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''2007-09-06 00:41:15'' [[nbsp]] I do believe that you've asked the most unanswered questions of Steve. Maybe Craig can confirm this. --["Users/JasonAller"]
''2007-09-06 00:46:19'' [[nbsp]] Yeah I persisted, and was direct about it. So tired of beating around the bush and seeing him obfuscate. --["Users/KarlMogel"]
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karlinlab.jpgKarl at the Seed Biotech Center evilcarl.jpgKarl's meiosis-bypassed offspring

Name: Karl J. Mogel

Personal E-mail: <karl AT inoculatedmind DOT com>

Skype: inoculatedmind


About Karl

This weirdo used to write the Science Column for The California Aggie, hosts a radio show on KDRT, and used to keep Honeybees at the Experimental College Community Garden, where he tended a controversial garden. He has aspirations of a combo-career in plant genetics and in science journalism. Pursuing this goal, Karl applied and has been admitted to a Ph.D. program in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, starting in June 2007. He and Ariela departed Davis for Madison on May 23rd. Karl currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin, and has founded the [madison]Madison Wiki.

He is also one of the people on the wiki that likes to write his own wiki page in the third person.

Karl is an elemental sorcerer who specializes in the dark arts of Apiarimancy. In his traditional white robes, he summons and dispatches the hive with deft control over the natural world. Do not cross him, or you may feel the sting of his anger.

Karl has often been referred to as a "Renaissance Man," as he has picked up numerous skills in the quarter-century that he has been living among humans. These include woodworking, sewing, a little website coding, cooking like crazy, boating skills, audio/video recording and mixing, and everyone's favorite, constructing doomsday devices. You can see some of his creations here on this page, or periodically appearing on his website. Ixnay on ellingtay the edsFay about the oomsdayday evicesday.

The Inoculated Mind

shirtpad.jpgGet Inoculated

This was the name that Karl came up with for his Aggie column back in 2002, which refers to a mind that has been "infected" with ideas, as opposed to a "sterile" mind. Mental sterility with regard to a subject is synonymous with ignorance, and thus it became Karl's mission to "inoculate" people with facts and ideas about scientific topics. Some people have taken "inoculated" to mean "smart," but it just means "full of ideas." The title lent itself to so many useful metaphors that Karl decided to keep it for his future writings. Interestingly enough, in the middle of his first year writing for the Aggie, the Editor in Chief decided to remove the fun titles that everyone had under their column mugshots, but since Karl's column was deemed "educational" he got to keep his. screenshot.jpgWhose brain is that? In 2005, Karl elected not to continue writing for the Aggie to pursue other writing opportunities. Taking the theme to the extreme, Karl now maintains a [WWW]weblog of the same name as the column, that features fMRI scans of his own brain, and his thoughts rolling out underneath.

In 2004, a new community radio station opened up in town, KDRT, and Karl was one of the first to hop on board and host a show. Now over 2 years running, The Inoculated Mind Radio & Mindcast combines weekly science news, interviews with scientists and intellectuals, wrapped up in rotating theme music selected from science fiction films, shows, and video games. (Ok, just one video game - Halo.) Karl tacked Mindcast onto the title when he launched the podcast version of the show in August, 2005. Before the mindcast, every show began with "Citizen's of Davis (and UC Davis)." Now, every episode begins with "Citizens of Earth..." The show aired live every Thursday evening from 1800-1930 hours, and Sunday evenings it replayed from 2100-2230. (6-7:30 pm live, 9-10:30 pm sunday replay) Karl's last live Davis show aired on May 10, 2007. Although the show has stopped airing, as soon as Karl gets it going again in Madison, you may be able to hear it again in Davis!

[WWW] Subscribe the the podcast of Karl's radio show by entering this page into your podcast aggregators (iTunes, iPodder, etc)

Recommended Pages


Karl's Honeybees

beehives.jpgKarl's Bees, Elena on the left, the other two are not yet named. extract04.jpgUncapping honeycomb extract12.jpgReady for the centrifuge. honeycrop.jpgApprox. 33 pounds of honey extracted (one quart jar not shown). jars.jpgA close-up of the small jars that Karl uses as gifts for guests on his show.

