Archive for May, 2011

From a Giant Seamonster

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Dear ape-like things that have assembled on land across the world,

First, my apologies. DSL service to the deep oceans is a spotty proposition with a lot of down time. Also, the postal service is inadequate to handle the extreme depths needed to transport my communication. Fortunately, I have found an outlet on Seth’s World with which to communicate.

Now let’s move on to business before I get ornery. A time used to exist where your kind would post morsels for me to devour in exchange for not devouring the rest of you as you near the ocean. I have talents for reaching most remote places and am directly responsible for floods and hurricanes. I create jobs in the emergency service sector. I would appreciate it if you would start posting those morsels again so that I can stop devastating the whole world to get my ape based dinner I so deserve.

I notice in the past some of your documentation of our agreement mentioned virgin apes. I don’t rightly care any more than I imagine you care about the sex lives of your bovine dinner sandwiches. In exchange for my leniency on the abstinence issue, I’d appreciate it if you tied each morsel next to a large dish of barbeque sauce.

Thanks,
Kraken.

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Youtube of the Moment – Phylogeny Challenge

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Fascinating stuff.

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Seth Complains About Anything

Friday, May 13th, 2011

This time it’s about a post on Curvy Girl Guide.

My girlfriend reads this post called “He Speaks: Why He Needs Time For Himself”. She feels positively like she understands me better. Since she’s internet ready, she shares the post on her reader and I see the post later and read it myself. Picture the warm fuzzy feeling draining out of my head as I realize that I’m not anything like this dude. And then I have to face the bright light of my own privilege because I’m obviously doing something that feels the same to Lorie.
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Seth’s “Hey There Delilah”

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Hey there Delilah
Did your man become a rockstar
Is he crooning at you while
strumming the strings of his guitar

I thought he would.
But you know so many things fall through.
And don’t come true.
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Why Creationism and Evolution Can’t Be Compared

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Creationism and evolution cannot be compared. I know comparing is an easy mistake to make. I have done this mistake but I will advance the argument that Creationism cannot be compared with the theories that add up to evolution.
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The Opposite of Abstinence

Friday, May 6th, 2011

This is a message for kids thinking about sex coming from a guy who thinks abstinence education is misguided. I think abstinence education happens because people feel like teaching children how to safely have sex will lead to children having sex and that feels like a step most parents can’t take.

Kids, I suggest something completely different. If you’re thinking about having sex, you should plan to have sex. 14? 17? I don’t care. But, the active word is plan. You’re going to need to find a partner you can trust. You’re going to need to consider contraceptives for disease prevention and pregnancy prevention. You’ll probably want to find a time where you’re not hurried in a back seat. Rent a hotel. Find a day when parents are out shopping for shoes or getting manicures.

Take this planning seriously. You’re going to spend your entire life using the skills you do and don’t have in bed. Short cutting the process is going to lower your experience and up your risks meaning one day you might be really good at sex but really bad at defending against the common cold because you’ve got AIDS. That would be a shame. Bluntly, a world of healthy fuckers is a better plan. Plan.

Forget about the clothes that make you sexy or performance. You can figure that out later when you have a budget and you’re over eighteen. Right now ,you need to master the basics so that you can minimize risks and maximize results. Sex rocks. But sex followed by self esteem crashes or pregnancy while you’re in high school outweighs the afterglow. Also, intercourse isn’t the only form of sex. There’s no reason you have to do one or any type of interaction so make sure you’ve communicated with your partner on what things you are interested in exploring. In the moment is the wrong time to suddenly come up with a plan. It’s not horrible but people don’t typically do their best thinking at that moment.

I think the structured part of the experience should focus on safety and then relaxed exploration. Rush nothing. This will allow you to figure out what you want faster than trying to do what you think people should want. It’ll allow you to use contraceptives in the right places. And it’ll allow you to adjust accordingly so you can hide the evidence from your folks later. Believe me, finding out your kid has had sex is a troublesome concept. In their effort to protect you, parents tend to become antagonists to this sort of exploration. So if you must plan on sex, plan on your evidence handling strategy as well.

And just as I suggested leave no evidence behind. Leave no broken hearts behind. I think sex is better with people you care about. But marrying the first person you sleep with is a crap shoot especially when you’re talking about exploratory sex. Respect your partner. You don’t have to marry them.

This is your life. Mostly, putting off sex until adulthood works fine too. But it makes no difference to me when you have to do what you’ve determined to do. What I care about is technique. Make a plan to be safe. Have fun. Make sure somebody knows where you are in the event of an actual emergency. Grow up healthy and confident.

That is all.

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Fractal Vision

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

I tend to find a way to have a minority view in any circumstance. In other words, I always find a way to be wrong. No problem. But I’ve got some thoughts about how that is happening and some defenses of why what I’m doing is a good thing.
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Speculations about Evolution.

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

I’ve been thinking about making a game that demonstrates the concepts related to evolution. Specifically, the interaction between genes, mutation, and selection. I started thinking about a game that gives you control of the genes of one clade of decendants and the computer gets control of the other clade. Both competitors get a few changes to the genetic code every generation and you get to see who wins.

But then I got to thinking, if I were intelligently planning gene changes. If I could I’d first imagine genes like a sequence of code. I’d build up blocks of alternate code for different ways to make a beak if I were working on birds. Each alternate might take some time to build but then one of the gene changes could simply be to load a different kind of beak. That would be a one step way to make a big change in the genes expressed by a creature.

I wonder if that actually happens in reality.

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