Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Secrets to the 'Good Life'

Take care of your body, work hard, exercise, learn about science and the world around you, think problems through, eat good food, talk to others, make friends, fight for justice, find something to care about, and be passionate.

Cornelius


Cornelius here, decided to take up spear fishing in his spare time. This is the first time that a primate, other then ourselves, has been seen using a tool to hunt.

Orangutans are known for their strength >7 times of a normal human man, at the local zoo one of the former orangutans play toy was a 150kg log that she would toss around with one hand.

Ronnie Coleman Commented saying:
"Ain't nothing but a peanut"
and
"YEAH BUDDY"









The image is part of a series taken for a new book, The Thinkers Of The Jungle, which also includes the first photograph of an orangutan swimming.

Thinkers Of The Jungle, by Gerd Schuster, Willie Smits and Jay Ullal, is published by Ullmann Publishing on May 5, RRP £29.99.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Since I am on Prank Calls

Here is a really funny video entitled: Epic Crazy Lady VS Charlie the Christian Hotel Guy



Here is a classic Arnold Prank
Terminators Seek John Connor - Crank Call


Here is another one of my favorites WARNING NSFW:

The Springfield Pervert - Crank Calls (Discretion Advised)

The Ultimate Warrior Calls WWE



Here is my new video. I thought this was one of the best crank calls ever made, so I took the mp3 from celebrity prank calls and made this video.

Call made originally by (xaozzz)

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Who Are You Going To Vote For?

I plan to vote for...... No one, they all suck ass.

Actually I may vote, if McCain chooses a horrible running mate, then I am going to vote for Obama. In all it doesn't really matter, I don't agree with any of the candidates. McCain, if he wins isn't going to do jack shit. On the other hand if Obama gets in, all I have to say is Good Luck keeping that guy alive.

Random Facts

Your Genome is not deterministic only probabilistic.

You can't divorce environmental factors from your genome.

Knowing your entire genome does not reveal everything about you.

Specific traits can be selected for only on a probability that environmental factors will be ideal for that specific trait.

Traits, such as intelligence can be improved upon throughout ones life, the human brain can and does build new neural pathways even in adulthood.

Global warming is occurring. A common hypothesis that people usually try to counter global warming with is this "Doesn't the world go through climate change cycles of warm then cold, and this is shown to be the case throughout history?" Answer: Yes, the world does go through climatic changes due to many factors including solar variations, volcanic eruptions and orbital changes, BUT NONE OF THOSE FACTORS ARE AFFECTING THE CURRENT CHANGE, the rise in temperatures is directly the cause of humans releasing green house gases into our atmosphere. more info here and here

(Opinion)
Societies problems are not due to science, societies problems are due to a misuse of technologies mixed with idiotic stone age philosophies such as nationalism, racism, and religious dogma, along with frontal lobe disorders. <-----Abiotic causes not included.

Dr. J. Craig Venter: A DNA-Driven World ,The Richard Dimbleby Lecture 2007

Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Awe Inspiring, Humans need to wake up to reality. Over 50% of Americans think that the earth is less then 6000 years old, 25% of Americans don't know that the earth rotates around the sun. There are still many humans who think that global warming is a conspiracy. Humans in third world countries have never even heard of global warming.

Science is not only for scientists, without a proper understanding of science (reality) humanity is at a large risk of killing itself off. How many people need to die from an ignorance of science? Wake up!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Guitar Idol 2008

A great contest called Guitar Idol has been started on the internet here. This contest is crazy, the best underground guitarists have shown up to display their skillz, but just like in Highlander "There can be only One!". The winner gets to play in front of thousands of guitar fans AND open up on the main stage for JOE SATRIANI at the London International Music Show.

Here are a couple of my favorite guitarists in the competition:

Gustavo Guerra - Brazil <----the best


Cesar Huesca - Mexico


Ginjineko - Japan


MattRach - France


If you like one of em sign up and give em a vote.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I Emailed Berkely

I emailed a couple of the deans of the college of Natural Resources at Berkley about Dr. Pangs closing statement at the recent Anti-GMO rally and I quote: "you students here are lucky this is Hawaii, when I gave this talk (ref. to his Anti-GMO talk) at UC Berkeley afterwards I was approached by students who said that their professors had told them that if they attended my talk they would receive D's for their final grades". Now we wait and see if I get any type of response.

I am really worried, the public is so misinformed about GMO crops it is not even funny. How in the hell am i going to be able to genetically engineer humans when we can't even get anything done in plants?

