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Aug. 31st, 2009

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Happy birthday to the lovely mere_ubu

Sorry to have been so quiet lately. I miss you guys.
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Apr. 25th, 2009

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A very happy birthday

To the lovely SBlake! And it's raining too! Wonderful

Don't seem to be able to upload pictures from here, sorry. You'll have to imagine the insane teddy picture until I get here from my other computer. (My other computer is a Lenovo T41. Oh, wait, that's supposed to be a prestige brand, right.....)
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Mar. 19th, 2009

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Gakked from all over. Neat quiz

I am:
William Gibson
The chief instigator of the "cyberpunk" wave of the 1980s, his razzle-dazzle futuristic intrigues were, for a while, the most imitated work in science fiction.


Which science fiction writer are you?

Nov. 4th, 2008

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You may regret this request!

Mere_ubu asked all her friends to post kitty pictures in our blogs. Well, I can't choose, but it was easier to post all of these from Picasa straight into Blogger, so here's a link:


My blog at http://gentleartofcontemplation.blogspot.com/







But this lovely pic was posted to nekid Spike a couple of weeks ago and I grabbed it in such a rush I didn't catch the poster's name - if you recognise it, will you please tell me and I'll re-tag and credit like mad.

Oct. 30th, 2008

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RFID goes fishing

RFID tagging is helping to establish whether falling salmon numbers are mostly due to dam building or other factors. This study compared the numbers of hatchlings that survived their journey from nursery to ocean along a river with eight dams and a river with none - survivor proportions were about the same.

What does this mean for fishery management? As always, information not action is the contribution of science; but it looks like blowing up all the dams along the rivers won't be enough to address falling fish numbers, clearly there are other factors at work. However, improvements in technology have contributed markedly to our ability to collect the information - teeny weeny tags for teeny weeny fish that send a signal through water much further than they once could.

http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/38128/title/No_dam,_no_difference_for_young_salmon

Oct. 5th, 2008

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Happy birthday speaker2customers

And may they all speak back nicely for a change. Many happy returns!

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Oct. 4th, 2008

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A very happy birthday to Missmurchison

And many happy returns!
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Sep. 1st, 2008

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Happy birthday to mere-ubu

Pressie for you, oh enthusiastic one. Hope you don't mind that it's a bit warm?

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So, hope you have a great day!

Aug. 13th, 2008

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The Permission Problem: The Invisible Cost of IP Law

The New Yorker talks about IP law's secondary consequences - how owners of assets (like patents, or small claims on an oil field) ask so much in compensation that works that need cooperation (like developing a drug with an impact on several 'patented' genes) don't happen. Told ya so!

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Aug. 11th, 2008

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Slow-Moving Vehicle - it's always the other guy. Isn't it?

Review of a new book that examines the reasons why our experiences as drivers can be so frustrating, and why it's so hard for planners and engineers to do anything about it. The answer, as always, is 'human nature'. Gee, ain't it grand!

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