TIL that scientists in Florida plan to release genetically modified mosquitoes into the wild. The males still mate with females, but the hatchlings die before adulthood due to the presence of the new genes.

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/01/28/382168407/florida-health-officials-hope-to-test-gmo-mosquitoes-this-spring

Brilliant!  Help me understand why this is a bad idea? 

The View from the Front Seat of the Google Self-Driving Car — Backchannel — Medium

Interesting read about accidents Google’s autonomous cars are having are due to other driver’s errors.  Worth the read especially if you ride motorcycles for things to watch.

https://medium.com/backchannel/the-view-from-the-front-seat-of-the-google-self-driving-car-46fc9f3e6088

St Louis Bread company BRINGS BACK THE JALAPEÑOS BAGEL

I don’t know if this is publicly announced yet, but coming soon to a St. Louis Brad company near you is the jalapeños bagel.  Why is this so kick arse?  Have you ever tried their breakfast egg, white cheddar, and ham on a jalapeños bagel?  You haven’t lived, sir or madam.. 

Trust me, ask if they have it, and ask them to make you this one if a kind taste.

Reply back, and tell me if it isn’t the best thing since the bread tie was invented.

In all it’s glory:

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New theory: dark matter is wrong, right answer is time is slowing down

Ok, it doesn’t matter, but I thought of this possibility myself years ago, but my lack of knowledge on the subject prevented me from sharing.

Everyone knows scientist say the universe is expanding at an remunerated rate, right?  ..And dark matter with done interesting properties you can’t measure is used to help explain this? 

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What if the observations could be explained without the use of a Easter bunny?  Well, team had figured out the observations could be explained by removing the constraint that time is constant.

http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2009/09/is-time-slowly-disappearin.html

St.Louis Adult Easter Egg Hunt – Fun or Epic Fail?

Summary details they DON’T tell you upfront:

  • 2.7 mile walk – and that is only if you also know
  • The eggs are all at the FAR south end of the loop
  • Unless you are looking for the “golden eggs” with $50 / $100 in them (i heard of only one found on a trash can) walk the path only.  don’t bother with the woods or anything else
  • When you arrive, enter at the NORTH WEST end of the park.  GPS will take you to dead ends and it will take you another 20 minutes to figure out how to get there
  • Eggs have numbers on them.  you get to pick up ten only
  • when you return, you have to fight through lines to see if the numbers are winners
  • winning numbers you get to pick off a table of cleaning products, ketchup, coolie cups, envelops (mine were 15% off massage at xxx)
  • Apparently you can win grills, alcohol etc.  but we saw nothing of the sort
  • The only thing “adult” about it is they have liquor for sale, and you have to walk 3 miles in the dark, 5+ if you don’t know the above things also..

The path is the blue and red lines combined :

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For many years, Jefferson Barracks have put on an adult egg hunt.   I have heard of it, but never knew anyone who went.  I decided to give it try this year, and although there are folks who swear it is a great time, I felt it seriously lacking.  It almost seems deliberate they don’t post some of the specifics on how it works.  Basically, you go to the starting area, trade your $8 tickets for new tickets, you are left to a 2.7  miles (Felt like 6 in the dark after going in circles)

After an hour of looking hopelessly, I decided I needed group/hive help.  Out of approximately 100 people I asked, no one knew how to find the eggs.  An hour into it, i finally found someone with eggs and they explained the items listed above.

We arrived late – the address on the website on my GPS took me to a closed road. After finding the place, the big group had left. we received red tickets and was sent off to hunt. We wandered for an hour around looking for eggs, and we and dozens of others never found any eggs. We finally found someone who had eggs, and found out you had to walk about 3-5 miles to It took us another hour to find the eggs, grab a few with numbers, to return to a huge crowd trying to get to a table of winning numbers. never found any golden eggs (with $50/100 in them apparently?) we pushed our ways in to check the eggs, we had a couple. you got to choose your winnings from a table of soaps, ketchup, 15% off coupons for massage, and a bunch of dfdsd from a dollar store. (part 1 of 2)

I am nearly disabled and the walk nearly killed me physically. there was a tent selling alcohol, that was the only thing ADULT about it.

 

Bottom line: this was a complete waste of an evening. Had there been something upfront on their website about having to walk the entire loop I would have known not to go.  The group that puts this on needs to explicitly state on their webpage this is a 3+ mile walk and be clear about the park entrance and NOT to use Google maps / GPS.

 

some views of the park, which i would recommend going during the day.  It was a nice walk, i just wasn’t physically ready as I am recovering from injury.

Interstellar TARS and CASE – the Machines background

I talked about this movie in a pervious posting that explained new physics / rendering that was discovered and worth reviewing.   I found a behind-the-scenes look at the machines (robots?) that were part of the movie.  They were unique in a lot of ways and had an interesting back-story.  Check it out

https://youtu.be/cRmNPE0HwE8

Google Earth PRO for free ! get your key while you can!

Most of the major news agencies use Google earth whenever there is a conflict or a disaster.  Next time you watch the news, look for the zoom from a wide shot down to a city, town, or street.   If you notice in the corner, you will typically see “Google earth” watermark on the images.  Now you too can do your own amazing videos to show your vacation spots!  

 

Check it out here:Google Earth PRO for free

 

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“Just keep Swimming..” Quick! MOVE! Sitting extended periods results in poor health – despite exercise

Ok It’s official – stand up – right now, and stretch for a few minutes.   There, I just saved your life! 

“The amount of time a person sits during the day is associated with a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and death, regardless of regular exercise, according to a review study published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine.”  

All kidding aside, it’ surprised me you need to keep moving to minimize health risks.   I suppose the good news is my Program Team meetings are keeping my teams healthy!

Add a whole home surge protector

With all the electronics in today’s homes you need to potter your investments.   You may not realize how much can be affected…including your led lighting, furnace, and home theater and computers, mobile devices etc

Some things to look for in
a whole house surge protector

Video on how to install

Note you need two beakers available, and if you are not verified, consult an electrician.  It also doors not replace individual surge protectors for sensitive equipment that may share a breaker with other items that cause overvoltage, such as lighting or motors.

Can’t find the clamping voltage listed, this product looks promising.  less than $150