Archive for July 8, 2008

Video: MSI Wind And Gigabyte M528 MID

July 8, 2008

Liliputing is reporting that the MSI Wind will ship with a three-cell battery until at least September. That’s right. Anyone who wants a six-cell battery will have to wait until then or buy the three-cell edition now and bite the bullet for the extra cost of a six-cell battery later.

That is major suckage.

Meanwhile, this video is a new one that highlights that Gigabyte M528 MID that impressed me when I first heard about it months ago. Still no real word on its price. It too won’t appear until September. The hardware is still very compelling.


But I’d like to strip off the Linux and get XP on there. I’m not sure if that’s even possible for full use. UMPC Fever tried it and it needs several drivers:

aigo MID Unboxing Part 3 – Windows XP SP3

Previously here:

aigo/Gigabyte M528 MID: First Review
CeBIT 2008: An Exciting MID Shown

Leverage: TNT December 2008

July 8, 2008

Yeah, baby. I can now embed the official video promo here! That most excellent woman is Parker!

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about "Leverage: TNT December 2008", posted with vodpod

Previously here:

TV Networks Are Using A Leaking Service?
Leverage: The (Leaked) TNT Pilot
Leverage: Coming Soon To TNT
The Lever That Is The Internet

Doctor Who: Journey’s End Transcript Up!

July 8, 2008

Read his words.

Thanks to all of you who did that hard work.

For all of the rest of you, Doctor Who is now over. Not for me. I still have more than half of the episodes still to see! Wheee! Sometimes it’s good to be behind everyone else!

Previously here:

Doctor Who Confidential #13
Doctor Who: Journey’s End
Doctor Who: Saw It
Doctor Who: It’s Heeeere
Doctor Who: The Doctor’s Daughter
Doctor Who: Season Four Finale Is Up!
Doctor Who: The Poison Sky
Doctor Who: Can You Feel The Vibe?!
Doctor Who: The Sontaran Stratagem
Reference: Doctor Who Episode Transcripts
Doctor Who: Planet Of The Ood
Doctor Who: The Fires of Pompeii
Doctor Who: The Stolen Earth
I Can See The Doctor Now
Doctor Who: Now I Begin To See
Doctor Who: Turn Left
Doctor Who: Midnight
Doctor Who: Forest Of The Dead
Doctor Who: Silence In The Library
Thank God It’s Not Gareth Roberts!
Doctor Who Jumps The Gay Shark
Doctor Who: The Hair Years

Reference: Neu5Ac And Neu5Gc

July 8, 2008

Mystery of the meat-eaters’ molecule

Some of this might sound familiar: several previous studies have linked ingestion of red meat to cancer and heart disease, and possibly to some other disorders involving inflammation, such as arthritis and lupus. But these focused mostly on the role of saturated fats, and on products that arise from cooking.

Prof Varki, however, believes that his little molecular difference could also be to blame: Neu5Gc elicits an immune reaction that might contribute to a whole spectrum of human-specific diseases. Although they have not proven this yet, the evidence is sufficiently compelling for his team to start work on ways to eliminate Neu5Gc from the body.

What is very interesting is that the above article was published just today.

Yet a search through Google produces articles that are years old!

First: N-Acetylneuraminic acid (Neu5Ac) wikipedia entry


Cell Surface Dietary Marker in Cancer and Immune Disease

UCSD researchers have discovered that a non-human sialic acid molecule from red meat and milk is incorporated in human cells through dietary intake, and builds up in tumors. The compound, called Neu5Gc, is found on the surfaces of animal cells but is not found in humans, and may be one reason why animal-to-human organ and tissue transplants do not work well. Humans carry Neu5Ac instead of Neu5Gc.

The UCSD researchers developed an antibody to Neu5Gc, and used it to determine that Neu5Gc appears in human tumor samples, but is much less abundant in healthy tissue. The small amounts of Neu5Gc in normal tissues also raise the possibility that anti-Neu5Gc antibodies are involved in autoimmunity. Autoimmune disease occur when the body mistakenly attacks healthy tissue and include type-1 or juvenile diabetes and some types of arthritis. Additional tests showed that most people had made their own antibodies that recognized Neu5Gc, and thus could potentially initiate an inflammatory immune response.


