Wednesday, June 18, 2003

For better or worse ... its time to look into REAL ESTATE and here are some interesting strategies

Monday, March 10, 2003

Threading continues here

Saturday, February 08, 2003

Did you know that Solar Cycle #23 is in progress?

Saturday, January 25, 2003

Morrowind Watch: After freeing myself from Zelda nearly a decade ago, thanks to my thoughtful -- keep dad tied up in something harmless ;-) -- kids, I've become immersed in Elder Scrolls: Morrowind (Bethesda Softworks; Xbox). WOW! This game is really something else ... and foreshadows the future of cyberspace. My character, Echo, a Magister Ludi Breton has leveled up to level 12. The game is nothing short of Arthur Schopenhouer's The World As Will and Representation in a box. The implications are phenomenal. Technically ... its quite a dramatic step in Object Oriented Coding and Computing. Some of you may (rightfuly) claim that on-line RPGs (role playing games) are far superior and more complex due to the nature of the interactions. But on the XBOX, you can reload the last saved game and replay it ... if you don't like the outcome. There's lots more to express about philosopy, metaphilosophy, representations, decision theory, choice and consequences. Its not quite MicroMuse as far as world building, but the graphics are incredible and you don't have to be a computer geek to play it. (Geeks? Geeks are great people; sometimes incredibly successful ... check with Bill G. -- Lord of the Geeks). more later ...

Tuesday, January 21, 2003

According to the New York Times "new discoveries are showing that cells contain an army of RNA snippets that do much more than act as DNA's messenger. The discoveries are helping to refine the prevailing theories of genetics — or even upend them." ... It reports "In a paper published in Nature on Thursday, Dr. Ruvkun and his colleagues at Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital used RNA interference to turn off almost all of a worm's genes, one at a time, to discover those linked to obesity. Doctors hope that RNA interference will one day be used for medicine, inactivating genes, say, in tumors or viruses." THIS IS AWESOME -- continuing the story the Times explains ..."Under what is known as the central dogma of genetics, genes, which are the recipes for making proteins, are part of the DNA of the chromosomes. When a protein is to be made, the DNA is copied onto a corresponding piece of single-stranded RNA, known as messenger RNA, that delivers the recipe to the cell's protein-making machinery. Proteins make up most of a cell and perform most of its functions, including turning genes on and off.

But new evidence suggests that some RNA is not merely the intermediary between DNA and protein, but the end product. Some huge stretches of DNA that do not contain protein-coding genes and have been considered "junk" actually hold the code for some of this RNA." -- I NEVER thought it was junk -- that must have been somebody else ;-)

So much for DOGMA ... it turns out that "Some genes ... produce tiny RNA's, known as micro-RNA's or miRNA, which are about 21 to 23 bases ... letters, in length. The micro-RNA's bind to matching pieces of messenger RNA, turn it into a double strand and keep it from doing its job. The process effectively stifles the production of the corresponding protein."

Well - I guess calling this blog §23 may have been a good thing after all.

Sunday, January 19, 2003

Reflecting on the implication of the last post on marketplace ... perhaps its really time to shift the orientation from mass market to micromarkets or even nanomarkets. Mass markets will obviously not go away, but, as the Coffee Lady would say, its "to marvel at" that we are getting to the point where one book or product is targeted to one customer in a world with close to ten billion people. Eric Drexler ... where are you? Nanotechnology meets Nanomarkets?
Robert N. Seitz reviews The Prodigy: a Biography of William Sidis, America's Greatest Child Prodigy - by Amy Wallace. IF I follow the ultimate reasoning ... Sidis was perhaps not as special as the press would like to have made him out to be. In fact, the presss wanted to create a celeb, and he just didn't play along, for many reasons... But his treatment did inspire others to reflect on uncommon talents. What's really amazing now is that Wallace's book is fetching over $118 on market place. Is this a great country or what?
obviously Harry doesn't meet Sally here, but ... some other neat things happen ...

... in other megafantasy events ....Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan (The Wheel of Time, Book 10) is very welcome! The debate will rage .. Lord of the Rings - Harry Potter, or Wheel of Time? Who is the best .... and we haven't even touched Card or V.Vinge .... so many choices so little time ...

ANTI-FANTASY ... or Brutal Reality ?

U.S. Master Tax Guide, 2003 -- CCH Incorporated

U.S. Master Estate and Gift Tax Guide, 2003 -- CCH Tax Law Editors

I support both sides of the debate ... so please bring both coffee and tea ... OK we need taxes, but not too much ... That's the trick (remember the Ole Roman Empire).

Saturday, January 04, 2003

William James Sidis in THE EXTENT OF RIGHTS opined that "life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness" are more principles than rights ...Sort of Rawlsian ... if you ask me ... But what can you expect of a peridromophile?