A Huffalump lives here: August 2006

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Single-Celled Species' Genome As Complex As Ours?

"A new paper reports on the sequencing and
analysis of the [0]genome of a single-celled species known as
[1]Tetrahymena thermophila. This ciliate (like the Paramecium people
at in school) has some 27,000 genes, or nearly as many as humans. And
despite existing as a single cell, this spcies encodes fantastic
complexity and unusual features. For example, it has a primitive immune
system that prevents the invasion of foreign DNA. Also, it is able to
cordon off its germ cell lineage much as humans do with sperm and eggs.
But Tetrahymena does this by having two nuclei within each cell, with
of the nuclei being held in reserve for sex. Basically, this species
its genome complexity to function like a single celled chameleon,
changing its shape and its properties in response to the changing
environment. For example, when a new nutrient shows up in its
neighborhood this species can build a kit to suck the nutrient in,
degrade it, and turn it into cellular biomass quickly. Thus whereas
humans use their genomic complexity in part to create a stable
environment for the body, this species simply uses a genomic swiss army
kit to make do with whatever environment it encounters."

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The Battery Recall: A Win for the Web

Much has been said about the potential for the blogosphere and cyberjournalism to reshape the flow of information and opinions. But for a case study of how these new media can impact the business world, consider the biggest event to hit the computer industry in recent weeks. Yes, we're talking about those burning laptop batteries and the decision by Dell (DELL) and Apple (AAPL) to recall more than 5 million of them—the largest recall of its kind in the history of the consumer-electronics industry.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

And you thought it was just all about me .

Saturday, August 26, 2006

French American British Politics Culture

Lots of history .. well recent anyways

Oh the pain! the pain! a planet disappears

Luckily we are like the third rock from the sun, the ninth is gone!! well at least 5 more before unicron gets us oh yeah!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Love is depressing

WHat is love that it depresses me so.

Billy Joel's "And So it goes" is so poigant.

As the first four notes are played.

My heart breaks all over again.

And of course the song is about a perosn that loves someone, but is afraid to share. But at the same time is afraid to make the mistake of not saying so.

Yet in "sharing the room", its just so to let her have the heart to break.

I guess it is about the fact that love is mutual (one where no one is bullying or forcing).

"So I will choose to be with you"

"That's if the choice were mine to make"

"But you can make decisions too"

"And you can have this heart to break"

Full Lyrics

Of course this is after I was playing Han Hong's Mei Li de Chuan Suo

Which my sis says is depressing.

So I thought to myself (what a wonderful world.. NOT!) "well lets try something really depressing..." and Billy Joel came to mind. And boy was he depressing.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

The earth the moon the stars oh my!

If astronomers approve a newly proposed planet definition next week, things could get really strange. Sure, asteroid Ceres will become a planet. Pluto's moon Charon will become a planet.

But we're talking really strange.

Saturday, August 12, 2006


Take a little time, if you know me, believe, sit down and have a listen and watch this vid. You will be a better person for it =)


It's about a father's love, you can read the comments here:Link

About the vid:
A glimpse of the remarkable father-son bond of Dick and Rick Hoyt, and their inspirational journey together in a triathlon and life itself.

Music: "I Can Only Imagine" by Mercy Me

More about the father and son team: Team Hoyt!


Love is the greatest thing you will ever know and act on.

Lust is something else altogether, so for all you wannabes out there, grow up already.


The Bible on love:

1 Corinthians 13:

1 If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but don't have love, I have become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.

2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but don't have love, I am nothing.

3 If I dole out all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but don't have love, it profits me nothing.

4 Love is patient and is kind; love doesn't envy. Love doesn't brag, is not proud,

5 doesn't behave itself inappropriately, doesn't seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil;

6 doesn't rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;

7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will be done away with. Where there are various languages, they will cease. Where there is knowledge, it will be done away with.

9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part;

10 but when that which is complete has come, then that which is partial will be done away with.

11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child. Now that I have become a man, I have put away childish things.

12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, even as I was also fully known.

13 But now faith, hope, and love remain-these three. The greatest of these is love.


Investment is a little like relationships

It never fails to tickle me that doing investing is a little like marriage and relationships.

When you have dividends or spare cash, what should you do with it?

Value in a relationship is like trust, you have cash? you have chips? You invest more in the company, just like you invest more trust in a relationship. Of course it is more risky, but thats why its called trust. We could talk all day about trust of course =) but if you trust a person who would fail you, you are like a speculator, you buy into a stock (even at inflated costs) hoping it will go up. Investing is when you expect (not hope) that you will have a higher or equal return ;) chew on that for a while. (I did'nt come up with that Buffett said that in 1992)

"There is no question that current listings and future offerings are improving in quality and thus, the thinking is there will be more stability and higher share prices extending over the long-run -- and potentially even more upside this year although high valuations may limit the extent of further gains. Somewhat ironically, it is these same new blue chip listings that have investors pulling money out of already listed shares in order to take part in IPOs."

This quote Link tickles me as well. So you are average Joe, like the rest of us, you have limited cash/juice/chips. Choose your mate wisely, dun put your money in and out. Or you will never reap the benefits of a healthy growing relationship. Your relationship takes time to grow and blossom. Always seeking new love, new faces will leave you empty, both in trust, value and cash. In investment terms you are just begging to lose money brother.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

On intelligence... a whole blog on it!!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Garrrgh!!! Look at the buggers!!!

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