Monday, September 15, 2014
Junk is good
"There is a roughly inverse correlation between organism complexity and gene density; the less complex the organism, the higher the gene density."
Friday, August 15, 2014
When we consider the beginning of things there seems to be a pattern.
15 billion years ago there was a point expansion creating The Universe. Emphasis is put on the term point. The expansion that created The Universe did not happen in spots, with an expansion here and an expansion there - and it only happened once. The genesis of The Universe was also not a field expansion - a dimensional plane did not manifesting all at once.
In truth I am unsure of the significance of point vs other alternatives. Shape being less important than recognition that something quite amazing happened once and is only known to have happened that once.
Our solar system - Sun and some of the planets - is 5 billion years old. Life is estimated to have emerged 4 billion years ago. The reference here is that Life emerges relatively soon in the sequence of things. Unique and wonderful - yet quick.
A constant current of thought in Evolutionary Biology is captured by the following - "The fundamental properties of the DNA replication process and the mechanisms used by the enzymes that catalyze is have proved to be essentially identical in all species. This mechanistic unity is a major theme as we proceed from general properties of the replication process, to E. coli replication enzymes, and, finally , to replication in eukaryotes."
This is the argument for Common Descent (it just smells wrong).
If everything is composed of the same stuff then they are related.
Our problem is explaining all The Randomness of Science.
Life is unique and yet quick, but happening only once. Everything is the same because it is so random?
Thursday, August 14, 2014
And that is THE PROBLEM - The Beginning. Science can do all kinds of amazing things once everything is in place, but it is the starting of things that cause concern. It is the starting of things that lacks clarity.
I am working on The Molecular Biology of The Gene.
Truth - The Gene is interesting but perhaps overrated. It is not The Gene that is of so much interest. The interest is in the entire linear sequence of nucleotides - DNA.
At present I am just taking a little of this and a little of that.
When DNA is preparing to duplicate - H bonds must be broken.
"In the prokaryotic bacterium E. coli, replication can occur at a rate of 1,000 nucleotides per second. In comparison, eukaryotic human DNA replicates at a rate of 50 nucleotides per second. In both cases, replication occurs so quickly because multiple polymerases can synthesize two new strands at the same time by using each unwound strand from the original DNA double helix as a template. One of these original strands is called the leading strand, whereas the other is called the lagging strand. The leading strand is synthesized continuously, as shown in Figure 5. In contrast, the lagging strand is synthesized in small, separate fragments that are eventually joined together to form a complete, newly copied strand."
I believe the numbers 1,000 vs 50 nucleotides per second are per cell. You wonder why E. coli can replicate DNA 20 times faster than a human?
Take this brother and may it serve thee well.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
"I almost forgot," he told her. "All the best swords have names."
"Cows with names give the most milk."
The greatest of pains have been taken to shield you from the fact that Science has no idea what Space is. They do all kinds of theses and thats and make muffins with raisins and such and at the end of it all there is no succinct definition of Space.
It may be that the mixing of space and time will be seen as a conceptual error.
Space is an independent variable.
Time is a dependent variable.
With random mutation at the heart of your dogma you would expect more diversity.
"The discovery that DNA is the prime genetic molecule, carrying all the heredity information within chromosomes, immediately focused attention on its structure. It was hoped that knowledge of the structure would reveal how DNA carries the genetic messages that are replicated when chromosomes divide to produce two IDENTICAL copies of themselves. (The claim of identical copies is an insistent error that is continually repeated. Very similar yes. Identical - no. Lack of rigor is a characteristic occasionally found in discourse on evolutionary biology.) During the late 1940'S and early 1950'uus, several research groups in the US and Europe engaged in serious efforts - both cooperative and rival - to understand how the atoms of DNA linked together by covalent bonds and how the resulting molecules are arranged in three-dimensional space. Not surprisingly, there initially were fears the DNA might have very complicated and perhaps bizarre structures that differed radically from one gene to another."
There is more to the this quote and hopefully I will add it later. However, more important is to give form to The Questing Beast - the direction in which my mind is going.
It has been argued that stuff and especially Life is too complex to have arisen by chance. I am giving consideration to the antithesis - Life is too simple to have arisen by chance. Everywhere we look the same building blocks are used.
Friday, August 01, 2014
George R. R. Martin - wondering about the R. R. - A Game of Thrones - 1996.
Some will grok and some will not and that is just the way it is. Somewhat random and then again not.
"For centuries the Targaryens had married brother to sister."
In the beginning, is now, and ever shall be.
One of the things that makes all of this a lot different is that one can change things and see what they do and if the results are unpleasing - change.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
If Life is a groping in the dark, doing this and that in random fashions, the evidence for this is missing. There should be evidence of more diversity in the biochemical - the cell and its components -record. Across the spectrum there is no from the ground up. We have not been able to provide evidence of a chain of major transitions from one biochemical way of doing something to another. No - from simple to complex. Things seem to have just arrived, rather complete. All life shares the same biochemical transmission mechanisms. All of the simpler ways of doing things are missing. It is as if many organs and functions arrived complete.
