About Monado

I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I like the city; there’s always something going on.

In the last few years I’ve taken up contra dancing, which is a form of country dancing, and swimming.

I have a covivant or POSSLQ: Person of Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters. My son and step-daughter are grown up and out of the home, but occasionally you’ll hear of them. Our daughter has a dog; our son has two cats and is boarding two others; and we have four cats.

Childhood anecdote: my mother said that when I was 18 months old, she was discussing with my father that I didn’t seem very interested in eating, and a little voice from the high chair piped up, “I have no appetite.” I’m not sure whether I believe that.

I enjoy reading and belong to BookCrossing, which is a virtual book club on the Web. I have a virtual bookshelf at LibraryThing.


15 Responses to “About Monado”

  1. Yoeruek Says:

    Hi Monado,

    I´m Yoeruek, the guy who joined PZ´s “expelled from expelled” blog around #700. As You pointed out here that You like RD´s books it´s quite clear to me:
    You must be Monado, FCD.
    While reading the Pharyngula blogs two questions came up and I did not come to an answer yet.
    What´s OM?
    I guess it´s related to the Molly Award.
    What´s FCD?
    I don´t even have a clue!
    I googled for an answer… but after 90 minutes of investigation I still don´t even get closer.
    I remember You as a *polite* blogger. ( * right now I don´t find the right words because I think german and write english and sometimes I run out of words to use.) I´m asking You because I came along here on my research and I feel much more comfortable asking You here than asking in front of a huge public at Pharyngula.
    Could You send me an email?

    Thank You for Your kindness

  2. monado Says:

    You’re right: OM is Order of the Molly, which is an award for best commenter of the month (pithy, thughtful, clever), named in memory of someone I didn’t know of, Molly Ivins of, I think, Austin, Texas. She wrote a newspaper column.

    FCD is Friend of Charles Darwin. There’s probably a Facebook group or you can just declare yourself to be a friend.

    I’ll fire this off to you in an e-mail.

  3. monado Says:

    Yoeruek, I can’t find an e-mail address for you, so you’ll have to come back here and read my answers. I didn’t know for sure who Molly was until yesterday, when I read a little more in PZ’s “Molly month of May” article. He asks for votes for May’s winner and the commenters discuss Molly. There’s a picture of her as well. well. I still haven’t read anything she wrote.

    If you follow this link, you’ll find The Friends of Charles Darwin.

    I hope that helps,

  4. Yoeruek Says:

    Thank You! Ifeel much better now. I hope I´m not demanding to much of You, but there´s another thing I´m stuck with. See what:

    Hi folks,
    I need your help.
    today I met Professor Dr. Gottfried Leonhardi, a over 90 year old biochemist, dermatologist and medic for the human internal (sorry, don´t know the right word). I guess he would be pleased someone remembers his scientific work. So please could someone of you pharyngulans give me a short overview about his work in simple language (like for a highschool grade) because i am not familiar with looking things up.
    I googled him and found some paper dated 1975 about things he found in dead skin cells of people suffering from psoriasis. That already took me about 2 hours and I didn´t even got the point where the significant difference was compared to things to be found in other dead skin cells. …nor what it means. please help
    Posted by: Yoeruek | May 10, 2008 5:16 PM

    #215medic for the human internal
    I think the phrase you want is Doctor of Internal Medicine – or, in other words, an “internist”.
    As for the rest, I’m afraid I can’t help you… sorry, Yoeruek.
    Posted by: Kseniya | May 13, 2008 9:15 PM

    As I googled to find my initial post I found some more documents. Didn´t help a lot. I´m asking just to be prepared for our (GL and me) next time meeting. So a CV would be helpful. I´m not asking You to do the whole job. It´s just to get a new start and participate of Your knowledge of retrieving. Just five minutes! Please


  5. monado Says:

    Well, I found a couple of things… I think I’ll switch this to an article on Science Notes.

  6. Just Another Judoka Says:

    LOL Why would you think that? Seriously, though, I started Judo last year and I totally love it. It’s so much fun!

    Oh, and regarding your blog, you have yourself a new reader 🙂

  7. knowledgetoday Says:

    I love your site. Keep it up !

  8. Christina Says:

    Hi there,

    I’m a recent university graduate interested in technical writing as a career. Would it be possible to start up a correspondence with you, or meet you in person for an informational interview? I live and work in Toronto as well.

  9. monado Says:

    Sure! I’ll e-mail you.

  10. Cliff Sutherland Says:

    Your picture is wonderful. I can hear your voice in it.

  11. Leora Says:

    My name is Leora Trub and I am a student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). I am conducting a study of the reasons that people blog and what benefits it brings, which at this point are still largely unexplored in research studies. I am therefore reaching out to you as a blogger who can help deepen our understanding of this phenomenon. I believe that your voice is an important one to be heard and hope you will enjoy participating in the study. I have developed an online questionnaire that asks about specific aspects of blogging as well as asking about feelings about yourself and others in your life. The survey is a mix of numerical scales and opportunities to reflect in an open-ended format about the role of blogging in your life, and how it has changed over time.

    You are eligible to participate if you are at least 21 years of age and have been maintaining an English-language personal blog for at least six months that you update or visit at least twice a week (on average). Your participation involves completing a confidential online questionnaire. The data will be downloaded onto a secure server to which only I have access. No identifying information, such as your names or address, will be collected. If you desire, you may choose not to share your blog name, in which case I will not access your blog for any reason after this point. If you do share your blog name, it will NOT be connected to your responses in the survey. Additionally, you will be given the opportunity to be identified by a code name in research reports and to have your blog description changed slightly so it cannot be identified.

    The survey takes approximately 45 minutes to complete and participation is completely voluntary. Three participants who complete the survey will be randomly selected by a lottery to receive a $75 cash prize.

    There are no foreseeable risks to participation in the study. Although some of the questions are personal in nature, participation in the study provides an opportunity to think about the role that your blog plays in your life.

    If you have any questions about this research, you can contact me at (732) 407-7928 or ltrub@gc.cuny.edu, or my advisors Dr. Arietta Slade at (212) 650-5658 or arietta.slade@gmail.com and Dr. Tracey Revenson at (212) 817-8709 or trevenson@gc.cuny.edu.

    The study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board of the Graduate School of the City University of New York and meets of their guidelines as well as all state and federal guidelines for research with human participants. If you have any concerns about the project at any time, you can contact Ms. Kay Powell, Institutional Review Board at the Graduate School of the City University of New York (212) 817-7525 or kpowell@gc.cuny.edu.

    In order to participate in this study, I need to send you an invitation through survey monkey. If you are interested, please send an email to ltrub@gc.cuny.edu from the email address to which you would like the invitation sent. I hope that you will decide to participate and also that you will share it with others if you decide you would like to. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.


    Leora Trub, M.A.

    Doctoral student in Clinical Psychology
    Graduate School of the City University of New York
    365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016-4309

  12. Sheila Balls Says:

    Hi! I live north of you in Grey Highlands. Found your site while looking for a Greg Clark story. I’m a writer and his work influenced me at a young age. Cannot find the story, and just wondered if you might have encountered it. Title was “Shelthea” and it involved a dog(named Chelsea) stealing Clark’s false teeth and taking them under the cottage.

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