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Ever since I was a child, I’ve always been highly interested by space, and by that I mean outer space. I remember reading the encyclopedia’s available in one of my classrooms as a child, and I would spend hours looking at the pictures, I say pictures because I was too young to understand the math behind what I was reading, but I read it anyway. Hell, I still can’t understand the math behind this stuff. I don’t claim to be an astronomer or scientist, because I am not. I have, however been very interested by the subject for as long as I can remember.

 

NASA’s WMAP (Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe), after 5 years of scanning the cosmos, has released its findings, and what they found is awesome.

Here are a few tidbits:

 The most interesting of these findings deals with the universe’s energy “budget”, which is all of the matter and energy in the universe summed together. It was determined that this budget breaks down like this: 72.1% is dark energy, 23.3% is dark matter, and 4.62% is normal matter.  Phil Plait over at the Bad Astronomy blog puts it best: “We occupy a razor thin slice of reality”.

For more in formation WMAP you can check out their website at: http://wmap.gsfc.nasa.gov

I wish I had a camera!!!!

February 28, 2008

If I am going to fully immerse myself in blogging, I am going to need a camera. For example, at this very moment, there is lady bug crawling along the top of my monitor, its very picturesque. But anyone reading this has got to just take me at my word, which to be honest, on the internet not many people do.

Oh well, in the coming months I will eventually get a camera. Then I will be able to start taking pictures. Until then however, people will just need to believe what they read, and I hope they do.

I’ve been looking on Craigslist, to see if I might find a good deal. The only problem with Craigslist is you can easily get scammed.

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I was browsing Digg today, and an interesting story caught my eye (no pun intended there.) The story was about a man who had become blind about two years ago when he fell victim to a freak accident involving exploding red-hot liquid aluminum. Out of all of the senses to lose, sight is the one and only that would completely devastate my life the most. I think I could live without smell, taste, touch or even hearing, but sight, I could not live without.

Everything I enjoy doing, from reading, to writing, and even playing video games requires sight more then hearing.  Sure, hearing is definately a plus, but someone who is deaf can play a video game.

According to the article, a procedure called Osteo-Odonto-Keratoprosthesis or OOKP for short, can restore some sight to someone who has lost all sight. The procedure is performed by Dr Christopher Liu at Sussex Eye Hospital in Brighton, England.  I am not a Doctor, so I don’t think I would be able to explain it properly, so I’ve included an excerpt from the article in question.

Excerpt From: Yahoo News
“The technique, pioneered in Italy in the 1960s, involves creating a support for an artificial cornea from the patient’s own tooth and the surrounding bone.

The procedure used on McNichol involved his son Robert, 23, donating a tooth, its root and part of the jaw.

McNichol’s right eye socket was rebuilt, part of the tooth inserted and a lens inserted in a hole drilled in the tooth.

The first operation lasted ten hours and the second five hours.”

According to the article, the procedure was a success, and the patient was able to recover enough of his sight to get around, and to be able to watch TV again.  Its an impressive improvement, considering he couldn’t see at all before the procedure.

Medical technology is advancing at an ever increasing speed, with new medical equipement and procedures tested and proven all the time. At this rate, maybe we will able to attain immortality – hopefully before I get too old.

Either, it’s good to know that if I ever do lose my sight, there is still hope for recovering it.

[From: Yahoo News]

This sucks…

February 27, 2008

I woke up this morning at around 8:15AM, with a splitting headache. My head feels like someone on the inside is banging on my brain with some sort of blunt object, and not only that, my throat feels like someone poured acid down my mouth. Its certainly not the end of the world, but it sucks. I’ve never known anyone who enjoys being sick, but I wonder if anyone out there does enjoy it? That’d be messed up.

I think I saw it coming though, I’d been feeling a little off the last few days. I’ve also been waking up the last few days, with head aches that seem to be getting worse every day. I should probably make a trip down to my local clinic, and get it checked out. Maybe they’ll give me something to make it go away faster. Who knows?

Anyway, I decided to call in sick today because being a rep on the phone involved talking a lot, and I don’t think I’d make it. I don’t think I’d be able to talk all day the way my throat feels. I’ve not been very lucky in the past 12 months. I’ve been more sick in those months, then I have ever been in a 12 month period.

The worst part about it though, isn’t the fact that I feel like crap, but the fact that I always feel bad when I call in sick. Its not like most large cell centers, where if one agent is missing, no one will notice. Its a very small team, and its noticeable when someone isn’t there. I feel as though I am letting people down, and to me thats a terrible feeling.

I need to start taking some Echinacea, its apparently been proven to help prevent colds, and shorten them, if you happen to already have one.

Update:  I went to my local medical clinic, and saw a doctor. According to him its a case of extreme sinus congestion causing my headaches. He figures the sore throat is due to a cold or something.  So very enlightening.  He prescribed me some sort of nasal spray, that according to him, should relieve the sinus pressure and cure my headache.   I hope he is right, because these headaches have been a daily occurrence since just before Northern Voice 08′, which was last week.

This type of thing amuses me to no end, I always love a good prank, and the best pranks are the one’s where no one is hurt or embarassed. The people over at Improv Everywhere have been organizing elaborate pranks for a while now. 

The best ones that have happened recently,have all taken place in New York, and this one is no different.

Their latest prank is a little bit more subtle, but funny none-the-less. They decided to lug old desktop computers into Starbucks, and use them like any other customer would use a laptop. But enough of my description, take a look at the video after the jump.

The sight of seeing people lugging huge travel bags into the Starbucks, with old CRT monitors is just pure funny to me.  It had me chuckling through out the entire video.  The just the sheer confusion experienced by everyone not in on the prank was priceless.

 Check out their site for more pranks and video’s!

[From http://www.improveverywhere.com]