Thursday, January 24, 2008

One Step Closer..

to Zombie Uprising...

"US scientists have taken a major step toward creating the first ever artificial life form by synthetically reproducing the DNA of a bacteria, according to a study published Thursday.

The move, which comes after five years of research, is seen as the penultimate stage in the endeavour to create an artificial life form based entirely on a man-made DNA genome -- something which has tantalised scientists and sci-fi writers for years...."

Not that I'm complaining. I've been practicing plenty on resident evil so I know how to shoot zombies in the head. If you were a zombie, I'd shoot you in the head. You're welcome.

I read the 'zombie survival handbook' every night and practice getting out of the house in under 5min with Pup and gear. Oh, I'm ready.

I just like pointing out all these things going on in the world that are all stepping stones to the inevitable. Oh, they all have good reasons. For example, this US team "...has hailed artificial life forms as a potential remedy to illness and global warming. "

Another team that is working on prolonging life even after being brain dead is looking to preserve organs so they can be transferred more safely and for longer trips.

All worthy and good reasons for the research. But you all know how this story's gonna end. :)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

I’m just saying

Not that I’ve thoroughly read this report, but “A study by two nonprofit journalism organizations found that President Bush and top administration officials issued hundreds of false statements about the national security threat from Iraq in the two years following the 2001 terrorist attacks.”

“The study counted 935 false statements in the two-year period. It found that in speeches, briefings, interviews and other venues, Bush and administration officials stated unequivocally on at least 532 occasions that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction or was trying to produce or obtain them or had links to al-Qaida or both….”

“Bush led with 259 false statements, 231 about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and 28 about Iraq's links to al-Qaida, the study found…..”

So the last president almost got impeached for telling 1 false statement. About a blow job. Which didn’t result in much besides a dry cleaning bill.

This president had 259 false statements that lead the country into war with so many people getting killed (military and civilian), having a record deficit, our economy in a wreck, and no internal issues being addressed.

Where’s the call to do something about this president?

See what happens when you don’t care about politics and don’t vote.


Saturday, January 12, 2008

Ramblings on a 6 hour flight

Once again, I’m sitting here on the plane. Another trip across the country.

Seven hours is a long time to be spending on flight. Lucky for me, the flight isn’t very full so I have 2 seats to my self. That is alright by me.

Sitting here in the near darkness. With only the glow of the screen. You can’t help but think about things.

For example, I’m wondering what everyone else is thinking. I know what the guy behind me is thinking. Turn off that damn screen!

Wonder where these people are all going? Home after a very long holiday? Traveling to exotic locations? Trying to leave behind a broken life and starting a new one in a place no one knows their name?

Wow, I’ve totally got nothing.

Work’s been very stressful lately. Along with that, things haven’t been going that well lately in general. Not that there’s anything bad, just that there’s nothing good. I was by myself on Christmas eve and New Years eve. I had plenty of invites to go places. I just didn’t want to be anywhere else.

What did really cheer me up lately was finding this band called ‘West End Girls’. They’re a female Swedish duo that does covers of Pet Shop Boy songs. They put big dance beats behind all the songs too which is fantastic. This stuff is so candy pop it hurts my teeth when I listen to them. I think I may have to buy their CD from Sweden.

I know women are not Pet Shop Boy’s target audience, but it’s odd that I’ve never met another female PSB fan other than my sister.

Moving on. Yep. More ramblings.

Man, I wish I could move to Seattle. I think I would really like that. I say this cause they’re showing a thing on Seattle on the TV. That and I've wanted to move there since high school.

You now how I know I’m tired? I’m too tired to write those political posts. I have quite a few posts that I want to write about, but I tell ya. My brain’s got nothing lately. I mean come on, read this post. Oh.. yea, you already are.


You know what I was thinking about? I think I only know of 1 married couple that doesn’t have kids. I’m very curious about this. Why are so many people having kids lately? According to the government, there has been a 4% jump in kids lately. With the country in such a mess with a coming recession, the never ending and bankrupting war, losing of civil liberties, climate change, unrest around the world, why are all these people bringing a child into the world?

This is one theory of mine. Things are so bad out there. No one really wants to deal with it or think about it. Therefore, what they do is have a baby. A baby is the perfect excuse to never pay attention to anything else for the next 18 or so years. You world now revolves around the baby. You’ve created your own little world. All that matters to you now is the child.

Not that I’m saying putting your child first is a bad thing. I’m just wondering why so many people are deciding to have kids now. I think the escapisam that comes with the child is a good reason. If anyone has a better theory, please let me know.

This is good. The writing’s coming a little easier.

Oh, this is a sign things are too stressful at work. Last night when I was typing, my arm was in serious pain. It felt numb and all my fingers hurt. Yup, carpotunnel (sp?). I know. Totally bad.

Oh, it looks like we’re about to land so I guess I better turn this off…

Hopefully, I’ll have more to say or at least easier for to me to type on the trip back.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Hi, and you are?

I think I’m only at home for about 10 days this month. That’s fine with me. I haven’t traveled since the beginning of November. Worst thing is that I did have a few trips lined up. They were all just cancelled. That's neither here or there though. Moving on.

I don’t know why people complain about traveling. I guess if there was someone at home missing them I can see the reason. For me, not so much. So I try to travel as much as possible. I enjoy traveling on the company dollar. Pup enjoys being able to do whatever at the house too so it’s a win-win. I just have to remember to keep the liquor cabinet stocked and he’s fine.

Something made me think of this the other day when I was sitting at the hotel.

Back when I was in high school, my girlfriend then and I used to go to hotels around the city. We would pretend to be someone else. We had great names picked out and everything. Many times there were all these silly scenarios that were involved too. We generally didn’t check into a room (mainly cause we were too young to rent a room), but we would hang out and chat with travelers in the lounge areas and such. You would be amazed how fun that is.

I tell ya, finding someone that would do that with ya is damn near impossible.

I still do that sometimes when I travel. I would come up with an entire profile during the flight. A whole new persona. I sometimes travel with photos of my nephew and niece which I’ve made up numerous stories about. That always seems to get me in good with a certain population.

No one with photos of kids can be bad right? Ok, nevermind. That probably sounded creepy.

I don’t know why it is that I do this. Am I bored with who I am? Am I not living up to my own expectations? Is it just silliness? Is this just a mental disorder?

Who knows?

What I do know is that it used to be very fun when I had someone to do this kind of silliness with.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

At the moment

I’m sure these will change within weeks, but just wanted to put down what some of my favorite things are at the moment.

Favorite restaurant (casual/fast) – Waffle House/Chipotle
Favorite restaurant (nice) – Fuego
Favorite bar – Brick Store / The Earl
Favorite song – Almost lover – A fine frenzy
Favorite movie (in theaters) – Juno
Favorite movie (rental) – Waitress
Favorite drink (non-alcoholic) – Bubble tea
Favorite drink (alcohol)– Jack D
Favorite shows (on TV) – Pushing Daisies, HIMYM, Big Bang Theory, Heroes, Meet the Press
Favorite show (anime) – Bleach, Naurto
Favorite sport (playing) – Ultimate
Favorite sport (watching) - Football
Thing most looking forward to in 08’ – Trip to China
Car I’m currently driving – Lucy (Prius)