Sounds Like Vegas.

Everyone is coming out with “Robber Brings Knife to Gunfight” headlines.  On the other hand, a samurai katana is not a “knife,” I don’t care who you are.  On the gripping hand, if you are wielding said katana, I do care if you know how to use it in stealthy samurai-ninja fashion which this person, apparently, did not;  action. consequence.

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Phineas Gage called…

He want’s his steel rod that went through his brain back.  From BRAZIL:

“Luiz Alexandre Essinger, chief of staff at the Miguel Couto hospital, said Mr Leite was conscious when he arrived there and explained what had happened to him.”

This sounds remarkably similar to the Gage case where

Amazingly, Gage spoke within a few minutes, walked with little or no assistance, and sat upright in a cart for the 34-mile (1.2 km) ride to his lodgings in town. The first physician to arrive was Dr. Edward H. Williams:

I first noticed the wound upon the head before I alighted from my carriage, the pulsations of the brain being very distinct. Mr. Gage, during the time I was examining this wound, was relating the manner in which he was injured to the bystanders. I did not believe Mr. Gage’s statement at that time, but thought he was deceived. Mr. Gage persisted in saying that the bar went through his head …. Mr. G. got up and vomited; the effort of vomit­ing pressed out about half a teacupful of the brain, which fell upon the floor.[5]“”

So two men not only survive poles through the head that ostensibly should have killed them, but they both are functional enough through the pain to relate their own version of events for the immediately attending physicians.  One of them vomits braaaains.  Clearly this is a trial for the coming zombie apocalypse.

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A genetics book(natch) has been successfully encoded and decoded with DNA strands.  I for one, welcome our new cyborg overlords ;-).

“The cost of both synthesis and sequencing [of DNA] are plummeting in an unprecedented way,” Dr. Church said.

Already, the production costs of generating raw, unassembled DNA sequence data, such as might be used to archive data, have dropped from $10,000 per million base pairs of DNA in 2001 to about 10 cents per million base pairs in 2012, according to the National Human Genome Institute.

The amount of data was still only equivalent to an old 3.5in. floppy, but it’s progress.  I’m just wondering how regular access and reproduction of this will go down.  Will we have librarian Amoebas, able to divide-and-clone as a method of publishing?  Could secret agents smuggle secrets by growing specially grown mold?  Life just got more interesting.

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If Civilization Were To End As We Know It,

Maine would be in better shape than some other places.  That’s small comfort though, because we’re closer to such things than anyone really wants to realize.

Honestly, I’m amazed no one’s tried something like this yet.  OR maybe they have*whisperconspiracy!whisper*, what with that odd Niagara cascade-failure a few years back.  I know, Ockham’s Razor makes the official story plausible, and what I call Ockham’s Safety-Razor demands it[“Never Blame Evil When Stupid Will Suffice”].  But the Safety-razor cuts both ways.  When something truly evil goes down, how much more screwed are we?

Fortunately, Northern New England remains largely rural, self-sufficient, and *armed;*  generally traits supportive of stable civilization.

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Second Amendment: Separate But Equal?

[Via Instapundit-via-USATODAY]

In the wake of recent shootings, the University of Colorado’s Boulder and Colorado Springs Campii have segregated concealed-cary permit-holders from the rest of the student population.

Those with a permit may still live in dorms on both campuses but may not have weapons in their possession in those general living quarters, officials said. “They may store their gun with police,” said Deb Coffin, vice chancellor for student affairs for the Boulder campus.
In Boulder, those who want to lawfully carry their gun must live in the family-housing units downtown, Coffin said.

This is after the Colorado Supreme Court struck down the initial attempt to ban guns campus-wide.  I think downtown just got a little bit safer.

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How’s That Hope And Change Working Out For You?

This, from a bunch of politically ambiguous Harvard folks:

Most politicians’ promises come with expiration dates.  Some politicians more than others.

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This looks to be…..

Quite Good.  From the trailer, Anne Hathaway makes a surprisingly convincing abused woman-of-the-night.  Amanda Sefreid is her usual beautiful self, and Hugh Jackman is……Hugh Jackman.  Not sure about Russel Crow though…

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