DNA and Longhorn

This is a going to be a two part post:
First, I got my DNA results back.
No, I’m not suffering from any sort of ailment, in fact, the DNA that I had
profiled as part of my BioTech course was “Junk” DNA, more specifically, mtDNA.
Here goes:

GTTCTTTTTT TTTGGAAGCA GATTTGGGTA CCACCCAAGT ATTGACTCAC
CCATCAACAA CCGCTATGTA TTTCGTACAT TACTGCCAGC CACCATGAAT
ATTGTACGGT ACCATAAATA CTTGACCACC TGTAGTACAT AAAAACCCAA
TCCACATCAA AACCCCCCCC CCATGNTTTC AAGNAAGNAC AGNAATCAAC
CCTNAANTNT TACANATNAA CTGNAANTCC AAAGCCNCNC CTCNCCCCCT
NGGNTACCAA NAAACCTNCC CCCCCTTAAN AGNNCATAGN ANATAAAGNC
NTTTNCCGNA NATAGNACAT TNCAGTCAAA TCCCTTNTCG NCCCCATGGN 
NGACCCCCCN CNNANAGGGG NCCCTTGCNN CCAANTTTTN AAAATTTTTN
TNTNNNNGTN NNNGTTGNNN TTNTNNTGNN NTGNNNNTTG TTNNTNNNNT
TTGNNTGGNN NGNNNNGNNA NNNNTTNTTT TGNTNNNTTN NNGNNTTNGT
NNTGTNNNNT TNNNTNNNNT TGTNAAGNNA ANNNTAANNA ANNTNTNTAC
TNTNTTTTNT NNNTNNNTGN NGNNTNTTNN NGNANTNACT NGNNNTTTNT
TGNNTNTNTA NNGTGNTNNG TTTNNATTAT CNCTN

Some of you know must be wondering why this are a bunch of N’s mixed in with
the standard G,T, A, and C’s. The N’s are just places where the machine could
not determine what the DNA was, a typical occurence in tests of this type.

Now on to Longhorn, if you know what Longhorn is, then you probably also
heard about the conference Microsoft had today to discus it. Thus far, it is all
the rumors said it would be. WinFS appears to be the biggest issue, and a great
idea to boot, especially since it’s based on XML, which might allow more
cross-platform portability. However, a comment Gates made does worry me a bit.
From MSNBC.com,
Gates is paraphrased as saying Longhorn will have “integrated telephone
services.” This could be a good thing, if encompases some sort of answering
machine type device. But if it relates to internet…well, I don’t know. It
would have also been good to see some mention of Voice-over-IP.

Phone call

I went to the R.E.I. Garage sale this morning, got some nice stuff. Anyways, I managed to forget my cell phone at home. When I got home, I was checking my messages. Then I came accross this message. Now there are two flavors: R and PG. Pick the one you want. I shouldn’t have to tell you that the “R” one has swearing and the “PG” one has the swearing taken out, which kind of sounds funny in and of itself.

In any event, I thought it was sort of interesting. I couldn’t track the call, but I’m working on it. However, I managed to find out what it was. For those of you familiar with non-classical music, a field which I am not well versed, you might happen to recognize the message as Tenacious-D’s Drive Thru.

Peter Walchenbach’s Boundaries

I began work on a new joint venture project between myself and Peter. Essentially, it’s a Warren Miller Film. Is it a knock-off. No. I would say more of a tribute. The guys is genius, from his poetic narriation to his artistic camera work. This project will be totally unique. I won’t say much more now except that it will be about Boundaries, and it’s going to be cool. Really quite incredibly mind blowing awsomly cool.

Oh! That’s so cool!

I am reminded time and time again about the main philosophy of my website: “To help myself develop an automated website.” Yes, it sounds somewhat egotistical, and in fact, it sort of is, but hey, it’s my site, my rules. In any event, I added yet another feature, “how many people are online?”. Just scroll to the bottom of this page and you can see how many people are online. At some point, I may include some IP resolving to determine where the people are, but for know, just take heart that you know who is looking on with you.

Also, for those of you who couldn’t figure out what that random code at the bottom of the website is, is a hex version of your IP address. Just try it: http://0x3f.0xe2.0xda.0x8e.

What the ****?

I finally got around to coding the “New Update” Feature. When you see an asterisk (*) next to the navigation link, that means that the section has been updated within the last week.

On a separate note, I thought this comic was pretty good:
Frazz: 5 Oct 2003

DirectTivo

We ordered Direct TV with a built-in TiVo recorder on Sunday. We waited for the installer guy to come out and he wanted to install a mast for the dish for an exorbitant amount of money. Yea. I don’t think so. So I took to installing the dish myself. Succesfully completing it in record time. The quality is at least 2 or 3 times better then Cable, plus we don’t get any ghost signals. I now also get TechTV which is pretty cool. The only downside is that we can’t use the HomeMedia Option becuase Direct TV is afraid that we might start pirating movies or something. I am currently looking for a work around. Let me know if you have any ideas.