KarlMogel's Statistics

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Karl hasn't been in the Aggie this often since he wrote for the Aggie. Still, here's news [WWW]#1 and [WWW]#2.

newwikiproject.jpgAlready has over 200 pages. Okay, they're all stubs. But it's 200 stubs! 02/23/2007 - With the help of PhilipNeustrom, Karl has started a science-related wiki project. Called the [dnawiki]DNA Wiki, someday it will be the quintessential guide to genetics, biology, and biotechnology for everyone who wants to know more about these fields.

panel1.jpgIf only the camera angle was wide enough...panel2.jpg...then it would have included me in this shot.

11/29/2006 - Karl participated in a panel, and got to ask questions of Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma. [WWW](Aggie story) His newly-stitched corn shirt also debuted at this event. Michael Pollan noticed the visual metaphor from his book and pointed it out to audience members. Michael Pollan may soon come on Karl's radio show for an interview.

08/06/2006 - Karl made the [WWW]local paper for an impromptu experiment he conducted on bees during the West Nile mosquito spraying.

07/26/2006 - Announcing the completion of the coolest homemade shirt in town. That is, until Karl finished the corn shirt. (See above and below)

01/15/2006 - Announcing the launch of Karl's weblog, for fans and critics alike. [WWW]

04/01/2005 - Karl's latest experiment goes horribly wrong.
body.jpgScientist crushed by transgenic tomato, whereabouts of leg unknown The police came and went before we could really see what happened. Leslie took a picture of the outlines. Apparently an unsuspecting scientist harvesting seeds was crushed by a variety of Solanum lycopersicum previously unknown to science. The plant fled the scene and local authorities are searching beehives for pollen to track down the suspect. The tomato is believed to be sweet, meaty, and “branched and dangerous."

More Pictures

starryshirt.jpgOooh, ahhh. homesewing.pngDoing my part to throw a monkey wrench into prescribed fashion trends. cornshirt.jpgProcessed Corn Walking. Hair by Pomegranate Salon pollanme.jpgMichael Pollan and Karl


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2007-04-04 19:49:23   karl, I see the davis pseudo-scientists jumping with joy that their number one debunker is leaving town. madison's lucky to have you!! —JessicaRockwell

2007-05-03 11:34:24   counter flyer, VERY NICE I LIKE —StevenDaubert

2007-05-31 00:22:54   tent — now with free wifi! —ArlenAbraham

2007-06-22 01:56:40   hey karl, thanks for editing my page. indeed i've been editing a bunch, but such things happen when one is unemployed and is addicted to the intert. anyhow, i recently edited the matriarchy page on the wikipedia: [WWW] . It originally was only talking about human societies, but since i've never seen a composite list of matriarchal societies, i thought i'd include non-human animal matriarchal groups. can you think of any? i'm interested in your feedback. i hope all is well out in wisconsin! chao chao. —JessicaRockwell

2007-07-21 20:02:35   Hi, Karl. I appreciate your concern on the "GVCC Talk" page about people using someone else's IP address. I used to go to GVCC and I personally know Clifton Burton and Dale Sorbello. Now that they've left GVCC they can talk to us again. —RichLindvall

2007-09-05 22:22:04   Seriously [WWW]agree!. Mind posting that on the Ban SO page? I bumped it earlier. —EdWins

2007-09-05 22:59:19   Your edit broke my mind. Or the wiki. Did you intend to paste in a handful of words? I'm guessing either the merge goofed or you accidently hit save? —JabberWokky

2007-09-05 23:00:56   Nevermind. It was der Labster that caused the cruft. Too many editors at once. —JabberWokky

2007-09-06 00:41:15   I do believe that you've asked the most unanswered questions of Steve. Maybe Craig can confirm this. —JasonAller

2007-09-06 00:46:19   Yeah I persisted, and was direct about it. So tired of beating around the bush and seeing him obfuscate. —KarlMogel

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