An argument can be made that when a "better" way of doing something evolved that it completely replaced the "older" more "simplistic" way. This could happen in a very restrictive environment where resources are very scare. But primitive Earth had an abundance of space and resources.
Another puzzle is initially how simple the building blocks of Life are. Four letters taken 3 at a time.
When you first start to look at genetics it is amazing that DNA is composed of just 4 nucleotides. It seems that there just as easily could be 10 or 15 or even 1,000,000,000. I do not know enough about the nucleotides - C,A,T,G - to appreciate why 4 and only 4 would be sufficient and desirable. All DNA is composed of long linear sequences of 4 different nucleotides. Why not more nucleotides? Why not less? I suspect 2 nucleotides would be the minimum.
4 nucleotides is probably a minimum. With 2 nucleotides the amount of genetic material for many life forms would exceed the capacity of its cells. There are biochemical restrictions on how large a cell can be.
These four nucleotides are evaluated 3 nucleotides at a time - condom - to yield what has been defined to be amino acids. Again why not 10, or 7 or 53?
In the beginning 4 and then 3 and then 20 - very intellectually seductive - so simple that even a ape could probably be trained to do it. For sure a caveman.
We go 4, 3, 20 and then POW!! 25,000 proteins squished and folded in a gazillion ways.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
I am starting to read the above. Lots and lots. The book must weight +10 lbs.
Looked at the diagrams for the nucleic acids - CATG - Cytosine, Adenine, Thymine, Guanin - and for RNA - U - Uracil. Nucleic acids bond with each other in special ways. Adenine bonds with Thymine. Cytosine bonds with Guanin. In RNA Uracil replaces Thymine and bonds with Adenine.
C and T are the pyrimidine bases and look less complex than the purine bases A and G. I say less complex because the diagrams for C and T look less involved.
I know very little organic chemistry, but visual speculation suggests that perhaps C and T and maybe U were pushed together to form A and G.
We are invoking a principle of manifestation, that stuffs evolves from simple to complex. Just as with scientific lore that hydrogen and helium came first and then in time the heavier elements.
The thought being pursed is why we need 4 or 5 letters in our genetic alphabet to engender life.
2 letters can yield fidelity. Can anything interesting be done with 2 letters.
There is a very strong nexus between the terms DNA and information. If you encounter the pairing enough times you forget that this information does something. To better understand the need for letters you have to appreciate what the information in DNA does. The information in DNA - amino acids - arrange energy packets in certain ways.
The Genetic Code is not as abstract as our alphabet and letters and words. The arrangement of the base pairs has meaning in and of itself.
Next - look at combinations of amino acids that make up proteins
And here in lies the rub.
Description for Figure 1-2 - "Diverse lining organisms share common chemical features. Birds, beasts, plants, and soil microorganisms share, with humans the same basic structural units (cells) and the same kinds of macromolecules (DNA, RNA, proteins) made up of the same kinds of monomeric subunits (nucleotides, amino acids). They utilize the same pathways for synthesis of cellular components, share the same genetic code, and derive from the same evolutionary ancestors."
With our sole reliance on random processes and natural selections, I would expect more diversity. How is it that we do not find life anywhere using a different genetic arrangement?
There is a difference here between the theory of evolution with random mutation and natural selection and the evolution of life. The evolution of life pertains to how existing things combined. There is an inherent way in which things combine - Lehninger refers to this as "the molecular logic of life".
Sunday, March 16, 2014
The term "genetic variability" is not well defined in discussions of the difference between genetic variability of human beings relative to other life forms. It is unclear if the difference between individuals in the various groups being compared is in the composition of their genes - protein coding regions - or in their Junk DNA.
A question I am now considering is how sensitive is a protein to its amino acid representation? Can extra amino acids be included within the linear nucleotide sequence without influencing the production of a protein - perhaps just skipped over the unneeded nucleotides? Another way of stating this is, is there Junk DNA within the protein coding sequence?
"Humans generally are highly inbred - I remember reading somewhere that two chimpanzees from the same forest may differ more from each other than the furthest removed human populations. There is also a lot of variation between various human groups - Africans are generally the most diverse and East Asians the least. Ashkenazi Jews are so inbred that they are basically all related to each other as fourth or fifth degree cousins.
Cheetahs are so inbred that skin can be transplanted between individuals with no chances of rejection. This of course has drawbacks in form of poor adaptability, very low survival rates for kittens and being more prone to diseases."
When comparing the DNA of humans and chimps there are 2 conflicting statements. One strain of thought emphasizes how different the genetic makeup is of humans and chimps. Stating that humans have a lot less genetic variability than chimpanzees. The other statement focuses on how similar the DNA of humans and chimps are.
Here is a very informative letter published in Nature magazine - Unexpectedly Large Difference in Y Chromosome of Human in Comparison to Chimpanzee
This large difference in the Y Chromosome of Human in Comparison to Chimpanzee is supported by the diagram above that compares the chromosomes of Humans and Chipanzees. The Y chromosome is the last chromosome in the series. In each set the human chromosome is on the left and the chimpanzee is on the right. In the diagram the human Y chromosome is much larger than the chimpanzee.
