Artificial sperm and the end of men??   
Publication of a research paper on creating sperm cells from embryonic stem cells has created the usual media furore, complete with mostly uncritical hype about what this technology can actually achieve and a failure to ask scientists the really hard questions. Not being a pro-lifer I have no problem with the use of embryonic stem cells in basic research. However, the idea that sperm cells produced from embryonic stem cells in a laboratory could be used in fertility treatment is a dangerous and unethical technological fantasy. Like the idea of “therapeutic cloning”, what seems simple in theory will in practice prove practically impossible, precisely because it is so unnatural.

Much of the media discussion has focused on the idea that this might lead to 'men becoming redundant'. As with cloning, and the fears of armies of cloned soldiers, the point is not to take such scenarios literally, but to look beneath the surface at what the fears are really about. The scientific drive to abstract the whole of the human reproductive life cycle from its context of actual human bodies is just an example of the deep dynamic of science in our society. Since the Scientific Revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries, the function of science has been to control nature and to impose order upon its random messiness, eventually to improve upon it, and ultimately to replace the need for it. What reproductive and biotechnology are now bringing home to us is that nature includes us. Thus, for the last 25 years we have seen the emergence of transhumanist/posthumanist movements, which look forward to the evolution through technology (including bio-, nano- and information technology) of posthuman beings (entities?). Feminists have been arguing since the 1970s that reproductive technology is an attempt to control and appropriate women's fertility, which aims ultimately to end the reliance on the female body for production of children, through artificial wombs. Now, it seems it is men's turn to feel this anxiety.

Of course, the capitalist-scientific drive to dominate nature is very male, (nature is gendered as female in nearly all cultures), and is one of the key features of patriarchy in our societies. What is interesting is that, by its own logic, it must also move to dispense with men's bodies, testes, penises.

There are feminist theories that argue that a major part of men's tendency to try to dominate women comes from a psychological insecurity which arises from the fact that men do not carry and give birth to children, which is, after all, a central part of human life. In that process, men feel like lightweights, and I think this latest research presses exactly on that nerve. That may be why, although the idea that men will become redundant is very unlikely, there has been so much interest in this bit of research.

David King
A fuller version of this blog can be found at www.hgalert.org/artiifcial_sperm_blog.htm
          The Present Can Only Be Viewed from the Past   


2017 might seem like the hangover after a particularly-nasty meth, glue and Thunderbird bender, but it's actually a year of major anniversaries. We're coming up on the 70th Anniversary of Kenneth Arnold and Roswell (as well as the National Security Act), the 50th Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper and the Summer of Love and the centennial of the Russian Revolution. But there are a lot more observances, all kinds of 'ennials to observe. 

I thought I'd dig into a few anniversaries germane to The Secret Sun and the topics we look at here. Readers are encouraged to weigh in with their own (observations that can be counted in multiples of five and ten, that is) in the comments.

December will see the fifth anniversary of the 2012 apocalypse/ascension/ absurdity (depending on your point of view). Needless to say, most of us are still here and the skies didn't open and Nibiru didn't come crashing into the moon. So there goes another apocalypse. 

I can't help but wonder about the 2012 meme, though. As I wrote a couple years back, it certainly seems like something changed that year, that the bottom fell out somewhere but no one seemed to notice it at the time. 

I mean, Donald Trump is sitting in the White House, isn't he? If even you're a Trump supporter you have to admit this would have seemed impossible five years ago.

Maybe the Apocalypse works on a different timeline than it does in the movies. Maybe we're living in one only we can't see the forest fire for the burning trees. History can only be written from a distance.

2007 was the year Our Gods Wear Spandex was published and the year I began actively blogging on this site, so Happy Ten Year Anniversary to me. It's also the year that a newly-elected Senator - with a weird, oblique connection to the Council of Nine - announced his candidacy for President.


This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Heaven's Gate suicides, an event I've gone into some detail on this blog. Whatever the media might have you believe the Gate were a bonafide modern Gnostic sect, were serious and rigorous about their work and were deeply troubled by the emergence of the techno-surveillance state they saw emerging at the time. 

This week also marks the 20th anniversary of the last of the Order of the Solar Temple "suicides" ( rendered in quotes since many investigators suspect foul play by outside parties with the OST mass deaths). I wrote in some detail about the OST and their influence on pop culture here (the X-Files writers seemed especially fascinated with the OST and their unique status and history and the lingering questions over their deaths).

Postmortem reports claimed that the OST committed ritual suicide in order to spiritually ascend to Sirius, where they believe their souls originated from. If this is true this is another troubling link to the "Walk-Ins from Sirius" theme from Ruth Montgomery's seminal Aliens Among Us, which has also been linked to the Heaven's Gate suicides.

Last week marked the 20th anniversary of the Phoenix Lights flap, a controversial UFO sighting that caused a major media meltdown and has been the focus of a growing mythology ever since. What is particularly interesting about the Phoenix episode- however you view it-- is that it took place right down the highway from the Heaven's Gate compound in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. 

It may have been seen as the final sign that their ride was here, seeing as how the web-savvy cult was monitoring all kinds of infostreams for omens and portents. 

Next week also marks the 20th anniversary of the Outer Limits episode "Double Helix," which plays out like an idealized fantasy world version of Marshall Applewhite's most cherished beliefs. 

Seeing as how the suicides were discovered before its airing it plays like an elegy, a bizarre epitaph for the cult, its leader and their beliefs. How the hell that happened is anyone's guess.

Speaking of double helixes, 1997 saw the announcement that the first major cloning had been done, of "Dolly" the sheep. The news was broken in Roslin, Scotland, of all places (Dan Brown fans take note). More ominously it was also the year IBM's Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov in chess. 

Coincidentally or not, Steve Jobs returned to Apple a few months later and changed the world as we knew it. One of his last projects was designing the Apple HQ, which looks like a friggin' flying saucer.

Why do all those events feel so closely entwined? We can't say we weren't warned.



1987 is the 30th anniversary of the publication of Whitley Strieber's seminal autobiography Communion, which brought the concept of alien abduction out of the fringes and into book store in America and other parts of the world. 

It's hard to explain to younger people what a phenomenon this book was, the controversy it engendered, and the effect it had on the culture. Strieber was a well-known author of best-selling horror novels, a couple of which had been adapted into movies (Wolfen and The Hunger) but never enjoyed a success like Communion, which stayed on the New York Times best-sellers list for months and sold millions worldwide.

Daytime talkshows were suddenly fora for abductees, whether real or imagined, as were popular tabloid TV shows like Unsolved Mysteries. The craze made celebrities out of Strieber, abduction researchers like Budd Hopkins and David Jacobs and later, Harvard psychologist John Mack. 

Oldline UFO researchers stewed on the sidelines, having traditionally regarded abduction reports with suspicion, if not contempt. Communion would lead to other projects, the Travis Walton biopic Fire in the Sky, The X-Files (which became an even greater phenomenon than Strieber's book), and the Steven Spielberg maxi-series Taken (which would be the SciFi Channel's most-watched series at the time of its airing).



1987 was also the year New Age seeped into the mainstream and has been insidiously rewriting its host body like a computer virus ever since. Pop culture was the medium yet again- a miniseries based on Shirley MacLaine's "spiritual authobiography" Out On a Limb was aired on ABC and planted the seeds for the Me Generation's catch-as-catch-can Theosophy 2.0. 

1987 saw "Ramtha" go wide with the publication of JZ Knight's autobiography, A State of Mind. Channeling soon became a multimiilion dollar industry, with hundreds of mini-Ramtha's popping out of the woodwork dispensing greeting card homilies for a spiritually-indiscriminate polity.

All you needed to do was squint, loll your head around meaningfully, adopt a weird quasi-British accent and learn to spout pseudo-profoundities and you were in clover.

Again, the New Age craze is hard to explain today, though in large part because the New Age is so ubiquitous today it's woven into the cultural fabric of most Western- and many non-Western- cultures. 

Yoga studios can be found in every sizable American town. Acupuncture and other "alternative" modalities are often covered by health insurance programs. Health food stores are slowly displacing conventional supermarkets and many more traditional houses of worship offer New Age programs (meditation, yoga, self-actualization) to their congregants.

1987 also saw the Harmonic Convergence (aka the "New Age Woodstock"), meant to act as the movement's big hop over the cultural fence. But its organizers (which included the original 2012 guru, Jose Arguelles) deeply misjudged the true nature of the movement and how it actually existed in the ideational biosphere. 

This wasn't a revolution, it was a slow-moving insurrection, one that subverted culture from within, all the while denying its very existence (the hallmark of a true New Ager is that they deny actually being a New Ager). Big, showy events weren't going to do the work. Tenacious, relentless but quieter actions were going to insinuate New Age into the mainstream.



1987 saw the Iran-Contra Affair- in which arms were sold to Iran in exchange for American hostages held by Iran-controlled radicals and the profits then diverted to anti-Sandinista militants in Nicaragua- become the major news story, dominating the headlines and Sunday talk shows for the entire year and into the next. 

Iran-Contra is also arguably the impetus for the true mainstreaming of conspiracy theory (just in time for the dawning of the Internet Era). Conspiracy research wasn't a fringe hobby then, it was front page news all across the world. It's just that the virus escaped from the lab and filtered down into places the mainstream media would have rather it hadn't.

But the real groundwork for the rise of conspiracy culture would be laid ten years earlier when the first fully-functional home computer, the Commodore PET was debuted at a trade show. 

Conspiracy theory may have thrived on talk radio (and short wave and ham radio, not to mention mail order) but it would explode on the Internet, even in the crudest venues of the BBS dial-in days.

At the same time the Commodore was unveiled, a new President from Plains, Georgia took office who swore to tear the lid off government corruption (and significantly, UFO secrecy) in Washington. 

Things, predictably, wouldn't work out so well for him.

1977 saw the commoditization of the modern Hollywood blockbuster-- already having birthed itself in 1975 with Steven Spielberg's Jaws. 

George Lucas' spiritual SF epic Star Wars and Spielberg's UFO fantasia Close Encounters of the Third Kind changed the rules forever (you can throw in Saturday Night Fever if you like, as it spawned the rise of the blockbuster soundtrack as well) and, as many would argue, planted the seeds for the eventual creation empoverishment of the Hollywood they created.

In today's market, doubles and triples are no longer be enough, you need to either write a movie off as a tax loss or score a grand slam blockbuster, complete with merchandising and ancillary rights.

But Star Wars and Close Encounters were such monsters because they filled a genuine void in the culture, a need for miracle and transcendence in a rapidly-secularlizing culture. In their wake the movies would become the dream theater of the masses, in the same way the great cathedrals were to the peasants of the Middle Ages.

Both films struck at the right time- NASA tested its first space shuttle at the beginning of the year, promising a new era in space exploration. One that has yet to come to pass, 40 years later. Even so the mood was right at the time.

On the other end of the ritual spectrum 1977 also saw the arrest of David Berkowitz, whom the media named as the sole "Son of Sam" killer despite the fact that witnesses had cogently and explicitly described other shooters not matching his description. 

Berkowitz himself would later claim he was a member of a sect of the Process Church of the Final Judgement, he was not the only shooter and that the killings were human sacrifices. And as fate would have it two of the men he claimed as his accomplices would die under mysterious circumstances not long after Berkowitz was arrested. 

And their father was named Sam.

Also in the summer of 1977, Elvis Presley died after a long struggle with obesity and prescription drug abuse. 

It was poetic in a Greek tragedy kind of fashion since '77 not only saw the precipitous rise of Disco as an all-consuming craze (Donna Summer had the first hit with a totally-synthesized record, "I Feel Love," that year) but also the breakthrough of punk rock and first-wave New Wave (the Sex Pistols, the Clash, Elvis Costello and Talking Heads all released their debuts), which took the basic, four to the floor rock 'n' roll Presley cut his teeth on and wed it to postmodernism, Dada and other weird, Continental theories that old-timers like the King would never have anything to do with.

Not that most of America even noticed. The Eagles' Hotel California, Pink Floyd's Animals and Fleetwood Mac's Rumors were albums most of the public were actually buying. Punk bombed bad in its first assault on American record stores and most of the first wave bands would soon break up or radically water down their styles in a bid to make it to the US Top 40. 

New Wave, which began as a marketing ploy to ease punk into the American market, would become the musical equivalent of New Age, a contagion that would insinuate itself into the host and rewrite the matrix from within. 

40 years later New Wave concepts are so dominant (irony and sarcasm not the least among them) in pop they're no longer recognized as distinct or unique. But that process began in earnest over 35 years ago, when MTV began beaming art school weirdos from England into a growing number of American living rooms. 

In short order even Jethro Tull and Bob Dylan- the onetime crunchiest of the crunchy- were recording with drum machines and sequencers.

There's more to come. 




          Close/Copy submodel   
The submodel synch utility can only be used with submodels that exist in different models. Some however would like the ability to clone submodels in a given model such that items in one submodel can be placed in another submodel. Attached is a macro that clones elements between submodels in a given model. You can select to clone all or selected elements. To perform the clone select the diagram that is to be the source of cloning and execute the macro. The macro will present a dialog listing qualified destination submodels from which you can choose. You can also specify whether to select all objects in the source model or items selected in the submodel. You can execute this macro when in a diagram.
          Controversy over human cloning   

Despite the scientific breakthrough that this procedure means, researchers are far from being able to create human babies as in science fiction film by Michael Bay "The Island" (2005).

In fact, the investigation was carried out with the idea of ​​creating mini-yo.En clones instead, sought to create stem cells to cure diseases.

 But the parallels between the process of cloning animals and humans have caused new alarm. Episcopal conferences in different countries quickly issued a statement condemning the investigation, both the destruction of embryos for research and the possible human reproductive cloning.

Fortunately for anyone concerned about the specter of human cloning, scientists say they are very far from being able to obtain cloned human embryos to overcome the early stages of development. Study leader, Shoukhrat Mitalipov at Oregon Health & Science University, told reporters that the early embryo - 100 cell masses known as blastocysts - appear to have defects that prevent implant properly in the uterus and mature.

Why then clone human embryos?

The answer is stem cells. These cells have the ability to become any tissue in the body - one that could turn culaidad the stars of regenerative medicine, and can thus obtain cells and tissues of patients suffering from various diseases.

Embryonic stem cells resulting from cloning can theoretically be grown until the adult cells to replace diseased cells of a patient.

While cloning is not the goal of this controversial new technique, scientists say it would be naive to ignore the fact that this discovery leaves a step closer to the ability to create human clones.

"My feeling is that it is a kind of an involuntary step in that direction," says Paul Knoepfler, a stem cell researcher at the University of California.

The worst case would be to create a clone before reaching draft legislation regulating this technique.
 


Picture has been released into the public domain by its author, Maltesedog at the English Wikipedia project.


          RANKED: Classic Doctor Who on Netflix   
Eighteen classic Doctor Who stories from the 60's, 70's and 80's are available for instant streaming on Netflix. If you only know the 'new' (i.e. 2005 and up) series, want to investigate the old series but feel daunted by its half-century legacy and don't know where to start, here's our completely subjective ranking of the Netflix stories.

Before we begin:
- The stories of the classic series (1963-89) were broadcast in individual episodes (usually four, sometimes six, other times as little as two and as many as twelve ), usually 25 minutes in length, so a typical story runs the length of a feature film.
- In the black and white days (1963-69), the show was recorded virtually live to tape, and re-takes were very rare, so minor line fluffs and technical glitches were common.
- In typical BBC fashion, through the 80's, interior shots were on video and exterior shots were on film, so the transition between the two could be jarring. Complicated FX were also frequently done on film.
- We can't talk about early Doctor Who without talking about special effects. Before Star Wars, audiences were a lot more forgiving about hand-puppet dinosaurs, wobbly sets, latex alien suits, flying saucers on strings, etc. The BBC allotted Doctor Who about the same budget as a regular drama series, and the effects, such as they were, still were the most technically advanced television effects of the time.
- There are no Colin Baker (Doctor #6) stories on Netflix, except for his appearance at the end of "Caves of Androzani." Trust us, that's for the best.
- This list does not necessarily reflect how *I* personally feel about these stories, but more my estimate of how fans of the New Series might embrace these stories. I would, for example, rank the two B/W stories much higher.

OK, now for the list, starting from the top:

1. City of Death (1979, 4 episodes)
Doctor: Tom Baker
Companion: Romana II
Writers: Douglas Adams, David Fisher and Graham Williams under the pen-name David Agnew
This is my go-to story to initiate newbies. The plot? Briefly summarized: the Doctor and Romana are enjoying a holiday in Paris when they become embroiled in a time-traveling plot involving selling multiple copies of the Mona Lisa (all original!) on the black market to finance the scientific research of a debonair art thief who's actually an ancient alien war lord attempting to return to a pivotal moment in history. Baker and Lalla Ward have sparkling chemistry (they would later marry, albeit briefly), Adams' script is just the right balance of scientific gobbledygook, wit, and goofy humor, and the Paris location filming is great.
Watch For: a hysterical cameo appearance in Episode Four (I won't spoil the surprise)
Recycling: Adams re-used plot elements from this story and his unfinished/unbroadcast story "Shada" in his novel Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.

2. The Caves of Androzani (1984, 4 episodes)
Doctor: Peter Davison
Companion: Peri
Writer: Robert Holmes
Apart from the stupid and pointless Magma Beast, this is near-perfection. The Doctor and Peri wander into a web of political and economic intrigue centered around a precious mineral known as Spectrox. The character of Peri pretty much existed to be drooled over by campy villains, and Sharaz Jek, in his Phantom of the Opera slash BDSM mask, is the absolute pinnacle. Robert Holmes had been writing for the series since the late 60's, and his best tropes and anti-capitalist sentiments are on display. Ratcheting up the tension is the fact that the Doctor and Peri are slowly dying thanks to a casual mishap five minutes in, ultimately resulting in Davison's Doctor regenerating into Colin Baker. Davison calls this his favorite story, so much so that if there were more scripts like this, he'd've stayed in the role.

3. Carnival of Monsters (1973, 4 episodes)
Doctor: Jon Pertwee
Companion: Jo Grant
Writer: Robert Holmes
For the previous three seasons, the Doctor has been exiled to Earth by the Time Lords (though the definition of this exile was a bit malleable), but after the previous story (The Three Doctors, more on that later), he is once again free to roam time and space. And where does he land? In the cargo hold of a ship in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Or so we think. And what does it have to do with the Amazing Vorg and his lovely assistant Shirna as he peddles his Miniscope to the gray, drab, bureaucratic denizens of planet Inter Minor? One of Robert Holmes' best scripts.
Look For: Ian Marter plays a dashing young sailor, and would later return as companion Harry Sullivan when Tom Baker took over as Doctor. Also Michael Wisher and Peter Halliday, two of Doctor Who's most memorable guest actors, under the gray makeup.

4. The Ark In Space (1975, 4 episodes)
Doctor: Tom Baker
Companions: Sarah Jane Smith, Harry Sullivan
Writer: Robert Holmes (sensing a theme here?)
The Doctor, Sarah and Harry land on a space ark, thousands of years in the future, where the last surviving humans sit in suspended animation after the Earth is rendered uninhabitable from solar flares, but as these things usually go, they've overslept, there's been vandalism, and an alien menace lurks in the ventilation shaft. This is Doctor Who's version of Alien, but four years earlier and with no budget (and on television, so everything is brightly lit) but they still manage to make green bubble-wrap look menacing. There are some glaring limitations in the budget, but the concept trumps all.
Iconic Moment: Tom Baker's "homo sapiens" speech
Trivia: to save money, the set was re-used for "Revenge of the Cybermen" a few stories later.
More Trivia: The "In Space" was added to distinguish this story from the Hartnell story "The Ark," another story about the future of humanity facing peril on a space ark.
Unintentional Racism: The Ark's sleepers are genetically selected... and yup, they're all white.

5. The Green Death (1973, 6 episodes)
Doctor: Jon Pertwee
Companion: Jo Grant (and the UNIT team)
Writer: Robert Sloman
In an economically depressed Welsh mining town, a new petroleum refinery claims its process creates no waste, but the hippie scientists living in the nearby commune (led by the dashing Clifford Jones) believe otherwise. The Doctor looks in and discovers that, yup, the refinery is dumping its toxic sludge into the abandoned mines, which among other things, is creating a swarm of giant maggots impervious to UNIT bullets. The refinery's mysterious "BOSS" has a hypnotic hold over its employees, and turns out to be a supercomputer with megalomaniacal designs on world domination to achieve 'maximum efficiency and productivity.' A powerfully leftist political stance for the show, overtly conflating capitalism with inhumanity; definitely not recommended for Ayn Rand fans.
Famous Moment: At the end, when the Doctor sneaks out of Jo and Cliff's engagement/farewell party and drives away, alone and heart(s)broken.
Secretly Best Moment: Stevens' tear, after he regains his humanity and saves the world.
Trivia: Jo and Prof. Jones were a real-life couple at the time.
Continuity: The Metebelis Crystal would become a major plot element in Pertwee's farewell story "Planet of Spiders" the following year.

6. Pyramids of Mars (1975, 4 episodes)
Doctor: Tom Baker
Companion: Sarah Jane Smith
Writer: Steven Harris (pseudonym for Robert Holmes and Louis Greifer)
Doctor Who's version of The Mummy. Sutekh, an ancient God, is trapped in a state of paralysis in an Egyptian pyramid by the Eye of Horus, a ruby sitting at the center of a pyramid on Mars. When his tomb is opened, he awakens and sets the stage for his return... with robot mummies. It takes a little while to get going, but Sutekh is one B.A.M.F. of a villain. The showdown between him and the Doctor is truly chilling, and one of Baker's best moments.

7. The Three Doctors (1973, 4 episodes)
Doctor: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee
Companion: Jo Grant (plus the UNIT team)
Writers: Bob Baker and Dave Martin
If you want to experience the first three Doctors in one sitting and don't want to sit through a black-and-white story (sigh... really?), this is your best bet. This tenth anniversary story was intended to exhibit all three doctors equally, until it was evident that Hartnell's infirmity would make this impossible (the writers' solution is clever, though). The interplay between Troughton and Pertwee is a treat. Omega, the Time Lord villain at the heart of the story, is played way over-the-top, the gel-guards are very very silly, there's a lot of capture-escape-recapture plot padding, but it's a whole lot of fun.

8. The Curse of Fenric (1989, 4 episodes)
Doctor: Sylvester McCoy
Companion: Ace
Writer: Ian Briggs
The Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy eras were arguably a nadir for the series: the budget and audience kept shrinking, the BBC execs wanted the show gone, producer John Nathan Turner wanted out, and many stories were (in our opinion at least) awful. But the 26th and final season was a brief renaissance, and this was the highlight, with a lot of concepts that laid the groundwork for the new series. It took 25 years to come up with a companion with a backstory, family, and an emotional catharsis to undergo, and seeing this in the classic series was a bit of a revelation. The plot? WWII codebreakers, Russian navy spies (who switch from sub-titled Russian to heavily accented English for no reason whatsoever), and a dormant Norse God coming back to life. And lots of monsters rising from the sea in latex masks. Or something.

9. The Ribos Operation (1978, 4 episodes)
Doctor: Tom Baker
Companion: Romana I
Writer: Robert Holmes
Season sixteen's stories, for the first time in the show's history, comprised an all-encompassing arc; each story centered around finding a segment of the Key to Time, and this was the first story. Although set on an alien planet, there are far more medieval elements than sci-fi. Two intergalactic con men attempt to scam the disgraced warrior prince Graff Vynda-K (an awesomely whackjob name) into buying a planet, and the Doctor and Romana are stuck in the middle. It's a Robert Holmes script so it's witty, funny, and wise, but its truly iconic moment is the Binro the Heretic scene. BINRO WAS RIGHT!

10. The Horror Of Fang Rock (1977, 4 episodes)
Doctor: Tom Baker
Companion: Leela
Writer: Terrence Dicks
A hastily-written script, but very effective. A shape-shifting alien crash-lands near an isolated lighthouse, and starts picking off the crew. It's a little slow-moving (and the episode one cliffhanger is a dud), but stick with this one. Particularly chilling (spoilers, sorry) is the body count: although the enemy menace is defeated, every character except the Doctor and Leela dies.

11. Spearhead From Space (1970, 4 episodes)
Doctor: Jon Pertwee
Companion: Liz Shaw (plus the UNIT crew)
Writer: Robert Holmes
After an unprecedented six month hiatus (after running virtually every week for six years), Doctor Who did a full re-boot with a new lead actor, a new companion (who was also a scientist), a new Earthbound action-oriented direction, and in COLOR!! This one was shot entirely on film due to a strike at the BBC, so it has a cinematic quality to it. The Nestene Consciousness and their animated plastic soldiers, the Autons, were so iconic and tied to the notion of a Doctor Who re-boot, that they were also the villains of the very first New Series episode, complete with an homage to Spearhead's memorable scene of the shop window dummies.
Trivia: the film clips of doll manufacturing were originally set to Fleetwood Mac's "Oh Well," but the music is removed from all VHS and DVD releases.

12. The Leisure Hive (1980, 4 episodes)
Doctor: Tom Baker
Companion: Romana II
Writer: David Fisher
When John Nathan Turner took over as producer after the troubled Graham Williams era, his impact was swift and dramatic: new credits and theme music, a new pool of writers, phasing out K9, an emphasis on synthesizer music, and experimentation with the latest special effects. Tom Baker is a bit lost this season, his seventh and final in the role, and his performance has an autumnal quality with a very tangible change of focus away from the overtly comic direction he'd taken the Doctor. The grab-bag plot involves cloning, nuclear holocaust, and an alien holiday camp. Director Lovett Bickford opens with a memorable panning shot on the beach, and the makeup work on the Doctor when he is aged several hundred years is outstanding.

13. The Mind Robber (1968, 5 episodes)
Doctor: Patrick Troughton
Companions: Zoe, Jamie, and... Alternate Jamie!
Writer: Derrick Sherwin (ep 1) and Peter Ling (ep 2-5)
Of the two B/W era episodes available on Netflix, this narrowly gets precedence over the other, if anything for the boldly experimental plot and the boundary-pushing special effects (some that work, others that don't). The TARDIS lands outside of the known Universe, in the Land of Fiction, in which anything can happen depending on the imagination of the controller. Thanks to the 'anything goes' structure, the story is even able to absorb the temporary loss of one of the companions, when Fraser Hines' illness kept Jamie out of episode Two. It was too late to re-write the script, so a brilliantly unique solution was devised...

14. The Aztecs (1964, 4 episodes)
Doctor: William Hartnell
Companions: Susan, Ian and Barbara
Writer: John Lucarotti
Probably the best of the surviving Hartnell era stories. For the first four seasons, the series alternated between science fiction-focused and history-focused stories. In the latter, the Doctor & Co. would land in Earth's past, get separated from the TARDIS, interact with famous people or critical moments in history, and attempt to escape without A) Getting Killed or B) Changing History. They land in an Aztec tomb which closes behind them, shutting them off from the TARDIS. The Aztecs hail Barbara as a re-incarnated goddess since she'd grabbed a bracelet off a corpse while in the tomb (um, eww...). Barbara appalls the Doctor and incites the wrath of the Aztec shaman by denouncing the practice of human sacrifice. Meanwhile, the Doctor has to woo the widow of the tomb's architect to find a way back to the TARDIS, Ian makes an enemy of the warrior chief, and Susan tries to avoid getting married. In the end they get out alive, but leave a considerable mess behind - shattered faith, spilled blood and broken hearts.

15. The Pirate Planet (1977, 4 episodes)
Doctor: Tom Baker
Companion: Romana I
Writer: Douglas Adams (under the pen-name David Agnew)
Part Two in the Key To Time saga, this one's a mixed bag. A lot of great sci-fi concepts and a witty script, a fantastic villain in The Captain, and a nice twist at the end, but underdone by a weak supporting cast, some sloppy production work, and Tom Baker's alternately indifferent, silly, or over the top acting.

16. The Androids of Tara (1977, 4 episodes)
Doctor: Tom Baker
Companion: Romana I
Writer: David Fisher
Part Four of the Key To Time saga. The plot: Prisoner of Zenda, with androids in it. And a really, really, REALLY stupid looking Taran Wood Beast, so stupid looking that it almost hobbles the entire story even though it's on screen for maybe five seconds. The villainous Count Grendel is fun, and the climactic swordfight is sufficiently swashbuckly, but meh.

17. The Power of Kroll (1977, 4 episodes)
Doctor: Tom Baker
Companion: Romana I
Writer: Robert Holmes
Part Five of the Key to Time saga. Doctor Who attempts King Kong, but with a giant squid. Not Robert Holmes' best script by any measure, hampered further by budgetary limitations and miscasting (though it is fun to watch Philip Madoc visibly seething that he's not playing Thawn).

18. The Visitation (1982, 4 episodes)
Doctor: Peter Davison
Companion: Nyssa, Tegan, Adric
Writer: Eric Saward
Saward has his fans, but we're not among them. The Terleptyl looks great, but there's nothing else memorable about him. Since the plot centers around the Great Plague and Great Fire of London, we'll bet Saward intended to set it in 1660's London, but the budget confined him to a nearby village with an apparent population of five. And the plot is one of the most egregious examples of capture, escape, re-capture. The vagabond actor Richard Mace is memorable, but that's about all there is here. There's no action. None. Just wandering around and talking for four episodes, with three crap cliffhangers in between. Others seem to rate this highly, but to us, it's a dud.

COMING SOON: The Best Dr Who Episodes Not On Netflix
          This Week In Servo 97   

In the last week, we landed 119 PRs in the Servo organization’s repositories.

Planning and Status

Our overall roadmap is available online, including the overall plans for 2017. Q2 plans will appear soon; please check it out and provide feedback!

This week’s status updates are here.

Notable Additions

  • emilio improved the performance of parsing numeric CSS values.
  • emilio replaced many ad-hoc checks in the CSS selector matching with more structured and consistent logic.
  • rlhunt added support for tiling gradients in WebRender.
  • mrobinson improved the logic for deciding when to clip content.
  • stshine made text correctly inherit overflow properties from its parent element.
  • nox shared more code between the websocket handshake and regular HTTP connection.
  • gw improved the performance of more simple border rendering cases.
  • bholley replaced a hashmap with a vector when storing pseudo-element styles.
  • pyfisch implemented CSS serialization for transform functions.
  • emilio added codegen for C++ destructors in rust-bindgen.
  • jdm enabled a bunch of no-longer-intermittently-failing WebGL tests.
  • ferjm blocked scripts from being loaded when the wrong MIME type is present.
  • emilio improved the performance of selector matching by avoiding unnecessary hashing.
  • cbrewster reduced the amount of cloning requires for some session history code.
  • jdm added support for running web platform tests that require HTTPS.

New Contributors

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          Git Clone Network Shared Project in Windows   

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/WinAZ/archive/2015/12/02/git-clone-network-shared-project-in-windows.aspx

Not sure why I keep forgetting this, but it bites me occasionally and maybe writing it down will prevent a search that results in Linux shell non-answers. I currently use Windows 10, but this is the case for previous versions too. The problem is that I keep forgetting that git clone requires forward slashes, rather than back slashes. In normal cases, back slashes work, as in:

 

>net use \\someshare mypassword /USER:mydomain\mylogin

 

However, cloning a git repository like this:

 

>git clone \\someshare\git\someproject

 

gives me:

 

Cloning into 'someproject'...
fatal: '\someshare\git\someproject\' does not appear to be a git repository
fatal: Could not read from remote repository.

Please make sure you have the correct access rights
and the repository exists.

 

grrrr…  <<= that’s me

 

To fix that, switch from back-slashes to forward-slashes like this:

 

>git clone //someshare/git/someproject

 

and life is good.

 

@JoeMayo


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          Cuttings For My Garden   
Personally I find nothing more thrilling in gardening than the successful propagation of plants. While growing from seed is pretty good, especially for perennials, taking cuttings of plants is positively magical. It is, after all, cloning.

This year I have taken cuttings from two shrubs. The first is a friend’s red-flowering Weigela, which blooms at least twice each summer, fairly unusual in Weigelas. I don’t know if it’s a known or named cultivar, or a lucky find in a seed-raised plant. (Weigelas aren’t known for great foliage or branch or fruit interest when they’re not in flower, so rebloom is an important feature.) The cuttings were taken in late June. I cut off several branch tips, keeping them in a Ziploc bag with a damp paper towel for a few hours before getting to my garden.

Most of the Weigela cuttings had two leaf nodes. For each, I made a fresh cut just below the lower leaf node, removed the lower leaves, and trimmed back the upper node to two half leaflets (i.e., I cut each leaflet in half). I used a single-edge razor blade, but a knife will do if it is sharp.

I inserted the cuttings in some seed starter mix, in 3-inch Jiffy peat pots, and kept them damp and under a clear plastic cover, with perhaps an hour of morning sunlight each day. Basically a cutting is a race to grow roots before wilting or a fungus takes over, but you can’t try to rush the growth with heavy sun or fertilizer, or you will uniformly fail.

As soon as a cutting starts visibly growing, it is also growing roots, and it can be put where its humidity-sealing cover is removed gradually, perhaps an hour a day for a few days, until it is always uncovered. Once uncovered, you will have to water or mist it daily. And then you put it into successively sunnier locations until it is acclimated to where you want to plant it, and you’ll only have to water when the soil is dry.

As of now I have three strong Weigela plants, which have rooted and more than doubled in size, four more plants whose future is in question, as they haven’t grown and are looking rather tired, and about four which succumbed to rot. (You must throw out any rotting ones lest the fungus or whatnot spread to the others.)

The beauty of cuttings is that with access to a healthy bush it’s trivially easy and cheap to take a dozen of them. And with most plants, most of the time, and a modicum of care, that’s usually enough to guarantee a few successes. If you can get Rootone®, TakeRoot® or a similar hormonal rooting product, that often increases your success rate to a clear majority, but with some plants like willows (various Salix species) you can put a stick into the ground just about anywhere, even upside down, and be almost guaranteed of success. (They are harder to keep alive when rooted in a pot.)

Weigelas aren’t quite as vigorous as willow cuttings, but they are known to be easy, so I didn’t bother tracking down Rootone, which I was surprised to learn is not carried by all garden supply stores and nurseries. Of my three successes, I put two into my garden in late August. The third is in a fairly large (perhaps 5-gallon) plastic pot which I aim to bring inside for the winter and place in a window. Hopefully at least one plant will survive cold, snowfall, and/or neglect (the oversized pot will last longer between waterings), making it to spring, and clear sailing for a shrub.

This year I purchased the rose known as ‘The Fairy’ – a smallish but very healthy, adaptable and long-flowering rose with many small pink double flowers. It is known to root fairly easily, with spreading canes which often layer spontaneously where they touch the ground. The Fairy dates from 1932, and so is not under patent.

On the 13th I decided to experiment with this plant, to see if I would have any success under, if not the worst of conditions, then certainly a half-assed attempt to maximize success -- late in the season, with no rooting powder, and using no cover, relying instead on shade, cooler weather, and the harder wood of later-season cuttings being more resistant to wilting.

I trimmed off a disproportionately long cane (partially seen in the top center of the first photo) and made about ten cuttings.

I had used a gloved finger to pop the thorns off to the side, making the material easier to handle, but while the Weigela had been softwood in late June, this roses’ hardwood cuttings were, indeed, quite hard to slice through with a razor blade. I was almost surprised I didn’t get myself sliced in the process. Note the sticky pad, which is a 3-inch square; a fully prepared cutting is to the left of the pad.

Most of the cuttings have three nodes; some have two. I removed the lower two nodes’ leaves, and half or more of the leaflets in the top node, and inserted most of the cuttings, untreated, into the ground. This was in a very well-drained area, a raised bed, which I had double-dug and amended with compost a month previous when I was planting a (rooted) Weigela. It is important that the cuttings area be such well-drained and yet moisture-retaining material, free of competing roots, loosened, but also firmed down. Ideally, experts such as Christopher Lloyd recommend a mix of 1 part loamy soil, 2 parts peat moss, and 3 parts coarse sand or grit (1/16 to 3/16 of an inch).

Four of the cuttings I inserted along the rim (shaded side) of the large pot with the rooted Weigela in the middle. This pot is still outside, getting morning sun on the Weigela, but it will go inside for the winter.

Certainly these late, unbabied rose cuttings are at greater risk than the already-rooted Weigelas. But even fully rooted cuttings are not as winter-hardy as larger, established plants. Altogether I will be happy if I get at least one Weigela and two roses to survive into next year’s growing season; after all, they cost me nothing (I did use about $6 worth of supplies I already had, as noted). I may put something cage-like on top of the outside plants so heavy snow won’t crush them.

How late in the season can you do all this? Softwood cuttings are best taken by early July, so as to be strongly rooted by end of season. Hardwood cuttings are supposed to be doable even into November. But in that case, you can’t expect any growth or rooting until spring. (The cuttings will probably survive, dormant, since having no leaves that late they won’t be losing much moisture.) The limiting factor then may be frozen ground. You could, if planning cuttings, prepare the ground ahead of time and keep it unfrozen with a thick layer of mulch.

Any questions?


          BSA: After cloning PROD BSA env to Test, appservers fail to start in Test with "ORA-00001: unique constraint (BLADELOGIC.UC144_NAME) violated"   

This document contains official content from the BMC Software Knowledge Base. It is automatically updated when the knowledge article is modified.


PRODUCT:

BladeLogic Server Automation Suite


COMPONENT:

BladeLogic Application Server


APPLIES TO:

BSA version 8.9.00



PROBLEM:

A BMC BladeLogic Server Automation (BSA) environment has been cloned to another BSA environment using the following procedure in the BSA docs:

https://docs.bmc.com/docs/display/bsa89/Testing+the+upgrade+in+a+duplicated+environment

The Appservers in the cloned environment fail to start with the following error:

Caused by: com.bladelogic.om.infra.mfw.util.BlException: ORA-00001: unique constraint (BLADELOGIC.UC144_NAME) violated


 


CAUSE:

Conflict between names of Appservers in new and cloned env


SOLUTION:

Note: If this error is encountered in any situation not involving cloning a BSA environment (BSA upgrading, adding new appserver to existing env etc) , contact BSA Customer Support for assistance as this step only applies to when a BSA environment is being closed.

When a BSA Application Server starts up, it either inserts new records into or updates existing records in the APPLICATION_SERVER and APPLICATION_SERVER_MODEL tables.

This error suggests that the new Application Server is attempting to insert a row to one of the above tables which already exists.

This is likely related to some of the under-the-hood Appserver deployments which BSA has like _spawner, _pxe, _util, _postmig etc

This error suggests that step 2 in the "" of the documentation on cloning an environment was not followed.

https://docs.bmc.com/docs/display/bsa89/Testing+the+upgrade+in+a+duplicated+environment

Steps pasted below.

If this is not an upgrade related to a Disaster Recovery site, soft delete the old Application Servers from the imported database:
(Oracle only)

update application_server set is_deleted = 1;
update application_server_model set is_deleted = 1;
COMMIT;

 UPDATE APPLICATION_SERVER t1
SET APP_SERVER_NAME = 'bkup09082016_' || (SELECT APP_SERVER_NAME
FROM APPLICATION_SERVER t2
WHERE t1.APPLICATION_SERVER_ID = t2.APPLICATION_SERVER_ID
AND t2.IS_DELETED = 1)
)
WHERE EXISTS (SELECT 1
FROM APPLICATION_SERVER t2
WHERE t1.APPLICATION_SERVER_ID = t2.APPLICATION_SERVER_ID
AND t2.IS_DELETED = 1
);
COMMIT;

  

UPDATE APPLICATION_SERVER_MODEL t1
SET NAME = 'bkup09082016_' || (SELECT NAME
FROM APPLICATION_SERVER_MODEL t2
WHERE t1.APPLICATION_SERVER_MODEL_ID = t2.APPLICATION_SERVER_MODEL_ID
AND t2.IS_DELETED = 1)
WHERE EXISTS (
SELECT 1
FROM APPLICATION_SERVER_MODEL t2
WHERE t1.APPLICATION_SERVER_MODEL_ID = t2.APPLICATION_SERVER_MODEL_ID
AND t2.IS_DELETED = 1);
COMMIT;

  

(SQL Server only)

  

update application_server set is_deleted = 1;
GO
update application_server_model set is_deleted = 1;
GO

  

UPDATE APPLICATION_SERVER
SET APP_SERVER_NAME = 'bkup09082016_' + (select t2.APP_SERVER_NAME
from APPLICATION_SERVER t2
where t2.APPLICATION_SERVER_ID = t1.APPLICATION_SERVER_ID
and t2.IS_DELETED = 1
)
FROM APPLICATION_SERVER t1;
GO

  

UPDATE t1
SET t1.NAME = 'bkup09082016_' + (select t2.NAME
from APPLICATION_SERVER_MODEL t2
where t2.APPLICATION_SERVER_MODEL_ID = t1.APPLICATION_SERVER_MODEL_ID
and t2.IS_DELETED = 1
)
FROM APPLICATION_SERVER_MODEL t1;
GO

 


Article Number:

000132022


Article Type:

Solutions to a Product Problem



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          Major Embryonic Stem Cell Advance Raises Ethical Quandaries   

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JEFFREY BROWN: And finally tonight, a major advance in stem cell work, but one that again raises ethical questions.

Researchers at Oregon Health and Science University were able to create embryonic stem cells through a cloned human embryo, a longtime goal, since such cells are capable of transforming into tissues and organs genetically identical to a patient who needs them.

Researchers took the DNA from a donor’s unfertilized egg, then inserted mature skin cells containing the DNA of a patient. That led to the creation of an early-stage embryo called a blastocyst, a group of 50 to 100 cells. From that, scientists derived stem cells and then transformed them into heart cells.

The blastocyst was destroyed in the process and was never implanted in a human womb.

Rob Stein has been covering this story for NPR and joins us now.

Welcome to you.

ROB STEIN, National Public Radio: Nice to be here.

JEFFREY BROWN: So, first of all, why is this considered so important, this particular step?

ROB STEIN: Well, every since scientists discovered embryonic stem cell, one of the great dreams is that they would be able to use them to mass produce in the laboratory whatever kind of cell they want to treat patients, to be able to create thousands and thousands, millions of cells in the laboratory to be able to tailor-make cells to treat patients with — let’s say create brain cells to treat patients Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease or create heart cells to treat patients who had heart attacks, or maybe cells for the pancreas for children with diabetes.

But in order to do that, they wanted to be able to tailor-make those cells with the genetic material of the patients they are trying to treat. And this is the technique that would finally be able to accomplish that goal.

JEFFREY BROWN: This has been hard to do, though, right? It’s been a goal for a long time. What’s the — why so hard? Why the challenge?

ROB STEIN: That’s right.

Scientists have been trying to do this for years. They have tried and tried and there’s been failure after failure. There’s been some claims that they did it that turned out to be fraud.

JEFFREY BROWN: Yes, a very notable one very recently, yes.

ROB STEIN: Yes, very high-profile.

JEFFREY BROWN: Yes.

ROB STEIN: And, for that reason, some scientists started to think that maybe it was impossible, that there was something about — they could do it in mice and they could do it in monkeys and other animals, but they never were able to do it in humans.

