Saturday, June 30, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
That Movie Had a Few Good Points
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Well, There Goes My Penis...
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Stop Using Telekinesis to Plane the Wood!
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Are You Sure Gandalf Approves of This Sort of Behaviour, Let Alone Basic Morality?
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Well, I Did Have Tertiary Carpal Tunnel
Friday, June 22, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Australia: Less Dickish Every Day!
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
A Little Lithium Goes a Long Way
Space Furries Have No Coordination
Monday, June 18, 2012
Archaeologists Can Normally Identify Archers From Their Lopsided Skeletons, You Know.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Friday, June 15, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Yes Virginia, This is a Parody of Someone Else's Work
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
I Am Still a Man/Woman!
Monday, June 11, 2012
Sunday, June 10, 2012
This Happened a Lot in the 50s
Saturday, June 09, 2012
Disturbing Subtext in the Doctor Who Episode "Love and Monsters", Or Possibly Just My Mind
Friday, June 08, 2012
Carbon Price Electricity Price Hike
Love is a Many Splendid Feline
Thursday, June 07, 2012
Wise Words Indeed
Do Ribosomes Have Souls?
I just watched a video on youtube about protein synthesis and it was terrible. It portrayed messenger RNA, ribosomes, etc. as having volition. They knew exactly where to go and just magically went where they were supposed to as if they were piloted by tiny little men. (Tiny little women have better things to do with their time.) And they were accompanied by Star Trek like sound effects as they went. While some basic information was correct, overall it was as wrong as if they showed cars being constructed by workers throwing random components into a pile and then the car built itself by working out which parts fit best where. (Now that I think about it, that would be a really cool way to make a car.)
Protein systhesis is not well organised, it is a clown show! With all the clowns (clowns in this analogy represent cell crud) bouncing off each other and spinning away randomly until by chance tab A just happens to go in slot B and that is how babies are made. No wait! Wrong biology lesson! It's a clown show until by chance complimentary charges on the right molecules line up. Then they snap into place. Sometimes.
Ray Bradbury Was Not a Hard Science Fiction Writer, But Apparently There is Someone Who Disagrees
Ray Bradbury has roundhouse kicked the cosmic bucket into the great unknown. (Well, actually it's not that unknown. He's just dead, Jim.) So I think it's important to remember how he inspired many young people to expect to die in a nuclear war. Oh wait, I mean, he inspired many young people to set fire to books. No, that can't be right either. He inspired many young people to read another Ray Bradbury story because he wrote some darn good stuff. Yes, that's it!
Here is a musical tribute to the great author.
WARNING: Contains excellent words and jiggling.
There Ain't No Silver Lining On That Cloud, It's Nuclear Fallout
If someone put a thumb* to my head and said, "Which is better for the environment? A nuclear plant or a coal plant without any form of carbon capture?" I would say, "A nuclear plant would be much better, hands down. Even all three hands down." But even better would be neither. This is because solar and wind and other forms of low emission electricity generation are much cheaper and we can use the money saved to either clean up the environment or just make ourselves richer. Either of these options is good compared to neither.
* I hate it when people press their thumbs against my head.