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February 29, 2008

Mister Rogers

There are a few shows from my childhood that stuck with me into adulthood. Chief among them is Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Not only did Fred Rogers host nearly 1000 episodes of the show, he composed all the music for them, did all the puppet work, and championed congressional funding for PBS programming. One of the most inspiring youtube videos I've seen is Mr. Rogers testifying at a congressional subcommittee, explaining to all the staunch politicians how important it is that he get his message out to children. (video below)

Mister Rogers rocks, need I say more? If Mister Rogers were still around today, March 20th, 2008 would be his 80th birthday. The nonprofit company started by Rogers back in the early 70s is asking that people take this day to remember Rogers. All you need to do is bust out your favorite sweater. I already have my knit zip up sweater picked out, and I'm looking forward to wearing it on March 20th! (video below)

And yea, I'll be sending my self portrait to them.

August 21, 2007

Ride a Bike!

Below is a video of Representative Patrick McHenry (R-NC) mocking the suggestion that bicycles may alleviate some dependance on foreign oil. I put over 4,000 miles on my bike last year, and not even a quarter that many on my car. I fill up with fuel every other month or so. The reason I can do this is because my city invested in a bicycle infrastructure (a few signs, bike lanes, tunnels, paths, and even a couple bike signals) that allow me to pedal to the store, work, school, etc.

Rep. McHenry - maybe a bike would also help you and your constituency shed a a few pounds?

Watch the Video

July 08, 2007

The Davis Song

I can't explain how much I enjoy living in Davis. A friend just sent me a link to a lovely little tune about my wonderful city. Enjoy! (Yes, we think very highly of ourselves here..)

I've lifted a copy of the lyrics as well:

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May 08, 2007

Your genes are incompatible with those jeans.

I usually pop into a coffee shop in the morning to enjoy a cup of coffee with my daily dose of reading material. Today an elderly couple sat down at the table next to me, and I could help but giggle a little eavesdropping on their conversation. It went something like this:

(she picks up his newspaper)

    Him: There is an article in there about fat people.
    Her: What about them?
    Him: They think that the reason they're fat is because of their genes.
Now, I figured what came next would be great, since just a few minutes prior he attempted to explain the finer points between his "iced mocha latte" and what she described as a "milkshake".
    Her: What, they get fat enough so their jeans will fit?
    Him: No their genes.
    Her: What about them?
    Him: Genes like DNA.
    Her: I don't know anything about those fancy jeans. People spend too much money on those.
It went on like that for a few minutes before he gave up. We as scientists need to examine sources of confusion when naming new discoveries, because I guess in this case context wasn't enough. The word "gene" originates from the German Gen, from Pagen, an 'ultimate unit of heredity' from the Greek pan- 'all' + genos 'race, kind, offspring' so I guess in this case we can't really blame some quirky scientist.