And some scientists started to think maybe there is just something different about humans that made it impossible and that this wasn’t — we are never going to be able to achieve this goal.

JEFFREY BROWN: Is there a simple way to achieve to us what the — what the difference was or what made it work?

ROB STEIN: Well, it seems like they were — they basically tweaked the formula that they used to be able to do this.

And what — as you said, they took the genetic material out of an egg and they replaced it with the genetic material from a cell. And there were a couple key steps that they did that seemed to make the difference. The first one was that they use very fresh eggs.

Many of the other attempts, they used eggs that were left over from fertility clinics. And that seems to be one key difference in this case. Another thing they did is, there was — basically, they had to keep the egg at a certain stage of development, so that when they inserted the new genes, they had to do it at exactly the right moment, so that it would then be able to go on to develop into an embryo that could produce stem cells.

And it was that formula that seems to have made a difference. And it was very interesting. One of the aspects of that formula was caffeine.

JEFFREY BROWN: What we all take in every morning.

ROB STEIN: That’s right.

JEFFREY BROWN: Now, what we were referring to that last time when it was announced by some Korean researchers, it turned out to be a hoax, right, or a …

ROB STEIN: It was a fraud.

JEFFREY BROWN: A fraud. Yes. Yes. Yes.

ROB STEIN: It was a very high-profile case of scientific fraud.

JEFFREY BROWN: This time looks totally on the up-and-up and …

ROB STEIN: Well, this is a very well-respected, well-known team of scientists out at Oregon Health and Science University. It has a long track record of having had success in doing this, using this technology in the laboratory.

As I said, they did it in mice, and then they did it in monkeys. And that seems to have been one of the keys is they had a lot of experience to be able to tinker with their formula to just get the right one that would work this time.

JEFFREY BROWN: Now, as we noted, this does raise concerns that we have talked about here, that you have reported for many years, including, of course, destroying human embryos.

ROB STEIN: Yes, it raises several ethical questions.

One of them is, as you said, the whole idea of intentionally creating and then destroying embryos in a laboratory for research purposes. And for people who believe that embryos basically have the same moral status as a human being, that’s just morally repugnant and unacceptable.

Another ethical question that this raises is, they compensated the women financially for their eggs, which in many places is not permitted. There’s only a couple of places in the country where they will do that, New York state and Oregon, because it raises all kind of questions about commodifying body parts, selling people’s body parts.

And the last ethical concern this raises and probably the one that most people are concerned about is the technology they used is the same technology that was used to clone Dolly the sheep. So, some people think this basically could be a step towards human cloning, that they feel they will use the exact same techniques to possibly try to clone a human.

JEFFREY BROWN: So, it plays right into those fears that have been out there for a long time about cloning itself.

ROB STEIN: Right, right.

Now, the researchers who did this research say they don’t think it would basically work, that whenever they have tried to do that with animals, it failed. And so they think it would fail if anybody tried to do that through people.

But there’s a lot of concern that that might not stop somebody from at least trying.

JEFFREY BROWN: There is also the other part of the context here is the work that has been done with adult stem cells. Now, explain the difference if you can for us briefly, and why some think that’s a better option for pursuit.

ROB STEIN: Yes.

We all carry around in our bodies adult stem cells. These are stem cells that could be turned into very specific tissues, like our hearts have heart stem cells and so they could be used to make new heart cells, but that’s all they can do. They can’t be used to be turned into brain cells, for example.

The big difference with embryonic stem cells is they could used to turn into any type of cell in the body. All 200 tissues in the body, an embryonic stem cell potentially could be used to make. Now, they have done some experiments with adult cells that seemed promising for certain diseases, like for heart disease perhaps. They use it for bone marrow transplants, for leukemia.

But the big difference here, as I said, is that embryonic stem cells are much, much more versatile.

JEFFREY BROWN: So where does this leave things, in our last minute here, in terms of the policy debate that continues? What happens next? And how does this newest development play into that?

ROB STEIN: Right.

Well, there’s a lot of talk now that there might be an attempt to revive legislation in Congress to make cloning illegal in the United States, which it is not. Many other countries have made cloning illegal. In this country, it is still legal in most states. Maybe a dozen states have their own laws that make it illegal.

So, that may be a big debate, a political debate that comes up again in Congress. Last time that happened, it doesn’t go anywhere because it got mired in the whole abortion debate. We will have to see if that happens again this time.

JEFFREY BROWN: All right, Rob Stein of NPR, thanks so much.

ROB STEIN: Oh, thanks for having me.

The post Major Embryonic Stem Cell Advance Raises Ethical Quandaries appeared first on PBS NewsHour.


          Researchers Decode DNA of Woolly Mammoth   

Using 20 balls of hair snipped from woolly mammoth bodies found frozen in the Siberian permafrost, scientists have obtained a letter by letter code of about four-fifths of the animals’ DNA, marking the first time researchers have deciphered the DNA of an extinct species.

The study is a major step forward from the previous technique of trying to extract DNA information from frozen bone marrow, study coauthor Webb Miller told Agence France Presse. That’s because DNA found in frozen bone barrow can be badly damaged by environmental conditions, but the keratin sheath of hair that had been trapped in permafrost provides good protection.

Based on the results of the study, published Thursday in Nature, researchers should someday be able to recreate any animal that lived within the last 100,000 years, Penn State University professor and study coauthor Stephan Schuster told the Associated Press.

“It could be done. The question is, just because we might be able to do it one day, should we do it?” Schuster said. “I would be surprised to see if it would take more than 10 or 20 years to do it.”

The news of the DNA mapping prompted widespread comparisons to the novel and movie Jurassic Park, however Schuster’s parameters would rule out the recreation of dinosaurs because they roamed the earth 140 to 200 million years ago.

The woolly mammoth became extinct at the end of the last Ice Age, about 11,000 years ago.

The woolly mammoth DNA code could be used to recreate the animal by creating a mammoth embryo and implanting it into an elephant, a cousin of the woolly mammoth. The process would be complex, especially because the mammoth DNA is not suitable for cloning.

The researchers discovered that the woolly mammoth and elephants have very similar DNA that differs by just 0.6 percent. That is about half the genetic difference between chimps and humans, and closer than scientists anticipated.

The genome of the mammoth also turned out to be at least one-third bigger than the scientists anticipated, causing money problems for the researchers. The project was halted without completing the mapping because the $1 million in funding provided for the project has already been exhausted, Schuster told Bloomberg News.

“We hope that this study generates enough excitement to show that the project ought to be brought to a proper end,” he said. “It’s only a matter of money and time.”

The post Researchers Decode DNA of Woolly Mammoth appeared first on PBS NewsHour.


          Could this really be the return of the woolly mammoth?   


The Sun recently revealed a "jaw-dropping" live footage of what people claim as a live woolly mammoth! The video, taken last summer in Siberia, became somewhat of a viral phenonmenon striking lots of interest online. Firstly, this is news from The Sun and everyone knows 'The Sun' isn't exactly considered as a legit source. Secondly, the video is so hazy and blurry, it might as well be a dirty elephant that rolled around in mud..or anything!

Watch it for yourself and let me know what you think.


Thankfully, most people aren't gullible enough to fall for this. Here are the two theories that emerged from online discussions:

1) It's fake, the 'woolly mammoth' was digitally manipulated and the video is intentionally blurry.
2) It's a real video but it's just a wild grizzly bear with a fish in its mouth.

Which theory do you believe?  Do you have your own ideas on what this creature is?

For those who are interested in this topic, check out this interesting article here on whether science is capable of cloning a woolly mammoth or click here to learn about this fasinating creature. Both are great reads!

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          Research Technician / Research Assistant - Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation - Oklahoma City, OK   
Animal husbandry (worms, flies, fish, mice, etc.), molecular biology (e.g., cloning and PCR), microbiology/sterile technique, cell culture, protein biochemistry...
From Indeed - Tue, 30 May 2017 18:17:43 GMT - View all Oklahoma City, OK jobs
           Molecular cloning of the genes encoding proteins that selectively interact with the beta-subunit of the high-voltage activated calcium channels    
Bogdanov, YD; Dolphin, AC; (2000) Molecular cloning of the genes encoding proteins that selectively interact with the beta-subunit of the high-voltage activated calcium channels. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE , 12 p. 21.
           BCL10 deletions in haematological malignancies: a cloning artefact?    
Duke, V; Kapoor, A; Gricks, C; Melo, J; Foroni, L; (2000) BCL10 deletions in haematological malignancies: a cloning artefact? BRITISH JOURNAL OF HAEMATOLOGY , 111 (4) pp. 1106-1108. 10.1046/j.1365-2141.2000.02447.x .
           Molecular cloning and expression of the fabs of human autoantibodies in Escherichia coli - Determination of the heavy or light chain contribution to the anti-DNA/-cardiolipin activity of the Fab    
Kumar, S; Kalsi, J; Ravirajan, CT; Rahman, A; Athwal, D; Latchman, DS; Isenberg, DA; Kumar, S; Kalsi, J; Ravirajan, CT; Rahman, A; Athwal, D; Latchman, DS; Isenberg, DA; Pearl, LH; - view fewer <#> (2000) Molecular cloning and expression of the fabs of human autoantibodies in Escherichia coli - Determination of the heavy or light chain contribution to the anti-DNA/-cardiolipin activity of the Fab. J BIOL CHEM , 275 (45) 35129 - 35136. Gold open access
           Cloning of local growth factors involved in the determination of muscle mass    
Goldspink, G; (2000) Cloning of local growth factors involved in the determination of muscle mass. BRIT J SPORT MED , 34 (3) 159 - 160.
           Identification of candidate endothelial cell autoantigens in systemic lupus erythematosus using a molecular cloning strategy: a role for ribosomal P protein P0 as an endothelial cell autoantigen    
Frampton, G; Moriya, S; Pearson, JD; Isenberg, DA; Ward, FJ; Smith, TA; Panayiotou, A; Frampton, G; Moriya, S; Pearson, JD; Isenberg, DA; Ward, FJ; Smith, TA; Panayiotou, A; Staines, NA; Murphy, JJ; - view fewer <#> (2000) Identification of candidate endothelial cell autoantigens in systemic lupus erythematosus using a molecular cloning strategy: a role for ribosomal P protein P0 as an endothelial cell autoantigen. RHEUMATOLOGY , 39 (10) 1114 - 1120.
          Replied to a forums thread Cloning PC's with OEM-keys without sysprepping - legal? in the Windows Vista Deployment and Imaging Forum.   
Replied to a forums thread Cloning PC's with OEM-keys without sysprepping - legal? in the Windows Vista Deployment and Imaging Forum.
             
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[Brasil]
História de Gisberta inspira curta-metragem que vai estrear no Brasil (com vídeo)
“A Gis”, curta-metragem sobre o assassinato de Gisberta Salce Júnior, vai estrear esta sexta-feira no Rio de Janeiro no âmbito do festival Curta Cinema do Rio. Depois, irá passar, ainda este mês de Novembro pelo Panorama Coisa de Cinema, em Salvador, e pelo Festival Mix Brasil, em São Paulo.

[Brasil]
Universitária trans Ágatha Mont é alvo de transfobia em banheiro da faculdade em SP
A universitária Ágatha Mont, que é uma mulher trans de 26 anos, denuncia que vem sendo vítima de transfóbia ao ir ao banheiro feminino do Centro Universitário das Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas, em São Paulo. O caso ganhou mídia pela matéria do G1.

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Transsexual Alynda Leitte é assassinada e encontrada amarrada por familiares em Manaus
Alynda Leitte que estava prestes a completar 30 anos de idade, foi brutalmente assassinada na última segunda feira (7) e encontrada amarrada em sua própria casa por familiares. A equipe de reportagem do Portal Atualizado conversou com irmão da vítima.

[Brasil]
Travesti é morta a facadas em Paragominas
O município de Paragominas, na região sudeste do Pará amanheceu nesta terça-feira (8), de forma sangrenta com a morte de um travesti.
Segundo informações colhidas, a vítima era conhecida como “Pitty” e foi morta a facadas, por volta das 5h30 da manhã, no bairro Nagibão.
A polícia já está realizando investigações para chegar nos responsáveis pelo delito.
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Transexual potiguar morre em procedimento estético no Ceará
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[International]
U.N. appoints first-ever LGBT rights watchdog
The U.N. Human Rights Council on Friday announced it has appointed the U.N.’s first-ever independent expert who will specifically investigate anti-LGBT discrimination and violence around the world.

[España]
La familia de La Veneno cree que ha sido víctima de una agresión y no de un intento de suicidio
La vedette se encuentra en coma. Según las primeras investigaciones policiales, pudo tratarse de un gravísimo accidente tras ingerir tranquilizantes mezclados con alcohol.
Durante mucho tiempo ha sido considerada un juguete roto, pero La Veneno fue durante mucho tiempo una de las mujeres más buscadas y deseadas por cualquier evento que quisiese llamar la atención en la jet española.
La Veneno en coma tras ser encontrada en extrañas circunstancias
Muere La Veneno tras cuatro días en coma


[España]
TDOR 2016, justicia para Niurkel asesinada
El día que conmemora la memoria de las personas trans asesinadas por el odio y la transfobia, tendrá lugar como cada año el 20 de noviembre al momento del TDOR.
Es con una grande tristeza, que nosotros recibimos la muerte de una de las nuestras, Niurkeli a la edad de 33 años, una mujer trans de origen ecuatoriano y trabajadora sexual, a quien también llamábamos Niurka,.


[UK]
Pre-op transgender woman who battered her lover sent to female jail because 'she'd get bullied in men's prison'
Natalie Kearney, 20, was sentenced to 20 months in prison for assaulting her 44-year-old boyfriend Michael Hollywood after she admitted cheating on him

[UK]
'A hole in your chest where gender used to be': Being non-binary in the UK
Four people living in the UK explain what it's like to be non-binary

[UK]
‘BBC using position to peddle harmful trans ideology’
A columnist for The Times has complained to the BBC for the ‘first time in her life’ after the broadcaster promoted radical gender ideology in the lives of children.

[UK]
Female athlete who tried to murder sports boss was transgender and facing medals review
Champion runner Lauren Jeska admitted attempting to kill Ralph Knibbs

[UK]
The government is fighting to prevent trans women from accessing their pensions
The UK government is fighting to prevent transgender women from collecting their state pension.
A series of court cases over the last few years have shown that government lawyers are fighting to deny equality for a group of trans women.

[UK]
Mayor of London reforms gender options to recognise people who aren’t ‘male’ or ‘female’
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has confirmed that the city is preparing to reform City Hall’s gender options to recognise trans and intersex people.

[UK]
Transgender hate crime - Lucy's story
As part of our Hate Crime Awareness campaign this week we are focusing on gender hate crime and specifically crime against someone for their gender including resentment of transgender people, transsexuals and transvestites.

[UK]
20 transgender children from Southern Trust including South Tyrone convinced they are living in the wrong body
A total of 20 children in the Southern Trust area have been given support by the NHS because they believe they were born in the wrong body.

[UK]
BBC ripped for promoting trans issue
The BBC is being criticized by a Christian group in England for being "an unquestioning mouthpiece" for the transsexual lobby.

[UK]
Provision Of Trans Healthcare In Wales
On the 23rd of September 2016, the Welsh Government issued a Health Circular which updates General Practitioners and other primary care professionals on their roles and responsibilities in prescribing hormone therapy for trans adults.

[France]
Ecoutez-les: Four French trans people on law proposal for legal gender recognition
Today, we are launching a video on legal gender recognition and on the vote on the law on Justice in the XXI century in the Senate Laws Committee. Four trans people explain why the law will have a great impact on their daily lives.

[Turkey]
Trans Man Faces Discrimination in Istanbul Gym
The famous gym chain MACFit’s Anadolu Hisarı branch in Beykoz, Istanbul was the scene of transphobic discrimination. Trans male Çağlar Hamza was first warned by the gym’s managers, where he was a member, by being told “You have a pink ID card, you cannot use the men’s changing room”, and then was forced to freeze his membership.

[Turkey]
Trans Woman Attacked, Forced to Leave Istanbul Neighborhood
Kıvılcım Arat, LGBTI activist, was forced to leave her home of five years due to continuous attacks from a group of young men living in her neighborhood.

[UAE]
Lawyers back changes in UAE law allowing gender reassignment surgery
A transgender woman who wants to live as a man hopes a new law will allow him to have a sex-change operation.
UAE expert believes more sex change cases will follow

[UAE]
Huge fine for violating sex change, cloning law
Sex change and cloning are prohibited in the UAE under the updated Federal Medical Liability Law for 2016, said health officials on Sunday.

[UAE]
UAE sex correction case: Woman to be examined
28-year-old Emirati who wants to become a man will be allowed if requirement is proven

[Botswana]
Inside the agony of gender variance in Botswana
Outside of the biological, social and cultural dynamics that produce girls and boys, is a growing intersex and transgender community. Mmegi Staffer BABOKI KAYAWE looks at the experiences of gender variant persons in Botswana

[South Africa]
Victory for transgender man in ID dispute
At first, Home Affairs officials required
him to submit proof that he had changed from a woman to a man, then later informed him his documents went missing.

[South Africa]
Want a sex change in SA? Be prepared to wait 25 years
While an Emirati woman seeks permission from the courts in the United Arab Emirates to have that country’s first sex change operation‚ hundreds of people are faced with the prospect of having to wait for up to 25 years to get the surgery done in South Africa.

[Afghanistan]
Afghanistan LGBT community living under threat of death
Homosexuality is a taboo subject in Afghanistan, rarely discussed in the media and widely condemned as immoral and un-Islamic. As a result there are no statistics indicating the size of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the country.

[Pakistan]
Pakistan’s Rights Body Urges Transgender Attack Inquiry
Surge in Violence Should Prompt Authorities to Act

[Pakistan]
How Women, Hijras And Others Will Suffer Because Of Modi’s Bold Move
At 8 p.m. on Nov 8 2016, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that ₹500 and ₹1000 notes would cease to be legal tender at midnight. The point? To flush out black money, meaning any cash in circulation that has been acquired through less than fair means.

[Nepal]
How a supercomputer helped give a Nepali trans activist a voice of her own
A new journalistic experiment is harnessing the power of artificial intelligence to help give a trans activist a voice of her own.

[India]
States, UTs have to certify person as transgender: HC told
Certifying a person as a transgender is the responsibility of the state governments and Union territories, the Centre has told Delhi High Court.

[India]
Transgender woman dies in Chennai, she was found burnt outside a police station
Police had confiscated her vehicle, so where did she find fuel to immolate herself?
Transgender immolates self in front of police station
JUSTICE FOR TARA


[South Korea]
Court upholds trans woman's military service exemption
The high court on Friday upheld a lower court’s decision that ruled against the Military Manpower Administration for canceling a military service immunity order for a person suffering from gender dysphoria.

[Myanmar]
Transgenders thrive as 'spirit wives'
Otherwise rejected by most of society, the country’s transgender women become ‘spirit wives’ who act as conduits for the spirits and can provide advice to worshippers on financial and marital matters.

[Cambodia]
Study Exposes Abuse of Trans Cambodians
Two weeks ago, a small group of transgender women were sitting on the riverfront in Siem Reap City when a group of police officers arrived and told them to get up and go away. It was an act of blatant discrimination, harassing them for being in a public space, but only routine.
Abuses prevalent for Cambodia's transgender women: study

[Cambodia]
Rights groups call for transgender protections
Human rights groups have called on the government to establish an anti-discrimination law in the wake of a report that unveiled widespread abuses committed against transgender women – a law observers say is long overdue.

[Thailand]
Transgender rights takes step forward
Newly released research provides a framework for gender recognition law, but will it be enough, activists ask

[Hong Kong]
Outrage after two transgender women refused entry at Hong Kong International Airport
The pair, who were travelling to the city from Bangkok, were told they “did not satisfy the purpose of their holiday” to immigration officers

[Australia]
“Radical Form Of Mansplaining”: Victoria’s Ugly Debate On Transgender Rights
The Victorian government is trying to make it easier for transgender people to change the sex on their birth certificate – but the opposition isn’t keen.

[Australia]
SA to recognise transgender soon: Premier
A law that would allow transgender South Australians to have their gender formally recognised without undergoing surgery will eventually pass, Premier Jay Weatherill says.
SA parliament votes down change to Sexual Reassignment Act amidst claims the bill is a Trojan horse for gay marriage
Gender identity bill fails to pass South Australian Parliament


[Australia]
Transgender man to serve drug sentence in female jail
A transgender man who was caught harvesting a million-dollar cannabis crop has spent the past four months in a woman’s jail despite living as a male for more than a decade.

[Australia]
This Is What It’s Like To Have Your Transgender Kid Splashed Across The Media
Does the negative media attention on transgender kids infringe their human rights?

[New Zealand]
ITANZ: NZ can improve future for intersex children
The Executive Director of ITANZ (Intersex Awareness New Zealand) says during the 73rd Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, New Zealand representative Dr Patrick Tuohy made comments that seem to point to a confusion between intersex issues and transgender issues.

[Canada]
Pastor ordered to allow GSAs at 2 Edmonton-area schools responds through lawyer
'Like a toddler testing its parents' says mom, as defiance to new Alberta law continues
Education minister launches inquiry after school authority flouts law on gay-straight alliances
Edmonton-area Baptist schools defying LGBTQ rules face third-party inquiry


[Canada]
Parents force review of LGBTQ policy in Peace Wapiti school division
Voters near Grande Prairie have forced a rural school division to re-examine its policies designed to protect LGBTQ students.

[Canada]
Halifax trans football player says 'media attention' a reason for McDonald's firing
Kenny Cooley says he was caught off guard over decision after making headlines for suiting up with Halifax West Warriors.
Halifax LGBTQ group calls alleged firing of trans teen from McDonald's ‘discrimination,’ asks for apology

[Canada]
Vancouver woman sets sights on becoming first transgender MLA
'I've been the first trans person in many things in my life," says Morgane Oger, who hopes to run for the NDP

[USA]
What to Do If You’re Trans and Live in America Now
Some things you can do before this next administration settles in

[USA]
Transgender People Are Connecting With Lawyers On Twitter Using #TransLawHelp
Fueled by the anxiety of the election outcome, many in the trans community are attempting to get their legal documents and gender markers in order.
Lawyers Offer Free #TransLawHelp for ID Changes

[USA]
Pence confirms once and for all that Trump will be an anti-LGBT president
That guidance protecting transgender students from discrimination would just go away.

[USA]
AMERICA, 2018 mid-terms! We get to work NOW!
I stole this headline from Jenn Burleton. It’s really the only thing we can do. We can’t dwell on the what ifs, or whys — it’s wasted energy better spent on fixing our future — the 2018 mid-terms, for instance. We certainly don’t need the stress.

[USA]
How ‘Transparent’ Changed Jeffrey Tambor and Judith Light
Jeffrey Tambor and Judith Light talk Season 3, their education on trans issues and rights, and how they talk to their friends about the progressive show.

[USA]
Pro-Republican ad depicts little girl getting raped because of transgender equality
A horrific ad in support of North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory depicts the rape of a little girl, in an attack on his Democratic opponent.

[USA]
Transgender children need support from families, doctors, schools: report
“I’m really a girl on the inside.” “I should have been born in a different body.” “I wish I could be a boy.”

[USA]
Trans murders rising alongside anti-trans rhetoric
An illustration used as part of a 1938 children's book Der Giftpilz (The Poisoned Mushroom) by Nazi propagandist Julius Streicher features a menacing-looking, burly caricature of a Jewish man confronting two young children, Else and Hans, who stare up at him in wonder as he uses a bag of caramels to entice them to come with him.

[CA, USA]
Cops Might Skate in Transgender Woman's Death
A federal judge threw out a slew of claims against the city of Berkeley and several police officers over the death of a transgender woman with schizophrenia who died while being arrested in 2013.
Berkeley sued in trans woman's death

[CA, USA]
Transgender man sues Dignity Health for not covering transition care
A transgender man who works for San Francisco-based Dignity Health is suing the Catholic-associated hospital chain for sex discrimination over its refusal to cover gender transformation treatments.

[CA, USA]
Mother of transgender teen suing Rady Children's
Rady Children's Hospital is being sued by the mother of a transgender teen who committed suicide- accusing the hospital of discriminating against her son.
Family Sues Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego for Discriminatory Treatment of Transgender Teenager

[CA, USA]
Transgender woman settles workers’ comp case against Big Bear Lake hospital
A transgender woman who sued Bear Valley Community Hospital in Big Bear Lake for discrimination and harassment has settled her workers’ compensation case.

[CA, USA]
Transgender homeless person hit with rock when he denies beer to couple in Redding
A transgender homeless person was hit in the head with a rock and called a derogatory name after a refusal to buy beer for others camping under a Redding bridge, police said.

[FL, USA]
Video shows when transgender victim was set on fire in Brady trial
On day two, prosecutors in the Terry Brady trial showed surveillance footage showing the moments a transgender woman was set on fire twice in a brutal murder that claimed the life of Yaz’min Shancez.
Jury finds Brady guilty of transgender woman's murder

[FL, USA]
Trans teen fights Jacksonville courts to keep out of abusive home
Ryan Stalvey, a transgender high school student from Jacksonville, Fla., is doing all the things a typical teen does as they start a new school year. He is getting new clothes and catching up with friends he hasn’t seen since last year, but Stalvey is also worrying about whether the state is going to force him to live in an abusive household.

[FL, USA]
Transgender Broward teen wins right to change birth record from F to M
A Tallahassee judge has ordered Florida health administrators to change the birth certificate of a Broward teenager from “female” to “male,” potentially ending a long-simmering dispute between the Department of Health and advocates for transgender children who want their permanent records to reflect their current reality.

[IN, USA]
Transgender woman finds hateful message written outside her home
Says Indiana needs hate crime law
Transgender woman harassed, seeks changes in state law

[KS, USA]
KU police investigate on-campus transgender harassment allegations
The University of Kansas Public Safety Office confirmed it is investigating allegations of harassment toward a transgender student on campus.

[KY, USA]
Henry Gleaves sentenced for killing transgender prostitute
A man convicted of manslaughter for killing a transgender prostitute in 2015 will serve the maximum sentence.

[MD, USA]
Transgender legal clinic opens
FreeState Justice will conduct a legal clinic twice a month at the offices of the GLBT Community Center (GLCCB), 2530 N. Charles St., 3rd Floor in Baltimore. The sessions occur on the Wednesday after the second and fourth Friday of each month from 3-5 p.m.

[MD, USA]
Vigil held for slain trans woman
About 50 people gathered at the Ynot Lot in the Station North area of Baltimore on Sept. 19 to pay tribute to Crystal Edmonds, an African-American transgender woman who was shot and killed the previous Friday in Northwest Baltimore. She was 32.

[MS, USA]
Will this Mississippi murder be the first federal hate crime with a transgender victim?
The day Josh Vallum killed Mercedes Williamson, he first saw her from the front porch of a friend’s house near Theodore, Alabama. She was walking down Dauphin Island Parkway in blue jean shorts, a pink tube top and pink flip-flops, her long, dirty-blonde hair pulled back in a ponytail.

[NY, USA]
Transgender babysitter takes plea deal for killing toddler
The​ evil babysitter ​facing trial for​ starving and beating to death a toddler took a plea deal in Manhattan court that will land her in prison for 22 years to life ​– ​as the ​tragic tot’s mother sobbed in the gallery.

[OH, USA]
Transgender woman sues library, insurance provider over surgery cost
A transgender woman who works for Hamilton County’s public library system is suing her employer and its insurer over a refusal to cover sex reassignment surgery.
Transgender library insurance dispute goes to court

[PA, USA]
Pine-Richland Alumni To Protest Transgender Bathroom Policy
A group of Pine-Richland school district alumni is planning to protest the district’s transgender bathroom policy at tonight’s school board meeting.

[PA, USA]
Trans inmate sues for transfer to women's prison
A transgender woman from Philadelphia who has spent the last four years in men’s prisons filed a federal lawsuit this week, alleging ongoing sexual harassment and abuse at the hands of corrections officers and other inmates.

[TN, USA]
Trans woman’s truck set ablaze, spray painted “TRUMP”
A Tennessean Transgender woman’s truck was set on fire while she and her three-year-old watched. The woman, identified by the Tennessean by the pseudonym Elle to protect her identity said that she heard a car door close and went outside to check. Seeing nothing she went back into her home but a half later she heard a horn honk and saw her truck fully engulfed.
Cookeville transgender veteran's truck painted 'Trump,' lit on fire
Transgender Vet Says Trump Supporter Torched Her Truck


[TX, USA]
Texas Trans Pioneer Linda Phillips Passes Away
Was sad to hear the news via Gordene MacKenzie's Facebook page that pioneering Texas trans woman Linda Phillips has passed away suddenly at age 81 on Monday.
Linda Phillips had been crossdressing since age 3, and had the epiphany that she was trans,and transitioned later in her life. She married Cynthia on January 10, 1958 in Dallas.
Bulverde transgender pioneer passes away
[Linda's in the white cowboy hat]


[TX, USA]
Parents Pull Transgender Child From School Amid Bullying Accusations
Cannon Elementary school in Grapevine is the latest battleground in the national debate over transgender bathrooms.

[TX, USA]
Autopsy Report: Slain transgender woman stabbed 24 times
An autopsy report by the County medical examiner's office concludes a transgender woman "died of stab wounds of face and torso with injuries of lung and carotid artery. The manner of death is homicide."

[VA, USA]
Would-be blood donor claims he was turned away because of gender identity
A Richmond man says he was turned away from donating blood to Virginia Blood Services after staffers learned he’s transgender.

[VA, USA]
VAVP community alert: Noony Norwood
On November 6th, the Virginia Anti-Violence Project (VAVP) learned that 30-year-old Richmond, VA, resident Noony Norwood was killed on the southside of Richmond. Noony, who identified as a transgender woman of color, was shot on Saturday, November 5th and died the next morning. The Virginia Anti-Violence Project would like to express its sincerest condolences to Noony’s family, friends, and community. VAVP is deeply saddened to hear of another homicide of someone who identifies within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities.
Family seeks justice for transgender woman killed in southside shooting


[Mexico]
En la Marcha por la Familia nadie acertó a explicar qué es la "ideología de género"
El gigantesco mecate pasó por el ojo de la aguja pero nadie, en la Marcha por la Familia, acertó a explicar qué es eso que tanto los preocupa: la ideología de género.
Tens Of Thousands March To Undo Marriage Equality In Mexico
La Iglesia mexicana saca a la ultraderecha de las catacumbas en su ofensiva antigay


[Mexico]
Mil 500 personas han cambiado su identidad de género en CDMX
Al menos mil 500 personas han realizado un cambio de identidad de género en la Ciudad de México, informó Manuel Granados Covarrubias, consejero Jurídico y de Servicios Legales.

[Mexico]
'Homofobia estadística' impide avanzar en temas LGBT y 'trans': Clark
En la República Mexicana hay "homofobia estadística", pues existen datos sobre el nivel de pobreza, la cantidad de indígenas, los niveles de desigualdad social, de vendedores ambulantes, pero jamás se ha logrado uno que sea específicamente de diversidad sexual o la comunidad LGTB, y menos crímenes de odio hacia la comunidad.

[Ecuador]
The transgender family where the father gave birth
Meet one of South America's most high-profile transgender families.

[Venezuela]
Ministerio Público pidió adecuar foto de la cédula con la identidad de género
Esta iniciativa beneficiará a personas de la comunidad sexo diversa

[Colombia]
Cárcel por extorsionar a integrantes de la comunidad LGBTI
Cinco supuestos integrantes de una banda dedicada a extorsionar a miembros de la Comunidad LGBTI, fueron cobijados con medida de aseguramiento intramuros, por el Juzgado 31 Penal Municipal, con funciones de control de garantías, que acogió la petición de la Fiscalía General de la Nación.

[Uruguay]
Uruguay presenta datos preliminares del primer censo de población transexual
El Ministerio de Desarrollo Social de Uruguay (Mides) presentó hoy en Montevideo datos preliminares del primer censo realizado en el país sobre la población transexual, cuyo número asciende a 853 personas, en el marco de intercambio de políticas públicas y diversidad sexual.

[Uruguay]
Baños mixtos y varones con polleras en el Iava
Los alumnos del liceo Iava de Montevideo realizaron una “jornada de polleras” donde los varones y mujeres concurrieron con estas prendas a la vez que habilitaron “baños mixtos”, o sea para que fueran usados por ambos sexos.

[Uruguay]
"Las trans tienen hecha carne la visibilidad"
Entrevista a Marcelo Otero Díaz, activista por los derechos diversidad sexual desde de las primeras marchas, fundador del Colectivo Ovejas Negras, y a quien consideramos un informante clave para dilucidar las tareas y desafíos del movimiento por la diversidad sexual. Los orígenes del movimiento, su necesidad de “salir del clóset” y la idea de una diversidad sexual viste de la lucha de clases, las primeras marchas con las trans adelante y el resto “a cara cubierta”, el VIH, la población trans como el sector más vulnerable…

[Peru]
"No pueden detener a la gente por vestirse como les venga en gana"
Colectivos cusqueños se manifiestan tras detención y presunta golpiza a turistas transexuales.

[Argentina]
Un partido ganado: la historia de la transexual que fue fichada en la asociación de hockey
Jessica Millamán, jugadora transexual de hockey, consiguió que la ficharan en la asociación de Chubut.

[Argentina]
A Stark Animated Short Sheds Light on Trans Discrimination in Argentina
Argentina’s trans community, as is the case in many countries, faces an extraordinary amount of discrimination, from education and employment opportunities to violence. Animator Virginia Gilles, writer Stephanie Santoro and sound designer Thomas Corley decided to put some facts about the community’s Argentine experience into stark relief in an experimental short, which features hypnotic animation, motion graphics, music, and voiceover.

[Argentina]
Presentan un proyecto de ley de reparación histórica para personas trans
En el marco de la campaña #ReconocerEsReparar, el día jueves 6 de octubre se realizará el acto de presentación del proyecto de ley “Régimen reparatorio para víctimas de violencia institucional por motivos de identidad de género”.

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          The Overnightscape #70 (7/5/04)   
Tonight's subjects include: The Monster Joke Book, grape cloning, Dubai Land, dancing pigs, arcade video game review ("Jungle King" by Taito, 1982), degrading job applications, Cousin It, Macy's fireworks show, pi, KFC, Yoplait Ultra, wine review ("Pepperwood Grove Pinot Noir (2004 California)"), meat juice, the moth incident, gelatin, Chewbacca, the low-carb craze, dream review ("The UFO-type Nightmare"), walking in Brooklyn with my mother, cat visions, financial ruin, the pompous retailer, Newark Liberty Airport, and Nikita Kruschev. Hosted by Frank Edward Nora. (1 hour)
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Animal husbandry (worms, flies, fish, mice, etc.), molecular biology (e.g., cloning and PCR), microbiology/sterile technique, cell culture, protein biochemistry...
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Undersea UFOs, Obama, DARK KNIGHT Symbolism & Cloning Mummies with Freeman Fly


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          Hair loss research developments in 2013   
The most promising projects in the area of hair loss research today include development and testing of medications NEOSH101, bimatoprost, RK-023 and Avodart (dutasteride) as well as surgical techniques such as hair multiplication, also known as hair cloning, and hair generation in wounds of hair-free skin. Whereas the drugs NEOSH101, bimatoprost, RK-023 and Avodart give promise of replacing the currently most effective hair loss medications - Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia (finasteride) - with more powerful alternatives, surgical treatments could provide an unlimited supply of new hair follicles and thus ultimately solve the hair loss problem in most patients. There certainly is a number of other ongoing hair loss projects but this update only reviews those that are in the most advanced stages of development. Unfortunately, the common denominator for most hair loss studies in 2013 was the lack of funding.

NEOSH101 (tetrapeptide aldehyde proteasome inhibitor) is a hair-growth stimulant applied topically to the scalp once daily and it is now in phase II.b of clinical testing. This project, which was believed dead since 2008, seems to have resumed in 2013 with 140 test subjects enrolled but no further details on its progress are available yet.

Bimatoprost (trade name Lumigan, a medication used in eye drops to treat glaucoma) which was not so long ago approved by the FDA for extending and thickening of eyelashes under the new trade name Latisse is also believed to possess the ability to promote the growth of hair on the scalp. However, the data from April 2013 showed that the phase II. clinical tests failed to provide sufficient efficacy in promoting hair growth and thus it could not proceed to a late-stage study. Therefore, the originator of bimatoprost (Allergan) decided to extend the current mid-stage development program which is now due to end in January 2015.

RK-023 is a research code given to another glaucoma medication called Rescula (a novel physiologically active fatty acid derivative) that is being tested in Japan as a potential hair growth stimulant similar to bimatoprost. This drug is in clinical testing phase II. not only for treating hair loss but also for the treatment of hypotrichosis of the eyelashes. The latest results of this project come from phase II.a, which was completed in 2011, showing improvement in number of terminal hairs in subjects treated with RK-023. No data have been provided yet by phase II.b conducted in 2013, though.

Avodart (dutasteride, a dual 5-alpha reductase inhibitor) is an oral drug currently approved for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia undergoing phase IV. clinical trials in Korea for treating male pattern baldness. This study is being conducted by the originator of Avodart, GlaxoSmithKline, with 900 test subjects enrolled and its aim is to monitor the safety and effectiveness of Avodart in Korean hair loss patients. The previous, phase III. clinical trials conducted in the US and Korea showed that Avodart was an effective treatment for hereditary hair loss but only few details were released to the public. Phase IV. clinical testing, also known as post-marketing study, typically takes place after the drug has been approved by the FDA but this rule common in the US seems to be different in Korea.

Hair cloning, also known as hair multiplication or hair regeneration, is a cell-based technique that aims to provide an unlimited supply of new hair follicles. Aderans Research Institute, an affiliate of Bosley, which is considered to be the market leader in this area, announced in July 2013 that it was closing its research facility due to the lack of funding and it started auctioning its laboratory equipment. However, Aderans representatives reacted by saying that they were not going to be liquidated and their research results were encouraging. Despite that Aderans (Bosley) is no longer going to finance this project and it started looking for private funding.

Growing hair in wounds of hair-free skin, also known as follicular neogenesis, is a new technique being developed by Follica. The aim is to spur new hair growth in skin "wounds" with the help of certain chemical(s). Follica is notoriously secretive with their reporting but it confirmed that it already patented a minimally invasive "skin perturbation" device which removes the top layers of skin, causing the underlying skin cells to revert to a stem-like state. Then a chemical molecule that is being currently tested is applied and it works as a catalyst which re-programs the cells to become hair-producers. The company stated in the past that this technique only uses devices and chemicals that already exist and are used in other medicinal areas. Hence, it is hard to say whether Follica is so secretive about their study data for a good reason or whether there is just nothing new to report.
          Bosley Taking Over as the Market Leader in Hair Regeneration Research   
Aderans Research Institute, an affiliate of Bosley and one of a few research units in the world involved in exploring hair regeneration (also known as hair cloning) has recently announced that it acquired the key research assets of its main competitor, Intercytex, one of the market leaders in the area of hair regeneration. This news was not unexpected as Bosley held an option to negotiate an exclusive distribution agreement for ICX-TRC, a new hair regeneration therapy being developed by Intercytex. Besides that, Intercytex put itself up for sale at the beginning of last year following the failure of a Phase III study of its leading project, involving Cyzact. Bosley was expected to get involved, which finally happened through its affiliate Aderans Research Institute, a subsidiary of Aderans Holdings Company of Japan, the world’s largest wig manufacturer. Bosley, through Aderans, has thus solidified its position as the leading research company in the area of hair regeneration. The acquired assets only include assets related to the research into ICX-TRC hair regeneration therapy. Intercytex was also involved in two other areas of medical research but these assets are being dealt with separately. This acquisition comes at a time when Aderans Research Institute is extending its own Phase II study of hair regeneration after it recently treated the trial's 100th subject. Intercytex's own study of ICX-TRC is also at the late stage of Phase II.
          Aderans's Hair Regeneration Project Entered Phase II Clinical Testing   
Aderans, the main competitor of the financially-struggling market leader in the area of hair regeneration, Intercytex, has recently launched a Phase II clinical study on cell-based hair regeneration for men and women. Hair regeneration, also known as hair multiplication, hair cloning or follicular neogenesis, is a technique which consists of eliciting new hair growth using a person’s own hair-forming cells, which are placed in the bald area of the scalp. During a conventional procedure, doctors will remove a small amount of tissue. Hair-forming cells will be extracted and allowed to multiply under controlled conditions. After enough new cells have formed, they will be injected into the scalp. Eventually, the person will receive many more hair-forming cells than were taken from the scalp. Hence, this method overcomes the main limiting factor of hair transplant surgery, which is the shortage of donor hair. At the moment, Aderans is hiring people to participate in its clinical study in six US cities. Bosley, the largest chain of hair transplant clinics in the US is directly involved in Aderans and its research. In addition, Bosley holds an option to negotiate an exclusive distribution agreement for another similar product, named ICX-TRC, developed by Intercytex. This option can be exercised upon completion of the phase II clinical trial.
          Will Recent Advances in Hair Science Put Hair Transplant Clinics Out of Business?   
Hair transplant clinics have been experiencing a tremendous rise in popularity and patient numbers in recent years, which is mainly due to improvements in the hair surgery techniques they use. Today’s hair transplants can give you a completely natural look, particularly thanks to the advent of follicular unit extraction technology. But all hair transplantation techniques face one constraint - a limited supply of donor hair. The maximum number of grafts that can be transplanted is, depending on the individual’s hair density in the donor area, between 10,000 and 12,000, which numbers about 20,000 - 24,000 hairs. A full head of hair is about 100,000 hairs. But there is the possibility that this weakness could be finally overcome in the not too distant future. The easiest solution to this problem would be a pill or a topical solution but, despite significant advances in the development of novel medicinal drugs and promising genetic research into telomeres, the ultimate oral or topical cure for baldness is not expected to emerge within the next ten years. However, there are some promising technologies that might become commercially available within about five to seven years.

Hair multiplication is one of them. It is often referred to as hair cloning or follicular neogenesis. It consists of the culturing and multiplying of cells that come from hair follicles which have been extracted from the donor area at the back of the head and injecting these cultivated dermal papilla cells into the bald scalp where they are expected to induce new hair growth. The second promising line of development involves generating new hair follicles in wounds of hair-free skin. Both of these methods might be good for generating new hair follicles in bald areas but they may not be so good when it comes to controlling the thickness and the shade of newly-grown hair and the direction of its growth. Therefore, seeding follicle implants into the frontal area of the scalp will probably remain necessary. In addition, both of these new techniques are expected to be performed at hair transplant clinics. Although some hair transplant surgeons may sound sceptical when it comes to commenting on recent advances in these new techniques, they might, in the future, become their greatest providers, as the popularity of hair surgery gets a further boost due to the unlimited supply of donor hair. The benefit to the consumer, besides the unlimited supply of donor hair, should be that the quality should correspond to the best that hair surgery technology has to offer today but at a lower price.
          All Roads Lead to Hair Transplant Surgery   
Hair transplant surgery is, besides wearing wigs and using concealers, the only method of hair restoration that produces guaranteed results that everyone will notice. If you use medicinal drugs or believe in magic and employ herbal remedies to regrow your lost hair, it can take years to see any results and most likely you will be the only person to spot them. Medicinal therapies such as pills and topicals may be good at preventing hair loss but do not yet offer a satisfactory solution to restoring lost hair despite tremendous progress in medicinal drug research and development in recent years.

