
I am happy to say that I know both these guys and have been predicting for the last 2-3 years that they’d get it. I’m also happy to say that I had a small part to play in the development of this field.
Congrats!!

I was wondering, is the description of "molecules that are mirror images of one another" something different than chirality, or were the publicity people just afraid to use the word "chirality" in a general-public-audience press release?

Edit: based on this article, it's chirality
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Robert K S wrote: Thu Oct 07, 2021 11:29 am
Woof wrote: Wed Oct 06, 2021 9:46 pm
Volante wrote: Wed Oct 06, 2021 1:36 pm Nobel Week, Day 3 - Chemistry

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-58814418
Two scientists have been awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on building molecules that are mirror images of one another.

German-born Benjamin List and Scotland-born David MacMillan were announced as the winners at an event in Stockholm.

The technique, called asymmetric organocatalysis, has made it much easier to produce asymmetric molecules - chemicals that exist in two versions, where one is a mirror image of the other.
I am happy to say that I know both these guys and have been predicting for the last 2-3 years that they’d get it. I’m also happy to say that I had a small part to play in the development of this field.
Congrats!!

I was wondering, is the description of "molecules that are mirror images of one another" something different than chirality, or were the publicity people just afraid to use the word "chirality" in a general-public-audience press release?

Edit: based on this article, it's chirality
The precise wording of the award is for "asymmetric [aka enantioselective] organocatalysis." For the interested, the field actually has its origins in the 1970s with the development of the Hajos-Parrish reaction at Hoffman-Laroche and Schering AG. This work lay dormant until the turn of the century for a variety of reasons, whereupon the work of MacMillan, Barbas and List helped revive the field.
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More like Jon Gru-done, amiright?! *dodges hook*
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MarkBarrett wrote: Fri Oct 15, 2021 12:32 pm
Adele album: 30 - written when she was 30 although she is 33 now
If she'd had it ready for release by September 5, she could have titled it "33⅓".
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Lefty wrote: Mon Oct 18, 2021 5:06 pm
MarkBarrett wrote: Fri Oct 15, 2021 12:32 pm
Adele album: 30 - written when she was 30 although she is 33 now
If she'd had it ready for release by September 5, she could have titled it "33⅓".
Well played.

Then they could write one of those 33 1/3 books about it.
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Leslie Bricusse, ‘Willy Wonka,’ ‘Goldfinger’ Songwriter, Dies at 90

Although he showed up in a couple of clues from 1990s-era episode, Bricusse rates a mention here for having written the lyrics to two of the best James Bond themes, "Goldfinger" and "You Only Live Twice."
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I was watching a rerun of Mannix in the wee hours of this morning, and Dean Stockwell was the guest star. I think it was a coincidence because it seems too quick after news of his death broke for the network to have programmed a tribute.
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MinnesotaMyron wrote: Mon Nov 15, 2021 11:56 pm The 2021 inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame are the American Girl dolls, the board game Risk, and sand.

https://www.museumofplay.org/press-rele ... announced/
I wonder who is going to accept the award on sand's behalf...
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mas3cf wrote: Tue Nov 16, 2021 3:56 am
MinnesotaMyron wrote: Mon Nov 15, 2021 11:56 pm The 2021 inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame are the American Girl dolls, the board game Risk, and sand.

https://www.museumofplay.org/press-rele ... announced/
I wonder who is going to accept the award on sand's behalf...
Mr. Sandman, of course.
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