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About Me   Jan 9, 2009

Latest publications - All papers
• Distinct neural circuits control rhythm inhibition and flow reversal by the myogenic pharynx of C. elegans
   by Bhatla, Droste, Sando, Huang, Horvitz - 2015 - Current Biology - MIT News - CB Dispatch - PDF
• Light and hydrogen peroxide inhibit C. elegans feeding through gustatory receptor orthologs and pharyngeal neurons
   by Bhatla & Horvitz - 2015 - Neuron - MIT News - PDF

Latest photos - SmugMug

Favorite posts
Survival School
My Visual Deprivation Experiment
X -> Survival Food Experiment

Free Will
Consciousness as the Only True Emergence
An Argument for the Existence of the Soul
Countering a Primitivist Attack on the Soul

Medicine as Evolutionary Expansion

I Know You
Stool Sampler

Web trinkets
Exon-Intron Graphic Maker
C. elegans Interactive Neural Network
C. elegans Interactive Cell Lineage
What color is this spectrum?
Countdown Timer with Markers
Bacterial Chemotaxis Interactive Simulator
Attack of the Microscopic Vacuum Cleaners

Business ideas
Gift Cards, Post-Pay Style

Android apps
Brightness Rocker Lite - free
Brightness Rocker Pro - $1.99

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First Pics with Canon SD700
Jul 9, 2007, 4:02p - 26 photos

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Hearst Castle & Morro Bay
Jun 18, 2007, 8:25p - 15 photos

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Washington DC
May 10, 2007, 12:09p - 35 photos

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Philadelphia & Longwood Gardens
May 8, 2007, 11:54a - 16 photos

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Manhattan with the 'Rents
May 6, 2007, 11:45a - 8 photos

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Amit & Bianka's Wedding on Long Island
May 5, 2007, 9:56a - 133 photos

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My experience of a temporary scotoma (blind spot)
Aug 27, 2020, 9:21a - Consciousness
Last December I had a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It was quite serendipitous too, because I have been thinking about this medical condition and researching it for the past 5 years... So here goes.

Before I jump in and say what happened to me, I want to give a bit of background. It has been known for at least 150 years if ... more »

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A Follow-up on X, after 12 years
Dec 1, 2019, 10:19p - Life
Man, it has been almost 3 years since my last blog post. Having a kid sure does make time scarce in a way I had never experienced.

I found myself writing a long email response to a stranger on an important topic, so I figured that could be a blog post.

He wrote:
I came across you while considering the ... more »

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The way
Mar 24, 2017, 11:47p - Poetry
I think
about what it would be like
to not think
the way that I think.
Not thinking about thinking
To just think, straight up.
A trap laid beyond my feet.

Is the sadness of the loss
of the second parent
easier to bear
because of
the loss of the first?

Does sadness vaccinate
against future sadness?

Do darts that ... more »

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Sadness sparks
Mar 24, 2017, 11:12p - Poetry
Sadness sparks
that energy everlasting
a welt of wounds
shallow, deep
that is life
making us be.

Sadness plunges
the soul down
to that home
of sensitivity
conceiving no ills
but them all.

To break through sadness
to mend the tears
that wet separation
only to be chucked back

Remembering finality
to resuscitate
that ... more »

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The End of LendingClub?
Jul 14, 2016, 12:05p - Investing
There are 2 parts to this story. The first is about LendingClub's (LC's) actions as a company, and the second is about my returns on the site.

Early on in LC's history (2007-2009), they advertised a 9% return for investors, right on the front page of their website. I was always skeptical of this from the beginning, because I didn't ... more »

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Can the Bitcoin be Money at a National Scale?
May 25, 2016, 12:50a - Economics
I was at a neuroscience conference (SFN), and instead of absorbing some of the fresh science compressed into the San Diego Convention Center, my mind was elsewhere. By the third day I had had enough, so I just started walking and ended up in Little Italy.

It was November 2013, and the media had declared Bitcoin a Category 2 tropical ... more »

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Noise reduction on Epson projectors = Motion Blur
Apr 16, 2016, 6:44p - Technology
Occasionally, I discover that something that should be known online is not. And occasionally when this happens, I figure out the solution. This happened yesterday, so I wanted to record it on the net.

Internet, this one is for you.

About a month ago, I bought a refurbished LCD projector, an Epson Powerlite Home Cinema 2030, to setup a home ... more »

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Money: The Unauthorized Biography by Felix Martin
Mar 19, 2016, 10:34p - Book Notes, - Economics
It has been a very long time since I last wrote a Book Notes entry (in fact, the last one was in 2007). During PhD grad school (2007-2015), I didn't write any Book Notes because I barely read books, as journal articles fully absorbed my attention. Now that grad school is finished, we've finished our move from Boston to Oakland, ... more »

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Third time around, has anything changed?
Feb 11, 2016, 10:52a - Life
I am now on a break from working a specific job, the third such break of my life.

My first break came in 2002, after graduating from college. From June until October, I had all my time to myself. With Dave, I tried to start a company selling live concert CDs at the end of shows, called Music Mint. I ... more »

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Some news about my worm research
Sep 23, 2015, 7:57p - Science
I recently published my second first-author paper, rounding out the work of my time in grad school. MIT News wrote about it, and I was also interviewed by Lab Equipment about the research. Enjoy!
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