Friday, March 28, 2003

"I am invincible as long as I'm alive" - John Mayer

Thursday, March 27, 2003

You cant tell the idiots from the intelligent because they both have a great sales pitch

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

I'm old enough to be your brother.

Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Squid Shops K-Mart

The following extract is from the April 2003 edition of Wired magazine. I didn't get permission to reprint it here, but oh well, sucks to be them (not really).

I post this to remind you of the various different forms of life we have just on this one planet and make you question what in evolution caused this particular species to develop such a delicate trait. -the lock

Section from "The Bacteria Whisper"
by Steve Silberman, Wired

The bobtail squid lives in the knee-deep coastal shallows in Hawaii, burying itself in the sand during the day and emerging to hunt after dark. On moonlit nights, the squid's shadow on the sand should make it visible to predators, but it possesses a "light organ" that shines with a blue glow, perfectly matching the amount of light shining down through the water.

The secret of the squid's ability to simulate moonlight is a densely packed community of luminescent bacteria called Vibrio fischeri. Minutes after birth, a squid begins circulating seawater through a hollow chamber in its body. The water contains millions of species of microbes, but cilia in the squid's light organ expel all but the V. fischeri cells. Fed with oxygen and amino acids, they multiply and begin to emit light. Sensors on the squid's upper surface detect the amount of illumination in the night sky, and the squid adjusts an irislike opening in its body until its shadow on the sand disappears. Each morning, the squid flushes out most of its cache of glowing vibrios, leaving enough cells to start the cycle anew.
Time to re-rent Gattaca, honey

Eugenics is real. It's not a matter of "when" is going to happen but "how far are we willing to take it?" It is a topic that both interests me and worries me. No one can deny the huge benefits it potentially has for the human race and at the same time most people realize the dangers that could come in messing with our species' genetics. But regardless of its uses for good or evil, it will have a major impact on our society and will change life as we know it. And I don't think enough people are taking this topic seriously.

Genetically enhanced humans could lead to a class society. Time to rent Gattaca again and see where we're headed.

Currently eugenics is used to cure genetic diseases. It's used to seek out cancer, Downs, Gaucher's disease among others. Certain religions condemn this because man is messing with the basic code of life. Leave that to God. Even though being able to detect an embryo to have a genetic disease and avoid implanting it in the woman's uterus for pregnancy has to certainly be more acceptable than the option of abortion. Maybe not, maybe both life forms are identical to the naysayers.

So let's assume we take it one step further. Let's say we take eugenics beyond genetic-disease detection. Let's say parents are given the option to make their child stronger, blond, green eyes. They get to choose the gender, the build. This most certainly would lead to a class system. "I am genetically superior to you" will replace "My dad can beat up your dad" on the playground. The non-genetically altered people might put up a good fight, show that genetics can't outdo the human spirit but eventually, we will become the dinosaur. Extinction is eminent for us normal folk and soon the world is populated with a genetically-altered human species. What now? More genetic weaknesses will be classified, more genetic improvements will be ordered. Someone has to be the low order in the class system. Where will it end? 8 foot tall people with biceps as large as a bowling ball might be common place. It seems weird to you and me, but in the race to be superior and to rise above the rest, it might be accepted. Will the system just collapse on itself? How far will we be willing to go? Think about this. This is very real and we will be confronted these issues in our lifetime.

And oh yeah, get those taxes in Americans. I'm ok, I did mine last April.