Cell - Nucleus - DNA - Nucleotides - C,A,T,G - code for amino acids and random (Junk DNA) - amino acids code for proteins. Genes are sequences on the chromosome that code for proteins. DNA = genes + Junk. The term genome refers to all nucleotides - protein coding and Junk.
98.5% of the human genome codes for junk. Only 1.5% of the information contained in the human genome codes for proteins = genes.
In the article Initial sequencing and analysis of the human genome Nature 1/9/2001 I found this statement very interesting - "The mutation rate is about twice as high in male as in female meiosis, showing that most mutation occurs in males." I am actually surprised that male mutation rate is not much higher.
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Tuesday, December 04, 2012
There are many who just don’t know. There are many who have not been around long enough to realize that All Their Love is In Vain.
I am talking about the obsolescence of technical skills. You become competent at something like DOS command line input and then one day point and click comes along. 97.63 % of your accumulated skills turn into dukie.
When I was first exposed to computers input was done via punch card. This novelty itself takes out about 90% of the people doing high tech today. Punch cards?
Something that perhaps more can relate to is the way data is stored. Vinyl, 8 – track, cassette, CD, wav.
New and improved.
What did they do?
They added an extra ass hole so you get twice as much shit.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
It wasn’t that hard to understand how it had happened. Icahbod had been taking Extenze and Viagra for about a week and now he had a big problem. Things had gotten out of hand. He had had a week without peace.
It is one thing to get what you want. But to discover that once you get it, that is all you get, is one of Life’s great disappointments.
It hadn’t always been like this.
I have the idea for the next Big Thing and the above is not it. Apparently it isn’t just going to show up and demand that I do the work. No, I am going to have to work at it. Like I have with the guitar, working on the scales. You do it over and over and over again and eventually you form the link/channel. You start to bring in 3rd circle stuff.
They always talk about lots of notes. Could certainly do that.
What is missing is the overriding principle – the glue – The Nexus.
Objectives – develop some characters, interesting story, levels, hints, …
Alone with his thoughts. Watching one pop in and one pop out. There was a queue somewhere but he had never been able to find it.
The thoughts that waited in a queue and popped in and out where his. The topics, the nuances, the voice, - the thoughts were his but somehow not.
There was a place somewhere, where these thoughts were being put together, perhaps like strands of DNA, but his efforts to figure out where the thoughts were put together and queued had been unsuccessful.
We are just talking about a list. It is not a random list though. There is order in the continuity of thought.
Some days there were a lot of thoughts in the queue and some days not. He had some theories on why this was but …
“The women come and go Speaking of Michelangelo.”
And for The Artist it is the caring of the moment. To save and protect that which was once precious.
Sunday, November 04, 2012
Phosphorus is essential for life. As phosphate, it is a component of DNA, RNA, ATP, and also the phospholipids that form all cell membranes.
Due to its high reactivity, phosphorus is never found as a free element on Earth.
What I was looking for and can't find is that phosphorus is essential to life. It is one of the 2 ingredients in the backbone of the double helix DNA. What the article I am looking for mentioned was how rare phosphorus is on other planets, relative to the amount of phosphorus found on earth.
I use Blogger to provide a chronological place to record events and more so ideas. Today's entry has to do with an idea while doing.
Rather than spell it out in detail I am just leaving myself some clues.
Pied Piper of Hamelin
"Music has charms to soothe a savage breast," which is the first line of the play, spoken by Almeria in Act I, Scene 1. (The word "breast" is often misquoted as "beast", and "has" sometimes appears as "hath".)
I hope the above will prove sufficient.
Well why take chances. Outside, wonder fall days, others, Cinderella, music. That should do it.
I started to read again on DNA – fascinating. The gist of DNA is that it is the mechanism by which biological information is passed on from one generation to the next with fidelity (true) – the transmission mechanism.
At the heart of this wonder is that there are only 4 letters in the DNA alphabet and with these 4 all is done.
English has 26 letters to express all it wants to say. DNA has only 4.
While DNA gets all the attention, there is much wonder in the unit that carries the DNA, the cell itself.
Here is the rub – one would not think that the cell and DNA evolved at the same time. I envision the cell forming first and then DNA – the mechanism for perpetuating that which came before.
A prior something beautiful was created but had no way of preserving itself for future generations.
(Reflection suggests the last sentence is not true. One can envision a cell just breaking apart with some of it staying with one and some of it with the other. Then the function of the cell is to replace what has been lost. This replacing of what has been lost is the trick. Replacing more of the same is not as difficult as replacing something that is not there.)
While the cell is certainly wonderful, DNA is several levels of complexity higher.
Obiter dictum. I found this game. Every one should play it. Each cell is doing this at a rate that is several thousand times faster than any human could do it. In the cell an overseeing intelligence is not being applied. The connections are being made via chemical intelligence.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The Unites States is in the process of a National Election. All kinds of things are being debated. Everything said is very vague. There are no hard numbers to look at. One study says this and another study says that.