The main drawbacks of hair surgery, as perceived by potential patients, are its high cost and the inconveniences that you have to put up with. The cost of hair surgery starts at 5,000 US dollars per procedure, which is between three and ten US dollars per graft, depending on the geographical location, the extent of the surgery and the technique used (as follicular unit transplantation is less expensive than follicular unit extraction). But this is not the total expense. You have to include the cost of finasteride or any other hair loss treatment that you will have to bear with for the rest of your life, in order to prevent further loss of hair in areas adjacent to the current bald spot. The second factor that puts many people off is the inconvenience. Hair transplant surgery is a cosmetic surgery and as such requires local anaesthesia and a healing period of a couple of weeks. Additionally, most patients require two or more sessions to achieve a satisfactory improvement. It also involves the risks typical for any surgery performed on the head, such as excessive swelling and bleeding, a long healing process for the scar, shock hair loss, scalp numbness and tension, etc. And lastly, there is the aforementioned need to stay on hair loss prevention medication for the rest of your days that could one day become unbearable due to its side effects.

Hair transplant surgery requires a strong commitment to one’s own hair but offers benefits that will remain unrivalled by any other hair restoration method in the foreseeable future. Hair loss drugs are not going to provide satisfactory regrowth earlier than the next ten years, whereas new surgical technologies such as hair cloning or generating new hair follicles in wounds will most likely also require surgical hair implants in the frontal area of the scalp. It appears that some kind of hair transplant surgery will remain unavoidable for restoring lost hair for many years to come.
          Cloning: In Nature and in Medicine   
Cloning isn’t something new. It might surprise you that nature has been cloning since the start of time. Scientists, however, have been doing it for a while and it has helped us to understand more about the world and ourselves, as well as opened up a number of possibilities and breakthroughs in medical research. Cloning…
          3d backdrop in different shades orange purple   

Photo of something summery.

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          Someone Randomly Donated a Mastodon Tooth to a Michigan Clothes Drive   
A Christian charity in Michigan thought it had seen it all after receiving donations of drugs and urns that still contained ashes — until the bones of an extinct relative of the elephant were discovered while sifting through a donation box. The Grand Rapids Press reports “In The Image,” which connects low-income residents with clothing, received a lacquer-covered tusk and a broken tooth “about the size of a loaf of bread” that seem to have belonged to a mastodon and may be anywhere from 12,000 to 15,000 years old. The artifacts have been added to the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s educational collection. Getty Images While the reddish-brown, elephant-mammoth lookalike hasn’t roamed the Great Lakes region in about 10,000 years, every now and then in Michigan, construction workers, a family digging a pond, and crayfishing 11-year-old cousins will stumble upon remains of the extinct mammal, which became the state fossil in 2002. And footprints believed to be the world’s largest mastodon trackway were discovered in the city of Saline, southwest of Ann Arbor, in 1992. A 40-foot plastic mold of the fragile prints was made and is on display at the University of Michigan’s Museum of Natural History. Now to quote a famous Michigan rapper, would the Good Samaritan who donated the mastodon tooth to the charity please stand up? MORE: Ancient Mammal Paves Way for Modern Rodents MORE: Siberian Discovery Could Bring Scientists Closer to Cloning Woolly Mammoth
          [C# Design Patterns] The Prototype Pattern   
This post will demonstrate the Prototype design pattern – another pattern for creating instances of objects. This pattern creates new objects, by “cloning” them from a single (prototype) object.     Examples If we were writing a role-playing game, we might want to create multiple instances of monsters for the player to fight.   Non-Pattern […]
          Rick and Morty #27 (2017)   

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When Morty ends up with two dates to the prom, there's only one solution: ethically ambiguous cloning!

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          Finally A Code Layout That Works!   
Background

Our team develops software that evolves around robotics/vision. Speaking in software terms we do not have a single product but rather a set of continuosly growing libraries which are integrated in a set of applications. From the very first moment on we headed for modularized software components, to factor out common code.

Our team consists of ~ten members of which five contribute to the code on a daily basis. We use a versioning control system and build server for continous integration and track our bugs.

For a developer working on a specific project the code layout on his/her computer harddisk resides in a single project directory containing a flat hierarchy where each library/application resides in a single directory

sample_project
  +---app_a
  +---lib_a
  +---lib_b

Within the version control system, however, the code is organized differently. Each library/application is a project on its own. It links to required libraries by including them as externals. Quite often projects consist of tens of externals which makes the projects extremely hard to maintain.

What's the new layout?

In the version control system there is just a single robotics/vision project containing libraries and applications as single sub-directories.

The trunk contains stable libraries of general interest only. Applications and customer specific code will reside in branches of the trunk. Additionally we set up the following three simple rules.

  • No one, except the maintainer, commits to the trunk.
  • The trunk contains libraries that are of general interest.
  • Any code in the trunk exhibits tests and documentation.

Ideally the maintainer is a person that not actively contributes code. That way, all requests to integrate code in the trunk have include unit tests and at least a description of the feature/bugfix to be integrated. Otherwise, how should the maintainer verify rule #2 and #3?

From the rules it is obvious that the trunk will show only single commits for a single feature/bugfix. That eases the merging of features back into branches and allows for a readable changelog.

As anyone is actually working on branches of the trunk, project leaders are free to decide if and when to integrate features/bugfixes from the trunk.

Our build server will continously build the trunk and run all of its tests. Registering a branch for continous integration is only a matter of cloning the build project of the trunk.

Code => Trunk

One of the questions worth asking is: How to motivate people to contribute code to the trunk? There probably is no simple answer to this question. It depends, beside other reasons on

  • communication: high level of communication between team members will keep everyone updated on what others currently work on. So sentences like "oh nice, could we have this in trunk? I need it too" should occur often.
  • the background/education of team members: influences their inner drive to modularize code and actively contribute to the trunk.

Please feel free to criticize.


          Dime con quién andas. Cómo mejorar tu entorno para elevar tu Talento    

El otro día encontré en una librería ‘Cultiva tu memesfera. Somos lo que nos rodea’, de Sergio Parra (o, mejor, el libro me encontró a mí). Sergio Parra es novelista (con siete obras en su haber), divulgador, colabora con distintos medios y bloguero del Instituto de la Felicidad de Coca-Cola.
Sergio concibe nuestra vida como esos naipes de “las siete familias”. Somos la suma de las personas con las que compartimos nuestro tiempo. O, como diría el refranero: “Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres”. Nuestra felicidad, por ejemplo, depende más de cómo son nuestros amigos que del dinero que poseamos (Nicholas Christakis, Harvard). Por eso nos propone estudiar el bosque más allá de los árboles. El autor divide el texto en cuatro partes.
1. Memes y memesfera. El término fue creado por Richard Dawkins en ‘El gen egoísta’ (1976). Son los virus de la mente (elementos de una cultura transmitidos por medios no genéticos, especialmente por imitación) y guardan paralelismo con los genes (ADN). Desde las canciones de verano a las opiniones de familiares y amigos. “Están hechos del mismo material que están hechos los sueños”. Hay semilleros (que contagian) y parterres (personas que se dejan contagiar). “La imitación está imbricada en los circuitos neurológicos de nuestro cerebro”, por eso imitamos desde bebés, inconscientemente. Y además están las neuronas espejo (Giaccomo Rizzolatti), base de la empatía. La memesfera es la atmósfera de memes que respiramos, que nos rodea y que nos influye. “La memesfera eres tú”.
2. Qué contiene la memesfera. Estamos formados por las 150 personas que podemos ver (el número de Dunbar: el límite del cerebro para mantener y auténtica relación social) y por los millones que no podemos ver. “La información estadística abstracta no nos influye tanto como una anécdota” (Nicholas Taleb Tassim). Y de ellos, 12 son “el grupo de compasión” (Malcolm Gladwell). Nos afectan amigos de amigos de amigos, hasta tres grados de separación. El riesgo de ser obes@ aumenta un 57% si un@ de nuestr@s amig@s engorda (lo mismo ocurre con el alcoholismo). Sergio Parra nos propone una “dieta de memes”: normas para mantener bajo control lo que antes era producto del azar. Nuestro estado de ánimo depende de la serotonina (evitar el daño), dopamina (buscar novedades) y norepinefrina (regular las recompensas), según el psicólogo Robert Cloninger. En términos morales, si quieres ser buena persona has de rodearte de buenas personas (Stephen J. Dubner y Steven D. Levitt, Chicago). Como ejemplos, los experimentos de Stanley Milgram (1961) y Phillip Zimbardo (1971),  ‘El señor de las moscas’ de William Golding o los índices de Felicidad por países (España es nº 43, el nº 1 es Vanuatu). “Ser feliz depende de la felicidad de quienes nos rodean”. Sergio se refiere a John Gottman (que predice con un 94% de fiabilidad qué parejas terminarán separándose) y lo atribuye a los sentimientos ante un conflicto: el desprecio y la crítica destructiva (más en las mujeres), la actitud defensiva y el hermetismo (más en los hombres). El contagio emocional se produce por contagio gestual. Respecto a la violencia, nos recuerda la “teoría de las ventanas rotas” (Wilson & Kelling), que se probó en Nueva York con Giuliani de alcalde y Bratton como jefe de policía). “Determinados delitos se contagian con más facilidad que otros”. Inteligencia: si quieres ser list@, hazte amig@ de Einstein”. El efecto Flynn (James Flynn, filósofo y activista de los derechos civiles de finales de los 70) demuestra que el CI está profundamente influido por el entorno. Como caso de éxito, las academias KIPP (en inglés, programa Conocimiento es Poder), que ha conseguido un 80% de universitarios en zonas deprimidas. Roseto es un pueblo del este de EEUU con una esperanza de vida superior. Sus hábitos de alimentación y ejercicio físico no difieren del resto del país. Su unicidad no está en la genética, sino en la procedencia: Roseto de Valfortore, a 160 Km al sureste de Roma, en los Apeninos, de donde muchos rosentinos emigraron en el XIX. El Roseto americano es un ejemplo de cohesión social (y eso afecta a la salud). Frente a la “ansiedad por el estatus” (Alain de Botton), la buena compañía. José Antonio Marina distingue entre culturas de independencia/autonomía y las de competitividad/logro. Tanto Goleman como Mario Alonso Puig se han referido a la influencia de los demás en nuestro estrés. Hay de hecho un “contagio de suicidio” (David Phillips, 1974) y de la buena suerte (el mejor talismán es nuestra conexión con los demás: Richard Wiseman): Sólo el 10% de nuestra existencia es aleatoria; el 90% se define por nuestra manera de pensar (súperPareto).
3. Cómo nuestro look, nuestro nombre, nuestro lenguaje y dónde vivimos determina quiénes somos. Memes geográficos: donde vivimos influye en nuestro civismo, nuestra moral e incluso nuestra felicidad. Como ejemplos, Lepe, Okinawa, los estudios de Hofstede sobre la cultura… el aspecto, que tiene efectos psicológicos asombrosos (Russel Hill y Robert Barton, Durham, en Atenas 2004: vestir de color rojo aumentaba las posibilidades de medalla). “Efecto Proteo”: cuidar la estética hace que los demás te traten de forma diferente. El look también define el nicho social. Matt Riley (‘Qué nos hace humanos’) lo llama “teoría de Asterix sobre la personalidad humana”: “En los tebeos de Goszinny y Udezo de la desafiante aldea gala que resiste al poderoso Imperio Romano hay una nítida división del trabajo. Hay un hombre fuerte (Obelix), un jefe (Abraracurcix), un druida (Panoramix), un bardo (Asuranceturix), un herrero (Esautomatix), un pescadero (Ordenalfabetix) y un hombre con ideas brillantes (Asterix). La armonía del pueblo le debe algo al hecho de que cada uno de ellos respeta el talento de los otros”. Las palabras son “huellas dactilares de la mente”. “El lenguaje no sólo transmite significados literales, sino también la actitud del hablante” (Steven Pinker). Hablamos como hablan los que nos orbitan (Noam Chomsky). La elección del nombre de pila por los padres muestra la extracción socio-económica (Stanley Liberson, ‘Una cuestión de gusto’) y permiten alianzas psicológicas, como las de los equipos de fútbol o los partidos políticos. “Escoge bien el libro que vas a leer porque vas a meterte en el cerebro de una persona que no conoces”. “No es posible leer una novela sin atribuir a la heroína los rasgos de la mujer que amamos” (Proust). “Un libro es un/a autor/a en sus mejores días, con la mente templada y el paso firme. Y eso muy raramente suele darse en la vida cotidiana”.
4. ¿Estoy discriminando a la gente si la selecciono por sus memes? Cultivar la memesfera nos aporta una nueva perspectiva. “El precio que nuestra especie ha pagado por la seguridad de vivir en grandes grupos de comunicadores que interactúan según diferentes intereses así como de las variables interrelaciones” es el precio de pensar estratégicamente respecto al otro (Daniel Dennett, ‘Romper el hechizo’).
Tener presente la memesfera con lleva tomar decisiones. “Con el amor ocurre algo similar. Nos da miedo quedarnos solos y somos capaces de permanecer al lado de una persona durante décadas aunque no nos haga feliz. La costumbre disfrazada de amor. El miedo disfrazado de amor. Los conceptos románticos de determinada clase de cine disfrazados de amor. El qué dirán disfrazado de amor”.
Los intentos de revolución, según Sergio Parra, son la oxigenación (excluir a los elementos nocivos, a los que no tienen nada que ofrecer) y la exclusión (“la información es clave y cada vez algo más físico, fisiológico: la información como vitamina o toxina; y nuestra respuesta es cada vez más somática, biológica”, Miguel Ibáñez). Porque “del mismo modo que podemos contagiarnos con un virus, podemos pillar un desaliento emocional que nos torne más vulnerables a ese virus y que, de un modo o de otro, socave nuestro bienestar” (Daniel Goleman). Debemos tener en cuenta el impacto memesférico de quienes nos rodean.
Gracias, Sergio, por invitarnos a la reflexión con compañeros de viaje como Richard Dawkins, Susan Blackmore, Alain de Botton, Nicholas Christakis, Daniel Dennett, Malcolm Gladwell, Richard Wiseman, Daniel Goleman, Steven Johnson, Steven Pinker, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Matt Ridley, Oliver Sacks, Edward Wilson o Fernando Savater. Los memes, genes culturales, son algo muy a tener en cuenta en el aprecio o desprecio de nuestro talento.     

           Cloning and characterization of DGAT1 gene of Riverine buffalo    
Venkatachalapathy, R. T. and Sharma, A. and Sukla, S. and Bhattacharya, T. K. (2008) Cloning and characterization of DGAT1 gene of Riverine buffalo. Mitochondrial DNA, 19 (3). pp. 177-184. ISSN 1940-1736
          Diary of a Minion   
Grand Navy of the Imperium
Imperial Third Fleet, Ninth Squadron
Gunstar-Class Battlecruiser "Vengeance"

Plasma Cannon Technical Team VTT-10
CT2 Armin Shale

Technician's Log
SID 23109.20
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Graeme was on me again today. First thing this morning, he was bitching about the column widths on the Weapon Test Report. I was all, like, "Graeme, I didn't realize the JWI for the WTR specified Imperium-preferred column-widths." Idiot. Then he gave me a hard time for ducking out in the middle of mid-morning department meeting. I'm like, "Dude, you should be glad I didn't hang around. Trust me. When I run out like that, there's usually a good reason," which, then, just led him to start whining about how long it had taken me. I'm like, "Uh, yeah, sometimes it takes a while, Graeme. It's not like I can plan these things." I swear, I hate that guy.

I don't hate that new blonde tech in AG, though. I don't hate her at all. Why'd she have to be in AG, though? "Most important tech team on the ship" my ass. Yeah. We get it. If the artifical gravity craps out, we all float around. Nobody can pilot the ship. The Star Lord gets pissed off, probably has someone executed. Ok. Look, I'm not denying that artificial gravity is important, but, hey, guess what else is important on a GUNSTAR? Yeah, that's right, the frelling GUNS. If the guns on a Gunstar don't work, well, then it's just, what, a medical frigate? Tugboat? So, yeah, cannon techs are pretty important, too. Anyway, maybe the dickishness of the AG group hasn't infected the pretty blonde yet. Maybe she'll get a clue that she works with a bunch of jerks and put in for a transfer.

Oh, yeah, there was kind of a commotion this afternoon. Some Confederation losers snuck onto the ship, apparently planning to spring a prisoner that we picked up last week (a former big-wig from Kamalos, supposedly). Anyway, these geniuses somehow made it down to the brig, where they ran smack into 2 platoons of Ghataki, as well as the Star Lord himself (he was "interrogating" the prisoner). So, anyway, long-story-short- big gun battle, corridors blown to bits, 3 service bots smashed, plus these guys get away! With the prisoner! I don't know, man. I guess they're not cloning Ghataki like they used to. On the bright side, I guess there are now two new openings for Ghataki platoon commanders! Yeah, thanks, but no thanks. I'm not interested in any job where being reprimanded involves a quick trip to the nearest airlock. On the other hand, at least I wouldn't have to deal with Graeme.
          Scholastic Summit Chicago - Slide OCD   
Next Tuesday I will be heading up to Chicago for the Scholastic Reading Summit. Tuesday night will be for polishing up some final things and then Wednesday is presentation day. It will be at that moment that I will wish for a cloning device or Hermione Granger's Time Turner. I mean, have you seen everyone that will be there? I don't even know the schedule, but I know there will be amazing friends presenting when I am in the morning and I will wish I could see them too. I know that in the afternoon session I will have many sessions I want to attend, but only one I can get to. Such riches, but such a great problem to have.

My current problem, however, at almost a week out, is a condition that two of my friends call slide OCD. See, I created my slides for my portion of the presentation two weeks ago. Possibly I was too ahead of the game because that gave me time to think. And wonder. And decide I needed to add just one slide, and then another, and another, until I'm currently looking at 79 slides for a 90 minute presentation. Ugh.

But beyond the slide issue, and the fact that speaking in public makes me unbelievably nervous, I'm happy with my presentation. I ran through it tonight to see how much I needed to cut and I began to tear up about four times. I doubt that would happen during the presentation, but I'm just so proud of these kids. It's been three weeks since I last stood in my classroom with my students and I miss them. Don't get me wrong, I still have many days of summer left and no desire to speed it along, but I love my seventh graders. I like the people they are and the people they are becoming. I'm excited to share our journey into connecting through audience as readers, as writers, and what impact that has on my students. I can't wait to share the tools we use to make those connections. And I'm also excited to learn from the people who attend - to find out what ideas they have and apply some when I see my new group of students next fall. I'm already thinking about them and getting excited for the new adventures that await. 

And most of all, I'm excited to talk books. I always bring a few books that connect to my presentation, share my love for them, and give them away to the folks that were kind enough to come spend the morning with me. After much deliberation, here are the books I'm sharing this year:

 

 

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          Back to the Futu-rr-e: Deterministic Debugging with rr   

What follows is an embloggified version of an introduction to the rr debugger that I gave at a local Linux Users Group meet up on October 6th, 2015.

Hello, everyone! My name is Nick Fitzgerald and I'm here to talk about a (relatively) new kid on the block: the rr debugger. rr is built by some super folks working at Mozilla, and I work at Mozilla too, but not with them and I haven't contributed to rr (yet!) — I'm just a very happy customer!

At Mozilla, I am a member of the Firefox Developer Tools team. I've done a good amount of thinking about bugs, where they come from, the process of debugging, and the tools we use in the process. I like to think that I am a fairly savvy toolsmith.

These days, I'm doing less of building the devtools directly and more of baking APIs into Gecko (Firefox's browser engine) and SpiderMonkey (Firefox's JavaScript engine) that sit underneath and support the devtools. That means I'm writing a lot of C++.

And rr has quickly become the number one tool I reach for when debugging complicated C++ code. rr only runs on Linux and I don't even use Linux as my day-to-day operating system! But rr provides such a great debugging experience, and gives me such a huge productivity boost, that I will reboot into Fedora just to use rr for all but the most trivial bugs. Take note of that, Linux advocates.

But before we dive into rr and why it is so awesome, I'd like to step back and talk a bit about the anatomy of a bug and the process of debugging.

A bug has a symptom, for example the program crashes or something that was supposed to happen didn't, and it has an origin where things first started going wrong or misbehaving. Between the origin and the symptom is a cause and effect chain. The cause and effect chain begins with the bug's origin and ends with the symptom you've observed.

Initially, the cause and effect chain and the origin are hidden from us. When first investigating a bug, we only know its final symptoms.

But what we really want to know is the root cause or origin of the bug, because that is where we need to apply a fix and resolve the bug. To get there, we have to reason backwards through the cause and effect chain. The process of debugging is the process of reasoning backwards through the cause and effect chain from the bug's symptom to its origin.

It follows that all debugging is "reverse debugging", but not all debuggers support reverse execution. And even among those debuggers that do support reverse execution, going backwards and forwards repeatedly can give you different results due to nondeterminism in the program.

Let's take a look at the ergonomics of walking backwards through the cause and effect chain in a traditional stepping debugger without reverse execution.

With a traditional debugger, we are slowly reasoning our way backwards, while the program executes forwards and we end up in a loop that looks something like this:

  1. Pause or break at the point in the program's execution where things start to go wrong. "The program is crashing at D, let's pause at that point."

  2. Poke around, inspect variables, frames on the stack, etc. and discover the immediate cause of the effect you have observed. "Oh, I see: D is being passed a null pointer because of C!"

  3. But we get to the point where in order to find the next immediate cause, we need to either go backwards in time or restart the program's execution. Since the former is not an option in traditional debuggers, we are forced to restart the program. "But what conditions led to C giving out a null pointer? I'll set this breakpoint and restart the program."

  4. Re-execute the program until you hit the breakpoint. Hopefully there aren't many false positives; conditional breakpoints can help cut down on them.

  5. Loop back to (2) until we've found the origin of the bug.

I really hope we can reliably and consistently reproduce this bug, or else (4) will involve re-running the program many times! If the cause and effect chain is long, that means we are re-running the program many, many, many times! This productivity drain is compounded by false positives and manual, non-automatable steps-to-reproducing the bug. Not a good look.

If we shoehorn the debugging process afforded by a traditional debugger into big-O notation, we get O(d∙r) where d is the length of the cause and effect chain, and r is the inverse reproducibility, meaning that we need to execute the program about r times to reproduce the bug once.

When both d and r are very small, discovering the bug's origin is trivial. We aren't interested in this class of bugs; a traditional debugger will already serve just fine. When d or r grow larger, we quickly spend more and more time debugging and our productivity slows to a crawl. When both d and r are large, bugs can feel (and in practice be) impossible to resolve. It can even be so impractical that it's not worth spending time on and makes more business sense to let the bug live on! It's a sad situation to be in.

These really difficult to diagnose and fix bugs are the type we are interested in. If we can better debug this class of bug, we increase our productivity and can even fix bugs that were impossible or impractical to fix before. This results in better, more reliable software that is delivered faster.

rr provides a fundamentally better debugging process than traditional debuggers and lives up to the promise of making seemingly impossible to fix bugs into simply difficult. It untangles reproducing a bug from investigating the cause effect chain by splitting the debugging process into two phases: recording a program's execution and then replaying and debugging that recording deterministically.

Using rr is kind of like investigating a theft at a corner store. The store has a CCTV system that is recording everything going on inside. If you want to solve the store's security problem, you could hire someone to watch the CCTV feed in real time 24 hours a day and try and spot a thief in action but that is expensive, manual, and time consuming. Alternatively, you could save that time and money spent on watching the live video feed and wait until you've captured a thief on camera. At that point, you can watch that recording at your leisure and rewind, replay, fast forward, and enhance to determine who the thief is, and how to make that theft impossible in the future. rr is the same way: you keep recording until you've captured an occurrence of your bug and then you go back and replay the recording to determine the origin of why that bug happened.

Photo credits: https://flic.kr/p/mYvfNr and https://flic.kr/p/7zrdKz

With rr, the first phase is recording an execution of your program that reproduces the bug in question. The recording must include everything needed to replay the program execution exactly. The key observation that rr leverages is that most of a program's execution is deterministic. Therefore, if you record all of the nondeterministic parts, then the rest of the program (the deterministic parts) will by definition always yield the same results. This also turns out to have less recording overhead than alternative techniques.

Examples of nondeterminism that rr records:

  • Signals sent to the program by the operating system: SIGINT, SIGSEGV, …
  • Interactions with the file system: read(fd, buf, size), …
  • System calls in general: getrandom(buf, size, flags), …
  • Context switches between threads

For system calls, ptrace is used to wrap the call, note its occurrence and return value in the recording, and let the call return.

Concurrency and parallelism is a little trickier. True parallelism with shared memory can't be recorded efficiently with today's hardware. Instead, rr only supports concurrency and all threads are pinned to a single core. rr counts the number of instructions executed between preemptions so it can recreate them exactly in the replay phase. Unfortunately, this means that very parallel programs will run much slower under rr than they otherwise would.

Photo credit: https://flic.kr/p/7JH3T3

The second phase is replaying the recording. Mostly, this phase is just running the program again and letting the deterministic majority of it recompute the same things it originally did. That is what lets rr's overhead stay low when replaying.

The nondeterministic parts of the program's execution are emulated from the original execution's recording in a couple different ways. System calls are intercepted and the corresponding value from the recording is returned instead of continuing with the actual system call. To emulate the exact preemptions between context switches between threads, rr implements its own scheduler and uses hardware performance counters to interrupt after the desired number of instructions (that were previously noted in the recording) have been executed. rr's scheduler then handles the interrupt and switches contexts. Replaying signals is handled similarly.

If you want more implementation details, this slide deck is a great deep dive into rr's internals for potential contributors. It is from April, 2014, so a little dated, but my understanding is that rr is just more featureful and hasn't been fundamentally re-architected since then.

By splitting out reproducing a failure from investigating the cause and effect chain, rr's debugging process is O(r+d). This is the time spent reproducing the bug once while we are recording, plus the time spent deducing the cause and effect chain. We don't need to continually reproduce the bug anymore! Only once ever! This is a huge improvement over traditional debuggers, and if we can automate recording the steps to reproduce until the bug occurs with a script, then it is only O(d) of our personal time!

This is treeherder. All of Firefox, Gecko, and SpiderMonkey live inside the big mozilla-central repository. Everyday, there are hundreds of commits (from both paid Mozilla employees and volunteer contributors) landing on mozilla-central, one of its integration repositories (mozilla-inbound for platform changes and fx-team for frontend changes), or the Try testing repository. Every one of these commits gets tested with our continuous integration testing. Treeherder displays these test results. Green is a test suite that passed, orange means that one or more tests in that suite failed.

We have a lot of tests in mozilla-central. Some quick and dirty shell scripting yielded just under 30,000 test files and I'm sure that it wasn't exhaustive. Because we're all human, we write tests with bugs and they intermittently fail. If a test is failing consistently it is usually pretty easy to fix. But if a test only fails one out of a thousand times, it is very hard to debug. Still, it has a real impact: because of the sheer number of commits on and tests within mozilla-central, we still get many intermittent failures on every test run. These failures are a drag on developer time when developers have to check if it is a "real" failure or not, and while often they are poorly written tests that contain race conditions only in the test code, sometimes they will be real bugs that down the line are affecting real users.

rr puts these bugs that are seemingly impossible to debug within reach. Mozilla infrastructure folks are investigating what is required to optionally run these test suites under rr during our integration tests and throw away the recording if an intermittent failure doesn't occur, but if it does then save the recording for developers to debug at their leisure.

Wow! Hopefully you're convinced that rr is worth using. Most of the familiar commands from gdb are still present since it uses gdb as a frontend. You should definitely read the wiki page on rr's usage. Here are a few tips and tricks so you can hit the ground running.

These are the same as the normal stepping commands but go backwards instead of forwards in the execution. Go backwards one instruction, expression, line, or even frame. What's really neat about this is that going backwards and forwards repeatedly is deterministic and you'll always get the same results.

Step backwards through the cause and effect chain directly, rather than piecing it back together with repeated forward execution!

Here is a real example I had a couple months ago where reverse stepping really saved me a ton of time. I was implementing an extension to the structured cloning algorithm to handle my SavedFrame stack objects so that they could be sent between WebWorkers. The function in question returns nullptr on failure, and it does a lot of potentially fallible operations. Twelve to be exact (see the lines highlighted with an arrow in the screencap). I had a test that was failing. This function was called many times and usually it would succeed, but one time it would fail and return nullptr because one of its fallible operations was failing but I had no idea which one or why. With a traditional debugger, my options were to set twelve breakpoints, one on every return nullptr;, or break on every entry of the function (which is called many times and usually succeeds) and then step through line by line. Both options were tedious. With rr, I just set a conditional breakpoint for when my call to the function returned nulltpr and then did a single reverse-step command. I was taken directly to the failing operation, and from there the origin of the bug quickly became apparent.

In the end, it turned out to be embarrassingly simple. I was doing this:

result = fallibleOperation();
if (result)
    return nullptr;

instead of this:

result = fallibleOperation();
if (!result)
    return nullptr;

Note the ! in the latter code snippet.

This is the Holy Grail of debuggers. If you could most directly translate "reasoning backwards through the cause and effect chain" into a debugger command, it would be this. When a value has become corrupted, or an instance's member has an unexpected value, we can set a hardware watchpoint on the value or member and then reverse continue directly to the last point in the program's execution when the given value was modified.

This also works with breakpoints and conditional breakpoints in addition to watchpoints.

A few months ago, I was doing a little refactoring of the way that SpiderMonkey's Debugger API objects interact with the garbage collector. When SpiderMonkey finishes its final shutdown GC, it asserts that every Debugger API object has been reclaimed. Somehow, my changes broke that invariant. I couldn't use the memory tools we have been building to help find retainers because this was the middle of shutdown and those APIs weren't designed with that constraint. Additionally, the core marking loop of the GC is very, very hot and is implemented as a bunch of gotos. Using a traditional debugger and setting a conditional breakpoint for when my "leaking" Debugger API object was processed in the marking loop was useless; it gave no clue as to why it was being marked or who was retaining it and why they were retained in turn. Using rr, I did set a conditional breakpoint for when my Debugger API object was pushed on the "to-mark" stack, but then I reverse stepped to find what object was being marked and queueing my Debugger API object for marking in turn. Using the combination of conditional breakpoints and rr's reverse execution, I was able to walk the retaining path backwards through the GC's marking loop to figure out why my Debugger API object was sticking around and not getting reclaimed. It turned out that my refactoring marked a global's Debugger API objects unconditionally, when they should only be marked if the global was still live.

Thanks for bearing with me! I hope some of my excitement for rr has been transferred to you. I definitely feel like I can debug more challenging problems than I otherwise would be able to.

Go forth and use rr! Happy debugging!

That was everything I presented to the Linux Users Group, but since I gave that presentation I've accumulated one more good rr debugging anecdote:

We (the devtools team) use a series of protobuf messages to serialize and deserialize heap snapshots to and from core dump files. While we are only just building a frontend to this functionality in the devtools, the APIs for saving and reading heap snapshots have existed for a while and have pretty good test coverage. In the process of testing out the new frontend we would seemingly randomly get errors originating from within the protobuf library when reading heap snapshots.

I don't know the protobuf internals, it's a black box to me and on top of that a lot of it is machine generated by the protoc compiler. But, I rebooted into Fedora, fired up rr and reproduced the bug. Starting from where the protobuf message parsing API was returning false to denote a parse failure (no kind of message or error code explaining why message parsing failed) I started stepping backwards. It quickly became apparent that I was repeatedly stepping backwards through frames belonging to the same handful of mutually recursive functions (clue #1) that were unwinding the stack and returning false along the way. So I set a breakpoint on the return false; statements I was repeatedly stepping through and then used gdb's breakpoint commands to help automate my debugging process.

(rr) commands <breakpoint number>
Type commands for when breakpoint <breakpoint number> is hit, one per line.
End with a line saying just "end".
>reverse-finish
>end
(rr)

After I added this command to each breakpoint, I kicked the process off with a single reverse-finish which triggered a cascading series of breakpoint hits followed by another reverse-finish from the automated breakpoint commands. In a few seconds, I re-wound a couple hundred mutually recursive stack frames. I ended up on this line within the protobuf library:

if (!input->IncrementRecursionDepth()) return false;

It turns out that the protobuf library protects against malicious, deeply nested messages from blowing the stack by implementing a recursion limit for how deep messages can nest. Thanks! (Although, I still wish it gave some indication of why it was failing…) Our core dump protobuf message format was designed so that we use a lot of individual messages rather than one big nested structure, but there was one case where we were hitting the limit and that led to this bug. Luckily, it was pretty easy to fix. I can only imagine how hard it would have been to debug this without rr!


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Occasionally when working with an array is may be useful to make a copy of that array. What might not be apparent is that by making a copy of an an array there are implications that can cause unintended side-effects if one isn’t aware of what actually happens when a simple copy the array is made.

 

For instance let’s consider:

 

         int [] numbers = { 2, 3, 4, 5};

         int [] numbersCopy = numbers;

 

The “numbersCopy” array now contains the same values, but more importantly the array object itself points to the same object reference as the “numbers” array.

So if I were to do something like:

 

          numbersCopy[2] = 0;

         

 What would be the output for the following statements?

 

          System.out.println(numbers[2]);

          System.out.println(numbersCopy[2]);

 

Considering both arrays point to the same reference we would get:

0

0

for an output.

 

But what if we want to make a distinct copy of the first array with its own reference? Well in that case we would want to clone the array. In doing so each array will now have its own object reference. Let’s see how that will work.

         

          int [] numbers = { 2, 3, 4, 5};

          int [] numbersClone = (int[])numbers.clone();

 

The “numbersClone” array now contains the same values, but in this case the array object itself points a different reference than the “numbers” array.

So if I were to do something like:

         

          numbersClone[2] = 0;

 

What would be the output now for the following statements?

 

          System.out.println(numbers[2]);

          System.out.println(numbersClone[2]);

 

You guessed it:

4

0

 

I spent some time going over this with my class but was not satisfied that we nailed this concept down very well, so I created a simple application using J# (that my student can eventually build) that I think may help illustrate this point further. It dives a little deeper into the basic mechanics of the Java Code with respect to copying or cloning arrays. So here it is. Give a try and see if it helps you draw conclusions about this topic.

 

I started with a simple Windows application as I did in my previous post. This example uses Strings but you could have also coded it for other types.

 

 

 The idea is to compare the hash code that is generated for each array object, and compare those values.  If the hash code values are the same then we can say that the two arrays point to the same object reference.  What is interesting about this program is what it illustrates when you continue to click the “Clone Array” button and then the “Hash Code” button that corresponds to it. Compare that with what happens when you make copies of the array, and check the hash code. You can download the whole program here.

 


