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Apologies and writting

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For the three people (being generous) who actually read this blog, I am sorry for not posting more often. That aside, I have started working on a sci-fi story. Hopefully I can actually meet my goal of fleshing out the beginnings of an outline into a short story. It is a harrowing tale of loneliness during a regatta.

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February 24, 2010 at 07:12

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Geneticly Modified Foods

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I would prefer to have some scientific studies and an informed opinion on the subject of this post. Unfortunately I can only bring up my ambivalence on the issue. The power to create a form of rice with Vitamin A fascinates me, but there are potential risks that come from this application of science. Plants with their own pesticides could potentially have the consequence of creating insects that are resistant. But I have read, in a Scientific American article from 2000, that farmers who use genetically modified foods use weaker pesticides, in smaller amounts.

One argument that I do not accept is the claim that there is something wrong with a plant that could not have come about naturally. Yes the process of inserting a section of DNA for one desired trait from a bacterium into the strand of another plant requires bring other traits along, but laboratory testing and field research over the long-term can give us a better basis for understanding the risks. Alas, I still have not seen enough to decide what to think on this issue.

Written by weso

January 21, 2010 at 05:38

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Vampires?

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Every time I read somethig about the American car industry, I fail to comprehend how they managed to last for so long. I was awaer that car delerships are endowed with monopolisitc powers only a government can create, but I had no idea that auto unions had a job bank (a method of giving people money for doing no work what so ever at the expense of others). Here is a quotefrom a book that is review in the second link I posted:

“When a machine broke down and stopped the assembly line, workers would take an unscheduled break and wait for an electrician or machinist instead of rushing to fix it themselves. Only skilled tradesmen were allowed to repair machinery, even if ordinary workers were capable of doing it — rules enforced not only by the national contract but also by the separate local contracts at each factory. The electricians or machinists often took their time getting to where they were needed, so that the plant would have to go into overtime to make up for lost production, and everybody would get more money.”

Written by weso

January 16, 2010 at 15:48

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Something to ponder

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Frank Hansen has created a graph comparing various amounts of health-care spending. It would be interesting to see what happens if inovation is introduced into the equation. I am also trying to understand how the quality scale was formed.

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January 11, 2010 at 15:32

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Slaves did not build the Pyramids

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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34794254?GT1=43001

I can already hear the libertarian presses rolling.

Written by weso

January 11, 2010 at 14:24

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In search of the optimal device

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I previoulsy suggested that a Kindel DX would be my optimal device of choice, but recent news of impovements in display technology has made me wonder if I sould hold off until a better laptop comes along.

See also:
http://gizmodo.com/5443895/e+ink-is-dead-pixel-qis-amazing-transflective-lcd-just-killed-it
http://gizmodo.com/5441762/the-best-of-ces?skyline=true&s=i

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January 9, 2010 at 13:15

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Changes

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My Go board arrived yesterdya and to celibrate, I have made some changes to the about page (one of wich is adding a link to that page).

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January 9, 2010 at 06:03

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