Saturday, October 29
Ace is deconstructing the vampire myth. One thing he says is
Recoil From Crosses?: Yes. Very cool. But I like Fright Night's take on it. You can't just put up a cross and expect a vampire to cower. "You gotta have faith for that to work on me."Sucks for me (sorry!) - I'm an atheist.
Only... I have these little Tux* case badges** including some that are gold or silver plated.
The next vampire who tries to put the bite on me is in for a surprise!
* The Linux penguin.
** Those little 1" square badges on the front of computers.
Sunday, October 16
Here's something I haven't seen before: The story of how a single mutation allowed a bacteria to digest nylon:
My favorite example of a mutation producing new information involves a Japanese bacterium that suffered a frame shift mutation that just happened to allow it to metabolize nylon waste. The new enzymes are very inefficient (having only 2% of the efficiency of the regular enzymes), but do afford the bacteria a whole new ecological niche. They don't work at all on the bacterium's original food - carbohydrates.Naturally, this ability to digest nylon is "irreduceably complex": If you remove any one of the genes involved, it no longer works. Unfortunately for the IDists, we know exactly how a single genetic mutation gave rise to this ability.
Saturday, October 15
And how to unmake it.
So you've read the Evil Overlord List, and got yourself comfortably established? And now you're ready to destroy the world? Only you want to do the job properly?
Update: Here's a handy button for your website to keep track of the current status of planet Earth:
Of course, I really should hotlink it to make sure it stays up-to-date, but that's considered impolite.
Do not look directly at Sun with remaining grape.
Wednesday, October 05
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