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Daily Fluff

Believe it or not, I don’t have anything that is infuriating me today (outside of my works network, which I won’t get into…grr).  So, how about a little harmless fluff courtesy of Gizmodo?

It seems that Panasonic has developed a lil’ robot (under 7″) that just climbed part of the Grand Canyon in 7 hours and on two AA batteries.  Called the EVOLTA (like revolt? like I, Robot? eep!), it’s a cute little devil.  Coming to a crawlspace near you…equipped with a camera…hooked up to the Feds.

Image courtesty of Gizmodo
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Top Fifty Atheist T-Shirt and Bumper Sticker Aphorisms

Ben

Mom, I apologize…I just couldn’t resist!

There is a more serious side to this, as well…check out the link for the number one aphorism. Ben Co. giveth you laughter, and Ben Co. taketh your laughter away.

Besides, some of these are pretty friggin’ hilarious. Thanks to “Why, That’s Delightful!” for the tip.

  1. Abstinence Makes the Church Grow Fondlers
  2. Honk If Your Religious Beliefs Make You An Asshole
  3. Intelligent Design Makes My Monkey Cry
  4. Too Stupid to Understand Science? Try Religion.
  5. There’s A REASON Why Atheists Don’t Fly Planes Into Buildings
  6. “Worship Me or I Will Torture You Forever. Have a Nice Day.”­ God.
  7. God Doesn’t Kill People. People Who Believe in God Kill People.
  8. If There is No God, Then What Makes the Next Kleenex Pop Up?
  9. He’s Dead.
    It’s Been 2,000 years.
    He’s Not Coming Back.
    Get OVER It Already!
  10. All religion is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry. Edgar Allen Poe.

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Attractive Woman/Ugly Man Syndrome

And we’re back.

I had the good fortune of spending much of my holiday sitting in airports.  This is exciting for a number of reasons (overpriced food, fun security announcements – the threat level was orange), but mainly because it gives me a wonderful opportunity to observe the human species.  Or at least the portion of the human species that can afford to fly.

And this latest dose of humanity has reaffirmed my belief in the “Attractive Woman/Ugly Man” theory.  This has been discussed before (here and here, for example) and any number of reasons have been suggested.  I especially like the supply and demand theory that there are simply more beautiful women than attractive men in the world (excluding China, of course – that whole one child, male dominance thing messes it up).

So what are my most recent findings?  In Minnesota, there are any number of reasonably attractive (in a wholesome, corn-fed sort of way) women who are paired with a pudgy guy wearing his Dale Earnhardt Jr. hat, camo hunting jacket, and work boots.  In Calgary this was much the same, although the women tended to be a little more attractive, and the men replaced the work boots with cowboy boots.  And tighter jeans.  Yeek.

Among my own friends I have one in particular who is perfectly attractive, intelligent, and funny, yet seems consistently drawn to the balding, overweight, goofy looking guys.  Most interesting is that this does not seem to be by choice – she prefers men with rugged good looks (such as myself, obviously), yet seems to keep coming back to the opposite.

Perhaps it’s a biological mechanism – there’s a better chance of ensuring a stable source of reproductive material if you don’t have to worry about your man running off.

Or maybe it’s for emotional reasons – again, an ugly guy might be a safe guy.

Personally, I attribute it to a combination of these two factors.  In most species the female plays the more pivotal role – reproduction, learning/teaching, protection – essentially everything required for the continuing existence of a species.  This goes for humans.  Take lions, for example.  Aside from serving as a walking sperm bank and occasionally killing another lions cubs, male lions are essentially useless.  The same goes for human males.  So why should a woman take the risk with an attractive man when this only increases the risk of “cross-pollination,” if you will?

Whatever the reasons, it’s happening.  And don’t get me wrong, this is a phenomenon that has benefited me – what other reason could there be for my wife marrying me?

How cool is this?

So, just dinking around looking at other blogs and I came across this: images of a “super-massive” black hole unleashing an enormous beam of energy into a nearby galaxy.

Apparently this energy beam can completely demolish atmospheres of planets, but also can bring about the formation of new stars.  Now if I can just harness to work for the forces of good my master plan would be complete!

Oh, and I love saying “super-massive.”  I will now incorporate it into my speech more often.  Such as: “So I was eating a banana, and then this super-massive desire for banana bread come upon me.”  So how much cooler that sentence is?

This post was super-massive.

Adenine, Guanine, Cytosine, Thymine and Racist-ine?

Most of us probably know Dr. James Watson vaguely from a high school biology course taken years ago.  It appears that the double-helix wasn’t the only think Watson was working on throughout his life.

Recent statements regarding the intelligence of blacks in comparison to whites has created a bit of stir in the science community.  Check out the story here.

The big question is: will there be a test on this, and who can I copy from?

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