Algorithmic Random

If you are out on the Internet or around academics long enough, then you will run across the rant about random designed by humans not being really random. It might be the iTunes shuffle. It might be random sampling of an experiment. It might be a complaint of you using the word for how you… Continue reading Algorithmic Random

The Ares Imperative

A friend of mine, Steve Ekstrom, is the writer of this comic which I enjoyed for the this first 8 pages. I’m looking forward to the next installments. Check out The Ares Imperative! (And vote for it if you like it. The winner gets published by DC Comics.) Interview: Synopsis: It’s the early 21st Century… Continue reading The Ares Imperative

Merry Christmas

Back when I was Catholic, the two masses I enjoyed the most were Christmas and Easter. I listen to Christmas music throughout the year. Birth and death are a fascinating duality of life. A material death is simple… The Second Law of Thermodynamics represents the scattering of the particles of which we are composed. Life… Continue reading Merry Christmas

Power of Assumptions

Being single, people offer up lots of places to find love offline and more frequently of late online. Almost everyone knows of the common profile browsing or question testing dating web sites. This site scares the hell out of me…. Welcome to a new era of human relationships. We’re the only introduction service that creates… Continue reading Power of Assumptions

DNA For Everyone

So, 60 Minutes has broadcast a report on the tracing of DNA. Leslie made a statement, “The are just two bits of DNA which remain pure. The Y chromosome which passes directly from father to son. And something called mitochondrial DNA which passes unchanged from mother to child.” Logically speaking, if the mDNA really passes… Continue reading DNA For Everyone

Fake + Kidnapping = Bad Idea

Woman fakes kidnapping to avoid work – Yahoo! News: A 21-year-old German woman who did not feel like going to work at a fast food restaurant sent her parents a text message saying she had been kidnapped. Police in the Bavarian town of Straubing said Wednesday they had launched a massive search throughout the region… Continue reading Fake + Kidnapping = Bad Idea

What About Mixed People?

These companies use mitochondrial DNA to trace one’s genetic lineage. So, they take a sample from my mitochondria (which I got from my mom) and compare it to samples that have been taken from mitochondria samples found in their database to match it. Well, my mom’s mom has lots of English and Scottish ancestry. So… Continue reading What About Mixed People?

iCiv

Michael Covington’s Daily Notebook: Enough of this “electronic frontier.” I want civilization! I agree. The Internet has become a dangerous place. Every node has its own rules, some are more developed than others, and none are completely safe. I’m in favor of a tax on the Internet if it’s used to pay for law enforcement.… Continue reading iCiv

Frying Astronauts One Chromosone At a Time

A few conspiracy theorists who claim we never actually went to the Moon mention the inability of the space suits and craft of the time to hold out the cosmic radiation. Do they have enough time to gauge whether a human could survive a trip to Mars and back? Considering Mars no longer has a… Continue reading Frying Astronauts One Chromosone At a Time