Now go and kick some ass, people.
I never write here anymore, do i? Odd, but i know it’s only for my reading enjoyment anyhow…
Tough to write when you’re happy…happiness makes shitty art. But happiness makes a great life and i sure am enjoying mine.
Not on-call, working at a job i love, but not working this week, home for the holidays, plans for drinking secured with friends and family…sounds like it’ll be a great weekend…
Well, if anyone BUT me reads this, love you!
Today marks the first morning if my road trip.
2 weeks ago, I decided that a vacation was in order. A glance at my account balance told me that I wasn’t flying anywhere… So, where to go?
That question got me thinking… I’ve got a week off, how do I use it? Go somewhere good for your soul!
My soul only cries for a few places, a few right around here, but Santa Cruz is where I knew I needed to go.
The planning started right there at my desk, I was going on a hobo road trip.
hwy 66 to I 25 north to Cheyenne.
I 80 west to Salt Lake City
Con’t on I 80 until Sac.
Dodge around sac to galt.
Stay in galt wed night
Go to Santa Cruz
See ocean and redwoods
Return to Galt
Leave galt Friday evening
Goal is to use the same route back and be home Saturday night.
Car is tuned up, I have plenty of water, snacks, music and road to get me through.
I sure am going to miss Heather and the dogs, but I think I need a change of scenery to gain the clarity i’m really searching for.
Just the other day i Stumbled on a site that was about Steampunk as a movement. I find this fascinating. Victorian aesthetic mixed with dystopian science fiction technology. The predominant headwear of this movement is the gas mask.
What does that say about the movement itself? Is this about the future that we are creating? Or about the Victorian mask itself? What do masks mean in our society? What did they used to mean?
Are the masks about the apparent “safety” or are they about hiding? Are they hiding the wearer, or are they obscuring the outside world TO the wearer? What’s being protected, is it the eyes or the lungs?
OR, am i completely missing the point?
The Victorian style mixed with modern tech is a sight to behold. I think it’s amazing.
These gas masks are made by several people, all of which i hope to credit:
Most of these are from:
But some came from:
13 Recycled Steampunk Gas Masks
19 Artistic Steampunk Masks and Helmets
Recently, we canceled our cable service…and, you know, with Netflix, everything’s cool.
In fact, it’s so much more than cool…it’s f-ing excellent!
I haven’t felt inadequate for not HAVING things. I don’t need a new TV, i don’t need a new iPod, i don’t need the latest computer, or the newest video game…all the things i have are in working order and i still enjoy them. I find it amazing the things that control our lives…the things we consume also consume us…
a life without commercials…i’m pretty sure i have never experienced this…in fact, i’m sure i never have. What an incredibly liberating feeling!
With Netflix, i can still watch the mind-rotting television garbage, but not feel so bad about my life 🙂
I still get to watch Stargate SG-1, Doctor Who, Babylon 5…all that lovely Sci-Fi nonsense.
I still can’t seem to get over the fact that i’m actually a happier person as a result of not having commercials during my TV-time. Is it the lack of constant bombardment about consuming? Or is it that i can actually pay attention to the show i’m watching?
I’ve also found that i’ve gotten pickier about what i watch. Without the constant interruptions that commercials bring, i find that my attention is still in tune with what’s going on. I tried to watch LOST on TV and i just didn’t get it because of a 5 second clip i missed. Damnit! But, on Netflix, i can just pause it and do my thing 🙂
Conclusions have always been my downfall…i just never know where to end…so…
train of though has reached the end of its track for tonight.
Alright readers…and by “readers” i mean, mostly me, but, i digress. My plan for this little corner of the internet…mostly i just surf around and and work sparingly throughout the work-week, so i’m thinking that i will just post the most interesting things i find throughout the day. Sounds pretty simple right? Really, not so much. Trying to write everyday, mixed with the fact that i’m bored spit less at my current job (but need to keep it because, you know, i need to pay rent) my inspiration is running a little low. However, my impediments shall not get me too down!
Red Bull Air Race is quickly becoming one of my favorite types of race to watch! These guys are in tiny planes, driving around a rather confined course going what looks like a billion MPH and they, mostly, do it flawlessly!
Now, what else do we have here?…Fucking science! The scientists have done it again folks…not only have they cloned something, but this time it’s an extinct creature. Oh, ya, you read that right…EXTINCT! As in does not exist on this planet any longer?! Ya, they fucking did it. Recently, scientists in Spain have cloned a Pyrenean ibex, a subspecies of Spanish ibex that went extinct in 2000. Sure, scientists have cloned endangered species before, but never one that had ceased to exist. “We are not especially disappointed for the death of the cloned newborn,” Folch explained in an email, because such deaths in cloning experiments are common.
But David Wildt, a senior scientist at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C., who did not participate in this study, warned that the successful cloning wouldn’t be the first step in creating a real-life Jurassic Park.
“The public should not leap to the conclusion that we are on the edge of cloning woolly mammoths or dinosaurs,” he said. “Even if such embryos could be constructed, there are no appropriate surrogate mothers for long-dead species.”
For 200 years, hunting had thinned the Pyrenean ibex population, and the last living bucardo died in 2000, hit by a falling branch.
Using frozen skin samples taken from this lone specimen in 1999, Folch and his colleagues made clone embryos by inserting the bucardo’s DNA into domestic goat eggs emptied of their original genetic material.
If the environment in which an embryo develops is not a close match, problems can occur during pregnancy. Of the 208 embryos the researchers implanted, only seven goats became pregnant, and just one bucardo made it to term.
The newborn bucardo died of respiratory failure immediately after birth. Dissection revealed the animal had lung abnormalities, although all its other organs looked normal.
Such abnormalities are common in cloning—while a clone’s DNA might be identical to its donors’, the act of shuffling DNA from one cell to another can lead to irregularities during development.
Reproductive biologist Bill Holt at the Zoological Society of London, who did not participate in this study, added that generating just one or a few animals via cloning “will not necessarily produce a viable population that would survive into the future.”
Even if all resulting offspring were healthy, he said, the fact that they only have a few genetic samples of the bucardo to work with would mean there would be no genetic diversity in the population, as in inbred groups.
“They would be very susceptible to disease or even climatic change and may not be able to survive for very long.”
Well folks, that’s it for today. I thought it was interesting, hope you did too.
Adios for now!