Non-human Molecule Absorbed by Eating Red Meat and Dairy Generates an Immune Response Against the Molecule. (Study by UCSD Researchers)

A non-human, cellular molecule is absorbed into human tissues as a result of eating red meat and milk products, according to a study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, published online the week of September 29, 2003 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers also showed that the same foreign molecule generates an immune response that could potentially lead to inflammation in human tissues.

Several previous studies have linked ingestion of red meat to cancer and heart disease, and possibly to some disorders involving inflammation. However, that research has primarily focused on the role of red-meat saturated fats and on products that arise from cooking. The UCSD study is the first to investigate human dietary absorption of a cell-surface molecular sugar called N-glycolylneuraminic acid (Neu5Gc), which is found in non-human mammals. Not produced in humans, Neu5Gc occurs naturally in lamb, pork and beef, the so-called “red meats”. Levels are very low or undetectable in fruits, vegetables, hen’s eggs, poultry and fish. (see * below)


Sialic Acid and Human Evolution

In terms of the distribution of sialic acid in mammals, interesting data have been accumulated. The porcine submaxillary mucin contained N-glycolylneuraminic acid (Neu5Gc). The sialic acid of human brain glycolipids was exclusively N-acetylneuraminic acid (Neu5Ac). The sialic acid of a glycolipid isolated from horse erythrocytes by Yamakawa was Neu5Gc. These and other results indicated that Neu5Gc is distributed in a species-specific manner and that the human species appears to be unique among mammals in terms of the lack of Neu5Gc in normal tissues.

Why haven’t I heard of this before now, in 2008, when there’s indications it goes back to at least 2003?!!?

This is Grade-A Important Stuff!

It explains many things I’ve heard over the years. It provides scientific proof for them!

I’ve had a sneaking suspicion in recent years that the entire game here on earth has been rigged. This only furthers than sensation.

Quote: Stanley Kubrick

July 8, 2008

The letters of Stanley Kubrick

I must have complete, total and final annihalating control over the picture.

(Shut up. It was that way in the text. When you beat 2001: A Space Odyssey, then you can snark.)

Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #145

July 8, 2008

Oil down more than $8 in 2 days

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices fell as much as $6 a barrel Tuesday, bringing crude down $10 this week and hurling prices back to levels not seen since June 26. Traders, keeping a wary eye on the global economy, cashed in gains from oil’s recent rally.

A barrel of light, sweet crude for August delivery fell $6.23 in morning trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange, following a $3.92 slide on Monday, and later traded down $5.79 at $135.58. The market’s bearish turn this week erases, at least for the time being, the effect of a rally that pushed prices past $145 in a string of record-setting sessions before the Fourth of July.

I’m waiting to see this reflected at the pump, where actual human beings become involved.

I checked the pump prices this morning. No change from July 3rd.

Previously here:

Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #108

Oil: Price Crash Coming?

Reference: Condorcet Criterion

July 8, 2008

Condorcet criterion wikipedia entry

This one is worth briefly quoting:

The Condorcet candidate or Condorcet winner of an election is the candidate who, when compared with every other candidate, is preferred by more voters. Informally, the Condorcet winner is the person who would win a two-candidate election against each of the other candidates.

I have a feeling of nausea about this term.

We might be hearing it a lot late this year.

Reference: Zugzwang

July 8, 2008

Zugzwang wikipedia entry

Reference: Buridan’s Ass

July 8, 2008

Buridan’s ass wikipedia entry

Meet Morton’s Fork

July 8, 2008

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard writes to me in email:

We are in a very dangerous situation. But where does the danger lie, in ice or fire? I fear ice — Dante’s 9th Circle of Hell. That is deflation if the central banks misjudge what is before them, and overreact.

Most fear the fire of inflation. It is a lively debate.

This is Morton’s Fork:

Inflation: Prices go up. Unemployment rises. Living standards go down.

Deflation: Prices collapse. Unemployment skyrockets. Living standards go down.

I’m still awaiting the Unknown Event.

A major Western city destroyed by catastrophic earthquake. (No, the world could survive that.)

An audacious terrorist attack. (No, I doubt that.)

Factor X.

While everyone is busy scrutinizing the money, I still wonder about the world that money exists in.

Whatever X is, it has to be of such magnitude that it literally changes everything.

Then again, it could be a lot of little things happening all at once.

Meet metastability.