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Genome Slicing Could Slice Society

My blog usually entails writing about stuff more like Gnome, but today, I can write about real genomes. Recently, the NY Times reported that scientists had found an easy way to slice and edit genes. The same scientists have also started talks in limiting usage of these techniques for fear of their consequences. There are multiple reasons for such limitations, from scientific to social, which I would like to discuss.

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Fractal Spotlight: the artist Xzendor7

Fractal manipulation composed of blue clouds, blue spikes, and a grey base
“Ice Vision Of The Imperial View” by Xzendor7

Rolando Burbon, a.k.a. Xzendor7, is a artist on DeviantArt who specializes in fractal manipulations – images composed of multiple fractals. His artwork is very unique and very attractive, sometimes requiring hundreds of fractal elements.

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art, tech news and opinions, web design

The Purpose of Websites is Being Lost

Background for this post

I was reading recently on the kissmetrics blog about unforgettable website designs (where a couple of my links came from). If this were the only place I’d looked, obviously my statistics would be quite flawed – but it’s not – I’m just too lazy to post other links (and you might find examples in your internet adventures). Anyways, out of the 10 random sites the blogger chose, most were either for 1) content stuck right in your face or 2) ooo fancy. I looked at the sites too. I must say, some of them really are unforgettable. In fact, navigating them is so unforgettable that I intend to never visit those sites again. How’s that for a business remark.

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Future Tech is Pandora’s New Box

According to Greek myth, Pandora was given a box by the gods that was full of evil. But Pandora was curious and, in order to satisfy that natural curiosity, opened the box. The literal story may not be a historical event, but it is an analogy for much of human technology. With every new piece of science and technology, we behold at the same time a treasure chest and a Pandora’s box. Both are opened simultaneously. The question we need to ask ourselves is not whether what is inside the treasure chest outweighs the disadvantages of opening the Pandora’s box; the question we need to ask is whether we can bear to live with what is inside that Pandora’s box.

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