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8/13/10 07:48 am

Work finally started again for me this week; my body wants to kill me for subjecting it to such strain so suddenly, but it will live. At present, I am not scheduled to work again for another two weeks because of multiple managerial "boo-boo"s, but that shall hopefully change tonight when I go back to discuss a schedule re-assignment with another manager. My mountains of bills aren't going to pay themselves, after all.

Speaking of how I shouldn't be squandering money, I noticed Walmart had placed the ThermaCare wrist wraps I designed (well past the statute of confidentiality ago, even if the brand hadn't been bought by Wyeth who subsequently got bought in their entirety by Pfiser) on their 50% off rack. Naturally, I bought two boxes as a result; I have to have something for posterity, after all. I mean, a lot of the actual science that went into those things came out of my work, and the stuff that didn't was still directly influenced by me. Remember, I'm not some idiot only interested in a desk job for the cubicle wars; I actually want to work for my pay, and I have actual results to show for it.

Today, I am going to try to move heaven and Earth to get my bug here and the title transferred to my name, all before the necessary offices close. Usually with something like this, something goes horribly wrong and sets back all progress for upwards of a month. Here's hoping that won't be the case this time, that perhaps this time the cosmos will grant me a slight boon.

EDIT: And my pen pal at Shar Gaden has written back! Now, how to respond to his correspondence?

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8/6/10 05:16 pm

My parents have been in-state all this week, so I've been spending most of my time with them. Tuesday we went down to Old Town ABQ; my mom likes browsing through the shops there. Found a newly-hatched black widow brood in front of one of the stores. The owners will have their hands full in a short while. They wanted to go to Nob Hill as well, but by then everything was closed; I knew about the strange six o'clock NM phenomenon, but they did not. That evening, the parental units got to meet Toulouse and Farid for the first time; they also got to see my pepper plants.

Wednesday we went up to the ABQ Art and History Museum; it was actually quite fun. I learned a surprising amount, and I didn't expect to see authentic 15th-century weapons and armor. It would have been much more entertaining if parents there weren't afraid to keep their children under control. Seriously, all the exhibits have a rather legible sign reading "Do not touch"; when your kid is trying to open an antique chest-of-drawers or ring an 18th-century train bell, smack them! At least one parent had the guts to stop their child from "petting" a wooden sculpture.

Thursday was probably my favorite; having spent the night in my parents' hotel room (on a shitty fold-out bed that was falling apart), we drove up to Los Alamos. The maternal unit wished to travel along the Turquoise Trail to Santa Fe as something of a scenic route, which was actually kinda neat (especially when we encountered the petrified forest between Madrid and Santa Fe). Once there, we went to the Bradbury Science Museum first. It's not a bad museum, but it's really oriented poorly; most of it seems to be walls of text, which is okay for someone like me but really bad for most others, especially children. There were a few child-oriented bits, but they were clearly meant to be largely for young children. While I thoroughly enjoyed myself reading about the science behind the Bomb(s), my mother was thoroughly overwhelmed.

While we were there, it began raining; the storm that stretched across the entire northern half of the state had hit. We ended up spending our time waiting for it to abate in the museum's gift shop, where I actually picked up a copy of Pocket Ref, 3rd. Ed. Once the rain had died down enough that it was no longer hailing, we went up to the Black Hole. I did not expect to find a few of the things I encountered there: apparently LANL had recently decommissioned an old NeXT system, as well as a few other older machines I recognized the parts from. While I never did find the NeXT machine itself (I'm pretty sure it was either already bought or hidden), I did encounter its monitor and 400dpi printer, the latter of which I purchased. There was also an SGI monitor I considered getting, as well as an old TRS-80 keyboard unit. I'd love to get up there again soon; we had to leave early, as my folks were getting hungry and, again, my mother was overwhelmed (this time it was the sheer amount of stuff there).

Upon returning to Socorro, it was still light out; my dad really wanted to check out the '72 beetle my sister purchased to see if it would start and to take pictures for her. We found out upon arrival that the battery in it was almost brand new; alas, the gasoline in it most definitely was not. However, we're pretty sure it will start right up with new gas. This makes me quite hopeful for mine; alas, mine will require a battery and a little more work to get it going. Not much more, though.

Had a dream last night; I do not recall the context, but someone I knew had challenged me to a spar with bladed weapons. He was using a pair of daggers, while I was using something like a Niuweidao (I had intended to grab my kukri, but went along with this anyway) with a minor blade in my other hand for guarding (I may have inadvertently invented this knife in my dream, as it would be pretty useless for most anything but serious blocking [EDIT: After a brief Wikipedo browsing session, it appears the blade I had was most similar to the modern Karambit]). After a very long and rather arduous skirmish, I ended up landing the first what would have been fatal blow had this not been an exercise. It was a lot of fun, really.

