Friday, June 02, 2006

Vermont City Marathon - 3rd Handoff and Finish

Didn't get a picture of Zippy handing off to Anna, but here is Anna handing off to Kim. Anna had the run up the big hill where the Teicho drummers drum you along.

Zippy, Julia and Anna killing time between the last two legs of the race.

Here is Steph with about a couple hundred meters to the finish. Part of the last leg of the race is run on the shores of Lake Champlain.

Why mMT Mice Don't Have B Cells

For Sara and Susan. mMT mice do not have B cells because the membrane exon of the mu heavy chain has been disrupted. Targeted disruption of this exon results in failure to make productive rearrangements and thus death of the developing B cell. Basically, in order for a pre-B cell to survive it has to make cytoplasmic m. If this doesn't happen the pre-B cell dies so you never get any mature B cells and thus no antibody production.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

What is Christianity All About?

Christianity as it exists among fundamentalists isn't about behaving like Jesus. It's all about faith--about believing the story. The underlying message seems to be: you can behave any way you want as long as you believe the story and say you're sorry before you die. Following the teachings of Jesus is much too demanding, whereas with the Christianity of fundamentalists all you have to do is shut your mind off.
From here.

This guy seems to have it right in my mind. Christian fundamentalists rarely seem to follow the teachings of Jesus very closely. To them it's all about the moral values espoused in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), not the teachings of Jesus as described in the New Testament. But even the Old Testament values fundamentalist preach about are chosen very selectively. You don't see them advocating slavery or dietary laws that often. But, bring up the subject of gay marriage and watch out. Christian fundamentalists are obsessed with sex. The values of tolerance, non-violence and love are way, way down the list for these people.

Dependence Day is Today

Today is the day that all domestically produced oil has been used up for the year. We now turn to importing the oil we need. Dependence Day is a visually stunning website worth visiting. It has a petition worth signing.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Vt City Marathon - The Start and 2nd Leg

Get right up in the front for the start. There are about 7000 runners standing behind Julia.

First hand off, Zippy waits patiently. Where is Julia?

The handoff goes well and a Zippy is off on her leg with a smile.

The Saucy Posse Marathon Relay Team - 3rd Year

The Saucy Posse from SLU. Zippy, Anna, Julia, Kim and Steph, roommates, teammates, classmates and good friends. Hopefully this will be an annual event until they can no longer run.

Getting things all set for the race.

Memorial Day Weekend - Juggling Fire

Church Street Marketplace in Burlington, VT. If you've never been there you have to go (not in the winter). Great food, free entertainment, Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, Books, shopping, people watching, they have it all. If you are having breakfast, I recommend Henrys Diner at 155 Bank St. You can't do better. Sakura's is a great Sushi place. For a beer, The Vermont Pub and Brewery, 144 College St., behind the Court House. Don't want to drive to Burlington, then take a Lake Champlain Ferry directly into Burlington from Port Kent, NY. Call ahead to be sure and get on the 'Adirondack' ferry. You don't want to be stuck on the 'Valcour' for an hour.

What's On Your Bookshelf?

These are a few of the books in my office. However, the book I reach for most often is "Webster's II New Riverside Dictionary" because I find it embarrassing to mispell words. The next book I find myself reaching for is the "Holy Bible" (King James Version) because I often find biblical quotes online that I don't really believe are in the bible. I'm always surprised.

At home you would mainly find books on Adirondack History and Military Aircraft, Ships etc. Oh yeah, and all my wife's Art books.

Garcetti v. Ceballos (04-473)

Let's start trimming down first amendment rights says the Supreme Court in a recent ruling. Now if you work for the government you had better watch what you say. Didn't White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer once tell us we "better watch what we say"? I guess it's the law now.

I got a visit from the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.

208.27.203.# (Admin OFC US Courts)
ISP Sprint
Location Continent : North America
Country : United States (Facts)
State : District of Columbia
City : Washington

They are probably checking to see how the sheeple are feeling about having some of their first amendment rights 'modified'.

Well, I don't think I like it. I don't think I like it one little bit.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Indian Runner Ducks and Belted Galloways

Ok, as promised, here is the picture of the Indian Runner Ducks. As you can see they look like bowling pins with feet. These ducks can run quite well but cannot fly. They have been bred to lay eggs, not to eat. More info here. I've forgotten what breed the other ducks are. Sorry.

Here are the Belted Galloway cattle. They are an old Scottish breed of cattle that have been described as early as 1786 but are probably much older. Belted Galloways are great foragers and, in the summer, thrive on marginal hill pastures. With their extra winter coat, they live out all winter with only hay to eat. More info here.

Monday, May 29, 2006

GOP Lies, Half Truths and Obfuscations

This growing list of Republican lies, half truths, and obfuscations should be posted on every liberal blog in the World. I got this list from "And the clocks were striking thirteen".

Franklin D. Roosevelt was a communist and a terrible president.
Jimmy Carter used to be a waffler, now he's a traitor.
Walter Mondale is a flip-flopper.
Michael Dukakis is a waffler.
Ronald Reagan was the best president in history.
The media is liberal.
Bill Clinton is a flip-flopper.
Hillary Clinton murdered Vince Foster.
Bill & Hillary Clinton are radical leftists.
Al Gore is a waffler.
Al Gore claimed he invented the internet.
Al Gore is boring, stiff and wonky.
George W. Bush is a great guy to have a beer with.
George W. Bush is a Texan.
George Bush was a successful businessman.
Bush won Florida in 2000.

Go to the above link to see the rest of the list. It's too long to keep posted here. I found the HTML code to make an expandable post, but I can't get it to work. I don't know if it's because I'm putting it in the wrong place on the template or what.

Fort Montgomery - Rouses Point, NY

There is a long and weird story about Ft. Montgomery and I'm not going to recount it. You can read about it here. Better pictures also. The reason for more recent interest in the Fort is that it is for sale on eBay here. The current bid is $5 million but the asking price is $9,950,000. The eBay site has lots of information on the fort, the property, the history and lot's of really great pictures. Definitely worth visiting.

Cathartes aura - Turkey Vulture

On our way out of town, right next to the Fish and Game Club, two pair of turkey vultures. I knew they were in the area, but these are the first vultures I've seen here since I was very young. And, that was a long time ago. Learn more than you want to know about turkey vultures here.

What I did Memorial Day Weekend

Stay tuned for some exciting new knowledge. Learn about Cathartes aura; Fort Montgomery; Belted Galloways; Indian Runner ducks; The Vermont City Marathon and Relay.

Oh yeah, I forgot, fire juggling and Taiko drumming too.

So not to keep you in suspense, Julia's Marathon relay team, The Saucy Posse Returns, was 4th out of 100 teams in the Women's open division and 89th out of 1040 mens, womens and mixed teams. They would have done better but two of the team members decided (read: had to) to take bathroom breaks during the race.