Staphylococcus aureus – Antibiotics Test plate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I’ve read a few articles in recent years about the ever-increasing antibiotic resistance in bacteria, and the fact that pharmaceutical companies are not investing in new ones because they become useless before they’ve paid back the investment in them.
The US CDC’s recent warning about how we may soon be in a post-antibiotic era also got a lot of press the last few months.
But this article on Medium does a great job of laying out what it really means, and how we got into this mess: Continue reading
Monarch Butterfly (Photo credit: dave and rose)
I just read this disturbing article about the crash in the Monarch butterfly population this year:
The Year the Monarch Didn’t Appear – NYTimes.com
In searching for regular population numbers, I also came across this one: Continue reading
I found this hilarious, and well done:
Some of that I already knew but I learned some things from it too. No wonder the English language is such a mess.
This might be more rambling than my usual posts. I don’t feel motivated to go over it. I hope the video still works when you read this too. The copyright police are always on a rampage against Pink Floyd songs on Youtube.
I’m feeling trapped in my life. I never seem to make any real progress. Seems like it for a while, but I always find myself back where I started again.
I hate my job. Yeah, I know, who doesn’t, right? And I should be grateful for having one. And I know many people have it worse than me (but that’s a sickening thought, not a comforting one). Continue reading
Managing Fish Farm, Jian De, Hangzhou, Shanghai (Photo credit: IvanWalsh.com)
A very scary story about the current state of our oceans:
The ocean is broken | Newcastle Herald
I have a feeling that we all might need to develop a taste for jellyfish: Continue reading
Probably best friends since they were kids. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
One year ago, I wrote about what childhood memories reveal about us. I mentioned then that I was considering posting some of my early memories and what I believe they reveal about me. I’ve been thinking about it on and off since then. Here’s one I’ve decided to post…
It was the start of Grade 7, the first year of Junior High. Until then, I’d been with the same group of local kids every school year. But this was a regional school. Now kids were bussed in from surrounding communities.
Here was an opportunity to meet new kids, make friends, come out of my shell a little. But I was too suspicious. Continue reading
The Path to Tyranny: A History of Free Society’s Descent into Tyranny by Michael E. Newton
One of many books I’ve read and intended to review was:
The Path to Tyranny: A History of Free Society’s Descent into Tyranny by Michael E. Newton.
This book sets out to analyze the reasons why various past societies, such as ancient Athens, started out free but descended into tyranny. Then it applies the lessons learned to the current situation in western countries, particularly the United States. Continue reading
A Marine Corps explosive ordnance disposal technician prepares to deploy a device that will detonate a buried improvised explosive near Camp Fallujah, Iraq, in November of 2005. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Bobby J. Segovia /Wikimedia Commons)
I found this article interesting because of what it says about the way people relate to robots:
Funerals for Fallen Robots – Megan Garber – The Atlantic
Those with a philosophical bent like to argue over whether machines can ever achieve true sentience, and whether people will ever accept them as such. Continue reading
Aetna Adrift by Erik Wecks
Aetna Adrift: Part 2 is the conclusion to the story that began in Aetna Adrift: Part 1, which I previously reviewed, when it was known as Aetna Rising.
In that review, I mentioned that I really enjoyed the story as far as it went, but was unhappy with how it ended in a cliff-hanger, with the rest left for the conclusion, which wasn’t yet available.
Well, the author contacted me a few weeks ago to let me know that the conclusion was now available. Continue reading