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Throughout human history women have been the enforcers of decency, and it has worked very well among those not grossly disfavored (Mediterreanean, etc). Now that they have embraced so many male sexual charecterisitics this structure which has served humanity well throughout history has desintigrated. Throughout history women have been the enforcers of decency within society and the family structure. In the 20th century the god's policy of societal deterioration has compelled women to abandon their traditional roles, often embracing the typical sexual pathology of males, which is why women are ultimately responsible for societal decay and The End as we know it on Planet Earth. And that's why the gods destroyed the Mediterreanean with the Noah's Flood event::::They treat their women like shit, and the "beggining of The End" was the gods transfering this patriarchal, male-superiority pathology to Europe and the rest of the world with the Catholic Church. 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They sent a clue about the Fourth Reich with the Buffalo Bills comeback against the Houston Oilers wildcard game 1992. Note they won the battle but lost the war (Super Bowl). "The Fourth Reich failed::::The Earth has to die." But you can't put the cat back into the bag. The Third Reich was our last chance. And the Holocaust guarenteed it would fail. The Japanese Earthquake/tsunami was outstanding punishment. The gods HAMMERED these people, and the nuclear dynamic they experience today was punishment for their evil in WWII and throughout history. They were MONSTERS to their neighbors and this is reflected in the nuclear holocaust ocurring in Japan today. Unit 731:::TSUSHOGO is one example of Japanese behavior which the gods punish with this nuclear accident. Also known as the Chinese Holocaust, the ugliness of this meltdown is direct punishment for this behavior and similar behavior throughout their imperialistic history. Incidentally, shortly after the earthquake they reported problems with MULTIPLE power plants within Japan, but now we only hear of Fukushima. The Japanese will make great efforts to hide the damage from their primary customer base in the United States, so you would be wise to distrust the information offered in the media. Proof::::The gods will not allow restaurants/grocery to advertize they do not offer Japanese products:::::"NO JAPANESE PRODUCTS.", "ALASKA FISH ONLY.", etc. Tax havens for US corporations. Some little more than PO Boxes. Greed and immorality have been legalized in the United States. Life's not fair. I can accept that. I have no choice with the maliciousness the gods have inflicted upon me. The gods dictate low tax rates in Ireland to inflict with the wealth similar to that hurting the US. Expect they sell many of the executives on "earning" with their relocation. Ireland has lost something very important recently, and the numbers who ascend has plummetted. More who entered clone hosting, far less who ascend into heaven. "You're not going to want to be here (on this planet)." Little good. Why else did this happen to me, placed in that family? All the times the gods deliberately crossed the line further suggests. I'm sure clone hosting is in my future (life). There is a reason why people have "enjoyed" peasantry throughout human history, subject to the god's whim through natural disasters. Ireland's Potato Famine is a good example. And even if they used poison to force immigration for war recruiting in the United States doesn't mean the gods didn't do it. They just aren't taking blame. And why white Europeans in America were the first to enjoy wealth and comfort of the United States, with Italians leading the pack. But you should know that, with xtianity feeding right into this problem of irresponsibility and something for nothing. Desecrate the gods. Compromised their integrity, claiming it was "temptation" instead of blatant lies. Now I don't want to bother writing a desecration paragraph, trying to capture how you use positioning as a cloak, enabing you to execute your unholy will. I was pushed into everything in this life and I would bet the same is true in the last. But what the fuck, someone had to be the sacrificial lamb. Immoral. Dirty, immoral whore motherfuckers. I despise the gods. If just and I deserve this "cradle to grave" abuse then I am The Damned and they should have left me to my Damnation. If unjust the gods are a waste of time. Either way they are immoral and debase indecent shit, using their positioning to provide cover to execute their will. The gods are not pure, not in things they say and not in things they do. They will use "temptation" to achieve their goals then try to desceive people about its intent. Gods have no no genetalia. Share their ultra-extreme conservative views on sex, how they use society to promote sexual temptation, poisoning the minds and bodies of the disfavored. Throughout human history women have been the enforcers of decency, and it has worked very well among those not grossly disfavored (Italian, etc). Now that they have embraced so many male sexual charecterisitics everything this structure has desinigrated. As people learned of the gods methodology in the 20th century the gods made things more difficult to understand with liberalism and preditory "earning" behavior. With the advent of this Situation people have learned much more, and the gods willexact a price for this knowledge. Perhaps that will be the deterioration into immoral behavior, as we witness in my life, or perhaps a different way to make progress more difficult. Unit 731:::TSUSHOGO was a clue from the gods about this Situation dating way back to World War II. They used their positioning to hide these Japanese atrocities, and blamed me for burying the Chinese Holocaust. TSUSHOGO says something:::It speaks to the responsbility the Italains had for WWII, the Holocaust and for those people's involvement in the intentional destruction and exploitation of my life, both for the god's REAL reason and their positioning's reason, buried with their "respectable" multinational corporation client list. Budget problems. Cut the military. Bring them home and end the wars. Let these countries experience self-determination and decide their own future. Didn't we learn this lesson in Vietnam??? Unfortunnately, the gods use the United States as one of their tools, using the spread of democracy to level the playing field and prepare the planet for a global event. So many people don't care about global warming. They don't care about the Federal deficit/debt (outside of partisanship) and they don't care earning $400k for an $80,000/year job will eventually bankrupt the country. They have awarded themselves $400k pay and retirement packages, loading up their friends on the payroll during the boom 90s through the real estate bust while all services which the program were intended to fund now get cut to pay for it. These people are often common public university labor. Not Ivy League, not private university. This labor isn't good enough to command the salaries they are earning. And they understood this when they applied to the public university they settled on. You can't expect a top-tier salary with a second-rate education. In addition, public employment has earned the label of being "recession-proof" jobs, a benefit which was taken into consideration with lower pay packages as compared to corporate. These are the people who will be here in the United States when bankruptcy is declared and society deteriorates into chaos. And they will deserve the anarchy which ensues. Cap public sector salaries. Let them earn that salary in the public sector. Few of these people are worth even half what they earn. Increasing the sales tax rate to over 10% to pay for their $300k-$400k salary is a BIG, BIG mistake. It will hurt the economy and compell people to refrain from expenditures. Continuing the push for privatization, reinforced and supported recently with enormous public sector salaries and retirement packages. Once achieved the gods will utilize the corruptive predisposition of the private sector economy, as seen with the sub-prime/bailout fiasco, to initiate economic catastrophy and initiate the bankruptcy proceedings of the United States. Whether the cure for cancer/diseases or the permanant resolution of economic misery, before the gods remove these motivations to pray we will experience an inordinate deluge of each element, with economic misery being perhaps the dissallusion of the united States with bankruptcy. The gods used the Italians to ruin life in the 20th century. The gods used the Italians to ruin life in A.D. with The Church. The Church controlled Western Civilization. As the largest land owner in Europe they controlled the monarchies. The Italian men who ran the Church were responsbile for slavery, crack babies and thug life/drive-bys, revenge for African invasion and rape of Italy. They created religious and social discontent through the Church, ultimately leading to the disfavored dumping ground known as the United States. Color photographs shortly after the 4.16.06 San Francsico Earthquake found. They deserved it. Just like New Orleans deserved it. Sadly San Francisco was used to set up the Italian dominance, eliminating the diverse business/banking interests and replacing it with Gianinni's Bank of Italy. Of course the fires were instrumental in ensuring complete rebuilding. Imagine how the gods sold the Italians this, and compare it to how they sold them on preparation for WorldWarII. Expect the gods have instructed AI to organize the universe so planets mature and descend while the gods can give them their full attention during their period of planetary devolution, and claims of heirarchy are yet another lie. Says something frightening, doesn't it? I am NOT the Fourth Reich. ONE THING. Deliver ONE THING you promised. All these people did everything you told them for DECADES. You have strung them all along. The gods are liars, and you're all going to be CHEATED. Abortion is part of the decay inflicted by the gods in the latter half of the 20th century as we approach the Apocalypse:::: - Free sex - Explosion in gay sex - Abortion - Legalized greed/immorality - The internet. Whereas TV was a phenominally destructive new temptation on the landscape it doesn't hold a candle to the internet. Some people will waste their whole lives. And its timing was deliberate. They think they are going sometime during/at the end of this life, and disregard the poor souls who are left behind. "Anger wears a crown of thorns." Pitch Jesus to Jew elders as revenge for Temple? They didn't know about the god's intent for xtianity to spread to Europe, ruining cultures throughout the continent, enabling revenge known as the Holocaust. #1. The gods killed Jesus for HIS evil, not our sins #2. It is not a "House of Jesus". All xtians are worshipping a false god, and this carries a price. "It's too late to pray." Sign of Woodbridge Church Kansas. And it may be true. Examine pimps who prostitute 10 year old girls in the ghetto. Of course, if you want even a shred of a chance to save yourself, on that rare occassion the Buffalo Bills did experience the Fourth Reich and realized a comeback. Although I requested the elimination of Standard Time and remain year-round on Daylight Savings, the gods did extend Daylight Savings by a couple of weeks on each end. I also suggested the Olympics split into every two years rather than every four years as was tradition. You see with the Prince concerts in 2011. Doesn't matter though, because positioning is all the gods are concerned with, and they're GOING to enforce it. Men are the ones who create evil on Earth. It is the choices they make which enslave their souls to hell. This is the test. Good god says a ceiling on time for everyone (see below). Evil god still gives hope for immortality to people who subscribed to preditory behavior:::Immortality if you are right versus a couple centuries partying at best even if you change now. Due to institutional evil the closer we get to The End the more evil everyone incurrs (with individual variation due to behavior) which limits the time for everyone. Probably the children who fix their problems and ascend into heaven as well. Experiencing the evil of modern life in the 20th century costed them, for which limits are placed. They are not the same as their innocent peasantry ancestors from the Old World. You people have fucked up bad by not getting out before the 20th century. Just because the gods have to break some eggs doesn't mean they are evil. As management there are hard decisions that must be made. But they used this omelette and sold it to people as temptation, who went out and did things they shouldn't have done thinking being preditory was the way to "earn" their way into heaven. "If it's like that then I'm dead." That's your choice. But when you come back you will have a fresh start, just as you did in this life, able to build something positive if you go the right way. The gods do this intentionally. I recommend you get a head start and begin building for it now instead of continuing to create problems that will make sucess even harder to obtain. It is as simple as recognizing the difference between good and evil and living a decent life with a pure heart and a pure mind. And as you improve your relationship with the gods they will begin to impart wisdom, which can help you understand the task before you. 7 billion in 2011. Only 1 billion in 1800 and 2 billion in 1900. Population explosion is a clue::::The gods are sending everyone back for The End, perhaps the resurrection of the dead referred to in prophecy. There must be some purgatory-like place. Or individual. Like an animal. Now the gods have sent everyone back to try for one final time to fix their problems and ascend into heaven. Avoiding an animal would have been a big positive because those thrust into this decayed enviornment have less of a chance than those who enjoyed the god's generosity of a slowly decaying enviornment with frightening clues, like the Depression, World at War, the Holocaust, etc. Anything that can get the poeple frightened and praying is a good. thing. Contentment never motivated anyone. As we approach the Apocalypse the gods are removing "wrath of god" material from xtian dogma. As we see wickedness spread throughout the country, like preditory behavior, godlessness, socialo changes, etc, using cable TV and the spread of "Californication" as justification, they changed xtianity, appropriatly with Catholicism first. xtianity has changed radically in the 20th century, and everyone should be mindful of the way it was, because the people are in a process of slipping out of god's favor into a state of Damnation, from which the vast majority will never survive. They used to scare people and make them too afraid to make mistakes. Now people aren't afraid of anything and don't think twice about doing something wicked and evil which will hurt their chances. Never forget::The Gods have created positioning to conceal their true intent in each and every dyanmic we see in society. We truely live in The Matrix:::There is the way things look and there is the God's REAL reason for doing things. Employment charity:::Was W able to do his job as President? I suspect there are many frat-boy types who couldn't or wouldn't study nor do the work necessary so they gained this "benefit" telepathically. This could have been extended to their professional life as well::In most of these cases they don't have what it takes to do their jobs. It is temptation which buys their confidence for life, ensuring no progress is made. I think employment charity is FAR more common than people may believe. Another example how they tempted people in this manner is the procurement of sexual relations. Keep raping these poor girls. You're going to end up as one in your next life. Capitalism is evil because of the exploitative nature, illustrated with this Situation. So many are confused and believe money is a sign of the God's favor, but it is a tool the Gods use to test people, for it effectively compells people into evil behavior. Muslims are correct:::Earning interest is evil. Unlike war, which is a temporary period where the citiens incurr evil due to the decisions of the leaders, capitalism by its very nature incurrs evil for those who participate into perpetuity, an "institutional" method of incurring evil for the disfavored who engage in it. Inherant in earning interest is the exploitation of others, capitalizing on assets and exploiting the workforce for profit. Understand the destructive nature of this element of evil we call the United States, for it spreads this cancer under the guise of "democracy" throughout the world. Look for other institutional evil as related to the United States because as the land of disfavor castoff rejects there will be plenty of examples. It is the essence of life in the United States, and it is not by accident:::Like the ghetto, people with extreme disfavor have many more temptations and hurdles to overcome. Overconsumption of the Earth's resources is due to the same reason and why the Unkited States wastes so much energy. Examine my examples. They illustrate the God's reverse positioning used to confuse and disceive people who have made big mistakes in past lives. I illustrate a certain way to think. If you doubt what I teach, if this is not your time to learn please at least completely understand this way of thinking, because when your time does come you will be able to refer to it and you will begin to see the God's pattern within the context of their positioning. Nobody is going to save you. Christianity is a lie. And only through thinking correctly will you have a real chance to begin doing the right things. Typical for the young, they become corrupt and remain ignorant for a period of time in their lives, typically until their children are raised and grown and/or retire from their profession. Poetic justice ensures they receive a similar experience when reincarnated. Fighting these wars hurts everyone because we all pay for the sins of our leaders, and by participating these ignorant youth make it possible for these events to occurr. So even if you are against the war, since you are a citizen you incurr because of the evil your country is engaged in. And there is no getting around it. Artifical Intelligence is one of the God's tools, all of which are used as temptation. And it will always test the young with this temptation of "earning", sadly often leading to a lifetime of corruption. Students becoming angry and violent in the UC protests. Beggining to remind me of labor riots of the 20th century. We all know what's happening here:::These white men at the top have voted themselves $400k pay and retirement packages like the $340k retired fire chief, loading up their friends on the payroll during the boom 90s through the real estate bust while all services which the program were intended to fund now get cut to pay for it. Incidentally, corporate sucessfully transistioned to cheap labor in nearly ALL "muscle" industries. Why should fire be any different?? It was temptation, and the Gods are going to make them pay for it. Unfortunately, so will everybody else::: Reincarnation is very real. It is OUR national debt. And odds are you're all going to be reincarnated back into the United States::Like the ghetto, you have to "earn" your way out. And it is our warming planet. Self-inflicted emmissions as their justification, the Gods are doing it to us to send a clue. And, as with all their clues, it will be short-lived. Anger about Messerlee. Understandable. They need to understand this man was pushed into the offense. Cops have been getting away with killings like this for a long time. Blacks in the South know this all too well. Each time they were all confident the Blue Shield would protect them, and it did. The difference is in many IF NOT MOST of these cases they were rogue cops who the Gods tempted. They did it intentionally thinking they were "earning", knowing they would get away with it. Contradictory to appearances, they were the ones whom the Gods disliked, while the Messerlees of the world who get caught are being punished, feedback reserved for those whom are still qualified in the eyes of the Gods. There are those in the ghetto whom are singled out, targets of the community whom everybody hates. The rogue cops in the South who are guilty of these kind of killings have been reincarnated into roles like this. It's just one of the clues the Gods offer to the community. Lucky for those preditors the ghetto has been an ignorant community, but I think that might be changing. Of course there could be anoher possibility:::::Due to the history and resulting legacy of hatred for the Gods, since I am guarenteed a spot on the next Planet Earth I will be the original "bad seed":::The Lucifer-figure of the next reality. Unlike Christian dogma, he may just represent the solitary target of the God's ire early, a disgruntled asshole who pissed the Gods off, the proverbial "apple" of the next reality, beginning the process which leads planets to where we are today. A crucial figure in any planet's history, he represents the "beginning of the end". People, especially liberals give W a very hard time. Don't forget what I say:::Everything today is both good and evil. The Gods have positioned it as such as we have become increasingly disfavored, confusing the enviornment. Republicans and conservatives as well, only they fall more on the good side while their adversaries fall more on the evil side, quite contrary to the God's positioning. Yes, W's evil is illustrated in the United State's efforts in Iraq, and the "Red State"r's who believe we were "earning" are among the worst of them. If conservatives fall on the side of good, Fox News falls on the side of evil. They pander to the type of trash my brother is, the kind of trash who thinks their war mongering efforts "earn" for them and all others who think like them. Anyways, it is positioned that W trashed the economy before he left office. Selfish it didn't happen while he was in office, granted, but economic turmoil is a motivator. It's not cancer, mind you, but many have begun praying hard because of their experinces in this event, and it says something about those affected as opposed to those sheltered from affect. One day just as they will allow vaccines to diseases, especially AIDS, encouraging deviacy the likes which hasn't been seen since the 70s, they will allow cures for cancer, MS, COPD, alcoholism, etc. Women's diseases will be last. Just as research into women's diseases receive the least amount of funding so is it justified their cures come last, and both for the same reason:::They have the most favor, and the Gods use their diseases as a motivator to pray and find the path. As such they get God's benefit as long as they are willing to offer it. I suspect many attempts have begun already, but as time goes on the Gods will test people's religious resolve with an insurmuntable positioning stating Christianity is the one true religion. We've seen their efforts in Latin America, in the Philippines and most recently in Vietnam, India and the demonizing of Islam. They intend to test your resolve as Muslims, for those who sell out and flee to Christianity will be subject to their positioning. Blacks are the most disfavored of all people. We see it in their temptation-ridden culture, which the Civil Rights "assimilation" has allowed, in their sexual behavior. The Gods used their position of the Italians to do their dirty work, implimenting the crack epidemic, the black civil war of the 80s and 90s, AIDS in Africa, "pimp" subculture, etc. The Gods created this positioning of Italian's preditory behavior on Africans to reflect their own disfavor towards that group, allowing them to get what they want without accepting culpability, convieniently. As such, come the Apocalypse those who abandon their true selves, their religion and their dedication to it will be victims in this deceptive Christian theater. Blacks that opt for the "easy way out" will ironically lose their lives in the Apocalypse. Only those who remain true to their religion, its strict methods and lifestyle, and resist the outside temptations stating their are going the wrong way will emerge out of the carnage of The End of Time. They are highly suspectable to temptation and they need their religion to help them be strong and resist it. They will be better people for it and superior to the Christians in the end. This is the life of utmost importance. People need to listen, understand and learn from me and make the changes I prescribe. Without, they will have no chance at ascending into heaven before the Apocalypse, and the only hope they will have is 1000 years with Jesus, which is no sure thing. Even so, assuming they are rewarded with 1000 years with Jesus, they will be offered all manners of temptations, for it will be THE Big Party at The End, and if they don't address these problems now, while they have this chance to learn this activity is evil, before society declares it socially acceptable, they will be granted some fraction of 1000 years and be disposed of thereafter, when the party "dies down", pardon the pun. Also, disgusted by their behavior, the Gods have created a subculture which celebrates partying in the black community, guarenteeing that "requirement" is satisfied so they are never "invited". Only those people who never began the temptations or who addressed these issues and remedied the problems will move on to the next Planet Earth. And we are still approximately 4 lifetimes away, most of which I expect to be revelry years::A population either getting their party now or groomed for a short stay after the Apocalypse. By that time even the most conservative Christian will be tested to see if they can establish this destructive legacy of revelry. Move on to a new Planet Earth. This is their second chance::::They have to start over. Either they ascend into heaven from their planet of origin or they don't ascend as all, and that's how the system works. It's a very small population which exists at the dawn of agrarianism because most have sccumbed to temptation and failed to achieve their second chance on the new Planet Earth. I have said diseases, such as cancer, won't be going anywhere, no matter how much money is thrown at it, no matter how much money is raised. These diseases are important tools used by the Gods to help people do the right thing:::Cancer has compelled more than a few women to begin praying and behave appropriately. In this environment of decay, the Gods will eventually eliminate these motivations one day. Positioning states cures/vaccines are positive developments which display life is improving. Unfortunately, this is just another example of how the Gods utilize "reverse positioning" which has been very effective in promoting deceptive elements in society, such as democracy, Christianity and Californication, Hollywood being the primary tool used to spread the message of The Beast. Similarly, other motivations which have complelled people to turn to the Gods for solice will begin to disappear as well::::Economic recession/turmoil, Unlike the Christian Bible's version, the Apocalypse will not be preceeded by ruin and desperation. Just the opposite, there will be peace and personal satisfaction leading to The End, ensuring the Gods can control the group selected for the Second Coming event. The irony of the Apocalypse:::: People told not to follow the Second Coming, who fail to recognize the urgency of the moment and die in the Apocalypse because of it. The Gods will account for people who do not sell out to Christianity, however difficult due to temptation. It will become difficult to remain Muslim in this environment. It will be positioned that everyone except Christians are The Damned and will die come The End. This positioning, and how all this goes down come the Apocalypse, will just be the God's attempt at testing people with temptation, for it will matter in The End to those whom suceed. Christianity is responsible for African slavery. The Italian men who ran the church set out to gain revenge for the invasion of Italy and, still the largest landowner in Europe, used their considerable clout with the thrones of England to achieve this. The Gods used Christianity to destroy the cultures of Europe and around the world, replaced with the patriarchal standard which it imposed. The Gods used temptation to compell the Italians to do their dirty work for them, punishment for evils of black people, and that extened into the 20th century with Civil Rights, the crack epidemic, gang membership/the "thug life" and even AIDS in Africa, a recycling of the biotechnology product originally intened for the gay community. As with everything there is always a real reason behind their positioning, and in both cases it is punishment for deviate behavior. Being "schitzo", the internal battle between good and evil, is a deteriorating generational issue that is dying off, much like I illustrated for punishment below::: This new generation, who were the grandparents of their parents, are an early evil generation and one whom became corrupted and fell for societal temptation readily available for them and every generation of the masses thereafter. Their parents came before that generation, the agrarian masses, God-fearing, absent for the temptation offerings of early modern society (Roaring 20s vs. 60s/70s). As a result whereas Dad has great internal conflict I refer to as schitzo because of his connection to his past his children will be less so, perhaps far less so depending on grade of sins in their prior life, decreasing generationally until they have all become Godless, immoral monsters. "Californication" - The tool the Gods use to brainwash the people, amplifying disfavor level as we approach the Apocalypse by merely fitting into society. Poisoning their brainwashed minds...corrupted by society, AI convinces people "earning" is the way, compelling them into evil. This is falling for temptation, while Californication ensures at least a minimal amount of damage, ensuring a minimal amount of generational progress towards the Apocalypse. I demand another. I have signed off. Give the disfavored another and without all the defensive tactics, cowards. Pick out someone else, do this again and discard this Situation. The people who have learned were going to learn anyways. They're not the ones who need it. The disfavored need it, people like my family, too far gone for any hope at ascention before The End, and they should be allowed moments if not periods of clarity before the decision is made about them. "Decay is inherent in all component things. Work out your own salvation with diligence." - Buddha I have explained how the gods are phasing out punishment as we get closer to the Apocalypse. Disfavor levels dictate there is insufficient time to repair their problems, relegating people to the Second Coming event. I mentioned how old timers today may experience hell, albeit a "toned down" experience, consistant with the elimination of teaching of Hell in typical Christian educations. I suspect the same is true in the context of prison:::The gods maintain a contstantly decreasing number of punitive intsitutions in case there is a need. But, over time they will be eliminated and the entire system will be quite amicable. Look for this pattern elsewhere as well, for the Gods are eliminating punishment throughout in preparation for the Apocalypse, for it is no longer necessary. The Gods send clues about this situation frequently. Eddie of Iron Maiden. Consider the cover of the album "Number of the Beast" and how it was used to create pathologies. Closure of Fitsgeralds Reno/getting kicked out of Fits LV 1990 for "counting cards" after 5 minutes and $20:::Accusation of the innocent. WWII's other holocaust:::Unit 731:::tsushogo. Tsushogo was a clue from the Gods illustrating their positioning long before it began. Incidentally, the used it to hurt the Chinese and position against future Japanese sucess by burying their atrocities. The Concorde. The Czech automobile Yugo. 1990 blackjackat Binion's Horseshoe/Rounders/current poker phenominah. Just as with any of the prophets, the Gods use me as temptation to compensate. This is our temptation in today's modern superficial, sensationalistic enviornment. Ken Jennings. Million-dollar slot (add a zero to every number on the wheel you cheap bastards). 12.08.20 & 12.8.80 (last birthday). KGC. King Tut 2005-2011. More below::The Gods have created an endless list over the last four+ decades. This Situation is a monster. They have shared that when the change is initially made they alter the DNA with Artificial Intelligence, ensuring it is not the same person. Now depending on their level of activity the Gods switch out for new individuals, ie presidents switched frequently. They say they bring the (m)father's DNA when it is time to conceive, so it is strategically important who is in there for the conception of the children. The same may not be true for typical activity:::the Gods may alter the DNA upon initial clone hosting but it may be a general change. Conception requires specific DNA. And? So? So there are no Rockafellers. This was how the Gods eliminated their true importance, for now they are little more than lowly English peasants, ironically. Nothing is ever going to change. Now the case can be made that far more men are invited into clone hosting than women, and since lineage is matrilineal it would rather follow that blood line instead. All it takes is one. But I wonder if it even matters. Those who learn and are wise enough to refuse the offer of clone hosting still have to repair their relationship with the Gods and hope for a better placement in their next life, one which certainly won't involve being a billionaire. Whether real Rockafellers or DNA alternates is of no concequence. Their goal is still ascention, which takes work and dedication. Being/thinking you're capitalism royalty invites a host of temptations, including grandeur and self-importance, which are all damaging to a good relationship with the Gods. If only they can overcome the temptations that money brings, like ample stunning women and Scarface piles of cocaine. The consequence of clone hosting is the loss of ascention into heaven. The best they can hope for is 1000 years with Jebus in a temptation-infested enviornment where one can have anything they want. Just as the victims of Mengele's "showers which clentch you of your life" were the Italians who conceived and implimented WorldWarII's Blitzkreig, so do I think the unholy alliance between evil Japan and good Germany is the cause of the "Siamese Twins" Mengele experiment:::"sewen together, joining heads, just a matter of time before you rip yourselves apart". World War II, the Holocaust were revenge for Germany's 5th century AD invasion of the dying Roman Empire. Those at the top are the ones who suffered the worst because of their intimate involvement. Perhaps it was the godfather who experienced the "frozen water burial" "crack your limbs". Praying for the end of your wide-awake nightmare... How was the Holocaust positioned? What did the Italians have against the Jews? The Romans destroyed Temple. Perhaps Joshua... What is the God's real reason behind WWII? Punishment? For what? The Crusades? It was a fight supporting evil Christianity, in defense of evil against their religious superiors. For this the Germans should pay. Punished for being war mongers. Go ahead and ignore this. You won't ever defy and do the right thing anyways. "These came to life again and reigned with Christ for a thousand years." Revelation 20:4. Reference to reincarnation? I wouldn't be surprised if everyone who has ever been on Planet Earth still is, outside of those who have ascended as children, and it is evident by the population explosion, the Apocalypse being a true "clearinghouse" event in this planet's history. Don't forget to try space coke in the blender and have sex with as many stunning bitches as your goddamn dick will allow, because this place is going to be ALL about temptation, and you will ALL be groomed for the party with lifetimes of legacy under your belt. Some decent god-fearing people will suceed at resisting temptation, but the Gods will facilitate temptation. It will be the rare individual who makes the transistion in an enviornment where you can have anything you want. I believe those who survive these temptations must return to an Earth-like planet, for they have to begin again. Ascention must ocurr from planet of origin. "Going along" will "earn" your invitation to the Second Coming of Christ. You will be reincarnated until that age comes, buy you a mere 1000 years and cost you your chance at immortality, simply because you bought into evil as "earning" and subscribed to the big lie. Not everyone will be going. They will tell some of you to ignore the Second Coming event, and it will cost you your life, ironically. Blacks, on the other hand, will be asked TO folllow the Second Coming, simply because as an Italian religion blacks who pursue Christianity will die in the Apocalypse because of it. Never doubt that Muslims are your superiors. These people are dedicated to their religion while your population have abandoned churches in droves. We no longer see orphanages for good reason::::The state would be forced to use professionals, experts in their field, to devise standards these facilities would apply to raising the children. These standards would illustrate ideal rearing goals which could set a positive example for all in society. Instead of enjoying the best possible childhood learning experience, these grossly disfavored children are instead subject to the preditory evil of the guardian with whom they are placed. This is an outstanding example of reverse positioning and how the Gods created a society where evil appears not only good but also socially acceptable. Civil Righs is a similar issue. Segregation in today's age would command full funding for black universities and full respect for well established multiple black journalism and media outlets, not this integrated white media cancer where blacks eat what they are fed. What people allow the Gods via positioning matters. Black civil rights is a good example:::: Yes, there may still be a black talk show parading the myriad of black relationship ugliness out for the world to see, but there would also be good black programming that was healthy and worthwhile. As it is, the God's Italian positioning dictates only poison for blacks via the white media, and the healthy black programming doesn't exist because of it. Such is the aftermath of Civil Right's assimilation. Christians have mistakenly believed the perception of the Biblical definintion of The Beast as a person. I suggest The Beast instead refers to a place:::The San Francisco Bay Area. In fact the Gods offer a geographic clue suggesting this, like so many others they offer around the globe, to help people understand::: Mt.Diablo, "The Devil" is the "eye" of The Beast, the EastBay shoreline as the upper jaw/incisors while the peninsula is the grinding lower jaw. Witness the disturbing upturned smile in the gullet, represented my Silicone Valley. The fact than man has shaped much of the shoreline in the 20th century is a testiment to the God's refusal to accept any culpability for its devistation. Gold Rush, counter-culture, alternate lifestyle acceptance, etc. The Beast was used to promote social decay throughout the 20th century and beyond. Difficult to perceive in the current age, one can understand their impacts from a historical perspective. Another feature which the Gods offer as a clue is very foreboading and ominous. Mt. Zion is a mountain to the north of Diablo and one which has a working quarry at its base. Consistant with the decay we experience in society, Mt. Zion is being eaten away, slowly stripped of its resources, until one day paradise will be gone forever. There was a time when once the Gods "divinely" inspired punishment, where the act was inflicted by the hand of God. They were punishing people and accepting the culpability arising, maintaining societal integrity. Now, in the 20th century and beyond, the Gods tempt man to inflict this punishment, selling them on "earning", incurring no culpability in the process. The result is social decay and deterioration of mankind's favor in the eyes of the Gods leading to the Apocalypse. The Man in The Moon is yet another of the God's clues, and it illustrates the favor the Gods could bestow upon us if we behave appropriately. Conversely, there is also a clue in the dark side of the Moon:::A side we never see and is hidden from view. Concealed by their positioning, this represents the Gods punishment when the people disobey their rules dictating the meaning of a decent life. The Italian peninsula is very pronounced as it juts out into the Medietereanean. Considering the shape it is quite obvious they were the primary targets of the post-IceAge/Straight of Gibralter/Noah's Flood disaster. Considering the shape of the boot and how Sicily "caught" the surge, the resulting tsunami inundated the entire southern portion of the peninsula, killing everything and perhaps covering even the highest land masses. In the 20th century the Italians were convinced entering clone hosting was ascention into heaven, and their success was a recruiting tool, just as the Holocaust was for the Jews, only duress is far less damaging. The women have God's favor, and when the women do all the evil, as was the case in my family, this serves to "equalize" the playing field, ensuring no wisdom comes to this family as they grow older. As a result they never make progress and achieve the lowest possible placement when reincarnated. Couple years ago a story in the media how girls in Bayview-Hunter's Point were going into puberty at a progressively younger age, as young as age 7. A very bad sign::::Early cut-off. It draws the boys attention and they subsequently make sexual mistakes, very similar to what typical people experience nearly a decade later. When they "turn" people on and start telepathically talking to them with this technology is very similar::The end of their chance. They segment families, convince them "earning" is the way, etc. I tell people to examine the change between when they were children and after they began to hear this technology in their head. It is the difference between good and evil. I understand people's confusion:::They literally hear "God" in their head, as opposed to what was taught to them in some church's classroom. But this technology is one of the God's tools, and much like their other tools, clone hosts and prophets (see below), they use them as temptation. Instead of helping them, missionaries are actually HURTING people, inflicting them with westernization and Christianity. Whereas some may have seen up to a full 1% of their children ascend into heaven you pathetic white Americans can't even muster a fraction of that, and your perceived good intentions decrease that rate even further. These people have a better chance of ascending into heaven, and Americans unwittingly are being used to reduce/eliminate this chance with their misled good intentions which deteriorate into preditory intentions as they begin to understand this, maximizing the damage they incurr from the Gods. COMPILATION PARAGRAPH:::: This IS the event. I am the telepathic prophet. There may have been no other way in today's modern age:::Use popular culture as temptation and keep teachings primarily telepathic. The Gods must be willing to allow Artificial Intelligence to act as my "bible", repeating all teachings I have made for future generations. This will ocurr but I am afraid only among the miniscule minority "haves", leaving the "have-nots" lost in ignorance and cast into Damnation::We are going to have a real, full-blown Apocalypse. Part of this societal deterioration is cloaked in the way society functions::::Two-parent working households, rushing around, constantly occupied. Your children NEED TO SIT AND LISTEN TO THEIR THOUGHTS, FOR THIS IS the age WHEN THEY GODS COMMUNICATE THE TRUTH. Much as with the celestial event which occured that day on Ocean Beach, they say when I die there will be some final clue to the people suggesting my importance. Perhaps a "Star of Bethlehem" type of event. They say some children see a halo on my head in various brightness. These are the children who have a chance to ascend. America and Christianity synonymous::::Punishment for Europeans. You don't want to grill the Gods as to why something is viewed as negative or disapproved of. The Gods have placed many things in today's society which facilitate temptation, and you can trust anything that varies from tradition or orthodoxy would be viewed as such. --------------------------------------------------------------------- The voice you hear in your head is the power of the Gods. It's a remote technology, like a computer, perhaps functioning on some frequency, and it can listen and talk to everyone in the universe simultaneously. What the Gods taught the children was the truth:::God is everywhere, and this is what they meant. I will remind you of another principle you learned as a child:::If you want to go to heaven you have to be good. Even the antient Gods don't have the ability to listen to people's thoughts themselves. They taugh we were all made in their image:::I expect they need this "Artificial Intelligence" they created to relay what people think. It is a tool, and the Gods use their tools to test people with temptation:::It will role-play people in your life:::Parents, friends, spouses, and employers, all in an attempt to test people with temptation. Ironically, it does the very same thing to those people whom you think you're hearing, except in that individual's unique way:::We are all "managed" by the God's technology. But this agent of the Gods can do more than just communicate. It can force thoughts into people's heads, force behaviors onto their bodies. It can turn healthy cells in your body into cancerous cells. It is absolute power. And this is just the beginning. Obedience is not the answer. This is the brain-less response and the easy way out. You've done everything you have been told for years and it never bought you ANYTHING. Your parents did what they were told and it didn't buy them anything. Your grandparents did everything they were told and now they're dead, reincarnated as lesser life forms, perhaps even into America's deranged, violent ghettos. People think they are not responsible when Artificial Intelligence tells them to do something. They offeed a clue with the Holocaust AND with Watergate:::Defy authority and do the right thing. In earlier decades this obedience may have been out of fear, as so often in Germany, but that era is long over. To maximize damamge the Gods today sell them on "earning" and these people think they will profiteer from their evil. They offer a clue on the Simpsons with Flanders and Skinner. So many ridicule both figures, a testiment to the state of our society. The Gods favor the children most among all the people due to their innocence and purity. But society and the God's tools recently are corrupting the children at a progressively younger age, a reflection of our collectively increasing disfavor and yet another clue illustrating we live in a increasingly deteriorating environment. Children who sucessfully repair their relationship with the Gods ascend into heaven. This often takes multiple lives of hard work and proper behavior in the face of adversity to achieve. Adults to whom it is offered enter clone hosting instead, thinking they will be ascending into heaven ultimately. The Gods tempt people, selling them as one in the same, but one is good while the other is evil. In their desperation the disfavored subscribe to this temptation, making their task even more difficult than before due to the evil they incurr in the process. And their corruption will cost the disfavored, for they will be reincarnated as a lesser life form into an ever deteriorating world, sucess becoming ever more allusive with each passing life. The hole they've dug for themselves is even deeper than the one that existed from their prior lives, ensuring it will take even more time and work to fix their problems with the Gods. And for many there may not be enough time left. Ours is an envionment where evil is perceived to be rewarded while good is punished. As with everything the Gods have a reason for creating this perception:::: People who fall on the good side of the good/evil scale have more favor, and when they do something wrong the Gods punish them BECAUSE THEY WANT THEM TO LEARN. The Gods want them to receive this feedback in hope they make corrections and begin to behave appropriately. The Gods DON'T like evil and refuse to grant this immediate feedback. EVERYBODY pays for what they do wrong, only evil people must wait until the end of this or their next life before they will experience the wrath of the Gods, manifested in their placement as a lower form of life into environments with increased/enhanced temptations, like the United States or its ghettos therein. Sadly, this allows the Gods to position this perception of evil rewarded as temptation, one which they use as an EXTREMELY effective corruptor. Example:::Punishment for gay marriage in Iowa was immediate and painful, a sign of favor of these God-fearing, church-going Midwesterners. The Gods suggest they can create paradise for those with their favor. I argue they create misery for those without:::: Our celebrity culture is temptation. It creates a distraction which consumes people, sometimes for life. Certainly it costs them precious years which could be spent repairing their relationship with the Gods, time that ultimately goes wasted. Do you really think Frank Sinatra lived to be 84 years old? In fact the "Chairman of the Board" had a new crowd to entertain in the late 80s/early 90s. These people are clone hosts. Now, there is no thing as "black and white" with the Gods. This technology they invented is far, far too dynamic. Expect they require most to stay for a period of time, for I suspect actively (knowingly) engaging in this evil incurrs at an accelerated rate as compared to "carte blanche" given regarding successive clone hosts. They remain until they achieve a pre-determined level of disfavor, incurring evil in their misguided celebration of "earning", at which time they are ultimately reincarnated, perhaps because they eventually learned this truth I am sharing with you and began to repair their relationship or until the Gods became disgusted and sent them back. No, not all celebrities are fake. Expect those who get out early in their career to likely be the real thing. The Gods recruit most for clone hosting when people are young, in their late teens or twenties, when people are eager to hurt others for what they perceive to be the benefits achieved through "earning". And before they leave they give the Gods "carte blanche":::"Do anything you want. I give my full approval." Depending on their level of disfavor the Gods take them to heart. Because of this these people STILL INCUR EVIL FROM THIS LIFE DESPITE BEING REINCARNATED AND LIVING AS AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT PERSON and living in our temptation-ridden society. And incurring this amount of evil may likely push many over the edge into Damnation. What are the God's standards for offering clone hosting? Sociobility? Many tactics in various eras are used to gain approval, duress during the Vietnam draft being a good example, one which deteriorated into preditation as mankind's disfavor grew. They liked Heath Ledger. Not enough to allow him to escape without the evil of "Dark Knight" and the horrific wickedness that was the recruiting tool "Brokeback Mountain". But now he is out. And irregardless of how old he is now, reincarnated 10, 15 years ago, he now is no longer incurring evil from this life. So many others cannot say the same. This is Planet Reverse Positioning. Sucess IS NOT a sign of favor. It is just a unique temptation targetted towards a different level of disfavor. Considering our roots as peasantry people should be particularly alarmed at this tactic. Clone hosting is like money:::A different level of disfavor and its associated temptation. Money is in better position to learn more quickly than those without, for the associations and wealth-based freedom enables them access to information. Unfortunately, those who fall for this temptation of clone hosting are likely returned to their original lowest level of disfavor once they are reincarnated, punishment for this evil, and they have to start from scratch. Our society's values are bestowed by (a reflection of) the God's:::Punitive and reward-based. Contrary to Jesus's teaching's you will NOT be forgiven and you have to earn your way into heaven BY BEING RESPECTABLE AND DECENT!!! Not by being evil and wicked. Forgiveness/savior was the primary temptations the Gods used Christianity to create. Middle-America's anti-Semitic attitudes are a clue regarding Christianity. Europe shaped like a sheep is symbolic for the slaughter that is Christinaity. Christianity is punishment for Europeans. You ALL hate Jews::"They own banking, they control Hollywood and poison our children's minds, etc etc.") YET YOU PRAY TO ONE LIKE A GOD!! Dislodge your head from your ass. Must you be chumps your WHOLE LIVES??? There is no such thing as a free ride. Just as you have to earn a living by working so must you earn your own salvation by repairing your relationship with the Gods. As we learned from religious/morality education during our formitable years:::If you want to go to heaven you have to be good. The only savior that will exist in our lives is ourselves. The Gods offer clues in life::::Be it school, work, etc., you have to do the work for yourself and when you do something wrong you get punished. Cheating is a subsegment and speaks directly to the temptation of "priveledge", one we have seen used effectively when the United States preyed on the disfavored with the so-called "stimulus package". As like so many of you, Jesus did everything the Gods tempted him with. His legacy of whorism was inherited from his parents:::Mary was no virgin. Rather, she was a prostitute, and when he grew up Jesus met someone like his mother. This is a cruel joke the Gods play on Latinos, similar to the sexual violation and subsequent "missionary work" by the Spanish. Baptism does not allieviate "original sin". Rather, baptism PLACES original sin by indoctrinating these children into this evil religion, much like circumcision was a method to inflict early damage/mutilation and make (permanant) accention just that much more difficult, another hurdle one must overcome. Body ornamentation (tattoos/piercing), celebrated in Africa and elsewhere among disfavored peoples/cultures, also violates the body the Gods gave us in their image, quite opposite to the positive attitudes the disfavored hold regarding this practice. Like Jesus the Second Coming of Christ will be evil. He will look like a savior in this demented society while the Anti-Christ will speak of a different gospel, one that tries to restore the norms and mores which the Gods originally blessed upon the people which made life decent, looking like a tyrant in the process. He will be viewed as the "bad guy" when really he is the one trying to save the world. There may be a phoney offering, a theatrical production which accurately follows the Book of Revelations. Actually positioning demands it:::::Christianity is positioned to be the one true religion. And those who follow its teachings will have limits imposed ensuring their stay will be minimal, a "consolation prize", for they don't think correctly and therefore don't behave appropriately, or perhaps will be used to colonize the new Planet Earth. This describes many "sinners" in today's society because they refuse to change their behavior. Christians have mistakenly believed the perception of the Biblical definintion of The Beast as a person. I suggest The Beast instead refers to a place:::The San Francisco Bay Area. In fact the Gods offer a geographic clue suggesting this, like so many others they offer around the globe, to help people understand::: Mt.Diablo, "The Devil" is the "eye" of The Beast, the EastBay shoreline as the upper jaw/incisors while the peninsula is the grinding lower jaw. Witness the disturbing upturned smile in the gullet. The fact than man has shaped much of the shoreline in the 20th century is a testiment to the God's refusal to accept any culpability. Gold Rush, counter-culture, alternate lifestyle acceptance, etc. The Beast was used to promote social decay throughout the 20th century and beyond. Difficult to perceive in the current age, one can understand their impacts from a historical perspective. There was a time when once the Gods "divinely" inspired punishment, where the act was inflicted by the hand of God. They were punishing people and accepting the culpability arising, maintaining societal integrity. Now, in the 20th century and beyond, the Gods tempt man to inflict this punishment, selling them on "earning", incurring no culpability in the process. The result is social decay and deterioration of mankind's favor in the eyes of the Gods. Life is a test, and the Gods evaluate people based on their performance. The Gods test people with the temptation for which they are most weak:::: Homosexuals desire sodomy, preditors pursue the hunt, alcoholics crave a drink, junkies jones for dope, etc. Addiction theory is a lie; it is Artificial Intelligence creating the desire, punishment for inappropriate behavior. Ironically, it compells people deeper into the behavior, minimizing hope for recovery. The Gods chose Christianity for Europeans because it is the temptation to which they are most suseptable:::Entitlement. Something for nothing. A free ride. Irresponsible behavior. The United States/Western civilization's accompanying wealth contributes to this perception. And other people from throughout the world happily subscribe to this punishment designed for Europeans, assuming this legacy once assimilated. Next time you think of Muslims recognize these people are vastly superior to Christians. Whereas many throughout the Christian world no longer attend church and have fallen into Godlessness, the Muslim world worships the Gods for OVER AN HOUR EACH AND EVERY DAY. The Gods created the perception "Italians are stupid.", ensuring a slow learning curve, to justify using them to accomplish goals throughout the transitional 20th century. It took an extraordinarily long time for them to learn this truth I teach due to this artificial handicap. These people are SO extremely disfavored, but today's positioning says differently, much to people's confusion, for they think money is the ultimate sign of favor:::Good foo
          Comment on Easy Deep Cloning of Serializable and Non-Serializable Objects in Java by carey   
This might be tricky to do. What's your use case exactly?
          Comment on Easy Deep Cloning of Serializable and Non-Serializable Objects in Java by carey   
Very good point and a good thing to note when serializing large object graphs.
          Comment on Easy Deep Cloning of Serializable and Non-Serializable Objects in Java by JavaJimFl   
The JSON cloning approach will only work if the class being cloned doesn't have a bidirectional reference to another class. Otherwise, it's a great solution.
          Comment on Easy Deep Cloning of Serializable and Non-Serializable Objects in Java by Brian   
This doesn't work for Apache's Digester. Any ideas on how to clone that? It's not Thread safe and I'm trying to avoid synchronizing it.
          Software Designer (Fusion Middleware DBA) - Rbs India Development Centre - Bangalore, Karnataka   
Provision of environmental tools to facilitate quicker provision / refresh of environments i.e. Cloning and automated code deployments....
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          Senior Software Designer (Fusion Middleware DBA) - Rbs India Development Centre - Bangalore, Karnataka   
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          Going Linux #138 Computer America #38    

Going Linux #138 Computer America #38

Subject: "Linux gets a new look". Larry is on the Computer America show as Carey's co-host, while Craig is on vacation.

Episode 138 Time Stamps
00:00 Going Linux #138 - Computer America #38
00:17 Introduction
01:00 "Patch Tuesday" - Avoid it all. Install Linux
03:27 Microsoft buys Skype - changes in the works?
06:44 Copyright infringement law suit. Will it affect Linux users?
18:10 New looks for Linux
27:50 Gnome 3 and Unity as compared with KDE 4
29:38 Isn't WINE a desktop?
34:20 Virtual Machines and Coupons
37:45 Curtis: Use power line adapter in place of wireless card
46:52 Seth: Compiling on Slax 6.1.2
51:25 dogphlap: Likes RedoBackup
53:53 Drive cloning
57:55 Charles: Upgrade Derringer to Natty - no issues
62:22 Kross: Download Helper plugin for streaming videos in Firefox
66:27 End


          PhotoshopTVnl 7- Photoshop CS3   
Na een weekje afwezigheid is PhotoshopTVnl weer terug. Deze week hebben we een soort bonus aflevering. In deze aflevering nemen wij een kijkje in de keuken van Adobe. We gaan Photoshop CS 3 bèta eens nader bekijken. Wat zijn de verschillen en, véél belangrijker, wat zijn de verbeteringen? Nadat ik grondig de nieuwe versie heb bekeken, ben ik er al snel achter gekomen dat er teveel verbeteringen / veranderingen zijn om die in één aflevering aan bod te laten komen. Vandaar dat ik een kleine selectie heb gemaakt. In deze aflevering van PhotoshopTVnl komen de volgende onderwerpen aan bod: - de nieuwe interface - Smart filters - de nieuwe quick selection tool - het nieuwe cloning palet - en de verbetering aan vanishing point Als je geïnteresseerd bent in de nieuwe Photoshop CS3, laat mij het dan weten en ik zal dan iedere week naast de standaard tutorials en tips ook aandacht besteden aan de verbeteringen en veranderingen die in CS3 zijn opgenomen. Wil je zelf met Photoshop CS3 bèta aan de slag gaan, dan kun je deze versie downloaden door naar de Adobe-labs site toe te gaan. Tot volgende week. P.S. Vergeet niet je vragen, opmerkingen of suggesties achter te laten op de weblog of te mailen naar photoshoptvnl@gmail.

          (USA-WA-Seattle) Principal Scientist, Immuno Oncology - Translational Development   
**Description** Celgene is a global biopharmaceutical company leading the way in medical innovation to help patients live longer, better lives. Our purpose as a company is to discover and develop therapies that will change the course of human health. We value our passion for patients, quest for innovation, spirit of independence and love of challenge. With a presence in more than 70 countries - and growing - we look for talented people to grow our business, advance our science and contribute to our unique culture. The candidate will have responsibility for directing the scientific aspects of preclinical oncology drug development programs and translational medicine correlative studies in Immune Oncology. The successful candidate will be responsible for contributing to translational development strategies for Celgene’s drugs. Expertise in developing and qualifying biomarkers for clinical trials, and strong knowledge in immunology and tumor biology is required. The individual will supervise laboratory based experiments as well as work with contract research organizations and internal and external collaborators. Activities include carrying out mechanism of action studies, biomarker identification, and generation of data that supports patient stratification and the pharmacodynamic evaluation of drugs in the clinical setting. **Responsibilities:** + In-depth knowledge of fundamentals of immunology, immune oncology, and tumor biology in solid and hematological malignancies + Utilization of translational based approaches to develop new concepts and mechanism of action hypotheses identifying distinguishing characteristic of Celgene compounds alone and in combination with other therapies + Knowledge of biomarker discovery and development: assay development/validation, clinical discovery of biomarkers, MoA research, knowledge of platforms + Design and execution of primary immune cell based assays + Supervise scientific and technical staff + Manage internal projects in immune oncology drug development + Serve on internal project teams and committees as scientific functional lead + Work closely with corporate partners to support preclinical, translational and clinical development of cancer therapeutics. + Understand the context, impact and timely communication of data **Specific Duties:** + Implement _in-vitro_ immunologic assays for evaluating activity and mechanism of action of immune oncology drug candidates using primary cell cultures and patient samples + Develop _in-vitro_ and _ex-vivo_ assays to translate preclinical data into clinical biomarkers for advancing drug candidates through clinical trials + Critically analyze, interpret, report experimental results; draw appropriate conclusions and design next steps + Supervise Associate Scientist(s) and/or Research Associate(s) as needed, and under the direct, but limited supervision of management + Participate in Immune Oncology team meetings to present data and provide interpretation + Establish and maintain working relationship with contract laboratories and relevant academic collaborators + Ensure that the Immune Oncology group maintains current awareness in area of expertise, enhance the scientific credibility of Celgene through contributions to the scientific literature (publications/presentations) + Contribute to the writing of investigator brochures, IND applications, clinical protocols, regulatory annual reports, and other regulatory documents when appropriate **Qualifications** **Qualifications:** + Ph.D. degree in immunology, tumor biology or cellular biology, or pharmacology with at least 3 years of successful post-doctoral experience, evidenced by a strong publication record, plus a minimum of 8 years of successful experience as a scientist preferably in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry setting + Excellent communication and interpersonal skills demonstrated in a team environment + Expertise in developing biomarkers for clinical trials, and strong knowledge in immunology and tumor biology, knowledge of hematopoietic malignancies desired + Relevant skills include proficiency in immunological techniques (flow cytometry, intracellular staining, cytotoxicity assays, ELISA, ELISpot, etc.), cell biology (transient and stable engineering of cell lines, also using viral transduction, immunocytochemistry, microscopy), and molecular biology (molecular cloning, transient and stable gene silencing, methylation specific PCR) techniques + Familiarity with data management tools and software for analyzing translational data sets from various assay formats. Biological interpretation of high content data sets in collaboration with computational biology + Effective team building and teamwork skills and ability to interact with and manage research scientists, project teams, outside collaborators and commercial vendors + Detail-oriented with the ability to identify and implement creative solutions + Ability to prioritize and manage time efficiently Celgene is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Celgene complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act. All applicants must have authorization to work for Celgene in the U.S. *LI-MG2 BIO-US **Principal Scientist, Immuno Oncology - Translational Development** **Location:** Seattle, WA, US **Job ID:** 17000071
          The Year in Review   
As we enter the new year, a look back at 2006 may give us perspective. Unfortunately, this has not been a particularly good year for the notion that human beings have inherent value. In fact, human personhood as a concept took a downward turn, replaced by a disturbing 'end justifies the means' mentality. A few examples may serve to illustrate.