I am disappointed that at no time either in the past or now during the election has the question been raised - How many al Qaeda are there?
I did a Goggle search on this once and was shocked to find out that everything I could find suggests that there is at most, and this is being generous, 1,000 al Qaeda.
Here is a Google search example.
I am not saying that the article above is a "reliable" source. But find anything, anything that suggest that the number of al Qaeda is much bigger.
This finding is almost beyond belief.
Every school child in grades 3-6 should be required to write 100 times - At most there are 1,000 al Qaeda.
Now if you are running around doing all kinds of important national security things and making good money and having a great time you can find al Qaeda everywhere.
I pretty sure there are some al Qaeda training in my back yard.
The American people should get a report every month - How many al Qaeda are there?
It is like Romney's tax returns, if there is nothing to hide how can it hurt?
Every school child in grades 3-6 should be required to write 100 times - At most there are 1,000 al Qaeda.
Monday, October 29, 2012
I took advantage of the opportunity to vote early last Thursday. It was a uplifting experience. Kudos to everyone working at the polling place.
I voted knowing my vote would have no consequence. I live in Georgia and voted for Obamba.
I should have voted for Gary Johnson, The Libertarian Candidate for President but I had promised my Mother that I would vote for Obamba. This brought a little joy into her life and I was glad to do it.
If my only choices had been Obamba or Willard, I would have voted for Obamba anyway.
I am not that enamored with Obamba. He really is just too polite to get things done. Also he is part of the everyone is equal group. I have some respect for everyone should receive the same treatment with respect to The Law. However, I do not interpret that to mean that Laws should be inacted to make everyone equal when they are not.
Obamba may be too polite and too socialistically inclined, but he is a decent man.
Truth – anyone but Willard.
Won’t show tax returns. It is not that they are difficult to find or were done a long time ago when records weren’t kept as well. Amazingly his father was one of the first to provide tax records for a considerable amount of time when he ran for public office. The shame he must now feel for his son.
Mitt's best work is at Bain where he was The Gordon Gekko of his time. At Bain they didn’t make anything, they didn’t produce anything. Bain looked for distressed smaller companies with well funded pension plans. At these companies the creed was – no matter how bad things get you do not touch the pension fund. That is for our people’s retirement. These were the good old days where a company was really like a family.
It is a lot easier to steal from someone you don’t know.
At Bain they would gain control of these companies. Inflate the value of the pension plans, then saying they were too big. Issue a stock dividends of the pension plan’s overfunding. And then run the company into the ground by spending all kinds of money. Ending up in bankrupting the company.
Thousands lost their pension.
Some greed is natural. But to let this emotion reign unfettered is sin.
They bragged about what they did at Bain. They were proud of their work. To sin and brag puts you in the camp of The Devil.
$100 million dollars in IRA. IRA’s can be considered a welfare program. A Government program to assist those that might need a little extra money to retire with dignity.
It won’t make that much difference but if you want to move towards balancing the budget let’s take away Romney’s IRA.
Romney is a spirit with soul black.
But he will have to live with that and in old age when he reflects back on the merits of his life he will feel great shame – he will pay.
My main concern about Romney is his hawkishness. Where have trillions of dollars in debt gone – wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. What do we have to show for it? Less than nothing.
But enough boo. I actually had fun voting. I voted for myself for several positions. Everyone has the ability to enter in write in candidates. For several office’s, where the candidate was running unopposed, I voted for me.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Computers don't worry.
Most will pass over this comment without much reflection. But there is merit in appreciating that computers don't worry. It pertains to the concept of consciousness.
With computers becoming faster and faster and having access to larger and larger data sets many have wondered if there is a point at which computers become "human".
I postulate that it is not speed or size of data available that will achieve this triumph.
I have a clue but I will keep it to myself. Why spoil the fun for others?
As an aside - computers don't make mistakes or lie either.
Like Adam in The Garden, I have been seduced and taken the bite.
Initial impression – iPhone 5 works.
The thing I like most about it is Siri. I have only done a few things with Siri but it has done them well and amazingly quick.
But there ares some disappointments. Here is a company, Apple, with $100 billion dollars in cash on their balance sheet.
**Note – I actually thought that Apple has $100 billion dollars in cash. I looked up their balance sheet. From an investor's point of view it is probably the most beautiful balance sheet out there. Apple has no long term debt. Apple is not pulling an HP with tens of billions of dollars in Goodwill. However, Apple only has about $26 billion in quick cash (cash and short term investments).
Where the $100 billion is coming from is if you take all of Apple’s assets and subtract all of Apple’s liabilities it has over $100 billion left over – net tangible assets.**
Whatever, they have a lot of money they don’t know what to do with. They have spent money on everything they could possibly think of and they still have a shit load of cash left. (been getting into shit lately – not sure why).
The skinny here is that Apple has lots of cash and is supposed to be a super smart company.
That being said –
1. iPhone 5 comes with – finally – new ear buds . Still crap. Plastic. Doesn’t have a snug fit after use. Cord too short.
