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Mr. Miata Dot Net's DNAVia io9: DNA Portraits Reveal Your Inner Beauty.

They list three options for turning your DNA into actual art. These companies will send you a sampling kit which you then return for processing. Then you work with them choosing colors, images, etc. to get something that you would be proud to display in your home. One company wants $1500, another wants $299 and third ranges from $120 to $499.

There is a 4th option to get some DNA art and the price is right, free, but it is not your DNA, it is your website’s (or any web site for that matter.) WEB2DNA Art Project’s representation of this site is the image above.

Afraid to turn your web site’s DNA loose on the internet for fear of cloning, how about a simple dot graph? You can get that at

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Thanks Roger

I don’t always agree with him and some of his picks are too artsy, but more often than not, if I enjoy reading his positive review of a movie, I will enjoy the movie. Right now Mr. Ebert is in Toronto at their film festival and has been writing, not reviewing, about the movies he has seen. I have just gone through his posts from the festival so far and added 6 movies to the Saved section of my Netflix rental queue:

  1. A Serious Man
  2. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
  3. Chloe
  4. Men Who Stare at Goats
  5. The Informant!
  6. Whip It!

Of course I will have to wait about a year or so for these to actually get into the regular queue. Then they have to migrate their way to the top through the 60 or 70 movies already there, but I’m pumped.

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Posterior Vitreous Detachment

The other day we were sitting around waiting for an appointment when Donna said, “I’m seeing stars.” She hadn’t bopped her head or made any sudden moves, she was just sitting there and the stars went away, so we thought nothing of it.

This morning at work she came to me and said, “There is something in my eye.” I pried open her eye lids and had her look up down and all round, but I didn’t see anything. She described it as a bright curved thing just off to the right in her field of vision. I asked, “Do you think it is a big floater?” Maybe came her reply; let’s see if it drifts out of the way. I checked in with her after about an hour and she said it wasn’t as bright, but it was still there, so we agreed she should call the eye doc. They said if she came over around lunch they would fit her in sometime this afternoon.

The doc dilated her eyes and shined his aircraft landing light brightness instruments in there. He came out with some good news, there was nothing sight threatening going on, but she did have a posterior vitreous detachment. The stars she noticed on Tuesday were the moment when the vitreous separated from the retina.

Do you think that is what happened to Dave Bowman aboard a Discovery One EVA Pod as he entered the TMA-2 monolith? When he said, “The thing’s hollow—it goes on forever—and—oh my God—it’s full of stars!”, was he just having a PVD?

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Somebody Market This

1/2 Mute Button – Instead of the full mute which brings about total silence when you hit it, how about something that just cuts the volume level 50%? This way, as you are listening to a show and a loud commercial comes on you can reduce the volume to something that is less intrusive. Then when the show comes back and you hit the button again, the volume change won’t knock you out of your recliner.

My Next Book

The Chronoblade

In an ancient Victorian Britain, a young collector of oddities stumbles across a time-traveling soldier which spurs him into conflict with humanity?s selfish nature, with the help of a tomboyish female mechanic and her closet full of assault rifles, culminating in a cliffhanger for the sake of prompting a series.

Thanks to Liam Cooke’s working model of the Electro-Plasmic Hydrocephalic Genre-Fiction Generator 2000 based on the original idea of David Malki.

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Gives New Meaning To “Doggie Style”

Is your dog listless? Not eating? He could be depressed. Is he shy? Introverted? Uncomfortable in social situations? This new device may be just the thing to put a little swagger back in Fido’s step – DoggieLoverDoll.

Another example of the fine line between madness and genius…

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Gall Bladder Ectomy

At 7:30 this morning they dragged my groggy wife away on a wheeled bed and three hours later a nurse was pushing her out to the car in a wheelchair. She had three incisions in her mid-section, was short one minor …wait let me check Wikipedia … organ and crumpled in her fist was a script for Dr. House’s favorite pills.

Isn’t modern medicine so amazing? I can’t help but think of that scene from Star Trek IV when the crew of the Enterprise travel back to the then current time (1986) and they have to rescue Chekov from a hospital because Bones is worried for his safety in the hands of practitioners of barbaric 20th century treatments. Imagine how we would react to what constituted the practice of medicine in the 18th century if we somehow found ourselves there.

She is still a bit sore and the vicoden is keeping the edge off, but she helped me cook dinner, washed the dishes and we walked around the small block in our neighborhood afterward. Current plan is to return to work next Monday.

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Sniff, Sniff

Finished the last of West Wing tonight. To use one of President Bartlett’s favorite expressions and the nearly last line spoken on the show, by the newly inaugurated President Santos, “What’s next?”