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Our natural defenses

Posted by james on Dec. 25, 2005

I am a frog. Not just any frog, I'm one of those poison-dart type frogs with all the nasty chemicals on my skin. Nature, God, or the thousands of years of random genetic mutation and Darwin-esque culling have gifted me with an incredibly efficient and effective defense against predators. And yet, I must think about the moral implications of my defenses. Was survival the only consideration when I was given my gifts? Is it so selfish, only to be used for my own gain? Or is there some higher calling, some way in which I can use my gift for the benefit of others, to improve the society (or really, the ecosystem) around me to some degree? Perhaps the fact that I can use my gift for self-defense and personal gain is merely a side effect, a necessary but undesirable consequence of giving me the ability to help others. Maybe every time my brethren and I use our gifts to defend ourselves, it just a mere shadow of the real potential we have. We could be defending innocents, or nobly sacrificing our bodies to science to create some kind of awesome anti-toxin that will some day save millions of lives...

Or just screw it, I'm a damn poison frog, and I must survive.

Do not call + Cell phones

Posted by james on Dec. 14, 2005

<i>You may have received an email telling you that your cell phone is about to be assaulted by telemarketing calls as a result of a new cell phone number database; however, that is not the case. FCC regulations prohibit telemarketers from using automated dialers to call cell phone numbers. Automated dialers are standard in the industry, so most telemarketers don’t call consumers on their cell phones without their consent.</i>

<a href="http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/alerts/dncalrt.htm">http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/alerts/dncalrt.htm</a>

Damn rumors.

Car part 2, and Miami

Posted by james on Dec. 7, 2005

<img src="../share/2005-12-06-civic1.jpg" align="right"> My car's been found, stripped to the core. There's really nothing left; no engine, transmission, doors, glovebox, seats, bumpers, fenders. It's just an empty shell. Hopefully insurance wont stiff me and I'll have my money back. It's not the money though, it's the fact that someone out there feels fine stealing from everyone around them and then using that stuff on their own car (or selling to make money). Despicable.

<img src="../share/2005-12-06-civic2.jpg" align="right"> Other than that things are going well. I'm back from Miami, took a one week trip there. It's too fancy; people drive incredibly expensive cars up and down the strip at South Beach, and the night life doesn't start till 11-12pm. Seems like a place where rich people like to go to be seen. Yuck. On the plus side, the area's got a lot of latin-american (cuban) influence, which means lots of spanish of all kinds, and lots of good food. Oh man. Where next? California for Christmas.


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