No wow factor. I want to hold the Apple ear buds in my hand, before I even try them in my ear, and go Wow! Then I want to use them and not believe how good they are.
Apple should buy a company like SkullCandy and give us something better.
2. My iPhone 5 has trouble picking up Wi-Fi downstairs. Every other device I have picks up Wi-Fi great. Even outside. So Apple is smart, just not that smart.
3. Battery does seem to run down quick. Some phones have wireless charging. Now that is Wow!
4. Of course iPhone 5 does not come with a USB port for uploading and downloading. You have to do all that stuff through iTunes.
In the beginning everyone were Droids and had to do things the IBM way. Now everyone using Apple products are Droids and have to do things the Apple way. A critical mass is forming, especially among the young, that find having to do everything through Apple distasteful.
First Adam bit. Now Apple bites.
***While doing this entry,I code by hand, I rediscovered short cut keys. I code for spacing and there is some code I have to do over and over again. Have to spend a little time and figure out how to incorporate keyboard short cuts into things I do.***
Friday, October 26, 2012
It will take Microsoft a long time to sink but with Windows 8 they will be taking the finger.
If you want to play get an iPad or something and finger away. Serious work will continue to be done via keyboard and mouse.
It might have been ok to offer an alternative operating system and call it - you guessed it - Finger. But to make Windows 8 The OS on all new computers is too drastic a change.
Vista was a disaster. Win 8 will be Apocalypse.
About once a month I get something, sometimes it even comes Fed-EX, from my bank telling me that because I am such a great guy, who is both smart and good looking - that they want to refi my home loan at a lower rate.
All I have to do is sign. No appraisal or income verification or anything. All kinds of fees are waiver.
I knew I was good but I didn't think I was that good.
So what's wrong with this picture.
You have to know something about amortization tables. The table contains a bunch of numbers that go on and on every month for 30 years or whatever the length of your loan.(I wonder if anyone has ever found an error in their amortization table? Yeah right like you are going to check it.)
If you look at your AT you will see that in the beginning almost every dollar of your mortgage payment goes to interest. Almost nothing goes against the principle.
The skinny - Mortgage companies make the most money on the front end of the loan.
Microsoft is always at work coming up with things to make everyone's life better. It is amazing how new and improved can come out about every year and half - but it does.
This is actually old news. It is about Word 10.
I got a new computer for Christmas,last, and it came with Office 2010. I had been using a bootlegged copy of Office 97 so I was big time ready for the new and improved.
New and improved to me is something I really need. Imagine a program that didn't have copy and paste and then a new version came out that did. This is an example of something you really need. This is an example of New and Improved.
Work hard and come up with something new that everyone needs. I like it.
When I started to use Word 2010 underwhelmed would have been an understatement.
The "default" setting in Word 2010 for spacing between sentences and paragraphs is 1.15 line spacing. It use to be just 1. So all line spacing is a bigger than before. Think spaced out.
There is suppose to be some secret about why 1.15 is better? Always better to be spaced out.
This is not an option. Being spaced out is the default. And it is difficult to maintain any other kind of setting.
Did Microsoft stop here with New and Improved. Oh no. I guess once you get spaced out everything looks different.
After completing a document you may want a hard copy of it. You will want to print it.
There are all kinds of options for doing a lot of feckless stuff on the, what I will call the home page, page where your document is viewed. With a flick of the wrist you can change - color,font size, style, ...
It took me a while to find it. If you actually want to print your document in Word 10 you have to go to the File tab at the top of the page and select Print from a drop down menu. The Print function is not on the main page. Again, the print function is not of the main page.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Lots of great stuff going on. Weather is perfect. All kinds of toys - new modem(fast computer), new iPhone, new Camera, crushing it on guitar. And my mind is a flame with wondrous thoughts.
In review, I see I linked my enthusiasm with have new things. The new has very little to do with it. I would be this way with just my thoughts.
I know that not everyone shares my enthusiasm. It is not their fault. They have yet to be touched.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
My mission for tomorrow is to have more fun. I had a lot of fun today so that is going to be rather difficult.
I had never encounter the first name Mitt. Mitt is a strange name. Upon hearing Mitt the mind quickly goes to twit, and it rhymes with other words. I wondered if it was short for something, like Bob is short for Robert?
Eureka. Mitt is Romney's middle name. Mitt Romney's first name, the one he uses on all those tax returns that he won't show anyone, is Willard.
If one watches Romney with some detachment he seems frantic, a defense mechanism to hide something he does not want others to know about. I am sure that part of it is that he can't believe that he is running for President of the United States when everything he has ever done has been untoward. It is deeper seated - think adolescent experience.
Should I connect the dots? Why not.
It was interesting that when I did fast word association of Willard with some friends that the first word that popped into their mind was rat. Has something to do with some movie where a rat could fly or cook or something.
This isn't it.
Romney's affliction developed much earlier. Willard is a strange name in and of itself. I don't know if Mitt was named after a relative, but how cruel of his mother to name him Willard.
