Dracil’s BlogJournal

May 5, 2009

Stupid question-dodging Republicans and conservatives

First up, we have Mike Pence spending 5 minutes weaving left and right to avoid answering the question.

Then we have Kevin James yell at the top of his voice for another 5 mintues refusing to answer the question before finally slipping up and saying he didn’t know.

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April 8, 2009

Chimpanzees exchange meat for sex

Filed under: science — Tags: , , — dracil @ 10:53 pm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7988169.stm

So many dirty jokes could be made with this.  The thing I’d like to point out though is how this is very similar to the human practice of buying dinner.

December 20, 2008

Company holiday party

Filed under: personal, science — Tags: — dracil @ 1:17 am

Pretty small compared to last year’s (which I didn’t go to).  Wine and cheese basically.  I only had the cheese since I still don’t really drink.

Very interesting conversations though.  From drinking habits of ex-employees to schools to ancestral histories to airport security to hacker groups to making nuclear reactors to trains. :P

The conversation topics basically reflected the geek quotient of the group who were still there as time passed on (because of the party, it was a short work day, though because the topics were so interesting, I ended up staying later than normal :P).

December 17, 2008

Romantic comedies ruin relationships

Filed under: personal, science — Tags: , , , , , , — dracil @ 12:19 am

Article

So basically, girls have generally more unrealistic expectations than guys. :P

Romantic comedies can be fun, but I think it’s more the comedy that I like than the romance, not that I’m an unemotional stone unaffected by romantic themes, though I think I like it more when the genre isn’t actually “romantic comedy”

Come to think of it, a lot of the ones I liked contain a lot of violence or are not specifically romantic comedy – Voices of a Distant Star (sci-fi/action/romance), Battle Royale (violence/social commentary),  Futurama (sci-fi/comedy), My Sassy Girl (romantic comedy)

December 13, 2008

Geminid meteor shower

Filed under: science — Tags: , , — dracil @ 3:47 am

So tomorrow night (night of the 13th, until the morning of the 14th) there’s the Geminid meteor shower.  Bad news is it’s a full moon.  Good news is that the moon will be right on top of Gemini.  Bad news is that the moon is right on top of Gemini.  Also bad news is it’s raining/cloudy here.

May 25, 2008

Blogging is good for you

Filed under: Blog, News, science — Tags: , , — dracil @ 7:15 am

I’m sure any sort of venting probably helps reduce stress though.  Except instead of the normal venting to close friends, you vent to random people on the Internet.  :P

Self-medication may be the reason the blogosphere has taken off. Scientists (and writers) have long known about the therapeutic benefits of writing about personal experiences, thoughts and feelings. But besides serving as a stress-coping mechanism, expressive writing produces many physiological benefits. Research shows that it improves memory and sleep, boosts immune cell activity and reduces viral load in AIDS patients, and even speeds healing after surgery. A study in the February issue of the Oncologist reports that cancer patients who engaged in expressive writing just before treatment felt markedly better, mentally and physically, as compared with patients who did not.

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May 21, 2008

Chicken gives birth to gecko

Ok, that’s oversimplifying it. But imagine the surprise if you cracked open a chicken egg for dinner and found a dead gecko inside.

No no, this isn’t the holy grail that Creationists have been asking for as proof of evolution (which would actually disprove evolution if found). Nor is this the result of some mad scientist’s experiment. The truth is much more… well, not exactly mundane. The lizard crawled up the chicken’s cloaca and into the oviducts where it became an egg.

As Pharyngula puts it, “I don’t know about you, but a system that muddles excretion with reproduction and that allows random lizards to crawl up your butt and squat in your oviduct doesn’t sound like great engineering to me.”

Edit: deneb7 suggested that maybe the hen was mating, and when the cloaca inverted to suck up the sperm, it sucked up the gecko along with it.  As for why an egg hen would be with a rooster, “They did it secretly when the farmer’s asleep :p”

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