Archive for March 25, 2008

Blog Notes: I’ve Been Biologically Invaded

March 25, 2008

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Here it is, March 25.

Winter refuses to leave the premises.

I had successfully managed to avoid flu.

Now something’s multiplying inside of me.

First my peripheral circulation went and I got cold.

Now my defense systems are trying to squash something because I’m developing fever.

At this rate, I won’t be any damned good for tomorrow’s doctor appointment. The worst time to see a doctor is when ill!

Spare yourselves.

Run away now.

Update: Blog closed for today. Go away. I made the mistake of reading some news to rouse myself. Wrong thing to do.

Another Update: I can’t even get a proper Update out without silly mistakes. Fever = worse typing. Slinking away now …

God Damn The 1970s

March 25, 2008

Portion of a discussion thread.

Someone begins:

Pick your favorite sci-fi, (say, something written 50 years ago making predictions about life near the year 2000), and it’s probably wildly optimistic.

Someone replies:

Yeah, but that’s only because as a society we’ve become effete and lost the will to try new things just for the hell of it.

In the 60’s they were trying things like nuclear propulsion, and they were walking on the moon.

Then, something horrible happened in the early 70’s. I grew up then, and I could FEEL it.

I’m still trying to figure out exactly what it was, but I think what it was, was a generation of kids who grew up with television instead of playing with gizmos, and who got into power and then just turned our society into a big mess of paperwork and lawyering, because paperwork was all they’d ever learned to do.

When I look at the physiology research done in the 60’s, it takes my breath away.

The creativity of it! The things they did!

I find my “new” ideas all the time in papers done in the 1960’s, but they never went anywhere (perfusion of organs with fluorocarbones to cool them, for example).

One guy (the same guy in fact), before heart lung machines, repaired the hearts of babies by surgically cross-connecting them to the circulation of adult humans, who volunteered in order to save a life.

Where has that kind of courage gone?

Where are the Yeagers and the Goddards and the Microbe Hunters?

How come the heros of our movies are no longer Micky Rooney or Spencer Tracy playing Thomas Edison, or Paul Muni playing Erlich or Pasteur, instead Val Kilmer playing Jim Morrison and Woody Harrelson playing Larry Flint?

And movies whose heros are lawyers. Arggh. I don’t care if it is Tom Cruise or John Travolta.

And the rest of the movies seem to be re-creations of 60’s TV shows.

Emphasis added by me.

I also chopped the block of text into smaller portions to make it less intimidating to read.

There’s more. Click on that link.

I like his final line:

It really could have been different. Nature didn’t stop us — WE stopped us.

He’s right.

Previously here:

“The Dreams Will Come To You”
The 1960s In Colour: Yeah, Baby!
The Disappearing Future

Bees Going. Bats Going. What’s Next?

March 25, 2008

Bats Perish, and No One Knows Why

One cave had 15,584 bats in 2005, 6,735 in 2007 and an estimated 1,500 this winter. Another went from 1,329 bats in 2006 to 38 this winter. Some biologists fear that 250,000 bats could die this year.

And:

The die-offs are big enough that they may have economic effects. A study of Brazilian free-tailed bats in southwestern Texas found that their presence saved cotton farmers a sixth to an eighth of the cash value of their crops by consuming insect pests.

“Logic dictates when you are potentially losing as many as a half a million bats in this region, there are going to be ramifications for insect abundance in the coming summer,” Mr. Darling, the Vermont wildlife biologist, said.

Enjoy the outbreaks of West Nile Virus!

And heed this:

In the six hours in the cave taking samples, nose counts and photographs, Mr. Hicks said that for him trying for the perfect picture was a form of therapy. “It’s just that I know I’m never going to see these guys again,” he said. “We’re the last to see this concentration of bats in our lifetime.”

Emphasis added by me.

Previously here:

First It Was The Bees. Now It’s The Bats.

IDG News Service: Please Enter The Future!

March 25, 2008

Samsung Launches Touch-Screen Cell Phone

What is wrong with that picture?

The fact that there is no picture.

WTF is this? Still the 1980s, where IDG had to FedEx photos from distant lands?

I had to go frikkin Engadget (which I try to avoid!) to see a photo. And they also had a video!

