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Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Now get out there and vote!
This is the day that makes everything else work, so let's do our part. Even if there aren't a lot of great things to vote on this year, do it anyway.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Science has largely decoded the feline gene code
That's good news. As the number of decoded sequences becomes larger, our chances of finding cures for many human diseases grows.
Cats came a bit late in the order, because they aren't quite as common as a laboratory animal and they aren't quite as close to us as some animals.
Still, it's a nice step.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Or was the Nobel Peace Prize given to Al Gore, in good part, a "scuh-rew you!" to George Bush?
Why this so-called President hasn't been impeached is beyond me.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Irrationalists killed children in yearlong ritual
Incan children were fattened up for a year, drugged, and died of exposure at the height of a religious festival
Fascinating article. They can tell what the children were fed using much the same technique that allows us to examine hair and tell whether someone used drugs within the last year.
Barbaric customs, to be sure. Modern irrationalists, of course, kill mostly those who don't believe in their particular brand of irrationality. And then they call themselves civilized. And better yet, they don't do the killing themselves--much easier to let others do the killing for them. As long as the media can stay focused on nonissues like Britney's kids, it can stay culpable as a hand-in-hand partner in the slaughter.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Ford sales down only 21% from last year
Ford sales drop 21% from last year
And some are seeing this as good news, in the coulda-been-worse way.
High oil and gas prices are here to stay, friends. And the auto industry is finally waking up to the fact that there really aren't enough refineries to keep up with demand, nor is the world keeping up with crude oil exploration compared to discoveries.
This year may be the first time since the mid-80s that more oil has been discovered than was used by the world. This is because the high prices make it more feasible to undergo exploration. Yet this bright spot is somewhat dimmed when you realize that the oil discovered is more and more often in hard-to-reach places or countries with horrible political situations. The low-hanging fruit has been plucked. Guess what? The remaining oil costs more to extract. Even if prices did fall, it wouldn't be for long, because the new discoveries wouldn't turn into oil wells then, and prices would bounce right back up.
The earth does not have a rich, gooey oil (or nougat) center. While it may not ever run out in the absolute sense, it absolutely will run out as far as oil that can be extracted and brought to market in a reasonably economic way. The sooner we act on this realization, the better off we will be--financially and ecologically.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Turns out velociraptor had feathers (AP)
Time to crank up the old CGI machines and make the 'raptors even cooler.
Ah, what the hell, blame it on Jurassic Park's frog DNA.
Anyway, as one of the types of dinosaurs close to the link to birds, it wasn't too surprising for scientists to find this, but it was rather difficult--you have to find a specimen in good enough shape to still be able to have the bones' quill knobs in evidence.
While velociraptor wasn't even close to being able to fly, it may as the article states have been used in courtship, to control the raptor's body temperature or the temperature of its nests, or to aid in turning at full speed. Or combinations of some or all of the above, of course.
More than ever, the deadly critter "looks more like a giant turkey."
Monday, September 17, 2007
The Internet just got a little weirder. No, I'm not talking about O.J. Simpson's arrest for robbery. It's the "two months of Halloween on" I-Mockery.
Check it out.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Teen hacks iPhone, makes it usable on T-Mobile
Teen hacks iPhone, makes it usable on T-Mobile
While I think that's interesting, his technique requires about two hours and skills in both soldering and coding. And it only opens it up to T-Mobile; other providers use different signals that apparently aren't usable at all.
Frankly, it's not going to change things a lot. Even if you really wanted T-Mobile, you'd have to buy an iPhone and trust either your skills or the skills of some hacker you hire to change it. And talk about voiding a warranty!
Friday, August 17, 2007
HWN.org is following Dean. It's tracking in a way extremely dangerous for the United States and possibly Mexico.
It is already chugging along on an east-to-west path just above Brazil, and is about to move from the Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico.
The Gulf has record high water temperatures in many places. Right now it looks like it will start to head WNW in about a day, which will keep it just above South America.
Most hurricanes, at some point, switch directions because they move from the trade winds to what we think of as the more normal west-to-east winds of the jet stream.
The question is, when will it turn north? Soon, smacking Florida? Late, whacking Mexico? Or will it do what seems very likely, and split the difference, hitting the oil-rich Gulf Coast area of Texas and Louisiana? It's clearly too soon to tell, but you may want to gas up now if you have any large tanks that need filling--the current happy prices could well rebound if Texas or Louisiana gets smacked by a storm that is ALREADY a category 3 and hasn't even found the happy hunting grounds of the warm Gulf of Mexico yet.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
hwn.org--watch those storms!
Keep your eye on Hurricane Watch Net.org. They provide info and graphics on all storms--especially in the Atlantic and Gulf regions.
For named storms, you can also get a graphic of where the storm is and where it's being projected to go.
Right now, we're looking at Tropical Storm Erin, which isn't likely to become a hurricane but is poised to smash directly into Texas. That's one reason energy has been higher the last couple of days.
We're also looking at Tropical Storm Dean, which has the eventual potential to threaten landfall anywhere from Mexico to Florida, and likely will do so as a hurricane. It's making its way due west from the Atlantic just above the coast of Brasil. Projections right now just show it going straight, but these storms always turn at some point--and they turn north.
Either way, it'll be going into Gulf waters at a time of record temperatures there. That means lots of energy for the storm to pick up.
Dean could turn out to be a monster.