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The New Science of Evolutionary Forecasting

airdrummer so star trek wasn't so silly... (63 comments)

and the universe is filled with english-speaking humanoids;-)

about two weeks ago
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Cosmologists Show Negative Mass Could Exist In Our Universe

airdrummer @last! (214 comments)

tom swift jr can finally create his repelatron!-)

about two weeks ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

airdrummer Re:"we'll just pull the plug" (564 comments)

i'm reminded of the scene where the m-5 fries the redshirt in the hallway;-)

" Soon, however, it begins to act independently of its human masters, tapping directly into the warp engines for its power and erecting a force field to protect itself."

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt07...

about three weeks ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

airdrummer unintended acceleration:-P (865 comments)

a friend who worked @ nhtsa told me the audi investigation showed gas pedals mangled by the operators, who insisted they were braking;-\

about 3 months ago
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One-a-Day-Compiles: Good Enough For Government Work In 1983

airdrummer 4got2mention (230 comments)

that was a cdc 6400 in 1968

about 3 months ago
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One-a-Day-Compiles: Good Enough For Government Work In 1983

airdrummer ah, those were the daze;-) (230 comments)

i started on punchcards in college on a cdc mainframe: drop the deck in the tray outside the machine room, operator periodically runs them, puts the output in the out tray, hours later...

i improved my turnaround by dating 1 of the operators;-)

about 3 months ago
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Religion Is Good For Your Brain

airdrummer Re:God does not play dice... (529 comments)

al got it wrong: god_is_the dice of the universe;-) "acts of god" are all random events...and in texas football is a religion, based on a random event generator: the points on the oblate spheroid guarantee random bounding, unlike roundball;-)

about 4 months ago
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Religion Is Good For Your Brain

airdrummer Re:one needs religion in order to... (529 comments)

indeed one can be moral w/o religion, but most people need help, and what better way to motivate them than thru fear of eternal damnation...words create images in our imaginations;-}

about 4 months ago
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Religion Is Good For Your Brain

airdrummer survival value (529 comments)

the bible also sez get ur drinking water _upstream_ from ur latrine, so of course all religions evolved thru natural selection;-) in a pre-literate world how do u pass on such survival tips? oral traditions wrap them in mnemonic narratives, and how better to enforce their practice than gods' gonna zap u (b4 lightning was understood, which wasn't all that long ago*) if u don't?-)

the downside is when those narratives are elevated to blind obedience/conformity...

*like the response of an undamped resonant system to a step function: we're still oscillating to the introduction of fire ffsake...prometheus caused global warming;-)

about 4 months ago
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Religion Is Good For Your Brain

airdrummer Re: singing (529 comments)

i've always thought singing was the mechanism for the physical bennies: improves breathing/blood oxygenation...and where else can u sing out loud in public w/o appearing loony;-)

about 4 months ago
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Rand Paul Files Suit Against Obama Over NSA's Collection of Metadata

airdrummer obama then palin? (380 comments)

i forget: the 1st pres. on 24 was black, the 2nd a woman, but were they the same or opposite parties? are we doomed to follow a fox storyline?

about 5 months ago
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California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets

airdrummer this is a 2nd amendment issue (341 comments)

under ITAR, the government classifies software as arms, which are not restricted to the 18th century, thus the right of individuals to keep & bear software is covered under the 2nd amendment as well as the 1st. but to bear s/w it must execute on h/w; thus any mechanism to remove h/w from the control of their owners is in violation of the 2nd...i don't understand why the tbaggers aren't all over this, but i imagine it's because it's more compliucated to undersand than burning snow;-}

about 6 months ago
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US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

airdrummer same with Jehovah's Witnesses (903 comments)

they shouldn't be allowed to refuse to pay for blood transfusions either...

about 7 months ago

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today is sweater day!

airdrummer airdrummer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

airdrummer writes "In honor of what would have been Mister Rogers' 80th birthday on March 20, Mr. McFeely has a special request:

"We're asking everyone everywhere — from Pittsburgh to Paris — to wear their favorite sweater on that day," he asks in his best speedy delivery voice. "It doesn't have to have a zipper down the front like the one Mister Rogers wore on the program, it just has to be special to you."

But wait, there's more...http://www.fci.org/NeighborDays/sweater.asp"
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Ethanol Study Has Dire

airdrummer airdrummer writes  |  about 7 years ago

airdrummer writes "why i have algore-aphobia;-}

'Green' Fuel May Damage The Bay

A surge in the demand for ethanol — touted as a greener alternative to gasoline — could have a serious environmental downside for the Chesapeake Bay, because more farmers growing corn could mean more pollution washing off farm fields, a new study warned yesterday. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/artic le/2007/07/16/AR2007071601845_pf.html print version doesn't seem 2 require registration"

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