Sunday, July 31, 2005

Mars Ain't The Kind Of Place To Raise Your Kids

In fact it’s cold as hell

Now that is an awesome picture of Mars.

And Boy Are My Arms Tired

The results below are from the this humor test that I took after seeing it over here. I'm not sure that I am very happy to know that Jimmy Kimmel and Johnny 'Dumb Mother Fucker' Knoxville are people like me. Guess I should have expected it. Jimmy's not so bad, but Knoxville. Sheesh. Flippin' idiot! Dang it!

the Idiot Savant
(34% dark, 60% spontaneous, 66% vulgar)

your humor style:

You like things silly, immediate, and, above all, outrageous. Ixne on
the subtle word play, more testicles on fire, please. People like you
are the most likely to RECEIVE internet forwards--and also the most
likely to save them in a special folder entitled 'HOLY SHIT'.

Because it's so easily appreciated, and often a little physical, your
sense of humor never ceases to amuse your friends. But most realize
that there's a sly intelligence and a knowing wink to your tastes. Your
sense of humor could be called 'anti-pretentious'--but ironically, that
definitely indicates you're smarter than most.

PEOPLE LIKE YOU: Johnny Knoxville - Jimmy Kimmel

My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

You scored higher than 16% on dark

You scored higher than 83% on spontaneous

You scored higher than 91% on vulgar

Saturday, July 30, 2005

And Now In Portuguese

Just in case you were wondering what Little Kenny looks like translated by someone in Sao Paolo.

Bikini Wax

Oh Yeah? Mine's Bigger Than Yours

For the true sci-fi geeks out there this next link is. Yes.


As much as I hate to say it if you use IE on this site you can drag around the pictures. Not with Firefox unfortunately. Enjoy.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

A Little Help From Your Friends

This is what happens when someone who actually gets more than just themselves visiting their site links to you.

Fun, fun, fun.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Aww, But Pete Started It...

My best

and my even bester.

Give it a go.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

No Starch Please

Folding has been a project of mine for a while now. It all started for me back in April or May of 2001 with Stanford's Genome project. Stanford had a couple of relatively new projects out that took a friggin' huge math problem and broke it down into little bits that could be easily downloaded and worked on by individuals and then sent back. This technique did wonders by effectively giving the Stanford research team a super computer for their research at a small fraction of the cost. I worked on the Genome@Home project, as did thousands of others, until it ended. Upon the completion of the Genome project I switched to Folding and I've been working on it ever since. The Folding@Home project is ongoing and currently there are probably somewhere around 200000 active Folders.

A little background first. Proteins make up everything about us. Everything in our body relates in some way to proteins. They make up our bones, hair and cells. They make up the antibodies that fight our internal battles. They also play a starring role in all the chemical reactions that drive our bodies to do what they do. They are important. Before they can perform any of these tasks though they go through a process where they put themselves into a specific shape for the task. This process is known as "folding".

Certain diseases, Alzheimer's and others, are believed to be caused when the proteins "misfold". By simulating the folding process we can learn what causes the proteins to fold correctly and incorrectly. This will hopefully lead to future cures. Progress has been made, but we're not even close yet.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in take a look here. The program runs in the background and only uses spare computer time so you won't even know it's there. It will benefit if you can leave your computer running 24/7, but just running the program while the computer is on is just fine. If you are running this at home be aware that your computers cpu will be being worked 100%. This may cause heat issues with less robust systems. You may also see an increase in the electric bill. I run six systems 24/7 at home currently and I figure each costs me about $8 each per month. That's six crappy lunches out that I skip each month. Also, if you choose to do this make sure it's on your computer or a computer that you have explicit permission to run it on.

Fold On!

And Don't Ever Forget It

This blog is owned, written and perpetrated by an uber-dork.

Just so we're all on the same page.

This Is Ground Control To Major Tom

Woohoo! We're back in orbit again. Good stuff!

