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December 28, 2007

Onyxia Hide Backpack

Filed under: General Geek, World of Warcraft — digitalboy75 @ 2:19 pm

OK, I guess I can’t get the Onyxia Hide Backpack irl. I had to win some card game, or something to get those as a prize. But this nifty company would let me make my own messenger bag. Maybe when I need a gift for the hard to shop for fag who has it all… http://www.timbuk2.com/.

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December 27, 2007

Biogenetics at work

Filed under: General Geek, Random — digitalboy75 @ 10:07 am

I’ve always been a bit excited about the possibilities that we have for genetic modification of the plants and animals around us. Ethics aside (yes, it is playing God on such a level it raises a lot of questions); there’s just so much of a possibility that we can enrich the ecosystem in a good way. This article brings up some very very interesting developments, most of which missed the mainstream news. Glow in the dark glo-fish did hit the news a few years back, and I even had some of them. Did the news get plastered around because it was relatively inoffensive? What about when people read about cloning cats, growing insulin in lettuce, or other drugs in mushrooms? Yeah yeah, there’s already drugs in mushrooms. But what about cooking up a pizza that can lower my cholesterol?

For a look to the future…well, I remembered reading a sci-fi series waaaay back in my youth. In this future, even the vehicles were modified animals…enormous turtles, beetles, dragonflies and the like, with hollow bodies for people to ride in. The cops mainly flew in birds of preys (Sparrowhawks I believe). One of the biggest things I remember were Potsters…hybridized potatoes that when baked, had lobster meat inside. Potato-Lobsters. Potsters. How silly. Or maybe not so far off…

Here’s a part of the storyline that I found out there googling for potsters. Give it a read. 

December 26, 2007

Shrooms.

Filed under: General Geek — digitalboy75 @ 4:36 pm

 Well, I always thought Peyote was a ‘shroom. Naive little me. Excerpts from the article linked farther down:

In the first study of its kind, researchers have found that peyote — for now, the only legal hallucinogenic drug in the United States — doesn’t rob regular users of brain power over time.    …

Peyote comes from the crowns of a cactus that grows in northern Mexico and parts of Texas. Harvesters cut off the crown, dry it and sell it in buttons. The commonly found peyote plant is often confused with the endangered star cactus. …

[in a comparison of peyote users, alcoholics, and drug free native americans…] On the psychological front, Native American peyote users were actually in better shape emotionally than those who didn’t use the drug.

So…the theory is these Native Americans on peyote are a member of the Navajo Native American Church, and as regular church goers  they have an emotional support group, or some such. Or maybe they just get happy all the time.

http://www.wired.com/medtech/health/news/2005/11/69477 

Back from the Holiday. Meow?

Filed under: Random — digitalboy75 @ 10:07 am

So I didn’t blog during the Christmas Holiday. Oh well.

So here’s two or three postings rolled up in one. About three weeks ago I adopted a kitty named Zane. Cute, hyper, still pretty cuddly most of the time. He’s in that young adult stage, where he’s still kitten cute but mostly grown up. For some reason, I’ve been wondering why we don’t have miniature cats. We have mini-horses, lots of mini-dogs, bantam chickens, even miniature potbelly pigs. Why don’t we have tiny cats running around (other than a lack of tiny mice for them to chase). So a little research pulls up this site.  Apparently there are munchkin cats with a form of dwarfism. Smaller breeds of persians and bobtails. Apparently rare, and just hard to find. Then there is this site, which sells genetically modified cats (currently larger versions hybridized with Serval and Asian Leopard Cat).  They’re working on a mini-cat breed. Oh, and the Ashera comes in a ‘normal’ and a special Hypoallergenic model ($22k and $28k respectively, plus the $1500 hand delivery fee). I’ll take two please.

But what about the Squittens (squirrel/cat hybrids). Check the link here.  If you like the idea of true hybridized cats though, go to google and do some searches for ‘bengal cats’, as they are a hybrid with a Serval cat.

December 22, 2007

Flickr….Again!

Filed under: General Geek — digitalboy75 @ 8:46 am

They put me on moderation again. Those bastiches! Actually, they’re pretty cool for a company that made it big, and I’m assuming that hidden in my 3,000 photos somewhere a penis slipped out, and its tagged for something wierd that grandma keeps seeing it pop up (so to speak).

Anyhow, feel free to browse the pics at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ccarter sometime.

December 18, 2007

w00t!

Filed under: General Geek, Random — digitalboy75 @ 10:18 am

I meant to post this last week, but I was on vacation bitches! This one’s for Flip…

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year 2007

Thousands of you took part in the search for Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2007, and the vast majority of you chose a small word that packs a pretty big punch. The word you’ve selected hasn’t found its way into a regular Merriam-Webster dictionary yet—but its inclusion in our online Open Dictionary, along with the top honors it’s now been awarded—might just improve its chances. This year’s winning word first became popular in competitive online gaming forums as part of what is known as l33t (“leet,” or “elite”) speak—an esoteric computer hacker language in which numbers and symbols are put together to look like letters. Although the double “o” in the word is usually represented by double zeroes, the exclamation is also known to be an acronym for “we owned the other team”—again stemming from the gaming community.

Merriam-Webster’s #1 Word of the Year for 2007 based on votes from visitors to our Web site:

1. w00t (interjection)

expressing joy (it could be after a triumph, or for no reason at all); similar in use to the word “yay”

w00t! I won the contest!

Submitted by: Kat from Massachusetts on Nov. 30, 2005 23:18

 

I’m a mmmmmaaaaggggeeee

Filed under: World of Warcraft — digitalboy75 @ 9:21 am

MiniMage

December 17, 2007

Is MSG a flavor?

Filed under: General Geek, Random — digitalboy75 @ 9:24 am

 Sweet, Salty, Sour and Bitter. Those are the major ‘flavors’ our tongues are supposed to recognize, right? But a few scientists have now picked up we have a fifth receptor, something the Japanese called ‘umami’. Its how they developed MSG (which I always though was a salty preservative). Apparently, its more along the lines of ‘savory’ and causes our body to crave the proteins. Some of the studies also showed that MSG isn’t bad for us. Who knew?

Foods high in umami include parmesan and other aged cheeses; anchovies; soy sauce, and fish sauces.

Here’s the full article.  

December 11, 2007

Mouton

Filed under: General Geek — digitalboy75 @ 10:31 am

You might have to look around to find the translations, but I think you can pick up the gist of things. Viva le Warcraft!

December 8, 2007

Another one ya gotta watch all the way

Filed under: Gay, General Geek — digitalboy75 @ 2:59 pm
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