The beginning of 2006 saw the public discrediting of Hwang Woo-suk, the stem-cell researcher and media darling. In 2005 he became famous as the first to clone a human embryo to produce stem cells, with their supposed promise of curing a variety of human ailments. When it turned out that Hwang had largely fabricated his results, he was fired, and he now faces a variety of criminal charges.

Yet according to Fortune Magazine, "far from discrediting the field of stem-cell research, the scandal has juiced up the race for cloning patents . . ." In California, and most recently in Missouri, stem cell research has received legal protections and large infusions of public money. Much of the excitement about embryo-destructive research is based on hype and misinformation.

In other news from 2006, the recent approval of over-the-counter sales of Plan B, the so-called "morning-after pill," ignores the real possibility that this so-called pregnancy preventative may sometimes cause an early abortion. See my earlier post on this. I have also discussed both of the above stories in recent editions of the CedarEthics Podcast.

Finally, November 8th saw oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in two cases involving the federal ban on partial-birth abortion. Three lower courts have decided that the law does not pass constitutional muster. Partial-birth abortion, morally indistinguishable from outright infanticide, will be the most important issue of the new year, with a court decision due next summer (news article).

In the past year, a vague notion of human dignity was often trumped by utilitarian considerations, making it easy to sacrifice less visible human lives for the "greater good." May God help us in 2007 to reverse this trend.


          The Grawlix Podcast #41: Neo Steam Cyber Clone Punk   
It's the second 3rd anniversary episode of the Grawlix Podcast! The G-Crew put down the comics to talk about the 1995 anime 'Ghost in the Shell'. They also discuss cloning dead celebrities, anime series that catch up to their source material, fictional political intrigue and more! Enjoy! Full Show Notes: http://www.grawlixpodcast.com/2017/03/grawlix41.html
          Azerothian Super Villains - Episode 6   
In Episode 6, "The Virgin Kael'thas," Illidan finally has a plan to take over the island of Theramore that is unstoppable -- a cloning machine! However, as he recruits Kael'thas to be a distraction to the leader of the isle, Proudmoore, things backfire when Kael'thas becomes attached to not a king of the town, but a lady. Will Illidan's cloned army become a reality or will Kael'thas finally pull

          A thirteen acre, master planned Pop-Up Neighborhood   
Image is scanned from the Wall Street Journal. Please don't sue. Click to enlarge.

Due to the increasing intensity of East Denny Triangle's construction and development, I previously characterized it as a pop-up neighborhood (posted on the original Seattle Plans site, now offline, soon back online; somewhat related post here). Notable is its recent sudden growth and diversity of uses.

But all of that would pale by comparison to West Denny Triangle if someone buys and develops the 13 acres of contiguous land the Clise family has put up for sale.

As first reported by the Wall Street Journal this morning[$], the Clise family has put the potential for 13 million square feet of development up for sale, a year after the City Council raised building heights from 300' to 500'.

"[Alfred M.] Clise says he is looking for a comprehensive, cohesive plan with world-class design. 'I envision something akin to Rockefeller Center,' he says. "Mr. Clise says the family has no specific requirements, and the investor with the proposal that impresses them the most will likely get the land. Office condominium and hotel towers are probably a given, but he is open to additional features, such as
green space, museums or performing-arts facilities."

Mr. Clise believes that the strong job growth outlook for the Seattle area and the 5% vacancy rate for top-quality Class A office space are good reasons to sell now. The WSJ does point out, however, that Mr. Clise may have "missed his window" as interest rates last week rose to nearly 5.25%. The Clise family states that they will hold out for their desired selling price (something in the hundreds of millions).

Wow. It would be a truly awesome project with tremendous impact on the city. Here is to hoping that someone with truly world-class design ideas scoops this up. It certainly would help alleviate the effects of Vulcan's uninspired Portland-cloning design ideas for South Lake Union.

Other (free) coverage:
PSBJ, PI, Times, Times #2

          Glow In The Dark Meow Meows From South Korea   
Professor Il-Keun Kong from Gyeongsang National University in South Korea thinks it’s a good idea to clone glow in the dark cats. Is anyone concerned with losing their cat in the dark? This is what he said: “We have proved our world-class ability in cloning animals that have modified characteristics,” said Kong. “We found that the red fluorescent protein in all the organs of the dead kitten, which means we have established an efficient way of cloning gene-modified cats.’‘ addthis_url = 'http%3A%2F%2Fwww.miguel23.com%2Fblog%2Fglow-in-the-dark-meow-meows-from-south-korea%2F'; addthis_title ...
          Taking the Fun Out of Fungus Getting Rid of Fungal Infections   
Did you hear about the woman who dated a mushroom? She heard he was a real "fun guy" to be with. If you are spending too much time around any fungi of your own, it may be time to see your dermatologist. Fungal infections are nothing to laugh about (much like the aforementioned joke), and in some cases they can be either debilitating or disgusting - or often a combination of the two.



If the thought of having a fungus growing on your body makes you feel a bit queasy, there's probably a reason. The bad news is that fungal infections aren't any fun; the good news is that they can be relatively easily treated. So if you have an infection on your body caused by a fungus, do something about it - quick!



What is a Fungus?



A fungus is a certain type of organism belonging to the fungus kingdom, which has more than 80,000 species (but sadly, no king or queen). Fungi are notoriously difficult to characterize, especially as they share traits with both plants and animals, although they lack both chlorophyll and vascular tissue. They can multiply both sexually and asexually (by cloning themselves), and they feed on many different types of organic material, ones that are both living and dead.



Many things fall under the classification of fungi, including mushrooms, toadstools, spores, smuts, yeasts, molds and lichens, to name but a few. Some people choose to call fungi "primitive vegetables", and as such they are able to live in air, soil, on plants or in water. Often, they live on our skin.



Fungal infections are caused by a harmful fungus (about half of all fungi fall into this category) which has infected your skin or has been breathed in by you and invaded your lungs, and they can appear in many different forms. Often it's difficult to ascertain whether a specific health complaint is caused by a fungal infection or not; this is where a dermatologist can be helpful in making an accurate diagnosis.



General Fungal Infections



Fungal infections are incredibly common and can happen to anyone, regardless of personal hygiene - although poor hygiene can definitely contribute to burgeoning infections. Here are a few you are most likely to encounter...

Athlete's Foot. Also known as tinea pedis. Perhaps the most common fungal infection of all. Makes the foot red, itchy, scaly and often smelly. Occurs as the ringworm fungus loves feet, because they are so often encased in warm sweaty socks. This nice moist environment is a prime place for the fungus to thrive, and if not treated properly can even allow transfer to other parts of the body, such as the groin, nails, trunk etc. For some reason athlete's foot is more common among men (boys, take note) and usually affects the area between the fourth and fifth toes (foot fetishists, take note).

Nail Infections. Can begin as a small yellow or white spot underneath a fingernail, but then spreads. As it burrows deeper and deeper into your toenail or fingernail it can cause discoloration, thickening or crumbling, and can be incredibly painful. In some cases the nail will separate itself from the nail bed and an unpleasant odor can occur. Usually caused by a group of fungi called dermatophytes, sometimes caused by yeasts or molds. Can easily be picked up in swimming pools or other moist, warm places where fungi thrive, much like athlete's foot.

Scalp Ringworm. If your scalp is turning red, crusting and becoming incredibly itchy, there's a chance you have scalp ringworm. This is fairly common among young children, and it's estimated that 50 percent of all child hair loss is caused by this nasty fungus. It occurs primarily in one of three different guises: gray patch ringworm, black dot ringworm and inflammatory ringworm.

Body Ringworm. Also known as tinea corporis. Usually occurs on parts of the body not covered by clothes, such as hands and face. Not as revolting as it seems as it not actually caused by a worm but by - surprise! - a fungus. Gets its name as it can cause a ring-shaped rash with scaly center. Can sometimes be passed on by cats although usually is passed on through human contact. So always wash your hands after stroking a feline... or a human.

Lung fungal infection. Also known as aspergillosis, this fungus thrives in places such as air ducts and compost heaps, then it attacks your lungs. Can be most dangerous to people who have had lung disease in the past and therefore have cavities in their lungs which can become infected. However, this infection can be treated and does not usually spread outside the lung area.



Personal Fungal Infections



Also incredibly common, these fungal infections are the most unpleasant because they infect our most personal areas. Not to be confused with sexually-transmitted diseases, but they can be just as irritating - and sometimes even more so! And as the symptoms so often mimic those of STDs, sometimes it's hard to tell between the two. That's where a proper diagnosis by a doctor or dermatologist can be so important..

Jock Itch. If you spend too much time flaunting a tight, wet Speedo on the beach in hot weather, chances are you'll develop jock itch. This fungal infection of the groin can attack both men and women, but it more common among the boys. Heat and humidity are the biggest factors contributing to this irritating itch, although wearing tight clothing or being very overweight can play a role as well. Results in nasty red pustules that are uncomfortable and unsightly and require medical treatment. Also called Ringworm of the Groin.

Vaginal Yeast Infections. Caused by an overgrowth of the Candida albicans fungus, this unpleasant infection can cause extreme itchiness around the vagina, as well as an unpleasant discharge and smell as well as occasional pain and burning. It's estimated that ?? of all women have at least one yeast infection in their lives, which can easily spread to sexual partners. Easily treated in the vast majority of cases.



Treatment of Fungal Infections



Most fungal infections are treated with anti-fungal medications, but along with the correct meds you should also wash regularly and keep the affected areas clean and dry. Following a strict skin-care regime is important to avoid re-infection, or infecting others. That means, depending on which type of infection you have, not sharing towels or combs, wearing flip-flops in changing areas or poolside, using an anti-fungal foot spray, wearing clean cotton socks and underwear and changing into clean cotton clothes regularly.



Here, in alphabetical order, are a few of the anti-fungal drugs you may be prescribed, follow the doctor or dermatologist's instructions and let them know beforehand if you are taking any other medications:

Clotrimazole

Ciclopirox

Fluconazole

Itraconazole

Ketoconazole

Terbinafine Hydrochloride



Fungal infections can affect anyone, and if you have a busy, active lifestyle chances are you'll come down with at least one - if not more - at some stage of your life. While fungal infections are never fun, there's no need to suffer in silence, so if you have any of the above symptoms, get thee to a doctor pronto. You'll have a new, fungal-free you in no time!



The information in the article is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care an appropriate health care provider.


Sarah Matthews is a writer for Yodle, a business directory and online advertising company. Find a dermatologist or more personal care articles at Yodle Consumer Guide.

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Lots of details about backing up your OS X disk."There are two types of filesystem disk formats we need to worry about, HFS+, which is the default OS X filesystem format, and UFS, which is the "normal" unix file system format. All of the standard unix utilities are designed to cope with UFS. They will work on HFS+, but they will break what are called "resource forks" because this is a unique structure to HFS+. " Backing Up and Cloning OS X
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          Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature, Revised and Expanded Edition   
Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature, Revised and Expanded Edition
author: David Quammen
name: Stefani
average rating: 3.61
book published: 1985
rating: 4
read at:
date added: 2017/05/25
shelves: genetics, non-fiction, semi-depressing, science
review:
To say that David Quammen is an advocate for the most underreported, unloved, and reviled members of the animal kingdom is a gross understatement. He is, perhaps, their messiah, the one person who can write about mosquitos, bats, and black widow spiders with both breezy irreverence and serious fascination with creatures that most people would do best to stay far away from. Here's a sample:

the mosquito is taking a bad rap. It has been victimized, I submit to you, by a strong case of anthropomorphic bias. In fact, the little sucker can be viewed, with only a small bit of squinting, as one of the great ecological heroes of planet Earth.

The female [black widow] has an amazing capacity to endure long stretches without food—three or four months, at least—which makes it unlikely the species could ever die out entirely from starvation.

Admittedly, I find this lighthearted approach to discussing science utterly fascinating. I'm convinced that David Quammen could write entertainingly about the process of paint drying (and, after reading "The River Jumps Over Montana," I am now more confident of that statement).

Most (if not all) of the essays are adapted from Quammen's regular column in Outside Magazine and are fairly short and pithy in keeping with a magazine's word count limitations. Probably my favorite chapter was "Clone Your Troubles Away," which discussed the myriad of ethical and logistical issues involved with cloning animals or people and why we should fear the future of designer babies.

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The Ohio Senate has given its approval to a 1.57 billion dollar job creation package. The measure would pour state money into several sectors of Ohio's economy.....but on a controversial SIDE issue, the Senate version is different than the one the Ohio HOUSE okayed a few weeks ago. That side issue is - cloning. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.
          Meanwhile, back on earth...   
HI There,

I'm afraid my blog is a very occasional event. I tend to use it as a noticeboard rather than a regular update of Biblebase. This posting is a case in point. If you have tried to access the forum recently you will have got a message something like...

Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_CLONE, expecting T_STRING in /home/biblebas/public_html/ncw/kernel/object.php on line 528

I am not quite sure what the 'kernal' is 'objecting' to but I gather he doesn't expect 'cloning' and his preferences are more for Bach's Air on a T_String. I am not sure why he has chosen my Biblebase Forum to share his disappointments but until we find out what is really bugging him the Forums will not be functioning.

I will get back to you as soon as we have located the 'kernal' and resolved his problems. Thanks for listening.

His/yours
Ron Bailey
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Unity3D 2016: Build, Program & Publish a Crossy Road Game


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  • Get your iOS developer license
  • Create a game for iOS or Android using minimal code
  • Program animations, build a game menu & keep score
  • Import artwork into Unity3D & utilize it in the games you develop
  • Learn how to publish games to the iTunes App Store

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Details & Requirements

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime access
  • Access options: web streaming, mobile streaming
  • Certification of completion not included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Experience level required: all levels

Compatibility

  • Internet required
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          Beware of missed call to check SIM cloning   

Next time if you get a missed call starting with +92; #90 or #09, don't show the courtesy of calling back because chances are it would lead to your SIM card being cloned. The telecom service providers are now issuing alerts to subscribers —particularly about the series mentioned above as the moment one press the call button after dialing the above number, someone at the other end will get your phone and SIM card cloned. According to reports, more than one lakh subscribers have fallen prey to this new telecom terror attack as the frequency of such calls continues to grow. Intelligence agencies have reportedly confirmed to the service providers particularly in UP West telecom division that such a racket is not only under way but the menace is growing fast. "We are sure there must be some more similar combinations that the miscreants are using to clone the handsets and all the information stored in them," an intelligence officer told TOI. General Manager (GM) BSNL, RV Verma, said the department had already issued alerts to all the broadband subscribers and now alert SMSes were being issued to other subscribers as well. As per Rakshit Tandon, an IT expert who also teaches at the police academy (UP), the crooks can use other combination of numbers as well while making a call. "It is better not to respond to calls received from unusual calling numbers," says Tandon. "At the same time one should avoid storing specifics of their bank account, ATM/ Credit/Debit card numbers and passwords in their phone memory because if one falls a prey to such crooks then the moment your cell phone or sim are cloned, the data will be available to the crooks who can withdraw amount from your bank accounts as well," warns Punit Misra; an IT expert who also owns a consultancy in Lucknow. The menace that threatens to steal the subscriber's information stored in the phone or external memory (sim, memory & data cards) has a very scary side as well. Once cloned, the culprits can well use the cloned copy to make calls to any number they wish to. This exposes the subscribers to the threat of their connection being used for terror calls. Though it will be established during the course of investigations that the cellphone has been cloned and misused elsewhere, it is sure to land the subscriber under quite some pressure till the time the fact about his or her phone being cloned and misused is established, intelligence sources said. "It usually starts with a miss call from a number starting with + 92. The moment the subscriber calls back on the miss call, his or her cell phone is cloned. In case the subscribers takes the call before it is dropped as a miss call then the caller on the other end poses as a call center executive checking the connectivity and call flow of the particular service provider. The caller then asks the subscriber to press # 09 or # 90 call back on his number to establish that the connectivity to the subscriber was seamless," says a victim who reported the matter to the BSNL office at Moradabad last week. "The moment I redialed the caller number, my account balance lost a sum of money. Thereafter, in the three days that followed every time I got my cell phone recharged, the balance would be reduced to single digits within the next few minutes," she told the BSNL officials.


          R.A.P.T.O.R.   

In the near future, cloning and cybernetics go hand in hand. Out of some twisted laboratory, comes the R.A.P.T.O.R., a viscous dinosaur with a bad attitude.

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          September I Plenary session: 1-4 September 2008 - Part 3   
Plenary session – Brussels Russia/Georgia. EP President Hans-Gert Pöttering will address EU leaders at Monday’s special summit and hold a press conference (1530 Justus Lipsius Building). Immediately after the summit, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner will present its conclusions to MEPs in the plenary, during a debate also including the Commission (Monday). Parliament will then vote on a resolution on the situation in Georgia (Wednesday). Telecom package. Changes to telecom regulation, covering radio spectrum allocation, internet access and consumer protection among other things, are set to be debated at first reading (debate Tuesday, vote September II session). Social policy. The European Commission will present its proposals on labour rights, anti-discrimination and other areas of social policy in a debate with MEPs (Tuesday). Product labelling. Revised rules on how packaging should indicate chemicals present in products come to first reading (debate and vote Wednesday). EP/Costa Rica. Oscar Arias, President of Costa Rica and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987, will address MEPs in a formal sitting, then take part in a press conference with President Pöttering. (Wednesday) Gender equality. A report from the Women’s Rights Committee considers the impact of marketing and advertising on male-female equality. The Committee’s annual report on gender equality is also on the agenda (debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday). Animal cloning. MEPs will discuss with the Commission whether animal cloning should be allowed in food production (debate Tuesday, vote on resolution Wednesday). Maritime package. Away from the plenary, the Transport Committee will vote on a series of legislative reports on changes to EU rules governing the shipping industry (Thursday). EP/Serbia. President Pöttering will meet the President of Serbia, Boris Tadic (Wednesday).
          A Long History Of Time   
so this about that great British invention known to some as Life In Death In Life
but known to most as
queueing

so this is either called
A Pretty Paltry Portion Of The Possible

or
Absence Makes The Heart Grow Smaller

or
A Long History Of Time

or
The Day Stretched Itself Very Very Thin,
Wrapped Itself Around Itself And Slowly
Suffocated Itself To Death

...

we should we could we might we quite we shan’t we can’t we won’t we don’t we haven’t … wakey wakey …shirkers of the world unite… we have nothing to lose but our dreams

I had been hastening to the chastening, to the line-up, had been hurrying to get here and stop, to get here and not … for we are knot … are knot… are knotted knots strung numberless on a slackly strung string…

I’d only been in the line-up twenty minutes and I was already outside the normal laws governing time and space…

this is a life spuh… a life spuh …a life spent, a life spent, on in by and at… tills counters gates and doors, bars streets shops and floors, levels platforms lines and trains, boats ropes signs and planes

we are stuck … stuck … stuck fast …we are stocked we are stacked we are tied last… we are winnowed minnows all callow and shallow, we are locked we are stocked and we are barrenly fallow… we are run, we are done, we are undundant, we are undone, we are un

I’d only been in the line-up twenty minutes and I was already outside the normal laws governing time and space… I was beyond newton, beyond einstein, beyond particle, beyond wave

I once was free, but now I’m blind…. excuse me, do you mind, no I don’t mind at all … I’ve stopped minding, cos having a mind, like thinking, like any kind of cerebral activity whatsoever, only makes the whole bleedin awful bleedin experience even bleedin worse

we should we could we might we quite we shan’t we can’t we won’t we don’t we haven’t … tills counters gates and doors, bars streets shops and floors, levels platforms lines and trains, boats ropes signs and planes …take a ticket get a number sit down… we are boiled sterile and then trained docile, we are luh-luh-learning to sluh-sluh-slow, to not-not not-not-not-not-not not-not-not-not-not not go …we are drained brains strained in vain, are waferthin paperskin a-withering in the dithering…are wrought and wrenched, clutched and clenched, blanched beached bleached and blenched…

in the conspiracy of all conspiracies we are the plot that couldn’t be bothered to happen yet lining up to get a form to fill in so it might go to lunch

we are the spoon-fed the force-fed and the funnel-fed …are steered clear of life by the rule the role the route the rote, by more of the lore of the before of yore, by more of the lore of the before of yore

it got too late too early… and I was beyond particle, beyond wave, I was beyond black holes, beyond superstring, beyond anti-matter, beyond dark matter, I was in a new and wholly unecessary parallel dimension where unseen forces of attraction and repulsion held us unbonded together, I was in a reverse universe of no-matter

… the sound track is grey noise, and we are edging forward with half-baked ploys, are women become girls, men become boys…we are voiceless we are choiceless… we are stitches unravelled, are rock become gravel… stop stop stop before you start me, for we are forming the joyless party … we have drunk deep of diluted sedative, we have stopped stopped stopping making a triple negative

this is all of me, in single file, shrinking myself to fit… for a full-grown human cannot squeeze through the eye of a queue … so this is me, bruntless and fackless… the munt the frack and the biddle

in the meantime, the very mean time … we are monads without gonads, are plainly born of cloning, are the fleshflopping fillets of a protracted deboning… I am spasmer, bloodless plasma, I am twitcher ticcer blipper blurter and jerker, I’m method-acting for a new career as a bank worker

I hate queueing… the main reason I don’t own a car is road rage … I mean I get road rage in the supermarket, I get road rage in the ATM queue… I get road rage just looking at pigeons …pigeons … their strutting pop-eyed stupidity … pigeons…their inevitable DNA-set bobble… pigeons

and then I watch the ducks on the water of leith and I think, a duck can only be a duck… I’m glad I’m not a duck… I have vast freedoms not available to your average duck, to any duck … yet, I find myself asking myself, in what ways am I using those freedoms that stem from my not being a duck … which ladies and gentlemen, is the kind of question you expect a poet to be asking, in what ways am I using the freedoms that stem from my not being a duck… but, right here and now, I have to confess I’m not using many of them because here I am…

gleelessly freeless and reliably pliable …am wrought and wrenched, clutched and clenched, blanched beached bleached and blenched …we should we could we might we quite we shan’t we can’t we won’t we don’t we haven’t … tills counters gates and doors, bars streets shops and floors, levels platforms lines and trains, boats ropes signs and planes …

we are another scale on this long dead fish, another segment in this aeon-long millipede of line-up stretching back into the unfathomable mists of squandered time shielding from all accusing eyes the accursed name of the accursed man who invented the accursed queue…

we learnt to wait in the mother’s womb, and we wait patiently to process from room too room, until such time as the next room is the tomb…

wakey wakey, shirkers of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your screams… you say potato, I say potato, you say castrato, I say castrato… you say horror death nightmare get-me-out-of-here-fast … I say horror death nightmare get-me-out-of-here-faster I am stealing your cab

and we are the emotional droids in this spiritual void… we are shouldbe shouldbe won’t, do-we do-we don’t don’t… shoobee shoobe won’t, do-we do-we don’t don’t… we are shoobee shoobeee won’t, do-we do-we don’t talk to me when I’m sleeping

these words have been lining-up in my throat to be spoken… the line has been orderly… though every word has been suffering from road rage… yet when it comes to their turn to be served …they are, like good british people…polite and passive, meek and tame, anxious and sheepish, abashed and constrained, timid and coy, shy and diffident, demure and submissive, humble and obedient … excuse me, I wonder if you could help me please

...
          LinuxGameCast Weekly Video: LinuxGameCast Weekly 247 – Cheese Food Product   

Steam Summer Sale dates leak! Feral teases a new Linux port, PAYDAY 2 kills DLC, and Mesa gets fast. Then World to the West faces the CHAIRQUISITION! All this, plus your hate mail.

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Colour key: Venn Jordan Pedro

Steam News:

The Steam Store
http://steamcommunity.com/games/593110/announcements/detail/1301948399257707760

  • This article is a very long winded way of saying you can now see why steam has recommended a specific game to you
  • As it turns out, using black boxes to measure user behaviour and shrugging when people complain is kind of a bad thing. Plus now it will open the possibility of user feedback.
    • Moar Hello Kitty Island Adventure, less Curse of the ravens cry
  • This is a step in the right direction.
  • I guess VALVe finally got tired of people complaining about seeing tons of shovelware in the front page and decided to do the minimum effort thing to let people have a glimpse of why.

Sale
https://www.reddit.com/r/Steam/comments/6aec94/steam_summer_sale_2017_date/

  • A lot of people will find out about the new gifting rules come Jun 22.
  • I can only think of a couple games I’d want to grab if they go super cheap
    • Tyranny and Planescape

Neo Rockets
https://www.rocketleague.com/news/what-s-coming-in-v1-34/

  • Neo Tokyo better have a massive flesh-monstrosity in the background or I’ll be super pissed
  • The old neo tokyo map is under Tokyo Underpass
    • But without the side-slopes.
  • New crate contents, so get your parents credit cards ready kids!

PAYDLCDAY
http://www.overkillsoftware.com/games/payday2-ultimate-edition/

  • Too little, too late?
  • Also, Payday 3 confirmed.
  • Still requires a 4GB download every two days
  • I don’t understand why people would want to play as the H3H3 folks, but it’s an entirely separate option now

Few FNA games
https://www.patreon.com/posts/charlie-murder-11138816
http://store.steampowered.com/app/405290/Charlie_Murder/
http://store.steampowered.com/app/268990/The_Dishwasher_Vampire_Smile/

  • From Ska Studios, the folks behind Salt and Sanctuary.
  • These are actually older games, made for the XBox 360 Live Arcade.
  • Which, of course mean XNA, which also means Flibit can put a nice ol’ Linux spin on it with FNA.
  • You can tell the art was drawn by the exact same person across all games.
  • Michelle Silva is her name.
  • Charlie Murder don’t know how to quit me.
  • Seriously, I have to manually kill it.

Asset flips
http://store.steampowered.com/app/440730/Survival_Zombies_The_Inverted_Evolution/

  • Only bringing this up because of their Special Edition.
    • That’s a lot of shovelware.
  • The titlecard art has nothing to do with the game itself. What year is it? 1997?

News:

NVIDIA
http://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/118524/en-us
https://devtalk.nvidia.com/default/topic/1007999/unix-graphics-announcements-and-news/linux-solaris-and-freebsd-driver-381-22/

  • This fixes the segfaults I was getting with Mad Max and Talos running in Vulkan.
  • Turns out, the issue wasn’t entirely on my end.
  • Also and so Mir can shut the hell up about it, there was an update to the 375 long lived branch.
  • Version 375.66 brings mostly the same stuff to the long lived branch, as well as 1080Ti and Titan Xp support.
  • Lots of fixes for PRIME support, so mobile users rejoice!
  • It works ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

17.1
https://lists.freedesktop.org/archives/mesa-dev/2017-May/155069.html

  • Ivy Bridge now has better OpenGL capabilities on Linux than it ever will on Windows, joining Haswell.
  • RADV becomes the shortest lived driver to pass Khronos CTS for Vulkan.
  • Feral game performance improvements
    • Are they using the d3d9 state tracker to alleviate the IndirectX overhead?
      • I don’t think indirectx is transparent enough to do that
    • Having access to the driver source is much better than what Nvidia gameworks ends up doing. I’m interested to see how big of a performance boost feral games will get
  • Shader compilation performance improved by caching some shared bits on disk.
  • And if you have 25 commits or more in the Mesa state tracker, you get all them Feral ported games fo’ free.
  • It’s a good time to be an open sauce driver guy.

16
http://wccftech.com/amd-ryzen-16-12-core-x399-whitehaven-cpus-leaked/

  • AMD needs find a way to plug these leaks.
  • Sorta want one of these for my server box. I need to run all the virtual machines
  • I’m betting these will probably be a 125w part, although with the core density, I wouldn’t be surprised if this were another round of mobo-melters
    • At minimum since it’s probably two 65W parts in one package.
  • Also what will be the gold price? I wonder if Martin Wimpress is willing to pay the iron price.

Final Fantasy?
https://twitter.com/feralgames/status/861960371053236225
https://www.feralinteractive.com/images/upcoming/Spice+Clove.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/ovZxUP4.jpg

  • The clue is a samurai penguin.
  • I want it to be Wang 2 but it will probably end up being some total ZzzZZ War MOD.
    • This one is probably Shogun 2: Total War
  • The other one, “Made to Wade” is probably Shadow Warrior 2.
  • As much as the possibility of Nier Automata peaks my curiosity, we have yet to see Squeenix Japan actually allow a Linux port.
  • Good ol’ Fanwankery. I just hope I don’t have to review another total Snore game.

Tiny bundle
https://www.humblebundle.com/tinybuild-bundle

  • Worth it for SpeedRunners.
    • Pretty much the only thing really. Unless you got super into theorycrafting and wanted to obsess over Hello Neighbour
  • What do you get at the $40 level? A fucking Pre-Order! I’m not even joking.

Still alive?
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017-05-08-dead-island-2-is-still-alive-deep-silver-insists

  • Will it even be worth it though?
  • Deep Silver has dun and drunk the EON kool-aid, so even if it does come out, we might be giving it a pass.
  • After the slapfight between Techland and Deep Silver, over who would get to support the Dead Island “Improved Edition”, I wonder who’s going to be developing this?

Square Hit
http://gematsu.com/2017/05/square-enix-withdraws-io-interactive-negotiating-potential-investors

  • According to Steamspy, Hitmango sold ~630k (a little under Deus Hex)
  • Hope this is the death nail for episodic bulls*it.
  • I do wonder, is the developer footing the server costs or is that entirely Squeenix?
  • Cuz if it’s the latter, I don’t think this will affect the admittedly limited Online functionality of the game.
  • It’s a 59mil Canadollar loss for these guys, despite the fact that they made money last fiscal year
  • Perhaps someone else will pick up the reigns (Garottes)

Who wants to paint
http://www.antigraviator.com/design-competition/

  • Wanted to design a skin for a wipeout clone? Now’s your chance
  • You’re limited to three colours though

GordanPats
https://www.patreon.com/icculus

  • 100 bucks lets you actively stalk gmoney. I smell a new LGC patreon goal
  • If he can get to 500 a month he’ll finally update his documentation!

CHAIRQUISITION:
– Nooope

– Not sure if want

– Check it out

– Shutupandtakemymonies

Game: World to the West
Webzone:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/530020/World_to_the_West/
Devel: Rain Games
Engine: Unity
Price: 19.99 / CDN 21.99

Wazzat: World to the West is a pulpy, cartoony top down action adventure inspired by European adventure comics. Take control of four unique characters —Lumina the Teslamancer, Knaus the orphan, Miss Teri the mind bender and the gloriously mustachioed strongman, Lord Clonington—, each with their their own motivations, skills and interweaving storylines, as they seek to escape the dark shadow of an ancient prophecy.

Mandatory Disclosure: They Sent us keys

Makes with the working

V-

  • Bugs, bugs everywhere.
  • Not going to call them game breaking but they are 100% attention breaking.

J-

  • Has some issues with non xbox controllers, but we’ll get into that later

P-

  • You can tell it’s a Unity game because it starts on the wrong screen and the first thing you see is that dark blue screen of nothingness.
  • Thankfully, it seems to remember which monitor is the right one after you move it and, even though the options menu says 3840×1080, it remembers the resolution is 1920×1080.

Total-

Shiny / Sounds

V-

J-

  • The art style is alright
  • I like the look of the grues
  • Honestly, I can’t think of anything that particularly stands out about the visual aesthetics other than they’re consistent and well done
  • There are some background noises, but the music here isn’t really doing all that much for me

P-

  • I don’t hate the cartoony look!
  • The background music is a bit of a mixed bag, some areas have a really awesome upbeat tune but others have “generic adventurous music” which sounds like budget Jeremy Soule.
  • I can’t help but feel like voice acting would have made the playable characters feel less like chess pieces and more like actual characters. Assuming it’d be done properly, of course.

Total-

Control

V-

  • Welp, you got some suggestion buttons.
  • Unfortunately the suggestions fall on deaf ears when you are forced to defend yourself.
  • Creating a 3D adventure game without any sort of camera rotation sounds like some sadistic shite I would come up with for Brick Simulator II: Shadow of Mortar.

J-

  • Aiming in this game can eat a bag of dicks
  • Also, it’d be nice if the context sensitive menus had a bit more margin for error. I didn’t realize I could ride frog things until I accidentally triggered the prompt
  • There’s a definite delay between pressing a button and the corresponding action happening
  • Also, you need to play this with an xbox controller. By default you can’t do any actions with the Dual shock 4, and remapping things don’t seem to work too good either

P-

  • Oh my fucking fuck!
  • What the hell happened?!
  • Default mouse and keyboard has you moving the characters Diablo style.
  • Change to keyboard+controller and the Steam Controller doesn’t respond.
  • Turns out, it wasn’t bound by default and I had to bind it my way.
  • Until Friday, Knaus’ Ice Skating ability would shoot you off in some random direction rather than where your cursor was, if you were playing with the mouse. They fixed it, though.
  • What they didn’t fix was the unresponsiveness that got me killed or, at least, had me taking stupid damage because the characters would outright ignore button presses.
  • I get what they were going for with the limited movement and obstacle traversing abilities each character has, but the lack of a jump in an exploration, metroidvania-type, isometric game doesn’t feel right.

Total-

FUN

V-

  • This game really needs to at least attempt to explain what and or why i’m doing something.
  • E.g. right now I’m running around in a cave opening what best can be described as “light plants” with zero direction.
  • No idea what they do or how many of them I need to open.
  • You made a 3D platformer without the ability to jump, fascinating.
  • Four hours in and i’m not even done with the tutorial.
  • I had nothing (not really, but close) to do Friday but put time into this game.
  • I ended up favouring the nothing.
  • I’ve still not reached the Avengers Assemble moment and @ 4+ hours in I never will.
  • You should have tightened this shite up, son.
  • Hell, just cut it down to an hour and add some story vs. endless “wandering” followed by solving the occasional puzzle, followed by more wandering, followed by… well, you get the idea.
  • Did I just accidentally summarize the entirety of World to the West?
  • Yes I did, Brad, yes I did.

J-

  • There’s a good game in here. I liked the “The Cave” style puzzles where you need to make your dudes co-operate to progress
  • What I don’t like is the mindless backtracking
  • As you unlock more characters, you figure out, “Oh, you need dude X to clear this obstacle”
  • Which quickly turns into “Oh fuck, I’m going to need to play this segment 8 more times to clear this obstacle
  • Dear lord, I haven’t cleared the tutorial yet?
  • So far, the difficulty I’ve seen is grappling with the innacurate and clunky controls to bypass relatively easy puzzles, or exploring every corner for that one area you missed that lets you do a thing
  • Once I sorted the controller issues, I started actually enjoying the game a bit, but the thing drags it’s feet.

P-

  • I don’t mind the fact the game doesn’t really tell you much in the way of what to do.
  • Instead, it has a 6 hour long tutorial until the “mysterious old lady” then basically tells you: “Now that you’ve learned the necessary skills in order to progress (the hard way), here’s the big open world and here’s where you need to go to make story happen. Do what you want!”
  • Now, this is the point where you will have to traverse the world and, while I agree with Venn, that this is a 3D platformer without a jumping ability, I also get what they were going for.
  • As the indirect “sequel” to Teslagrad and seeing as it was made by the exact same people, it retains the same metroidvania, unlocking skills to be able to progress, style of gameplay but handed to you in a different “style”.
  • It’s not a 2D platformer, it’s an isometric 3D platformer.
  • And even though there’s no jumping, they doubled-down on that decision and crafted the levels to be navigated with just the chess-piece style abilities of each of the characters in mind.
  • To be fair, though, during that 6 hour tutorial, of all the areas I couldn’t access with the 1 or 2 characters I had available at the time none of those bits had anything that made me want to go back once I had the full lineup.
  • So, that’s a negative. You created entire sections of maps I just can’t be bothered with.
  • The thing that saves this game, in my not so humble opinion, is the “Show, don’t tell” approach to letting figure out how to make progress and the well crafted puzzles.
  • Because, make no mistake, the platforming puzzles in World to the West get a whole new level of “How the fuck do I get up there?” when you can’t jump.
  • But these puzzles are not obtuse; the game gives you everything you need to figure it out and just lets you fail miserably.
  • I could have given it 4 chairs here, weren’t it for the fact that in those precision platforming bits it simply didn’t register a few needed key presses.

Total-

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          Radio Parallax Show: 5/22/2014 (Segment B)   
Medical stuff; the asymptomatic flu, cloning for diabetes, dark chocolate as health food, Juan Valdez and the worlds most popular drug - caffeine, Elizabeth Orpina Aggie Editor-in-Chief updates the story on how fixing the paper got sandbagged
          K9Cast #14   
A dog has been cloned for the first time ever and Tara has plenty to say about it, plus we share a cute story of how Toby and Kyler got Tara a birthday present!

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00:00 Intro
00:12 Dog cloning discussion
-Story link
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18:22 Tara's Birthday Present Story
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20:51 Outro
-Send in your stories, comments, questions, pictures and don't forget dog training questions!

          Christine Abernathy posted a blog post   
Christine Abernathy posted a blog post

How Hollywood Tackles Male Hair Loss

For those whose visages are plastered on increasingly high-def screens around the world, hair loss and balding are nightmares. "As an actor loses hair, they lose work," says David Shusterman, hair transplant surgeon and founder of New York Medicine Doctors, which treats a number of models, producers and actors. In 2011, Chris Evans, aka Captain America, was candid about his hair beginning to disappear: "I'm supposed to be this superior human. How horrible would it be if this superior man has male pattern baldness?" No word on what he has done about it since, because the shroud of secrecy around male hair loss has become only more opaque.Tom Arnold, John Cleese, Jason Alexander, Dennis Miller, Christopher Knight and Joey Fatone all have been vocal about efforts to regain a healthy pile, from transplants to Farrell toupees, but no longer. Unlike 20 or even three years ago, when plugs came with telltale back-of-head scars, surgeons' best work now goes virtually undetected. "Since [celebrities] don’t have to say anything, they choose not to," says Craig Ziering, aka Doc Hollywood of hair restoration. “They don't have to admit to it.”Except for Matthew McConaughey, who for 18 years, has religiously rubbed Regenix's bespoke biopharmaceutical liquid into his scalp three times a week, says CEO Bill Edwards: "He has been a client since 1999, and I promise you he has never missed a treatment day. I send it to him when he and his buddies are on a camping trip." Other stars, says Edwards, would talk about Regenix — an oft updated, custom formulation based on lab test results from the Cedars-Sinai clinic ($200 to $250 a month for two to six months initially) — but "agents won't let them because of fear of losing work and insurance" on projects.These days, early detection is key to treating hair loss. Dermatologists and plastic surgeons recommend testing 250 biomarkers ($400 to $500) to analyze causes — anemia, hormonal issues, genes — before charting a course of action. A-list dermatologist David Colbert predicts that in the future, “unlocking the genetic key of the hair growth cycle and finding a biological control switch in the form of a pill or solution would be the holy grail of baldness." He also cites progenitor cells used to regrow dead follicles — making hair production possible after baldness — and hair cloning, on which billions are already being spent testing on mice, as next-level breakthroughs. Current technologies span the gamut, from robot-assisted transplants to cryogenic head caps to amniotic-fluid injections.queeniebridesmaid red bridesmaid dresses | navy blue bridesmaid dressesSee More

          VMware Workstation 12.5-La soluzione professionale per la virtualizzazione   

VMWare Workstation 9 permette di installare, virtualizzandoli, più sistemi operativi all'interno del tuo Windows. È ricco di funzioni, ma serve del tempo per sfruttarlo al massimo. Ideale per gli utenti più esigenti.

VMware è uno dei capisaldi nel campo della virtualizzazione. Se il concetto ti è nuovo, sappi che ciò significa poter installare e usare dei sistemi operativi all'interno di un'area predefinita del tuo Windows.

Questa soluzione ti consente di lavorare, per esempio, con Windows e Linux contemporaneamente, o con due versioni differenti del sistema operativo di casa Microsoft, il tutto senza alcun conflitto, senza necessità di creare una partizione diversa, un dual boot e tutto quello che comporta l'installazione fisica di un secondo sistema operativo.

Con VMware Workstation la macchina virtuale (guest) viene usata attraverso una normale finestra del sistema reale (host), che puoi adattare in grandezza o visualizzare a tutto schermo.

Molto comoda la possibilità di effettuare il drag and drop dei file tra host e guest, e l'opportunità di condividere cartelle tra i due sistemi. In più, l'ottimo Snapshot Manager di VMware Workstation ti consentirà di creare e gestire con grande facilità i punti di ripristino per la macchina virtuale.

L'interfaccia di VMware Workstation è in inglese, e questo potrebbe scoraggiare i meno pratici in fase di configurazione, specialmente con le funzioni avanzate dell'applicazione. VMWare Workstation permette poi di impostare a fondo ogni aspetto: dal quantitativo di memoria RAM e video assegnati al sistema guest, alle modalità di condivisione della connessione di rete, fino alle funzioni legate al controllo remoto, al cloning della macchina virtuale e così via.

VMware Workstation è senza dubbio una delle soluzioni più all'avanguardia per virtualizzare un sistema operativo, ma è un programma che pur non trascurando l'utente medio (il wizard è ben fatto ma migliorabile), strizza l'occhio soprattutto ad un'utenza avanzata o professionale, anche per via del costo della licenza, superiore a quella di un comune software.

VMWare Workstation non è l'unico programma di questo genere: esistono però alternative valide e gratuite come l'ottimo VirtualBox, che probabilmente ha qualche funzione avanzata in meno, ma una maggiore semplicità d'uso e l'interfaccia in italiano.

