Friday Fluff – March 25th, 2011

By Razib Khan | March 25, 2011 7:54 pm


1) First, a post from the past: 10 questions for Jim Crow. Arguably the doyen of modern population geneticists. Take a look at who he’s had as graduate students or post-docs, and there’s a high probability there is someone you know of, you’ve met, or you know of by reputation (at least if you have some association with pop gen).

2) Weird search query of the week: “hot arab ass.”

3) Comment of the week, in response to “Puzzling the odds of disease risk”:

What would be interesting (and very simple) to see is this:

Take DNA of all the dead people with good medical history and see if aggregate of all the various risks predicts time and/or cause of death with any reliability. $200K buys N=2,000 which is not unreasonable for entities that have access to lots of dead peoples’ DNA.

4) And finally, your weekly fluff fix:

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  • Glidingpig

    She (?) looks like she is hunting, somewhat, the partly closed eyes look a bit too content to be really hunting.

  • Razib Khan

    he! do not presume the sex, sir/mam! it is highly offensive to feline sensibilities.

  • rosin

    look a bit too content to be really hunting.

  • EcoPhysioMichelle

    The longhair is a she, right?

  • Razib Khan

    #4, yes.


    Okay, I’m having a senior moment or I have a defective iPad (or a low serum caffeine level). The comments so far lead me to believe there’s (?) more than one cat (he/she?) in this picture – all I see is a stalking/hunting pose of a black shorthair with yellow-green eyes and some lovely calico/brown above the right eye. #2 says it’s a he but #3 says “the longhair” is a she. My own calico girl is sleeping on my lap refusing to help. What (or who) are you guys talking about?

  • Sandgroper

    Erm…the header…the one without the glasses…

    Long time reader, eh?

  • Razib Khan

    “black shorthair”

    fyi, american shorthair :-)

  • ziel

    Is this sex-confusion with pets an English-specific problem? As English speakers, we either must use the very literal “he/she” (requiring actual knowledge of the beast’s genitalia) or the impersonal “it”, which is offensive to pet owners. But I assume in other languages one would simply use the personal pronoun appropriate for a given species’s gender to refer to pets – is that true?

  • Sandgroper

    Race horses are never ‘it’ in any language. Gender matters because size and strength matter in relation to handicapping.

    Take a look at this big strong girl, because the odds are you’ll never see another sprinter like her – 11 races, 11 wins, always by several lengths and being eased up to the line.

  • Sandgroper

    I find horse racing terminally boring, but about once every 6 years a horse comes along that is so beautiful…


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