Monthly Archives: September 2011

Taveling with a Head Cold

or… Why I haven’t Posted in a Long Time. I’m still alive… more or less.  I recently had the joy of travelling to Washington D.C.  While it was an actually interesting trip, I suffered from a minor head cold during … Continue reading

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If China Can, Why Can’t We?

The simple reason is that dictatorships are much, much more effective at actually doing things… once they decide to do it. Here’s what I’m talking about.  One of the most polluted cities in China, it has a population larger than … Continue reading

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Cryptonomicron and Life

from Cryptonomicon (Book Excerpt) by Neal Stephenson Let’s set the existence-of-god issue aside for a later volume, and just stipulate that in some way, self-replicating organisms came into existence on this planet and immediately began trying to get rid of … Continue reading

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My Lunch – A (kinda) Healthy Salad

So, I had to tell you about this because it was so yummy. You may not be aware, but I’m getting uncomfortably close to that age where I need to start watching what I eat (beyond watching anything I want … Continue reading

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Why NetFlix is Still the Best Bargain Around

Many people are complaining about NetFlix upping their prices from $10 a month to a stunning $16 a month.  OMG!!! Yes, that was sarcastic.  Netflix is still, by far, the best bargain around.

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The Emergence of Life – Chapter 1

Chapter 1 – Conceptual Framework of Research on the Origin of Life on Earth The book is not what I expected, in entirety.  At first, I wasn’t sure I liked the direction it was taking.  I think I get it … Continue reading

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The Universe

A man said to the universe “Sir, I exist” “However,” replied the universe “The fact has not instilled in me a sense of obligation.” Stephen Crane The universe is not uncaring.  Caring and uncaring are concepts that are applied to … Continue reading

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What is “Alive”?

The last post and some recent conversations have really got me thinking about this.  Just what does it mean to be alive?  What is life? Can this be answered purely in the realm of science?  I’m not totally sure.  If … Continue reading

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The Emergence of Life – A Chapter by Chapter Review

So begins round two of my book reviews.  I bought The Emergence of Life: From Chemical Origins to Synthetic Biology by Dr. Pier Luigi Luisi pretty much without knowing anything about the author or the book. I honestly don’t know … Continue reading

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The Most Difficult Thing to Shop For

Some say a house is the hardest thing to purchase.  I’ll agree that it’s the most expensive and it’s certainly fraught with peril for the unwary and there’s  a LOT of paperwork and signatures involved.  But, shopping for a house … Continue reading

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