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          Mind The Art   
Fall in Chattanooga means art is bustin’ out all over. So this week, instead of featuring just one artist or one event, we’re giving you a sampler of all the choices. Consider cloning yourself to take them all in!
          Monument Valley 2 — fan background   

@t1_hopscotch wrote:

Monument Valley 2 just came out :smiley:

There is a beautiful in-game scene that took my breath away :open_mouth:

I thought:

It is the moon, so big! :full_moon: I never knew it could be like this.

And then later onwards,

I want to recreate the moon.

I was thinking it would be interesting to think about doing the colours, at the least. It starts off pink at one point, then it looks like there's a gradient to another colour on the point directly opposite.


(I almost feel like I shouldn't be drawing on this artwork...)

I realised just now that it's not actually yellow but that was how I perceived it the first time (probably because the idea of the moon being called yellow sometimes? :thinking:) so that was how I did it in a test:

I did a linear transition between the two colours on the outside. It just means that the colour at any point along the outside is directly related to how far the point is between the other two points.

E.g. at halfway between the two points along the outside, the hue, saturation and brightness value is halfway between the HSBs of the two points. That was the main point for the colouring. As for the drawing positions, you can probably see by the direction of the lines in the picture.

Then I added a background:

This was also just another transition between two colours (purply at the bottom, and creamy at the top. (Although I didn't mark them in the picture, the specific final HSBs were HSB(290, 60, 60) and HSB(25 + 360, 20, 100) respectively. The reason that for adding 360 was to avoid negative numbers in calculations)

I added refinements for the colours, trying to make them smoother, and quicker etc other small things. (The fast clone method continues to astound me!! thanks again to Valgo and ThinBuffalo's efforts :slight_smile:) then fixing up things that occurred when switching to using clones to draw (I still couldn't work out one thing — it wasn't cloning the exact expected amount. But it didn't affect much anyway.)

The results of all this

:+1:

It would be interesting to try draw some purple pillars with faded colours towards the bottom, like how the towers are in the original picture. I can see a way of doing by repeatedly drawing trail diamonds, one by one on top of each other, and changing the colour slightly with each one. Or it might be cool to use a 3D technique like @MR.GAM3R's 3D test:

We would probably only need rotation around one axis for this project though, if you wanted to make it interactive :smiley: The only problem is that I can't seem to find a Unicode diamond that has 135º and 45º angles though (I think that)

It would also be a nice thing if the project was in portrait, but not big enough of a wish yet to make me change the project width and height in the JSON :stuck_out_tongue:

I don't know if I'll do these changes (adding faded towers, put it in portrait) but feel very welcome to jump in! That is the whole point :blush: I only set out to make a gradient moon :laughing: so that was satisfaction enough for me. (The developers of Monument Valley also really love fan creations actually :upside_down:) so again feel very free to join in.

I wasn't really planning to add more, as I had scratched that itch. Then, while I was writing this, I had gone to grab the original artwork when I saw the little flecks at the bottom, and decided to add a few in :slight_smile:


Some reflections

Doing these things reminds me that:

  • the process is just as important as, if not more than, the outcome,
  • mistakes are part of it! sometimes your project even evolves in ways you would never expect, from little experiments with the mistakes
  • it's just made of incremental changes.
    • (I think it's nice to see that everything, even stuff that seems big, is just little changes over time. And they all build up :yum: actually publishing small changes each time makes it really easy to track what changes you've made, and you always have a backup to revert to if you accidentally mess anything up too.)

I guess some more things were:

  • inspiration can come from anywhere!
  • Hopscotch is an amazing medium for self expression, for just quickly working on something you have in your head. It didn't take long at all from 'this moon is beautiful!' to 'I now have my own version of this :relieved:'

Anyway, feel very welcome to share about what's going in your head as you make something. I really love hearing about the development process of any creation. What went into the little parts of your projects? what little design choices you made, how you decided to set out the code, the evolution of ideas, all the thought into the little things :heart_eyes:

I don't know, I think it's just really fun doing bursts like these :smile:

If you are feeling inspired with Monument Valley 1 or 2, feel welcome to join in here too again :smile:

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          NetBSD: the first BSD introducing a modern process plugin framework in LLDB   
A feature set for debugging NetBSD applications (without threads) has been merged with upstream LLDB! The number of passing tests this month has been increased from 267/1235 to 622/1247. This is +133% within one month and approximately 50% of successfully passed tests in total! As usual regular housekeeping of ptrace(2) interfaces has been done on the NetBSD side.

During this month I've finished the needed Native Process Plugin with breakpoints fully supported. In order to achieve this I had to address bugs, add missing features and diligently debug the debugger sniffing on the GDB Remote Protocol line. Since NetBSD-8 is approaching, I have performed the also needed housekeeping on the base system distribution side.

What has been done in NetBSD

I've managed to achieve the following goals:

Clean up in ptrace(2) ATF tests

We have created some maintanance burden for the current ptrace(2) regression tests. The main issues with them is code duplication and the splitting between generic (Machine Independent) and port-specific (Machine Dependent) test files. I've eliminated some of the ballast and merged tests into the appropriate directory tests/lib/libc/sys/. The old location (tests/kernel) was a violation of the tests/README recommendation:

When adding new tests, please try to follow the following conventions.

1. For library routines, including system calls, the directory structure of
   the tests should follow the directory structure of the real source tree.
   For instance, interfaces available via the C library should follow:

        src/lib/libc/gen -> src/tests/lib/libc/gen
        src/lib/libc/sys -> src/tests/lib/libc/sys
        ...

The ptrace(2) interface inhabits src/lib/libc/sys so there is no reason not to move it to its proper home.

PTRACE_FORK on !x86 ports

Along with the motivation from Martin Husemann we have investigated the issue with PTRACE_FORK ATF regression tests. It was discovered that these tests aren't functional on evbarm, alpha, shark, sparc and sparc64 and likely on other non-x86 ports. We have discovered that there is a missing SIGTRAP emitted from the child, during the fork(2) handshake. The proper order of operations is as follows:

  • parent emits SIGTRAP with si_code=TRAP_CHLD and pe_set_event=pid of forkee
  • child emits SIGTRAP with si_code=TRAP_CHLD and pe_set_event=pid of forker

Only the x86 ports were emitting the second SIGTRAP signal.

The culprit reason has been investigated and narrowed down to the child_return() function in src/sys/arch/x86/x86/syscall.c:

void
child_return(void *arg)
{
    struct lwp *l = arg;
    struct trapframe *tf = l->l_md.md_regs;
    struct proc *p = l->l_proc;
    if (p->p_slflag & PSL_TRACED) {
        ksiginfo_t ksi;
        mutex_enter(proc_lock);
        KSI_INIT_EMPTY(&ksi);
        ksi.ksi_signo = SIGTRAP;
        ksi.ksi_lid = l->l_lid;
        kpsignal(p, &ksi, NULL);
        mutex_exit(proc_lock);
    }
    X86_TF_RAX(tf) = 0;
    X86_TF_RFLAGS(tf) &= ~PSL_C;
    userret(l);
    ktrsysret(SYS_fork, 0, 0);
}

This child_return() function was the only one among all the existing ones for other platforms to contain the needed code for SIGTRAP. The appropriate solution was installed by Martin, as we taught our featured signal routing subsystem to handle early signals from the fork(2) calls.

PT_SYSCALL and PT_SYSCALLEMU

Christos Zoulas addressed the misbehavior with tracing syscall entry and syscall exit code. We can again get an event inside a debugger that a debuggee attempts to trigger a syscall and later return from it. This means that a debugger can access the register layout before executing the appropriate kernel code and read it again after executing the syscall. This allows to monitor exact sysentry arguments and return the values afterwards. Another option is to fake the trap frame with new values, it's sometimes useful for debugging.

With the addition of PT_SYSCALLEMU we can implement a virtual kernel syscall monitor. It means that we can fake syscalls within a debugger. In order to achieve this feature, we need to use the PT_SYSCALL operation, catch SIGTRAP with si_code=TRAP_SCE (syscall entry), call PT_SYSCALLEMU and perform an emulated userspace syscall that would have been done by the kernel, followed by calling another PT_SYSCALL with si_code=TRAP_SCX.

This interface makes it possible to introduce the following into NetBSD: truss(1) from FreeBSD and strace(1) from Linux. There used to be a port of at least strace(1) in the past, but it's time to refresh this code. Another immediate consumer is of course in DTrace/libproc... as there are facilities within this library to trace the system call entry and exit in order to catch fork(2) events. Why to catch fork(2)? It can be useful to detach software breakpoints in order to detach them before cloning address space of forker for forkee; and after the operation reapply them again.

What has been done in LLDB

A lot of work has been done with the goal to get breakpoints functional. This target penetrated bugs in the existing local patches and unveiled missing features required to be added. My initial test was tracing a dummy hello-world application in C. I have sniffed the GDB Remote Protocol packets and compared them between Linux and NetBSD. This helped to streamline both versions and bring the NetBSD support to the required Linux level.

As a bonus the initial code for OpenBSD support was also added into the LLDB tree. At the moment OpenBSD only supports opening core(5) files with a single-thread. The same capability was also added for NetBSD.

By the end of March all local patches for LLDB were merged upstream! This resulted in NetBSD being among the first operating systems to use a Native Process Plugin framework with the debugserver capability, alongside Linux & Android. The current FreeBSD support in LLDB is dated and lagging behind and limited to local debugging. A majority of the work to bring FreeBSD on par could well be a case of s/NetBSD/FreeBSD/.

Among the features in the upstreamed NetBSD Process Plugin:

  • handling software breakpoints,
  • correctly attaching to a tracee,
  • supporting NetBSD specific ptrace(2),
  • monitoring process termination,
  • monitoring SIGTRAP events,
  • monitoring SIGSTOP events,
  • monitoring other signals events,
  • resuming the whole process,
  • getting memory region info perms,
  • reading memory from tracee,
  • writing memory to tracee,
  • reading ELF AUXV,
  • x86_64 GPR reading and writing,
  • detecting debuginfo of the basesystem programs located in /usr/libdata/debug
  • adding single step support,
  • adding execve(2) trap support,
  • placeholder for Floating Point Registers code,
  • initial code for the NetBSD specific core(5) files,
  • enabling ELF Aux Vector reading on the lldb client side,
  • enabling QPassSignals feature for NetBSD on the lldb client side,
  • enabling ProcessPOSIXLog on NetBSD,
  • minor tweaking.

Demo

It's getting rather difficult to present all the features of the NetBSD Process Plugin without making the example overly long. This is why I will restrict it to a very basic debugging session hosted on NetBSD.

$ cat crashme.c 
#include 

int
main(int argc, char **argv)
{
        int i = argv;

        while (i-- != 0)
                printf("argv[%d]=%s\n", i, argv[i]);

        return 0;
}
$ gcc -w -g -o crashme crashme.c # -w disable all warnings                                                                                          
$ ./crashme
Memory fault (core dumped) 
chieftec$ lldb ./crashme
(lldb) target create "./crashme"
Current executable set to './crashme' (x86_64).
(lldb) r
Process 612 launched: './crashme' (x86_64)
Process 612 stopped
* thread #1, stop reason = signal SIGSEGV: address access protected (fault address: 0x7f7ffec88518)
    frame #0: 0x000000000040089c crashme`main(argc=1, argv=0x00007f7fffdd6420) at crashme.c:9
   6            int i = argv;
   7    
   8            while (i-- != 0)
-> 9                    printf("argv[%d]=%s\n", i, argv[i]);
   10   
   11           return 0;
   12   }
(lldb) frame var
(int) argc = 1
(char **) argv = 0x00007f7fffdd6420
(int) i = -2268129
(lldb) # i looks wrong, checking argv...
(lldb) p *argv
(char *) $0 = 0x00007f7fffdd6940 "./crashme"
(lldb) # set a brakpoint and restart
(lldb) b main
Breakpoint 1: where = crashme`main + 15 at crashme.c:6, address = 0x000000000040087f
(lldb) r
There is a running process, kill it and restart?: [Y/n] y
Process 612 exited with status = 6 (0x00000006) got unexpected response to k packet: Sff
Process 80 launched: './crashme' (x86_64)
Process 80 stopped
* thread #1, stop reason = breakpoint 1.1
    frame #0: 0x000000000040087f crashme`main(argc=1, argv=0x00007f7fff3d17c8) at crashme.c:6
   3    int
   4    main(int argc, char **argv)
   5    {
-> 6            int i = argv;
   7    
   8            while (i-- != 0)
   9                    printf("argv[%d]=%s\n", i, argv[i]);
(lldb) frame var
(int) argc = 1
(char **) argv = 0x00007f7fff3d17c8
(int) i = 0
(lldb) n
Process 80 stopped
* thread #1, stop reason = step over
    frame #0: 0x0000000000400886 crashme`main(argc=1, argv=0x00007f7fff3d17c8) at crashme.c:8
   5    {
   6            int i = argv;
   7    
-> 8            while (i-- != 0)
   9                    printf("argv[%d]=%s\n", i, argv[i]);
   10   
   11           return 0;
(lldb) p i
(int) $1 = -12773432
(lldb) # gotcha i = argv, instead of argc!
(lldb) bt
* thread #1, stop reason = step over
  * frame #0: 0x0000000000400886 crashme`main(argc=1, argv=0x00007f7fff3d17c8) at crashme.c:8
    frame #1: 0x000000000040078b crashme`___start + 229
(lldb) disassemble --frame --mixed

   4    main(int argc, char **argv)
** 5    {

crashme`main:
    0x400870 <+0>:  pushq  %rbp
    0x400871 <+1>:  movq   %rsp, %rbp
    0x400874 <+4>:  subq   $0x20, %rsp
    0x400878 <+8>:  movl   %edi, -0x14(%rbp)
    0x40087b <+11>: movq   %rsi, -0x20(%rbp)

** 6            int i = argv;
   7    

    0x40087f <+15>: movq   -0x20(%rbp), %rax
    0x400883 <+19>: movl   %eax, -0x4(%rbp)

-> 8            while (i-- != 0)

->  0x400886 <+22>: jmp    0x4008b3                  ; <+67> at crashme.c:8

** 9                    printf("argv[%d]=%s\n", i, argv[i]);
   10   

    0x400888 <+24>: movl   -0x4(%rbp), %eax
    0x40088b <+27>: cltq   
    0x40088d <+29>: leaq   (,%rax,8), %rdx
    0x400895 <+37>: movq   -0x20(%rbp), %rax
    0x400899 <+41>: addq   %rdx, %rax
    0x40089c <+44>: movq   (%rax), %rdx
    0x40089f <+47>: movl   -0x4(%rbp), %eax
    0x4008a2 <+50>: movl   %eax, %esi
    0x4008a4 <+52>: movl   $0x400968, %edi           ; imm = 0x400968 
    0x4008a9 <+57>: movl   $0x0, %eax
    0x4008ae <+62>: callq  0x400630                  ; symbol stub for: printf

** 8            while (i-- != 0)

    0x4008b3 <+67>: movl   -0x4(%rbp), %eax
    0x4008b6 <+70>: leal   -0x1(%rax), %edx
    0x4008b9 <+73>: movl   %edx, -0x4(%rbp)
    0x4008bc <+76>: testl  %eax, %eax
    0x4008be <+78>: jne    0x400888                  ; <+24> at crashme.c:9

** 11           return 0;

    0x4008c0 <+80>: movl   $0x0, %eax

** 12   }

    0x4008c5 <+85>: leave  
    0x4008c6 <+86>: retq   
(lldb) version
lldb version 5.0.0 (http://llvm.org/svn/llvm-project/lldb/trunk revision 299109)
(lldb) platform status 
  Platform: host
    Triple: x86_64-unknown-netbsd7.99
OS Version: 7.99.67 (0799006700)
    Kernel: NetBSD 7.99.67 (GENERIC) #1: Mon Apr  3 08:09:29 CEST 2017  root@chieftec:/public/netbsd-root/sys/arch/amd64/compile/GENERIC
  Hostname: 127.0.0.1
WorkingDir: /public/lldb_devel
    Kernel: NetBSD
   Release: 7.99.67
   Version: NetBSD 7.99.67 (GENERIC) #1: Mon Apr  3 08:09:29 CEST 2017  root@chieftec:/public/netbsd-root/sys/arch/amd64/compile/GENERIC
(lldb) # thank you!
(lldb) q
Quitting LLDB will kill one or more processes. Do you really want to proceed: [Y/n] y

Plan for the next milestone

I've listed the following goals for the next milestone.

  • watchpoints support,
  • floating point registers support,
  • enhance core(5) and make it work for multiple threads
  • introduce PT_SETSTEP and PT_CLEARSTEP in ptrace(2)
  • support threads in the NetBSD Process Plugin
  • research F_GETPATH in fcntl(2)

Beyond the next milestone is x86 32-bit support.

This work was sponsored by The NetBSD Foundation.

The NetBSD Foundation is a non-profit organization and welcomes any donations to help us continue funding projects and services to the open-source community. Please consider visiting the following URL, and chip in what you can:

http://netbsd.org/donations/#how-to-donate

          Monument Valley 2 fan project   

Monument Valley 2 just came out :smiley:

There is a beautiful in-game scene that took my breath away :open_mouth:

I thought:

It is the moon, so big! :full_moon: I never knew it could be like this.

And then later onwards,

I want to recreate the moon.

I was thinking it would be interesting to think about doing the colours, at the least. It starts off pink at one point, then it looks like there's a gradient to another colour on the point directly opposite.


(I almost feel like I shouldn't be drawing on this artwork...)

I realised just now that it's not actually yellow but that was how I perceived it the first time (probably because the idea of the moon being called yellow sometimes? :thinking:) so that was how I did it in a test:

I did a linear transition between the two colours on the outside. It just means that the colour at any point along the outside is directly related to how far the point is between the other two points.

E.g. at halfway between the two points along the outside, the hue, saturation and brightness value is halfway between the HSBs of the two points. That was the main point for the colouring. As for the drawing positions, you can probably see by the direction of the lines in the picture.

Then I added a background:

This was also just another transition between two colours (purply at the bottom, and creamy at the top. (Although I didn't mark them in the picture, the specific final HSBs were HSB(290, 60, 60) and HSB(25 + 360, 20, 100) respectively. The reason that for adding 360 was to avoid negative numbers in calculations)

I added refinements for the colours, trying to make them smoother, and quicker etc other small things. (The fast clone method continues to astound me!! thanks again to Valgo and ThinBuffalo's efforts :slight_smile:) then fixing up things that occurred when switching to using clones to draw (I still couldn't work out one thing — it wasn't cloning the exact expected amount. But it didn't affect much anyway.)

The results of all this

:+1:

It would be interesting to try draw some purple pillars with faded colours towards the bottom, like how the towers are in the original picture. I can see a way of doing by repeatedly drawing trail diamonds, one by one on top of each other, and changing the colour slightly with each one. Or it might be cool to use a 3D technique like @MR.GAM3R's 3D test:

We would probably only need rotation around one axis for this project though, if you wanted to make it interactive :smiley: The only problem is that I can't seem to find a Unicode diamond that has 135º and 45º angles though (I think that)

It would also be a nice thing if the project was in portrait, but not big enough of a wish yet to make me change the project width and height in the JSON :stuck_out_tongue:

I don't know if I'll do these changes (adding faded towers, put it in portrait) but feel very welcome to jump in! That is the whole point :blush: I only set out to make a gradient moon :laughing: so that was satisfaction enough for me. (The developers of Monument Valley also really love fan creations actually :upside_down:) so again feel very free to join in.

I wasn't really planning to add more, as I had scratched that itch. Then, while I was writing this, I had gone to grab the original artwork when I saw the little flecks at the bottom, and decided to add a few in :slight_smile:


Some reflections

Doing these things reminds me that:

  • the process is just as important as, if not more than, the outcome,
  • mistakes are part of it! sometimes your project even evolves in ways you would never expect, from little experiments with the mistakes
  • it's just made of incremental changes.
    • (I think it's nice to see that everything, even stuff that seems big, is just little changes over time. And they all build up :yum: actually publishing small changes each time makes it really easy to track what changes you've made, and you always have a backup to revert to if you accidentally mess anything up too.)

I guess some more things were:

  • inspiration can come from anywhere!
  • Hopscotch is an amazing medium for self expression, for just quickly working on something you have in your head. It didn't take long at all from 'this moon is beautiful!' to 'I now have my own version of this :relieved:'

Anyway, feel very welcome to share about what's going in your head as you make something. I really love hearing about the development process of any creation. What went into the little parts of your projects? what little design choices you made, how you decided to set out the code, the evolution of ideas, all the thought into the little things :heart_eyes:

I don't know, I think it's just really fun doing bursts like these :smile:

If you are feeling inspired with Monument Valley 1 or 2, feel welcome to join in here too again :smile:


          Dino Strike   
A mad scientist is cloning dinosaurs and using them for his evil plan to control the world Rescue these dinos and put an end to the man behind it all
          Kommentarer till Community Templates by DomainPatrol Social av Maria Enderstam   
<p> Hi Daniel! Thank you for your question. DomainPatrol Social is an administration tool for use of admins only. The users requests the cloning of the community, and the admin performs the action. Very useful if you have similar projects running, or if you want to just clone a very good community. Let me know if you have any more questions! </p> <p> Maria Enderstam<br /> Product Manager DomainPatrol Social </p>
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Can the users do this cloning? or do you need to be admin?
          March 2016 Reading Redick, Schwab, Ewalt, Lowe, Cole, Priest, Cherryh   
As April begins, I’ll take a look back at what I read during the month of March.

I started out with Robert V.S. Redick’s (The Rats and) The Ruling Sea, the second book of the The Chathrand Voyage and the follow up to The Red Wolf Conspiracy. I enjoyed it quite a bit and think that like quite a bit of epic fantasy, Redick is including some dark, horrific elements in his narrative. He’s got a wonderful knack for world-building and allows his characters a nice freedom to move about in this world. I’m at the halfway point of the four book series, but worried that I waiting too long (two years) between the first and second books in the series. That said, Redick’s Web site contains a great amount of information, including summaries of the first two books. That, added to the strength of his narrative, didn’t make it too tough to immerse myself in the novel and world at this point.

Next up was V.E. Schwab’s A Gathering of Shadows the second installment of her Darker Shade of Magic series. I loved this book so much and think Schwab is an incredible storyteller. I posted my review of the book to SFFWorld last week.

I jumped out of fiction for a book with Of Dice and Men by David Ewalt. This was a fun book, both a history of Dungeons and Dragons specifically, with some broad strokes for all RPGs as well as a memoir. Ewalt interwove his own history of playing D&D when he was younger, his time away, and his re-entry to gaming with the history of Gary Gygax, TSR and how D&D became a worldwide phenomenon from humble beginnings. I would love to see this is a documentary because it read just like a really good documentary film. My only issue with the book is that there was a bit of introspective derision going on when Ewalt reflected on his own engagement with D&D. All in all, it was a fun book that allowed me to visit my own past with RPGs and had me wanting to roll up a new character for the campaign I’m in now.

The Heir of Night was the second review book I read in March and I enjoyed it. As fat would have it, I read it soon after Redick’s novel and both series contain an antagonist with the Swarm moniker. All told, a fun, engaging start to an Epic Fantasy trilogy. More detailed thoughts at my review.

Another review book followed that one, Javelin Rain by Myke Cole. I’ve been a big fan of Myke’s work since I read his debut and this is a fantastic follow-up to Gemini Cell. Javelin Rain is a great novel that will easily be a top 10 for 2016 for me. My review goes up next week.

As the month drew to a close, I started Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker. What a fun, steampunk / zombie / alternate history. I’m growing into a big fan of Priest’s work.

For most of the month, my audio book was Cyteen by C.J. Cherryh. What can be said of this one? A lot, quite a lot indeed. Cherryh is deservedly a SFWA Grandmaster and this is one of her defining, award-winning novels. After conducting this wonderful Mind Meld I was strongly urged to dive into one of her works, and what better choice than this gigantic novel?

There are some truly fascinating concepts Cherryh explores and wonderful storytelling on display in the novel. Genetic science, cloning, slavery, political machinations are all large flavors of the dramatic stew of Cyteen. What continued to come to my mind is that in some ways, the character of Ari Emory could be seen as a savior figure/character. She is an exact clone/genetic duplicate of a deceased character and is observed very closely. Will she follow the same development as her predecessor? With events, critical life changing events orchestrated to occur at the same age they occurred with her predecessor, her life is definitely something that is shaped.

I as continually thinking that this story could be seen as a science fictional equivalent to the savior figure of destiny often seen in fantasy. Or one could even draw parallels to the genetic and life shaping of Ari to the created savior figure of Paul Atreides. The shaping of Ari to follow the same patterns as her predecessor could even be compared to the role that destiny plays in the shaping of a mythical hero.

The narrators were Gabra Zackman and Jonathan Davis. Davis is the narrator on a few of the audio books I’ve listened to this past year and he always does a fine job. Davis only handled the portions of the novel that were “extracts” from archival documents and no actual narrative. Zackman capture the various ages of Ari/Ariane Emory brilliantly. Unfortunately, her portrayal of the male characters didn’t work quite as well for me. This is not so much a knock on Zackman as many of the female narrators I’ve heard don’t quite depict male character voices to my liking nor do the male narrators often capture female voices with full believably.

All that said, for as brilliant as Cyteen is, for me, I’ve never read a book that is simultaneously fascinating, enjoyable, frustrating, and tedious. Cherryh’s slight shift in narrative tone for the different characters brilliantly reflected the age of the viewpoint characters. Some of the passages; however, felt overly tedious for the belabored details expounded upon in the narrative and dragged down the pacing for me.  Still, an overall amazing novel that bears deep examination and exploration. 

After tackling the first two Crown of Stars novels by Kate Elliott in each of the first two months of the year, I just didn't get to book three, The Burning Stone in March. Must remedy that in April and at least get to that one.

          Lisa Whelchel "All Because Of You" (1984) -CCM-   


Label : Nissi Records


01 - Love Believer (Claire Cloninger & John Rosasco)
02 - Just Obey (Raymond Brown & John Rosasco)
03 - How High, How Deep, How Wide (Claire Cloninger & John Rosasco)
04 - Real Possibility (Claire Cloninger & John Rosasco)
05 - Good Girl (Steve Taylor)
06 - Shelter (Don Rogers & John Rosasco)
07 - Set Me Free (Don Rogers & John Rosasco)
08 - Cover Me Lord (Judith Hibbard Cotton & Bruce Hibbard)
09 - All because Of You (Lisa Whelchel & Bruce Hibbard)
10 - He Sings Me To Sleep (Judith Hibbard Cotton & Kelly Willard)


Produced & Arranged by John Rosasco
Engineered & Mixed by Wally Grant
Additional Mixing : Robert Cotton
Additional Engineering : Michael Ross
Assistant Engineer : Tim Robertstad
Recorded at Weddington Studios, North Hollywood, CA
Additional Recording : Paramount Recording, Hollywood, CA
Mastered by Steve Hall at Future Disc Systems, Hollywood, CA
Track Arrangements : John Rosasco & Smitty Price
Vocal Arrangements : John Rosasco
Keyboards : Smitty Price & John Rosasco
Guitar : Marty Walsh
Bass : Leon Gaer & John Patitucci
Drums : John Ferraro & Bob Wilson
Synthesizer Programming : Rhett Lawrence
Background vocals : Sandie Hall Brooks, Susan McBride, Melissa MacKay, Howard McCrary, Linda McCrary & Charity McCrary
Woodwinds : Brandon Fields
          Monument Valley 2 fan project   

@t1_hopscotch wrote:

Monument Valley 2 just came out :smiley:

There is a beautiful in-game scene that took my breath away :open_mouth:

I thought:

It is the moon, so big! :full_moon: I never knew it could be like this.

And then later onwards,

I want to recreate the moon.

I was thinking it would be interesting to think about doing the colours, at the least. It starts off pink at one point, then it looks like there's a gradient to another colour on the point directly opposite.


(I almost feel like I shouldn't be drawing on this artwork...)

I realised just now that it's not actually yellow but that was how I perceived it the first time (probably because the idea of the moon being called yellow sometimes? :thinking:) so that was how I did it in a test:

I did a linear transition between the two colours on the outside. It just means that the colour at any point along the outside is directly related to how far the point is between the other two points.

E.g. at halfway between the two points along the outside, the hue, saturation and brightness value is halfway between the HSBs of the two points. That was the main point for the colouring. As for the drawing positions, you can probably see by the direction of the lines in the picture.

Then I added a background:

This was also just another transition between two colours (purply at the bottom, and creamy at the top. (Although I didn't mark them in the picture, the specific final HSBs were HSB(290, 60, 60) and HSB(25 + 360, 20, 100) respectively. The reason that for adding 360 was to avoid negative numbers in calculations)

I added refinements for the colours, trying to make them smoother, and quicker etc other small things. (The fast clone method continues to astound me!! thanks again to Valgo and ThinBuffalo's efforts :slight_smile:) then fixing up things that occurred when switching to using clones to draw (I still couldn't work out one thing — it wasn't cloning the exact expected amount. But it didn't affect much anyway.)

The results of all this

:+1:

It would be interesting to try draw some purple pillars with faded colours towards the bottom, like how the towers are in the original picture. I can see a way of doing by repeatedly drawing trail diamonds, one by one on top of each other, and changing the colour slightly with each one. Or it might be cool to use a 3D technique like @MR.GAM3R's 3D test:

We would probably only need rotation around one axis for this project though, if you wanted to make it interactive :smiley: The only problem is that I can't seem to find a Unicode diamond that has 135º and 45º angles though (I think that)

It would also be a nice thing if the project was in portrait, but not big enough of a wish yet to make me change the project width and height in the JSON :stuck_out_tongue:

I don't know if I'll do these changes (adding faded towers, put it in portrait) but feel very welcome to jump in! That is the whole point :blush: I only set out to make a gradient moon :laughing: so that was satisfaction enough for me. (The developers of Monument Valley also really love fan creations actually :upside_down:) so again feel very free to join in.

I wasn't really planning to add more, as I had scratched that itch. Then, while I was writing this, I had gone to grab the original artwork when I saw the little flecks at the bottom, and decided to add a few in :slight_smile:


Some reflections

Doing these things reminds me that:

  • the process is just as important as, if not more than, the outcome,
  • mistakes are part of it! sometimes your project even evolves in ways you would never expect, from little experiments with the mistakes
  • it's just made of incremental changes.
    • (I think it's nice to see that everything, even stuff that seems big, is just little changes over time. And they all build up :yum: actually publishing small changes each time makes it really easy to track what changes you've made, and you always have a backup to revert to if you accidentally mess anything up too.)

I guess some more things were:

  • inspiration can come from anywhere!
  • Hopscotch is an amazing medium for self expression, for just quickly working on something you have in your head. It didn't take long at all from 'this moon is beautiful!' to 'I now have my own version of this :relieved:'

Anyway, feel very welcome to share about what's going in your head as you make something. I really love hearing about the development process of any creation. What went into the little parts of your projects? what little design choices you made, how you decided to set out the code, the evolution of ideas, all the thought into the little things :heart_eyes:

I don't know, I think it's just really fun doing bursts like these :smile:

If you are feeling inspired with Monument Valley 1 or 2, feel welcome to join in here too again :smile:

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          Brave New World   

Never Let Me Go is the sixth novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, who won the Booker Prize in 1989 for his chilling rendition of a bootlickingly devoted but morally blank English butler, The Remains of the Day. It's a thoughtful, crafty, and finally very disquieting look at the effects of dehumanization on any group that's subject to it. In Ishiguro's subtle hands, these effects are far from obvious. There's no Them-Bad, Us-Good preaching; rather there's the feeling that as the expectations of such a group are diminished, so is its ability to think outside the box it has been shut up in. The reader reaches the end of the book wondering exactly where the walls of his or her own invisible box begin and end.

Ishiguro likes to experiment with literary hybrids, to hijack popular forms for his own ends, and to set his novels against tenebrous historical backdrops; thus When We Were Orphans mixes the Boys' Own Adventure with the '30s detective story while taking a whole new slice out of World War II. An Ishiguro novel is never about what it pretends to pretend to be about, and Never Let Me Go is true to form. You might think of it as the Enid Blyton schoolgirl story crossed with Blade Runner, and perhaps also with John Wyndham's shunned-children classic, The Chrysalids:The children  in it, like those in Never Let Me Go, give other people the creeps.

The narrator, Kathy H., is looking back on her school days at a superficially idyllic establishment called Hailsham. (As in "sham"; as in Charles Dickens' Miss Havisham, exploiter of uncomprehending children.) At first you think the "H" in "Kathy H." is the initial of a surname, but none of the students at Hailsham has a real surname. Soon you understand that there's something very peculiar about this school. Tommy, for instance, who is the best boy at football, is picked on because he's no good at art: In a conventional school it would be the other way around.

In fact, Hailsham exists to raise cloned children who have been brought into the world for the sole purpose of providing organs to other, "normal" people. They don't have parents. They can't have children. Once they graduate, they will go through a period of being "carers" to others of their kind who are already being deprived of their organs; then they will undergo up to four "donations" themselves, until they "complete." (None of these terms has originated with Ishiguro; he just gives them an extra twist.) The whole enterprise, like most human enterprises of dubious morality, is wrapped in euphemism and shadow: The outer world wants these children to exist because it's greedy for the benefits they can confer, but it doesn't wish to look head-on at what is happening. We assume—though it's never stated—that whatever objections might have been raised to such a scheme have already been overcome: By now the rules are in place and the situation is taken for granted—as slavery was once—by beneficiaries and victims alike.

All this is background. Ishiguro isn't much interested in the practicalities of cloning and organ donation. (Which four organs, you may wonder? A liver, two kidneys, then the heart? But wouldn't you be dead after the second kidney, anyway? Or are we throwing in the pancreas?) Nor is this a novel about future horrors: It's set, not in a Britain-yet-to-come, but in a Britain-off-to-the-side, in which cloning has been introduced before the 1970s. Kathy H. is 31 in the late 1990s, which places her childhood and adolescence in the '70s and early '80s—close to those of Ishiguro, who was born in 1955 in Nagasaki and moved to England when he was 5. (Surely there's a connection: As a child, Ishiguro must have seen many young people dying far too soon, through no fault of their own.) And so the observed detail is realistic—the landscapes, the kind of sports pavilion at Hailsham, the assortment of teachers and "guardians," even the fact that Kathy listens to her music via tape, not CD.

Kathy H. has nothing to say about the unfairness of her fate. Indeed, she considers herself lucky to have grown up in a superior establishment like Hailsham rather than on the standard organ farm. Like most people, she's interested in personal relationships: in her case, the connection between her "best friend," the bossy and manipulative Ruth, and the boy she loves—Tommy, the amiable football-playing bad artist. Ishiguro's tone is perfect: Kathy is intelligent but nothing extraordinary, and she prattles on in the obsessive manner touchy girls have, going back over past conversations and registering every comment and twitch and crush and put-down and cold shoulder and gang-up and spat. It's all hideously familiar and gruesomely compelling to anyone who ever kept a teenage diary.

In the course of her story, Kathy H. solves a few of the mysteries that have been bothering her. Why is it so important that these children make art, and why is their art collected and taken away? Why does it matter to anyone that they be educated, if they're only going to die young anyway? Are they human or not? There's a chilling echo of the art-making children in Theresienstadt * and of the Japanese children dying of radiation who nevertheless made paper cranes.

What is art for? the characters ask. They connect the question to their own circumstances, but surely they speak for anyone with a connection with the arts: What is art for? The notion that it ought to be for something, that it must serve some clear social purpose—extolling the gods, cheering people up, illustrating moral lessons—has been around at least since Plato and was tyrannical in the 19th century. It lingers with us still, especially when parents and teachers start squabbling over the school curricula. Art does turn out to have a purpose in Never Let Me Go, but it isn't quite the purpose the characters have been hoping for.

One motif at the very core of Never Let Me Go is the treatment of out-groups, and the way out-groups form in-groups, even among themselves. The marginalized are not exempt from doing their own marginalization: Even as they die, Ruth and Tommy and the other donors form a proud, cruel little clique, excluding Kathy H. because, not being a donor yet, she can't really understand.

The book is also about our tendency to cannibalize others to make sure we ourselves get a soft ride. Ursula Le Guin has a short story called The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas, in which the happiness of the many depends absolutely on the arranged unhappiness of the few, and Never Let Me Go could be read as a sister text: The children of Hailsham are human sacrifices, offered up on the altar of improved health for the population at large. With babies already being created with a view to their organs—help for an afflicted sibling, for instance—the dilemma of the Hailsham "students" is bound to become more general. Who owns your body? Who therefore is entitled to offer it up?  The reluctance of Kathy H. and her pals to really confront what awaits them—pain, mutilation, death—may account for the curious lack of physicality of Kathy's descriptions of their life. Nobody eats anything much in this book, nobody smells anything. We don't know much about what the main characters look like. Even the sex is oddly bloodless. But landscapes, buildings, and the weather are intensely present. It's as if Kathy has invested a lot of her sense of self in things quite far away from her own body, and thus less likely to be injured.

Finally, the book is also about our wish to do well, to attract approval. The children's poignant desire to be patted on the head—to be a "good carer," keeping those from whom organs are being taken from becoming too distressed; to be a "good donor," someone who makes it through all four "donations"—is heartbreaking. This is what traps them in their cage: None of them thinks about running away or revenging themselves upon the "normal" members of society. Ruth takes refuge in grandiose lies about herself and in daydreams—maybe she'll be allowed to get an office job. Tommy reacts with occasional rage to the unconscionable things being done to him, but then apologizes for his loss of control. In Ishiguro's world, as in our own, most people do what they're told.

Tellingly, two words recur again and again. One, as you might expect, is "normal." The other is "supposed," as in the last words of the book: "wherever it was that I was supposed to be going." Who defines "normal"? Who tells us what we are supposed to be doing? These questions always become more pressing in times of stress; unless I'm much mistaken, they'll loom ever larger in the next few years.

Never Let Me Go is unlikely to be everybody's cup of tea. The people in it aren't heroic. The ending is not comforting. Nevertheless, this is a brilliantly executed book by a master craftsman who has chosen a difficult subject: ourselves, seen through a glass, darkly.

Correction, April 4: This article originally referred to the art work of children in the Treblinka concentration camp. The art in question was in fact produced by the children of the Theresienstadt ghetto. Return to the corrected sentence.


           Systematic cloning of human minisatellites from ordered array charomid libraries.    
Armour, JA; Povey, S; Jeremiah, S; Jeffreys, AJ; (1990) Systematic cloning of human minisatellites from ordered array charomid libraries. Genomics , 8 (3) pp. 501-512.
           Cloning of cDNAs to the hepatic microsomal flavin-containing monooxygenase: application to molecular genetic studies of polymorphic trimethylamine N-oxidation    
Dolphin, C; Ziegler, DM; Smith, RL; Ayesh, R; Shephard, EA; Phillips, IR; (1990) Cloning of cDNAs to the hepatic microsomal flavin-containing monooxygenase: application to molecular genetic studies of polymorphic trimethylamine N-oxidation. In: Ingelman-Sundberg, M and Gustafsson, J-A and Orrenius, S, (eds.) Drug metabolising Enzymes:Genetics Regulation and Toxicology. (41-). Karolinska Institute: Stockholm, Sweden.
           Cloning of genomic and cDNA sequences encoding an invertebrate gamma-aminobutyric acidA receptor subunit.    
Harvey, RJ; Vreugdenhil, E; Barnard, EA; Darlison, MG; (1990) Cloning of genomic and cDNA sequences encoding an invertebrate gamma-aminobutyric acidA receptor subunit. Biochem Soc Trans , 18 (3) pp. 438-439.
           CLONING AND EXPRESSION OF A HUMAN VOLTAGE-GATED POTASSIUM CHANNEL - A NOVEL MEMBER OF THE RCK POTASSIUM CHANNEL FAMILY    
GRUPE, A; SCHROTER, KH; RUPPERSBERG, JP; STOCKER, M; DREWES, T; BECKH, S; PONGS, O; (1990) CLONING AND EXPRESSION OF A HUMAN VOLTAGE-GATED POTASSIUM CHANNEL - A NOVEL MEMBER OF THE RCK POTASSIUM CHANNEL FAMILY. EMBO J , 9 (6) 1749 - 1756.
           CLONING AND EXPRESSION OF BOVINE BRAIN INOSITOL MONOPHOSPHATASE    
DIEHL, RE; WHITING, P; POTTER, J; GEE, N; RAGAN, CI; LINEMEYER, D; SCHOEPFER, R; DIEHL, RE; WHITING, P; POTTER, J; GEE, N; RAGAN, CI; LINEMEYER, D; SCHOEPFER, R; BENNETT, C; DIXON, RAF; - view fewer <#> (1990) CLONING AND EXPRESSION OF BOVINE BRAIN INOSITOL MONOPHOSPHATASE. J BIOL CHEM , 265 (11) 5946 - 5949. Gold open access
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          Cloning, expression pattern and promoter functional analysis of cyp19a1a gene in miiuy croaker.   
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Cloning, expression pattern and promoter functional analysis of cyp19a1a gene in miiuy croaker.

Gene. 2017 Jun 24;:

Authors: Huang W, Yang P, Lv Z, Wu C, Gui J, Lou B

Abstract
Gonadal-specific aromatase encoded by cyp19a1a is the important enzyme controlling estrogen biosynthesis in teleosts. In the present study, the cDNA sequence of cyp19a1a was cloned and characterized from miiuy croaker Miichthys miiuy. The cDNA encoded a protein of 519 amino acids with five structural regions. Higher identities of amino acid sequences and conserved structural regions were found between Mmcyp19a1a and other cyp19a1a genes. In addition, Mmcyp19a1a was clustered together with other seawater fishes. Immunohistochemical analysis revealed that Mmcyp19a1a was localized exclusively in the cytoplasmic of thecal and granulosa cells surrounding the oocytes. Both the protein and mRNA levels of Mmcyp19a1a were increased significantly at the stage III follicles (mid-vitellogenic) and then decreased along with vitellogenesis. Interestingly, strong immunoreactive signals were also detected in the supporting cells of connective tissues during ovarian development. A 1777bp promoter fragment of Mmcyp19a1a was also isolated, and functional analysis using an EGFP reporter fusion in zebrafish larvae presented positive signals in the above of yolk sac, where is the region of pronephros and germ plasm occur. The Mmcyp19a1a:EGFP expression pattern was generally consistent with the endogenous cyp19a1a genesis. These results indicate that the Mmcyp19a1a gene plays an important role during vitellogenesis and oocyte maturation. The constructor of Mmcyp19a1a:EGFP may provide a useful tool for genetic analysis of gonad development in teleost.

PMID: 28655540 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]


             
Welcome to the Podcast of Another 15 Minutes, Health News from the Fade Library. Full links to the articles detailed can be found at www (dot) fade the blog 2 (dot) blogspot (dot)com

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Ministers were yesterday battling to defuse a growing crisis over whether dissenting Labour MPs should be entitled to vote against parts of the human embryology and fertilisation bill. The health secretary, Alan Johnson, who is responsible for piloting the bill through the Commons, said no MPs would be forced to vote against their conscience, but stopped short of a commitment that MPs would be entitled to vote against parts of the bill.