I can envision much ridicule as a child. How much? Enough so that he adopted the defensive strategy of calling himself by his middle name.
The icing on the cake. He didn't like Willard. He could have decided to call himself whatever he wanted. He picked Mitt.
Well at least he has more money in his IRA than any person ever - $100 million. This is like the lady who won the lottery still being on food stamps.
If he can't do it Willard can
Willard, Willard he's our Man
If he can't do it, shit happens
Friday, October 19, 2012
I am playing chess against a computer here and getting my butt beat bad.
I am playing against a 1200 rank. Either my game has fallen completely apart or I have always played against wankers.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
During The Presidential Debates one candidate inferred that there is a very large group of people living on the government dole, while the entitled gentry bear (I was wrong. It is not bare.) the brunt of carrying the masses.
Let’s get this straight. Every Brooks Brother suited, starched shirt, fancy tied banker out there is part of the welfare state. They messed up things so bad that if it wasn’t for the most massive welfare check ever they would all be lining up for soup.
The defense would be that once again brilliance shines and banks have returned to profitability.
How have they done this? By imposing the largest tax increase ever on the middle class – low interest rates.
You can say that low interest rates helped a lot of middle class people stay in their homes. Perhaps. Usually if you can’t pay the rent, you can’t pay the rent.
What we know for sure is that unless you want to put your money up for grabs in the stock market, the thrifty get rewarded with a rate of return of about 1%.
Much worse – a large portion of the elusive Social Security fund is invested in US government securities. Wonder how fast all that money is compounding?
A couple years down the road The Chorus will be singing again – put the blood in the water for the sharks. People need to put their Social Security funds in the stock market.
A crook is a crook is a crook. Banks are borrowing money at 1% or less and lending it out via credit cards at rates sometimes as high as 25%.
"I got this from the government for $1 and I am selling it to you for $25."
Bums the lot of them.
“and you don’t make anything? ….and you don’t build anything?”
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Onward to feckless folly
All this and heaven too
And I love it
And it has been such to All
To have days upon which awakening
All around the stuff of Life
To make it just so
To imprint upon the firmament
In the beginning
And forever shall be
The magic is in the doing.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Thinking Makes My Head Hurt
A fundamental difference between man and other life forms is man's ability to expand his endowment via programming. This programming is primarily done with language.
Most life forms are instinct driven. While man certainly has instincts, he has the ability to add, change, and/or adapt this endowment in a plethora of ways.
What follows is only tangentially related to the above.
While this is only an abstract - A recent shift from polygyny to monogamy in humans is suggested by the analysis of worldwide Y-chromosome diversity. - to the initiated it should provide edifying entertainment.
Humanzee also makes interesting reading.
I found this interesting -
"Some older references will include Y as a match between gorillas, chimps, and humans, but chimpanzees (including bonobos) and humans have recently been found to share a large transposition from chromosome 1 to Y that is hot found in other areas."
Others many not.
Another point of interest was -
"Looking back millions of years into early human history, current research into human evolution tends to confirm that in some cases, interspecies sexual activity may have been a key part of human evolution. Analysis of the species' genes in 2006 provides evidence that after humans had started to diverge from chimps, interspecies mating between "proto-human" and "proto-chimps" nonetheless occurred regularly enough to change certain genes in the new gene pool:
Take this Brother and may it serve you well.
Friday, August 10, 2012
And for many Suns and with it its Moon, Master Phat waited for the return of His Master.
It was not written but received, He by his father, and His father by His. Everything must be kept ready for The Return of The Master. To have The Master return and be found lacking would be sacrosanct.
And in each life there is a waiting, a delay, an Act V – Scene V. In each life there is a yen for the return of The Master.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Click on the above to get a very interesting article, Bruce Lahn - Howard Hughes Medical Institute - University of Chicago, 12/29/2004, on research done on the evolution of the human brain. According to this research the human brain underwent a "Big Bang" about 500,000 years ago in which a large group of genes responsible for brain function underwent what is considered to be accelerated change.
The authors of the article go out of their way to try and make these changes fit into the standard natural selection model advocated by mainstream biological theory. However, a reading between the lines suggests that they suspect that something unorthodox happened.
I actually became aware of this research while watching Ancient Aliens. The program suggested that at some time in the past aliens altered human genetics.
Where is What?
This shot was taken by the the ubiquitous gonzo digital photographer - Robert d Snaps.
I can't figure out how he did it? Maybe he is using some sort of special lens.
Trouble Coming Everyday
Well I'm about to get sick
From watchin' my TV
Been checkin' out the news
Until my eyeballs fail to see
I mean to say that every day
Is just another rotten mess
And when it's gonna change, my friend
Is anybody's guess
So I'm watchin' and I'm waitin'
Hopin' for the best
Even think I'll go to prayin'
Every time I hear 'em sayin'
That there's no way to delay
That trouble comin' every day
No way to delay
That trouble comin' every day
You either know who did the above or you don't. Telling you now wouldn't help much.
This snap was taken at The National Gallery of Art - DC - by the ubiquitous gonzo digital photographer - Robert d Snaps.