News Flash Miracles Exist: Priest attached to party balloons mysteriously vanishes

OK I know my new video is of bad taste, but come on the guy was dumb enough to try this stunt. Enjoy... :)
Original story: here

WOW Update: I'm up to around >84,710 views on this video in little over a day, I am well on my way to YouTube stardom haha.
#5 - Most Viewed (Today) - Comedy
#25 - Most Viewed (Today)
#28 - Most Viewed (This Week) - Comedy

What an unexpected turn of events, I never thought my video would become so popular. This video was made as a joke for the members of PZ Myers blog. This is great

Monday, April 21, 2008

I got best undergraduate oral presentation from PEPS

Now I get to attend some sort of banquet. The person who won best overall gave a presentation on Determining the sub-cellular locations of Cyclic Nucleotide Gated Channels 19 and 20 in Arabidopsis plants. It is a bit odd though, I thought her presentation was the most boring, uninteresting and without purpose. I enjoyed the person after her the most, whose talk was about Canopy cover and understory clearing affect survival and growth of the invasive plant Ardisia elliptica.

A-well who really knows what the judges were thinking.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Great Trance YouTube poster

Here is a nice video from a YouTube poster TranceDevotee. His videos are made up of great trance songs. This one has a ton of quotes from notable Atheists throughout human history. I've been a real fan of his work if you like trance check it out.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Presentation From the 20th Annual CTAHR Student Research Symposium - April 11-12, 2008

video

Additional comments later, I'm going to the gym...

The Problem With/Of Social 'Scientists'

I have recently been noticing a worsening trend within the social 'scientist' community. A trend of a complete and utter lack of understanding of the natural sciences or what I like to call 'REALITY'. Why is it that whenever I hear a anthropologist or a political 'scientist' speak they seem to defend their views with "you need to respect my view", "you need to respect other peoples views", "you need to be sensitive to indigenous cultures", "I don't need to back up my claims with evidence I can just bullshit away until people believe me", "knowledge is democratic".

No person should respect false information. If you make a blatantly false statement, why should I or anyone else have to respect that? If you say that the earth is flat I will laugh in your face show you why it is a spherical structure and call you an idiot all at the same time.

I think its about time that scientists stop being nice about important issues, it sure as hell has not worked for 149 years of evolution by natural selection, stem cell research, GMO's, etc.. I feel that the public has gotten away with a misunderstanding of science because there are little or no social consequences. Ridicule can be very effective at making people change their views on issues. If we as scientists stop being nice to these idiots and call a spade a spade, maybe they will realize that something is wrong with the stone age ideas they hold.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Evolution

Alright, what the Hell is Wrong with IDiots who think that evolution is 'just another theory'. Do you people just blatantly ignore evidence? Do you already come in with a false conclusion hammered into your brains?

Viruses and Bacteria easily mutate into different strains; does this knowledge that should be considered common sense somehow become compartmentalized in peoples heads? All organisms have a rate of mutation per base pair of DNA before they replicate or 'have sex'. The change in the frequency of alleles in the populations of the organisms can change depending on whether or not those mutations result in increases to fitness (ability to reach sexual maturity and reproduce) or decreases in fitness. Helpful mutations normally propagate, leading to changes in the frequency of the alleles in the population. Bacteria and viruses when subjected to medicines that kill them off, are subject to a form of artificial selection, resulting in the increase in the population of bacteria or viruses that hold genes that when expressed allow the organisms to survive. These changes in the genes are due to random mutation and if the organism with the helpful genes is able to reproduce, then the genes begin to propagate in the population. If the random mutation in the population does not produce the genes that protect the organism from medicines or other harmful effects that organism goes extinct.
^^^^^this is Evolution^^^^^^^

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Freedom Of Speech

I've had it up to here 'insert gesture' with people saying we need limits on freedom of speech. The entire definition of freedom of speech loses all meaning when you put restrictions on it. Freedom of speech with restrictions is not Freedom of Speech!!!

If someone wants to deny the holocaust, say that gays are an abomination, say evolution is a lie, say that trolls are stealing their underpants, say that cigarettes are good for you and don't cause cancer, say that science disproves science, say that big foot exists, say that Atlantis was the first civilization, say that aliens are abducting them and force impregnating them, say that black people are inherently stupid, say that white people are the devil, say that Mexicans are lazy, say that Asians all have small dicks, say that 9'11 was an American conspiracy, say that China is the cleanest country in the world, say that Hitler was an Atheist, say that the earth is 6,000 years old, say that coffee enemas are good for your health, say that they can cure your disease and that you should throw away all of your medicine, say that you should give them money for you to go to heaven.

^All of that ignorant stupid shit, should be allowed to be said in a society that upholds freedom of speech. And anyone who believes any of that crap I listed above should say it out loud in public, so that I know where ever I go who the dumb fucks are.

I will go even further and say that death threats, inciting violence, and hate speech should be allowed in a country that upholds freedom of speech.