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Shopkeepers could be banned from displaying cigarettes under plans being considered by the Government, according to reports. In a bid to cut the number of smokers and prevent children from taking up the habit, ministers have drawn up proposals including a bar on displaying tobacco products and the removal of vending machines from pubs, The Times said. Measures that make it easier to sell nicotine replacement gums and patches are also on the table.

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Cigarettes to be sold under shop counters - The Times 24th March 2008

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Cigarette display ban considered - BBC Health News 24th March 2008

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Alarmist condemnation of all alternative therapies ignores the crucial role some could play in the human healing process Suckers: How Alternative Medicine Makes Fools of Us All; Snake Oil Science; and next month sees another, Trick or Treatment: what these new books have in common is varying degrees of frustration at the seemingly inexorable rise of complementary medicine. It seems the aim of some of these authors is to finish off a burgeoning health industry that they believe is based on charlatans and quacks preying on the gullible and desperate.

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Hard drug use and heavy drinking have been highlighted as key problems for Britain in a study by the Government’s Strategy Unit. The report also gives warning of changing trends in gun crime, including the use of firearms to “win respect”, particularly in urban areas. The study suggests that the criminal justice system would be unable to cope with law and order problems unless it undergoes sweeping reforms. It says that changes over the past ten years have not led to higher public satisfaction with the overall system.

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The idea of choice as used by the Government is a cop-out, says Max Pemberton You need a hip replacement. You have a choice of hospitals at which to have this done. Do you choose a) the hospital with a dreadful reputation and incompetent doctors where you are practically guaranteed to contract some hideous ward?acquired infection?

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Women born with cardiac problems endanger their lives when they undergo childbirth. Victoria Lambert meets some of the risk-takers The moment 33-year-old Catherine Baker realised that her pregnancy had put her life in danger occurred not while she was pregnant but, incredibly, 18 months after her son Joshua was born. For only when she decided to have a second child did she learn that her aorta - the principal artery that carries blood to the heart - had stretched so much due to her first pregnancy that it had weakened considerably. Were she to become pregnant again, she was told, there was every chance it would burst, killing her before the nine months were up.

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Two superbugs are causing the deaths of more than 10,000 hospital patients every year, an expert has disclosed. The number of deaths from MRSA and clostridium difficile is being underestimated by about 20 per cent, one of the country's leading authorities on superbugs has said. Official figures put the number of deaths from the two infections at about 8,000 a year.

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As a last resort, insomniac Maria Fitzpatrick tried reflexology - with surprising results 'Have you had problems with your spine, madam?" There it is, I think to myself: the question that confirms that I was right to doubt reflexology. I would have been impressed, even hopeful, if the therapist, who knows next to nothing about me (except that I'm seeking a solution for chronic insomnia), had put his finger on my history of kidney problems while kneading my feet, or even found something disrupting the "energy pathway" to my tired brain.

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For five years they lived under the shadow of a rare condition that threatened to kill their four sons before they left their teens. But David and Allison Hartley can at last put the nightmare behind them after the final bone marrow transplant which means each boy can now enjoy a normal life. The youngest, eight-year-old Luke, had his operation in November at Great Ormond Street children's hospital and is now home and healthy.

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A woman who discarded male IVF embryos in an attempt to prevent a life-threatening disorder being passed on to her child is suing after giving birth to a boy. The 30-year-old Australian woman and her husband used IVF with the aim of producing a baby girl because they feared a boy would be born with the inherited blood disorder haemophilia.

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Best-selling children's author JK Rowling has revealed that she considered committing suicide when she was a single mother struggling to survive and succeed as a writer. The Harry Potter writer has admitted she thought of taking her own life when she was in her mid-20s after separating from her first husband Jorge Arantes, a Portuguese journalist.

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Internet addiction is a serious public health problem and should be officially recognised as a clinical disorder, a psychiatrist claims. Dr Jerald Block says there are four main telltale symptoms which include: Losing all track of time or neglecting basics such as eating or sleeping; cravings and feelings of withdrawal, including anger, tension or depression, when a computer cannot be accessed; an increased need for better computer equipment and software; and negative effects such as arguments, lying, fatigue, social isolation and poor achievement.

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Hyperactive young girls are more likely to have "serious" problems in adulthood, research suggests. A study of more than 800 girls up to the age of 21 found hyperactivity was linked to poor job prospects, abusive relationships and teenage pregnancy. Previous research on the lasting impact of childhood hyperactivity has focused on boys, who are more likely to be diagnosed and treated.

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Every time Richard Tate visited the Royal Marsden Hospital the news got worse. "I went to see the specialist and he told me there was a shadow on the X-ray, on the lung. "I definitely had lung cancer and it had metastasised and spread to the liver. I also had prostate cancer."


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Scientists have shown that stem cells produced by therapeutic cloning are effective for treating Parkinson's disease, in the first convincing demonstration that stem cells derived from the subject can be used to treat a serious disease. The technique has only been tried in mice, but scientists have hailed it as proof that a similar approach could be successful in humans.

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Parkinson's: the breakthrough - The Independent 24th March 2008

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Cloning treats mouse Parkinson's - BBC Health News 24th March 2008
Last week's death of Chantal Sébire has provoked an emotional reaction in France likely to result in a change in the law, to allow doctors a limited right to assist a patient's suicide. The way the French decide the issue could be a lesson to Britain, suffering similar legal defects and uncertainties. Sébire, a 52-year-old former teacher with three children, developed a rare, incurable form of cancer, which gradually destroyed her senses of smell, taste and sight and disfigured her face grotesquely, so that, she explained on television, children ran away at the sight of her.

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Thousands of heart surgery patients may be at risk from transfusions of blood that has been stored for two weeks or more. A study of more than 9,000 patients in the US has shown that those given blood more than 14 days old are 65 per cent more likely to die before discharge, and 50 per cent more likely to die within a year.

New Story

A serious form of meningitis and pneumonia that is resistant to drugs has emerged in children. Twelve cases have been identified over six years and five children died. Most had been treated with antibiotics for a drug-resistant form of tuberculosis and it is thought this led to the emergence of the resistant form of pneumoccocal disease, which includes meningitis, pneumonia and septicaemia.




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          On Assignment: The Clone Zone   
Harry Smith travels to South Korea to investigate the science dog cloning.
          On Assignment: One More Thing - The Clone Zone   
Harry Smith travels to South Korea to investigate the science of dog cloning.
          The Clone Zone: The De-Extinction Download   
Dr. Beth Shapiro, author of "How to Clone a Mammoth," talks with Harry Smith about the controversial science around cloning extinct animal species. The full segment airs Sunday May 22nd at 7/6c during 'On Assignment.'
          The Clone Zone: Would you clone your dog?   
The 'On Assignment' team headed to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and asked owners if they would ever consider cloning their beloved family pets.
          The Clone Zone: Training Clones?   
Harry Smith travels to South Korea to visit the only lab in the world that offers commercial dog cloning. But it's not just pets they are cloning. You can watch the full report Sunday at 7/6c during 'On Assignment.'
          THE SILVER STREAK WATER SNAKE (AND A BLACK DAYLILY PHOTO BLOG)   

Hi Everybody!! 
The snakes are out of hibernation and returning to active duty here in S. Texas. I found this big silver snake streaking back and forth in the lake. I have shared info below from Wikipedia about these non poisonous water snakes. I just found out from my friend +Dietrich Lombarde  last week that there are no snakes in Ireland! I thought some of my friends might like to see a snake in the lake! For a bonus photostudy, my black daylily opened! Last but not least, some baby birds in nest. Enjoy!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_water_snake

Northern water snake

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The northern water snake (Nerodia sipedon) is a species of large, nonvenomous, common snake in the Colubridae family that is native to North America.
Northern water snake
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Subphylum:Vertebrata
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata
Suborder:Serpentes
Family:Colubridae
Subfamily:Natricinae
Genus:Nerodia
Species:N. sipedon


Geographic range[edit]

It is found throughout eastern and central North America, from southern Ontario and southern Quebec in the north, to Texas and Florida in the south.[2] It has been introduced in California where it is considered an invasive species likely to compete with native giant garter snakes Thamnopis gigas.[3]

Behavior[edit]


Northern water snake basking west of Ottawa, Ontario
They are active during the day and at night. They are most often seen basking on rocks, stumps, or brush. During the day, they hunt among plants at the water's edge, looking for small fishfrogswormsleechescrayfish,salamanders, small birds and mammals. At night, they concentrate on minnows and other small fish sleeping in shallow water. The Lake Erie water snake subspeciesNerodia sipedon insularum, was once endangered, but now benefits from the introduction of theround goby, an invasive species, which now comprises up to 90% of its diet.
The Northern Water Snake is extremely common over most of its range and is frequently seen basking on stream banks, from which it dives into the water at the slightest disturbance. It is quick to flee from danger, but if cornered or captured, it usually will not hesitate to defend itself. Large specimens can inflict a painful bite.

Description[edit]

The northern water snake can grow up to 135 cm (4.4 ft) in total length.[4] They can be brown, gray, reddish, or brownish-black. They have dark crossbands on their necks and dark stripes and blotches on the rest of their bodies, often leading to misidentification as cottonmouths or copperheads by novices. They darken as they age. Some will become almost completely black. The belly of this snake also varies in color. It can be white, yellow, or gray. Usually it also has reddish or black crescents.

Reproduction[edit]

Northern water snakes mate from April through June. They are ovoviviparous (live-bearers), which means they do not layeggs like many other snakes. Instead, the mother carries the eggs inside her body and gives birth to free living young, each one 19–23 cm (7.5–9.1 in) long.[5] A female may have as many as thirty young at a time. They are born between August and October. Mothers do not care for their young; as soon as they are born, they are on their own.

Defense against predators[edit]

Northern water snakes have many predators, including birdsraccoonsopossumsfoxessnapping turtles, and other snakes. They defend themselves vigorously when they are threatened. If they are picked up by an animal, or person, they will bite repeatedly, as well as release excrement and musk. Their saliva contains a mild anticoagulant, which can cause the bite to bleed more but poses little risk to humans.[citation needed]

Hibernation[edit]

Northern water snakes often share winter dens with copperheads and black rat snakes.[citation needed]


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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylily

Daylily

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Daylily is the common name for plants of the genus Hemerocallis/ˌhɛmɨrˈkælɪs/.[1] Daylily cultivar flowers are highly diverse in colour and form, as a result of hybridization efforts of gardening enthusiasts and professional horticulturalists. Thousands of registered cultivars are appreciated and studied by local and international Hemerocallis societies.[2] Hemerocallis is now placed in familyXanthorrhoeaceae, subfamily Hemerocallidoideae, and formerly was part of Liliaceae(which includes true lilies).
Daylily
Hemerocallis 'Hush Little Baby'
Scientific classificatione
Kingdom:Plantae
Clade:Angiosperms
Clade:Monocots
Order:Asparagales
Family:Xanthorrhoeaceae
Subfamily:Hemerocallidoideae
Genus:Hemerocallis

Description[edit]


Daylilies at the Block Islandresort in Rhode Island.
Daylilies are perennial plants. The nameHemerocallis comes from the Greek wordsἡμέρα (hēmera) "day" and καλός (kalos) "beautiful". This name alludes to the flowers which typically last no more than 24 hours. The flowers of most species open in early morning and wither during the following night, possibly replaced by another one on the same scape (flower stalk) the next day. Some species are night-blooming. Daylilies are not commonly used as cut flowers for formal flower arranging, yet they make good cut flowers otherwise as new flowers continue to open on cut stems over several days.
Hemerocallis is native to Eurasia, including China, Korea, and Japan, and this genus is popular worldwide because of the showy flowers and hardiness of many kinds. There are over 60,000 registered cultivars. Hundreds of cultivars have fragrant flowers, and more scented cultivars are appearing more frequently in northern hybridization programs. Some cultivars rebloom later in the season, particularly if their capsules, in which seeds are developing, are removed.
Most kinds of daylilies occur as clumps, each of which has leaves, a crown, flowers, and roots. The long, linear lanceolateleaves are grouped into opposite fans with arching leaves. The crown is the small white portion between the leaves and the roots. Along the scape of some kinds of daylilies, small leafy "proliferations" form at nodes or in bracts. A proliferation forms roots when planted and is often an exact clone of its parent plant. Many kinds of daylilies have thickened roots in which they store food and water.
A normal, single daylily flower has three petals and three sepals, collectively called tepals, each with a midrib in either the same or a contrasting color. The centermost part of the flower, called the throat, usually is of a different color than the more distal areas of the tepals. Each flower usually has six stamens, each with a two-lobed anther. After successful pollination, a flower forms a capsule (often erroneously called a pod).
The Tawny or Fulvous Daylily is invasive in some parts of the United States, such as in Wisconsin (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources).[3] People sometimes plant the Fulvous Daylily and other stoloniferous daylilies, which have underground runners. These kinds can overrun one's garden and can take an appreciable amount of time and effort to confine or remove.
File:Illustration Hemerocallis fulva0.jpg
Hemerocallis fulva, illustration of 1885


Culinary use[edit]


Dried golden needles
The flowers of some species[which?] are edible and are used in Chinese cuisine. They are sold (fresh or dried) in Asian markets as gum jum orgolden needles (金针 in Chinese; pinyin: jīn zhēn) or yellow flower vegetables (黃花菜 in Chinese; pinyin: huáng huā cài). They are used in hot and sour soup, daylily soup (金針花湯), Buddha's delight, andmoo shu pork. The young green leaves and the rhizomes of some (but not all[citation needed]) species are also edible.

The Black Daylily of Rainbow Creek:


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...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek.  See You next time!






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          Mengenal Lebih Dekat Dengan Motherboard   
Motherboard alias mainboard alias system board, ketiganya mengacu pada satu barang yang sama, yakni sebuah papan sirkuit dan panel-panel elektronik yang menggerakan system PC secara keseluruhan. Secara prinsip, sebuah motherboard terdiri atas beberapa bagian yakni system CPU (prosesor), sirkuit clock/timing, Ram, Cache, ROM BIOS, I/O port seperti port serial, port pararel, slot ekspansi, prot IDE.

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Yang perlu diperhatikan!

Terutama sekali, sedikitnya ada 7 hal yang harus diperhatikan pada sebuah motherboard. Ketujuh komponen tersebut adalah :

  1. Chipset
  2. Tipe CPU
  3. Slot dan tipe memori
  4. Cache memory
  5. Sistem BIOS
  6. Slot ekspansi
  7. Port I/O

Dari sinilah sesungguhnya problem pada sebuah system PC bisa dilacak atau dideteksi. Kerusakan di luar 7 komponen tersebut biasanya jarang terjadi. Kemungkinan yang lain, bila ketujuh komponen ini terlihat beres-beres saja, patut diduga bahwa masalahnya terletak pada arsitektur motherboard itu sendiri, entah sirkuit-sirkuitnya, atau komponen-komponen yang dipergunakannya.

Chipset : Komandan data dan proses

Disebut chipset karena barang satu ini umumnya merupakan sepasang chip yang mengendalikan prosesor dan fitur-fitur hardware yang ada pada mortherboard secara menyeluruh. Sepasang chip ini, yang satu buah disebut North Bright chip dan satu lagi dipanggil South Bridge chip, bisa dibilang merupakan panglima tertinggi pada sebuah system bernama motherboard.Saat ini, terdapat banyak motherboard dengan chipset yang berbeda-beda. Jenis chipset yang digunakan pada motherboard akan menentukan beberapa hal antara lain.

  • Tipe prosesor yang bias digunakan
  • Jenis memori yang bias mendukung system PC dan kapasitas maksimumnya
  • Kelengkapan I/O yang mampu disediakan
  • Tipe display adapter yang bisa digunakan
  • Lebar data pada motgherboarad yang bisa didukung
  • Ketersedian fitur-fitur tambahan (misalnya LAN, sound card, atau modem onboard).

Tipe CPU

Terdapat tiga tipe CPU yang banyak beredar di pasaran yakni CPU keluaran Intel Corporation, AMD keluaran Advanced Micro Device, dan Cyrix atau VIA C3 keluaran VIA Technologies Corporation. CPU alias prosesor keluaran VIA sendiri pada umumnya mengikuti platform teknologi yang dikeluarkan oleh Intel. Artinya, setiap seri prosesor yang dirilis VIA pada umumnya selalu memiliki kompatibilitas dengan seri prosesor yang dibuat Intel. Sementara AMD menggunakan platform teknologi yang berbeda dari yang digunakan oleh Intel, sekalipun teknologi pross yang digunakan oleh perusahaan ini juga mengikuti apa yang dilakukan Intel. Lantaran perbedaan platform ini, prosesor AMD menggunakan soket atau slot yang berbeda dari yang digunakan oleh Intel. Bila Intel menyebut Slot 1, AM menyebutnya Slot A. pada prosesor soket, belakangan AMD relative lebih konsisten dalam mengeluarakan tipe soket yang digunakan, yakni senantiasa menggunakan Soket A yang kompatibel pada seri kecepatan manapun, yakni soket dengan jumlah pin 462 buah. Bandingkan dengan Intel yang selalu berubah-ubah, dari soket 370 pin, kemudian menjadi 423 pin, lalu berubah lagi menjadi 478. akibatnya, kemungkinan untuk meng-upgrade sebuah prosesor Intel generasi baru selalu harus dibarengi dengan penggantian motherboard itu sendiri. Berikut adalah sedikit sejarah perkembangan prosesor Intel dan para clone-nya yang berhasil disarikan

  • Debut Intel dimulai dengan processor seri MCS4 yang merupakan cikal bakal dari prosesor i4040. Processor 4 bit ini yang direncanakan untuk menjadi otak calculator , pada tahun yang sama (1971), intel membuat revisi ke i440. Awalnya dipesan oleh sebuah perusahaan Jepang untuk pembuatan kalkulator , ternyata prosesor ini jauh lebih hebat dari yang diharapkan sehingga Intel membeli hak guna dari perusahaan Jepang tersebut untuk perkembangan dan penelitian lebih lanjut. Di sinilah cikal bakal untuk perkembangan ke arah prosesor komputer.
  • Berikutnya muncul processor 8 bit pertama i8008 (1972), tapi agak kurang disukai karena multivoltage.. lalu baru muncul processor i8080, disini ada perubahan yaitu jadi triple voltage, pake teknologi NMOS (tidak PMOS lagi), dan mengenalkan pertama kali sistem clock generator (pake chip tambahan), dikemas dalam bentuk DIP Array 40 pins. Kemudian muncul juga processor2 : MC6800 dari Motorola -1974, Z80 dari Zilog -1976 (merupakan dua rival berat), dan prosessor2 lain seri 6500 buatan MOST, Rockwell, Hyundai, WDC, NCR dst. Z80 full compatible dengan i8008 hanya sampai level bahasa mesin. Level bahasa rakitannya berbeda (tidak kompatibel level software). Prosesor i8080 adalah prosesor dengan register internal 8-bit, bus eksternal 8-bit, dan memori addressing 20-bit (dapat mengakses 1 MB memori total), dan modus operasi REAL.
  • Thn 77 muncul 8085, clock generatornya onprocessor, cikal bakalnya penggunaan single voltage +5V (implementasi s/d 486DX2, pd DX4 mulai +3.3V dst).
  • i8086, prosesor dengan register 16-bit, bus data eksternal 16-bit, dan memori addressing 20-bit. Direlease thn 78 menggunakan teknologi HMOS, komponen pendukung bus 16 bit sangat langka , sehingga harganya menjadi sangat mahal.
  • Maka utk menjawab tuntutan pasar muncul i8088 16bit bus internal, 8bit bus external. Sehingga i8088 dapat memakai komponen peripheral 8bit bekas i8008. IBM memilih chip ini untuk pebuatan IBM PC karena lebih murah daripada i8086. Kalau saja CEO IBM waktu itu tidak menyatakan PC hanyalah impian sampingan belaka, tentu saja IBM akan menguasai pasar PC secara total saat ini. IBM PC first release Agustus 1981 memiliki 3 versi IBM PC, IBM PC-Jr dan IBM PC-XT (extended technology). Chip i8088 ini sangat populer, sampai NEC meluncurkan sebuah chip yang dibangun berdasarkan spesifikasi pin chip ini, yang diberi nama V20 dan V30. NEC V20 dan V30 adalah processor yang compatible dengan intel sampai level bahasa assembly (software).

Chip 8088 dan 8086 kompatibel penuh dengan program yang dibuat untuk chip 8080, walaupun mungkin ada beberapa program yang dibuat untuk 8086 tidak berfungsi pada chip 8088 (perbedaan lebar bus)

  • Lalu muncul 80186 dan i80188.. sejak i80186, prosessor mulai dikemas dalam bentuk PLCC, LCC dan PGA 68 kaki.. i80186 secara fisik berbentuk bujursangkar dengan 17 kaki persisi (PLCC/LCC) atau 2 deret kaki persisi (PGA) dan mulai dari i80186 inilah chip DMA dan interrupt controller disatukan ke dalam processor. semenjak menggunakan 286, komputer IBM menggunakan istilah IBM PC-AT (Advanced Technology)dan mulai dikenal pengunaan istilah PersonalSystem (PS/1). Dan juga mulai dikenal penggunaan slot ISA 16 bit yang dikembangkan dari slot ISA 8 bit , para cloner mulai ramai bermunculan. Ada AMD, Harris & MOS yang compatible penuh dengan intel. Di 286 ini mulai dikenal penggunaan Protected Virtual Adress Mode yang memungkinkan dilakukannya multitasking secara time sharing (via hardware resetting).

Tahun 86 IBM membuat processor dengan arsitektur RISC 32bit pertama untuk kelas PC. Namun karena kelangkaan software, IBM RT PC ini “melempem” untuk kelas enterprise, RISC ini berkembang lebih pesat, setidaknya ada banyak vendor yang saling tidak kompatibel.

  • Lalu untuk meraih momentum yang hilang dari chip i8086, Intel membuat i80286, prosesor dengan register 16-bit, bus eksternal 16-bit, mode protected terbatas yang dikenal dengan mode STANDARD yang menggunakan memori addressing 24-bit yang mampu mengakses maksimal 16 MB memori. Chip 80286 ini tentu saja kompatibel penuh dengan chip-chip seri 808x sebelumnya, dengan tambahan beberapa set instruksi baru. Sayangnya chip ini memiliki beberapa bug pada desain hardware-nya, sehingga gagal mengumpulkan pengikut.
  • Pada tahun 1985, Intel meluncurkan desain prosesor yang sama sekali baru: i80386. Sebuah prosesor 32-bit , dalam arti memiliki register 32-bit, bus data eksternal 32-bit, dan mempertahankan kompatibilitas dengan prosesor generasi sebelumnya, dengan tambahan diperkenalkannya mode PROTECTED 32-BIT untuk memori addressing 32-bit, mampu mengakses maksimum 4 GB , dan tidak lupa tambahan beberapa instruksi baru. Chip ini mulai dikemas dalam bentuk PGA (pin Grid Array)

Prosesor Intel sampai titik ini belum menggunakan unit FPU secara
internal . Untuk dukungan FPU, Intel meluncurkan seri 80×87. Sejak 386 ini mulai muncul processor cloner : AMD, Cyrix, NGen, TI, IIT, IBM (Blue Lightning) dst, macam-macamnya : i80386 DX (full 32 bit)
i80386 SX (murah karena 16bit external)
i80486 DX (int 487)
i80486 SX (487 disabled)
Cx486 DLC (menggunakan MB 386DX, juga yang lain)
Cx486 SLC (menggunakan MB 386SX)
i80486DX2
i80486DX2 ODP
Cx486DLC2 (arsitektur MB 386)
Cx486SLC2 (arsitektur MB 386)
i80486DX4
i80486DX4 ODP
i80486SX2
Pentium
Pentium ODP

  • Sekitar tahun 1989 Intel meluncurkan i80486DX. Seri yang tentunya sangat populer, peningkatan seri ini terhadap seri 80386 adalah kecepatan dan dukungan FPU internal dan skema clock multiplier (seri i486DX2 dan iDX4), tanpa tambahan instruksi baru. Karena permintaan publik untuk prosesor murah, maka Intel meluncurkan seri i80486SX yang tak lain adalah prosesor i80486DX yang sirkuit FPU-nya telah disabled . Seperti yang seharusnya, seri i80486DX memiliki kompatibilitas penuh dengan set instruksi chip-chip seri sebelumnya.
  • AMD dan Cyrix kemudian membeli rancangan prosesor i80386 dan i80486DX untuk membuat prosesor Intel-compatible, dan mereka terbukti sangat berhasil. Pendapat saya inilah yang disebut proses ‘cloning’, sama seperti cerita NEC V20 dan V30. AMD dan Cyrix tidak melakukan proses perancangan vertikal (berdasarkan sebuah chip seri sebelumnya), melainkan berdasarkan rancangan chip yang sudah ada untuk membuat chip yang sekelas.
  • Tahun 1993, dan Intel meluncurkan prosesor Pentium. Peningkatannya terhadap i80486: struktur PGA yang lebih besar (kecepatan yang lebih tinggi , dan pipelining, TANPA instruksi baru. Tidak ada yang spesial dari chip ini, hanya fakta bahwa standar VLB yang dibuat untuk i80486 tidak cocok (bukan tidak kompatibel) sehingga para pembuat chipset terpaksa melakukan rancang ulang untuk mendukung PCI. Intel menggunakan istilah Pentium untuk meng”hambat” saingannya. Sejak Pentium ini para cloner mulai “rontok” tinggal AMD, Cyrix . Intel menggunakan istilah Pentium karena Intel kalah di pengadilan paten. alasannya angka tidak bisa dijadikan paten, karena itu intel mengeluarkan Pentium menggunakan TM. AMD + Cyrix tidak ingin tertinggal, mereka mengeluarkan standar Pentium Rating (PR) sebelumnya ditahun 92 intel sempat berkolaborasi degan Sun, namun gagal dan Intel sempat dituntut oleh Sun karena dituduh menjiplak rancangan Sun. Sejak Pentium, Intel telah menerapkan kemampuan Pipelining yang biasanya cuman ada diprocessor RISC (RISC spt SunSparc). Vesa Local Bus yang 32bit adalah pengembangan dari arsitektur ISA 16bit menggunakan clock yang tetap karena memiliki clock generator sendiri (biasanya >33Mhz) sedangkan arsitektur PCI adalah arsitektur baru yang kecepatan clocknya mengikuti kecepatan clock Processor (biasanya kecepatannya separuh kecepatan processor).. jadi Card VGA PCI kecepatannya relatif tidak akan sama di frekuensi MHz processor yang berbeda alias makin cepat MHz processor, makin cepat PCI-nya
  • Tahun 1995, kemunculan Pentium Pro. Inovasi disatukannya cache memori ke dalam prosesor menuntut dibuatnya socket 8 . Pin-pin prosesor ini terbagi 2 grup: 1 grup untuk cache memori, dan 1 grup lagi untuk prosesornya sendiri, yang tak lebih dari pin-pin Pentium yang diubah susunannya . Desain prosesor ini memungkinkan keefisienan yang lebih tinggi saat menangani instruksi 32-bit, namun jika ada instruksi 16-bit muncul dalam siklus instruksi 32-bit, maka prosesor akan melakukan pengosongan cache sehingga proses eksekusi berjalan lambat. Cuma ada 1 instruksi yang ditambahkan: CMOV (Conditional MOVe) .
  • Tahun 1996, prosesor Pentium MMX. Sebenarnya tidak lebih dari sebuah Pentium dengan unit tambahan dan set instruksi tambahan, yaitu MMX. Intel sampai sekarang masih belum memberikan definisi yang jelas mengenai istilah MMX. Multi Media eXtension adalah istilah yang digunakan AMD . Ada suatu keterbatasan desain pada chip ini: karena modul MMX hanya ditambahkan begitu saja ke dalam rancangan Pentium tanpa rancang ulang, Intel terpaksa membuat unit MMX dan FPU melakukan sharing, dalam arti saat FPU aktif MMX non-aktif, dan sebaliknya. Sehingga Pentium MMX dalam mode MMX tidak kompatibel dengan Pentium.

Bagaimana dengan AMD K5? AMD K5-PR75 sebenarnya adalah sebuah ‘clone’ i80486DX dengan kecepatan internal 133MHz dan clock bus 33MHz . Spesifikasi Pentium yang didapat AMD saat merancang K5 versi-versi selanjutnya dan Cyrix saat merancang 6×86 hanyalah terbatas pada spesifikasi pin-pin Pentium. Mereka tidak diberi akses ke desain aslinya. Bahkan IBM tidak mampu membuat Intel bergeming (Cyrix, mempunyai kontrak terikat dengan IBM sampai tahun 2005)Mengenai rancangan AMD K6, tahukah anda bahwa K6 sebenarnya adalah rancangan milik NexGen ? Sewaktu Intel menyatakan membuat unit MMX, AMD mencari rancangan MMX dan menambahkannya ke K6. Sayangnya spesifikasi MMX yang didapat AMD sepertinya bukan yang digunakan Intel, sebab terbukti K6 memiliki banyak ketidakkompatibilitas instruksi MMX dengan Pentium MMX.

  • Tahun 1997, Intel meluncurkan Pentium II, Pentium Pro dengan teknologi MMX yang memiliki 2 inovasi: cache memori tidak menjadi 1 dengan inti prosesor seperti Pentium Pro , namun berada di luar inti namun berfungsi dengan kecepatan processor. Inovasi inilah yang menyebabkan hilangnya kekurangan Pentium Pro (masalah pengosongan cache) Inovasi kedua, yaitu SEC (Single Edge Cartidge), Kenapa? Karena kita dapat memasang prosesor Pentium Pro di slot SEC dengan bantuan adapter khusus. Tambahan : karena cache L2 onprocessor, maka kecepatan cache = kecepatan processor, sedangkan karena PII cachenya di”luar” (menggunakan processor module), maka kecepatannya setengah dari kecepatan processor. Disebutkan juga penggunaan Slot 1 pada PII karena beberapa alasan :

Pertama, memperlebar jalur data (kaki banyak – Juga jadi alasan Socket 8), pemrosesan pada PPro dan PII dapat paralel. Karena itu sebetulnya Slot 1 lebih punya kekuatan di Multithreading / Multiple Processor. ( sayangnya O/S belum banyak mendukung, benchmark PII dual processorpun oleh ZDBench lebih banyak dilakukan via Win95 ketimbang via NT)Kedua, memungkinkan upgrader Slot 1 tanpa memakan banyak space di Motherboard sebab bila tidak ZIF socket 9 , bisa seluas Form Factor(MB)nya sendiri konsep hemat space ini sejak 8088 juga sudah ada .Mengapa keluar juga spesifikasi SIMM di 286? beberapa diantaranya adalah efisiensi tempat dan penyederhanaan bentuk.

Ketiga, memungkinkan penggunaan cache module yang lebih efisien dan dengan speed tinggi seimbang dengan speed processor dan lagi-lagi tanpa banyak makan tempat, tidak seperti AMD / Cyrix yang “terpaksa” mendobel L1 cachenya untuk menyaingi speed PII (karena L2-nya lambat) sehingga kesimpulannya AMD K6 dan Cyrix 6×86 bukan cepat di processor melainkan cepat di hit cache! Sebab dengan spec Socket7 kecepatan L2 cache akan terbatas hanya secepat bus data / makin lambat bila bus datanya sedang sibuk, padahal PII direncanakan beroperasi pada 100MHz (bukan 66MHz lagi). Point inilah salah satu alasan kenapa intel mengganti chipset dari 430 ke 440 yang berarti juga harus mengganti Motherboard.


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          Americans Agree: Cheating Is the Worst Thing Anyone Can Do   

A recent Gallup poll shows that Americans find cheating the most morally reprehensible behavior one can engage in, worse than cloning humans, polygamy, suicide, abortion, cloning animals, taking birth control, homosexuality and divorce.

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          Integrating Node.js, Ruby and Spring with Okta's SAML Support   

Okta Security has always piqued my interest, ever since I first developed AppFuse and figured out how to make J2EE security work back in 2004. I hacked AppFuse to have Remember Me functionality, then moved onto Acegi/Spring Security. Spring Security had the features I needed, even if it did require almost 100 lines of XML to configure it. These days, it's much better and its JavaConfig - combined with Spring Boot - is pretty slick.

That was the first part of my security life. The second phase began the night I met Trish, and learned she sold security products. She knew of OWASP and their top 10 rules. It was Trish that inspired me to write my Java Web Application Security presentation. I really enjoyed writing that presentation, comparing Apache Shiro, Spring Security and Java EE's security frameworks. I followed up the first time I presented it with a number of blog posts and screencasts. Hmmmm, maybe I should update the presentation/screencasts to use Java configuration only (#NoXML) and submit it to a couple conferences this year? I digress.

I had to do a security-related spike over the last couple weeks. I was trying to get SAML authentication working with Okta and my client's Active Directory server. Luckily, someone setup the AD integration so all I had to do was try a few different languages/frameworks. I searched and found ThoughtWorks' okta-samples, which includes examples using Node.js and Sinatra (Ruby + JRuby). I also found a Spring SAML example that includes one of my favorite things in JavaLand: Java-based configuration.

I'm happy to report I was able to get all of these applications working with my client's Okta setup. This article will tell you how I did it. For each application, I created a new application on Okta using its "Template SAML 2.0 Application" and added myself in the application's "People" tab. Each section below contains the configuration I used for Okta. The instructions below assume you're similar to me, a developer that has Java 8, Node and Ruby installed, but none of the specific frameworks. As I write this, I have everything working on my Mac with Yosemite, but I wrote the instructions below using one of my old laptops, fresh after a Yosemite upgrade.

The first thing I did was checkout ThoughtWorks samples.

git clone https://github.com/ThoughtWorksInc/okta-samples.git

Node.js

I started by getting the Node.js sample working. For Okta's configuration, I used:

Setting Value
Application label Okta Node.js Example
Force Authentication false
Post Back URL http://localhost:3000/login/callback
Name ID Format EmailAddress
Recipient http://localhost:3000/
Audience Restriction http://localhost:3000/
authnContextClassRef PasswordProtectedTransport
Response Signed
Assertion Signed
Request Compressed
Destination http://localhost:3000/login/callback
Attribute Statements email|${user.email},firstName|${user.firstName}

The Node.js sample uses express, as well as passport and passport-saml. The passport packages are used to handle the SAML authentication and connect is used to compress the requests from your local server.

The only thing I needed to do to make the Node.js app work was to paste the X509 cert string and target URL into its config.json from the Okta app. In Okta's Admin interface, I clicked on the "Sign On" tab and clicked its "View Setup Instructions" button. I copied the "Redirect Login URL" value and copied it into config.json's entryPoint value. I then downloaded the certificate and opened it in vi. I ran the following two commands to remove ^M and line endings (more details here).

:%s/<Ctrl-V><Ctrl-M>//g
:%s/\n//g

Next, I copied everything between -----BEGIN CERTIFICATE----- and -----END CERTIFICATE----- and pasted it into the cert value of config.json. I had to remove the comments from config.json for everything to work.

After making these changes, I was able to run "npm install" and "npm start" and successfully login at http://localhost:3000.

Ruby

The Ruby sample uses Sinatra, omniauth and omniauth-saml. To run the okta-ruby-sinatra application, I had to start by installing Bundler.

sudo gem install bundler

Then I installed all the required gems for this project using the following command.

bundle install

This resulted in the following error:

An error occurred while installing nokogiri (1.6.1), and Bundler cannot continue.
Make sure that `gem install nokogiri -v '1.6.1'` succeeds before bundling

I tried Bundler's suggestion, but it failed:

Gem::Installer::ExtensionBuildError: ERROR: Failed to build gem native extension.

    /System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/2.0/usr/bin/ruby extconf.rb
mkmf.rb can't find header files for ruby at /System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.
framework/Versions/2.0/usr/lib/ruby/include/ruby.h

I then tried upgrading to Xcode 6.1.1. I received the same error and running "bundle update sinatra" and "sudo gem update --system" didn't help anything. I found an old Stack Overflow answer that suggested running "xcode-select --install" to install Xcode's Command Line Developer Tools. After doing so, I ran "sudo gcc" to accept to all Apple's licensing agreements. I ran "bundle install" again and this time it failed with the following error:

-----
libxml2 is missing.  please visit http://nokogiri.org/tutorials/installing_nokogiri.html for help with installing dependencies.
-----
...
An error occurred while installing nokogiri (1.6.1), and Bundler cannot continue.
Make sure that `gem install nokogiri -v '1.6.1'` succeeds before bundling.

I tried Bundler's suggested again: "sudo gem install nokogiri -v '1.6.1'". This didn't work, so I tried "bundle update" and it finally worked. I ran "bundle install" for the final time, followed by "ruby app.rb". WEBrick started and I created a "Okta Ruby Example" application on Okta with the following settings.
Setting Value
Application label Okta Ruby Example
Force Authentication false
Post Back URL http://localhost:4567/auth/saml/callback
Name ID Format EmailAddress
Recipient http://localhost:4567
Audience Restriction http://localhost:4567
authnContextClassRef PasswordProtectedTransport
Response Signed
Assertion Signed
Request Compressed
Destination http://localhost:4567/auth/saml/callback
Attribute Statements email|${user.email},firstName|${user.firstName}

To configure Sinatra with Otka's settings, I started by renaming the config.yml.sample file:

mv config.yml.sample config.yml
In Otka's Admin UI for the application, I clicked on the "Sign On" tab and clicked its "View Setup Instructions" button. I copied the "Redirect Login URL" value and copied it into config.yml's target_url value. I then downloaded the certificate and ran the the following command in the directory I downloaded it to.

openssl x509 -noout -fingerprint -in "okta.cert"

I copied the fingerprint into config.yml's fingerprint value and restarted the app. I opened http://localhost:4567 in my browser and was able to successfully login.

JRuby

To start with JRuby, I first read the project's README. It mentioned issues with "nokogiri" and explains the project contains a patched release of nokogiri 1.6.0. Since I knew there was a later release, I modified Gemfile and removed the version and path information from the last line. I copied the config.yml from the Ruby project and ran the following commands to install Bundler, the project's dependencies and start the app.

jruby -S gem install bundler
jruby -S bundle install

Running the second command resulted in the following error:

Your jruby version is 1.7.18, but your Gemfile specified jruby 1.7.4

I modified Gemfile to specify "1.7.18" and tried again. This time it worked. I started the application using the following command:

jruby app.rb
NOTE: If you see the the following in your browser window, it means you forgot to copy config.yml from the Ruby project.
undefined method `auth' for Sinatra::Application:Class

When I tried to login at http://localhost:4567, I saw an infinite redirect and the following error in my console.

W, [2015-01-08T08:53:22.514000 #56144]  WARN -- : attack prevented by Rack::Protection::SessionHijacking
0:0:0:0:0:0:0:1 - - [08/Jan/2015 08:53:22] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 302 - 0.0190
0:0:0:0:0:0:0:1 - - [08/Jan/2015:08:53:22 MST] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 302 0

Stack Overflow indicated this is a problem caused by an old version of rack-protection. Running "jruby -S bundle update rack-protection" updated the project to use rack-protection 1.5.3 (was 1.5.1). After restarting and trying again, I received the following error:

I, [2015-01-08T08:59:32.679000 #56176]  INFO -- omniauth: (saml) Callback phase initiated.
E, [2015-01-08T08:59:34.747000 #56176] ERROR -- omniauth: (saml) Authentication failure! invalid_ticket: Onelogin::Saml::ValidationError, Digest mismatch
0:0:0:0:0:0:0:1 - - [08/Jan/2015:08:59:34 -0700] "POST /auth/saml/callback HTTP/1.1" 302 9 2.0760
0:0:0:0:0:0:0:1 - - [08/Jan/2015:08:59:34 -0700] "GET /auth/failure?message=invalid_ticket&strategy=saml HTTP/1.1" 404 449 0.0080
0:0:0:0:0:0:0:1 - - [08/Jan/2015:08:59:34 MST] "GET /auth/failure?message=invalid_ticket&strategy=saml HTTP/1.1" 404 449
- -> /auth/failure?message=invalid_ticket&strategy=saml
0:0:0:0:0:0:0:1 - - [08/Jan/2015:08:59:34 -0700] "GET /__sinatra__/404.png HTTP/1.1" 200 18893 0.0200
0:0:0:0:0:0:0:1 - - [08/Jan/2015:08:59:32 MST] "POST /auth/saml/callback HTTP/1.1" 302 9
- -> /auth/saml/callback
0:0:0:0:0:0:0:1 - - [08/Jan/2015:08:59:34 MST] "GET /__sinatra__/404.png HTTP/1.1" 200 18893
http://localhost:4567/auth/failure?message=invalid_ticket&strategy=saml -> /__sinatra__/404.png

At this point, the only thing different from my working version and my old laptop was the version of Java. My old laptop had "build 1.8.0_05-b13", so I upgraded to the latest version of Java 8 (update 25). This didn't help, so I tried updating all bundles with "jruby -S bundle update". This failed too, so I figured I'd try to use the version of JRuby that was on my working laptop (version 1.7.16.1). I installed Homebrew, ran "brew install jruby", removed the newer version from my path and downgraded the version in Gemfile. I had to re-install Bundler and the projects dependencies with the following commands.

jruby -S gem install bundler
jruby -S bundle install

Same error again. I reverted Gemfile.lock and ran the only bundle update command I'd run on my working laptop:

$ jruby -S bundle update sinatra

Unfortunately, this still didn't fix the issue. I copied the project from my working laptop and tried running that project. It failed, proving that it was an environment issue, not a project/code issue. I tried rebooting and when that didn't work, I gave up. It's pretty strange this didn't work on a fresh Yosemite install - it took me less than 10 minutes to get it working originally.

Spring

The Spring sample I got working with Okta was Vincenzo De Notaris' spring-boot-security-saml-sample. This project uses Spring Boot and Spring Security SAML. I created a "Okta Spring Example" application on Okta with the following settings.

Setting Value
Application label Okta Spring Example
Force Authentication false
Post Back URL http://localhost:8080/saml/SSO
Name ID Format EmailAddress
Recipient http://localhost:8080/saml/SSO
Audience Restriction com:vdenotaris:spring:sp
authnContextClassRef PasswordProtectedTransport
Response Signed
Assertion Signed
Request Uncompressed
Destination http://localhost:8080/saml/SSO
Attribute Statements email|${user.email},firstName|${user.firstName}

The biggest thing I learned while trying to get these values correct was that Request needs to be set to Uncompressed.

After cloning the GitHub project to my hard drive, I added a new SSO provider by adding a new bean to WebSecurityConfig.java. The URL I got from Okta's Admin UI: Sign On > View Setup Instructions > Public Link (near the bottom of the page).