"Take me to your leader."
"I am the fucking leader Dude."
Sunday, July 15, 2012
(t) ⇒ (t+1)
"David , You are stupid.. and you will will stay STUPID..
Enjoy your stupidity."
Probably just me but I found the above on a stock market forum. I was especially enamored by the "stupid and will stay stupid".
The Plight of Lucifer
‘Twas the plight of Lucifer – the withdrawing from the fold.
Primitive man had little conception of Self – of an entity completely separate from the rest of the group. He was the member of a family, a tribe, a clan. Even today, in less developed cultures, the concept of village or street or family plays a large part in how an individual defines themselves.
Separation of the One from the rest, an alienation, is a modern emergence. This withdrawal is more complete in advanced cultures because these advanced cultures have the technology to make this life style feasible.
Being alone with one’s thoughts is both a blessing and a curse.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
I am on a sabbatical at present learning how to become, via the ubiquitous Dummies series, a God.
The beginning of the text, which is rather terse for Dummies, is a commentary on the doctrinal consistency and historical continuity associated with the manifestation of the divine in a corporal being. Further discourse is allocated to the proposition that monotheism, like monogamy, is very boring and at the metaphysical level very limiting. The argument is extended by the consideration that the restriction of having one and only one divine being, instantly banishes an infinity of alternatives, with further scrutiny showing this constraint to be excessive, perhaps even excessively feckless. And then there is the more traditional argument, “If you piss off the one and only one, be it God or significant other, you are (How do you say it in English, the original is in Latin?) fucked.
How to Become A God for Dummies deviates from the norm in the series by not being a straight forward cookbook of how to become a God. But to the astute, Dummies certainly dangles lots of clues.
Clue number one is that becoming a God is not an instantaneous affair. Clue number one is that becoming a God takes time. The actual trigger or phrase used in the text , and some suspect it is a double or even – a trinity, a trinity, we want a trinity – a triple entendre – is, “Lust not for results.”
© 2003 big box industries
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Too Much Magic Bus
I lucked out taking this snap. Here we have a gentlemen fast asleep on a bench between the bathrooms at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Hundreds of people are walking back and forth but our subject is oblivious. He has succumbed to all the colors and shapes and is now fast a dreaming. Of what is his fancy, none know, and upon awakening even he will probably forget.
"...the Women come and go,
Talking of Michaelangelo."
Saturday, July 07, 2012
Beyond the Blue Event Horizon
The Story of Squint
"Once there was a creature. It was a female; but it was not an "it", if Descartes is to be believed, because it was aware of its own existence, and therefore it was a "she".
She had no name. But she was marked among her fellows by a great scar from ear to nose, where the hoof of a dying prey-beast had nearly killed her. Her eye on that side had healed with the lid pulled out of shape, and so she might be called "Squint". "
to be continued
Obiter dictum - Every now and then, one comes across a passage while reading that is exceptionally quaint and curious, unique. The Story of Squint is such. It is the best passage I have ever encountered of how tribal life might have been for our distant ancestors - 4 or 5 million years ago.
The Story of Squint is found in Beyond the Blue Event Horizon by Fred Pohl. From time to time I will add to the story. This is not the most efficient and effective to disseminate this information, but whatever.
Gen 1:26. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness;
Gen. 1:27. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God, created he him;
This is not to be interpreted as a physical image. It is not that God has hair on His head or hurts when He falls down or gets tired when He has been working hard.
And when I am thus I am happy. And when I am thus I am like Him.
It is when Man is creating that he is like God.
And to create One must overcome.
One must overcome the notion that One is not worthy. That what One has to offer is no good.
One has to overcome that what is offered will be transitory. Like sand castles on the beach, gone by morn.
And in the beginning everything was the same and then in a flash everything was different.
At the heart of all of this is A ≠ A.
Intelligence, nearness to God, is denoted by the urge to create. Those nearest to God have an obsession to do as He does.
Sunday, July 01, 2012
This Shit Sticks
Repair Extreme - Loctite rocks. And no, I didn't glue a finger to my face like last time.
Not sure what happened to the snap above. I had it right and then The Gods intervened.
Such is my life.
I went out and did this and that to fix it.
It's all better now. Let's just hope it stays this way. In the beginning, is now, and ever shall be.
It's the "ever shall be" that has me worried.
It happens to All. You have (n+1) things but the one thing you "need", you can't find.
I know I have an excellent print of a Black Eastern Tiger Swallowtail that, zut alors, I can't find.
I just discovered that while the male is always yellow, the female is dimorphic, being either yellow or black.
And the plot thickens.
Having my Questing Beast - The Black Queen - I thought to find something of use in T. H. White's - The Once and Future King. There, at the beginning of Book - (Incipit Liber Secundus) - I found penned in a very familiar hand -
My offering for this morning. The scene is from a corner of my Study.
I recently got a new camera, a Nikon 3200. The first word that comes to mind is wicked. She’s got everything this Bad Old Wolfy could want.
I like the snap but I want to clear up a little of the clutter and do it again.