I will now go on to defend my position. If someone issues a death threat to me or someone else, then goes on ahead and attempts to murder me, I will be better prepared knowing ahead of time that that specific someone wants to kill me. After the attempted murder takes place, then that person will be sent off to prison. I would even thank someone for telling me ahead of time that they were going to kill me, it sure is a hell of a lot better then a gun being shoved into my face randomly. For anonymous death threats I would say the exact same thing.

Now why do I say that inciting violence in speeches should be allowed? Well not only was this entire country based on an incitement of violence against oppressors, but if the forefathers of the American revolution said "oh no, we can't incite violence, it is not proper". There sure as hell would have been no revolutionary war and no America to boot. If someone tells a crowd of people to kill someone, and that person is killed, the person who made the command should be charged for murder along with anyone else who was involved, this will help to weed out the loonies from society.

Now I want this to be clear so no one misunderstands me, if violent acts are done they should be punished along with the inciter of the violent acts.

Hate speech should be allowed. If someone is a hate mongering bigot, it doesn't make a damn difference if they are a closet hate mongering bigot. The punishment for hate mongers should be a shunning from the people around them, the loss of jobs, the loss of status, and the loss of a place in society is punishment enough.

For a rebuttal you might say, what about people who are planning terrorist attacks? If you are planning terrorist attacks buy a load of guns, gather up dynamite and plastic explosives, take flight classes, obtain a nuclear weapon and are stupid enough to tell everyone about it. Does anyone think that the terrorist attack would succeed? I rest my case, with no need for further explanation.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Heaven on Earth?



North Korea is a state in which you spend every waking moment in constant praise of the dead father of Kim Jong-il, Kim il-Sung the 'Eternal president of the Republic' .

“(Religion) is a totalitarian belief. It is the wish to be a slave (to someone) who can convict you of thought crime while you are asleep,” “Unless you’re North Korea, who wants this to be true? "A heavenly dictatorship would be like living in a celestial North Korea, At least you can Fucking die and leave North Korea. Does the Quran or the Bible offer you that liberty? No. The tyranny, the misery, the utter ownership only begins at the point of death. This is evil.”

Quotes: Courtesy of Christopher Hitchens

Misc. thoughts

Years back, as a child I was forced to attend Sunday morning and night services, I can only remember excruciating boredom, hunger "food wasn't allowed inside", and the glaring eyes of disapproving church members, who would talk behind my back while I would draw pictures all over the sermon program I was given.

Now as an adult I have an unquenchable anger at my wasted Sundays, sitting in a church where hate and bigotry was taught every week, and is still being spewed forth from that same pulpit. I cringe when my father tells me that he wishes that Huckabee had been the Republican candidate.

Here are some of Huckabees words of wisdom:
I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution. But I believe it's a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God. And thats what we need to do is amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards rather than trying to change God's standards so it lines up with some contemporary view of how we treat each other and how we treat the family
God's standards eh. Let's review those standards:

The Ten Commandments: Punishment for breaking any of the laws is death by stoning
  1. You shall have no other gods before me
    1. I wonder what GOD this refers to? I guess all the other faiths except Christianity have to be killed, right.
  2. You shall not make for yourself an idol
    1. Now what is the use of this cherry? WTF!? Idol, whats that used for. To an Atheist idols have no meaning, who cares, really.
  3. You shall not make wrongful use of the name of your God
    1. Fuck God, he doesn't exist, blasphemy is a victim less crime.
  4. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy
    1. What church holds service on Saturdays?
  5. Honor your father and mother
    1. Sorry, but some fathers are child abusers and some mothers are crazy bitches, neither of the prior mentioned should be honored.
  6. You shall not murder*
    1. This didn't seem to stop the 'imaginary' Israelites, but I'll bite, although I do see certain situations when murder might be permitted, e.g. someone who is trying to kill me, I would definitely kill them before they get me.
  7. You shall not commit adultery
    1. Marriage is overrated, relationships are overrated, outside of reproduction, imaginary bonds hold no ground in reality. (you don't have to agree with me this is just my opinion)
  8. You shall not steal***
    1. If I was faced with death from hunger or stealing I sure as hell would steal. I can come up with an infinite other hypothetical situations where stealing would be beneficial.
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor
    1. This one is ok, but why would you be put to death over breaking this one?
  10. You shall not covet your neighbor's house
    1. If your neighbor has a better house then you and you are not happy with your current situation, why not covet his house? I could see coveting leading to an increase in ambition and a better contributer to society as a whole.
Seems like God's standards are outdated. Now why the hell would anyone want this crap in the constitution?

Ben Stein can Kiss My Ass!



