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Monthly Archive: June 2009

Jun 27 2009

There’s something weird on the internet.

Jodi wakes me up, where I’ve slept about two hours longer than her. “Hey Jason, I made you breakfast!” More Star Trek eggos. I laugh. She points to my laptop, says “there’s something weird on the internet for you.” Almost Diamonds is on a tab in Firefox. Later, my eggos are now cold.

Jun 26 2009

No laws, no rules, just life

To everyone saying “rule of threes” with regard to Michael Jackson, Ed McMahon and Farrah Fawcett: there is no rule. It’s all selection bias, and nobody, no matter how well trained, is immune, because our brains are not computers. Thank you Stephanie. I’m going to point a few people around the office to this post-haste. …

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Jun 26 2009

Evidence published for autism genetics link!

And what evidence it is. In summary, we have performed a high resolution genome-wide analysis to characterize the genomic landscape of copy number variation in ASDs. Through comparison of structural variation in 1,771 ASD cases and 2,539 controls and prioritization of events encompassing exons we identified more than 150 loci harboring rare variants in multiple …

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Jun 25 2009

Reading is FUN-damental

I need to get back into reading something other than the e-interweb tubes, so I just bought a bunch of books via Amazon.  To wit: “Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch” Neil Gaiman; Mass Market Paperback; CDN$ 8.75 “Webmage” Kelly Mccullough; Paperback; CDN$ 9.99 “Cybermancy” Kelly Mccullough; Paperback; CDN$ 9.99 …

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Jun 25 2009

So the Sweden sign was fake. The real ad campaign is as bad.

A previous post I put up, with anti-atheist billboards, apparently had a photoshopped version of a real Answers In Genesis billboard, only with the words replaced. The revelation of such spawned an epic word-war (which I sadly missed) (which is apparently still ongoing! Put on some popcorn!) over at How Good Is That. The original …

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Jun 25 2009

Fox News: both fair AND balanced! (now with 150% more balance)

Mark Sanford, one-time Republican Party saviour and the Anointed One for the next Republican candidate for the presidency, suddenly finds his star falling after thoroughly failing at having a clandestine affair with some woman in South America. Then Fox News “accidentally” labels him a Democrat. WOOPSIE! It was just an accident, folks, nothing to see …

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Jun 24 2009

Fly Rapture Airlines

Okay. I normally don’t pay much attention to ridiculous religious spam (except maybe to skirmish with its posters), but this one is just off the charts crazy, especially once you realize what it’s actually peddling. HEAVENLY SKYWAYS: The Underground Airline for Believers If God gave Noah specific instructions for building the ark, you can best …

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Jun 24 2009

Remember, Fallout has no “bag of holding”

Absolutely genius. Ever wonder how the Lone Wanderer in Fallout can lug around enough supplies to outfit a small army, yet tweezers weigh as much as beer? Or have you ever contemplated jumping off a tower like Altaïr, into a haystack roughly big enough to turn a shattered-every-bone-in-your-body landing into a merely very-badly-broken-every-bone-in-your-body landing? Don’t …

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Jun 23 2009

Assassin’s Creed 2 trailer

In case you haven’t seen it yet. The first one was gorgeous and surprisingly immersive (and most stealth-based games just don’t do it for me), but got repetitive pretty quickly. Climb a tower, find a citizen in distress or a minigame node, deal with it, repeat until you’ve cleared a city section so you can …

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Jun 22 2009

Protip: studying how to get men to wear jimmyhats is not wasteful

Citizens Against Government Waste, an American “government watchdog” group famous for its ties with Jack Abramoff, pro-tobacco-industry lobbying, and pro-Microsoft-lobbying, has apparently fed a story to Fox News regarding the National Institutes of Health having sponsored the Indiana University’s Kinsey Institute for a study about OMG SEX. Specifically, the study is to figure out why …

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