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Here Let Me Help You With That

Hey Mr. DJ Put A Record On

If you have listened to Indie 103.1 on Fridays from 5:30pm to 6:00pm then you've heard DJ Paul V. I hadn't heard about mashups until fairly recently, May of this year actually. Briefly they're two or more songs intertwined or mashed together. Some are better than others, but just about all of them are fun. The DJ Paul V link above has some really good links for other mash ups as well. I say check 'em out. This link will take you to a list of past DJ Paul V mashups that are still available.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Holy Smokes

I knew there were tons of Peskyphytes, but still. Whew. Well if you're here visiting from Mac's place, howdy. I never intended to capture my own private post, but it's kinda fun. As you all know she is currently raising funds for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Doing this despite the fact that the childrens aren't her favorite thing. I can relate. So since she asked I gave. Maybe a little more than I should have and definitely more than she was expecting.

To those that have already given, good on ya and to the rest of you, dig deep. She wouldn't ask if she didn't think it was worth it.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look around.

We now return you to your normal deprogramming.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Ooo. Ow. Oh. Oooh. Ow.

An odd bit of something that I saw the other night. Not sure what to make of it. However, for better or worse it kept me entertained for a brief while.

Odd, very odd.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

And Now For Something Completely Different

The Ricker has put together a little bit of fun. Give it a go. Here's mine.

One To Beam Up

Makes me just a little bit sad.

James Doohan aka Scotty
March 3, 1920 - July 20, 2005

Monday, July 18, 2005

Travels Abroad, Eh

Just a quick overview of the trip after we left Calgary.

Our first stop was here at Lake Morain,

but I'd already had enough and well ...

We saw quite a few more lakes after that, but we also saw some incredible waterfalls as well.

One of our cooler stops, pun intended, was to the Athabasca glacier where we actually walked on the flippin' glacier.

We drove out onto it in this state of the art snowmobile.

As you can see it can be a bit chilly at times especially in the mornings. Because of that we had to find ways to stay warm. This was one of the less strenuous ways.

There were all kinds of vicious wild animals just roaming around everywhere. For instance there were rabid man eating elk.

The deadly, blood sucking vampire ladybug.

As well as the terrifying wild blue tarp and its even rarer cousin the wrinkled skin black tarp.

We did so much sightseeing each day that we were pretty much finished by the time we pulled up to our lodgings every night. We were really stoked when we pulled up to our hotel this night.

At least we were until they took us around back and showed us where we'd actually be spending the next couple of nights.

Probably my least favorite activity was dinner, they sucked.

It all finally had to come to an end and we headed home.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

But These Go To Eleven

Mr. Cruft over at the ole Cruftbox did a little research regarding Coke|Zero.

Without further ado(Follow the link below and then click on the mp3 link):


Friday, July 08, 2005

And Now For Pictures....Really

Tower at night.

And reflected.

During the day from the Olympic park.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

We're Here, Eh.

We made it with no problems. They didn't even look at Imelda funny when we went through customs. Don't know if they'll let us back out, but we'll see. I was going to attach a picture to this one, but we'll see what I work out since the computer here doesn't have a built in card reader. More to follow.

The top two pictures at the right currently are from the restaurant Divino where we enjoyed a fine selection of cheese and wine for dinner last night. Man oh man does that cheese bind ya up. Whoo-eee!

Monday, July 04, 2005

Episode 3


Sunday, July 03, 2005

It's Official

Friday, July 01, 2005

And Go

The clock is ticking and the time is fast approaching when I will no longer be an official single guy. Not that I have really been a single guy for quite some time though. Today will make it official. Six PM tonight starts the process. Here's to the beginning of the rest of my life.

Because A Comment That Long Really Deserves Its Own Post

Baking Soda

What it is, How it works, How we use it & How it came to be so popular:

Baking soda is actually sodium bicarbonate (also known as bicarbonate ofsoda). It is found naturally in mineral deposits, lake sediments, and groundwater. It is even found in our oceans where its bicarbonate chemistry seemingly works to stabilize the carbon dioxide content of the earth's atmosphere.

Virtually all baking soda in North America today comes from the mined mineral, trona, which can be found in large amounts in one place- GreenRiver, Wyoming. (Other large deposits of trona can be found in Kenya, Egypt, Venezuela and the deserts of Central Asia.) This massive deposit was discovered in the 1930s on federal lands.