This is an excellent film showing the idiocy of the IDiots.
Expelled

Friday, April 11, 2008

Presentation tomorrow at 20th annual CTAHR Research Symposium



I am giving a presentation on:

Brush cherry (Eugenia paniculatum): a new host for ohia rust (Puccinia psidii). David Simmons*, Chris Kadooka and Janice Uchida. Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences.

Puccinia psidii was first found on potted ohia (Metrosideros polymorpha) on Oahu and has been severe on rose apple (Syzygium jambos). In Kamuela, brush cherry (Eugenia paniculatum) is infected with a rust disease and it would be a new record for this host in the family Myrtaceae. Brush cherry is widely used as a landscape plant, hedge, or potted ornamental. Our objective was to confirm the identity of the rust. Diseased plants were collected and examined microscopically. Typical urediniospores were found, which fit the description of P. psidii. In 2007, molecular analysis showed that only one strain was present in Hawaii on several hosts tested. Molecular analysis was completed for the brush cherry rust and it is similar to the other P. psidii strains collected in Hawaii. There are at least 8 strains of P. psidii known in the world and each strain is believed to attack different hosts based on early studies. The Hawaii strain causes severe disease on rose apple. Categorizing and monitoring the movement of P. psidii in Hawaii and globally will help to understand the distribution of this rust in different temperatures and humidity levels.

I am up at ~12:00pm, agriculture science bldg. room 204 University of Hawaii.

I'll post my presentation after I make a movie out of it.


Monday, April 7, 2008

Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago)

I made a video, it is so reassuring to know that we have such good representatives of the people in office.

original story here.

If you live in Illinois please let this representative know what you think about her.

Contact the Democratic Party

Contact Rep. Davis
Rep Davis' email: mdavis2147@aol.com

Contact the Illinois State Democratic Party

Davis' Springfield Office:
241-E Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-0010
(217) 782-1795 FAX

Davis' District Office:
1234 West 95th Street
Chicago, IL 60643
(773) 445-9700
(773) 445-5755 FAX

Emails of Rep. Davis' committee members:
jack@jackfranks.org, lisadugan@sbcglobal.net, 70thdist@pritchardstaterep.com, repjohnbradley@mychoice.net, annazettec@aol.com, statereppaul@sbcglobal.net, staterepgordon@sbcglobal.net, repkrause@aol.com, repmyers@macomb.com, poer@housegopmail.state.il.us, statereprramey55@aol.com, jimwatson@localnetco.com

Friday, April 4, 2008

Pregnant Man On Oprah


Alright, so this guy is pregnant? But wait, he used to be a girl from Hawaii.

<-- article link



Beatie wrote an article for The Advocate, a magazine for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender readers. In the article Beatie wrote that he went through a sex change, but decided only to have chest reconstruction and testosterone therapy. Beatie was able to keep the reproductive organs he was born with, according to the story.

So apparently this person went through a 'sex change'. How you can call a sex change taking some pills and cutting off your breasts is beyond me, but more importantly is, why the FUCK is this in the news? This person started off as a female with functioning female reproductive organs, wasn't satisfied, so she took to the knife, started pounding pills and changes her sex without removing any of her reproductive organs? Apparently Americas news media and Oprah consider someone a man/woman based upon whether or not they call themselves one.

Although there is no clear definition as to what is considered a male, female, male/female, or no sex. I think that a proper list can be constructed from highest priority.

1) Functional sexual organs at birth coded by by available genes and gene regulatory factors by expressed phenotype with environmental consideration.
2)Are the functional sexual organs still present in the individual?
3)Selective choice in the matter/Personal identification.

So in the case of this person I think the he, still falls under the she, due to the retention of the female sexual organs. If this person had no functional sexual organs then it would just be considered no sex. As of yet scientists cannot graft on functional reproductive organs to a human body. Female reproductive organs resulting in a pregnancy are no big news, it happens every day.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

It's The End Of The World!!!

Or maybe not...

Well anyway this guy thinks it will be next month.
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Cult leader Pyotr Kuznetsov was in the hospital yesterday after he was discovered hitting himself over the head with a log. Members of his religious group have been hiding in a cave since November, believing that the world would end in May.
If the world is gonna end. What is the point in hiding in a cave?

Well, to be fair he does still have a month to be proved wrong. And with a face like that. How could he be wrong?

original story here

On a side note, the article says that sections of the cave were literally 'caving' in, forcing people to evacuate, pun intended.

The extended phenotype

Selfish genes

"They are in you and me; they created us, body and mind; and their preservation is the ultimate rationale for our existence. They have come a long way, those replicators. Now they go by the name of genes, and we are their survival machines."

The Extended Phenotype

An animal's behaviour tends to maximize the survival of the genes "for" that behaviour, whether or not those genes happen to be in the body of the particular animal performing it.
I am giving a presentation on this.