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Category:General
Posted on: February 2, 2013 1:26 pm
 

non-prose

21st Century

 

perceptions formed from

diodes’ highly defined light

infinite arrays shrunk thin, thinner

in fact,…airtight

 

broadly banded tentacles

searching with wireless fidelity

harvesting crops of zombies

behind the shades of the uncommunity

 

flushed down the transient gyre

of virtuality

into the pixilated sewer

which waits for you and me

 

Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:15 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2012 12:06 pm
 

How did we get here? What's next?

The plutocrats have by now sucked the air out of the Amerikan economy.

Will the dying(†) embers reignite, and what colours the flame?


 (†) The author wishes to acknowledge the suggestion contributed by the ashwhole screen-named SchteemeyCaca
Posted on: April 18, 2010 3:58 pm
 

Southern cuisine

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pac
ific/8627335.stm


An Australian publisher has had to pulp and reprint a cook-book after one recipe listed "salt and freshly ground black people" instead of black pepper. Anyone know where you can get a people grinder? My wood chipper is way too noisey for dining.

Category: General
Posted on: February 24, 2010 10:24 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 2:31 pm
 

Atheists are lightweight punks.

Atheists don't believe in any form of god. Yet they believe that their football team, their neighborhood, their families and all their other delusions are real.

I don't believe that anything is real, meaning that nothing whatever exists outside of my mind's eye (my personal perceptions), especially you.

Do not think that because I seem to have deliberately and precisely arranged the pixels on my monitor to form these "words", that I believe that my monitor actually exists, because I'm sure that it doesn't. This in no way bothers me.

I'll also arrange some other pixels for the edification of you "others": http://www.davidhume.org/



Posted on: February 16, 2010 12:27 pm
 

Hurry up science

In time Science will likely reveal that...

...but nobody hold their breath.

For example, the last greatest thing was the Human Genome Project. Government and private labs all over were determining the sequence of the nitrogenous bases in bits and pieces of human DNA. Then they compared the sequence of their piece of DNA with sequences of others' pieces, found overlaps and, thereby, merged the sequences so as to learn bigger and bigger stretches. That process required the formation of The Internet. By now, they know the entire sequence of all the DNA in humans.

This was tauted to launch a New Medicine that could "cure" human pathologies by the thousands.

OK, but most of human DNA is "non-sense", or not-genes. So they had to find the "good stuff", the genes, which indirectly produce our traits by providing information for cells to make proteins. The proteins actually "do" our lives. But many genes are scattered here and there among all the DNA. So it's kind of like cutting a needle into hundreds of pieces, and throwing the pieces into a gigantic haystack. Then you have to find all the pieces in the haystack and reassemble the needle.

Even when a gene is determined, mostly they don't know what the protein it codes for does in the cells. Working this out is much more difficult than sequencing the gene in the first place. Way beyond that, is the problem that most proteins work together with many other proteins to produce their effects, like team sports. So knowing what a certain protein does in isolation is often not very useful. To complicate these little difficulties, genes get switched on and off in an individual depending on the person's developmental stage, and also on signals from the internal and external environment. So the proteins take turns doing their work kind of like line shifts in a hockey game.

So what we've ended up with is like a book written in an unknown language, and the letters of the book have been scrambled just for fun. Basically all we know is that the title of the book is: How to Produce a Human, Live its Life, Get Sick (and maybe recover), Make Kids, Get Old and Die.

Meanwhile, the economy has been souring like an old box of wine in a corner of a self-storage shed, so far less money is available to pursue the almost impossible research, and people are texting each other on Blackberries, or playing games on PlayStation instead of learning stuff at school.

Me, I take vitamin C for some unknown reason, and it seems not to hurt me too much (so far).
Category: General
Posted on: February 12, 2010 10:26 pm
 

The personal cost of our present economic slump

This article captures what JudgementDay foresaw and said now almost two years ago:

http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/2010
03/jobless-america-future


It's a long article, and no fun whatever to read. Pour yourself a stiff drink...

I think whatever truth there is in the ideas is clearly evident just by reading the comments on these boards.
Too bad there's no god, because one sure would be nice.
Category: General
Posted on: January 12, 2010 2:48 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2010 2:38 pm
 

Where did that gene come from?

The following report provides evidence that viruses enslaved by ancient animals permitted mammals to evolve. That's us. Viruses are our friends. A gene we borrowed from them is essential for placentas to form properly, and, therefore, for us to successfully make babies.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/12/s
cience/12paleo.html?pagewanted=1


What's your favorite virus anecdote?

Category: General
Posted on: November 25, 2009 10:47 am
 

Turkey gravy makes turkey edible.

Today (Thanksgiving Eve) I'll make the stock which will become a great gravy.

I'll barely cover the wings, neck, and giblets with water in a small stock pot. Bring the pot to a boil, skim off the floating, tan crud. Then add a quartered onion, the tops from a bunch of celery, the stems from a bunch of parsley, a carrot, the stems from a quart of mushrooms (the mushroom tops go into the stuffing), a clove of garlic and some salt and a lot of peppercorns. Then simmer for about two hours and allow to cool (enough to handle). Strain through a colander and then store in the frig. I'll save the neck meat and giblets for the stuffing. Next morning, skim off any fat from the top, and reduce to ~3 cups, by boiling. The stock will be golden.

After the turkey has roasted I deglaze the dark brown fan from the pan with a small amount of water, and pour the liquid into a fat separator. Mix the deglazed fan liquid with enough turkey stock to make 4 cups.

In a heavy sauce pan, heat about 4 tablespoons of olive oil at low heat. Stir in about half a cup of flour, stir, and heat at very low until the flour is smooth and bubbly. Add more oil if too "dry". Remove from heat. Add the liquid in very small increments with lots of stirring to produce a smooth paste. Small additions at the beginning, larger amounts of stock as the paste thins. [BTW, this method is contrary to the accepted wisdom, yet far superior]. You should achieve a thick, lump-free, beautifully light brown pre-gravy. Heat with continuous stirring until the gravy bubbles and thickens. Adjust seasonings to taste. Pour liberally over the sliced turkey or eat with a spoon.

Have a great dinner!
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