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|Sunday, January 16th, 2011|
|Saturday, October 23rd, 2010|
Hypothesis: Evolutionary speciation increases during a magnetic pole reversal event.
During a magnetic pole reversal, it is possible that radiation amounts, both cosmic and solar, would increase on the surface of the earth. This radiation increase could likely lead to increased mutation events, both positive and negative. As the mutation rate increases, it would lead to greater speciation chances, and could be an example of Gould's theory of punctuated equilibrium.
Possible evidence: If the hypthesis is true, we would see increased speciation in the fossil records during and immediately after a pole reversal. The last pole reversal was 780,000 years ago. Interestingly, it also marks the end of a stage of the geological epoch known as the Calabrian stage or the early Pleistocene stage. At the beginning of this stage was the first appearance of the species Gephyrocapsa and the extinction of Discoaster brouweri. Unfortunately, this cannot be taken as conclusive evidence, since the modern definition of the end of the calbrian period is primarily defined by the pole reversal.
If the hypothesis is correct, then during the next pole reversal, we would see additional radiation amounts reaching the surface, causing an increase in mutations and other examples of increases radiaton poisoning.
|Friday, August 21st, 2009|
|Monday, November 17th, 2008|
I should probably include more details about the position since I haven't posted anything for a while.
I will be working in Tampa, FL for a tech support company (computer support for business). I have to start off as a level 1, but I should move up fairly quickly given my background. Pay is $13/hour, plus benefits.
I will likely want to move to Tampa eventually, it is currently about a hour and a half to two hour commute, depending on traffic. The training will take about 6 weeks, with a probationary period of about 6 months. I currently don't know days or hours that I will work, except that it will be full time.
More info when I have it.
|Good News Everybody!
I got the job!
I go in tomorrow for some last paperwork, and the training class starts on December 8th.
(insert happy dance here)
|Friday, August 22nd, 2008|
For those who didn't know, I have recently moved to Florida. This will likely be my semi-permanent home for a while. Just in time for the nice Tropical Storm. Fortunately, it passed to the SE of us, so besides a lot of rain, not much else happened.
The thunderstorm a few days earlier was worse.
Still, that was a lot of rain.
|Friday, June 13th, 2008|
|A good thing
I have been visiting my father for the past two weeks, spending time with him before I head back to North Carolina. This was a good thing. That's because yesterday he went into the hospital for a quadruple bypass.
Looks like he is going to be all right, but it was a bit scary there for a while. I'll also be spending a bit more time in Georgia, for obvious reasons.
|Monday, June 2nd, 2008|
|Two quick updates
1) In Augusta for a week or two, visiting my dad. I'll keep up the job search from here, since I'm doing most of my job hunting on line anyway.
2) My weight has reached double digits! (Well, as measured by the metric system...)
|Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008|
|Going, Going... gone.
I have vacated Blacksburg, for the wilds of North Carolina. (Raleigh/Durham)
The job search now moves into high gear...
|Thursday, December 20th, 2007|
|Question for physicists in the audience
Is plank time a constant across all frames? Or is it effected by relativitic speeds? If the latter, does that mean you could have a plank time that is longer than the age of the universe?
|Friday, August 24th, 2007|
Three whole shifts.
That's how long I lasted in the dishroom at Outback Steakhouse (Sunday, Monday, Today).
|Tuesday, July 17th, 2007|
|Tuesday, May 29th, 2007|
|The final throes...
Chris Byler is now gone. Rebecca Moses is I believe mostly gone. (There is a bit of stuff she still needs to do, but she has moved out.) I am all that remains of apartment one. I am all that remains. I am still organizing what to keep, what to throw out, what to give away. (How in the world did we end up with five blenders?) I will likely be the last person left in the entire complex, with perhaps the exception of the manager.( Read more...Collapse )
|Thursday, May 24th, 2007|
|The official "Apt 1 is gong away forever" post
Thank you to everybody who responded to my last post. I AM doing better. I have found a job. However, the point of this post is to announce that this weekend is the last weekend of Apartment One's existence. As of this time, next week, apartment one will be no more.
That means if you want to see it one last time, or if there is anything that you may want from apartment one, now is the time to retrieve it. I plan to be here all day Saturday, so please feel free to drop by any time.
In addition, most of the furniture, etc. will not be going with any of the current residents. If there is a particular piece of furniture that you may want or need, you will be welcome to it. Most of the furniture were donated by others, and have been here a long time, so none of the furniture is in terribly good condition, but some pieces are still pretty decent. If you are one of the people who did donate furniture, and you do want it, let me know.
There are other things we will be getting rid of, like most of the stuff in the hall closet, some bedroom furniture, etc. This is your last chance to own a piece of history. Don't let it pass you by.
|Friday, April 20th, 2007|
|To my crafting friends...
If you have any orange or maroon ribbon that you aren't using anymore, please consider donating them to local businesses and organizations for them to hand out. Even if you aren't a crafter, or don't have any extra ribbon laying around, spools don't cost that much, although finding orange and maroon ribbon may be a bit challenging.
|Sunday, September 24th, 2006|
|In the interest of disclosure...
I am currently in a small town called Lake Wales, Florida. I will be here for a while, perhaps a long while. I have spent the last week in Georgia. I don't know why I'm talking in choppy sentences.
More when I get a chance.
|Friday, August 18th, 2006|
|Goodbye, and thanks for the fish
Today is my last day working for VirPack. Those who are using the virpack.com email address, it will be likely that I won't be able to check it soon. I'll also be travelling a fair amount in the next few weeks, so internet access will often be spotty.
I will be looking for a new job soonish, outside of Blacksburg, and will be moving as soon as I find said job. Next week is going to be spent mostly getting my apartment clean and prepped. I'll probably keep renting a single bedroom for a bit, even after I move, until I get everything set up for my new lifestyle.
Either that or walk the land, setting right those things that have gone wrong.
|Friday, July 14th, 2006|
Today France celebrates Bastille Day
, the day where an unruly Parisian mob stormed a prison, tore to shreds (literally) guy in charge and freed 4 counterfeiters, 2 madmen and an aristocrat who had upset his father. This action precipitated the fall of Louis the XVI and the Rise of the Reign of Terror.
So on July 14th, we honor all that is French. Thank you for demonstrating that common citizens in thrall to demagogues can be, and often are, greater tyrants than any dictator. Thank you for causing the rise of Napoleon and the ideals of total war. Thank you for showing that having people who have no idea of what they are doing try to run a country leads to disaster. This French Fry is for you.
You still lost the World Cup though.
|Wednesday, July 5th, 2006|
|So, that's that.
In my ongoing quest to change my life, I've given verbal notification to my boss that I will be leaving my current job on August 18th. That's 3 days after I officially have my college degree. I figure a month and a half warning should be more than sufficient for them to train my replacement.
No, I have no idea what I'm going to be doing as a job after that. (I might take a bit of time off to visit friends and family, and so on.) This also means that there is a better than even chance that sometime in September or maybe a little after (or maybe earlier), I will be leaving Blacksburg for parts unknown.
Time to polish up my resume.
|Friday, June 23rd, 2006|
Going into the back country of Eastern Kentucky for my family reunion this weekend. See people Monday.