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    Friday, April 29th, 2011
    5:26 pm
    Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
    6:40 pm
    Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
    10:08 am
    Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
    5:20 pm
    10:21 am
    Found it!
    From Bug of the Day
    Uh, yes, the spyiiiiiider. Even the smallest bite from... "arachnis deathicus"... will instantly paralyze...

    From Flower of the Day

    From Museum
    It's a widdle baby! It's so CUTE! And it's smiling at me! How cool is that?
    Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
    9:42 am
    Sunday, April 17th, 2011
    10:13 pm
    Saturday, April 16th, 2011
    1:10 pm
    Friday, April 15th, 2011
    11:09 am
    Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
    8:01 pm
    Saturday, April 9th, 2011
    8:31 am
    Thursday, April 7th, 2011
    7:39 pm
    Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
    10:43 pm
    Tuesday, April 5th, 2011
    11:53 am
    Monday, April 4th, 2011
    12:13 pm
    Bugs, flowers & gap-toothed natives
    Elasade lost her first tooth last Saturday.

    Gap-toothed, semi-literate, irresponsible & unemployed.
    Yep, she's a NOLA native
    From Photo of the Day

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    Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
    1:30 pm
    Mormon scientists want me to play World of Warcraft with my daughter
    I'm sure you saw the news:
    When researchers at Brigham Young University's School of Family Life decided to investigate the role parents play in gaming with their adolescent kids, they discovered a statistically significant gender divide.

    For boys, gaming with a parent did not have much of an effect on positive behavior, aggression, family connection, and mental health. But for girls, gaming with a parent resulted in as much as a 20 percent variation on those outcomes--specifically, improving positive behavior, mental health, and family connections.

    Read more: Study finds perks of gaming for girls--if parent joins
    I figure I otta get started today. I mean, yeah, they were studying adolescents and Elasade is only 6. But I figure if I start now the effect will be twice as powerful. That's math! woot!

    Who knew Mormons were functional as well as decorative? Go Jeebus freaks!
    Monday, January 31st, 2011
    6:45 pm
    Writer's Block: The name game
    What's the origin of your username? If you could change it to anything else, would you, and what would it be?

    In 1993 or 94, when I chose anticDevices, there were limits on how long a username could be. "burningDaylight", my first choice, was too long.

    I had thought for a long time that 'antic devices' came from A Midsummer Night's Dream or Romeo & Juliet. 'Antic', in Shakespeare's day meant 'wild' or 'grotesque'. 'Devices' could mean 'mask'or 'plot'. In modern usage, we associate antics with children, and my first association for devices at the time was 'peripheral'. Those were some of the immediate contexts I had for computers: hiding behind grotesque masks, or weird toys for larking about.

    Still pretty much is.

    Anyway, I say that I thought Shakespeare used 'antic devices' in A Midsummer Night's Dream or Romeo & Juliet, but at some point in the early 2000's I went and looked for it and couldn't find it. So either it was another play or I made it all up.

    "Burning daylight" comes from Romeo & Juliet for sure. One of the best scenes in the play is an exchange between Mercutio and Romeo that starts with Mercutio saying, "Come, we burn daylight, ho!"

    If I could change anticDevices to anything else.....

    Don't know that I would.
    9:15 am
    Most doting father, evah.
    Elasade's favorite toy is Stingy, the stingray. Today She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed said:

    "Daddy(!) Stingy wants to go to work with you. Stingy wants to be with the isopod. Take Stingy to work."

    How could I ever deny my own little Veruca Salt?

    From Photo of the Day

    Also? Yes the isopod is on top of my computer. Did I mention that I appropriated the isopod? I had to tell Elasade today I didn't think I could get her her own isopod, nor did I think I could bring the isopod home so she could make one out of paper.

    But I am working on getter her a rat skull.
    Saturday, January 29th, 2011
    5:36 pm
    'Biodiversity' is a crock of shit
    So I saw these two deer by the side of the road the other day. They were skinny, I guess, but at least as tall as me. How much does something like that weigh? A lot more than me? A little less? I can't imagine they weigh less than 150lbs. Do they weigh as much as 400? I have no clue. I have no idea how to judge weights.

