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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 a month ago

Cosmologists Show Negative Mass Could Exist In Our Universe

airdrummer @last! (214 comments)

tom swift jr can finally create his repelatron!-)

about 2 months ago

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."

about 2 months ago

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 4 months ago

One-a-Day-Compiles: Good Enough For Government Work In 1983

airdrummer 4got2mention (230 comments)

that was a cdc 6400 in 1968

about 5 months ago

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 5 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 7 months ago

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 7 months ago

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 8 months ago



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..."

Ethanol Study Has Dire

airdrummer airdrummer writes  |  more than 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. le/2007/07/16/AR2007071601845_pf.html print version doesn't seem 2 require registration"


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