What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Linkee-poo drinks a whiskey drink, drinks a vodka drink, drinks a lager drink, drinks a cider drink

"Her findings, chronicled in her newly published book Secrets from the Eating Lab, offer a fascinating explanation for why dieting over the long term is actually impossible." Once you start a diet, you will always be on a diet for the rest of your life or you will gain the weight back. And research tells us that the actual diet doesn't matter all that much (if it's a well thought out and balanced diet), but your ability to stick to the diet that actually matters. Also, your body will eventually compensate for the diet (which brought about the concept of programmed "cheating days"). But, as the article explains, most diets are about getting your money. Eat less, exercise more (said the guy who hasn't been on his Wii in three years). (Grokked from Kameon Hurley)

Add Clippy to any website using javascript. The trumpet sounds, and the seventh-seal is broken. (Grokked from Random Michelle K)

Coast Guard called out to oil spill, finds jellyfish instead. The jellyfish appear like oil slicks, but the problem is there are now more jellyfish (gee, I wonder why). But for me the interesting line was "Titchen estimates the Coast Guard Sector Columbia River responds to approximately 250 pollution hazard calls in a typical year." Two-hundred fifty calls on spills a year. Tell me again how "safe" fossil fuels are. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

Time is the fire in which we burn.

When government regulates business it's horrible, terrible, outdated, Soviet quality, oppressiveness that lead to poor customer experiences. Not. Note that's a photo of 1960's Economy Class seating. Sure, it's a promo pic, but still. I don't think you have that much room in first class these days.

A different take on the shooting at the "Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest" arguing that it's a clear case of free speech than Charlie Hebdo. While I disagree with the main premise (see previous Linkee-poo), there's still a lot of good points in there. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

The sweet potato is a natural GMO. Well, not exactly. And this is a part of the agenda of big agra to make you feel comfortable with GMOs ("look, we've been selectively breeding for millennia, this is no different" and now, "look, Nature does it too"). I mean, if you're going to go that far, most procaryotes (bacteria is a simple definition) are as well. They tend to "share genes" quite easily. Also, all eucaryotes (cells with organelles) are as well. We humans are an example of this. You might have heard of mitochondria. Those are the organelles within our cells that provide the majority of energy we use to live (this is where the Krebs cycle ends by feeding Hydrogen ions to the free-electron transport chain, which is also were we actually "make water", and a lot of our cellular energy as ATP). Did you know that mitochondria have their own DNA, and it ain't human? Don't worry, a lot of animals have mitochondria. It's assumed that at one time they were their own life form which an early eucaryote cell "swallowed" and incorporated. Also, after we eat and digest food you can find that food's DNA in our blood. And did you know those viruses that you catch can insert their (manufactured) DNA (because viruses are actually RNA - it'd take too long to explain) into your DNA? That doesn't make us a GMO, though. What it means is most of life is symbiotic. To say we are human is to miss our biome (the bacteria and viruses that live on and in us - all the time). Calling that "GMO" is a marketing campaign.

The list of scientists who became creationists after studying the evidence. (Grokked from Justine Larbalestier)

Some black women in St. Louis are now wondering if the children they were told had died during or shortly after birth were actually sent into foster care or adopted out. (Grokked from CC Findlay)

Oh sweet Cthulhu, I'm in agreement with Bill O'Reilly and Donald Trump. Look, if this was an actual thing (contest for drawing the Prophet Muhammad) I would agree this is a free speech issue. But this event was a direct provocation. It was designed to provoke a response. In that way, this is incitement to violence, not free speech. Its one thing to speak truth to power, it's a completely different thing to pick a fight (that would get people killed). If there were some benefit here (even if I disagreed with it) other than having a few people say, "See, we were right, Islam is horrible and prevents us from doing what we want to do (which we never would have done had we not wanted to provoke a confrontation)" or even a commentary on the prohibition against drawing Muhammad, I would say it was free speech. There is no benefit beyond self-aggrandizement, and there is no political or cultural benefit.

"Abstinence-only Texas High School hit by Chlamydia outbreak; 1 In 15 students affected." How's that "hopey-changey" thing working out for you all? There's just way too many good nuggets in this story, but "Diana Martinez, a Crane resident and parent, told NewsWest 9 her kids are too young for her to worry about; otherwise, she'd sit them down and have a talk… 'Honestly this happens in any town… Parents need to be aware of the situation and make sure they tell their kids to be safe and practice safe sex.'" Or, you know, because they don't, they could get actual scientific information from their school. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

Why should you have professionals handle you're printed communications? To be fair, we make our own mistakes which sometimes make it out into public, but not normally in the headline. Also, a pro would have spotted the whole "propped up by" error (there's a whole lotta "propped up by" going on in that "erection day") and the missing of crucial (and possibly legally required) language.

There's this story of a person sitting in a barber's chair sees a mob outside running down the street. This person jumps up and shouts, "There go the people. I must follow them, for I am their leader." I give you Louie Gohmert.

Rick Perry, get in the fucking sack.


Dr. Phil (Physics) said...

No! Not Clippy! I have actually gone in and deleted that little fucked so it couldn't load.

And the tumbleweed animated GIF is adorable. A visual version of crickets...

Dr. Phil

Random Michelle K said...

You're welcome. :)

I found that because a co-worker was joking that after they killed off Clippy, he didn't have any friends.

I told him I'd be his friend.

For a dollar.