"According to the biblical account, a united humanity of the generations following the Great Flood, speaking a single language and migrating from the east, came to the land of Shinar, where they resolved to build a city with a tower "with its top in the heavens...lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the Earth." God came down to see what they did and said: "They are one people and have one language, and nothing will be withholden from them which they purpose to do." So God said, "Come, let us go down and confound their speech." And so God scattered them upon the face of the Earth, and confused their languages, and they left off building the city, which was called Babel "because God there confounded the language of all the Earth."(Genesis 11:5-8)."
Monday, June 25, 2012
At any given time I am working on one or two super secret projects. One of these Black Ops has to do with Milton’s – Paradise Lost. What comes next is not The Secret of Paradise Lost itself, but interesting nonetheless.
In order to appreciate Milton’s – Paradise Lost you must know 2 things.
1. Milton was a homosexual.
2. Milton was pissed at being blind.
Several famous English intellectuals were homosexuals. Two examples that come to mind are Sir Issac Newton and John Maynard Keynes. To this list I add John Milton.
A good clue to John’s homosexual proclivity is that when he attended Christ’s College, Cambridge (1625 – 1632) he was called – “The Lady of Christ’s”. Now that is a pretty good clue but there is more.
Milton married 3 times. His first marriage to Mary Powell (1642) provides supporting evidence to the claim that John Milton was a homosexual. Mary Powell grew bored with the life of a poet soon after the honeymoon was over and went back home and stayed there for 3 years.
Given that John Milton was a homosexual the interaction between Adam and Eve in Paradise Lost should be viewed with some caution.
Much tripe is written about how Paradise Lost is a veiled reference to The English Civil War – Oliver Cromwell vs. Charles I. It is much more productive to read Paradise Lost in the light of an author who has gone blind.
Milton’s eyesight was poor from an early age and in 1652 he went totally blind. Paradise Lost was dictated between 1658 - 1663 and first published in 1667. To one who thought he was working The Will of God, going totally blind must have come as a mighty blow, a Fall from grace, a Paradise Lost.
Monday, January 30, 2012
While being here and there and everywhere, I came across some exceptional YouTubes of a 1974 Rod Stewart concert. This is required reading. Yes, this will be on the final exam.
The footage here is amazingly well done. Both video and sound are of high quality. For a live performance Rod Stewart - Ron Wood - et. al. - do a once in a life time performance on almost every song. (Note - There is a cameo appearance by Keith Richards on "I Would Rather Go Blind".)
If possible do these videos full screen.
If for some reason you don't like the first few songs, do hit on "You Wear It Well" and "Maggie May".
This is a concert I wish Big Time that I had had the privilege of attending.
What follows is all that is left but with a little imagination you can be there.
One of the things I do every now and then is follow the market. It is like Twitter and Facebook for The Big Dogs.
It's 7:57 AM EST. Stock market opens at 9:30 AM EST. But the futures are rocking and here is what's up. Actually in this case down.
S&P 500 1,303.30 -9.20 07:37
NASDAQ 100 2,439.75 -16.50 07:35
The skinny here is - "The euro edged back from six week highs and global stocks were lower on Monday as investors turned cautious ahead of more crisis talks among EU leaders."
They have been yanking on this European thing for months - market down - market up.
My call - Whatever negative effect this European uncertainty is having will be resolved by either doing something (low probability) or delaying action until some future date (high probability).
However it's packaged, there will be some down to the market followed by an all clear resume of current market rally.
It is so reassuring to know that you have a group of 20 year olds, using Excel spreadsheets, playing around with your retirement.
What is first and foremost here? For those that need a clue, it is not you.
What a sad state of affairs. Fresh Fish with the stench of neglect, and this being the only sin.
It was a slow descent.
First the ability to have links to the archives was lost. Pity. For the more industrious there are some Big Fish in the archives.
Then the Search This Blog function stopped working. One of the new improvements of Google buying out Blogger.
The finally straw was when many of my pictures and background images for the Blog were banished by The Fall of Yahoo's something - I forget the name now. Not really banished, but I was storing my images on a Yahoo server somewhere, The Cloud, for free and they discontinued the service. Tant pis.
What luck that I am one of the very few who use alt tags with images. So now where there was once images there are secret message. Who gnu?
Yes I could have done things about this. I did not. So be it.
It is frustrating to those who create to develop a tool and then to find that its replacement does less.
Monday, July 04, 2011
Irritation, data, information, knowledge, WISDOM.
I am groping for the ASCENSION.
THE ASCENSION comes to all in their own fashion.
To this end there is THE CORPUS, that which is left behind, mine, as many bodies adrift, long in neglect.
When this blog was first conceived it was called WORM WHOLE SIGMA. The thought was to establish an interrelated network of thoughts, the nexus between thoughts provided by hyperlinks.
As mentioned elsewhere, there was a flaw in this conception, or at least I deemed such.
However, now at (t+1), critical mass has been achieved. T'is for this faithful scribe to provide the touch.
© 2011 big box industries
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
If you know the individual in this snap call the Agency of Homeland Security immediately.