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6/14/10 08:40 am

So I've been posting it a lot of places, but I guess I never did here: If you're still undecided about Journey to Fire's Keep, check out Xlibris' site again. The excerpt you're supposed to be able to "Click here to read" is actually up now, so... yeah, click there to read it.

I've been suffering from hypersomnia for the past week; I'm blaming my narcolepsy.

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6/9/10 03:11 pm

OKAY. Here's the deal.

  1. Go to my website, baphijmm.xz.cn.

  2. Click on the "Buy Now" button on the left side, under "New Releases". You will be able to purchase Journey to Fire's Keep for $15 ($5 less than what XLibris is charging) plus shipping. If you're local to Socorro (or don't mind a drive), choose the Pickup option for shipping unless you really feel like having me mail it to you.

  3. Every Friday let's say, I'll check and see how many orders were placed, then place that many orders through my publisher. When they arrive, I shall ship them out or inform those who chose Pickup via email that they are here (and where to pick them up).

  4. Let's say for the first two weeks, every order placed in this manner will be autographed. JUST BECAUSE.


Keep in mind that I make far more money if you order it through me (especially if I were to charge the XLibris price, which they may make me do here if they catch me >_> ), so this is actually preferable.

That work for everyone? :3

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6/8/10 03:52 pm

It is done.


EDIT: I have been informed that, while the price is rather high, if there is enough interest, I could resell the books myself for far cheaper and still make my royalties on it. In other words, if you are interested but not in that price tag, let me know!

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6/28/09 05:32 pm

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5/12/08 07:06 pm - Answers for the general public to consider

What is a gamete? How are they formed? Where are they formed? What purpose do they serve?

A gamete is also known as a haploid; a more common term for them is sex cells - sperm and eggs. Gametes arise as a result of a process called "meiosis", in which a single diploid cell (a typical cell in the body) divides into four haploids. The purpose they serve is reproductive - a gamete from a male and a female of the same species combine to form a xygote, a process colloquially known as "conception." All of these processes can and have been directly observed via microscope.

What do they have in common with the traditional eukaryotic cells of the beings they come from? What is different? Why are these things different?

Really, what's important here is the difference - gametes have exactly half the genetic material of diploids. This is because the chromosomes - organized structures of DNA - are physically separated from each other during the second half of meiosis. Once again, this process is observable via microscope.

Are all gametes from one host the same? If not, what differs? How do these differences or lack thereof affect the nature of the gamete's purpose?

Nope; each gamete contains a different half of the genetic material of the original diploid. This is further made different via a process known as chromosomal crossover, during which two chromosomes pair up and exchange a portion of their DNA with each other; this too occurs during meiosis and is observable via microscope. Through these processes, genetic material provided to the xygote at conception is a different combination of the overall genetic material of each parental unit. This produces a natural variety regarding most every aspect of the species - this can alter everything from how tall the offspring is to what gender it is.

Recall, all of these processes can and have been directly observed. I will pick this discussion up at a later date, and provide an overall conclusion then.

5/12/08 03:53 pm - Questions for the general public to consider

What is a gamete? How are they formed? Where are they formed? What purpose do they serve?

What do they have in common with the traditional eukaryotic cells of the beings they come from? What is different? Why are these things different?

Are all gametes from one host the same? If not, what differs? How do these differences or lack thereof affect the nature of the gamete's purpose?

Answers will be provided later along with reasoning, with time; until then, however, I request that readers try to find out for themselves, if they don't already know.

4/4/08 10:34 am - Verses Fundamentalists should take to heart.

Jeremiah 31:31-34
Matthew 6:25-27
Mark 1:40-45
Mark 2:21-22
Mark 7:15
Luke 6:37
2 Corinthians 3:6
Hebrews 8:13
(more to be added with time)

8/22/07 08:47 pm - Words to ponder. Cut for length.

I see a world that's full of fake and disillusionsCollapse )

Are there those who wish to make a difference? May they speak up, that they may be known. None of us is as powerful as all of us.

(Comments screened unless individuals want recognition; I understand the nature of the question.)

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EDIT: From Wiki (And yes, I know Wiki isn't a viable source; please, just bear with me) -
His [Milton Friedman's] political philosophy, which Friedman himself considered classically liberal and consequentialist libertarian, stressed the advantages of the marketplace and the disadvantages of government intervention, shaping the outlook of American conservatives and libertarians. He adamantly argued that if capitalism, or economic freedom, is introduced into countries governed by totalitarian regimes that political freedom would tend to result. [...] His views of monetary policy, taxation, privatization and deregulation informed the policy of governments around the globe, especially the administrations of Ronald Reagan in the U.S. and Margaret Thatcher in Britain.

Keep that in mind, and read on:

Democratic institutions are not necessarily the way ahead in the long-term future," said Brig. Gen. John "Mick" Bednarek, part of Task Force Lightning in Diyala province, one of the war's major battlegrounds.

If'n you're sick of these political posts, I have a DailyKos account now and will be posting there once they allow me to start a blog there, roughly Saturday.
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