Monday, December 30, 2002

Happy Holidays to All!

Since I got some cool tunes for Christmas, I'm in the mood to share some IDM sites I had bookmarked on one of the less used Lab Computers: the IDM Warp Zone has some nice links and good samples; and "the light goes green, the trap is clean" the works of one of their artists. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 11, 2002

Words cannot describe my child-like glee. As a young boy, I was suckered into the Japanese obsession with robots by Astro Boy and Johnny Socko. As a teen, this obsession was reinforced by Robotech, Carl Masek's heavily altered version of Japan's incredibly popular Macross series. Now the same people whose car I drive have added AI to their 1.2 m robot, ASIMO (named for the originator of the genre, Isaac Asimov). The Japanese have very different image of robots than most Westerners, which I have to say I share. And finally, since it's running through my head, here's a little musical interlude.

Thursday, December 05, 2002

During my lunchtimes, I've been reading and posting messages to various Yahoo! Groups discussing evolution, which has mostly involved arguments with Creationists over what Evolution Theory really says. One of the other posters from the Evolution camp, Michael Suttkus, has collected some of the better Amateur Creationist Theories on his web-design-impared Weird Creationism page. I've seen some of these same stories from other sites, but it's still an eye-opening list to read through.

Wednesday, December 04, 2002

Well, nipple of the mine blows for above with the pleasure: the Mad Scientist Network is back online and accepting questions! An insoluble database error took the asking and answering forms offline on May 25, and the last 6 months have been difficult without my MadSci fix. Now the questions are pouring in, as if it had never been down, after only the first week. I haven't answered any new ones yet, but my role as moderator has kept me busy, and is often more rewarding. I moderate the Development and Evolution areas, and co-moderate Cell Biology and Molecular Biology, but I have access to the whole incoming questions list, so I can sometimes be seen purposely misleading people in areas I have no expertise in. Bwahahahahahaha!