December 17th, 2007

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Satanic Cat Watch: Day 1595

South Korean scientists create glowing cats using modified gene

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korean scientists have cloned cats that glow red when exposed to ultraviolet rays, an achievement that could help develop cures for human genetic diseases, the Science and Technology Ministry said.

Three Turkish Angora cats were born in January and February through cloning with a gene that produces a red fluorescent protein that makes them glow in dark. One died at birth, but the two others survived, the ministry said.

The ministry claimed it was the first time cats with modified genes have been cloned.

Scientists from Gyeongsang National University and Sunchon National University took skin cells from a cat and inserted the fluorescent gene into them before transplanting the genetically modified cells into eggs.

The development means other genes can also be inserted in the course of cloning, paving the way for producing lab cats with genetic diseases, including those of humans, to help develop new treatments, the ministry said.

I always knew there was a good reason to distrust Koreans. Their giant foreheads house brains filled with evil. Sure, for now it's just cats that glow in the dark, I assume so they can see where they're going at night as they stand on your chest and suck out your soul through your face, but soon it'll be death beams from the eyes or God knows what else. This has one of sci-fi horror movie plots tattooed all over it. Scientists should be finding ways to purge cats from existance, not giving them genetic enhancements.
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Once more into the breach

I woke up this morning to the neon green glow of the 'Wii in Stock!' sign on my widget. I debated about it for a bit and then pulled the trigger again. So now I've got yet another Wii on its way to me from and I've got to figure out how to unload it. It's not a huge big deal since I know that Shelley still has at least one friend that wants one, though selling to her would mean no profits. I decided to make a couple of posts on Craigslist for it and hopefully in addition to Nigerian scammers, this time around I also pick up some legitimate interest. I'm only looking to come out $50 ahead so I'm trying to sell the thing for $320 there. That's lower than all the other prices I saw listed so I have some minor hope of being able to seal a deal quickly.
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Baby Pictures

Welp, I managed to snag some of the baby pictures taken when Maddie was born. Well, let me clarify that a bit. The pictures are of the time immediately after her birth. If any pictures were taken during then all I know is I certainly don't want to see them and I can only hope the same is true of all of you as well. Actually, to tell you the truth, I find few things less appealing than looking at baby photos in general, and ecspecially ones of people I don't even know. Few things are more tedious than having someone show you an album full of pictures of people you don't know and couldn't give a rat's ass about. It's only worse when it's kids and babies because you're expected to ooh and ahh no matter what the little mutants might look like or how bored you might be with the entire process.

That being said, I know that there are people out there in the world who feel different. I imagine it might have something to do with having ovaries or some such. Damned if I can explain it but I figured that I would provide the pictures behind a LJ cut for those individuals, while the rest of us who don't care for babies can just skip it.

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God bless China

With all those millions of chinese people chained to their factory jobs and churning out cheap goods. I'm just agog over how cheap toys are nowadays compared to just 10 years ago. I still remember having to pay at least $20 for a medium sized plush doll and the same item now goes for less than half the price. Hell, for $20 nowadays you're usually buying something that can smother a child to death.

I was just browsing around on Amazon and made a couple of impulse buys for Maddie. I'm one of those people who feel that when you buy gifts for children, it should not only amuse the kid but should also provide as much agony and pain to the parents as possible. This provides for endless humor when they graciously thank you for your gift while inwardly cringing. This is why drums and other musical instruments make for perfect gifts.

For an infant though, I had to adjust this slightly and went with something more cutsy, but hopefully just as likely to cause angst. I just bought

Not only are they generally cute 14" stuffed animals, but they also sing and "dance". Each of them knows three different songs and will bob their heads to the beat. The best part is that they automatically sense other sing-a-long bears nearby and will interact and sing together.

The three songs they sing? The Wheels on the Bus, If You're Happy and You Know it, and Row, Row, Row Your Boat. I can only hope they break out into song at random times and set one another off. I might have to sodder the battery case closed after popping some extra long-last batteries into there.

And you're probably wondering about the cost for these two....$9.40 with shipping and tax included. That's a lot of joy for the cost.
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It's hard not to feel dirty

I've been spending a lot of time lately playing Jeanne d'Arc on my PSP. It's a strategic RPG in the style of Final Fantasy Tactics and basically retells the Hundred Years War between England and France with some fantasy elements tossed in. For example, in this version the King of England is ruled by demons and in addition to his mundane forces, sends assorted monsters after the people of France. The heroes, on the otherhand, have these magical armlets which (by your powers combined!) once defeated the demon hoards of the past and likely will do so again.

The gameplay has been a lot of fun but I'm really enjoying the storyline. It's been a long time since I've actually played anything with even a moderate amount of depth to it. One of the unusual things is that Jean of Arc actually gets burned at the stake. Well, not the heroine herself, but one of her best friends pretending to be her. I can't recall a character actually dying in a RPG after so much plot and development since Aeris bit it in Final Fantasy VII. Part of me can't help but feeling slightly pissy about spending all that time trying to level up an inherently weak character only to have her get turned into a tiki-torch halfway through, but it's one way to make the character memorable if nothing else. She ends up being replaced by a giant purple frog which wields a sword in its mouth. Something else you probably don't see all that often overall.

Still, for all the positive points, I dunno if I can reconcile all of that with the fact that I'm fighting for the French. It just dosen't seem right somehow. Sure the English might be controlled by demons and use monsters in their armed forces, but at least they aren't French. This might just be one of those early warning signs that one of my prejudices has taken too deep a hold.
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Anyone seen the recent photo snapped of Hillary Clinton? Jesus Christ.

I'm guessing this is what happens when you skip bathing in the blood of virgins for even a single night. I'm not sure whether I should be amazed she's aged so much in so little time or just be incredibly impressed with her makeup people for hiding this up till now. She looks like a completely different person. Hell, they must have to layer on the foundation like spackle to get a flat enough surface to work with. The last time I saw anyone looking this different not made up it was Nick Nolte's arrest photo.

It should be to no surprise that the blogosphere seems to be chatting about the image, with the entirely predictable initial claims that it was a photoshop job or some other fake. Of course, once it was shown to be real, the arguement seemlessly switched to how it is sexist to even comment on the image or how we wouldn't even mention it if Hillary had testicles. Frankly, I'm not so sure she dosen't have a pair of brass ones tucked into her vag, but I don't buy the whole sexism arguement regardless. It's a shocking picture not because she's a woman, but because anyone who looks like they've changed so drasticly in appearance draws comment. She looks like she aged 10 years overnight.

It's also relevant considering how much it clashes with the image she's trying to project. This picture is like finding a snapshot of Mitt Romney wearing a stained wifebeater.

On a sidenote, it's a pity I don't know anyone from Iowa. I just ran across a great caucus joke and I would love to see how it goes over on 1/3.

What's the difference between a caucus and a cactus? With a cactus, the pricks are on the outside.