    But big, that's my point. And I'm given to understand that they're herbivores. And I'm also given to understand that generally speaking vegetation is sadly lacking in calories. I looked at the Paleo diet at some point, were you don't fill up on bread or starchy veg, instead you fill up on like meat and fruit and green leafy vegetables. You get to eat around 1/3 of your calories as meat (yum!), and the rest is flowers.

    At some point it occurred to me to do a little math on the subject. Ok, I eat 1800 calories a day, 600 of which are delicious steak. That leaves 1200 calories in apples. And your average apple has like 60 calories, so all I have to do is... carry the two... eat 20 apples a day. I tried to picture eating 20 apples. Or that volume of fruit & vegetables. Ok, not quite that volume - our ancestors also ate some greasy nuts. So around 16 apples a day. It's huge.

    And deer? They don't eat meats. So they have to eat even more veg. And they don't even eat vegetation I care about. I think they eat trees. Pretty much every day those two deer I saw had to eat a whole tree. And let me tell you, there are no shortage of trees around here. Still plenty to go around, despite being eaten at a ferocious rate by herds of deer.

    A while ago I saw this horrible move where Seinfeld whined about bees, and showed a world without plants. I tried to figure out what was so wrong about a world without plants? Most of the plants are useless, and most of the animals that eat the plants even more so. Follow the logic: We lose the bees, we loose the trees. We lose the trees, we lose the deer..... So far I haven't run into a reason to care.

    Seinfeld tried to convince me that bees are responsible for food I care about. But I've seen the documentaries, and I know that's bullshit. Corn and soybeans are grown in labs, probably from petroleum products. So the sooner the deer go extinct, the sooner they turn into oil and they finally become useful. And you don't need plants to feed to cows. Cows eat cows, and mostly cow brains.

    But you know what the real benefit of getting rid of the excess biomass will be? A cure for cancer.

    I work with biologists. Turns out, there are two kinds of biologists: field biologists and lab biologists. They have a symbiotic relationship. The field biologists go out into the wild and kill everything they can get their hands on[1]. Then they take it back to the lab, where the lab biologists stare at the dead things. Petri dishes and microscopes are involved, but mostly it's staring. This is how science is made. You can see how it's a pretty productive symbiotic relationship. And lest you worry that it's bad to wander around killing wildlife, the field biologists quite reasonably observe that obviously the environment won't miss this many creatures, or else there wouldn't be so many of them.

    Now the field biologists do this with just about every species on the planet... except one.

    Which is ridiculous, right? I mean, which is the most important species to know about? How are we going to cure cancer and live forever and get flying cars with the current broken system? With people, there are only lab biologists, no field biologists wandering around collecting specimens? And obviously, the environment won't miss the people, with so many laying around everywhere.

    Once we get rid of all of the useless creatures, all the bees and deer and robins and whatnot, and there's only 12 or 13 kinds of creatures left on the planet, I figure this problem will straighten itself out.

    The conclusion is inescapable: Bees are clearly preventing us from curing cancer. Death to the bees!

    [1] Yeah, sure, occasionally the field biologist brings back a live one for the lab guys can breed the critter and perform animal testing, but for the most part field guys bring back dead stuff.
    Friday, January 28th, 2011
    2:05 pm
    Brought to you by the letter 'D' and number '6'
    Here's a photo of the kid waiting for morning meeting to start yesterday.

    From Photo of the Day

    Shame it's so grainy. Hopefully you can tell she looks pretty happy. But her teacher? Not so much. I'm definitely down in her book, with a line drawn through my name.

    See, Elasade was feeling poorly Wednesday so she stayed home with Sherrie. Only? It turned out that Wednesday was the day Elasade (aka 'me') was supposed to bring snacks for the class. Oh, and it was her day to be line leader. And I think they were doing some of that state-mandated testing.


    Hey, you know how much people love it when my response in situations like this is, "Huh. Who knew?"

    Yeah. That.

    So. Ms Teacherpants? No so happy.

    But the kid? Happy as can be.
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