I learned a little about a couple methods of determining how closely related species are. One method uses the immune system. Originally done in rabbits, the experiment has been expanded and repeated many times over. Its basis is this: DNA is a bunch of genetic material, just like a virus. The immune system will treat… Continue reading How Relations are Measured
Discovering a new artist counts as learning. So does discovering something big about someone I know. My uncle, Todd Norton, has always been an artist, and has produced some amazing pieces. But his latest series belongs in a museum. It has a unique vision presented with the right blend of simplicity, complexity, and vibrancy. The… Continue reading My uncle is going to be famous!
I’ve been learning too many “soft” lessons recently. But I was going to do a good post about genetic analysis, when a pair of cars wrecked outside my home. One car was making a left-hand turn while the other car ran the red light. The left-turner was uninjured. The light-runner was not. He remained awake,… Continue reading You’re On Your Own
I learned that Joss Whedon isn’t going to do any more Marvel movies.
I just watched Box Trolls, a kids movie with an array of bad guys. In particular, there was a set of three henchmen. Two were large and carried on intelligent conversations with each other. The third was impishly small and uttered single-word sentences. He also took a maniacal enthusiasm in any misdeeds the trio carried… Continue reading Scary? Ability vs. Intent
Here is how I explain the movie “Snakes on a Plane” to people: So there’s this plane, right? And there are these snakes. And the snakes are all riled up on hormones that make them super-aggressive. And now get this… the snakes… are on the plane. There is also a guy who undergoes personal growth… Continue reading Snakes on a Plane
When I test phones before sending them home with a customer, I do a google search for “dog.” Why? It lets me test the internet by only typing three letters. This customer’s phone was having problems, so after searching “dog,” I searched “cat,” so I would know that I wasn’t seeing cached results. Problems continued,… Continue reading Emus: Least Concern