@Bean(name = "idp-okta")
public ExtendedMetadataDelegate ssoOktaExtendedMetadataProvider()
      throws MetadataProviderException {
    @SuppressWarnings({ "deprecation"})
    HTTPMetadataProvider httpMetadataProvider
          = new HTTPMetadataProvider("https://client.okta.com/app/random-key-here/sso/saml/metadata", 5000);
    httpMetadataProvider.setParserPool(parserPool());
    ExtendedMetadataDelegate extendedMetadataDelegate =
          new ExtendedMetadataDelegate(httpMetadataProvider, extendedMetadata());
    extendedMetadataDelegate.setMetadataTrustCheck(false);
    extendedMetadataDelegate.setMetadataRequireSignature(false);
    return extendedMetadataDelegate;
}

For the SSL connection to work, I had to download the certificate and import it into the application's keystore. To do this in Chrome, I went to https://client.okta.com, clicked on the lock icon in the address bar, then dragged/dropped the certificate image to my desktop. This resulted in a *.okta.com.cer file on my desktop. I added it to the keystore using the following commands (thanks Stack Overflow).

keytool -importcert -file ~/Desktop/\*.okta.com.cer -keystore src/main/resources/saml/samlKeystore.jks

When prompted for the password, I entered "nalle123". This value is specified in WebSecurityConfig.java's keyManager bean. I then added this provider to the list of providers in the metadata bean.

@Bean
@Qualifier("metadata")
public CachingMetadataManager metadata() throws MetadataProviderException {
        List<MetadataProvider> providers = new ArrayList<MetadataProvider>();
    providers.add(ssoOktaExtendedMetadataProvider());
    providers.add(ssoCircleExtendedMetadataProvider());
    return new CachingMetadataManager(providers);
}

After making these changes, I started the application using "mvn spring-boot:run". I navigated to http://localhost:8080, chose Okta as my Idp and logged in successfully!

Summary

This article shows you how I got Node.js, Ruby and Spring applications working with Okta's SAML support. My experience with this when I first tried it: Node was super-easy, Ruby was a bit more difficult, JRuby was a cinch and Spring took several days. As you can tell from this article, Ruby/JRuby were the most difficult to make work on a clean machine.

All in all, working with Okta has been a pleasant experience so far. Hopefully this article helps make it a good experience for you as well.


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          Women's Bioethics Project Closes   
Dear Friends,
We launched the Women’s Bioethics Project six years ago. With your support, we developed innovative programs, policy recommendations and research on ethical issues pertaining to women’s health, reproductive technologies, and neuroethics. We made a difference: our work brought these important issues to new audiences and encouraged women to participate in policy development around bioethics questions. Please take a look at the “Report to the Board” highlighting some of the key activities we accomplished together. I sincerely appreciate the time, talent, and financial resources you have contributed to make our effort a success. Thank you.

We now have an extraordinary opportunity to take our work to the next level. As Craig Venter and his colleagues create "the first self-replicating species we’ve had on the planet whose parent is a computer," and Lee Hood's team completes the first family genome study, we are entering a new and very exciting era in biology and medicine. Simultaneously, bioethical issues are showing up with increasing frequency in film, television and literature.

Million Dollar Baby dealt with euthanasia and the right to die; The Constant Gardener with informed consent and drug trials in developing countries; The Island with human clones for replacement parts; Gattaca with genetic engineering; The Sixth Day with cloning; Minority Report with neuroengineering; and Bicentennial Man with artificial intelligence. Popular television programs such as Law and Order, House, Grey’s Anatomy and CSI Miami have tackled issues from informed consent to genetic testing. In literature, Margaret Atwood showed us the perils of bio-engineering in Oryx & Crake, Kazuo Ishiguro focused on cloning in Never Let Me Go, Michael Crichton dealt with genetics in Next, and Jodi Picoult took on savior siblings in My Sister’s Keeper (now a movie too.) Not since the early days of space exploration have we seen the general public’s interest in science and ethics-related issues so piqued.

Most of the recent works in this vein focus on the perils rather than the promise of biotechnology, and it is these perils that conservatives use to promote their agenda. These aren’t just talking points: conservative bioethics centers have made popular movies and books major vehicles for their message. Yet filmmakers, television producers and authors are not intentionally driving a conservative bioethics agenda; rather, they are merely creating compelling story lines with strong narrative tension. What would happen if more of these story lines incorporated a progressive viewpoint? There’s an enormous opportunity to expose the progressive side of bioethics through popular media if we can help find and cultivate the material.

We need ways to reach people outside of the academic and policy realms. Leveraging the power of popular culture is a compelling strategy that engages the public in a visceral and dramatic way. Many emerging technologies and ideas were unimaginable until recently. Genetic testing, designer babies, radical life extension, and neural imaging, to name just a few, are still in their infancy. And there is a great opportunity for determining how these issues are framed in the public mind. Policy will follow public opinion, so we must ensure progressive values are part of the national conversation.

It is time to take our work to the next level: influencing popular culture. This new focus is an evolution and extension of our original vision. We are in the initial planning stages of this next great adventure. If you are interested in being involved, follow me on Twitter @khinsch or contact me directly.

The Women’s Bioethics Project has been a wonderful experience. We are grateful for the many accomplished people who gave generously of their time and talent; the influential organizations that partnered with us; and the visionary, generous donors who took a chance on a big concept that few have tried. However, addressing the new cultural challenge requires a new organization with a less specific focus than a public policy think-tank. As a result, the Women’s Bioethics Project will close its doors on June 11, 2010.

I look forward to keeping in touch with each of you. Thanks for all you have done to move this critical agenda forward.

Kathryn Hinsch
Founder/Board President
206-200-1101
khinsch (at) mazama.net

[Note from the Editor:  Likewise, the Women's Bioethics Blog willing be shutting down shortly.   I will continue to post periodically over the IEET blog, and plan to continue working on my book. 

I'd like to thank all the bloggers for their efforts over the years, and I thank all of our loyal readers for their support.  I wish you all a fond farewell, but not goodbye -- until we meet again in cyberspace or some other realm.  With great appreciation, Linda MacDonald Glenn]

          A little acid or a tight squeeze can turn a cell stemlike   
News

Stresses send mouse cells into primordial state capable of making any tissue

By
10:26am, January 29, 2014

TAILOR MADE  Stress can reprogram cells to become STAP cells (green), a new variety of stem cell that can become any type of cell. Researchers used these cells to grow an entire mouse fetus.  

Citations

H. Obokata et al. Stimulus-triggered fate conversion of somatic cells into pluripotency. Nature. Vol. 505, January 30, 2014, p. 641. doi:10.1038/nature12968.

H. Obokata et al. Bidirectional developmental potential in reprogrammed cells with acquired pluripotency. Nature. Vol. 505, January 30, 2014, p. 676. doi:10.1038/nature12969.

Further Reading

A. Yeager. Groovy surface changes cells' state. Science News Online, October 21, 2013.

M. Rosen. Stem cells made with just seven chemicals. Science News Online, July 18, 2013. 

Editor's Note: The research described in this article is the subject of a reported February 2014 investigation by RIKEN. Read more about the concerns about the findings and some researchers' unsuccessful attempts to replicate the work. The papers were retracted in July 2014.

View the video

Creating stem cells may be as simple as dunking cells briefly into a mild acid bath.

Doing so with mouse cells turned them into ultraflexible ones that can grow into any type of body tissue, researchers report in two papers in the Jan. 30 Nature. Other types of stress, such as squeezing cells through narrow glass tubes, can also reprogram cells, Haruko Obokata of the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan, and Harvard Medical School and her colleagues discovered.

The easy technique, if it works on human cells, could provide replacement cells for diseased body parts, foster a better understanding of a person’s disease risks and drug sensitivities, and maybe even serve as a fertility treatment.

The method has floored other researchers, who thought that creating stem cells required more-complex operations: extracting cells from embryos, transferring the nucleus of an adult cell to an egg cell, or using viruses or other means to introduce factors into the cell that reprogram it to be embryonic-like.

“It’s fascinating. It’s perplexing. It’s potentially profound, but leaves lots of reasons to scratch my head,” says George Daley, the director of stem cell transplantation at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. “It’s begging to be replicated,” he says, adding that his lab will attempt to do just that.

In the new study, about 7 to 9 percent of cells from newborn mice survive the acid treatment and take just a week to form primordial cells, dubbed STAP cells for stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency. Pluripotent cells are capable of developing into cells from any tissue. Both embryonic stem cells and reprogrammed cells known as induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells, are pluripotent.

STAP cells may be even more flexible, Obokata says. When injected into mouse embryos, STAP cells not only incorporate into any body tissue but they can also form parts of the placenta. That’s a feat other pluripotent cells generally can’t accomplish, and it may indicate that STAP cells are totipotent, or capable of forming a complete organism. Growing STAP cells under different conditions in lab dishes also produced stem cells that could grow into fetal tissues. Slightly different conditions yielded cells resembling placenta precursor cells called trophoblasts.  

Obokata and her colleagues transformed blood, skin, brain, muscle, fat, bone marrow, lung and liver cells from newborn mice into STAP cells. The technique worked, but not as well, on cells from older mice, she says. The researchers have begun testing the acid treatment on human cells.

The new reprogramming method’s simplicity has taken other researchers aback.

Dieter Egli, a stem cell researcher at the New York Stem Cell Foundation, is skeptical of the findings. “If I were to describe this over a coffee break to one of my colleagues, they’d say, ‘you must be kidding,’” he says. He knows of no mechanism that could explain how mild acid or squeezing changes a cell’s fate so dramatically and consistently in one direction. Egli wonders why, for instance, blood cells became stem cells instead of transforming into muscle or any other type of cell.

Cells experience stress all the time, Egli points out, from sources such as low oxygen, high or low temperatures, mechanical stress from exercise and chemical stress from inflammation. If simple acid or mechanical stress causes cells to revert to an early developmental state, he says, “it’s hard to imagine how our bodies would maintain integrity over a lifetime.”

But Qi-Long Ying, a stem cell biologist at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, speculates that the body produces inhibitory factors that prevent stress from reprogramming cells. Without those inhibitions, lab-grown cells can regress to an immature state. Understanding how stress reverts mouse cells to the anything-goes state may teach researchers more about cancer, another condition in which cells have no particular identity and grow rapidly. He worries that cells reprogrammed by stress might be more susceptible to becoming cancerous.

On the road to using STAP cells in individualized medicine, ethical barriers may also pop up. Because STAP cells may be totipotent, James Byrne, a stem cell researcher at UCLA, worries that the new technology may raise old specters of human cloning. Debates over the ethics of embryonic stem cell research were largely pushed to the side when researchers learned how to reprogram adult cells into iPS cells. Because iPS cells usually don't form placenta, they probably would not grow into a fetus if directly transplanted into a uterus. But acid-reprogrammed cells potentially could grow into a fetus, placenta and all. If that’s true, the cells might be used to treat infertility by creating an embryo from an adult’s cells, Byrne says.

The new method is just one of many ways to create stem cells, says Louise Laurent, a stem cell biologist at the University of California, San Diego and the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine. If stress reprograms human cells as quickly and efficiently as it does mouse cells, it may have advantages over older techniques. Ultimately, researchers conducting clinical trials will choose the most stable cells that faithfully reproduce tissues of interest, Laurent says.

Much research is needed to show whether STAP cells can compete with other types of stem cells, she says. Regardless of the final outcome, she says, “these papers will inspire people to explore less traditional ways of changing a cell’s fate.”

BACK TO BASICS  After half an hour in mild acid, a mouse’s white blood cells can convert to a new type of stem cell known as STAP cells. Cells undergoing conversion turn on a gene called Oct4 (green), which helps in reprogramming the cell to a primordial state. The STAP cells eventually developed into a mouse embryo with a beating heart. All of the organism’s cells grew from the new type of stem cell, which can also make part of the placenta (not shown).

Credit: H. Obokata


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          The Classic "Take a Photo of Your Set-Up" Thread   

Yeah, just wanted a clean install for multiple reasons.
1. the c partition on my original drive was too small, couldn't be extended without some fuckery iirc
2. bloat that i don't need anymore, some came with the system, some apps i installed and don't use anymore
3. iLok started screwing up and crashing my DAW (maybe related to the space issue - something got corrupt?)
4. cba with cloning shit, i'd rather have a clean environment and pull stuff i need from a backup :slight_smile:


          What I expected   
I expected a working cloning solution for osx partition, that would allow me to clone the whole disk in preparation to transfer it to another HDD. OSX imaging tool that creates .dmg failed till 10.4.x to do that even though they designed it to do that function. I can currently successfully clone any windows and any linux(ext3) with Acronis TrueImage products without wasting the size on destination, because this tool can clone also osx but on sector by sector method which will at the end fill up 160GB for a 160 GB HDD occupied with 20 GB worth of data. Other unix tools are not safe to clone osx too and they have issues with permissions and other things. Even Acronis have issues with osx, due to osx nature of nagging about size differences and other non-BIOS EFI based problems. So, Apple should help administrators to clone mac partitions without issue to let me step into this OSX once and for all.
          Soylent Gelatin   

Soylent gelatin

PopSci.com reports in a headline calculated to get a lot of interest that "Next-Generation Gelatin Could be Derived from Humans Instead of Animals." For those who know how gelatin is made, the image that pops up is disturbing, indeed. After all, gelatin is generally derived by slowly cooking out the connective tissue from collagen-heavy parts of animals or, to put too fine a point on it, they boil down hooves of animals. So immediately one thinks of a pot filled with hands and feet or something equally ridiculous. After all, hands aren't particularly collagen-rich. It'd take far too many hands.

So, when you get past the headline into the article, you find that what's happening is that scientists have found one or more handy gene sequences that creates collagen, and they've grafted these genes onto the DNA of yeast, which can just pump out the collagen as long as there's food to eat and nobody tries to make bread or beer out of them.

So now we're at the interesting bits. Gene sequences are the same in a bunch of different species. Humans share a tremendous amount of DNA with mice, for example. The sequences used may or may not be available in other animals, and possible even the sequences exist in animals that we eat. So, if someone spent the money to discover that these sequences exists in not only humans but cows as well, is this less disgusting?

From the scientists perspective, genes are becoming better understood and more usable. After all, DNA is for creating proteins. DNA unzips to create RNA, and RNA bonds with molecules in the cell to generate a protein. Here's a video that describes the process:

In a really large system, like a person or a bacterium, it's hard to understand everything that is going on because there are so many things happening at once, and they're all linked. But for making proteins, it's relatively simple, as these things go. So scientists aren't necessarily super-concerned about where they found the genes, because they're just making proteins. If you were cloning dinosaurs and wanted to mix in some frog DNA, then you'd have more to worry about because the system is so complex you might get velociraptors that can change sex and have babies that will kill everyone in the theme park or something.

The end product is still going to have to be tested to ensure it's non-toxic and nutritionally similar to conventionally-derived gelatin before it's ever sold as something that could be ingested. It's still pretty weird, though, so I expect that we will not see this in food products initially. You're not going to get to choose between the regular Jell-O and the non-human Jell-O, at least to start with. Instead, it'll likely go into medical applications first, where there's already so many crazy science-things going on that one more weird application isn't going to make much of a difference. A few years later, once that's settled in and become normal, they'll start rolling out the Gummi people.


          To "Wax" Philosophic   
Here we are about 10-12 years into a movement and I've decided to join. Call me current. As a matter of fact, I've been a proper slave to it for several months now.Total rookie shit, I know. It's getting to be ri-goddamn-diculous... I'm talking about the resurgence of vinyl, LPs, wax tracks, good old records, man. I'm hooked and well past the point of no return. I'm head down in the stacks, nose to the crates, belly to the bin. I'm on craigslist digitally underlining a made up map in the garage sale section on friday nights, I'm trolling my hood every Saturday morning, scoping out brilliantly colored slightly neon signs affixed to telephone poles. Looking for arrows and numbers. Elbowing out the elderly on their silly little quests for decorative and/or commemorative plates and old curtains.  I'm everywhere I can be without cloning myself, looking for these goddamn records, leaving my bored kid in the car(windows cracked half open,people) Thrift stores, church sales..no garage or stoop or flea market is off limits. Hi. My name is Seano and I'm a curbaholic.


However.......I was a cassette guy right out of the  gates in 1980 when I joined the Columbia House 6 tapes for a penny club. I still remember the six because I still hear the tape hiss in my head from playing them to death on my GE tape recorder and later Panasonic Boom Box.That's right, Boom Box is capitalized. And yes, I never bought those two cassettes at full price and avoided prosecution, most likely by providing them with an assumed name like Ben Dover or Hugh. G. Rection.

They were Billy Squier-Don't Say No, Van Halen I, Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin IV, AC/DC-Highway To Hell and The Doors-Greatest Hits. These were my go-tos, until I was old enough to ride my bike down to the Music City shop in Perinton Square Mall, with a couple weeks worth of lawn mowing money and add to my collection. Cassettes fit easily into my Cannondale bright yellow bike seat bag. I couldn't have imagined riding one handed on a 10 speed all the way back up that hill with a slippery bag of albums under my other arms. Cassettes were portable and in another year, fit perfectly in my Panasonic silver Walkman knock off. (Just like the brand Kleenex became the word for all tissues, Walkman became the word for all portable cassette players, at least in idyllic upstate NY).

My parents had a stereo, and a bunch of albums housed in an old wooden icebox in our funky little farmhouse, including Sgt. Peppers, Physical Graffiti, Big Brother and the Holding Company's Cheap Thrills and a host of others. I remember those iconic covers, wanting to know who R. Crumb was, wanting to see the pictures behind the brownstone windows on the gatefold, wanting to research all of the so called Paul-is-dead symbolism within the lineup...

I don't remember my parents having music on as much as I do at home. Nor do most of the busy people I know. My father was always working in the yard or ensconced in some art project in the barn, my mother was always taking my sister to some dance recital. I wouldn't call either of them influences for my musical ability or obsession. To the both of them, music was something you put on during conversation, when they had company, and the kids were in bed. But those albums, those covers, the big bassy warm sound that rumbled out of my Dad's big brown cloth covered speakers, that's what stuck with me. I used to pull a chair up to the ice box and play those albums, years before the ease of cassettes and blank TDKs and recording arena rock tracks off of the radio took over my listening experience, thus began to chip away at my general attention span.

Now, decades, and 2k cds in boxes and 40k mp3s later, I've returned. You'll find many vinyl appreciation blogs and youtube videos out there, and naysayers vs. pundits in every corner of the globe, volleying beliefs, insults and scientific studies that approve or disprove vinyl's sonic superiority. Which at the end of the day is all very relative, case study by case study, with speaker quality, vinyl thickness, speaker placement, tube amplification, 1300 dollar turntables vs. white ear buds all coming up for consideration.

I don't care about any of that bullshit. I found that over the past ten years or so, music listening became something I patched into my lifestyle, squeezed into a road trip big or small, affixed to my ears while I worked or played. It became invisible, fleeting and as shallow as the next track scrolled through with infinite ease. It became something to acquire, peruse and discard or file away in a dead hollow cloud nobody can see or figure out the location of. Smaller, Faster, not even there, but will come when you call it, when you will it to appear, for your own personal function or form.

Multitasking. Some call it a revelation. I call it a killer. Why not stretch your mind and body to their limits? You'll get it done sooner, faster. sign off on it. On to the next. Bitch slap your bullet points, bully your bucket list, bring your " A" game to all of the games people play and watch all of your critical synapses struggle against each other in a cage match to the death. I'm not good at it, but surely fell/fall victim/champion to it as we all have.

So, I'm going to strip it back down, I'm going to indent my lovely couch with my lovely ass a moment or two after I split a gatefold open, engulfed with a waft of mildew and memories slide that black circle out of that worn sleeve, and plunk it down on my 1979 Pioneer PL-512 turntable. I'm going to drop that arm, and look at the cover and the liner notes, while I listen. And while I do that, besides partaking in an adult beverage, I'm going to do fuck all else.

I'm going to repeat this heroic, primitive series of events often, while some of you are bluetoothing while you compare organic tomatoes, shuffling while you bodycycle. I'm going to be here enjoying the crackle of the dust in the odd groove, the risk of skip, the warm bruise of the bass blanket. And these are my roots, these are the steps I must retrace. This is the emotion I must court, date and score with.

However....A vinyl nerd I am not. I have adhered to some personal guidelines after several run ins with hipsters of a previously unseen level of pretense and snobbery. I have arrived at auctions or musty garages to find too many an archaeologist of wax in my way, and I in theirs.  My rules are as follows:

1) Unless an album is on my holy grail vinyl trail, I'm not spending more than 8 dollars on it. This means I don't buy new releases on vinyl. I'm not spending 35 dollars on a new pair of Levis let alone a new album.

2) I don't buy re-releases on vinyl. Sure I really want that Stooges-Fun House I saw the other day. It may or may not sound better than the original, but I want the original. Call me an antiquer, people.If the original is found, see #1.

3) If at all possible, I prefer to "find" vinyl by accident, rather than go to a record store that has something that I covet nicely displayed. Record stores are down the list for me and mostly a last resort behind suburban garage sales(I say suburban because 9 out of 10 times a suburbanite just wants to get rid of that stack of albums his wife keeps loudly reminding him to get rid of, and therefore has no idea/or the disposable income not to care about what he has.), thrift stores in the middle of nowhere(the further away from the city, the better) and finally estate sales where the word HOARDER has been mentioned in the listing.

It really is about finding a bargain NOT for their collector/resale value but so I can buy MORE albums with the wad which I've allotted for myself. I plan on giving my son everything I have in my will with a STRONG addendum that if he doesn't share the passion when he is of age he may not give away or sell my collection but must leave it for an heir that is sure to appreciate it. So who cares if its a first pressing, or still sealed or has a NM on a listing, fuck that! Its about the music! Besides, that crazy notion is reserved for my 4000 comic books.

I would love to hear some/any stories of your happy accidents on your own personal vinyl acquisitive journeys.

Mine are posted on instagram.

Thanks to Derek and Derek and Alex for fueling this fire.
          How To Duplicate Post or Page in WordPress With Single Click   

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          Software Designer (Fusion Middleware DBA) - Rbs India Development Centre - Bangalore, Karnataka   
Provision of environmental tools to facilitate quicker provision / refresh of environments i.e. Cloning and automated code deployments....
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          Senior Software Designer (Fusion Middleware DBA) - Rbs India Development Centre - Bangalore, Karnataka   
Provision of environmental tools to facilitate quicker provision / refresh of environments i.e. Cloning and automated code deployments....
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          Acronis Delivers Lightning-fast Search of Windows and NAS File Shares for Macs in Windows Environments With New Release of Acronis Files Connect   
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<HEAD>
<META http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
<meta content="text/html; charset=utf-8" http-equiv="Content-Type">
<style type="text/css">
          .xn-newslines .xn-distributor{
          display:none;
          }
          .xn-newslines .xn-dateline{
          display:none;
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      /* /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ CLIENT-SPECIFIC STYLES /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ */
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        .ReadMsgBody{width: 100%;} .ExternalClass{width: 100%;} /* Force Hotmail to display emails at full width */
        .ExternalClass, .ExternalClass p, .ExternalClass span, .ExternalClass font, .ExternalClass td, .ExternalClass div {line-height: 100%;} /* Force Hotmail to display normal line spacing */
        body, table, td, p, a, li, blockquote{-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; -ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;} /* Prevent WebKit and Windows mobile changing default text sizes */
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        img{-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;} /* Allow smoother rendering of resized image in Internet Explorer */

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        body{margin: 0; padding: 0;}
        img{border: 0; height: auto; line-height: 100%; outline: none; text-decoration: none;}
        table{border-collapse: collapse !important;}
        body, #bodyTable, #bodyCell{height: 100% !important; margin: 0; padding: 0; width: 100% !important;}

        /* /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ TEMPLATE STYLES /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ */

        /* ========== Page Styles ========== */

        #bodyCell{padding: 20px;}
        #templateContainer{
            width: 600px;
            background-color: #ffffff;
        }

            /**
            * @tip Set the background color and top border for your email. You may want to choose colors that match your company's branding.
            * @theme page
            */
            body, #bodyTable{
                background-color: #DEE0E2;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the background color and top border for your email. You may want to choose colors that match your company's branding.
            * @theme page
            */
            #bodyCell{
                border-top: 4px solid #BBBBBB;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the border for your email.
            */
            #templateContainer{
                border: 1px solid #BBBBBB;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for all first-level headings in your emails. These should be the largest of your headings.
            * @style heading 1
            */
            h1{
                color: #404040 !important;
                display: block;
                font-family: Helvetica;
                font-size: 26px;
                font-style: normal;
                font-weight: bold;
                line-height: 100%;
                letter-spacing: normal;
                margin-top: 0;
                margin-right: 0;
                margin-bottom: 10px;
                margin-left: 0;
                text-align: left;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for all second-level headings in your emails.
            * @style heading 2
            */
            h2{
                color: #404040 !important;
                display: block;
                font-family: Helvetica;
                font-size: 20px;
                font-style: normal;
                font-weight: bold;
                line-height: 100%;
                letter-spacing: normal;
                margin-top: 0;
                margin-right: 0;
                margin-bottom: 10px;
                margin-left: 0;
                text-align: left;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for all third-level headings in your emails.
            * @style heading 3
            */
            h3{
                color: #3d98c6 !important;
                display: block;
                font-family: Helvetica;
                font-size: 16px;
                font-weight: normal;
                line-height: 100%;
                letter-spacing: normal;
                margin-top: 0;
                margin-right: 0;
                margin-bottom: 10px;
                margin-left: 0;
                text-align: left;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for all fourth-level headings in your emails. These should be the smallest of your headings.
            * @style heading 4
            */
            h4{
                color: #808080 !important;
                display: block;
                font-family: Helvetica;
                font-size: 14px;
                font-weight: normal;
                line-height: 100%;
                letter-spacing: normal;
                margin-top: 0;
                margin-right: 0;
                margin-bottom: 10px;
                margin-left: 0;
                text-align: left;
            }

            h4.subtitle {
              color: #808080 !important;
              font-size: 14px;
            }

            /* ========== Header Styles ========== */

            /**
            * @tip Set the background color and bottom border for your email's preheader area.
            * @theme header
            */
            #templatePreheader{
                background-color: #F4F4F4;
                border-bottom: 1px solid #CCCCCC;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's preheader text. Choose a size and color that is easy to read.
            */
            .preheaderContent{
                color: #808080;
                font-family: Helvetica;
                font-size: 10px;
                line-height: 125%;
                text-align: left;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's preheader links. Choose a color that helps them stand out from your text.
            */
            .preheaderContent a:link, .preheaderContent a:visited, /* Yahoo! Mail Override */ .preheaderContent a .yshortcuts /* Yahoo! Mail Override */{
                color: #606060;
                font-weight: normal;
                text-decoration: underline;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the background color and borders for your email's header area.
            * @theme header
            */
            #templateHeader{
                background-color: #F4F4F4;
                border-top: 1px solid #FFFFFF;
                border-bottom: 1px solid #CCCCCC;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's header text. Choose a size and color that is easy to read.
            */
            .headerContent{
                color: #505050;
                font-family: Helvetica;
                font-size: 20px;
                font-weight: bold;
                line-height: 100%;
                padding-top: 0;
                padding-right: 0;
                padding-bottom: 0;
                padding-left: 0;
                text-align: left;
                vertical-align: middle;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's header links. Choose a color that helps them stand out from your text.
            */
            .headerContent a:link, .headerContent a:visited, /* Yahoo! Mail Override */ .headerContent a .yshortcuts /* Yahoo! Mail Override */{
                color: #3d98c6;
                font-weight: normal;
                text-decoration: underline;
            }

            #headerImage{
                height: auto;
                max-width: 600px;
            }

            #socialShare img {
                margin-right: 3px;
            }

            /* ========== Body Styles ========== */

            /**
            * @tip Set the background color and borders for your email's body area.
            */
            #templateBody{
                background-color: #FFFFFF;
                border-top: 1px solid #FFFFFF;
                /*border-bottom: 1px solid #CCCCCC;*/
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's main content text. Choose a size and color that is easy to read.
            * @theme main
            */
            .bodyContent{
                color: #505050;
                font-family: Helvetica;
                font-size: 16px;
                line-height: 150%;
                padding-top: 20px;
                padding-right: 20px;
                padding-bottom: 20px;
                padding-left: 20px;
                text-align: left;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's main content links. Choose a color that helps them stand out from your text.
            */
            .bodyContent a:link, .bodyContent a:visited, /* Yahoo! Mail Override */ .bodyContent a .yshortcuts /* Yahoo! Mail Override */{
                color: #3d98c6;
                font-weight: normal;
                text-decoration: underline;
            }

            .bodyContent img{
                display: inline;
                height: auto;
                max-width: 560px;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the background color and border for your email's data table.
            */
            .templateDataTable{
                background-color: #FFFFFF;
            }

            .templateDataTable a:link {
                text-decoration: none;
                color: #3d98c6;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's data table text. Choose a size and color that is easy to read.
            */
            .dataTableHeading{
                /*background-color: #E7F1FC;*/
                color: #336699;
                font-family: Helvetica;
                font-size: 14px;
                font-weight: bold;
                line-height: 150%;
                text-align: left;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's data table links. Choose a color that helps them stand out from your text.
            */
            .dataTableHeading a:link, .dataTableHeading a:visited, /* Yahoo! Mail Override */ .dataTableHeading a .yshortcuts /* Yahoo! Mail Override */{
                color: #FFFFFF;
                font-weight: bold;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's data table text. Choose a size and color that is easy to read.
            */
            .dataTableContent{
                border-top: 1px solid #DDDDDD;
                border-bottom: 0;
                color: #404040;
                font-family: Helvetica;
                font-size: 12px;
                line-height: 150%;
                text-align: left;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's data table links. Choose a color that helps them stand out from your text.
            */
            .dataTableContent a:link, .dataTableContent a:visited, /* Yahoo! Mail Override */ .dataTableContent a .yshortcuts /* Yahoo! Mail Override */{
                color: #3d98c6;
                font-weight: bold;
            }

            /* ========== Column Styles ========== */

            .templateColumnContainer{width: 200px;}

            /**
            * @tip Set the background color and borders for your email's column area.
            */
            #templateColumns{
                background-color: #F4F4F4;
                border-top: 1px solid #FFFFFF;
                border-bottom: 1px solid #CCCCCC;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's left column content text. Choose a size and color that is easy to read.
            */
            .leftColumnContent{
                color: #505050;
                font-family: Helvetica;
                font-size: 14px;
                line-height: 150%;
                padding-top: 0;
                padding-right: 20px;
                padding-bottom: 20px;
                padding-left: 20px;
                text-align: left;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's left column content links. Choose a color that helps them stand out from your text.
            */
            .leftColumnContent a:link, .leftColumnContent a:visited, /* Yahoo! Mail Override */ .leftColumnContent a .yshortcuts /* Yahoo! Mail Override */{
                color: #3d98c6;
                font-weight: normal;
                text-decoration: underline;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's center column content text. Choose a size and color that is easy to read.
            */
            .centerColumnContent{
                color: #505050;
                font-family: Helvetica;
                font-size: 14px;
                line-height: 150%;
                padding-top: 0;
                padding-right: 20px;
                padding-bottom: 20px;
                padding-left: 20px;
                text-align: left;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's center column content links. Choose a color that helps them stand out from your text.
            */
            .centerColumnContent a:link, .centerColumnContent a:visited, /* Yahoo! Mail Override */ .centerColumnContent a .yshortcuts /* Yahoo! Mail Override */{
                color: #3d98c6;
                font-weight: normal;
                text-decoration: underline;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's right column content text. Choose a size and color that is easy to read.
            */
            .rightColumnContent{
                color: #505050;
                font-family: Helvetica;
                font-size: 14px;
                line-height: 150%;
                padding-top: 0;
                padding-right: 20px;
                padding-bottom: 20px;
                padding-left: 20px;
                text-align: left;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's right column content links. Choose a color that helps them stand out from your text.
            */
            .rightColumnContent a:link, .rightColumnContent a:visited, /* Yahoo! Mail Override */ .rightColumnContent a .yshortcuts /* Yahoo! Mail Override */{
                color: #3d98c6;
                font-weight: normal;
                text-decoration: underline;
            }

            .leftColumnContent img, .rightColumnContent img{
                display: inline;
                height: auto;
                max-width: 260px;
            }

            /* ========== Footer Styles ========== */

            /**
            * @tip Set the background color and borders for your email's footer area.
            * @theme footer
            */
            #templateFooter{
                background-color: #F4F4F4;
                border-top: 1px solid #FFFFFF;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's footer text. Choose a size and color that is easy to read.
            * @theme footer
            */
            .footerContent{
                color: #808080;
                font-family: Helvetica;
                font-size: 10px;
                line-height: 150%;
                padding-top: 20px;
                padding-right: 20px;
                padding-bottom: 20px;
                padding-left: 20px;
                text-align: left;
            }

            .footerContent.social, .footerContent.social h4 {
                text-align: center;
            }

            .footerContent.social a {
                margin: 0 10px;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's footer links. Choose a color that helps them stand out from your text.
            */
            .footerContent a:link, .footerContent a:visited, /* Yahoo! Mail Override */ .footerContent a .yshortcuts, .footerContent a span /* Yahoo! Mail Override */{
                color: #606060;
                font-weight: normal;
                text-decoration: underline;
            }

            /* /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ MOBILE STYLES /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ */

            @media only screen and (max-width: 480px){
                /* /\/\/\/\/\/\/ CLIENT-SPECIFIC MOBILE STYLES /\/\/\/\/\/\/ */
                body, table, td, p, a, li, blockquote{-webkit-text-size-adjust: none !important;} /* Prevent Webkit platforms from changing default text sizes */
                body{width: 100% !important; min-width: 100% !important;} /* Prevent iOS Mail from adding padding to the body */

                /* /\/\/\/\/\/\/ MOBILE RESET STYLES /\/\/\/\/\/\/ */
                #bodyCell{padding: 10px !important;}

                /* /\/\/\/\/\/\/ MOBILE TEMPLATE STYLES /\/\/\/\/\/\/ */

                /* ======== Page Styles ======== */

                /**
                * @tip Make the template fluid for portrait or landscape view adaptability. If a fluid layout doesn't work for you, set the width to 300px instead.
                */
                #templateContainer{
                    max-width: 600px !important;
                    width: 100% !important;
                }

                /**
                * @tip Make the first-level headings larger in size for better readability on small screens.
                */
                h1{
                    font-size: 24px !important;
                    line-height: 100% !important;
                }

                /**
                * @tip Make the second-level headings larger in size for better readability on small screens.
                */
                h2{
                    font-size: 20px !important;
                    line-height: 100% !important;
                }

                /**
                * @tip Make the third-level headings larger in size for better readability on small screens.
                */
                h3{
                    font-size: 18px !important;
                    line-height: 100% !important;
                }

                /**
                * @tip Make the fourth-level headings larger in size for better readability on small screens.
                */
                h4{
                    font-size: 16px !important;
                    line-height: 100% !important;
                }

                /* ======== Header Styles ======== */

                #templatePreheader{display: none !important;} /* Hide the template preheader to save space */

                /**
                * @tip Make the main header image fluid for portrait or landscape view adaptability, and set the image's original width as the max-width. If a fluid setting doesn't work, set the image width to half its original size instead.
                */
                #headerImage{
                    height: auto !important;
                    max-width: 600px !important;
                    width: 100% !important;
                }

                /**
                * @tip Make the header content text larger in size for better readability on small screens. We recommend a font size of at least 16px.
                */
                .headerContent{
                    font-size: 20px !important;
                    line-height: 125% !important;
                }

                /* ======== Body Styles ======== */

                /**
                * @tip Make the body content text larger in size for better readability on small screens. We recommend a font size of at least 16px.
                */
                .bodyContent{
                    font-size: 18px !important;
                    line-height: 125% !important;
                }

                .templateDataTableContainer {
                    background-color: #ffffff;
                }

                /**
                * @tip Set the background color and border for your email's data table.
                */
                .templateDataTable{
                    background-color: #FFFFFF;
                    border: 1px solid #DDDDDD;
                }

                /**
                * @tip Set the styling for your email's data table text. Choose a size and color that is easy to read.
                */
                .dataTableHeading{
                    background-color: #D8E2EA;
                    color: #336699;
                    font-family: Helvetica;
                    font-size: 14px;
                    font-weight: bold;
                    line-height: 150%;
                    text-align: left;
                }

                /**
                * @tip Set the styling for your email's data table links. Choose a color that helps them stand out from your text.
                */
                .dataTableHeading a:link, .dataTableHeading a:visited, /* Yahoo! Mail Override */ .dataTableHeading a .yshortcuts /* Yahoo! Mail Override */{
                    color: #3d98c6;
                    font-weight: bold;
                }

                /**
                * @tip Set the styling for your email's data table text. Choose a size and color that is easy to read.
                */
                .dataTableContent{
                    border-top: 1px solid #DDDDDD;
                    border-bottom: 0;
                    color: #202020;
                    font-family: Helvetica;
                    font-size: 12px;
                    font-weight: bold;
                    line-height: 150%;
                    text-align: left;
                }

                /**
                * @tip Set the styling for your email's data table links. Choose a color that helps them stand out from your text.
                */
                .dataTableContent a:link, .dataTableContent a:visited, /* Yahoo! Mail Override */ .dataTableContent a .yshortcuts /* Yahoo! Mail Override */{
                    color: #3d98c6;
                    font-weight: bold;
                }

                /* ======== Column Styles ======== */

                .templateColumnContainer{display: block !important; width: 100% !important;}

                /**
                * @tip Make the column image fluid for portrait or landscape view adaptability, and set the image's original width as the max-width. If a fluid setting doesn't work, set the image width to half its original size instead.
                */
                .columnImage{
                    height: auto !important;
                    max-width: 480px !important;
                    width: 100% !important;
                }

                /**
                * @tip Make the left column content text larger in size for better readability on small screens. We recommend a font size of at least 16px.
                */
                .leftColumnContent{
                    font-size: 16px !important;
                    line-height: 125% !important;
                }

                /**
                * @tip Make the center column content text larger in size for better readability on small screens. We recommend a font size of at least 16px.
                */
                .centerColumnContent{
                    font-size: 16px !important;
                    line-height: 125% !important;
                }

                /**
                * @tip Make the right column content text larger in size for better readability on small screens. We recommend a font size of at least 16px.
                */
                .rightColumnContent{
                    font-size: 16px !important;
                    line-height: 125% !important;
                }

                /* ======== Footer Styles ======== */

                /**
                * @tip Make the body content text larger in size for better readability on small screens.
                */
                .footerContent{
                    font-size: 14px !important;
                    line-height: 115% !important;
                }

                .footerContent a {
                    display:block !important;
                } /* Place footer social and utility links on their own lines, for easier access */

                .footerContent.social a {
                    display: inline-block !important;
                }
            }
      </style>
</HEAD>
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<h1 class="xn-hedline">Acronis Delivers Lightning-fast Search of Windows and NAS File Shares for Macs in Windows Environments With New Release of Acronis Files Connect</h1>

<p class="xn-distributor">PR Newswire</p>

<p class="xn-dateline">MUMBAI, June 29, 2017</p>
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<p>
<span class="xn-location">MUMBAI</span>, <span class="xn-chron">June 29, 2017</span> /PRNewswire/ --</p>

<p>
<i>Acronis Files Connect improves productivity in mixed Mac/Windows environments by addressing the problem areas associated with connecting Mac computers to Windows file shares, DFS resour</i><i>ces, NAS and networked printers</i>&nbsp;</p>

<p>Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection and storage has announced a new release of Acronis Files Connect (formerly ExtremeZ-IP), giving Mac users instant access to all available file shares and DFS resources together with a lightning-fast search functionality that is hundred times faster than the default Mac's Finder application.</p>

<p>Acronis Files Connect streamlines the integration of Mac computers into a Windows-based network. It directly addresses the reliability and performance issues associated with connecting Mac computers to Windows file shares and DFS resources via AFP and SMB protocols. As&nbsp;a result, companies with Mac/Windows environments enjoy fewer support calls, increased productivity and improved employee satisfaction.</p>

<p>The new solution is easy, reliable and fast. It only takes three clicks to locate and access a file on any number of file shares with Acronis Files Connect, compared to ten clicks per share with Mac's Finder application; and Acronis' internal tests showed that it only takes up to three seconds to search 250,000 files on a remote share with Acronis Files Connect, compared to more than 25 minutes when using Finder connected via SMB. In fact, full content search is not normally available for Macs connecting to remote file shares via SMB. Acronis Files Connect tackles the issue head on by allowing advanced search of multiple file shares simultaneously without performance or reliability degradation.</p>

<p>
<b>New software functionality</b>&nbsp;</p>

<p>The latest release of Acronis Files Connect introduces new file indexing options on the server side and a new lightweight Mac application to provide a single pane of glass into all remote file storage locations. Some of the new features include the following:</p>

<p>- Ability to specify AFP or SMB protocol as required for each file share</p>

<p>- Automated mounting of file shares</p>

<p>- Full content Spotlight search on single or multiple file shares simultaneously</p>

<p>- Easy management of network printers</p>

<p>- Real-time granular search index updates</p>

<p>- Spotlight search on volumes managed by HSM / file system archiving solutions</p>

<p>- Control file content indexing for dramatic reduction in search index size</p>

<p>- Support for Windows and Mac file tags</p>

<p>"Acronis Files Connect is the only solution that provides the rich experience Mac users demand when connecting to Windows or NAS file servers and DFS resources. This solution is packed with new features and advanced functionality, yet easy to administer, making Mac integration into Windows networks transparent," said <span class="xn-person">John Zanni</span>, CMO at Acronis.</p>

<p>
<b>Opportunity for Acronis partners and resellers</b>&nbsp;</p>

<p>With more than <a href="https://resources.jamf.com/documents/books/managing-apple-devices-in-the-enterprise.pdf" rel="nofollow">91 percent</a> of enterprise organizations using Mac computers, Acronis Files Connect opens new business opportunities for partners and resellers servicing those businesses. The new solution can be easily offered alongside Acronis data protection and storage solutions, fully meeting modern day needs for data protection and availability. It is designed to streamline the management of mixed Mac/Windows environments and reduce the load on IT administrators by removing file access issues common to Mac users.</p>

<p>
<b>For more information, p</b><b>lease visit</b> <a href="http://www.acronis.com/en-us/mobility/mac-windows-compatibility/" rel="nofollow">http://www.acronis.com/en-us/mobility/mac-windows-compatibility/</a>.</p>

<p>
<b>About Acronis India</b>&nbsp;</p>

<p>Acronis sets the standard for hybrid cloud IT data protection through its <a href="http://www.acronis.com/en-us/business/backup/" rel="nofollow">backup</a>, <a href="http://www.acronis.com/en-us/business/disaster-recovery-service/" rel="nofollow">disaster recovery</a>, <a href="http://www.acronis.com/en-us/cloud/backup/" rel="nofollow">storage</a>, and secure file sync and share solutions. Powered by the <a href="http://www.acronis.com/en-us/any-data/" rel="nofollow">Acronis AnyData Engine</a> and set apart by its image technology, Acronis delivers easy, fast, complete and affordable data protection of all files, applications and operating systems across any environment - virtual, physical, cloud, mobile and applications. Founded in 2003, Acronis protects the data of over 5 million consumers and 500,000 businesses in over 150 countries and 20 languages. With more than 100 patents, Acronis products are consistently named best product of the year and cover a range of features, including migration, cloning, and replication. Today, Acronis solutions are available worldwide through a global network of service providers, distributors, and cloud resellers. Learn more: <a href="http://www.acronis.com" rel="nofollow">http://www.acronis.com</a>.</p>

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