Trona is actually half sodium bicarbonate and half its chemical cousin, sodium carbonate, some of which ends up as the more familair washing soda. Trona is deep mined as opposed to an open-pit procedure. The ore is brought to the surface, crushed, washed and heated to make sodium carbonate. When this is dissolved in water and carbondioxide is bubbled throught the solution, sodium bicarbonate crystals form and fall out of the solution. These crystals then go through a washing and drying process before the product is packaged and distributed.

Baking Soda is manufactured in one other factory - a natural factory: the human body. Here it maintains the correct acidity level (or pH) of the blood stream. It is found in our saliva, where it neutralizes the plaque acids in our mouth to prevent teeth from dissolving.

The same body production of sodium bicarbonate neutralizes stomach acids to help prevent ulcers. It helps people to breathe by carrying carbon dioxide from bodily tissue to the lungs,where it is exhaled.

Amazing! How and Why Does it Work?

Baking soda has a few fundamental qualities which overlap:
1) It has a soft crystalline molecular quality.
2) It has the ability to neutralize acidity.
3) It is a leavening agent.
4) It is able to absorb many odors.

Abrasive Ability: Baking soda's first attribute makes it mildly abrasive, which is why its known for its gentle yet effective cleaning ability. It is soluable in water, which allows the crytals to "round off " and dissolve before they can scratch or damage a surface.

A Natural Neutralizer: Baking soda's ability to buffer or neutralize acids naturally (keeping the pH as close to neutal as possible) enables it to work in a wide range ofseemingly unconnected applications. It can modify kitchen odors before they evaporate and smell bad, as well as neutralize acid corrosion on car battery terminals, and neutralize the acid in mosquito venom which is what causes such bites to itch.

Baking soda can even be used to reduce the corrosion of drinking water in municipal water supplies, therefore reducing lead and copper toxicity.

There are many medicinal uses for baking soda. It is used in kidney dialysis to reduce the level of acids in the bloodstream and as a antacid to control acid indigestion. It can even act to prevent microbial growth in food products.

Dirt and grease are usually composed of fatty acids that can be neutralized by baking soda, too. Once neutralized, the fatty acids dissolve inwater and can be easily wiped away.

Baking soda can neutralize unpleasant airborne odors (because odors are usually acid-based, much like sour milk smelling bad) because it chemically neutralizes them too. Baking soda alsoworks on our own body odors, pet urine odors or the mouth-plaque that causes bad-breath.

Other products often rely on added fragrances which mask odors; with baking soda such odors are actually gone because the offensive smell has been absorbed.

A Baking Boon: Its leavening abilities in cooking are also rooted in acid-base chemistry. When baking soda is mixed with an acid (such as milk, chocolate, vinegar, lemon juice, or large amounts of honey or molasses) it neutralizes the acid component and releases carbon dioxide air bubbles. This is turn causes themixture to rise from these carbon dioxide bubbles that are now trapped by the gluten - the stretchy protein in wheat flour. Not only does it work this way for cakes, muffins and other baked goods - both commercial and homemade - but it can also be used to make brittlecandies airy and porous.

Baking soda is often confused with baking powder since they leaven in much the same way. Baking powder, however, is a combination of both baking soda and an acid (such as cream of tarter) with which it will react when added to a liquid. Therefore it works well in recipes that do not include other acid ingredients.

Today's double-acting baking powder acts in two ways because it contains two types of acids. One is activated by moisture, the other isactivated by heat. The additional tiny air bubbles released during the baking process create a finer texture to baked goods. (Be aware that too much additional baking powder can result in a "sunken" baked product. Proportions count. This is one situation where "more" is not necessarily better.)

Other Traits: Baking soda has other uses that are not related to its abrasive, buffering or baking abilities. For one, it works as a fire extinguisher when applied to a grease or electrical fire.

It is also used in water softening products because it does just that. It is used for biological and medicinal purposes as an ingredient in over-the-counter and prescription drugs.

In the plant care world, it is sometimes used to control the development of mold, fungus and mildew. It is used in animal feed lots. It is blended into feed for cows to maximize milk output so beef cattle maintain their maximum weight gain.

Its added to chicken feed to produce tougher egg shells and control the amount ofsodium chloride. The list goes on...
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