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As I enjoy the public radio show Open Source enormously, and seek to make their job of being excellent as easy as I can, I will not be participating in their Blogs of the Union thread…just kidding. They’ll just have to make up for my entry in volume, hopefully…

The State of the Union is bruised, bloodied and sore. We have been tread upon in secret: behind closed doors, by parties unknown, in the deep of night, singly and in groups. We have been deceived by our leaders, by our proxies and by ourselves. We have lingered too long at the trough, and now pay with our liberty, sated and lazy with rhetoric and a false sense of security.

As the fog burns away from our conscience, we slowly realize that simply put we have been had — we are not better off than we were four years ago, or five years ago, or even last year. For those of us who passed up the free eats of feeling a war on terror would make us a safer nation, no matter what the cost, we feel like the lone sentry in a vast field of sleeping soldiers — unable to wake our fellow citizens to the coming threats.

For those of us who had seconds and thirds, suddenly it seems that “all you can eat” has some strings attached…and those strings may be tied to our sons and daughters as they fight and die and survive injuries that only a few of us can even imagine, and then only in our nightmares.

We are past recriminations of one for the other: we only have our fellow citizens to look to for any hope of rebuilding any semblance of respect for America in the eyes of the world. Our government has ceased to represent us, they have forsaken our trust and given themselves powers which we were last horrified by during the reign of Watergate and “break-ins.” Now, of course, you don’t need to physically “break in” anywhere.

I look to tomorrow for an awakening, one not religious but patriotic, where being a patriot means questions, and consequences and activity not seen for many years. I look to it like one does that “bright shining city on a hill” but without the innocence that was a hallmark of a certain type of America, and is now a luxury no American can afford to indulge.


BBC NEWS | Health | Scientific brain linked to autism

BBC NEWS | Health | Scientific brain linked to autism

This is something I think about a fair amount. And then I think about how to exploit it as a pickup line: “Oh, yeah, my doctor say I can only have children with someone very attractive and very normal. Otherwise I risk giving birth to the Evil Einstein. Would you be interested?”


Yet again, I am proven right — an aside.

(Watching “24”, Kim Raver is in the conference room, wearing glasses — raising her hottiness quotient like 3000%…who knew? Woof-ie.)

Back to Today in Science News:

Prize awarded by journal for Alzheimer’s theory: Is music recognition spared in dementia? Anecdotal evidence (including my own experiences with relatives and others) would seem to indicate yes…

Study Strengthens Link between Virus and Weight Gain

I’m working on a new design and a move to Textpattern — as I find that WordPress.com is a little limited for my needs (having been spoiled by Movable type back in the “old days” (like 2001), I’m used to controlling almost everything.) I’ll tell you something, though: I would be willing to pay someone real student-scale money if they would build blog software with built-in footnoting and citations. Seriously. Double dog dare.

Have a good evening, I’ll be finishing watching “24” and prepping for micro lab tomorrow.


Random Access 01

  • Janet Reno…karaoke…oy.
  • I wish I could get over my Cops addiction. I read an article once whose writer posited that Cops was an excellent window into race and class relations in the US for those of us who don’t get out of NYC…it still seems to be true, albeit having now moved to Cleveland, I realize there’s a lot one misses in translation
  • New Library Books: The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman and Critical Mass (I have to go to the library without a bag now so I don’t end up with more books than I can actually read in 2 weeks, what with school and MCAT studying and all)
  • I’m trying out Notebook by Circus Ponies…So far I love it a lot, but I love Omni Outliner too…opinions welcome.

iPod as Medical Education Device

TIME.com: Updating the Stethoscope with an iPod — Page 1: This. Is. Cool.


Reading — 1/27/2006

Abortion-rights and anti-abortion groups share some values: Interesting…the findings seem to show that one group’s perceptions of the other’s values are far more extreme than the values held, implying that “common ground” may be closer than you’d think.

Researchers make avian flu vaccine from human “cold” virus — the report states it was shown to be 100% effective. Wonder how long that will last.

Monkey cops keep clans together: “Through their stabilising presence and active peacekeeping, the dominant males contribute to a more cooperative society.” — Yeah, I don’t know where to go with this.


Time changes modern human’s face

This is interesting: I always wondered whether our features have changed over the recent past (read: past 1000 years vs. past 50K years) — and it seems so. This explains those amazing Medici family portraits…

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10 Things I’ve learned from “Project Runway”

There are many reality shows from which one can choose. I have dabbled in a few (“Survivor”, “The Apprentice”, “The Apprentice – Martha Stewart”) run away quickly from many (anything with a nanny involved) and been hooked by a few. While “America’s Next Top Model” is out of season, BRAVO>PROJECT RUNWAY 2 is in full gear. Not only is it full of drama (“What happens when 8 gay men and 8 seemingly heterosexual women live in an overpriced apartment building, design clothes, stop being polite and start getting real?”) but it is educational like getting taken to school by Dixie Carter on “Designing Women.”

So with 1.5 seasons behind us, let’s look at some of the lessons we’ve learned at the knee of Heidi, Tim, Michael and Nina

  1. They’re not clothes. They’re garments.
  2. Your models can make you. AND break you. Choose wisely.
  3. While Paris Hilton doesn’t even know where the fuck London is, her sister Nikki will totally remember if you rip off a dress she’s already worn.
  4. No matter what your sexual preference, all aspiring designers scream like little girls if you bring them to Barbieland.
  5. The people who sell you fabric should get credit every time you win. Bad fabric will KILL you.
  6. “Conceptual” sounds great when you’re talking to the camera, but on a human body, you shouldn’t have to have your model carry footnotes to explain your garment.
  7. Jay McCarroll STILL rules the runway.
  8. If you are a Season 2 contestant, it is required you must screw with your first name, your last name or both (e.g., “Guadalupe Vidal”, WTF?)
  9. When Tim Gunn tells you it’s time to step it up, it feels like you’ve just disappointed your favorite high school teacher you had a crush on.
  10. AND…

  11. For the best recaps, check out Rich’s fourfour. I am a mere gamete in his wake.

Want to quit smoking? Don’t think about it…

BBC NEWS | Health | Sudden bid to quit smoking ‘best’

I’m sure those of you who have attempted to quit smoking (or have succeeded) will not be surprised to learn that a study in the British Medical Journal found that pondering your decision (you know, making lists, buying pallets of chewing gum in advance, thinking about how you’ll fill the time now that the cigarette monkey is off your back (or at least visiting relatives for a while)) is not as successful as just standing up in the middle of a crowded theater and quitting mid-film.

As my recent trek into quitsville ended a few days ago, it seems that rather than feeling like a failure, I should instead consider myself “normal” — or as close as I can get.


Reading: 25 January 2005

Smallest Vertebrate Found (see awesome pictures on Pharyngula)

Richard Hatch continues to give gay people a bad name…: I mean seriously, I don’t know how you could sneak food to your friends on some island in the middle of the ocean, unless you’re picking up Combos at a 7-11 on an oil platform or something…

Bush Administration caught trying to fake out mouse science in effort to benefit developers: I’d like to see these little guys in action…

The more I read Aetiology, the more I love it and feel like the kid who came late to the really good class they’re gonna be sorry they missed.