Apple: Computers For Atheistic Pagans

March 25, 2008

Evolutionism Propaganda, Article by Dr. Richard Paley

Take for example Apple Computers, makers of the popular Macintosh line of computers. The real operating system hiding under the newest version of the Macintosh operating system (MacOS X) is called… Darwin! That’s right, new Macs are based on Darwinism! While they currently don’t advertise this fact to consumers, it is well known among the computer elite, who are mostly Atheists and Pagans. Furthermore, the Darwin OS is released under an “Open Source” license, which is just another name for Communism. They try to hide all of this under a facade of shiny, “lickable” buttons, but the truth has finally come out: Apple Computers promote Godless Darwinism and Communism.

Emphasis in original.

Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store

March 25, 2008

Brooklyn Superhero Supply
Ever vigilant, ever true

Too lazy to puzzle it out? See this article.

Hey! I’m Not Homeless! I’m A Geek!

March 25, 2008

Heathrow’s Down-and-Out Jet Set

“Rough sleepers,” as homeless people are known in Britain, disguise themselves at all major airports, says Sandie Cox of Heathrow Travel Care, the social care organization overseeing the one-year pilot scheme. Indeed, Chicago’s O’Hare airport instituted a homeless outreach in the 1990s. But while the problem may not be unique to Heathrow, several factors make it easier for rough sleepers to blend in. It is the busiest airport in Europe, has more delays than other major hubs, and while it doesn’t serve Europe’s low-cost carriers, it has still seen the effects of the democratization of air travel: gone are the days when you could identify a British air passenger by their suit and shiny shoes. Indeed, on Wednesday, the two scruffy passengers curled in the corner of a remote bathroom turned out to be holding tickets to LAX; they had chosen their spot because it was the only place they could find an outlet to charge their hand-held video game console.

Here’s a quote to keep:

“When I came from Africa, I couldn’t believe people could be homeless in Britain,” says Broadway’s Nigerian-born outreach worker Jeff Motunde.

End Of World: May 28, 2008

March 25, 2008

That’s according to a Russian Doomsday cult.

Around 30 people, including some children, have barricaded themselves into the caves dug out of a hill in the Penza region of central Russia. They say the world will end on May 28.

Is there any significance to that date?

Any followers of that con man, Herbert W. Armstrong, who can cite the “time cycles?”

Check back here May 29th for the truth.

Reference: The Silent War

March 25, 2008

Creeping Sharia.com

Just because we don’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not happening.

It’s happening.

iPodAir.com Update

March 25, 2008

Still no reply to an email query sent yesterday to the domain registrant.

I’ve just sent a second one.

I also did something none of the sites that have pointed to that entry have apparently done.

I called the phone number of the domain registrant.

And I got a frikkin carrier tone blasted into my ear!

I haven’t heard one of those since the 1980s and BBSes!

I didn’t stay on long enough to determine if it was a computer or a fax machine. (You other sites, feel free to follow up on that and I’ll point to you. Phone number here.)

There’s been speculation that the owner is deliberately pointing to Apple now as an overt act of cybersquatting.

Others have suggested the WhoIs information does yet reflect an ownership change.

While others think Apple Legal might have have a word with him and he’s dropped any ideas of cashing in and is pointing to Apple to avoid legal difficulties, with the domain going to Apple upon its registration expiration.

I’ve also seen discussions about the very idea of an “iPod Air” being ridiculous.

I still don’t think so and posted my original reasons here.

Let me expand on that.

There’s clearly a gap in Apple’s line between the iPhone on the pocketable side of things and the MacBook on the totable end. The iPhone OS (which is what Apple is calling it in the iSDK texts) is clearly designed for what I’m terming minimalist computing. That is, the lowest common denominator of tasks people tend to do while on the go.

That’s what Asus has been cashing in on with its EeePC subnotebook. That’s what Everex is trying to grab a piece of with its CloudBook. There are other entrants too: MSI, Intel, and hp, to name just three.

The MacBook is too large and too heavy. The MacBook Air is just too expensive (and to me, still too big).

There’s a place for an “iPod Air.” A screen of six inches or so in a form factor no larger than the Sony Reader, which I still think is the ideal size for a take-along device:

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Think of how lovely a Jon Ive design would be!

Don’t bother questioning me about how such a thing could be or what it would be like. Apple has the clever brains, not me. (Nor do you: Admit that you too never imagined a cellphone could be as great as the iPhone. It came out of frikkin nowhere; its gestalt was never buzzed around as The New New Thing.) I simply see a gap in the Apple hardware continuum and this is what makes sense to me as the next thing.

And don’t forget this, either: Despite Steve Jobs’s objection (no, actually, because of them), I believe Apple will enter eBooks. eBooks require a larger screen than an iPhone. Ask anyone who reads books with charts or who reads manga!


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